It's sort of odd, but it's hard to know as a soon-to-be-Dad how to "prepare for the baby." Nine months is a long time, and the got-to-be-doing side of me feels like I need to be preparing in some way.
There are some things I can do to prepare, but in many ways I feel like my wife and I have been preparing since day one of our marriage, learning to have a healthy family. At the right time, God has paved the way for us to expand our family with a baby girl this upcoming June.
But beyond things like preparing financially for maternity, making the pre-trips to the hospital, going with the wife to her appointments, there's only so much the male can do...the female has to adjust eating and sleeping patterns, deal with a changing body, changing clothes, changing hormones and prepare for various "mom things" like feeding.
So, it's been surprisingly enjoyable to help "preparing the baby space" (or shall we say...the nursery). Although my preference is for blank white walls and minimal furnishings, preparing a baby nursery has been a lot more fun then I would have expected, especially painting. We've painted pink walls, I've painted a bookshelf, and today tasked myself to a new painting project...painting wall art to match the baby bedding.
The three canvases will go up soon, (they are designed to match the Pottery Barn crib bedding you can see on my wife's blog here, believe me if I wasn't copying pottery barn the red flower would have more detail and the yellow flower wouldn't have square leaves). It was a really fun project, and I thought I'd share my amateur artwork here on my blog (just slightly more sophisticated than the last time I displayed "artwork").