So I have some countdowns going. We have 5 weeks until our beach vacation to Emerald Isle, NC and 6 weeks until we find out the sex of the baby! I am actually getting really anxious to know. I don't care either way, but I just want to know really badly! I think the big ultrasound is the time when everything starts getting real and the planning starts happening! I am starting to get less anxious and more excited now!
Speaking of planning, there is not much to do to get ready this time. Once we get Lila transitioned to a big girl bed (may not happen by December, which is fine!) I will move the crib into the guest room. I want to paint that room a nice neutral gray. If this baby is a girl, I think I will accent with purple or yellow and if it's a boy with blue or green. Not exactly sure. It may depend more on what curtains and comforter I find that I like! I am planning on keeping the queen bed in the room and having it be dual purpose. I hope to eventually have Lila and the new baby (regardless of gender) share one room so the nursery/guest room is temporary. I just don't really want to go all out on another nursery. Sorry baby #2 :)
I have made my first baby purchase! I got a great deal on this Ergo carrier. Brand new under $100 with shipping - and it's a cute pattern! I also need to get a new breast pump from my insurance company, buy or borrow boy clothes if needed and go through/dust off baby stuff that is in storage. We have all the big things and they are all gender neutral for the most part. I will need to buy little things like pacifiers and burp cloths. We might get another receiver for our video monitor. I'm not planning to get a double stroller initially because I am hoping to use the Ergo most of the time. If we pick out a name early enough I will make letters or something for the door or over the crib.
I also wanted to add that Neil and I finally got to hear the baby's heartbeat with the doppler! I bought a $30 AngelSounds Fetal monitor for my last pregnancy, and it is great! It doesn't really work until 12 or 13 weeks, but I was really happy to find the heartbeat last night. It was 156. I have been trying off and on since 9 weeks or so! It is a great reassurance to know everything is okay before you start feeling kicks all the time.
Oh and I wanted to show a recent pic of Big Sis Lila. This is her swinging before meeting friends at the Miami Whitewater Splash park last week. She actually enjoyed the swinging more than the water, but what can you do!