Congratulations Alyssa! You are going to be an AMAZING mother! There is NO greater blessing on earth than being a mother. Everything else pales in comparison. Babies are literally Heaven on earth. I just found out last Monday that I am FINALLY going to be a grandma. I have been ill for 21 years & have died 4 times & have been at death's door too many times to count. . I honestly didn't think I'd live to see the day. I am SO grateful! I am 54 years old & have 3 awesome chidren who all 3 got married within a 7 month period from Dec. 2009-July 2010. I love my son-in-law & daughtres-n-law just as much as my own children. We are blessed.
My list of Essential Baby Items is: ME, a Bib, Soft Blanket, Pacifier, Rattle, Desitin, Wipes, Diapers, Bottles (even if you are breasts feeding -which I did), Lotion, Baby Powder, Baby Wash, Baby Shampoo, Music, Favorite Stuffed Animal, Baby Monitor, Rocker, Nose-Sucker Syringe, Baby Tylenol, Teething Ring, Baby Clothes, Onesies, Stroller, Carrier, Comb & Brush, Baby Sticker Calendar (to mark all of the baby's first words, steps, doctor's appts., weight, length, etc.), A Baby Journal, ETC. I am proud to say that none of my children EVER had diaper rash. Desitin & baby Powder are a must along with changing them often. I'm sure you already know all of this.
Whatever you do, take the time to ENJOY your baby because they grow up way too fast! If you are relaxed, your baby will be relaxed. They feel what you are feeling. Also, ALWAYS follow your instincts & motherly intuition when it comes to your child! YOU know that baby better than anyone else!
Hang in there and my best to you and your little one! God Bless.
~ Vicki ~