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post #21 of 29
The link in the first post really helped me a lot. This baby #6 and homebirth #5 for us and this is the first time I feel really prepared. I've always left things for the last minute in the past and have hated that. Especially with a growing family, I wanted to feel more prepared and not leave things so chaotic. I will be taking 2 weeks bed rest (as best as possible) after the baby is born, so a bit of preparation is important. I'm 37 weeks and here are a few things I've done and still need to do: (I post this for myself as a checklist, but also to share ideas if you want them too)

-Did some mental preparation for labor by watching some home water birth videos, reading parts of Birthing from Within, praying and asking God for strength during labor and for a smooth delivery of a healthy baby, and giving myself a little "speech" I can tell myself during labor: " I CAN do it, I WILL do it, I AM doing it" and then looking forward to saying, "I DID it!"
-Finally bought a co-sleeper! This is child #6, I wish I would have done it before!
-Collected all necessary birthing supplies (pool, liner, chux, towels, trash bags, etc..)
-Made a basket with the first items necessary for the baby (clothes, diapers, etc..)
-Have a basket in the fridge and in the pantry with items I can drink and snack on during birth and labor (In the fridge: Cheese sticks, yogurt, etc. In the pantry: Protein Bars, Smart water, trail mix, Boxed soups, etc..), plus my lavender essential oil and organza bag of loose lavender buds to help me during labor!
-Have a basket with peri squirt bottle, cotton pads, and Depends for post partum.
-Have my "laboring outfit" hanging and ready, which is just a wrap around towel cover with straps and velcro.
-Have my post partum cotton nursing gowns ready and hanging.
-Made a "Post-Partum" basket for myself. I lined a pretty box with tissue paper and filled it with Mothers Milk tea, Sitz bath and muslin bags, a bag of yummy Sundrops, a box of thank you cards and a pen, lanolin, and a Catholic mothering book called Grace Cafe. It was fun doing this as a little post-partum gift to myself.
-Wrapped a little gift of tea, chocolate, and bath salts for my midwife, and a little gift of chocolate for her apprentice, each with a Thank you note ready to be filled out.
-Bought ingredients and disposable baking pans for making 3 meals to freeze.
-Have a box with organic instant oatmeal containers as a quick breakfast for everyone at home at the time of birth. Have a basket with bagels, english muffins, and cream cheese in the fridge for this purpose as well.
-Went over to a my comadre's house to learn about cloth diapering.
-Scrubbed and cleaned the fridge and put everything in containers and baskets. Have you figured out that I am a container/basket freak?!
-Have done a lot of decluttering in the home.

Still Need to Do:
-Still more decluttering! It is said Mary and Joseph lived simply and we try to strive for that as well. It is so much more peaceful that way, and I beleive we can just enjoy life and the children more without worrying so much about STUFF! This is an ongoing task in our lives!
-Make and freeze the three meals I have ingredients for.
-Set up the home school classroom so the children can know follow the idea of "a place for everything, and everything in its place", even while I'm on bedrest. Set up a guide for some work they can do during this time as well.
-Mop the house, set up the laundry room with labels and baskets for everyone so as to make my bedrest time easier on everyone, clean the freezer.
-Hopefully my husband will be done remodeling our main bathroom by the time baby is here! It's hard just having one available toilet with a family of 7 going on 8!

There are lots of other little things I'd love to get done, but alas, I am very satisfied having gotten all of the things above done, with not too much more I feel is necessary to do. In the end, the baby will come wether the freezer is cleaned and I will just say, "The heck with it!". We are blessed to have a new life joining us, and I will try to enjoy every minute of my new baby's presence within our family. It all goes by too quick to worry about other details
post #22 of 29
I heartily agree with decluttering and getting organized!

I labeled my kitchen: post-it notes on cupboards for glasses, plates, etc. so that the midwife, the lady caring for my son, and others (*ahem* my husband...) could easily find things without having to ask.

I put everything I thought we'd need for the birth and the next few days in totes, clearly labeled. One tote for birthing supplies, one for clothes after the birth (mine and baby's), one for afterwards. I made sure to have a notebook for recording the birth story at my leisure, and thank-you notes and stamps so I could easily write notes for gifts received.

We also had a small gift from the baby to her brother, all wrapped and ready to go. I stuck it in the after-birth tote.

I felt much better having a hospital contingency plan, plus a general care guide for my son (he's a persnickety little thing!). And of course, the usual list of phone numbers to call once Baby arrives. Since my husband is very mainstream in what he eats, it was helpful to have menus for restaurants that deliver or do take-out handy (next time, I'll even have gift cards purchased in advance so I won't have to worry about balancing the checkbook the first few days with Baby!)

We used Contraction Master online for timing contractions - very easy and didn't have to think about it!

I get so very sick pregnant, and with my pregnancy last year, I had all I could to do care for a toddler, let alone housework! But I would tackle one task at a time (and I mean one: now it's time to clean the bathroom sink. Okay, rest. Now it's time to read a library book to DS. Okay, rest. etc).

Because I went about two and a half weeks early the first time, I was told to have everything ready by 35 weeks. Good thing too! At 35 weeks I was already dilated to 4 and 80% effaced, and baby felt like she was just going to fall out of me. It's REALLY hard to get ready for a homebirth when you're on bed rest! She made it to 38 weeks though, but it was so much less stressful having everything ready.

Since my husband has allergies and doesn't mow the lawn, I'll arrange to have a neighbor do it next time (it's one of those things I didn't think about since we were in an apartment for our son's birth).

Hope that gives a few ideas for those trying to be prepared! In all honesty, things went really smoothly. It was kind of weird - the birth went quickly, and then life just flowed into a new normal. The first few weeks were a MUCH smoother transition than it was with our first - and I'd also been told that going from one to two would be harder! So glad we had a homebirth; it was a much better beginning than our hospital experience.
post #23 of 29
Originally Posted by pearl2 View Post

As soon as I saw those double lines, I've been wondering this, myself! I will start forcing myself to "nest" and I am not even really that far along. I look around at my house now and get stressed out just thinking about it!

My plan is to totally get rid of all the clutter everywhere so I won't be stressing about that, and for the last month or so, really making sure I keep the areas where I might want to birth (bed, bathroom/shower for laboring, and kitchen floor) fairly clean.


post #24 of 29

This post is helpful. I'm 34 weeks and just signed up for my home birth. I'm so excited, but have so much to do in my house before then. I really needed this post to let me know all the things i need to get ready before my birth. Thanks.

post #25 of 29

Birth where you want.  We cleaned out the breakfast nook in our kitchen and laid down a tarp.  Set up a pool.  Our LR sofa is a futon, so put that down to be the "landing site" bed.  We really enjoyed having our baby in the kitchen.  Easy access to food... :D  Hooked up to the laundry room sink.  Really easy.


post #26 of 29

We are also planning to have our baby in the kitchen. We are planning our second HB Waterbirth. Our house is ranch style so if we need to go to the bedroom/living room or anything else we totally can easily.


I really can't picture birthing on the bed. I am thinking of figuring out a comfortable back up plan if we for some strange reason can't be in the water. FOr example, my SIL was having a lot of bleeding during her HB so she had to get out of the water so the midwife could assess how much she was bleeding and why etc... that couldn't be done easily in the water. She ended up have the baby on the kitchen floor on top of a make-shift bed of towels. We have an air mattress that might be a good back up plan. If that got ruined then we waste the 30 bucks it cost, much better than the bed thing.


Yeah the water just has to work because that is all I can wrap my mind around. LOL.


As far as getting all ready my main thing has been stocking freezer food and decluttering. My birthday is coming up and I think we are buying a new desk with storage because that mail/computer area of the house is constantly a wreck. Its something that's been on our wishlist for a while.

post #27 of 29

What would y'all suggest if you live in a two story home? Our bedroom is kinda small and I am not sure it is my first choice because I don't want to feel cooped up, but the only showers are upstairs and it would be easier to have convenient access to that. I guess I could always get my hubby to carry me up the stairs :) hehe

post #28 of 29

Our home was a two story at the time, cottage style with a large loft bedroom upstairs, living and bathroom downstairs.  We set up the upstairs bed as well as a futon downstairs with the tub in our bathroom.  I had no idea where I wanted to be... options are really nice. 

post #29 of 29
good post. I'm definitely in the uh oh, time to get ready stage since i"m 37 weeks now. are there any more helpful hints from mamas who got ready then delivered and discovered there were some things you wished you'd done, or didn't spend time on?

Also, does anyone have a good list of things to do that I can cheat off of for hubby on the day of? i was thinking I should have a list for the day of for hubby to do so I dont have to think of it all
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