A Celebration for Gompers - page 4

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   NurseyBaby'05
    I wish to give you a storybook shower. They did this for my cousin for her first baby. They asked us to brink a copy of our favorite childhood story book instead of a card and write a note in it for the new family. It was great. She got a great mix and baby's library was started. Oh, and as much time off as financially feasible. All the expensive baby gear in the world won't measure up to being able to spend the time with your baby.
  2. by   NurseyBaby'05


    November 2006

    To the new Gompers family-
    Lots of snuggles, hugs and kisses together. Enjoy being a family.

    -Elizabeth
  3. by   sddlnscp
    congratulations!!!

    i didn't know gompers was expecting either, i can't wait to hear all about baby.

    i wish you all the peace that you need, all the love that can fill your heart, and all the time in the world to spend with your new little love.

    my present: well, since it is winter, how about one of those "baby's first christmas" ornaments and a nice warm car-seat cover. you know, the ones you can put on over baby, carseat and all with a flap to open for the face, but that will keep baby nice and warm on those cold, winter days.
  4. by   Gompers
    Quote from sddlnscp
    My present: well, since it is winter, how about one of those "baby's first christmas" ornaments and a nice warm car-seat cover. You know, the ones you can put on over baby, carseat and all with a flap to open for the face, but that will keep baby nice and warm on those cold, winter days.

    Well, baby isn't due until after Christmas so we don't know for sure when that first Christmas will be! Could be this year, could be next!

    I actually got one of those covers - it was one of the first things I registered for! Toasty...

    Toys"R"Us/Babies"R"Us - Baby: Category: Gear: Strollers: Stroller Accessories: Original Bundle Me - Graphite
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    will be waiting here to hear the news

    good advise about sleeping when baby sleeps..my grandson and his finacee had a baby two months ago and on Thanksgiving after dinner they were both curled up on the sofa sound asleep..beautiful picture

    gompers everyone will tell you about how you will feel when you first hold that bundle of joy but you will never know the true meaning until it happens to you

    best wishes
  6. by   rn/writer
    Maybe after the little one arrives you should change your name to Mompers.

    My tip to you is to get Harvey Karp's book, "The Happiest Baby on the Block." When parents used to take their newborns to the doc and complain that they were inconsolable, they were told the babies had colic. This book explains why that was wrong and gives practical advice for settling babies from birth to three months (longer for premies). I have shown many parents on my postpartum unit the wonders of swaddling babies (with their arms down--that's the secret) and tucking in a pacifier. They watch slack-jawed and amazed as their squalling, red-faced infant drops off to sleep within a minute.

    Karp recommends putting the infant's arms straight down. I wrap them across the belly which seems more natural. The important thing is that the arms are wrapped so they stay down. Otherwise, the baby raises her arms and triggers the Moro reflex which tells her she's falling. This releases a burst of adrenaline and wakes her up. Hence the "inconsolable" babies who would not go to sleep.

    Sucking and swaddling are but two of five Karp recommendations, but if you only use these two, you'll be ahead of the game. There are special blankets you can buy that are made for swaddling, but at work, we do it every day with plain ol' receiving blankets.

    The tight wrapping and the other techniques simulate being back in the womb. After about 3-4 months, a baby's brain wiring adapts to being out in the world and she doesn't need so much of this.

    But during those early months, it's magic.

    Karp also has a book called, "The Happiest Toddler on the Block." I hear that one is good as well.

    Warm wishes for you and your family.
  7. by   smk1
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    will be waiting here to hear the news

    good advise about sleeping when baby sleeps..my grandson and his finacee had a baby two months ago and on Thanksgiving after dinner they were both curled up on the sofa sound asleep..beautiful picture

    gompers everyone will tell you about how you will feel when you first hold that bundle of joy but you will never know the true meaning until it happens to you

    best wishes
    Yes, please sleep when baby sleeps. I know it is hard because you need to cook and have that shower and gets some laundry in, but realistically you need the sleep more than the laundry, and the shower can be a quick thing and then still get back to bed. This is also why I say have ready made meals in the freezer so you just pop them into the microwave for the first few weeks. Also about all the family and friends that want to see the little one. No when to say no! There was a two day period where my doorbell rang almost non-stop and the phone was ringing off the hook. I was far too tired to entertain, but once people were there and knew I was home, I didn't fell lie I could say "hey I'm tired come back another day". I ended up moving furniture into the small family room in my kitchen that we hadn't been using just so that I could avoid the constant stream of people showing up unannounced and catching me nursing with my shirt up. :uhoh21: and yes there were times when I pretended not to be home! Don't have the disease to please. Say NO when you need to!
  8. by   sddlnscp
    Quote from Gompers
    Well, baby isn't due until after Christmas so we don't know for sure when that first Christmas will be! Could be this year, could be next!

    I actually got one of those covers - it was one of the first things I registered for! Toasty...

    Toys"R"Us/Babies"R"Us - Baby: Category: Gear: Strollers: Stroller Accessories: Original Bundle Me - Graphite

    Oops - hehe. I keep forgetting how late in the year it is, I mean I know it is almost December, but at the same time, I feel like September just ended - sheesh! Anyway, my bad. You may just have to put it up and use it next Christmas.

    Oh - glad you got the cover . . . I don't know why I couldn't think of Toasty. I loved mine!
  9. by   Zippedodah
    i hope all goes well! and yes, sleep when you can...i remember being so tired, and you can do that with the first one, sleep, and enjoy your baby1!!!
  10. by   sparkyRN
    Best of luck to you and your husband!
  11. by   RainDreamer
    Gompers, I'm so excited for you!! Sounds like everyone has already mentioned everything you'll need, sounds like you're prepared in that aspect. I wish you all the best and I wish you a safe and healthy labor and delivery and that your baby will be perfectly healthy ..... I wish you all the best!
  12. by   Mimi2RN
    Quote from NurseyBaby'05
    I wish to give you a storybook shower. They did this for my cousin for her first baby. They asked us to brink a copy of our favorite childhood story book instead of a card and write a note in it for the new family. It was great. She got a great mix and baby's library was started. Oh, and as much time off as financially feasible. All the expensive baby gear in the world won't measure up to being able to spend the time with your baby.
    Start reading to your baby NOW, if you haven't already, or let your husband do the reading! We had one daddy who came in to the nursery every night to read a bedtime story to his premie. Baby would open his eyes and look at daddy through the isolette porthole. (he didn't always hold the baby).

    We now give a reading packet with a book (right now it's Good Night, Moon), info about things to do and book suggestions from birth to 5 years, and Nursery Rhymes to read or sing to baby. It's been very well received.

    Looking forward to news about your safe delivery and healthy term baby!
    Last edit by Mimi2RN on Dec 2, '06
  13. by   lovemyjob
    I dont have a baby so...no tips to give here!!!!

    But, congrats and good luck! I am so happy for you!

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