My midwife will be able to do my delivery, although now it's looking like we will have to opt for the birth center, since it's hard to do a homebirth when you don't have a home (Or when you're a guest in someone else's house)! I am glad we have options, but I've cried a lot over the past few days just processing everything. I feel a bit pathetic.
I would love some advice on two things -- one, what are the essentials for the first month and a half? We will probably be flying to the UK once the baby is around 6-8 weeks, if both of us are healthy. So we still cannot take much, although I know we will need to have some things for him. Clothing, diapers, changing pad, carrier (we will wait on a stroller till we get over there)...what else felt invaluable to you in those first few weeks?
Second, any advice on what I can do with all of my "nesting" instincts? It's likely he'll be born and then a week or two later we'll be staying at a different spot, then be travelling a month or so after that. I plan to knit a lot, but if anyone has had to set up a "temporary" nursery/spot for their babe, I would love to hear about anything you did to make it feel special, even if it was just for a short time.
I feel your pain. Maybe not quite the same as your situation but we are currently living in my in-laws home. This was supposed to be a totally temporary situation and we have found ourselves here much longer. While my in-laws don't live here, it is still not our home. Most everything that we own is sitting in storage as this was/is a fully furnished home. So, we have just had to squeeze our family of 5 in around their things (in a small house). I so get the not having a home and place for baby!
I did move a dresser out of our room over the weekend just so there would at least be a corner that was for the baby. I am going to put a co-sleeper there next to my side of the bed. Next to that there is a decorative book shelf that my MIL had there (that I just took all the decorations off of) that I am going to use for diapers and baby clothes. That is the extent of what the baby will have at this house. I figure I will need to change diapers in the co-sleeper or on our bed in the middle of the night. The shelves will consist of diapers, wipes, onesies (for layering), newborn gowns (these are great/easy for diaper changes at night - no snaps!), one piece footie pajamas and a few blankets for swaddling and burp clothes for sure. That's about all I can think of that baby will need in those first couple months. If I remember you live in a warmer climate so you don't need all the extra things like a carseat cozy, heavy snow suit, fleece/wool layers etc.
I agree with the post above that you won't need much for nursing but you may want to consider a small breast pump. I would never have made it through without one. My milk comes in very fast and a LOT of it. There is just way too much for the baby to consume and pumping was absolutely necessary! Maybe you would want to wait and see if you need it but keep it in mind because engorgement is horrible.
I am going to hope and pray for you to not have to wait 4 months!! Maybe your application will somehow make it to the top of the pile and things will move quickly!