Baby prep!

“We’re having a baby!”

“Awesome! Congratulations! When are you due? Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl yet?”

“Um……..”

So, we haven’t had any actual conversations like this. But, it is pretty accurate when it comes to baby prep. You see, we ticked any race and any gender on our adoption forms. And even though in my dream I was holding a baby girl named Hope, we’re still open to the possibility of bringing home a baby boy named Noah. 

And we are so super excited about our baby! But here’s the difficult part…because we don’t know how old our baby will be, or if it will be a boy or a girl, it makes baby prep a little tougher! And not having a ‘due date’ to work with, makes things a little trickier! 

When I go to the shops now, and see the prettiest little dress, or the coolest little “cool dude” outfit, it takes every bit of self restraint I can muster, to NOT buy it.  Because I just don’t know.  And then I think, well, I could go for the neutral colours, yellow, green, grey etc. But what age do I buy? I don’t know. 

Plus, we’re just a few weeks away from being approved as adoptive parents…and then the real waiting game begins! Literally, only our God knows exactly how long we will wait until we get that call that there is a baby for us. And only He knows how long it will take, from the day we get that call, until the day we can bring our baby home.  It could be weeks and days. It could be months and days. Our God only knows. 

After we had told all our family and friends, had our orientation, and had begun going through all the forms, my darling mom phoned Jason, and politely reminded him to let her know asap, the gender and age of our baby, so Ouma and Oupa could prepare….we had just started going through the forms! Excited much? 😉 The excitement of those closest to us has been so amazingly overwhelming! Everyone is excited, with us! And everyone is eager to know the age and gender of our baby! 

  

We haven’t had a microwave for almost a year. Ours broke, and we just haven’t had the budget to get a new one. Soon after we had our orientation, we had the budget for a new microwave. So we went shopping. And we had so much fun. You see, we were going for a smaller microwave, when suddenly I remembered we would potentially need to get a bottle sterilizer. Which obviously needed to fit in our new microwave. It was so much fun, going to get a bottle sterilizer off the shelf, and testing it in all the various size microwaves! Of course, Jason also needed to make sure his popcorn maker fitted into our new microwave too! Priorities, of course! 

 

My mom and my gran, washing, cleaning and sorting out. baby stuff!
  
Teddy’s, drying on the line, after being washed!
A few weeks ago, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, my dad sent me these 2 photos over what’s app. My sweet mom and gran had pulled out all the baby paraphernalia collected over the years, from both my sisters having babies. And they were on a mission to clean, fix and sort out! There is also a beautiful cot they have for us, and the sent the pram in for a service…who knew prams could be serviced?! We didn’t! 
  
My lovely sister-in-law, Candice sent me these photos on what’s app a couple of weeks ago…Candice is hoping for a girl clearly! She knows how much I love owls! How cute are the baby owl book ends, hooks for the wall and the owl photo frame? Love love love! 

I cant wait to introduce my baby to the wonderful world of books! {photo found on Instagram – @owl_about_owls}

Baby prep may be slightly tricky, in certain aspects, but that is not going to stop us! We are going to collect what we can for now, toiletries, toys, books etc. Knowing our family and friends are as excited, and sending photos and prepping with us, makes it that much better! 
We will continue to patiently wait for the day we get that call, as we continue to prepare for our Little One!
{The photo of the cot was found on Pinterest}

{The photo of the microwave, mom and gran, teddy’s hanging on the line and What’s App conversation are my own}

{If you would like to use any of the photos, please check with me first!} 

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