Since she has been a young girl, we have been preparing our daughter for college. During her Senior year in High School she was accepted to the University of her choice so we, as her parents, did all the usual things necessary to get her there. We were all excited and a bit nervous. The week of her final preparations, which included the entrance exams, we found out she was pregnant. This news was yet another stressful turn in a long series of events that had been occurring for over 6 years. Our dream of sending our only child off to college was slipping through our fingers. We wanted the world for her and all the best it can offer. And now, it seemed impossible.
Anger, guilt, denial and severe emotional pain followed. Her father and I tried our best to help her navigate this major life change. The first three to four months challenged our relationship with our daughter in ways we never wanted to experience. With God’s help, we have arrived to a place that is comfortable and enjoyable.
As a mother, I can’t turn off my “teaching” mode. I will always want to guide her and teach her how to do things that will hopefully help her to be a happy and successful adult. So we began preparing for baby.
Hannah-Grace asked what kinds of diapers and bottles I used with her when she was a baby. I happily showed her which brands and stressed to her that she is capable of finding things that fit her needs and lifestyle. We then began to comparison shop for the essentials. Hannah-Grace initially wanted all organic items. She has since changed her mind after seeing the cost difference. I imagine she will integrate organic items into her baby essentials, just not exclusively.
Facebook is a great place to buy used items and I am very proud of Hannah-Grace for utilizing this outlet. We have helped a bit along the way, however she has bought the majority of the essentials herself while working at an upper-scale food service job. The items below were purchased through Facebook for just $22.00.
Hannah-Grace has already begun building a library for Iris Grace, which is the name she has chosen for our granddaughter. I began reading to Hannah-Grace at just two weeks old and now Iris Grace is being read to in utero. I would have done the same with my daughter, however Hannah-Grace is adopted. I am thrilled that I have been able to read to Iris Grace so she can learn Oma’s voice. I have attended OB appointments as well.
Here is a photo of Hannah-Grace and her fiance, Caleb at Christmas:
The due date is February 14, Valentine’s Day! We have been on-edge, keeping our phones turned on at all times. I have been asked to be in the delivery room and so I have a substitute teacher on-standby at work. In the meantime, Papa and Oma dream of our little cowgirl to come…
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