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Pregnancy lasts 9 months…40 weeks….roughly 280 days. While waiting, the soon-to-be mom (and dad) are preparing the nursery, buying the crib, car seat, stroller, diapers, bottles and cute teeny tiny clothes. Checking and rechecking the list to make sure everything is simply amazing for the arrival of the new family member. Then they wait…and wait…and wait AND wait some more until finally it’s time to meet their bundle of joy. Sounds perfect, right. Well in the case of baby Riley…it didn’t quite work that way.
Don’t get me wrong….Riley spent “almost” 280 days in the comfort of her mother’s belly. Although she did
decide to make an appearance a few days early. The car seat and stroller, crib, diapers and bottles were all waiting at the apartment. Cute girly clothes were folded in the dresser. A teddy bear sat patiently in the
crib. My daughter and I spent an entire afternoon clearing Sears baby section of anything remotely adorable!
Haley stuffed a diaper bag with any baby item which embossed a monkey or a lion. At one point I turned around to see the shopping carriage overflowing with stuff! “Ummmm, we really can’t buy ALL that” I said. “I can’t decide which theme I want. But she HAS to have this 101 Dalmatians blanket.” I could already tell, this
baby was not going to want for much. From either her grandmother or, so it seemed, her auntie.
Now let’s fast forward…Riley is a month and 13 days old. I have just left the court house with the papers saying I have been appointed her “temporary guardian” for the next 90 days. When I got home I realized…I had NOTHING! Even though Riley had been spending the past few nights at my house, she had been sleeping in her play pen, which was now called a “pack and play” I learned. I had her diaper bag with some diapers and wipes, a can of formula and a couple bottles. A few random outfits and a couple toys. Other than that, I was not “ready” for the arrival of a baby at all. This was so weird…and SO frustrating! It had been over 22 years since I had to think about the things an infant needed. I knew she would have to have her crib, which was luckily at her other Grandparents house a few towns away. Riley’s parents had been living there for the past few weeks until the situation changed and they decided to move back“ off cape” to figure things out. Until then, my empty laundry basket, padded with soft blankets lying right next to my side of the bed was sufficient. But what else would she need?
I decided to take a trip to Babies R Us. The whole idea of Babies R Us was new to me. I don’t even think the store existed when my kids were little. I had shopped at Sears and Kmart and Bradlees for baby things. Now
there was a whole store focusing just on babies! What a cool concept that was! I went with a few things in mind. More bottles, some burp cloths, a mobile for the crib and of course some clothes. I was amazed at what I found. Things certainly had changed in 22 years! Who knew that there were mobiles with remote controls? Or pacifiers that glowed in the dark? A sleep sack?! Just roaming around the store convinced me
that having an infant in the house again was going to give me a run for my money. That I was sure of.
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