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Sputnik Prep
Monday evening, andres_s_p_b finished moving the shelves with comic books out of the nursery. This freed up the space for chinders and brooksmoses to assemble the crib on Tuesday evening (with weasel help[1] from Galen until he got leashed to a door handle to keep him out the way). While they were doing that, andres_s_p_b mopped the bathroom ceiling (it gets these little brown spots around the skylight), then declared himself Spatulord and went around with a putty knife spackling all the little holes left from moving bookshelves[2], and all the littler holes that we never bothered filling in from the previous owner's artwork. Afterwards chinders moved all the boxes of miscellaneous baby stuff into the room so they are not making a giant pile by the door or in the garage. Huzzah!

It looks very much like a nursery now, so that's cool. There is still a fine layer of Andres-cruft on many of the surfaces, so I will not take pictures at this time, but once that's gone and the actual baby stuff has been put away I should probably get a shot or two for posterity. "The cleanest this room will ever be again."

We should pull the tags off a few newborn outfits and maybe a bigger one, and wash them so they're ready. Are you supposed to wash sheets and things before a baby touches them, too, or are they considered safe since they've been wrapped in plastic and not handled as much as clothes probably have? I am not sure how much of this prewashing thing is paranoia; I don't generally bother with my own clothes. It is also time to clean the car and install the car seat. (For some reason, people[3] keep looking at me funny about this one, but the car seat is here, it has to be installed correctly before they let you take the baby home from the hospital in it, and my car predates the LATCH system, so I want to make sure it works before we have an extremely tight time limit on getting it sorted out, just in case we need to get some kind of adapter for the seatbelt or replace anything.)

I have also been occasionally playing Youtube videos of crying babies at the dog. This is one of the things that books and articles about preparing pets for incoming infants recommend that makes me go "Really?" but I figured I'd see how he reacted. This is how he reacts:

1. Look up, cock ears forward, focus intently in direction of sound.
2. "Am I supposed to... do something about that?"
3. Get up, trot purposefully toward sound.
4. Observe that sound is coming from one of those glowing rectangle things.
5. Sigh, lie down again.
6. Eye human reproachfully.

So I don't know that this is a particularly useful way of teaching him to be unbothered by crying, but it is kind of funny to watch. It's one of those perils of a smart dog: he knows darned well that recorded noises are Not His Problem, but whether this will translate to the live version is anyone's guess.

For reference, we are at T minus approximately two and a half weeks here (or longer; could be longer; or shorter, possibly, although I think that's less likely). Tomorrow is my last day of work, so soon I will be bored during the day and entirely in favor of people coming by for tea. The tea shelf is overflowing since I brought home my work stash, so assistance in finishing off the nearly-empty kinds would be actively useful.

[1] "Weasel help": the opposite of help, despite the best intentions of the weasel help provider; coined by ferret owners but useful in many other situations as well.

[2] Earthquake country. The tall bookshelves are all securely screwed to the walls. (We do still need to get around to doing something for these desk hutches; they're going to be a bit complicated.)

[3] chinders

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The prewash thing is not paranoia. I'd wash the sheets. Baby skin is way sensitive. It's not about it being handled, it's about the sizing and crap that tends to be on stuff. There's a reason you use different detergent for baby stuff than for your own stuff, and a reason "softer than a baby's behind" is a proverb. I don't bother with my own stuff either, but for a newborn, yep, I definitely would.

I will do a load of baby laundry tonight or tomorrow if you like. Then I can also put the pad on the crib mattress.

Also, OMG, did Eli ever really look like he does in this icon? Holy crap.

Are you going to duplicate this photo with Sputnik when he or she arrives? :)

Quiiiiite possibly. I'm sure there will be a lot of photos of me being silly with the baby. :)

Crazy isn't it? He's HUGE now! And talking. and NOT spitting up so much that we go through a billion bibs. Yay toddlerhood!

Oh crap, BIBS. That's what we don't have any of!

you may not need as many!

You have two on their way.

As one of the rare adults bothered by sizing (and whatever else ends up on clothing), I advise washing everything. :)

Not just you, I'm generally OK with clothes but I always wash sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers before I use them. My reason tends to be stated as 'so they don't feel horrible and scratchy'.

I'm not an expert, or even an enthusiastic amateur, on the subject of babies, but I'd hazard a guess that they're more sensitive than me.

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We usually go pretty light on the detergent, but I will keep that thought in mind if we have any trouble.

All hail the Spatulord!

Also, I definitely say go with the pre-washing.

I volunteer to be on the clearing-out-the-tea-stash brigade and have nothing scheduled next week beyond a dinner party on Monday.

yay baby! yay tea! Feel free to email/text/whatever next time you are bored & see if I'm home (I often am) or plan ahead.

Also, they sometimes coat clothing in insecticide before it is shipped so bugs don't eat it on the way.


That said: you may not want to take the tags off *everything.* You don't know how big your kid will be. Shanna wore approximately two newborn outfits.

Ew, insecticide. Yeah, I just want to wash stuff we're sure we'll use, so not too many outfits until we've got an actual size to work with. But we're definitely going to use sheets, and changing pad covers, and like that, so we can get those ready.

Wow! You are so close.

I might want to help with the tea stash "problem."

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