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Can You Be Over-Prepared for Your Baby's Arrival?

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Guest blogger Mom-To-Be: I thought I was prepared to have my baby. The nursery was finished. The baby clothes were washed. Even the diapers were purchased.

mother carrying baby
Then my family came to visit, and the rapid-fire questions started coming at me.

"Is the car seat installed?"

"Is your hospital bag packed?"

"Is your birth plan written?"

My head started spinning and I could feel the sweat rings forming on my shirt. At the time, I was still six weeks out, and certainly I still had time to pack, right?

Wrong, if you ask my family -- which is full of mothers who all wanted to give me their unsolicited two cents.

I felt like I was going to cry as I lugged my bag from the closet and started to fill it with the things on the checklist that my aunt had printed off the Internet (hair ties, lip balm, maxi pads, granny panties ...). By the time I was finished, all that was missing was the kitchen sink. And I was exhausted.

My husband reluctantly turned off the football game, left his seat on the couch and headed out to the garage to install the car seat. We drew the line at putting a car seat base in our second car (that was our little "fight back" moment,) although my husband later found himself putting together the Pack N Play, the swing and the mobile.

Don't get me wrong: These things are, of course, helpful and necessary. But I feel like I haven't had a chance to breathe, and everyone I talk to seems to add something to my to-do list. At this point, I have backups for my backups, more diapers than I could possibly ever need and more lists than I know what to do with.

Isn't it true that as much as you plan for a baby, a lot of it just flies out the window once the little one is born? And even though I know they mean well, is my family over-preparing me?

Moms, what do you think?

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