Seeking: The bare essentials

Week 36

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I keep saying "nine months pregnant" to myself to try to make it seem real. It has made me wonder, though, why society is so stuck on that "pregnancy is nine months long" thing. It's...not. As we are all extremely aware, it's ten months. Why the misconception?

This has been a rough week, very emotional, with lots of work and some big disappointments and upsets in my personal life. But physically I actually feel better--less constant ligament pain and fewer painful Braxton Hicks contractions. I think the slightly cooler weather helps, though it's hardly comfortable out; I looked like a giant strawberry after the 10 minute walk home from picking up a few groceries yesterday!

I realized this morning that I am not taking advantage of the huge benefit of working from home. Despite my very interrupted sleep pattern, I haul myself out of bed bright and early every morning out of a sense of guilt and laziness, even if I'm sleepy enough to snooze for another hour. That needs to end! I have another couple weeks, max, before sleeping past five or six, ever, becomes a thing of the past (at least for the foreseeable future). If I sleep until 9:30 a few times no one is going to burn me at the stake.

Meanwhile, in Things That Keep Me Up at Night: As I said last week, we're waiting until after this weekend's shower to buy any more baby gear. But I'm trying to figure out what we really, truly need to have on hand when we bring this little boy home. Herewith, a list off the top of my head:

-Car seat (We have this! Thanks, Ben's mom!)

-Stroller bassinet for sleeping* (This is en route. Thanks, Mom and Dad!)

-Diapers, cloth or disposable

-Wipes (What's your favorite brand?)

-Changing pad

-A few small onesies, long and short-sleeved—he's due in mid-August and it's HOT; I won't need real clothes for a bit, right? (I have short-sleeved ones.)

-Nursing and sleep bras (Any favorite brands?)

-Lansiloh cream

-Cloth diapers for burp clothes

I know there are lots of other things we'll need eventually. But I figure that at the very least, that list would have us covered for a couple days if the baby came early. What do you think? Am I missing something crucial?

In non-baby world, I'm humming along, checking tasks off the list so I don't have to get around to things like routine trips to the dermatologist after the baby comes. I got an eye exam so I could order new contacts. A dentist appointment is scheduled. Today I'm getting a hair cut and pedicure (the pedicure is an inspired early-birthday present from a great friend).

Oh! I forgot to post about the rug for the nursery. I'd agonized about what to get, searched every site from to Pottery Barn and CB2 for the perfect orange rug, and then realized that maybe orange would be too dark in that room. I fell for the Safari rug at West Elm, which of course promptly went on back order for a month. We finally got it and I love the look. It's a pale grey and cream zebra pattern that, I think, manages to be both sophisticated and fun. Is it bad that I hope to use the rug and chair from the nursery in my office one day?

*Not all stroller bassinets are safe to use as a bed. We're getting the 2010 Uppababy, which is approved.

Kate Flaim is a freelance journalist and food blogger based in Cambridge, Mass. When she's not cooking or writing, she is gearing up for the arrival of her first child this summer.