As soon as my baby bump emerged and people found out I was pregnant, I've continued to field the same question multiple times a day. "Are you ready?" The response varies depending on my mood and who is asking. The honest answer is I'm ready to not be pregnant and enjoy a glass of wine and more than one cup of coffee and wear normal clothes again, but I'm not ready to be an actual parent. This is what I share with my friends. To the random person I encounter at the park when I'm walking my dog or my office's janitor who has told me I look like I'm about to pop every.single.day of my third trimester, I usually give a curt, "Getting there."
In case you're wondering, Annabelle is not ready for a baby brother or sharing the backseat.
Now that I'm officially 39 weeks pregnant and the little guy could come any day, I'm feeling as prepared as I can be. The nursery is set up, and the car seat is installed. I've stocked up on diapers and wipes, attended all of the birth, baby, and breastfeeding classes, drafted the out of office email message, and tied as many loose ends as possible. What has helped the most is reading as much as I can about the first few weeks and months after birth and talking with my girlfriends who've recently had kids about their experiences. As much as I've read, nothing beats hearing about real experiences from friends.
However, here are the books that I've found to be the most helpful -
I've also been reading through Anna and Layla's site - My Baby Care. Anna and Layla are two moms who share their experiences with motherhood and keep their readers informed of the most up to date and best baby gear. As a first time mom, it is hard to know what gear to select when there are SO MANY CHOICES! They've taken care of the overwhelming task of compiling different options and sharing unbiased pros and cons. I recommend their site to any new or expecting mom.
If you're a new or expecting mom, what resources have been most helpful to you?