When I first started this blog I had made a list of things I needed to get taken care of and today I am going to update everyone on the status of that list.
- Find an OB – Check (sort of)
After much research, debate, and pleading, the Hub and I have decided to go with a midwife and have a home birth. GASP! She is beautiful and charming and knowledgeable and I think we both feel very comfortable with her.
On the home birth decision: No, I am not crazy or really even that granola, it’s simply the best option for us. You may feel differently, and that is OK. Yes, it’s going to hurt, I understand that. I also realize it’s going to be hard and quite possibly very scary and that’s OK too. Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.
- Estimate cost of Dr. trips for duration of pregnancy
No longer need to do, all financial woes have been sorted out and dealt with. Another awesome aspect of a midwife: knowing what to expect. Seriously, expect a “Why Midwives Rock my World” post sometime in the near future. It’s a secret that you all really need to know.
- Price out child care options
Done. We’ve decided to go with the CDC on base. (GASP! Again!) I know I said I didn’t want to send my child to daycare, but sometimes a person puts her foot in her mouth. It’s the most affordable option, and being a government facility I have a little more faith in it than some random lady who has a certificate in CPR. So do I, but believe me, you don’t want me to be the only person around if you start to die. I also know that I can put my child on the waiting list (pre-birth) and have a very high likelihood of her getting in as soon as I need. I am a slight bit frustrated with the limited options I have in my town, but that’s another story for another time.
- Research and set maternity clothing budget
Well, my goal here is not to buy much of anything new, to find as much used as I can. I have a few stretchy tops and such that I am hoping to be able to get by for a few months and maybe borrow from friends. Donations are welcome, though I am not sure how maternity sizing works. Does anyone know if there are like maternity clothes exchange shops? I mean, it just sounds like it’d be a good idea.
Little did I know, costs which I thought were pretty low before were unnecessary. I slightly deluded myself into thinking that even though my brother and sister have 4 kids under the age of 3, I should buy everything new. I realize that it was stupid and I think we’ll be able to ship everything they have for me for MUCH less than even the cost of the crib I wanted. Hey, don’t judge, at least I decided it BEFORE I spent all the money on new things.
I love the big, fat check marks I have mentally scribbled across this list, mostly to spite everyone who told me I couldn’t ”prepare” for this. Ha Ha Ha. IN YOUR FACE. But I still love you, I just also love being right.