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A question that I see on a lot of heart baby forums is “Should I still have a baby shower? What do I ask for?”
The answer is,
You absolutely should still have a baby shower. Your heart warrior deserves to be celebrated just like any other baby brought into this world. You heart warrior deserves to be showered with love and affection.
That being said, there are some things that you can get ahead of time that will help you once your fighter arrives.
Here is a list of things your family and friends can get for your warrior all on Amazon and Target. I love Amazon specifically for the two-day shipping with a Prime membership.
1. Snap up onesies.
As I said in my What to Pack post, snap up onesies will be the only clothes your heart warrior will be able to wear once you get the okay from the doctors and nurses. This is usually after the incision has healed for the most part. The side snaps are great because the wires for the leads that have to stay on the baby’s chest can go through the little openings between the snaps.
When your baby goes for their later surgeries, like the Glenn, and they are old enough to pull on the wires, this helps prevent them from doing that. My son LOVED pulling his leads off after his Glenn. He was six months old and he just thought it was the funniest thing ever. We put him in a onesie and voila! No more pulling.
2. A pill grinder
I use an herb grinder to grind my son’s aspirin. I’ve used other pill grinders and I just felt like they didn’t crush the pill very well, there were always big chunks that I couldn’t seem to get to grind down. I was at my step mother’s house and told her how frustrated I was about it and she suggested using her small herb grinder.
LET ME TELL YOU.
I ordered one on Amazon THAT NIGHT. I was able to crush my son’s aspirin so finely that I didn’t even worry about him not getting it all. I haven’t looked back since.
3. Disposable syringes
These were a life saver for us. My son was on Lasix after his Hybrid and had to have it twice a day and the hospital only gave us one disposable syringe. Obviously that wasn’t going to work for a baby that needed it twice a day for the undetermined future. I found this box of disposable syringes on Amazon for super cheap and it was the best investment.
I washed them 3-4 times to get good use out of them before I tossed them and grabbed a new one. My son was on Lasix until his Glenn and I STILL have some unused, unopened syringes.
4. Hats, socks, mittens, baby blankets, swaddles
Typical baby shower items. These will be all your baby can have until you get the okay for the snap up onesies. After my sons Hybrid, I changed his hat every day just to make it seem like he was getting new clothes and it helped me feel like I was actually helping him in some way.
Side note– Any thing that you can do to make it feel like you have some sort of control, or makes you feel like you are actually being a mother, DO IT. Ask to help with diaper changes. Ask to give a light sponge bath. I will never forget one of the first times I changed my son’s diaper, I got poop on my finger. I CRIED. I was so happy to actually feel like a mother that I cried.
5. Gift cards
The last thing I would put on your registry would be gift cards. Research what stores are near your hospital. Our hospital in Las Vegas had a target down the street and we went there often buying our son little toys to hang on his crib in the hospital, and of course more clothes.
Your heart warrior will need the same basic things that a perfectly healthy baby needs. Don’t be afraid to buy stuff for your baby. Have faith. Be optimistic.
If you have time to worry,
you have time to pray.