I'm obviously getting nervous about labor considering we're only 6 weeks away and only 3 weeks away from "full term", but I am just as nervous about the firsts. I'm going to rank my fears of firsts in order.
- Clipping baby's nails. I'm so worried about clipping them too short or not clipping them short enough and she scratches herself.
- Putting baby to bed. I'm worried she'll be too warm or too cold.
- Giving baby a bath. I'm worried she'll be too cold and cry the whole time or that I'm going to get soap in her eyes.
- Breastfeeding. I'm worried about proper latching and about whether or not I will be able to keep it up for as long as I want to.
- Bottle feeding. I'm worried about switching back and forth between bottle feeding and breastfeeding. When I come back to work I will have to pump and she'll have to be bottle fed during the day. Will she still breastfeed at night?
- Formula. If I switch her to formula is she going to get sick?
- Taking baby out. I'm worried about being able to handle taking her out by myself.
- Teething. What do I to do help her deal with teething? That must hurt so bad and babies get so fussy. Sometimes they get runny noses, drool alot and get a fever.
- Fever. How do I know if this is a fever from teething or if she's sick? When do I take her to the doctor? Will I do the right things to bring her fever down?
- Vaccinations. I don't know if I buy it or not, but some people say that vaccinations are linked to autism. If you spread out the vaccinations more than doctors suggest you have a better chance of avoiding it. Should I request vaccinations be spread out more or am I being silly to even worry about it?
Luckily babycenter.com has some tips to calm my nerves a little.
- Guide to Firsts: Breastfeeding your baby
- Guide to Firsts: Clipping your baby's nails
- Guide to Firsts: Handling unwanted parenting advice
- Guide to Firsts: Flying with your baby
- Guide to Firsts: Giving your baby a bath
- Guide to Firsts: Giving your baby a bottle
- Guide to Firsts: Taking your baby out
- Guide to Firsts: Visiting your baby's doctor
- Guide to Firsts: Feeding your baby solid food
- Guide to Firsts: Changing your baby's diaper
- Guide to Firsts: Your baby's first tooth
- Guide to Firsts: Your baby's first cold
Being a parent is going to take a lot of team work. I sure am lucky to have such a great husband who's ready for the challenge.