May 2002 We now have the baby changing table and a twin day bed set up. We will put up the crib later as the baby will be in the bassinet for a month or two. Grandma Avelina made the baby 3 beautiful afghans. It was difficult to decide which one to have out on the bed, so we decided to rotate them. They are all on the bed pictured to the left, but we will keep out the blue, pink and white one first. My big sister Cathy also made a gorgeous afghan for us, perfect!
April 2002 The room is coming along and we are now in the "better get it done" mode. We have one full wall (9'x13') that we papered with an under water mural. We are going to try and stick with the bright colors in the room and hope our child is going to be a water baby.
April 2002 We have been preparing for the baby's arrival and attending our Labor Classes. They were every Tuesday night in April from 6-9pm and boy did we have home work. Our last class was on the 23rd and we had to bring in a Birth Plan as well as the packed bag we will be bringing to the hospital (for the real thing).
Alan was fortunate enough to attend Daddy Boot camp one Saturday. There were 3 dads with their 3 newborns teaching the class. It was open discussion and Men Only. They were able to discuss everything from baby to wives, new habits, new life. They could hold, feed and change the "real" babies. Alan picked up quite a few pointers and we will just go with the flow.
We also attended a one night breastfeeding class. We are going to give it a whirl. Hopefully our little guy takes to breastfeeding.
May 1, 2002 We attended our last class 2 days ago! Those can really tire you out, so full of info. This was the newborn basics class. We each had a doll that had to be bathed and changed. Not too realistic, but there were some good pointers. It was really just nice meeting other couples that are due around the same time we are and hearing what they experience.