I know many of you from the Not Mamas...Yet Tribe and the One Thread, but I'll introduce myself again for those I haven't met before. I'm 32 and DH is 42, and like everyone else in this tribe, we are trying to conceive our first baby. We have been married 3 1/2 years -- first marriage for DH and second marriage for me and neither of us have any children from previous relationships. Our baby will be the 1st grandchild on my side of the family, but DH's brother already has a couple of dds, prompting my MIL to tell me I have to have boys! I'm 4dpo today, and this is our 5th cycle trying and off BCP.
Pretty much everyone we know knows we are ttc, except for DH's parents. We know a LOT of people who are pregnant or have recently had children. Tonight I am going to a childbirth class for the first time. One of our friends is pregnant with twins! Her husband is going to be out of town for work, so she called me and asked if I would be interested in going to her childbirth class with her since she knew we are ttc. Of course I said YES!
For a long time, I refused to buy any baby stuff because I felt like it was too much living in the future. However, I have recently changed my mind because I began to feel like I was totally bottling myself up and not allowing myself to act on what I really want. So I have ordered 2 slings and a whole stack of prefolds from a couple of co-ops here on MDC.
Both of the co-ops are still open. (In order to access the links, you need to have been on MDC for 60 days and have 50 posts):
I'm not going to buy any baby clothes because 1) I expect to get many at baby showers, 2) I live in Florida and, especially since at this point I'll have a summer baby, I see no point in dressing a baby in anything other than a diaper and maybe a onesie, especially when slinging, and 3) I LOVE garage sales and know I can pick up pretty much whatever I want for clothes any time at $1/item or less.
My new strategy is to start spending a little bit of money every month to purchase some baby items. Since I intend to be a SAHM, I see this as a way to spread out the costs of a baby and bearing those costs while I have the most income. I'm going to focus on items which are least likely for me to receive at a baby shower, especially since pretty much no one I know irl is crunchy!
So this post has turned out to be a book, and it's time for me to get ready to leave for work!