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Projects for early labor

post #1 of 32
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Does anybody have a project planned for early labor? I've heard to do something like make cookies to take your mind off of things until you can't concentrate anymore... especially with your first one since it can be a longer labor.
I've thought of sweeping my huge patio and watering the plants. Dh likes that plan
post #2 of 32
I'm planning on weeding or digging up dandelions, something that gets me playing outside in the dirt.
post #3 of 32
Running to the hospital, begging for drugs and to get this kid out. HAHA.

Seriously though, with my first son I cleaned and cleaned and ATE. I had to force myself to eat and even when I got to the birth center, they wanted me to eat more. It was hard to do, but I needed it. It was a really long labor and without that energy, I am sure I would have never been able to do it.

My second child I went to lunch, to the movies and then to the birth center. I wasn't in labor, but my water had broken. I eventually had to be induced. I probably should have walked more, even though I walked for hours at the birth center.
post #4 of 32
Haha, I won't have to come up with a special project. With a 2 and a 4 yr old around, our house is always one giant mess, not fit to be seen. As soon as I figure out I'm in labor it will be a mad dash to get the dishes done, sticky stuff off the floor, toys off every surface, etc. etc. before it gets too intense for me to do that stuff-since a homebirth means company's coming. I'll probably try to do stuff that entails me walking up and down our 3 flights of stairs, and take them 2-3 at a time. That lunging action is supposed to be good for opening the pelvis.
post #5 of 32
It depends what time labour starts. First I'm going to try to sleep if possible, and make sure to eat. Then I thought I'd either work in the garden a little, or maybe bake muffins. I also want to get to the book store and buy a couple really good books, as I tend to be able to zone out totally when I'm reading something that grabs me.
post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by vegemamaVA View Post
Haha, I won't have to come up with a special project. With a 2 and a 4 yr old around, our house is always one giant mess, not fit to be seen. As soon as I figure out I'm in labor it will be a mad dash to get the dishes done, sticky stuff off the floor, toys off every surface, etc. etc. before it gets too intense for me to do that stuff-since a homebirth means company's coming. I'll probably try to do stuff that entails me walking up and down our 3 flights of stairs, and take them 2-3 at a time. That lunging action is supposed to be good for opening the pelvis.
Good to know I am not the only one!!
I keep looking around the house thinking that I won't go into labor unless I tidy up first. (tidy is probably not the right word, my house is really messy!)

But of course, even when I pick up some of the mess, the kids redistribute it. I better have enough time to do a lot of picking up, toys, laundry, dishes, etc... it is weird to think we are having company right at that moment.

Andee (edd June 3)
post #7 of 32
The only thing I have left to do is finish the baby blanket I've benn working on. At this rate it will be done before labor come. I can always pick up one of my current sewing projects... But at my current rate of cleaning and nesting, I will probably feel compelled to mop or something.
post #8 of 32
I have a quilt that I am almost done piecing, so will be in quilting stage by labor time. I actually got a lot of it done during my 'false' labor last weekend - (sewed 20 squares in those 6 hours or so!)

quilting is actually much easier probably than the sewing (not as much up and down to iron, etc) so hopefully its as distracting.
post #9 of 32
I'm getting a new-to-me machine tomorrow so I might do some sort of sewing project!
post #10 of 32
I plan to just play with the kids as much as possible - they're the best distraction for me.

If it's the middle of the night, I'll probably logon here! hehehe
post #11 of 32
I thought about making some cupcakes but now that sounds so messy (I'm an extremely messy baker!) and HOT. Something ALWAYS needs to be done around the house, so I guess I'll just take my pick!
post #12 of 32
I had no time for projects with my first- by the time I realized I was in labor we were headed to the birth center. I'm preparing for this one to happen just as quickly, but if not I'll find something to do
post #13 of 32
I'll be putting in some cinnamon sugar bread into the bread machine, so the house smells nice and yummy. It only takes 5 minutes but thats all I can think of right now. :P
post #14 of 32
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I'll be putting in some cinnamon sugar bread into the bread machine, so the house smells nice and yummy. It only takes 5 minutes but thats all I can think of right now. :P
Ooooh, recipe please?
post #15 of 32
I hadn't really thought about it, but I will probably bake. For some reeason, everytime I open my pantry or drive past the store I get the feeling I should buy more flour and maybe some chocolate chips. I have the most delicious recipe for chocolate chip cookies. It involves vanilla pudding.... ooooh it's heavenly. Not my most healthy recipe though! MMMMM now I'm craving them!!
post #16 of 32
I planned on making some of my favorite lentil soup in the crock pot, hopefully to enjoy after the baby comes. Maybe I'll knit... I don't know

dmariev - I just bought some chocolate chips to bake some cookies this week. I'd love your recipe!! Sounds delicious
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by amandaleigh37 View Post
dmariev - I just bought some chocolate chips to bake some cookies this week. I'd love your recipe!! Sounds delicious

Absolutely! Here you go!



2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c butter
1/4 c white sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
1 pkg Instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 pkg choc chips

Cream butter, the sugars, pudding and vanilla.
Beat until smooth. Add eggs one at a time.
Stir in flour and soda. Add chips.

375 degrees 15 - 20 min.
post #18 of 32
I've always wanted to go get a manicure and pedicure in early labor but it has never worked out. Maybe I'll be able to do it this time!
post #19 of 32
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Ooooh, recipe please?
Yes, please share!
post #20 of 32
I'm really wanting some ideas for this........ we're not huge shoppers so going to a mall and walking doesn't sound like fun.....if it were a weekend we could do a farmers market..... otherwise we've discussed baking a cake from scratch for the baby we'll find something to keep me busy!!!

It being my first it could be awhile and keeping my mind off of anything going on will be helpful........

Randi
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