I wish I were a minimalist sort of person when it comes to 'stuff' that one likely doesn't need... but no matter how much I try, I don't seem to be able to rein in the desire for items that seem really, really necessary - but which I know on one level are absolutely not necessary at all. And so having a baby gives rise to this opportunity to have more extremely important stuff... but stuff that you could likely get away with not having.
So I'm trying to determine what we'll really need, versus what I would just like... To be honest, since we're planning to co-sleep, buying a crib was a difficult decision, and so we decided to invest in a crib that turns into a toddler and then a full size bed. And I don't know if co-sleeping will work out...
But the question is whether we will need a bassinet? Jen pointed out that the little one naps very nicely when in a sling, and then there is always a comfy laundry basket with a blanket, etc. And my mum has just ordered a lovely babysit which, from the reviews, the baby can nap in... but, an actual bassinet?
Most of my worries about NOT having one relate to my concerns about co-sleeping and wanting the poppet to have somewhere secure to sleep in a basket/bassinet which is in the room with us (obviously). And then there are the naps.. because I am not in the least bit confident that I won't need a bit of time without wearing the babe. Oh, and this is where lots of guilt becomes entangled in this relatively straightforward decision... Oh my.
If we decide to get something, then there are lots of other decisions about what we should get... a bassinet, a moses basket, a pack n' play, or something else entirely.
In other news I am feeling quite, quite sorry for myself as I'm lying here on my sofa, surrounded by cough sweets, water, tissues, and juices trying to get some relief from this cold which feels worse everyday. What was a sore throat last Thursday evening is now a rather horrid cold. Sleeping is very tricky because as soon as I lie down I start to have a coughing fit, and so last night I slept (sort of) propped up with some pillows. This is not a comfortable way to sleep. I even broke down and took tylenol as my head is pounding and my sore throat is not liking the constant hacking cough. And has anyone experienced the lovely sensation of acid reflux burning an already very sore throat... Oh, delightful!!
I know that pregnancy is meant to lower your immunity, but I'm a bit taken aback as this has completely wiped me out.
Fortunately those lovely fruit shakes I've been making help with both the nausea and throat stuff.