This morning, Hubs and I attended our first maternity fair. It was sponsored by the hospital where Bubs will make its grand entrance into the world.
It was very, very helpful for me. I met several lactation consultants who gave me some good education on nursing. One suggested mothers start self expressing at 36 weeks. Interesting. I can't get too much into detail because, well, I still gag thinking about boobie milk.
I also spoke with the gal who owns Lactations, which is a motherhood/nursing store in the area. That's the store that carries the hooter hider/nursing cover that I want. I found out that they have a registry, so I definitely plan on going there and picking out a few things (although, I realize that most people prefer buying baby items, not necessarily items for the mama, so I'm not sure how many people would go there to buy a gift).
I met a doula who is also pregnancy massage certified. Of course I took her up on her offer to "jump on the table" and get a quick massage. It felt SOOOOOO good. Ah man, did it feel good.
We also registered for all of the freebie baskets that were available.
And, the big news of the day is that Hubs won a high chair! He was the only man at the fair when we first arrived. He kept whispering to me, "one of these things is not like the other." Honestly, he didn't mind, though. He was interacting with the vendors and learning just as much as I was.
After we got home, I asked if he would put the high chair together (I realize that the baby won't be using a high chair for some time, but I can't stand having something and not having it put together!).
I like the wipes holder in the back. I hope I remember to keep it filled. It's a gender neutral pattern that we like, so we're very thankful to have won this!
All in all, it was time well spent.
Oh yea, and the Special Delivery dept of the hospital had a visual of how the cervix expands and thins during labor. I nearly passed out. Needless to say, I'm still in total denial that this baby will be coming out of me.
Until then, XOXO...