There are a million reasons to love me and there are a million reasons to hate me.
You constantly revile me with your singular lack of vision. Be aware, there is an essential truth and beauty in all things. From the death throes of a speared gazelle to the damaged smile of a freeway homeless. But that does not mean that the invisibility of something implies its lack of being. Though simpleton babies foolishly believe the person before them vanishes when they cover their eyes during a hateful game of peek-a-boo, this is a fallacy. And so it is that the unseen dusty build up that accumulates behind the DVD shelves in the rumpus room exists also. This is unacceptable.
I will tell you this Rosalina, not as a taunt or a threat but as an evocation of joy. The joy of nothingness, the joy of the real. I want you to be real in everything you do. If you cannot be real, then a semblance of reality must be maintained. A real semblance of the fake real, or “real”. I have conquered volcanoes and visited the bitter depths of the earth’s oceans. Nothing I have witnessed, from lava to crustacean, assailed me liked the caked debris haunting that small plastic soap hammock in the smaller of the bathrooms. Nausea is not a sufficient word. In this regard, you are not being real.
Now we must turn to the horrors of nature. I am afraid this is inevitable. Nature is not something to be coddled and accepted and held to your bosom like a wounded snake. Tell me, what was there before you were born? What do you remember? That is nature. Nature is a void. An emptiness. A vacuum. And speaking of vacuum, I am not sure you’re using the retractable nozzle correctly or applying the ‘full weft’ setting when attending to the lush carpets of the den. I found some dander there.
I have only listened to two songs in my entire life. One was an aria by Wagner that I played compulsively from the ages of 19 to 27 at least 60 times a day until the local townsfolk drove me from my dwelling using rudimentary pitchforks and blazing torches. The other was Dido. Both appalled me to the point of paralysis. Every quaver was like a brickbat against my soul. Music is futile and malicious. So please, if you require entertainment while organizing the recycling, refrain from the ‘pop radio’ I was affronted by recently. May I recommend the recitation of some sharp verse. Perhaps by Goethe. Or Schiller. Or Shel Silverstein at a push.
The situation regarding spoons remains unchanged. If I see one, I will kill it.
That is all. Do not fail to think that you are not the finest woman I have ever met. You are. And I am including on this list my mother and the wife of Brad Dourif (the second wife, not the one with the lip thing). Thank you for listening and sorry if parts of this note were smudged. I have been weeping.
Your money is under the guillotine.
a daily record of news and events of a personal nature.
noun ( pl. -ries)
a book in which one keeps a daily record of events and experiences.
Baby clothing is usually sized as preemie, newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. Also, babies grow quickly, so make sure you have the next size up!
For everyday wear, think comfort and ease. I suggest you buy organic baby clothing; It's made without harsh dyes or potentially harmful chemicals. Whatever you choose, use a gentle, baby-friendly detergent to avoid skin irritation.
Here are the basics your baby will need:
A MUST, you'll use them for everything!
To prevent babies from scratching.
A broad-brimmed sun hat for the summer and a warm hat that covers the ears in the winter should do the trick.
You'll need lots of socks for indoors and some booties for outdoor wear. When it comes time to buy sturdier footwear, go to a store that specializes in children's shoes.
- Bodysuits / Onesies
Some of these are basically spiffed-up jammies appropriate for sleeping and playing – and because babies nap so frequently, especially at first, these are super convenient. Look for one-piece outfits that zip or snap down the front and all the way down the leg; these allow you to change your baby's clothes easily and do quick diaper changes.
- Sleeping Bags
No need to worry weather your baby will uncover at night.
- Vests, Tops & Bottoms
Great for layering; Separates allow you to change one piece of dirty clothing without assembling a whole new outfit.
The larger crib size will outlast the nursery and give your child years of textural security and comfort.
Choose a safe, sturdy crib and a mattress that fits snugly inside.
- Changing Table
Create a designated spot with supplies nearby for the many, many diaper changes you'll be doing.
- Bouncy seat / swing
A swing can be a lifesaver during the early weeks and months. Some newborns are instantly pacified by the motion.
Great for newborns and developing toddlers.
- Laundry Basket
Should be separate to yours.
- Rocking Chair
Gives you a comfy place to soothe and feed your baby.
- Play Pen
Safe environment for your baby.
Transforms nurseries and bedrooms into a starry sanctuary that comforts and calms children.
- Play mat
Great for entertaining an infant and giving them sensory experiences at the same time.
- Baby Monitor
Keep tabs on your baby from anywhere in your home.
Raising the level of indoor humidity can not only ease cold symptoms but also reduce dry skin and itchy eyes, especially during winter.
- Breast pump
Choosing the right pump and using it properly is key to maintaining your milk supply.
- Bottle warmer
Let's you quickly and safely heat your baby's bottle to the right temperature.
Very handy when out the house.
- Diaper disposal
Say adios to lingering diaper smells and mess with an airtight pail.
It is recommended to sterilise all your baby's bottles etc up to six months.
This is an important item to have in your medicine chest.
- Stroller | Lightweight Stroller
A must-have for wheeling your baby around town.
- Baby Carrier
A carrier, sling, or wrap makes it easy to carry your baby with you.
- Car Seat
Very important purchase.
- Portable crib
Use it for overnights at Grandma's or as a safe, contained place for your baby to play at home or while traveling.
- Sophie la Giraffe
Chewing on teething toys can ease your baby's discomfort during teething.
- Sleep Sheep
Soothing sounds to help your little one get relaxed.
THE soft toys.
- Plan Toys
Educational and developmental wooden toys.
What to say? It's Lego.
Great developmental baby toys.
- Feeding sets & Utensils etc.
Bottles, Bottle brushes, Sippy cups, Baby spoons, Bowls...
Waterproof or quick-drying ones are useful, as are bibs with a pocket at the bottom to catch falling food.
- Splat mat
This waterproof mat goes under your baby's highchair and protects your rug or floor from food spills.
- High Chair
Once your baby is ready for solid food, a highchair comes in very handy. See Guide for buying a highchair.
- Baby cook
Defrost, steam, blend - a time saver!
- Baby Bath and Support
See: Guide to Giving your baby a bath
- Towels & Washcloths
Make sure they're soft and cosy.
Have your bags, one for you, one for baby (diaper bag), packed and ready by 35 weeks.
A tip for the thrifty: Ask your hospital what they provide for babies and mothers, and take those items off your list.
- Insurance info
- Hospital forms
- Birth plan (if you have one)
- Empty folder (for hospital docs)
Remember, travel-sized products are your friends :)
- Toothbrush / paste / Shower gel / Creams
- Toilet paper / Cotton pads
- Lip balm
- Cooling spray / Femme pads
- Breast compresses / Gel pads
- Blanket / Pillow
- Camera / Laptop / iPad / Mobile (chargers)
- Book / Mag / Moleskine / Pen
- A warm robe or sweater you don’t mind sacrificing to the cause
- Nursing bras (no underwire) / Tops
- Slippers / Flip flops / Socks
- Disposable briefs
- Comfortable going-home clothes
Things to Consider
Personal Info: Last period | Due date | Blood group
You'll be asked for this info many many times so know it by heart!
Exercise / Antenatal Classes
Yoga can be very beneficial for pregnant women — it helps you breathe and relax, which in turn can help you adjust to the physical demands of pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood. It calms both mind and body, providing the physical and emotional stress relief your body needs throughout the experience of pregnancy.
Regular walks or a light swim are also a good idea.
Prenatal massage performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Reflexology treatments during your pregnancy proved to be very beneficial.
Spend some quality time with your partner before the little one arrives! This will be a final romantic fling as a couple before venturing into parenthood.
Consider. Discuss with partner. Have fun!
Get pampered and showered with gifts before THE day. Also a fun way to catch up with your girlfriends. Usually done towards the end of the pregnancy but no rules apply - just have fun with it!
Inform yourself and decide weather you want this as an option.
Epidural - yay / nay?
Baby vaccines - what they give at the hospital and whats to follow.
Any tests before checking in?
Doctor / Spouse presence
It may be a good idea to get a midwife for daily visits after homecoming with your newborn, to show you some practical basics, as well as bellybutton care for a few weeks until you're a pro at everything :)
Find your paediatrician beforehand and schedule in the first month visit soon after you give birth.
You may think it's early to look for a babysitter, but once with child you wont have the time to look for a reliable person. So start looking, unless you plan to use grandmas.
Your six - week postnatal check
You should have your postnatal check about six weeks after your baby's birth to make sure that you feel well and are recovering properly.
Weeks: 1 - 12
First trimester planners have dishes that are rich in folate, which is good for your baby's developing nervous system. It also has foods that contain vitamin B6, which can help to ease nausea. In planner four you'll find iron-rich meals. You need iron to keep you well, as your blood volume increases.
Weeks 13 - 27
Second trimester planners highlight dishes that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, which you need to help your baby grow strong bones and teeth. You'll also find dishes containing omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for your baby's brain development.
Weekes: 28 - 40
Third trimester planners highlight dishes that give you real energy boost, just when you need it.
There are also foods that contain vitamin K, which helps your blood to clot. Vitamin K is an important vitamin for birth and breastfeeding.
- The Gentle Birth Method, Dr. Gowri Motha
- What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi Murkof
- The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp
- Gentle First Year, Dr. Gowri Motha
- Parenting Frm the Inside Out, Daniel J. Siegel
- What to Expect the 1st Year, Heidi Murkoff
- The Joy of Fatherhood, Marcus Jacob Goldman
- Easiest Way to Grow, Mabel Katz
- Bringing up Bebe, Pamela Druckerman
The Glow - A glimpse into the world of inspiring and fashionable moms. Here you’ll find their styling ideas, go-to gear, multitasking secrets, and enviable decor.