Well it's not really baby preparation but every other title I came up with made it seem like we already had the baby versus what this post will actually be about.
Over the past few years but more recently I've heard a lot from others parents. I thought it'd be cool to summarize a little bit of what sticks out in my head now. I thought it'd be really cool to read later to see how everything measured up. I don't think any single thing I've mentioned was told me me just by 1 person.
Based on all the "advice" I will have the toughest time adjusting to a new baby and taking care of a new baby. It will be quite interesting to figure out what can be done to calm the baby and get her to sleep. Breast feeding will be tough at first. It will be challenging. They have lactation groups that might be helpful and I should look into them. The first few weeks will be extremely tough getting used to a new baby. People are shocked that family isn't coming out to help in that time. It's not just getting used to a new baby that makes it difficult but I will be in a lot of pain and my hormones will be crazy.
Granted there is also conflicting advice that I'm hearing. I get comments from people too about what clothes I'll like or a baby will like. I haven't even thought too much about clothes. I don't know what I'm currently missing for a newborn. I'm waiting until we get the Amazon discount for what wasn't purchased on the registry which is 30 days prior to the due date and then go from there. Some have loved the things that swaddle your baby and some have not. It's also interesting talking to new parents versus parents of kids 20+ years ago. With so many regulation changes and inventions it's just a different thing to hear about. I'm not sure how every new thing can be the dumbest thing ever though.
Overall I think my main perception is that I can't predict a thing besides not getting sleep for awhile. I don't try to make specific plans because nothing will work out whatever way the plan is. Even though I'm mentally preparing myself for the adjustment to be hard based on everything I've heard, I think it'll still end up being worse because everyone else heard what I heard and they still said they were in for a shock.
I probably didn't type about a lot but figured I might as well post this instead of having the above sit in my draft folder for months.