I may be extremely pregnant, but I'll let you in on a little secret--I know NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING about babies. Sure I've read lots of books on the subject, and held the occasional little cousin at a family gathering... but I can count the times I've changed a diaper on one hand. My brother is only three years younger than me, so I was never really old enough to help Mom out when he was tiny. And Masheka is an only child.
So we've been going to baby school. It sounds silly, but I do feel slightly less clueless than I did before. For the past five weeks we took an intensive childbirth class running Wednesday nights until 9:45 p.m. Last night was breastfeeding class; next week is infant care class and an infant safety/CPR workshop. And then there was the Babywearing 101 workshop where we learned to safely use all the fabulous carriers my mom has sewn for us (our tentative verdict--mei tai carriers are way easier than ring slings or wraps). And don't forget the cloth diaper workshop where we'll learn some strategies for using our 67 cloth diapers (also made by Mom). Keep in mind we live in an apartment without a washer/dryer).
And then today we have a mandatory all-day orientation and class at the birth center where we're hoping to deliver the little girl.
Whew! I'm already exhausted!
And in case you're wondering, since I never do image-free posts, the above is the very first thing I made for Cartoonist Baby, a pair of "Better than Booties Baby Socks" (free pattern by Ann Budd downloaded from Knitting Daily). Modeled on the back of my cat Ronnie, for no apparent reason.