Week 18, Day 1
Being a first-time mom at 42 … what the medical professionals politely call “of Advanced Maternal Age” … means I have lots of friends who have children already, from newborns to teenagers.
I absolutely plan to exploit this to the fullest.
For instance, as I worked on our Amazon registry this weekend, I was trying to decide what to do about:
* cloth diapers vs disposables, and, because we’ve almost settled on cloth, how to make cloth work and which system is better and should we just get one each of a whole bunch of kinds and see what works before making a huge investment, or is that in itself a huge investment?
* when do I need what? i.e., does a breast-feeding newborn need a bib? how many times a day will diaper changes turn into onesie changes?
* who liked which stroller system? I have at least one friend who has a stroller but uses her Ergo baby carrier almost exclusively. Does anyone else have experience with carriers?
* what are some awesome lullaby albums?
And so on and so on. Don’t think more of these questions won’t pop up here on the blog. Because what I’m hoping is that y’all will feel free to give me the dirt on what worked for you, what didn’t work for you, what you tried that you would never do again, what you think I should consider. Really. I mean it. I. Am. Asking. For. This. Advice. I might not take all of it, but this is new territory for me and I don’t do well without input and information. And I’d much rather have it from the family and friends who I love and respect than from conflicting articles and anonymous Internet chat-board sources.
So lay it on me. Really let me have it.