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The Real Benefit of a Baby Shower: You Are Child-Ready

A baby shower is for more than showering a mama-to-be with excitement about her impending arrival and gifting big ticket items; the celebration preps parents well in advance. It seems that it takes a village to plan for a first baby — the nursery is ready, the layette is washed, and the rattles have been rinsed months prior to the infant's debut — but waiting for a subsequent baby is much more lax. While expecting my son, I headed to Right Start on my due date with my daughter in tow to stock up on all the items I needed for her brother-to-be. One trip and I was ready. This time around, I am really pushing the limit.

Though my doctor told me the babe was birth-ready and in place a week ago, I still haven't purchased as much as a pack of newborn diapers, despite the constant jerking of my big belly. As the mom of two, I've been so preoccupied with work and my other kiddos going back to school that nine months has felt a bit more like nine minutes. That, and there are advantages to having been been a mother for nearly six years now . . . I know has overnight delivery. Were you more relaxed while prepping for your subsequent children?

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