This is the post where I go all gushy because I have a baby on the way. If you prefer another side of Rational Jenn, then by all means, skip this one. I won't be offended (even if I did somehow manage to find out)!
Like many families, we have a few traditional (if you can use that word to describe something that has only occurred twice before) New Baby Activities that we did with the other kids and will do one more time for and with Gus. I'm going to list them off for your reading pleasure, and also to get some ideas if you have some, and also so that I don't forget to actually do them, as my brain is seriously afflicted with pregnancy-related amnesia these days.
In a few weeks (after the birthday hubbub has subsided), we'll return to Build-A-Bear to make a bear for Gus. We made a bear for Ryan on the spur of the moment, a few days before he was born. We happened to be at the mall, because I was trying to walk and walk and walk that baby out--Ryan was 15 days late--and we hopped (still trying to get that baby out, you see) into BAB and made him a bear. In fact, I seem to remember us holding the bear in front of my belly and trying to tempt the baby out! (And I said I was never going to bribe my kids! Didn't work anyway.) The bear's name is Heart Teddy (Ryan named him when he got older) and he is often wearing a fireman peopleguy uniform these days.
Morgan's bear--that Ryan helped make--is called Wiggle Bear, and is regularly featured as an integral part of her bedtime posse. Wiggle is now good friends with "M," the bear Morgan made on her recent birthday. (I have no idea if M heads up MI6 and works with 007, and I fear that if I asked her about it she'd have to have me killed.)
Since Gus won't be the baby's real name (you knew that, right?), I think it would be nice if his bear was named Gus, don't you? And in case you were wondering, yes, yes, YES, we are total suckers and will probably end up getting another bear each for R & M, too.
I remembered to buy Gus a baby book (go, memory cells!) and have actually filled in a few things! I really needed somewhere to stash all of his zillion ultrasound pictures--I have some from 8 weeks along. He is my most-ultrasounded baby. I have made him promise (through my mommy magical powers) to be extra cute because he caused a lot of trouble early on.
Stripey Outfit for Hospital Picture and Coming Home
Ryan had blue-and-white stripes. Morgan had pink-and-white stripes. Gus will have blue-and-green-and-white stripes. Already got it--yay for Target. You wanna know why I like stripes, apart from the fact that they are very popular and easy-to-find, especially for baby boys? Because the baby looks like a cute little prison inmate from an old-time movie. I find that to be an extremely endearing look for an infant.
The first song Ryan and Morgan ever heard was "Here Comes the Sun." It will be Gus's first song, too. Besides being one of my favorite Beatles songs ever (sigh, George!), the lyrics are really appropriate for the birth of a baby--the sunshine returning, ice melting, after a long winter. In other words, the waiting is over.
When Ryan was born, there was Great Drama and Hoopla, and he ended up in NICU for several days. Until he was well enough to join us in my room, we didn't--couldn't--listen to music at all, and were barely able to celebrate his birth because we were so worried and busy. I'll never forget holding him in my arms for the first time outside of the NICU, all unplugged from his machinery, and hearing "Here Comes the Sun" because Brendan put that on specially. So touching. When Morgan was born, circumstances were different (MUCH better) and we had a hard time getting 5 minutes to ourselves to put the song on for her, but we managed.
Naturally, there will be pictures and pictures. And pictures. We'll get some nakedy pictures and some Big Kids Holding Baby pictures and of course some with all of our visitors. We'll also do a monthly picture and post it to the FamBlog, because these critters really do change quite a bit from week to week and month to month.
Well, I suppose all of those things should get the little guy off to a good start. Any other ideas? I am interested in what other parents do!