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Preparing for Zachary – Pregnancy, Checklists, etc.

Maternity Clothes – Shopping Checklist

Despite what the stores seem to insinuate, you don’t need everything in your pregnancy closet to say “maternity” on it. When I was first pregnant, I received a gift from a friend of a book called Bump It Up,which taught me to have a few basics, a “uniform”, and to mix and match to get [...]

Zachary’s Nursery Part 1 – Designing and Creating the Nursery

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Within a few weeks of finding out I was pregnant, we got to work transforming one of our spare bedrooms into a nursery.  We painted, ordered furniture, and did lots of DIY projects to make the space one where Zachary can learn and discover. Painting and Space Planning We started with overall paint and space [...]

Registering for Your Baby Shower

I found registering for my shower to be a bit stressful.  After all, I had little idea of what I needed, became overwhelmed in the baby stores and baby aisles, and all I could think was that I had to get it “right”  - that Zachary’s very life depended on me picking the exact perfect [...]

Interviewing and Selecting Pediatricians

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One of the things you get to do when you are pregnant is interview pediatricians for your unborn child.  It is a really amazing opportunity to hand-select the person that will influence so much of your child’s experiences, but it is also a little intimidating because how in the world do you choose?  Below are [...]

Packing for the Hospital

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I have been asked a few times what and how we packed for the hospital when Zachary was born. Here is a list of how we packed, what we packed, etc. [General Tips] We first packed by person. That is, I had a bag, Jody had a bag, and then we had Zachary’s diaper bag. [...]