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post #21 of 55
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Originally Posted by MadiMamacita View Post

yes- sorry that is right. belt shortening clip not locking clip.

Nevermind, just read that :)  I had no idea those existed.. I'm going to call Ford and see what their price on the part is (found the part number). I'm going to post on c-s.org as well, but right now the belt retracts, just doesn't lock anymore.  You used to be able to pull a little out, it would lock, and then you'd have to retract it back in to unlock it.  I'm nervous that the ELR mode (where it locks in a crash) wouldn't work.. or do you just remove ALL of the slack when you use the BSC?  I'll also have to look into a good tech to do this for me.. I think that c-s.org's Darren is near me.  Wonder if he has any experience with it.

post #22 of 55
Thread Starter 

Alright, I'm updating my list because I've added stuff and am actually using this thread to keep track of it bag.gif On my phone on the train to work, at work, on my way home from work... blah!

 

 

-Get center seatbelt in DHs truck fixed.. (the retractor broke and it no longer locks.. a new one is $400, bleh)

-Get the kids new bed and our crib from IKEA

-Organize the pantry

-Get the cushion covers on the couch washed

-Buy or sew a simple slipcover for second couch

-Organize the kids' closet

-Knit booties and mittens for baby

-DEEP clean the guinea pig cage so we can put him back in it.  He's currently staying in a smaller cage.  He's angry at us!

-Premake soup for after birth (lentil soup) and freeze so I can throw it in the crock pot when I go into labor.

-Buy coconut water to have on hand for labor.

-Premake & freeze bread loaves for labor (I love it when my house smells like baking bread- very homey.  I'd like that in my atmosphere!).

-Make wetbag!

-Deep clean the kitchen and make it sparkle :)

-Deep clean the bathroom and make that sparkle even more! :)

-Start needle felting things for baby's mobile.

-Start knitting baby toys- just teething rings to start.

-Buy chest freezer

-Buy ingredients for postpartum meals

-Start making and freezing said meals in said freezer!

-Start drinking RRL tea

-Buy EPO for later and take it when that time comes

-Make or find something to cover my new yoga/birthing ball with, or buy a new one that isn't so chemicaly and yucky (though it has been off-gassing in the hall for almost a week and is doing much better!)


Edited by WindyCityMom - 7/25/12 at 8:53pm
post #23 of 55

Soooo close!

 

-Wash hand-me-down crib linens, fold, store

-Wipe down crib (my cousin brought it over yesterday!  It won't be used for a while, but I want it to be ready.)

-Hang nursery wall hangings

-Finish nursery, take pictures

-Go to Ikea to return closet stuff that didn't work and purchase closet stuff that will work

-Install new closet stuff

-Shampoo carpets

-Have shower, on August 4th

-Sort through gifts, return what won't work, buy what will

-Launder clothes I receive at shower and want to keep

-Get bikini wax and pedicure (I'm vain like that)

-Arrange to have the house deep cleaned.

-Get my temporary replacement at work trained by 37 weeks, just in case

-When I get my Cousin's pump, figure out how the heck it works

-Attend a LLL meeting (there's a new one that meets in the evening, yay!)

-Take a breastfeeding class

-Finish Bradley classes

-Tour the hospital

-Finish birth plan

-Finish contact lists for my near-and-dear's (doctors, doula, etc)

-Labor project plan (new request from DH, he is enlisting my project management skillz)

-Clean all hand-me-downs that I get from friends with little ones

-Assemble labor play lists for my iPhone

-Install car seats

-Stock up on pet provisions

-Stock up on pantry provisions

-Cook or bake: whole grain waffles, pinto beans and cornbread, lentil soup, shepherd's pie, Italian casserole, banana bread, regular bread, etc.

-Load up our DVR and NetFlix queues

-Load up the Kindle with books

-Buy anything I don't get that I really need

-Buy maxi pad herbal treatment supplies (aloe vera juice, witch hazel sans alcohol, lavender oil)

-Prep and freeze maxi pads with doula's herbal treatment

-Arrange for placenta encapsulation once I have instructions from doula

-Organize office

-Final Goodwill run


Edited by calpurnia7 - 8/12/12 at 7:32pm
post #24 of 55
Okay, I'm taking my head out of the sand and preparing for the new baby. I actually accomplished three things this week, and I'm going to be silly and go ahead and include them (seriously, they're the first things I've done to get ready and I'm nearly 33 weeks! Aaaak!) I reserve the right to add to this later, but this is what I'm thinking needs to happen:
  1. Buy fishy pool
  2. Hire doula
  3. Get back carseat & cosleeper from friends
  4. Clean out desk & move it to the basement
  5. Set up DD's big girl bed and (start to?) transition her to it
  6. Super clean and organize the nursery and make room for new LO's stuff
  7. Go through DD's baby stuff/clothes
  8. Make mobile
  9. Strip diapers & organize
  10. Get estimates on bathroom
  11. Fix bathroom
  12. Refinish dining room floor
  13. Freezer meals
  14. Print birth announcement address labels
  15. Buy post-partum stuff (pads, wipes, herbs)
  16. DH needs to meet my new OB!
  17. Doula needs to go to a prenatal with me
  18. Attend LLL meeting
  19. Clean out my office & backup computer files
  20. Contact HR about return to work plan
  21. Get maternity photos done
  22. Buy nursing tanks/pads/soft bra
  23. Buy remaining baby odds and ends (and clothes if needed after the shower)
  24. Email photographer about newborn photos
  25. sterilize & check breastpump
  26. Pack my bag
  27. Pack DD's bag
  28. Paint kitchen??
post #25 of 55

Progress!

1. get the phone numbers and e-mail addresses organized to easily announce that baby has arrived

2. organize files in home office (DH) - in progress
3. refresh first aid kit and medicines, inc. getting rid of expired stuff

4. get a diaper bag, waterproof sheet for our bed, ergo, nursing pillow

5. give dimensions of stokke crib mattress to MIL because she's sewing us some custom sheets :)

6. curtains and rug for baby's room / guest bedroom

7. finish cleaning and organizing in baby's room / guest bedroom

8. sort through the insane amount of clothing and toys we've been handed down, donate some, wash & organize the rest

9. buy baskets/hampers that will fit wetbags for cloth diapers

10. buy pyrex containers and eat the food from, de-ice, and clean freezer so that it's ready to stock with food when my mom comes in august (she'll cook a bunch of food for us for postpartum)

11. get the baby health insurance and a pediatrician

12. get everything organized to apply for US and UK citizenship and passports once he's born - in progress

13. stock up on post-partum tea, herbs, cod liver oil etc.

14. a slew of sewing projects that i probably won't get to - cancelled!

15. so much cleaning that I don't even want to list it 

16. continue with yoga and reflexology dvds

17. continue practicing hypnobirthing techniques

18. start perineal massage

19. make a diaper changing station

20. get some live plants in the house, everything we bring into the house dies

21. re-up vaccines for the cat & dog, make sure they're set for a while after baby arrives for food, litter etc

22. make sure i have enough clothes for myself for after he's born . . . comfy, decent looking lounge clothes that i can nurse in - in progress

23. install car seat

24. arrange for dog to go to kennel while we're at birthing center, find back-up person to take her there in case we can't

25. buy nursing bras, nursing pads, mama cloth

post #26 of 55
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Originally Posted by MamanFrancaise View Post

mamax3 - An Odyssey is my #1 pick for a van, too. Do you love it? 

 

Yes!  It is awesome.  It's definitely wider inside than our Grand Caravan was, which will make a huge difference for DS1 being stuck between 2 carseats on the back bench.  And it drives super smooth.  So happy we went with a Honda :)

 

-finish basement - getting there...just one more closet door, touch ups and a few details left :)

-move DS1 to new room

-set up playroom

-find a new van!

-install carseats

-wash baby clothes/blankets/etc. and organize

-get second swing

-buy newborn diapers

-make freezer meals/muffins/breads

-find baby names!

-get DH to fix the glider

-get a haircut

-get baby books

-pack a hospital bag

-schedule help for M & Z

-hospital tour/figure out where L&D is

post #27 of 55

More progress!

 

1. Have baby shower (tomorrow!)

2. Figure out what I still need and what I need to return from baby shower, then go shopping. And of course un-package all the stuff I'm keeping and organize everything.

3. Go through all my daughters' clothes and donate everything they don't fit/wear any more.

4. Clean the bathrooms until they sparkle

5. Go buy my favourite wine to drink a glass during labor and save the rest for after. And enjoy the judgmental looks while I buy it. LOL Man I have missed wine. I think about the taste of it almost daily. LOL

6. Get all birth stuff together in a laundry basket for easy access for birth supporters/midwives.

7. Order a few baby items I've read such fantastic reviews on but can't find here.

8. Order some post-partum items that mamas rave about but again, I can't get here.

 

Besides just general cleaning and keeping up with it, I am nearly done all the awful stuff. I went through my daughters' clothes and there was so much stuff that they have grown out of. I need to figure out if it's worth the energy to try and sell it or just donate it....

 

I will get the bathrooms clean this week sometime...

post #28 of 55

i'm not going to list what needs to be done 'cause i'm realistic enough that I know not everything will get done.  Oh well.  Baby's coming either way.  :)

 

So, I'm going to list the things I DO get done.  Sorta Positive Affirmation type thing...

 

1. Ordered Birth Kit

2. Got Pool squared away

3. Burn Hypnosis for Childbirth Cd so I can listen in living room

4. Baby Clothes

5. Diapers

6. DS' support person confirmed

 

(to be continued)

post #29 of 55
yes a list of things already done will make me feel MUCH better!

1. put together cosleeper
2. diapers- organize covers into "nb" "small" and "one-size"- large and medium can wait!
3. pull out tiny clothes- organize into bags of "girl" "boy" and "nuetral"
4. car seat
5. breast pump
6. freezer meals
7. swaddling blankets

ok, and some on the to-do list:
1. make some wipes and wipe solution
2. make some diaper cream
(recipe: homemade diaper cream- cloth diaper safe.
1 ounce coconut oil – antiviral, antifungal, anti-yeast.
1 ounce olive oil – antibacterial, antioxidant.
1 ounce shea butter – anti-inflammatory, moisturizer.
1 ounce cocoa butter – antiseptic, moisturizer.
1/2 ounce beeswax – anti-inflammatory.
grapefruit seed extract - antibacterial, antimicrobial.
2 tsp chamomile flowers (dried) – anti-inflammatory, disinfecting.
your choice of essential oil (lavender, chamomile, sweet orange, etc.)

3. clear out changing table in bedroom
4. set up diaper changing station in living room
5. drink more RRLtea!!!!!

I was starting to freak out about not having enough small and newborn covers so I bought some from a lady on craigslist- she only had small, no nb, but I got 6. Then I was going through a bag some of my friends handed me down and found a HUGE stack of small covers! and 6 newborn covers so I think we're good. but now I have a million zillion size smalls.. oh well!
post #30 of 55

Things DONE

 

1. Ordered Birth Kit

2. Got Pool squared away

3. Burn Hypnosis for Childbirth Cd so I can listen in living room

4. Baby Clothes

5. Diapers

6. DS' support person confirmed

 

7. Birth Kit with liner arrived

8. 2 bowls for birth supplies (one with lid for placenta)

9. Birth Supply list gone through and things checked off!  YAY

post #31 of 55

1. Have baby shower (tomorrow!)

2. Figure out what I still need and what I need to return from baby shower, then go shopping. And of course un-package all the stuff I'm keeping and organize everything.

3. Go through all my daughters' clothes and donate everything they don't fit/wear any more.

4. Clean the bathrooms until they sparkle

5. Go buy my favourite wine to drink a glass during labor and save the rest for after. And enjoy the judgmental looks while I buy it. LOL Man I have missed wine. I think about the taste of it almost daily. LOL

6. Get all birth stuff together in a laundry basket for easy access for birth supporters/midwives.

7. Order a few baby items I've read such fantastic reviews on but can't find here.

8. Order some post-partum items that mamas rave about but again, I can't get here.

9. Clean the fridge out

10. Make a list of things I need DH to clean because I can't.

 

Had to add some things. Today I am going to wash the girls' old clothes and post them online locally for sale as a giant lot.


Edited by MamanFrancaise - 8/12/12 at 2:05pm
post #32 of 55

1. Have baby shower (tomorrow!)

2. Figure out what I still need and what I need to return from baby shower, then go shopping. And of course un-package all the stuff I'm keeping and organize everything.

3. Go through all my daughters' clothes and donate everything they don't fit/wear any more.

4. Clean the bathrooms until they sparkle

5. Go buy my favourite wine to drink a glass during labor and save the rest for after. And enjoy the judgmental looks while I buy it. LOL Man I have missed wine. I think about the taste of it almost daily. LOL

6. Get all birth stuff together in a laundry basket for easy access for birth supporters/midwives.

7. Order a few baby items I've read such fantastic reviews on but can't find here.

8. Order some post-partum items that mamas rave about but again, I can't get here.

9. Clean the fridge out

10. Make a list of things I need DH to clean because I can't.

 

I just have two things left to do!! DH on the other hand has an entire list. I figure giving him two days to do it is extremely generous. :)

 

I even got a bid for the giant lot of girls clothes I posted for sale on my local Facebook Auction group.

post #33 of 55

I meant to upload this sooner, but never got around to it...

  1. Finish life insurance enrollment
  2. Re-enroll in my health insurance
  3. Pack hospital bags for L&D, Recovery, and Baby
  4. Clean and stock fridge/freezer
  5. Prepare some freezer meals and snacks
  6. Finish making cloth diapers/wipes
  7. Prep diapers
  8. Put Hypnobabies tracks on both cell phones
  9. Preregistration
  10. Write newborn care plan
  11. CPR class
  12. Empty the trunk of the car
  13. Deep clean bedroom and closet
  14. Buy (or borrow) a cooler for ice and snacks on D-Day

 

I can't tell you all how overwhelmed I feel by the idea of making some freezer meals. I hate our tiny kitchen in this apartment, and I don't really like cooking. Those two things are enough to make me dread making multiple batches of anything. But anytime I think it won't be worth it, I think about how much more I'll probably hate cooking when I have a little baby to take care of... Sigh.

post #34 of 55

I decided I am not going to do the freezer meals thing this time.  After I decided that I feel so free!  I don't mind eating pasta with pesto and fresh veggies from the garden for awhile...That's the awesome thing about a September baby, the garden is so full.

 

I just have to:

-go to dentist for my cleaning since I probably won't be doing that for awhile (tomorrow)

-do baby shower/party (Saturday)

-wait for my mom to get here (to watch my DD while I am in labor) and my MW to get back from vacation (Next Tuesday)

-Set up birth tub in advance

 

And otherwise I feel all ready to go!  All birth supplies ready in the closet, all diapers and 0-6 baby clothes washed and in drawers.  I also gave up on the idea of transitioning DD to her own bed.  I'll just let it all play out organically once the new baby is here...

 

I did hire a professional green cleaning service (from an ad in the local Co-op) and I couldn't be happier.  Now I just have to keep up the tidiness and I don't have to worry about serious deep cleaning in the heat of summer with all these BH contractions...

post #35 of 55

Finally, some real progress!!

 

 

-finish basement - getting there...just one more closet door, touch ups and a few details left :)

-move DS1 to new room

-set up playroom

-find a new van!

-install carseats

-wash baby clothes/blankets/etc. and organize

-get second swing

-buy newborn diapers

-make freezer meals/muffins/breads

-find baby names! - tentaively decided on two boys names' and one girls' name...

-get DH to fix the glider

-get a haircut

-get baby books

-pack a hospital bag

-schedule help for M & Z

-hospital tour/figure out where L&D is

 

I also went to the dentist, set up an appointment for someone to come clean (gift from FIL) and have been stocking the freezer with help from my mom, sister, MIL and SIL.  The 36 week mark is creeping up on me and I feel like we really need to get it together - these babies could arrive anytime!!

post #36 of 55

1. Attempt to transition 11.5 month old son out of our bedroom, but I dont think its going to happen. Hopefully baby annabelle wont always wake up our son. UGH.

2. Get as far ahead of work as possible.

3. Complete as much technical writing course work as possible (MIL is teacher and gave me materials early so I can work on it before baby gets here)

4. Stock up on groceries and frozen meals from TJs (waiting on 2+ week delayed paycheck so Ive been forced to wait on this one... )

5. Find someone who can lunge/care for horses for a week or two while Im recovering (assuming we get paid... )

6. Finish prep for home birth... get penacillin skin allergy test and decide whether I want to treat for GBS

7. perhaps find a crib for baby annabelle though we have never used the one we have for DS but her room is next to my office so it would be good to be able to use one

8. charge up camera and put somewhere I know I can find it (just moved 3 months ago and still in the "i dont know where I put it" phase)

9. clean all the bedding on trundle bed in babies room so that birth attendants can use it when they are here

 

the list can go on and on... but all I want to do is curl up in bed and sleep!

post #37 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by MamanFrancaise View Post

1. Have baby shower (tomorrow!)

2. Figure out what I still need and what I need to return from baby shower, then go shopping. And of course un-package all the stuff I'm keeping and organize everything.

3. Go through all my daughters' clothes and donate everything they don't fit/wear any more.

4. Clean the bathrooms until they sparkle

5. Go buy my favourite wine to drink a glass during labor and save the rest for after. And enjoy the judgmental looks while I buy it. LOL Man I have missed wine. I think about the taste of it almost daily. LOL

6. Order a few baby items I've read such fantastic reviews on but can't find here.

7. Order some post-partum items that mamas rave about but again, I can't get here.

 

I think that's it! I've kind of been impossibly clean during the past few months (because I was a total lazy, useless blob for the first several months of this pregnancy and I made up for it during the 2nd trimester) so there isn't too much to be done, nesting-wise.

 

But I plan to have everything done for the 1st week of August so I can chill out and do nothing but download TV series I haven't seen, go to the beach and nap until the baby comes.

 

Luckily, I was in TRU on Wednesday and asked about the car seat that's on my registry (Britax). Someone already purchased the stroller for me and I was concerned that the car seat isn't available on-line and is sold-out in-store. So she said I'd have to special order it and it will take 8-9 weeks! So the earliest it will get here is the first week of September. Good thing I didn't check a few weeks from now!

 

So hopefully I will not need to go anywhere for the first week or two. Midwife will make home-visits I'm sure.

 

 

Please share what these baby items and post-partum items are? Thanks

post #38 of 55
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Originally Posted by nukuspot View Post

I decided I am not going to do the freezer meals thing this time.  After I decided that I feel so free!  I don't mind eating pasta with pesto and fresh veggies from the garden for awhile...That's the awesome thing about a September baby, the garden is so full.

 

I just have to:

-go to dentist for my cleaning since I probably won't be doing that for awhile (tomorrow)

-do baby shower/party (Saturday)

-wait for my mom to get here (to watch my DD while I am in labor) and my MW to get back from vacation (Next Tuesday)

-Set up birth tub in advance

 

And otherwise I feel all ready to go!  All birth supplies ready in the closet, all diapers and 0-6 baby clothes washed and in drawers.  I also gave up on the idea of transitioning DD to her own bed.  I'll just let it all play out organically once the new baby is here...

 

I did hire a professional green cleaning service (from an ad in the local Co-op) and I couldn't be happier.  Now I just have to keep up the tidiness and I don't have to worry about serious deep cleaning in the heat of summer with all these BH contractions...

Nukuspot... can you give me details on how to find the cleaning service? And what is a local co-op? any online links? thanks

post #39 of 55

Activealli - would he sleep with your husband in another room for at least a few nights while the new baby gets used to nursing and stuff (if the transition to his own room doesn't go well)? That is our plan, at least for part of the night.. I have no idea if it will work since DS still nurse at least 2x a night...

 

I have no energy but am hoping to get at least some of this stuff done...

 

1. feed the freezer

2. possibly night wean DS?? Idk if he's ready though and I don't want to traumatize him :/

3. general deep cleaning

4. clean out fridge and freezer

5. set up "family closet" in the closet under the stairs

6. rearrange furniture

7. order birth kit (I was waiting until my US to make sure I was ok for a hb, had an issue with a low-lying placenta- got the all- clear!)

8. get hb sheets, towels, etc from my mom

9.shampoo the carpet

10. hopefully buy waterproof mattress pad for our mattress

11. organize pantry and laundry room

post #40 of 55
Some progress:
  1. Buy fishy pool
  2. Hire doula
  3. Get back carseat & cosleeper from friends
  4. Clean out desk & move it to the basement
  5. Set up DD's big girl bed and (start to?) transition her to it
  6. Super clean and organize the nursery and make room for new LO's stuff
  7. Go through DD's baby stuff/clothes
  8. Make mobile
  9. Strip diapers & organize
  10. Get estimates on bathroom
  11. Fix bathroom
  12. Refinish dining room floor
  13. Freezer meals
  14. Print birth announcement address labels
  15. Buy post-partum stuff (pads, wipes, herbs)
  16. DH needs to meet my new OB!
  17. Doula needs to go to a prenatal with me
  18. Attend LLL meeting
  19. Clean out my office & backup computer files
  20. Contact HR about return to work plan
  21. Get maternity photos done
  22. Buy nursing tanks/pads/soft bra
  23. Buy remaining baby odds and ends (and clothes if needed after the shower)
  24. Email photographer about newborn photos
  25. sterilize & check breastpump
  26. Pack my bag
  27. Pack DD's bag
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