And we all know I am very good at pretending to be a real live grown-up
Apr. 25th, 2010 @ 08:12 pm
So we're settling in in our new place. Givat Shmuel. Not a place we terribly wanted to be, but pretty good under the circumstances - close to both our offices, strong community (once we break into it), close to all the parental units. The apartment's nice. It'll take some getting used to before it's comfortable, but hey, we'll be here.
For those of you I've been criminally out of touch with, a prime reason behind this move is that Rachel is pregnant, and due to give birth in just a couple of weeks. It's a healthy baby girl, and even in her fetal state she's got us in a flurry of excitement and nervousness. By now, we're feeling the pregnancy drawing to its end, and we're eagerly waiting for the other shoe to drop - for the baby to be out here, with us, after all this long wait. We hear the relief will be accompanied by the less-than-enchanting birth itself, and followed by a long period without sleep, but what that heck. That's what we signed on for, ja?
My observations thus far are a bit eclectic. It's curious (though unsurprising) how among my friends, we'll be among the very first to have a child; among Rachel's, we'll be among the last. Even more than how I love feel the baby kick, I love it now that she's big enough and pressing hard enough that she can feel me back. And it's very odd trying to buy things for when the baby's born when I don't feel like I've got any clue how it's going to be, so I have no idea what to buy or how much.
All in all, this is going to be a rather monumental change for us. We've been looking forward to this for a long time; hopefully by now, we're somewhere near ready. Here's wishing us, and our b"h soon-to-be-newborn, well. And we look forward to having as many of our friends around us as we can possibly coax over here.
And just the right age for Ofek Tochterman to beat up, in just a few months!
I can't help but wonder how come all my friends - ALL of them - had/are having/will have girls (recent example: Vered and Hannit, who just had TWIN girls, sisters to their older daughter), while I'm the only one who got a boy in the raffle.
Ah, well. At least he'll have a large sample to pick from in due time... that is, if he happens to swing that way and not the other. :-P
As to buying: if you don't have friends and family who'll give you lots of left over stuff (I had that luck, didn't have to buy almost anything), from advice I received and my currently meager experience: buy the absolute mandatory minimum. Most stuff can be purchased later by need, and you really can't know the exact needs in advance. You'll be getting gifts and left over stuff, once people find out you have a baby. Also, much stuff can be obtained used in excellent quality and minimum price in sites such as agora and yad2/winwin, because baby stuff gets used for a short while and then is discarded.
Basic lists of necessities can be found on the internet (f'rinstance, here
) and even those lists are extremely over-populated. Things you should be aware of: sales on diapers. Check ads, and when you see sales on diapers, go and buy. Those things are bloody expensive, and the various sales make a huge difference in expense.
Oh, also, places like super-pharm and shilav have "gift sets" for new parents for very low prices (something like 25 shekels in Shilav and 10 shekels in the super-pharm, IIRC) - check this out with them. Those sets contain stuff like samples of ointments, diapers, pacifiers, bottles, etc. Useful.
|Date:||April 26th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)|| |
And buy at the right shops,if you have to
I know of a great store in Yarka (way up north) and one in Tzomet Sgula (turn left at the bank Leumi, and then down the road there).
|Date:||April 27th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)|| |
You guys are gonna make such wonderful parents :)
I can't wait to see pictures, and the to come visit. And if you want any free Teletubbies merchandise for your young pup, look no further.