October 8th, the due date of Baby Bucky, as we are affectionately calling this kid until we know more, has pretty much come and gone. The nursery is ready for an occupant. We are as ready as we can be to meet this little person. Our families are anxiously awaiting. I feel like we are in stage that seems so typical and cliché. Just waiting on a baby, happily. I don’t mind it he/she stays put for a few more days.
Throughout this experience, I have made some observations and acquired some favorites to share with others who are headed down this path. I thought I would share them here, and a few pictures of the nursery, which is really a room for my delight more than anyone else’s.
First, Le Tote. This is a clothes rental service in which you pay a monthly fee ($70) and they will send you 5 things at a time (two are always accessories). While they have a “normal people” track and a maternity track, I think this is mostly beneficial for maternity clothes that one only needs for a short time. You can wear each once, 5 times, whatever, and return dirty. Then they will send you your next batch. I subscribed to this for my last two months of pregnancy, rather than sitting in my closet each day having a tantrum. I have averaged about 4 “totes” a month—I wear each item about once, throw each item in the return envelope dirty, and at the end of the week return, only to acquire the next one by about Monday of the following week. It has made dressing for work so much easier. I highly recommend it. If you want to try it, let me know and I will send you a “free tote” online.
Also, safflower oil. In the spring, Mom, Megan and I went to Santa Fe for a quick trip. It was glorious, especially the few hours we spent at Ten Thousand Waves Spa. The spa used safflower oil as massage oil and it doesn’t smell at all. I have been particularly sensitive to smells during pregnancy (and most of life) and I have used this each morning as moisturizer to avoid stretch marks. It has worked so far. Scott says stretch marks will come when I “shrink,” so I will report back then. I love that guy.
Babylist is another favorite. This is a registry site that allows you to curate your registry from all corners of the web-world. I registered for things on etsy, Nordstrom, Anthro, etc., and I think it made the registry process much more fun! Of course most still love to buy from Amazon (me too) but branching out a little has been really nice.
I have observed just how different it is for each person to be pregnant. I actually really enjoyed it. I have felt pretty good. I don’t have to wash my hair as much. People tend to be pretty nice. I have less guilt about ice cream. I can unapologetically eat in every single meeting I have during the day. I had to replace two tires and they just gave them to me for free earlier this week. I think I looked a little too large and crazy. The tire dudes were a little freaked out. I have had reason to celebrate with friends, and be with my family more. Scott has checked so many house projects off our list. There is sort of something natural to talk about with people. There is excitement in the air. It has been fun! (And weird! But mostly fun!) But I know that is not the case for everyone, and I am really sympathetic to that. It is different for everyone. And that is really okay.
Mostly, through this whole experience, I am grateful. Grateful for the experience. Grateful for friends who have celebrated this baby. Grateful for family who is excited. Grateful for the prayers of our big world to pray us into parenthood. Grateful for a husband who is steadfast and kind. Grateful to God who is always good.