|Us with our 8 week ultrasound|
Since then we've been pretty much in full baby mode. Chad has been doing extensive research on the safety information and product reviews on child seats, strollers, and more. We registered at Target and Babies R' Us. The biggest issue that we have come across with registering is that we aren't going to find out whether we are having a boy or a girl. It is very difficult to find gender neutral things to put on our registry. We've decided that green is our color of choice though. There are so many things to think of. Which kind of pack n' play? Do we want a changing table or a dress/changer that can be used later? Get a regular stroller or a jogger that's more versatile? Will I strictly breastfeed or supplement with formula? Can we use cloth diapers to cut our disposable costs? Where is the best place to purchase cloth diapers? Luckily, we've had a lot of help from family and friends to help us with a lot of these questions. We've also started on our stockpile of diapers and wipes. One thing at a time. Slowly things are coming together and we are confident that we can get all of this done and mentally prepare ourselves before our child arrives.
The timing is going to be a bit off though. On the one hand, this will be almost perfect for me working. I'm due at the very end of May and by the time school starts back up I'll be ready to return to work and the baby will be old enough to go into childcare. The first problem with the timing of our child's birth is that Chad, most likely, will be at sea when the baby is born. Also, since school will not have ended yet, my mom will not be able to be here for the baby's birth either. However we are fortunate in that we have other family and friends who can be here with me for that time frame. We are trusting that God is going to take care of us no matter what through this exciting and stressful time.