A Celebration for Gompers - page 2

To my fellow NICU forum posters, As the countdown indicates, Gompers is getting quite close to motherhood! Since we are scattered far and wide, and unable to come together to celebrate, I... Read More

  1. by   smk1
    I also second the boppi pillow and lots of onesies! Also get a large freezer if you on't have one and take a day and cook tons of foods that can be put into tupperware and freezer bags, so you have ready made meals when you come home with your little one. Enjoy every minute because they truly do grow at an incredible speed. I can't believe my "baby" just turned 6 this month. Sniff....
  2. by   Gompers
    thank you, everyone!!!!

    you are all too sweet to me! i really appreciate all the warm thoughts and advice.

    i can't believe it's almost here. i spent so much of the pregnancy being terrified that something would go wrong, that i put off getting anything ready for fear i'd "jinx" myself. many of my coworkers and high risk doctors understand and did the same thing.

    so now it's getting to crunch time. i am actually supposed to be cleaning out our bedroom right now - family is coming over bright and early to paint both our room and the nursery. we are having our new bedroom set delivered on wednesday - been married a year and still sleeping on hubby's old squishy full-sized bed from his apartment. my husband's job tonight is to clear out this room, which is currently our office but will be baby central in a few weeks. we have a lot of junk and our garage is packed right now! we only have a tiny condo so things are really crazy at the moment!!! i keep thinking...by this time next week, things will look so great and we'll be so much more relaxed since at least our home will be "ready" for the baby. not so sure about us though!

    i have most of the stuff you guys mentioned already, thanks to our generous family and friends! got my boppy pillow, onesies, sleepers, blankets, halo sleep sacks, cradle, nursery furniture, swing, hip hammock carrier, carseat, stroller, rocking/vibrating bouncer, diapers, wipes, bath stuff, etc. most likely not able to breastfeed due to certain medications and a previous breast reduction with fibrous internal scarring, but i have good starts formula and dr. brown's bottles all ready to go!

    again, thank you all for your kind thoughts and for cheering me on! it means so much to me!
  3. by   adrienurse
    HALO sleep sacks, those look like great inventions. I'd love to be the nurse who patented those...
  4. by   mom23RN
    Congratulations!!! Babies are a true miracle and a joy to our lives.

    My gift to you is a Britax Marathon. Dont' even bother skimping on the convertable carseat. Go right for the Marathon. It will hold baby snugly and safely for many years to come while being SO easy to get in and out of just about any car. They're pricey but someone was just complementing me on my choice of carseat yesterday and I said, again, just how happy I am with them and how I would do it over again if I had to. The Marathon will hold them in 5 point restraint until they are 65 pounds. My daughter is still in one and she'll be 6 in February!

    Good luck. Here's wishing you a wonderful, happy, HEALTHY little bambino!!!
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    here is wishing you a safe, quick and painless delivery. new babies are so exciting.....do we know if it is a boy or girl!!!!
  6. by   Gompers
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    do we know if it is a boy or girl!!!!
    nope, it's a surprise! i've had ultrasounds up the wahzoo - 5, 6-1/2, 8, 20, 25, 29, and 33 weeks - because it's high risk, and i could have found out at the last four scans. i'm trying to be strong!!!

    we actually got most of the painting done today and i'm so glad! just need to do some touch-ups and trimwork now. our room is a lovely lavendar-gray color, very soothing. the baby's room is buttercup yellow, very cute. i am starting to get so excited now!

    thank you all again for your well wishes!!!
    Last edit by Gompers on Nov 25, '06
  7. by   P_RN
    Being as my "baby" is probably older than most of you, I find that I have no idea what most of that stuff you are mentiong is! We had blankets, sacques and cloth diapers..... bopsi, onesy, halo? Huh?
  8. by   txspadequeenRN
    Well I'm right behind you.. I'm high risk as well and go for my third sono next week but we already know this is a little girl... Ill be delivering in Feb not March if history proves correct and my PIH goes wild like normal....Why am I talking about me...good grief.....enjoy all this pre-baby stuff....


    Quote from Gompers
    Nope, it's a surprise! I've had ultrasounds up the wahzoo - 5, 6-1/2, 8, 20, 25, 29, and 33 weeks - because it's high risk, and I could have found out at the last four scans. I'm trying to be strong!!!

    We actually got most of the painting done today and I'm so glad! Just need to do some touch-ups and trimwork now. Our room is now a lovely lavendar-gray color, very soothing. The baby's room is buttercup yellow, very cute. I am starting to get so excited now!

    Thank you all again for your well wishes!!!
  9. by   Gompers
    Quote from P_RN
    Being as my "baby" is probably older than most of you, I find that I have no idea what most of that stuff you are mentiong is! We had blankets, sacques and cloth diapers..... bopsi, onesy, halo? Huh?
    LOL! Baby lingo sure has changed, hasn't it?

    Boppy pillows are shaped like a "c" and can be worn around a mom's waist to help support the baby while feeding. When the baby gets a little bigger, it can sit inside the "c" and is supported by the pillow.

    Onesies are the T-shirts that snap at the crotch, basically. I prefer them by far to the kinds that wrap around the baby because those always seem to ride up on them, especially when they're sleeping.

    Halo sleep sacks are fleece or cotton sacks, kind of like blanket sleepers but they are sleeveless and the bottom is one big sack. You put the baby in a onesie or thin sleeper, then zip them up inside the sack. This way, you don't have to use a blanket over the baby, which is a SIDS risk.
  10. by   bethin
    Congratulations Gompers! I am so unbelievably happy that you have this chance after being told you'd never conceive. This baby is your miracle. I don't need to tell you to treat him/her as one, because you already know.

    Though I'm not a mom, after taking care of my twin nieces when they were born I found out a few things that work:

    1) During fussy times, when baby isn't hungry, diaper dry, etc. Turn the radio on to an AM station (or any other station that is very staticy) and turn it up loud. I'll guarantee you the baby will be relaxed or sleeping w/in 5 mins. It will drive you nuts, and when baby is sleeping, slowly and I mean slowly turn the static down until it is off.

    2) I burned a CD for my brother that had Mozart, some Opera, Beethoven, etc and he turned it up loud also. Relaxed my nieces until they were butter.

    3) Never too early for Baby Einstein. My nieces would sit in their bouncy seats and watch it when they were weeks old.

    4) Vacuum cleaners seem to soothe babies.

    5) Learn the lyrics to "Blackbird" by The Beatles. Every cranky baby I have sat for, I sing this song and they go to sleep. It's a miracle.

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

    Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
    Into the light of a dark black night.

    Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
    Into the light of a dark black night.

    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise

    And when you sing it, tears will come to your eyes because you are holding your precious miracle.

    And one last quote:

    Before you were conceived, I wanted you
    Before you were born, I loved you
    Before you were here an hour, I would die for you
    This is the miracle of love.
    - Maureen Hawkins

    I hope you find true happiness in looking in your newborns eyes and seeing what God can create. Good luck Gompers, you deserve it.
  11. by   Imafloat
    One day I saw quite a sight in the NICU. A baby had onesies with an opening for his umbilical stump. They were made that way, by Gerber I believe.
  12. by   bethin
    txspadequeen, I was waiting for that gray box to load before I realized it was your avatar!

    Where'd you get it? I want one.
  13. by   Ado Annie
    My cyber gift of my favorite book to read to wee ones:
    The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

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