Week 15: We’re on a list

As is the case in most cities, day care is at a premium here.

The day (almost hours after my blood work) I found out I was pregnant, I submitted our application for our top day care choice. Since it is affiliated with my employer I had to go through a verification process before Wee One could be placed on the waiting list.

My last communication with the place was over two months ago. I recently inquired about our status.

Number 96.

That’s where we are on the wait list.

I almost fell out of my office chair.

There is no way a spot will open up by the beginning of December. There won’t even be a spot in January (if I were to take 12 weeks instead of 8).

Yesterday: I created a list of facilities based on location, price and availability of infant care.

Today: I’ll be spending the rest of my lunch hour calling each one.

I’ll put Wee One’s TBD name on every damn waiting list if I have to. Heh.

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I’m super excited for the shipment of goodies I received from Amazon!

In my possession are two (hopefully) great books:

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

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My co-worker raved about Bringing up Bebe. She said it made her feel so much better (and less guilty) about her pregnancy and impending motherhood. If there is one thing I’ve learned since becoming pregnant, it’s American women are told NO a lot. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. Don’t eat this or that. Don’t sleep like this. Just don’t. While I won’t go so far as to say the recommendations are unfounded, it’s nice to read that French women don’t have all of these restrictions and their children are fine.

Happiest Baby on the Block

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Oh Happiest Baby on the Block! I’m only 15 pages in and I adore you already. One of my biggest fears of mommyhood is not being able to sooth my crying baby. It’s my hope that by reading this ahead of time that I’ll retain even a fraction of the information for when baby gets here. But I can guarantee I’ll need to refer to it often. Hahaha!

And a new prenatal workout DVD:

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As for the workout DVD, I’m going to “watch” it this evening. My living room is a certifiable disaster zone since Hubby is still cutting and hanging drywall. Maybe in the next day or two I’ll actually be able to exercise! 

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On another note, I’ve become a Random Registry Stalker. I found myself typing in random names on Target yesterday and looking through registries others had created.

Creating ours has proved to be more difficult than the one for our wedding.

THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS!!

Basically my strategy is to research, research, and research some more. Here’s the thing. Every mom swears by something different. It’s fine to take suggestions, but you have to decide for yourself what is right for you and your family. It’s also a delicate balance between registering for necessities and what you might need.

For example, we might need a Pack-n-Play. Given the layout of our bedroom and current lack of storage space, something like this is more of a necessity:

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Does that mean we won’t need a pack-n-play down the road? Nope. But we don’t need it right now.

I do have to say, though, I’m looking forward to walking through Target (or wherever) with Hubby and registering for items that are gender specific.

I asked him last night if he was hoping for a boy or girl. His response was, “What do you think?”

I honestly didn’t have an answer. I really felt like he could go either way.

But then I mentioned his dad wanting it to be a girl and Hubby replied, “Well, he can just stay out of it.”

HA!

I guess that answers my question.

Only 26 days to go! 😉