Honestly, I’m having trouble believing that as of Saturday, I’ll be 27 weeks and officially in the third and final trimester. How is this going by so fast? ! Back in the spring, it seemed like I had all the time in the world to find the right doctor, set up a room, and – you know – figure out how to take care of a baby. But here we are, in the thick of summer, and we’re realizing that our little Bonbon will be here before we know it!
We’ve been in the midst of a revolving door of guests lately and it’s been oh so much fun! First Shawn and Kate were here, then our friends Tamar and Chid swung by for a few days, right now Marq and Dawn are visiting, and next week my bestie Devon is coming to town. It’s been a great way to relax with friends before our life completely changes, but boy is it making this summer go by fast! Overall, I’m still feeling really good, although I’m definitely slowing down especially in the heat. I find that at the end of the day, I need to put my feet up and sit for awhile and I need to take frequent breaks when walking around. This bump just keeps getting bigger and bigger (I guess that’s the idea, right?) and I’m starting to just feel large. But again, I can’t complain. I am so grateful for having a healthy pregnancy and I have not for one second taken for granted the ease with which we’ve been able to go through this whole process. We are truly lucky.
We’re planning to spend the month of August really hunkering down and prepping for baby girl. I’ve contacted the midwife and we’ll be starting our Pre Natal classes next week, we have lots of clothes and blankets to wash, and an entire room to set up. I’m also working on figuring out my “birth plan”, a term I use loosely since the French laugh in the face of having a written plan to submit to the hospital. Pretty sure that’s not how it works around here.
We’re using our “second guest room” as the baby room and plan on decorating it pretty minimally since there is a chance we could be moving shortly after she is born. We’re lucky to have lots of friends here in Montpellier willing to loan us things like a crib, carseat, stroller, carrier, etc. so that we don’t have to invest too much money in supplies before either getting rid of them or paying to ship them to wherever we go next.
So my question to the moms out there is this, what do I need for the first 6 months? Seriously, give me the basics. We’re trying to be minimalistic here, but every time I go shopping for the Bonbon, I walk out of the store empty handed because I realize I have no idea what to buy. So shoot me straight – what do I really need? I’d love to get a list of your top 10 items I will need for the first 6 months. Please leave your ideas in the comments below!