At what point is it okay to begin "getting ready" for baby? When I was pregnant with Sam, the shopping and planning began immediately. And, you know what was great?? I had a book, several books really, that told me what to do and when to do it. It was brilliant! I could justify my monthly, and eventually weekly, excursions to Babys 'R' Us with written documentation that it was time to shop for a highchair/stroller/dozen plush toys.
A conversation would take place that would go something like this:
"Yes, Keith, I am sure. The experts have advised that it is so. Just look here.... according to Martha, The Girlfriends, and What to Expect, it is critical that we find a jogging stroller in month 6. I know I don't jog, but I do follow the rules, and they seem to be clearly outlined here in each of these tried and true documents."
Really, it was a the way to go. Print "to do" list, drive to baby store, check brain at the door, and shop. (Not to mention the well timed baby showers that were also clearly outline by the handy-dandy baby books.) But, now?!?! Does anyone have a "What to Expect When You're Adopting" handbook that I don't know about?
I really just do not know what to do, or when to do it, or if I should register, OR if we should paint the nursery after Family Court or half way through PGN?!!? Yes, these are just some of the rambling thoughts of the adopting mother.
What is the protocol? Anyone?
Well, by accident, I did start thinking about the nursery. Sam's room is painted with stripes that K and I delusionally thought would be fun to paint ourselves.... they are red, blue, and gray with the walls in a khaki color. I first thought we would do something similar for the baby... stripes of brown and purplish with some dots here and there... sounds awful, but if you ever get PB kids, there is something similar that we would plan to swipe. But, I may be going in a different direction. After recently getting my hair colored and purchasing a mountain of product, I was delighted (doesn't take much) to learn that my purchase had earned me a free travel tote. Fun! It is super cute... and I think I love it enough to use the design for the nursery!!
Oh, and I also found a few crib sets that I liked, so I am going to try include links for those. I would love feedback.
Here are some other possible starting points:
2) Funky Polkadots
3) Funky Shapes
5) Lots of Dots