The first day after the stick registers two lines is a heady time: You laugh, you cry, you start to dream. Then you wake up and ask, “Oh crap, now what?”
STEP 1: ENLIST HELP
Look no further than baby planner extraordinaire Mary Oscategui. The founder of the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals, the San Fran resident is to pregnancy what personal trainers are to fitness. Services include everything from making a baby-friendly home to having an eco-conscious pregnancy. Prices start at $110.
STEP 2: LET IT GLOW
You love your hormones; you hate your hormones. The Spoiled Mama’s new line, MILF Cosmetics (Moms Intent on Looking Fabulous), is formulated to work with the changing complexion of expecting and new mother skin.
STEP 3: DRESS THE PART
Don’t wait for permission to get comfy; start wearing maternity clothes as soon as necessary. For fashionable steals and deals we’ll be stalking the soon-to-launch maternityxchange.com (think Craigslist for mom types) where you can buy, sell, and trade everything from preggo jeans to baby carriers.
STEP 4: SHARE THE NEWS
Want to make the joyous announcement yourself? Take the easy and elegant path with a keepsake-worthy calligraphy stamp ($125) from May+ Belle Calligraphy and Design. Use any color ink or notecard you like. You could even save some pennies sending it postcard style.
After all, preschool is right around the corner.
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Fat Tuesday Party
What: Bounce your way over to Oakland for a kid-friendly Mardi Gras fete.
Why: Colorful beads and king cake (and no one asking you to show your boobs).
When: Tues., 10 a.m.-noon & 4-6 p.m.
Where: Pump It Up, 2500 Embarcadero, at 7th St., Oakland (510-533-7867). Admission, $9.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
What: The 160th marching o’ the green.
Why: Floats, Irish step dancers, and marching bands.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.
Where: Market St., b/t 2nd & McAllister Sts. Free.
Contemporary Crafts Market
What: Take your little creative and browse the aisles of handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
Why: Nothing like one-of-a-kind bling for a one-of-a-kind mom.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd., at Buchanan St. Adults, $8; under 12, free.
Photos: Getty Images; Courtesy of Spoiled Mama; Courtesy of May + Bell Calligraphy and Design