There’s simply no sure fire way that I know of to be one hundred percent prepared for the arrival of a new baby.
From day one, each child is an individual and there’s no way for parents to predict if they’ll have a sleeper, crier, happy baby or fussy baby. There are a few things that parents can do to prepare for this brief moment of time when your baby is a newborn. Before preparing, one must set realistic expectations for the family. People will tell you to sleep when baby is sleeping. I never understood how that was even a possibility. My children took relatively short naps and if I could get in a brief shower with out one wailing, I would have been elated. By the third week of my eldest daughter’s life, I gave up on pampering myself and shaving my legs in the shower. I learned to wait until we had a visitor if I wanted to splurge my free time on pampering myself.
But I’m not prepared! (more…)