When you find out you’re going to be a parent, you also learn a bunch of things that TV and the movies don’t teach you about the whole having a baby thing.
Everyone knows it will change your life. But until you’re in that situation, and you start learning and talking to people, you never realize how much it will change your life. Similarly, there are a whole slew of health issues that could throw a wrench into everything. Most of those health issues pop up before the end of the first trimester (12 weeks). Once you pass that 12-week mark, things remarkably improve.
Because of this, The Civee and I decided to wait to tell people when we first found out she was pregnant. We weren’t ready to answer all of the life questions that people would have. Also, we wanted to have our first doctor’s visit and make sure everything was in the right place before filling other people in. I wrote about it ninja-style earlier this month, and since then, we’ve slowly started to let others know.
Well, now we’re out of the first trimester, and it’s not a secret anymore (also, she’s starting to show, so we wouldn’t have been able to keep it a secret much longer), we’re starting to really feel like parents-to-be.
Yesterday, because there was a sale at Costco, we bought a box of diapers. Two hundred came in the box. Sadly, I was informed that the box wouldn’t last us six months like I had thought.
And today, after Mass, another parishioner came up to us and congratulated us (after politely saying she didn’t want to jump to any conclusions). It’s really nice to have it out there. And even though we don’t have all of the questions answered, I’m enjoying this father-to-be stuff.
Although it would be much tougher to enjoy if I was going through everything The Civee is feeling. She’s definitely a champ (as are all other expecting mothers).
6 thoughts on “Now That the Cat's Out of the Bag”
Congrats! Smart to wait before telling people. I have a friend who announces her pregnancies 5 minutes after she pees on the stick.
Yeah, that box of 200 diapers will last you roughly an hour and a half.
I do not miss those days. And those smells.
I’d say start not sleeping now, I kept hearing about how you little you sleep and to be honest they all under estimated the amount I lost. Start weening yourself down to about 4 hours a night.
Forget about newborn diapers go with the stage one and twos. We started with about 400 stage 1s and we ran out of those pretty fast and we are about to go threw our second 400. He’s getting closer to stage two so who knows how many more we actually need.
Congrats though and welcome to a new life of watching TV at 3:00AM. I have watched more international soccer in the two months than all my past soccer watching. OR get set the DVD player up with something before you go to bed. Also Adult Swim is a nice alternative, since I have Dish I get the east and west coast feeds.
I’ll stop the rambling and go back to the strange numb coma I’ve been in.
Thanks for the tip on sizes, J-Dog. It’s all very confusing with the numbers and multiple sizes…couldn’t there just be a baby size?
In diapers, size matters. However, there’s an easy way to know when to move up a size. When the crap starts coming out the side on a regular basis (rather than occasionally) get bigger diapers. Welcome to parenthood!
Congratulations!! That’s great news!
Parenthood changes things in your life to the Nth degree. Relationships change, friendships change, everyone asks about how you’re doing like they care, when really they want to know how the baby is.
Don’t believe what people say about sleep. Sure, there will be some sleep lost, but our boy was sleeping 10-12 hours within the first couple of months.
Because it’s autumn and thus chilly, you’ll have to clothe the baby warmly, of course. But don’t get many newborn size onesies, because the baby won’t really be able to wear onesies or rompers for the first couple of weeks because of the cord stub. Better to be prepared with the 0-3 clothes.
This ends my unsolicited advice comment. For more unsolicited advice, just ask. 🙂
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