I've been preparing for this adoption for a long time. I've learned some Mandarin, studied Chinese culture, armed myself to face attachment issues. I've typed my packing lists and devoured other people's trip blogs. I can tell you what the weather is right now in Yueyang.
There's just one problem: I don't know nothin' 'bout raising no babies.
For example -- the burping thing. I know you do that with little bitty babies after you feed them, but at what point do they not need it anymore? I won't have to do that, right? And how am I going to get her to lie still so I can put those adorable red-shoed tights on her? And at what age does she start getting teeth?
I have bought a couple of baby books that I hope will get me through the rough patches, but I need your help with those little things that folks just instinctively know, or things you have discovered through trial and error.
For example, when we were enjoying my baby shower cake at work the other day, I asked each person to share a favorite parenting tip. Here's some of what they came up with:
-- It doesn't matter how recently you fed her, if she wants to eat, feed her again.
-- Desitin. Plenty of Desitin.
-- Get yourself a big stack of onesies unless you want to do laundry every day (or was that every hour?)
-- Never give a toddler salmon
-- She'll be 10 months old? Take everything off the coffee table.
Now it's your turn! What advice do you have for a 46-year-old woman who's about to become a mother for the first time? Help me out by posting a comment.
Meanwhile, I'm off to research the stock prices of whatever company makes Desitin.