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post #41 of 178
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Originally Posted by MaryElizabeth View Post

mamatoabunch--- I have two extra Boppy covers-- one is a light green jungle print and the other is a pink and white paisley. You can have either one for free!



Thank you for your offer! I actually have two boppies and 4 covers. I need another waterproof cover for one them. Last time I had a puker and it was always soaking through to the pillow.

post #42 of 178
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Smokering--- How I envy your sewing skills and motivation! I have turned into the mom that just buys everything bc she can't see herself sitting down to make it Sheepish.gif

 

Tracy-- Hooray for mama cloth! I haven't been brave enough to try it yet, but I was thinking about it for this postpardom time. Its funny how I will use cloth everything- diapers, towels, wipes, etc... but can't make myself use a cloth pad!

 

Feeling motivated this weekend! --- Hoping to get some more done around the house with DH's help!

post #43 of 178


 

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Originally Posted by Spinnerette View Post

Kay, here goes:

 

Things to buy/accumulate:

  • prefolds/snappis
  • diaper sprayer
  • new diva cup for myself
  • cosleeper
  • light swaddling blankets
  • cloth wipes
  • diaper covers
  • recipe for cloth wipe solution/spray or squirt bottle for solution
  • carseat/possibly stroller
  • new bras
  • food dehydrator/capsules for placentophagy
  • ring sling
  • pacifiers

 

Things to do:

  • pack the hospital bag (I have an ongoing list of things I want to bring to help me have a natural birth as much as possible)
  • make the birth playlist
  • listen to Hypnobabies all the way through - I always fall asleep and then shut it off before it's finished :P
  • clear out craft supplies/piano from what will be the babyroom where her things are stored
  • paint/knit/crochet decorations since we can't renovate
  • in may: cook and freeze some vegan meals for after the birth, so that I can easily feed myself w/o worrying
  • get the truck totally cleaned
  • plan and start my urbangarden by Earth Day 
  • create chores schedule for myself to stay on top of housework
  • finish prenatal class (ends April 19th)
  • blog 3 times weekly throughout

 

Things to knit:

  • blanket
  • booties
  • at least one more soaker
  • at least one sweater

 

Well, getting it down on screen makes me feel a lot better. Whew. I can do this, I can do this! 


Bought a whole bunch of baby stuff!! All the smaller essentials (diapers, wipes, sling, wetbags, changing pad, clothes, receiving blankets etc) have been purchased online and are going to get here by the end of next week. Now we just need the crib, change table, carseat and stroller, possibly a cosleeper ^_^ Feels good to really get down to business, getting the things we need. 

 

post #44 of 178
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Did anyone need swaddling blankets? I have a new package of aden and anais.... I received another pack at my sprinkle, so I need to get rid of one winky.gif

 

P.S. I have a pair of never worn longies that someone may have--they are girl colors. We never used them for DD redface.gif

post #45 of 178

 

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Smokering, post a pic of the mei tai!

Arrgh... I would, if the *muttered expletive* camera weren't missing in action. For once I have a bunch of pretty homemade things I can show off on my blog, and I can't take photos of 'em! I'll let you know if I find it...

 

Of course, it looks a bit funky worn over a third-trimester baby bump. :p DD wanted to try it on too, and it looked so cute on her - straps trailing behind her like a train, and everything. I think I may have overdone the strap length... they were such a pain to do that I got all bloody-minded about it and made them as long as possible, just to prove I wasn't skimping.

 

The mei tai was the only sewing I got done today, as I spent some of it making a lime marshmallow pie for a friend's visit this evening (OK, and a few hours sleeping this afternoon!). Tomorrow I'll be spending the afternoon at Mum's (I'm taking the reminder of the pie to get rid of it - DH and Flatmate can't eat it, and I don't want to nibble away at it for the next week!), so I'll take some knitting. It's great at Mum's - DD gets taken care of by the aunts and I can sit in style and do crafts. :p I might start on that baby aviator hat, if I can find the right wools...

post #46 of 178
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Originally Posted by MaryElizabeth View Post

 

 

Tracy-- Hooray for mama cloth! I haven't been brave enough to try it yet, but I was thinking about it for this postpardom time. Its funny how I will use cloth everything- diapers, towels, wipes, etc... but can't make myself use a cloth pad!

 


I was resistant at first, too.  Last time I was in the depths of 3rd trimester insomnia and insanity, I decided that I would use up all my old flannel and terrycloth and make my own pads while I was awake all night long.  They were great for a first time run and I will use them this time as well.  For the first few days after the baby is born and the bleeding is really heavy, I decided to do something different - I made thick pads and actually sewed them into a dozen pairs of underwear so that it would be easier to just change underpants and have a little more coverage.  They seem comfortable and I hope they work out well!!

 

My aunt came over when I was making them and said, "Wow, Tracy, you really are a hippie!"  I guess it is one of those strange ideas that not too many people embrace (at least not that I know).  It takes some getting used to, thats for sure!!!

 

I got some patterns cut today and finished smocking about 2 yards of bodice for a couple of dresses.  I will post some pics when they are done!

 

ETA: LIME MARSHMALLOW PIE???!!  Are you kidding me? That sounds like heaven.  Please share the recipe!

 

post #47 of 178
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Yall make me feel so uncrafty! I used to be the craftiest girl around... now I'm like ehhhh lol.gif....     

 

Tracy-- Did you find that they were absorbent enough? I am worried about leaks. I was a heavy bleeder for at least 3 weeks. Like changing the overnight/heavy pads every 2 hours. At night I would wake up, feed DD, change my pad, go to sleep. I just can't imagine a cloth pad with no plastic lining able to hold all that in! 

Do you just throw them in the wash by themselves? I can see DH now, "hunny what is the bag full of bloody fabric???" <--- haha

I'm not even a pad girl for regular periods! --- I use tampons 24/7 redface.gif -- so bad, I know!

post #48 of 178

Oh my gosh, MaryElizabeth! I could really use some swaddling blankets, I can't get them here and was going to order them online. PM me?

post #49 of 178


 

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Originally Posted by nikie23 View Post

Baby-related:

 

Sew:

Onesies (2)

Sleep gowns (2 or 3)

Casual dresses (3)

Dress for "sip 'n' see" party w/ hat

Woven wrap (I know this hardly counts, but I still have to buy the fabric and sew the trim)

Sun hats (2 or 3)

 

Knit:

Blanket

name hat

kina sweater & matching booties

butterfly sweater

 

Buy:

Pack of newborn diapers & wipes (for traveling)

Sun shades for car windows

 

 

Me-related:

 

Sew:

Elastic-waist maternity/pp skirt (I tried winging a pattern and it was awful, so I'm giving up on maternity clothes for now)

Shower dress (bought as retail therapy after giant spider incident)

Dress for "sip 'n' see" party (this might go to the "buy" category, as I have no idea what size I'll be)

 

Knit:

calla tank

 

Buy:

witch hazel pads

perineum irrigation bottle

lanolin

belly band/Spanx for pp

bras that fit once my size settles down

 

 

Moving-related:

 

Pack up books & other non-essentials

Donate/sell shelves, tables, other beat up furniture

Sort/donate old clothes/shoes

Sell used books

 

 

Post-partum prep:

 

Freezer meals!  I'd like at least 5 or 6 dishes, which (including leftovers) would give us at least 2 weeks' worth of food. 

Organize/wash baby supplies so I'm not scrabbling through cupboards when we bring LO home

Pick out birth announcements

 

 

It's not good when the list is getting longer, not shorter.  :)

post #50 of 178
Thread Starter 

 

Things still to get/do for Finn William-

 

-my breast friend pillow

-bedding set

-stroller

-hats

-belly bandit or something of the like

-nursing bra

-nursing tanks/shirts

-dye blankets

-paint dresser

-diaper bag

-batteries for swing

-diaper basket

-pacifiers

-recover rocking chair ottoman

-hang curtains

-fill out baby book

-take maternity pictures

-make freezer meals

-go to chiropractor

 

 

Things to do in the house!-

 

- finish kitchen cabinets

- paint doors and hardware

- buy/hang curtains in master bedroom

- install new vanity/hardware in guest bath

- install new vanity/hardware in master bath

- redo shower doors

- bleach all tile floors

- paint master bath

- recover pillows in master bedroom

- buy new sheets for master bed

- clean out van!! and wash car seat covers

- reorganize DH's closet

- paint and install new fixtures in 1/2 bath

- buy rug for playroom

- finish landscaping

- sell books

 

.... and the list overwhelms meduh.gif

 

 

 

 

post #51 of 178
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Oy! So this weekend we got a few little projects done. We landscaped a little, got the sink in the 1.2 bath installed, tie dyed some flats for burp cloths---super cute!!, and I did a little bit of cleaning, but really need to clean again--- this pollen and seed pod explosion is taking over my house! I also listed and sold a few things on CL---but I also bought a couple of non-neccessities redface.gif I am going to finish the painting this week! It is a MUST! I need to find energy somewhere bc it's not happening right now.... 

 

I also invited my step mom and sister to come visit this week while DH is away... thinking they would say no. Ummmm they may come! Maybe having someone here will give me the motivation to get up and get this done! Although, it's not going to be easy to entertain and paint at the same time.... especially when I have to paint the guest bedroom!

 

I am SO tired... maybe after a nap I will feel like moving furniture and taping???Sheepish.gif

post #52 of 178

Okay.... I think I need a list... I can't keep it all straight in my head any more!

 

Baby Stuff

Don't buy anything else until after the second shower!

Finish getting addresses for C to mail baby shower invites

Go through registries and update if necessary

3D sono on 4/12

OB appt on 4/18

MW appt on 5/2

Fill out child support paperwork for BD3

Preregister at hospital

Write thank you notes for school shower gifts

 

Big Kid Stuff

Get through the next 2 weeks of K's PHP program

Buy scrapbooks for sports pictures

Print out sports pictures from each season

Put sports pictures into scrapbooks

Go through K's dresser and pull out stuff he doesn't wear & donate it

Make list of necessary summer clothes for H and buy them

Fill out K12 enrollment packets for each kid

Fill out online K12 enrollment stuff once it is open

 

School Stuff

Study for exam on 4/12

Read posted assignments for Psych Sim Lab on 4/13

Finish case study/make-up assignment - due 4/15

Find research articles on cardiac cath care and type up paper - due 4/15

Email instructors about K's PHP program and how it will affect class and clinicals

Start studying for final exams - 5/3 and 5/5

 

House Stuff

Clean desk

File giant pile o' papers that is taking over my life

Clean room

Do laundry

Put laundry away

Put baby shower gift bags & tissue paper in gift bag/tissue paper storage box for future use

Put giant box of baby clothes in closet

Reorganize craft area in family room

Find new location for cat food & water dishes

Clean off current cat food/water area

Paint wall behind cat food/water area

Clean out dog kennels

 

Yard Stuff

Plot area for raised garden beds

Plan garden spaces & what is being planted where

Rip bushes out of area for front patio

Dig sod out of area for front patio

Mark where pergola posts will go for front patio

Help Mom with pergola/fence/trellis on side of yard

Transplant mandarin tree

Transplant blueberry & raspberry "bushes"

Dig trench in backyard 2.0 for hose pipe

Plant hydrangea bushes after hose pipe is buried

Rake & weed backyard 2.0 to prep for patio construction

 

Other Stuff

Get a pedicure with gift certificate from Christmas

 

 

Hmmm... I think all of that will keep me busy for a while...

post #53 of 178
Thread Starter 

Holy cow. You have a lot and it makes me sleepy haha. But, I know you can do it! We have our OB appts on the same day! 

post #54 of 178

 

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It's not good when the list is getting longer, not shorter.  :)

I know, right?! I need to update my list, but I haven't crossed anything off and I have some new things to add, so I'm scared to. :p I have been working on projects, I just haven't finished any yet.

post #55 of 178
Thread Starter 

I have zero energy. Where is that nesting crack when I need it???

post #56 of 178
Thread Starter 

I painted today!!! yay!! and last night too :) I can't believe I found the motivation to get started... let's pray it keeps up!

post #57 of 178

I got a few more things done, mostly school related since everything else seems to be squeezed out of my life until the semester is over.

 

Baby Stuff

Don't buy anything else until after the second shower!

Finish getting addresses for C to mail baby shower invites

Go through registries and update if necessary

3D sono on 4/12

OB appt on 4/18

MW appt on 5/2

Fill out child support paperwork for BD3

Preregister at hospital

Write thank you notes for school shower gifts

 

Big Kid Stuff

Get through the next 2 weeks of K's PHP program

Buy scrapbooks for sports pictures

Print out sports pictures from each season

Put sports pictures into scrapbooks

Go through K's dresser and pull out stuff he doesn't wear & donate it

Make list of necessary summer clothes for H and buy them

Fill out K12 enrollment packets for each kid

Fill out online K12 enrollment stuff once it is open

 

School Stuff

Study for exam on 4/12

Read posted assignments for Psych Sim Lab on 4/13

Finish case study/make-up assignment - due 4/15

Find research articles on cardiac cath care and type up paper - due 4/15

Email instructors about K's PHP program and how it will affect class and clinicals

Start studying for final exams - 5/3 and 5/5

 

House Stuff

Clean desk

File giant pile o' papers that is taking over my life

Clean room

Do laundry

Put laundry away

Put baby shower gift bags & tissue paper in gift bag/tissue paper storage box for future use

Put giant box of baby clothes in closet

Reorganize craft area in family room

Find new location for cat food & water dishes

Clean off current cat food/water area

Paint wall behind cat food/water area

Clean out dog kennels

Find paint color for bedroom walls

Hang wall stuff up on the walls (right now there are things sitting all over the floor)

 

Yard Stuff

Plot area for raised garden beds

Plan garden spaces & what is being planted where

Rip bushes out of area for front patio

Dig sod out of area for front patio

Mark where pergola posts will go for front patio

Help Mom with pergola/fence/trellis on side of yard

Transplant mandarin tree into a 20 gallon pot

Transplant blueberry & raspberry "bushes"

Dig trench in backyard 2.0 for hose pipe

Plant hydrangea bushes after hose pipe is buried

Rake & weed backyard 2.0 to prep for patio construction

 

Other Stuff

Get a pedicure with gift certificate from Christmas

post #58 of 178
Thread Starter 

Whew!! I got some more painting done... going to try and get more finished up tonight! DD has been a little testy today.... first it was going nuts in the post office, pitching a serious fit after her nap--- she woke up early and HATES that... had a complete meltdown bc I tried to change her diaper (what? is she 3 months old again?) and then wouldn't let me blow off the deck so she could play on her playset.... I tried to paint with her in the room--- not so much. Tried to turn on a video--- that worked for about half an hour as long as she could throw cheerios around. Dinner time she was into everything, wouldn't eat, and is now trying to send me over the edge by doing everything she isn't suppose to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's 2 hours until bedtime.... will I make it????? hopmad.gif ---  poor child.

post #59 of 178
Thread Starter 

Anyone working on anything specific this week?? still chipping away at the list over here! hang.gif

post #60 of 178

Since 2AM is a great time to make plans... this week I will:

 

1) knit at least 6 more inches on LO's blanket

2) cut out and sew 2 baby dresses

3) find a pattern for a smocked-waist skirt and buy the fabric

4) take a load of stuff to Goodwill

 

I want to add more because I feel like that's not enough, but I know that if I make my list too long I'll just feel bad for not finishing it.  So, there is my little list for this week.  :)  Now if I can only get back to sleep so I'm not too tired to do any of it!

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