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I don't really feel ready to give birth or become a parent. I've still got a long to-do list but at least the Bassou-related tasks are winding down. Like: packing the hospital bag, pre-registering at the hospital, getting fitted for a nursing bra. MoBob's sister got a 10-year tourist visa and he bought plane tickets, and my parents sent a very welcome cash infusion, so that eases a couple of big worries. I was hoping that I'd be "done" by today so that I can spend the rest of March just relaxing but it's not going to happen. I keep telling myself we are in good shape. We are. At least until Bassou arrives and all hell breaks loose.
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On March 1st, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC), cookie_chef commented:
I'm so excited for ya'll. You're both going to be wonderful parents!
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On March 4th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
:)
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On March 2nd, 2013 12:45 am (UTC), curieuse commented:
Good luck in your final weeks!

For what it's worth, I told myself that newborn life would be total hell and it really helped me survive it. It was hard for sure, but at least expecting it to be hard meant I had a small feeling of "Well, I was right!!" and around 6 weeks or so things started to feel a lot better.

If you plan on breastfeeding, that can be a good thing to have support lined up for, since it's a learning curve for some people (and some people, like me, never quite get it even with professional help!). I had premade a list of phone numbers and email addresses of local IBCLCs and I ended up glad I had it all in one place around day 5 when everything was insane. Odds are VERY good you will have a better experience than I did, but it's good to have that number ready to dial in case you need help. :)
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On March 4th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
We've gone to several classes at the Breastfeeding Center in town and my mommies group hosted a lactation consultant, so I have some folks to call - I'm definitely not going to assume this will be easy or automatic!
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On March 2nd, 2013 05:16 am (UTC), erich_schneider commented:
A ten year tourist visa? Moroccan tourists are allowed to stay in the country a really long time!
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On March 4th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I guess we should've asked for an 18 year one....
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