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post #41 of 213

I hear you on the tantrums Okimom - we've hit that stage where everything is about hurt feelings and nobody could possibly understand what's wrong. 

 

i've got all the little baby clothes I need together!  My stepmother has been second hand shopping and I had some fun at the 'clothing depot' at the agency I work out of.  Baby has more clothes than are probably necessary at this point!

 

I'm jealous of anyone who is able to start feeding the freezer now.  I won't be able to until it's almost time, the freezer is just too small.

post #42 of 213

I know all about moving late in pregnancy.  With ds we bought our house and moved in when I was 38 weeks pregnant.  The funny thing is that in the  family moving out, the lady was 39 weeks pregnant!! We were both worried one of us would go into labor while signing all the paperwork at the closing!! LOL

post #43 of 213
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Well, DD2 decided she would revolt against diapers this last week.. One morning she woke up and refused to keep a diaper on or allow me to put a fresh one on. Its been almost a week and shes down to 1-2 accidents a day, usually either when she needs to poop or when DH is watching her but not reminding her to use to potty (she gets caught up in what shes doing, like a typical toddler). So I guess Im potty training her which is on my list but wasn't planning on it actually working (I don't fight or force, I just allow the child to decide, DD1 potty trained in a similar way when she was 2 weeks shy of 2).. I could get use to not having to change diapers.

 

We STILL haven't heard anything about DH's reenlistment although our extension paperwork was sent back yet again.Soo as of right now I think Ill just ignore it all. Eventually we do need to know though, we kind of need a new car, our 2 door, 4 seater isn't going to fit 2 toddlers, a baby and 2 parents.

 

Other than that, I haven't gotten anything done.

post #44 of 213

I get to update with some good stuff!

 

November:
-pay 500 of homebirth fee  (DONE)
-begin hypnobabies  (DONE)

December:
-begin to gather birth supplies (DONE! finishing up purchases on black friday w/sales)
-purchase kit
-pay another 500 of homebirth fee

January:
-deep clean room
-pay last 300 of homebirth fee
-cook freezer meals:


1 tray lasagna- half veggie/ half meat
1 tray enchiladas- half veggie/ half meat
2 pizza doughs
1 container minestrone soup
1 chicken pot pie
1 container tomato soup-- items for grilled cheese in fridge!
2 smaller containers of meatballs- 1 to use for subs, 1 to use for pasta
1 container marinara sauce

first few days of February:
-clean house!
-organize room for new babe and her things!

post #45 of 213

well, i might as well join in on the fun! i have a bit of clothing already from thrift shopping (gender neutral) and my own baby clothes (if it's a girl)...i also have my sling, some cloth diapers and blankets purchased and made for us.

 

end nov/dec:

pack house & move smile.gif

continue to pay midwife

delve into hypnobabies

 

jan:

unpack & settle in

estimates on hardwood floor (want before babe is 6 mo or so)

baby shower

buy 1/2 of "must-haves" for baby

continue to pay midwife

continue hypnobabies

 

feb:

pregnancy photos

buy 2nd 1/2 of "must-haves" for babe

make birth supply list and buy homebirth supplies (including fishy pool)

finish paying midwife

continue to practice hypnobabies

 

end feb/early march: meet the babe! bouncy.gif

 

Babe must-haves:

carseat

1 week of disposable diapers for meconium days

bed co-sleeper pad

 

it doesn't seem that much to me... we want to keep it really simple, so hopefully it'll do! smile.gif

 

ashley

post #46 of 213
  • Finish prepping prefolds
  • Buy diaper covers
  • Organize the dresser to fit two sizes of clothes (one for Mai, one for Jeni)
  • Install carseat bases
  • Finish painting that livingroom wall
  • Buy a few more onesies at the thrift store (I've done some towards this, but I still need a few onesies and a few sleepers)

 


Yeah!  But after reading all your posts, I realized how much more I actually had to do.

 

  • start Hypnobabies
  • buy paper plates and napkins for those first few weeks when no one loads the dishwasher.
  • buy giant lochia pads
  • Make some meals to freeze.  I won't begin this until January with my tiny freezer.
post #47 of 213
Thread Starter 

Updated to do list. Found out more info on the move.. DH should have his reenlistment answer by Christmas if its approved (no reason it shouldn't be) then we will be moving around June/July.. Which means we will be here for the baby's birth and a couple of months after but moving after that. That helps me do my TO-Do list since some stuff will be coming off and others will be being added to it.

Updated what I have done and we moved a few things around.. Praying we can get all this worked out soon.

post #48 of 213


 

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-Assemble Crib
-Repaint the dresser
-Sort out baby clothes
-Get change table
-Sort out diapers

-Get car seat
-Wash all bedding and dress crib (mostly for show, so I want it to be pretty.) Was done but had to strip it again when I started looking after a couple of extra kids part time
-take off closet doors and have parents spray paint them (they volunteered)
-Acquire the rest of the baby clothes needed
-Wash everything (car seat cover, clothes, diapers, towels)
-Install carseat
-Buy odds and ends for homebirth stuff
-Deal with Christmas in progress
-Cook and freeze dinners
-Buy breast pump  Got a great deal on my Isis Manual last night - $50!
-Buy new baby monitor
-Pack JIC bag for me and baby, pack bag for DS
-Give notice to daycare kids (probably not til after Christmas)
-Burn DVD's for DS (poor kid needs something to do when we're stuck in with newbaby
- Sell odd and ends on Kijiji
 
I keep thinking of extra things to do!
 
post #49 of 213

I'm glad I broke everything out by month!

 

November is/was my "organize and declutter the house" month. I have one closet left to do, and then everything's in pretty good shape.

 

In December, I'm working on my DS's baby book and focusing on the holidays. I'm not listing out everything holiday-related that I have to do b/c that would overwhelm me! 

 

January is the month that I'll get ready for the baby: bring in/wash baby gear and clothes, stockpile non-perishable goods, and make meals for the freezer

 

 

I'm a homebirther who has never packed a "just in case" hospital bag. It never even occurred to me to do so. We live one mile from the hospital, though, so dh could always run back to the house at some point and grab stuff. 

post #50 of 213

I think for me, part of the security of having the hospital bag packed is that I'm fussy.  If someone packs for me they are going to grab the wrong socks, the wrong toothpaste or whatever.  And that will make me miserable.  (Seriously, I'm fussy about stuff like that.)  So I'd rather do it myself, and know that it's done the way I want it done.

post #51 of 213

i'm another homebirther who won't be packing a bag for the hospital...i honestly wouldn't have even thought about it had i not read it on here...so i'll stick with my first inclination... hopefully we all get our homebirths at home and don't have to worry about use that bag! 

 

sending blessings to all those homebirths!

 

ashley

 

post #52 of 213

Crap.  November is over.  Had to move 5 or 6 things from Nov to Dec.

 

Dec

  • touch-up girls' dresser with paint before tossing/giving away paint
  • order hypnobabies and get started!
  • finish lining up child care for DDs at birth (serious commitments still needed)
  • birth plan written (first draft) and run by midwives/back up OB
  • line up new ped. (for "official doctor" paperwork stuff)
  • make list of birth equipment/supplies I want to have available (exercise ball!  back up doc at hospital contact made?)
  • have a heart to heart with my midwife about transfer fears
  • prepare ice packs
  • prepare dinners and freeze and/or premake portions of recipes
  • line up housekeeping help
  • line up belly photos
  • double check home birth needs (what am I missing from my box o' stuff?)
  • wash purple/fuzzy blankets and pillows at cleaners
  • buy under-bed pads
  • pack emergency bag  (if I pack it, I'll not need it, and vice versa!)
  • paint dresser
  • install car seats (creative thinking required)

Ready baby's room

  • pack up scrapbooking stuff/bookshelves, desk, and closet
  • move office/scrapbooking to the basement with sister's help
  • move baby stuff to baby's room with sister's help
  • organize baby stuff: sort, purge, clean, and store/give away
  • wash clothes and diapers and put away

Jan

  • assemble bassinet
  • pregnancy photos to commemorate belly
  • buy placenta print supplies
  • create announcements
  • make wipes solution
  • make 'big sister' t-shirts with/for the girls (fabric crayon, baby!)
  • stock fridge with recovery foods

get started on baby book

  • call list
  • paper over pages I won't use
  • fill in family tree/other info I can
  • do "letter to baby" scrapbook page

 

Feb

  • continue keeping fridge stocked with favorite recovery foods
  • wait

Edited by laerhk - 12/1/10 at 5:26pm
post #53 of 213
Thread Starter 

It really hit me today how close we actually are! Only 10ish more weeks!! It does help to kick me in the butt.. I updated the to-do list. Today Im finishing up the picture dresses (that were suppose to be done last week!) and the journals. If I have time Im going to start going through and organizing/decluttering the kitchen. DH is suppose to finish decorating for Christmas and then clean out the storage closet when he gets home tonight.

post #54 of 213


 

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Originally Posted by Twinklefae View Post

 

-Assemble Crib
-Repaint the dresser
-Sort out baby clothes
-Get change table
-Sort out diapers

-Get car seat
-Wash all bedding and dress crib (mostly for show, so I want it to be pretty.) Was done but had to strip it again when I started looking after a couple of extra kids part time
-take off closet doors and have parents spray paint them (they volunteered)
-Acquire the rest of the baby clothes needed
-Wash everything (car seat cover, clothes, diapers, towels)
-Install carseat
-Buy odds and ends for homebirth stuff
-Deal with Christmas in progress
-Cook and freeze dinners
-Buy breast pump  Got a great deal on my Isis Manual last night - $50!
-Buy new baby monitor
-Pack JIC bag for me and baby, pack bag for DS
-Give notice to daycare kids (probably not til after Christmas)
-Burn DVD's for DS (poor kid needs something to do when we're stuck in with newbaby
- Sell odd and ends on Kijiji
- Birth plan, phone lists and other paperwork
-Register with hospital
 
I keep thinking of extra things to do!
 

 
post #55 of 213
Thread Starter 

Ok, December 1st is tomorrow and I still haven't done a bunch of stuff I had down for November.

November To Dos still left:

(DH needs to do) reorganize storage closet

order doll kits for the girls

tie dye:  big sisters/little brother shirts, playsilks for Christmas

Fix zipper on couch

Finish sewing Family Christmas gifts: need to make: 17 Journals(just 3 more left!), picture dresses(almost done!), then start on the girls/DH's presents

wrap all gifts

mail everything

Take family Christmas pictures

 

December to dos:

Sewing things to do for Christmas: 4 felt vehicles(only 1 left to do!), felt sushi set, pictures of Christ book, Story of Christmas book,  hair clips for stocking, dancing ribbons, car seat blanket, 3 stuffed animals(2 done, 1 to go), kimono shirt/shoes, 2 PJs, Apron, Diaper changing kit for SIL, 2 skirts/pair of pants for big sister/little brother outfits, Art Set for DD1, hair ties for pictures,Ring sling

Sewing things to do if time allows: blessing outfit, Nursing pads (40 sets), Changing pad covers, babysitter thank you gift, bag for camera/laptop, Mai Tie, Doll slings and bed for both girls.

 

  • Get coming home outfit, DH and I both had a brain malfunction and he bought a short sleeve with shorts outfit which won't work in the beginning of Feb.
  • wrap any last minute Christmas items
  • Make a list of to dos before move
  • start decluttering for move
  • make song list, upload IPOD (DH is doing, Im not good with computers, I might crash the whole thing if I try)
  • Declutter girls/my clothes, make a list of anything the girls will need within the next few months
  • Make labels for movie container, type up list of movies for master list (DH's project, I refuse to deal with movies when I don't watch them)
  • Work on baby book
  • buy a bigger car (yea, our car isn't big enough) (DH)
  • frame/hang pictures that are laying around (DH)-almost done, just have one more frame to finish then DH has to hang it up. It will work until the baby comes and we need updated family pictures.
  • find someone to watch girls
  • find alternative to watch girls
  • stock up on art supplies (running low, these two go through a TON of paint!)
  • Plan activities for Jan-May- Jan and Feb almost done
  • Decorate house
  • Clean blinds-working on this week.
  • book DD1's birthday weekend- changing it to MLK weekend so we can have more time to spend together
  • Freeze meals 1/2 of what I need to get done before Jan (I should mention my husband and girls don't' like to repeat meals to often, my oldest will actually tell me if Ive served a certain meal within the last two months.. she has a REALLY good memory): 1 pot chili, 1 pot taco soup, Shepard's pie, lasagna, chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, sloppy Joe's, meatloaf, backed ziti, baked spaghetti, (2) pizza crusts, pizza pasta, open faced pizza burgers, chicken tetrazini, stroganoff, tuna noodle casserole, chili mac, mini meat pies, cheesy chili tops..
  • Freeze lunch food- 20 rice and bean, 20 bean and cheese, 20 taco meat/bean/cheese, torn up meat for sandwiches, 20 ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken strips, bagel pizza bites, mini hamburgers
  • Freeze breads: 3 batches rolls, 8 loaves bread, 3 loaves french bread, 3 loaves garlic bread, 6 muffin mixes (4 already done), 50 waffles, 80 pancakes, 50 french toast stick, 2 loaves of banana bread
  • Freeze cookie doughs- 3 oatmeal raisin, 3 oatmeal chocolate chips, 2 chocolate chip, 2 snicker doodles, 2 peanut butter
  • Freeze misc foods: 4 taco meat, 6 chopped up onions, 4 chopped up green peppers, 2 honey butter, 6 cooked up ground beef

 

 

 

Should I mention my girls and husband eat ALOT? On average if we have pancakes for breakfast my girls will eat 3 each and my husband 4-5.. I don't know where it all goes though, DD1 can still fit into 24 month pants around the waist (needs 5s in length), DD2 can fit into 12ish month pants (needs 2T-3T in length). I tease them they have a hole in their toe it all goes through. Im trying to store 2 months of dinners and 2-4 weeks of lunches/breakfasts.. thats a lot of food. Last time I did a month of dinner and 2 weeks of lunches (no breakfasts) and I was in trouble by the end of the 2nd week, I was in too much pain to do anything and recovery was taking a while. Im trying to avoid that this time.

 

Purple are this weeks to dos.


Edited by OkiMom - 12/12/10 at 3:00am
post #56 of 213
Thread Starter 

Twinkle- I always think of things I should do no matter what all I have down on my list.. Day before having DD2 it dawned on me I had just about a days diapers left for DD1.. Luckily i went to the store with DH that night and picked up a big box of diapers because otherwise there might have been a problem.

post #57 of 213
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Ok, December 1st is tomorrow and I still haven't done a bunch of stuff I had down for November.

  • Freeze meals 1/2 of what I need to get done before Jan (I should mention my husband and girls don't' like to repeat meals to often, my oldest will actually tell me if Ive served a certain meal within the last two months.. she has a REALLY good memory): 1 pot chili, 1 pot taco soup, Shepard's pie, lasagna, chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, sloppy Joe's, meatloaf, backed ziti, baked spaghetti, clam sauce, spaghetti sauce, (2) pizza crusts, chicken and sausage manicotti, pizza pasta, open faced pizza burgers, chicken tetrazini, lasagna rolls, stuffed shells, stroganoff, Beef tips in gravy, tuna noodle casserole, chili mac, mini meat pies, cheesy chili tops..
  • Freeze lunch food- 20 rice and bean, 20 bean and cheese, 20 taco meat/bean/cheese, torn up meat for sandwiches, 20 ham and cheese sandwiches, Quesadilla bites, meatballs, chicken strips, breaded chicken patties, bagel pizza bites, mini hamburgers

 

I'm in the same boat.  Had to move 5 or 6 Nov. things to Dec.

 

I don't think you're crazy for taking a trip at week 39.  I'm sure you have a plan in place for the "just in cases" as I do/have had in the past.

 

I'm totally stealing your list of foods you are making ahead of time!  It will probably be easiest just to make these meals for dinner, and make two dinners worth at the same time, leaving one to freeze.  (You have good ideas for dinners, too!  Yum, yum!!)
 

post #58 of 213
Thread Starter 

laerhk- The cabins we are renting are about 1 1/2 hours from the hospital, my friends who have agreed to watch the girls (YAY! I have great friends.. the family who is watching them has 5 children, my only concern is I might not get the girls back.. their kids want to keep them) are on the way or would met us at the hospital.. Ill have the bags packed and in the trunk just in case (with the exception on the snack bags Ill have to stop by home to get but home is on the way).. I'm pretty confident that the baby won't come before February.

I usually try to double batch and freeze one/eat one, especially if its something I KNOW the girls/DH will like. Soups especially get double batched a LOT, DH especially loves soups.

 

So update on my list:

Found someone to watch the girls

Another friend volunteered to be an alternative in case we need her (like I said, we have great friends)

Ordered the doll kits for the girls

DH is busy e-mailing people about cars and taking them for a test drive.. Test drove two yesterday, one he didn't think would be big enough and the other started overheating on the way to be test drove so the person said he couldn't sell it to us with mechanical problems.

Got the story of Christmas book done, the apron, both girls dresses, the hairties for the pictures, a sock monkey and giraffe ribbon blanket.

post #59 of 213

My list has taken a back seat to Christmas and DH coming home much earlier than expected!  Both very joyous occasions but baby buying/doing has ground to a halt!  Oh well.  As a mom of two I now know that all I really need are boobs, diapers and some clothes.  The rest is a bonus!  LOL!

post #60 of 213

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  • Freeze cookie doughs- 3 oatmeal raisin, 3 oatmeal chocolate chips, 2 chocolate chip, 2 snicker doodles, 2 peanut butter

 

Adding cookies to the freezer is now on my priority list.  I could have KILLED for a fresh cookie when I was doing 2am nursings sometimes and had to settle for Keebler.  Best idea ever!

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