Wow Brandi!!! You are 38 weeks...oh my goodness mama...you are so close!!!
I just have a few minutes but I thought I'd write a little about dipes and baby gear (not that I've been a mama for a whole week :LOL )
Kissaluvs O's are working great for us. I bought 12 - hindsight 18 would have been better...the first two days DH was doing laundry constantly. Before my milk came in, she could wear them w/out a cover. Once mama's milk arrived (day 3-4)..NO WAY...she wets right through them.
For covers we are using LTK wool soakers that I made. I
them. They fit very nicely over the Kissaluvs and they look so darn cute on her.
I also have some dappi, bummi, and prowrap covers. I have used each of those a little. I prefer wool for breathability...it is so hot here...but the others fit great too.
Cord came off on day 3 (maybe 4) so then we started using other dipes (w/out the notch).
Angel wraps newborn (fitted) seem to fit her well...easy to use, as are Happy Heiny pockets.
Now that milk is in and flowing freely...we are changing dipes CONSTANTLY (DH says it feels like every half hour).
Today I tried CPFs for the first time. They are huge on her, but they do the job. I'm using a bummis cover over them right now. I think I will use these during the day when we are around the house and save the AIOs, pockets etc for when we are out and I want to show off how cute dipes can be and for at night when we're sleep-walking through diaper changes....not that CPFs are hard...just a little more coordination required with the folding and the snappi.
Even though it is summer we are using LOTS of these. At night our room is a/c so we bundle her up tight and during the day I use them to protect her from the sun/bugs. Inevitably she spits up or I leak on the blanket
so we go through them fast.
them. We bought sposie wipes and DH and both agree that cloth is better and easier to use. I got mine at emibeans.com - I'm sure there are plenty of other great places to buy them. My mom also made a bunch. I bought flanel, terry cloth and velour and she is combining them to make great wipes!
Pre-baby I swore I would NEVER use these things...didn't want them cluttering up the house
Reality: They are very helpful tools. I am incredibly attached to my baby...she sleeps in the sling/baby bjorn on me most of the day and snuggled up on my chest at night but at least one nap a day...I NEED to be able to put her down to maintain my sanity and personal hygeine.
We have a take-along swing (free hand-me-down) that she loves. And we have the Eddie Bauer Bouncenette. Just put that together today and tried it for the first time...she seems to like it.
Best "thing" we've found is Dr. Harvey Karp's CD - soothing womb sounds (or something like that). He wrote Happiest Baby on the Block. We got a free DVD of his with our snuggle nest (which we have not used once btw) and the womb sounds are amazing. When she is inconsolable...we pop in the dvd and put on the sounds (heartbeat/white noise) and she settles down almost instantly.
At 4:30 in the morning DH went online last night to order the audio CD so we have something to take in the car or anywhere else that we might need it.
His book is all about the "fourth trimester" and how babies need us to create a womb-like environment (slings/snuggles, swaddling, womb sounds, gentle vibrations etc.). VERY helpful.
Okay...ladies that's enough
from me. Miss Lily is sleeping peacefully in the bjorn so I'm going to try to do a few more things before she wakes!