more good news! spouse has a shiny new job offer for a job that doesn't have an expiration date. whew!
now i have to get the finances for this month automated, because baby should arrive before month's end and i don't want to be caught too sleep-deprived to remember. i normally do this all manually through the bank's online bill payment system.
high praise from the diligent Peachy! thank you! hope to see you soon
Panda- thanks, yeah i'm already very tired of this and ready for baby to come. (sigh.) i can try to recreate my necessities list! let me see:
crib with mattress (i stalked sales for *months*)
mattress pad (i did not think of this, because the mattress is waterproof, but now i am glad we received it)
2 crib sheets
2 sheet savers
we received an adorable mobile and i rather like it, but i don't think it's critical. also, people will give you a TON of blankets.
in lieu of a kids' dresser, we got a storage cube organizer with 9 brightly colored fabric drawers. it holds pretty much *everything* including the truckload of 0-3 month clothing, and seems pretty versatile.
diapering was pretty much the biggest thing.
24 diapers (assortment of different bumgenius types)
30+ wipes (assortment of types as well- thicker fleece type as well as thinner flannel)
a whole ton of cut-up old t-shirt rags (obviously free)
2 *large* wet bags (in lieu of diaper pail)
drying rack, clothes pins (for outdoor drying on our little patio this summer)
cloth diaper compatible diaper cream
wipe solution components (soap and oil, basically)
diaper sprayer (DIY for $20, not the $45 cheapass one they market)
a month of disposable diapers and wipes for the newborn stage- we stalked for mega sales and then stocked up.
feeding is the other big thing.
glider and footrest (i would have convinced myself to not buy this, but a friend bought it for us and we both adore it. has been great already for going through the pre-labor pains i'm feeling now.)
feeding support pillow
cream, for soreness
some kind of heat/cool pack, also for soreness
nursing pads (i splurged on some high-end soft and washable ones, as i've been using these since 18 weeks! i have to say this was one of my better purchases, especially over those flat and uncomfortable ones that leave marks.)
we were given regular prefold cloth diapers with a suggestion to use them as burp rags- this seems like a good idea from what i can tell. or the free cut-up rags would work if sewn into several layers (we made a bunch of those, too.)
a sink pad (in lieu of a huge plastic tub to put inside the regular tub, because geez)
misc soaps, lotions, what have you
thermometer, grooming kit, nose bulb, blah
for when i go back to work/feeding later on:
diaper bag to send to daycare with baby
medium wet bag for the day's dirty diapers and dirty clothes
dual electric pump (mine has a cooler and bottles and such included for storing at work)
full spare parts kit for pump (to prevent pumping emergency)
bottles (7) and brush and cleaning accessories
freezer storage for milk
car seat, obviously (we skipped the infant bucket for the convertible)
infant insert for the convertible seat
baby carrier (since there will be no infant bucket- we were given a wrap and a backpack-style carrier)
no stroller yet, and i don't know if/when we will go there
for the hospital:
robe, slippers that i am not at all attached to
nursing friendly nightgown i am not at all attached to
nursing top (though i intend to make my own from some cheap tank tops later)
very stretchy pajama pants
this is still quite a bit of stuff, but it does not add up to a lot of space. as i mentioned, it basically all fits in the 9 fabric drawers (with kitchen stuff stored in the kitchen, and so forth). we are fortunate to have had a lot of help from friends and family, who have been waiting forever for us to have kids, so we only had to buy a handful of these items. whew!