A Moment of Sheer Panic
What if we are matched tomorrow?
Seriously, we could be matched tomorrow!! Or the next day. Or the next. Or the next.
We are so not ready!!!
I cannot even write a list of things we need, because I have no idea what we need!
Our child will have somewhere to sleep, and we will have a few books to read to him/her. And now thanks to the generosity of a few amazing friends, we have a couple more things. But, in the scheme of baby stuff, we have lots of things to get still.
Really, we do not have anything ready yet!
We have no diapers – heck, we haven’t even talked about cloth or disposable.
A diaper genie that sounds like a good idea as no-one likes smelling poop all day long. Don’t have one of those yet.
Baby wipes. I’m guessing we’ll need some of those.
And clothing too. Currently our child will be naked, virtually every day of their life!
Receiving blankets. None of those yet either. I’m guessing they are a good idea.
What about formula. Yup, haven’t even begun to look into brands and options. Add that the list.
And maybe bottles. Yes, barring some sort of super human ability our child will need some sort of mechanism to get the formula into them.
What about a soother. Are those good or bad? What brands do we buy? How many do we need?
Since we will be flying, how do babies travel via plane? Can we just hold the baby, is that still allowed? Am I an unfit parent for thinking that’s still okay?
The kid might have to ride in a car from time to time. What’s the best car seat brand? If they all say they have 5 star ratings, which one is actually the best?! If I screw this up, our kid could die! Like seriously, DIE! Shit, we’ve got to get this one right…
And what about a stroller and a bike carrier? What age can they go behind a bike? I’ve heard BOB Revolution has the best running stroller. And I’ve heard UPPAbaby is the best. If they are all the best, how the heck are we supposed to decide?! Do I have to buy one for each activity and have like 10 of them at home? I hope not, these things are freaking expensive!
Can I buy used? Are some things mandatory buy new only? I really want to buy second-hand as much as possible.
What about a bassinet? Do we need one? Should we have one? The books say don’t waste your money, but they seem like such a good idea.
Maybe I should read more books! Oh, but there are so many books, and they all contradict each other. Where do I start? What do I believe!?
What about bathing a kid? Can I use a sink for that or do I need an actual tub thing? (Yes, I just called it a tub thing, if it has a proper name I am unaware of it).
Oh, and on the subject of bathing, what about soap. Do you even use soap to wash a baby?
What about a snot sucker thing. My cousins used our vacuum attachment with their kid, it looked like cruel torture, is this device normal? Do I have to torture our child to be a good mom?!
How do we introduce our dog to our child? They are going to be best buds even if they don’t know it yet. Oh, Sadie, please don’t eat the baby!
We should probably get a bouncy chair and a baby carrier too. Those sound important.
Oh, shit, I don’t even have a mom to call to ask any of these questions. Seriously, how the hell are we going to do this…
Oh my, what have we signed up for?!
In all seriousness, I do know how we are going to do this – with the help of my amazing friends. if you have any must have immediately upon baby arrival recommendations please let me know! We are trying to make sure we have the bare minimums covered so we are ready in case we get the call.
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