When I posted my 6 months photo I said that I would tell you how we are "preparing" for the new baby next time. I have to use quotes when I say "preparing" because we aren't doing much at all to get ready for little B. The biggest purchase we made was this car seat, which you will notice isn't an infant-only car seat. It's good from 5 to 65 pounds. It doesn't come out of the car and snap into a stroller. When we take the baby out, we will be using a Sleepy Wrap to carry the baby.
I found what must be the least desirable color of this particular car seat and it was only $125. I admit, I wanted the blue one, but when I saw it was $40 more, I couldn't do it. Grey it is :-)
Before Zoe was born we bought a townhouse and turned one of the two bedrooms into a nursery. I painted a mural on the walls, picked out curtains, and bought a pretty white crib with adorable bedding. After Zoe was born she immediately slept with us :-) We used the crib to hold the clean laundry before putting it away ...Or did we ever actually put the laundry away? :-) Anyway, so much for the nursery!
When Ashley was born we moved again. This time we had four bedrooms. I'll never forget my in-laws coming to visit us there for the first time, and seeing Zoe and Ashley both in the bedroom with Andy and I. "You don't need four bedrooms, Kelly!" my mother-in-law said with a big laugh, "You only need one!" And she was right :-)
Zoe was 5 and Ashley was 3 when we moved to Colorado, and they began sleeping together, in one bed, in their own room. They still do. It's great.
Like Zoe and Ashley we will be co-sleeping with the baby on the way. So we don't need a nursery, or a crib, or crib bedding, or any of that.
My friends have already begun giving me their old baby clothes (keep 'em comin' girls!), so that's taken care of. I'll be nursing again, so no bottles or formula needed. We still have some gDiapers that Ashley used to wear, as well as some hemp prefolds , but I'll probably get more of both of those. And that's about it. I can't think of anything else :-)
I could tell you to read The Attachment Parenting Book or The Continuum Concept and maybe you would or maybe you wouldn't. But to be honest with you, I haven't read either of them myself (they would only be preaching to the choir). I had never heard of "attachment parenting" until I moved to Colorado. Where I came from they had a little something called the "Ferber method." (If you could see my face right now, you would see me rolling my eyes.) No way. I held my babies all the time, nursed when they wanted, and slept with them in my bed. Everybody was happy and got what they wanted :-)