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I can imagine living without my children

If you’re counting down the days until your baby turns two, you probably already know how difficult the first few weeks with your child will be compared to how it is for most women. You already know that being a single parent might be the most difficult job you’ll ever have. But here’s the thing: You can do this with a little planning and perseverance. Inquire whether a close friend would be willing to attend prenatal classes with you and act as your labor coach—the person who will drive you to the hospital, accompany you during labor and delivery, and then drive you and your newborn home safely. Check to see if your friend can also set up an online signup sheet for friends to volunteer to deliver meals the first week or so after your baby is born (or to deliver frozen meals in advance), as well as a list of people who will drop by to assist you while you go for a walk, get a manicure, or simply sit and read. For jobs that must be completed in advance of your due date, such as constructing the car seat or crib, make a separate sign-up sheet. Make sure everything is working properly after it is finished so there are no unpleasant surprises when you bring the baby home and discover that you are the only handyman left on the property.
Before your tiny bundle of joy arrives, make sure you have plenty of diapers, wipes, and other necessary baby items on hand.

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