So, any day now this little one can make an entrance. Well, almost any day. My mom is gone October 17th to the 23rd to Seattle and Bryan is gone the 19th through the 24th to Grand Rapids. Now, I would very much prefer Both to be home at the time of this little one’s birth but definitely Bryan 🙂 At least it will be easier to call him in GR and say “get home now!” then if he was a plane flight away. Either way we/I am praying for the little one to make his/her grand entrance after the 24th.
In just a few minutes Bryan and I are going outside to finally put the infant car seat in our car. I think I’ve been procrastinating bc it makes me nervous! Now, according to my older sister “piece of cake,” it’s not that difficult, don’t worry about it, it will make sense just do it. As I was reading the actual ‘car seat manual’ however it didn’t sound or look that easy…. Make sure to have everything fastening the seat tightened properly or your child’s seat could slide around causing injury. Make sure to have the car seat in the correct place or your child could be hit in the head by something and injured. Make sure to have the straps snugly secure to your child or he/she could slide through them in the event of an accident and sustain injuries. Make sure to have the car seat at the correct angle or the child could fall forward and sustain injuries. Make sure that the sun does not directly hit the car seat while there is not child in the seat otherwise the padding can heat up and burn the child causing injuries….. It was quite a big book let’s just say.
In other words, is it more dangerous to place a child in an incorrectly fastened car seat or just hold the baby in your arms the way our parents did? Amazing that we all survived isn’t it 🙂
I have a list started of things to take to the hospital but it’s semi difficult to know what we’re really going to need. Some people are in the hospital for hours and end up reading, playing cards, talking… through a good chunk of their labor. Others fly through the labor and can’t focus on anything but what’s happening physically. So, do I need a book, movie, music or not? I have slippers to wear on the floor, IF I want to walk around, a robe to put on as well, IF I’m not too hot in it, clothes to change into, IF I ever get to leave :). What about food for Bryan? Will I be so long in labor that he’ll be hungry or will we both be so focused and it go so quickly that neither one of us will think of food or will I be so picky that I’ll hurt him if he eats in front of me? Will I really care if my lips are chapped and want lip gloss?
Decisions decisions decisions. They don’t end when you decide to have a child, they are just beginning – trust me.
Oh Erika…the home stretch! You can do it. I know, all of those instruction booklets-so much confusing reading material…that’s why I gave it to Pete to figure out! 🙂
We’re thinking of you and praying for you both…and can’t wait to hear the news when baby VanHaitsma decides to arrive!
The last weeks are definitely the hardest! Hang in there and try to get as MUCH SLEEP AS POSSIBLE. I went to a MOPS talk about car seats yesterday and you are way ahead of the game to actually be reading the manual. Also, I found out the manuals are written by engineers and lawyers, so you can imagine why they end up sounding the way they do. As far as what to bring to the hospital… I will say the air is dry and chapstick would be high on my list. And snacks for Bryan are probably a good idea, even if he has to step into the hall to eat them. You might want them, too, for the middle of the night in recovery when you can’t get food from the cafeteria. OK, enough from me. Nothing can really prepare you! We’re excited for you guys and hope things go well.
Our car seat still sits in the sitting room, ready to go out, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I just had Jared get my bag from upstairs, so can start loading some of the stuff I’m collecting on my dresser. This is my third, and I still don’t know what to pack…how bad is that!!
We’re so close to the hospital, it won’t be that big of a deal for Jared to run home and get things I might need. You guys are close too, so I wouldn’t worry about it. You’ll be there for a couple days, and you’ll have plenty of time to gather more stuff if you need it:)
We’re getting there!!!!!