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Making Plans

First off, I want to send out a huge "THANK YOU" to Lori, Louise and my dear friend Paula for putting together a KHQ Baby Shower for me last week.  Especially "thank you" to all of the ladies who came and brought such adorable gifts for little Victor!  It was a wonderful afternoon filled with stories, prizes and delicious cake (leave it to the pregnant lady to make sure the cake gets a mention)!  Big thanks to Anne too, who loaded everything into my car afterwards - you're a lifesaver!

With the countdown ticking closer and closer to our due date, the checklist of plans to make and things to do is slowly getting shorter.  A piece of advice for other expectant moms out there - DELEGATE.  If you're anything like me, you want things planned out to the last tiny, little detail.  Getting ready for birth is no different.  From the birth plan that you put together with your doctor, to making sure everyone who needs to be in the loop stays that way - planning is everything (for me). 

I put together a list of phone numbers, starting with our Doctors' numbers (both during business hours and after-hours numbers), and then the full family list...moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents - and all of their numbers - home, work, cell phones.   Then I put my best friend's number.  It might be a good idea to put your boss or closest co-worker on the list too.  I distributed this list to my parents, to Billy's parents, and put one up on our refrigerator.   Since my family will be coming in from out of town, I've asked Billy's parents to be the designated contact for us during labor.  Billy and I would much rather focus on the moment at hand than answer our phones.   So if you're a friend of ours and you try to call us to ask, "how're things going?" while we're at the hospital...we're not going to answer.  Call us now to arrange a contact call with our parents.  

Don't feel pressured to send out baby's first picture right away.  I have friends who were picture messaging and e-mailing pictures just moments after birth...some had pics up on MySpace within less than an hour of baby being born.  Sure, those of us who weren't there were thrilled to see the pictures right away, but I would much rather focus on Billy, Victor and myself.   Sure, I love my family and friends, but I'm sure people will understand if they have to wait a few days for pictures.   Of course, you could use the magic ‘d' word...DELEGATE.  Have Grandma or Grandpa post pictures for you - give them a list of e-mail addresses or phone numbers to send the pics to so you don't have to. 

My parents, brother, sister and her husband will be staying at our house while we're at the hospital, which will really help with household chores and feeding the animals/mowing the lawn, bringing in the mail - really, our household won't skip a beat, thanks to them.   I've heard many stories about people who say that they got home from the hospital and just wanted to be alone, but had things to do around the house from before they left - it's like when you come home from vacation and realize that you forgot to take out the trash before you left and now the kitchen smells bad (no...of course that never happened to me...I wouldn't dare forget something like that...) and you have to clean it up.  Wouldn't it be so much better to have someone already there?   That's our plan.   Plus, I just don't like leaving my cat home alone!

Planning quite a ways out in advance, we've interviewed and toured daycare facilities for Victor.  Luckily, he won't need more than 2-3 hours a day, so it'll help keep costs down, and he'll spend the bulk of his day with Mom or Dad (mostly Dad, who'll be home in the afternoons).   We found one we liked, but I'm going to keep it confidential for Victor's sake.   But I will say that Billy and I had a list of "must-haves" before we even started looking, and the place we decided on satisfied all of them.  I think one of the greatest resources online is the Washington State Childcare Resource and Referral Network (www.childcarenet.org).  I found checklists and lots of information on laws, licensing and rights.  
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