Now that my little babe is on this side of the belly it is so, so easy to forget all the weeks of back pain, insomnia and swollen feet. Emotionally the world seems so much better now as well. All the fear, uncertainty and concern of how things will be, are gone. Everything seems very clear now, all things are coming into place, all pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly now. There were two of us and now there are three. Seems like three is what has always been. My precious boy completed our little family.
The birth was all I imagined and more. Anticipating the due date I was scared, excited and anxious, I was not sure what to expect. My biggest fear was me not recognizing the early stages of labor, getting on a subway and my waters breaking somewhere between Jackson Heights and 59th Street on the way to work.
Just minutes after being born
After crossing the 37 week mark when the baby is considered near full term I started walking on eggshells. My anxiety grew each day. I was also dealing with pregnancy diabetes and somewhere around week 36 my sugar levels started to get out a bit out of control, no matter how careful I was. Well, I also cheated here and there since it was the Holiday Season! All the cookies, chocolates and other sugary treats were spread all over the office’s kitchen counters and were so hard to resist. That did not help the sugar levels either. Yikes.
My precious, beautiful, healthy and strong baby boy arrived on his due date, January 9th at 40 weeks exactly.
I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to announce his birth! I will sound too cliche but yes, it has been a bit busy around here these past few weeks. And as far as silence in November and December, I will refrain from complaining too much and all I will say is that I was just trying to get through the sleepless nights (big belly was getting in the way!) and manage to make it to work on time. Everything else became less of a priority.
Anyway, whatever happened pre-baby is a bit meaningless now, all that matters right now is life after Franco. 🙂
Baby Franco cozily snuggled in just few hours after being born
The last few weeks have been filled with a lot of office work and baby prep of course. I have been on a lookout for clearance, Amazon deals and I make sure that everyone knows that I am happily and gratefully accepting hand me downs 🙂 Since I know babies grow out of everything in a New York minute I am not overbuying / over hoarding clothing. Just a few pieces of a specific item in a specific size should hopefully do.
I am also counting days till my annual trip to see my family in Poland. When I travel I will be at week 26/27 so most likely it will be my last international trip for the year. Anyway, my wonderful sister (and mama to four little ones) is putting aside several newborn winter outfits / outerwear so I can take them back with me. Funnily enough, most if not all of those pieces are what I purchased for her babies over the last 7 years! Four of her munchkins wore the newborn sets she is giving to me now. I am thrilled since not only will I not need to buy newborn outerwear but it also has so much meaning to me. We are taking our sisterhood to a whole new level – we both are mamas now, we can relate to the same things.
While in Poland I am going to pick up some of the items that are way too expensive here without compromising any quality. Actually, I love the quality of European baby clothing, blankets, sheets. The cosmetics (not just for babies) are much healthier as well. So I am stocking up. I already did some shopping on a Polish equivalent of Amazon and will be bringing home some really nice goodies! One of the items I am most happy to get brand new and at least three times cheaper is an Ergo Carrier. They start at around $115 new here in the US, while the same Ergo carrier purchased in Poland is 129 zloty ($36). If you scroll down you will see all the beautiful fabrics they offer. I could buy it half the price used but I decided to splurge and get a new one since I am planning on using it until my little babe outgrows it (I am assuming 2.5 years old). After that I will easily re-sell it on eBay for the $36 that I am paying for it now. Ha! See? I have a plan.
After finding out I am expecting I started researching what free (or almost free) goodies I can get for my little babe. This is what I have been able to get so far:
If you sign up for Target Registry (signing up and putting a few things on your list is all you need to do. No need to purchase anything), you can pick up from Target’s ‘Guest Services’ at their store a ‘welcome kit’ worth approximately $20-$25. I did not have a chance to pick it up after 2 or so months but to my big surprise it was actually mailed to me. On Target’s website it is advertised as worth closer to $50 but it was definitely less than that.