"To do" lists aside, are you"ready" for your baby to arrive?
My husband made the comment yesterday, "I feel like we are ready for the baby." Of course we've got a bunch of stuff we'd LIKE to get done first, but he feels we are mentally and physically prepared. This is our 5th, so we are aware that "things" are not really needed to be ready for baby. For instance, we still haven't used the crib we had to have set up before our first was born...thank goodness it converted to a bed so it wasn't a complete waste. Sure it's nice to have a changing table, but we could change the baby on the floor. You can get pretty much anything you actually need (diapers, clothes) on the fly if you had to. So are YOU ready?
My answer is not really. My greatest concern is for my office. I'm a chiropractor in a private practice and I have an associate doctor who will cover for me while I'm away, but it's just not the ideal situation. My practice will decrease a lot without me or someone like me (female, compassionate, good leader.) I really need to find another associate doctor before the baby is born and get them acclimated to my office, staff, and patients before I leave. I'm really feeling the stress, as I haven't interviewed any great candidates.
I want to take a nice solid, care-free 3 months off with the new baby and our changing family. As it stands now, I would maybe be able to a month off and then have to go back at least a few hours every other week just to see my patients who won't see anyone else. And overall my practice (and therefore, our income) will still decline a lot. Not to mention, it's not the ideal care for my picky (for lack of a better word) patients to have access to me for such a limited time (although they could choose to see my associate--but won't.)
My husbands only concern is that our 23 month old is still very attached to co-sleeping (although we haven't really tried to get her into a toddler bed in our room) and we need to make room in our bed for the new baby. He just doesn't think that situation is going to be any different in a 2-3 months anyway.
Are you ready? If not, what's your concern?