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post #21 of 82
Lol oh I wish mom would have done that. She'd just keep the junk. She has a huge house with 3 people in it to store it all in too. AND SHE DOES. I dread when she dies and we go through all that crap.
post #22 of 82
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Woohoo! I can take carseat off the list.

 

It's the small victories!! Yeah!!!!

 

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Lol oh I wish mom would have done that. She'd just keep the junk. She has a huge house with 3 people in it to store it all in too. AND SHE DOES. I dread when she dies and we go through all that crap.

 

Fortunately, the silver lining to when my grandmother was moved to a nursing home, my parents took the brunt of her mess of a house and all the junk. Once they got most of it taken care of my father (it was his mom) came home and went on a cleaning binge cleaning out the sheds and the garage (not completely, but mostly). They still have a ton of stuff in their basement and office that will have to be dealt with, but I'm hoping he'll eventually get around to it so we don't have to. He kept saying when he was cleaning out that he didn't want us to inherit his mess.

 

 

Anyway, my list:

- Go through the two dozen boxes out of the barn that have to be the ones with the things I need in them (we moved in february and I'm still missing everyday house things!)

- Decide which drawers will be the baby's, clean all the clothes and diapers and have in said drawers.

- Hospital bag... funny how when it's your first you have this packed by 7 months. I'll probably just throw my contact case, glasses, pajamas and shampoo in a bag on my way out the door :p

- Find my slings!! Or if I cannot then must buy new one cause I'm not making anything right now!

- Get a crib mattress even though she'll probably never sleep in the crib :p

- Already have the carseat washed, but need to thread it back together so it'll be ready to throw in the car.

post #23 of 82
Thread Starter 

Let's see, got a few small things done and adding others...

 

I have left:

 

Wash car seat cover/install base (which means add another seat to the mini van, yikes).

Figure out how to fold and unfold graco double stroller I got at church fair without instructions and wash

bring up glider to nursery

order new bed rail for bed

assemble new bassinett

order ergo insert

locate/wash nursing bras (it's been a TREAT to wear normal bras the last few months since my toddler weaned....back to the industrial and unsightly boulder holders.....)

break it to my (crummy) boss at my freelance job that I'm taking 2 weeks off after the birth - oh the horror.

prep one size diapers (washed newborn diapers already)

 

Need to also:

Figure out who is watching the kids while we're having the baby and write up lists for them

Pack some sort of bag for me and my husband

prepare list of #s for my husband so he knows who to call/what to do when I'm in labor in case I'm not especially articulate

post #24 of 82

YAY!!  We have a bed!  We've been married for 11 years and are kind of tired of the old mattress on the floor thing.  So now I really have an impetus to paint the room and make it nice in there (instead of a holding place for random junk)!

 

Plus, this bed is being given to us (it's a nice four-poster with cannonballs or whatever you call them) so that leaves us with a couple of hundred in the budget to spend on a mattress instead!!  

 

If you love your mattress, please tell me what kind it is!   DH's work put us up for the last week at a Marriott, and the mattress was fabulous, and I slept SO WELL compared with at home, and you can buy them...but they cost $1400.  (Cue sad music.)

post #25 of 82

wendelberry, we bought one of those expensive matteresses.  Then it arrived, and it was WAY softer than the one we actual had tried in the store.  So they agreed to exchange it, but then, it came way HARDER than before.  We felt a bit like the three little bears story!  Dh hated it so much he wnet osleeping on the couch.  So after much research, we figured out that hte only way to get what we want, for sure, is an air mattress.  Bed Bath and Beyond sells a couple different ones that work exactly like the sleep number beds (you use an electirc motor and a hand-held control to change the firmness, very easy to use).  They have a couple different types now, but the thinner beds are on clearance for $100 for a queen size, and if you get one of thier 20% off coupons from the Real Simple magazine, its only $80.  I figured, what the heck, its way too cheap not to try i t.  We've been sleeping on ours for a month now, and its awesome, well worht the $80 and honestly better than our old one.  They sell a thicker one for about $200, again, use a coupon if you go there, its still a good deal for a bed like this.  The only thing is that you need to put it on top of a box spring (very cheap to get just  that from a discount bed store) or other flat surface on your bed frame, because its not as tall or as rigid as the normal mattress sets.  I like that because its easier to get in and out of bed!

 

actually done:

new mattress

organize the closet

clean out junk

put books back in shevles

find maernity clothes

sort through clothes in general

get house appraised 

organize living room

organize dining room

 

need to do

Reformation Night booth

RN costume for DD

sell off extra furniture

clear out bedroom

redecortate bedroom (more of a wish than a plan!)

clear out freezer space

make bed frame for new mattress

write birth plan

fix pocket diapers

 

Today is fix pocket diapers day, and write birth plan!  Yay!  Maybe if I can get DH to help me, we can price out the bed frame plan (anything DIY, there's always ways to save, ways to improve it, and ways to make it way overly expensive.  Not hard just takes planning to get real savings and quality out of the deal).

post #26 of 82

oh my....all my craft projects are done (sewing the hanging cradle, knight costume for DH, big and small wet bags).... Now I fell so RESTLESS. I didn't realize these projects fulfill a very important purpose: They keep you BUSY!!!! I think I need to start some knitting or something............. I'm procrastinating on my other to-do's....like packing a hospital bag. I should get on that since baby will come on November 1st. So I'm restlessly procrastinating..ha!

post #27 of 82
Well, I am ahead of the game compare to my first baby (my mom and aunt put the crib together while I was in the hospital giving birth redface.gif ) I have the baby's bag packed...

I need to:
pack some things for myself and dh to take to the hospital when it's time.
I also decided today that I should really pack an overnight bag for dd so she'll be ready to go as well.
Install car seat
I'd like to have some crib sheets, but it's not a necessity right away. I'm holding off buying them to see if my mom gets them like she said she would, lol

Overall not too much that's absolutely necessary. I've got a million things in the back of my mind that I'd LIKE to get done.
post #28 of 82
I am way behind, especially considering that I am 37 weeks ie *term* tomorrow!

I need to
- pack a bag for me/DH and J
- wash the baby clothes
- buy a car seat
- do our tax returns

I would like to
- thoroughly clean the whole house
- prune and tidy the garden
- finish the Christmas shopping
- finish one sewing project and start/finish three others

As much as I want to have this baby earlier I guess I'm assuming it will be another 42 weeker and I still have plenty of time redface.gif
post #29 of 82

~Get a bowl for the placenta from my MIL's junk stacks. Hubby will NOT let me use anything we have here bc the idea of placenta and fluids grosses him out. Yes, the same husband that just shot, dressed and mostly processed a deer.

~Do a bunch of sewing that I would love to do and need to do

~Finish crocheting the baby blanket, have just less than half left plus the border. Doubt I get it done.

~Crochet Christmas gifts for the kids and some extra to try to sell locally. Don't see that one getting done either.

~Get hubby to CLEAN the inside of the car. It's nasty. Then install the car seat.

~I really have to get the spare room clean. BUT I have to wait on hubby. He's got to finish his shed off enough to get some of his shop stuff moved out there so he can get rid of some of his junk (like a huge door and frame, carpet and padding, etc) that's in my junk room so I can move stuff around so I can fit my Mom in there when she comes.

~I wanted to get the file cabinet set up before baby's born. Don't see it happening. Maybe my Mom can do it. Hehe

~Finish all I can with canning and prep the garden for winter if it's frosted too hard by then.

~Get the girls school totally autonomous by then so I don't have to worry that they didn't do bla bla bla and have a ton to catch up on when they get back over here after I'm up to it again

~Be sure to have enough food in the house all the time. Maybe I should go shopping weekly till baby comes, though I hate doing that, it makes me tired. That's over an hour drive time plus fighting the crowds.

 

 

I know there's more. That's just what I'm thinking at the moment.....

 

So there's the revised list. There is certainly a lot more.....  BUT the main things are getting done. AND I think I might finish the crochet blanket soon. I will probably be ready to start the border after tomorrow. : )

post #30 of 82
Thread Starter 

Almost done - need to finish packing a bag and writing up the babysitting lists/phone numbers.

 

But of course, I'm finding new things to do, like reorganize kitchen cabinets, clean fridge, paint trim....it NEVER ends.

at least I'm keeping BUSY because sitting around waiting to dilate is like watching that pot to boil...which it never does.

 

have left:

 

Wash car seat cover/install base (which means add another seat to the mini van, yikes).

Figure out how to fold and unfold graco double stroller I got at church fair without instructions and wash

bring up glider to nursery

order new bed rail for bed

assemble new bassinett

order ergo insert

locate/wash nursing bras (it's been a TREAT to wear normal bras the last few months since my toddler weaned....back to the industrial and unsightly boulder holders.....)

break it to my (crummy) boss at my freelance job that I'm taking 2 weeks off after the birth - oh the horror.

prep one size diapers (washed newborn diapers already)

Figure out who is watching the kids while we're having the baby and write up lists for them

Pack some sort of bag for me and my husband

prepare list of #s for my husband so he knows who to call/what to do when I'm in labor in case I'm not especially articulate

post #31 of 82
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It does feel good to cross stuff off my list, but yes, it is never ending and I keep finding more things that I HAVE to get done.  Freezing meals drives me nuts because I want to do as many as possible, but it's hard to prepare the daily meal and another meal on top of that.  Some women from my church have offered to provide some meals for us though, which is a huge relief!

 

 

Still needs to be done:

 

-purchase remainder of cloth diapers/diaper covers- prep all diapers

- put finishing touches on baby room

-buy baby swing (this was an absolute, cannot live without, with my previous babies- in fact my last daughter burnt out the motor in our last swing!)

- make cloth wipe solution

- purchase birth supplies

- compile some cd's of music for labor

- deep clean our bedroom

- touch up paint on various trimwork throughout the house

-  clean windows and steam clean carpets/mop floors

- continue to prepare and freeze as many meals as possible

- clean car and install car seat

- buy a few odds and ends that were put on registry that no one has paid attention to (I bought a few things, but still need a few more)

 

- clean fridge and under cabinets

- pack last minute birth center bag

post #32 of 82
I've made a bit of progress as DH just had 7 days off. Yay! Unfortunately my phone won't let me cross things off so l'll split my list into done and not done.

This is what I have done:

- wash baby clothes and put away in baby's room
- give whole house a good clean (blinds, behind furniture etc)
- hang pictures in baby's room, set up lamp, generally make it look nice ( even though she will sleep with us and it is basically a changing room and storage room for her clothes)
- fill freezer with meals
- do our tax returns (must be done by end of October so I guess this is another essential)


Still to be done:
- give whole house a thorough clean
- buy and install carseat (oops, need to prioritise this one)
- tidy garden, prune, clear palm fronds

The baby's room is not completely finished but I just need to wipe over the change table and put away a few odds and ends so it's close.

The house freezer is full of meals and I've run out of containers but there is still plenty of space in the chest freezer so I'd like to do some more meals and maybe some convenience foods like fresh ravioli etc that freeze well.

Sounds like everyone else is being productive as well. Still enjoying reading the lists :-)
post #33 of 82

yay lists - since I'm stuck at work and can't get anything baby/house related done, I'll work on mine too! :P I will be 38 weeks on Saturday! Luckily we've made a lot of progress the past few weeks on the house and nursery, so it's livable even if he arrived right this second. Been working on baby laundry all week!

 

Must/immediate to do:

- pack hospital bag (or at least make list since I'm still wearing what I'll be packing)

- assemble pack-n-play (although I do have another bouncer seat that can be used for sleeping if he comes sooner)

 

Would like to do:

- Assemble crib (even though he won't be in it for a while, but just to get it out of the boxes)

- Decorate nursery - hang mobile/lights, figure out artwork, get curtains, fix window and outlets (husband)

- Husband to assemble bookcase and entertainment center (just to get more boxes unpacked), I have to order a piece from Ikea that was out of stock though it doesn't really stop him from doing most of the assembly

- Order carpet for nursery (trying to do from work today)

- finish crochet blanket (yeah right lol...)

- clean house more/wash floors

- freeze meals (i don't really see this happening that much lol)

 

Question, do I need to bring anything for the baby to the hospital except a going home outfit/carseat? And anything special for photos if we get them done? (I may not bother with bringing extra stuff just for that as we have a photo session scheduled outside of the hospital)

post #34 of 82

I only have two or three pressing things left to do on my list. 

 

So far I've:


Washed and put away all nappies

Washed and put away all baby clothes

Bought a carseat

Washed cover on the carseat

Converted the cot to a side-car

Bought a hand pump to take to birth (in case baby can't nurse within the first hour, for whatever reason)

Washed lambskins

Washed and assembled the bouncer chair (lives in the bathroom so mum can use the loo w/o a babe in arms)

Packed my bags

Ordered herbs

Reviewed the instructions on how to encaspulate placenta (DH is comfortable with doing this for me, thank goodness, because I couldn't do it!)

Found a place to birth!!!! 
 


I still need to:

 

Fire my current midwife

Put fresh linens on the side-car cot

Organize the changing table/dresser and shelves abover (lot of crap up there still from the 3 y.o.)

 

I'm not too worried about freezing meals since DH does all the cooking anyway. If he wants to put some meals by in the freezer, that's up to him, but I doubt it. He likes cooking and he will be taking his "partner month" off after the birth, so he'll be home all that time.  The house is probably about 90% organized, since we've been working on getting all those projects done over the last six months, so that will just make things run a lot more smoothly after the birth. I've also finished weeding all outgrown kids' clothing from their wardrobes and passing it down or
selling or donating it and have pulled out all their cold weather clothing and outerwear and made sure everyone has coats, snowsuits, boots, hats, gloves (several pair!), etc. that fit so that we don't come up short suddenly (very annoying when a kid is on his/her way out the door to school or an activity and we find that they don't have some piece of outerwear that still fits!).

So, if I get everything done and feel prepared, will that encourage baby to actually stay in there longer?  That's my hope!  I've never been this prepared for a baby (except, maybe, with my first).  Now my paranoia has me counting each day gestation past the day my last baby was born. If I make it to Monday (36 weeks) I can avoid delivering at the detestable uniklinik and every day after that is gravy!  I'll laugh if this is my first baby that actually makes to the due date!! (Actually no, I won't really laugh, cause I'm getting kind of miserable and am looking forward to walking, breathing and eating again--you know, those little luxuries that makes life so worth living!)

post #35 of 82

added to do:

 

type up all addresses so that Christmas card labels can be printed off the computer

set up the new crib

post #36 of 82

add to my list:

- shower thank you notes (delayed because of the move)

- DMV to renew license and change address

post #37 of 82

Dang, we're busy women! And Guen, firing a midwife!! Hope that goes smoothly, what a task!

 

 

Done:

DH and I installed the carseat yesterday and I'll be getting both carseats (DS's and new baby's) inspected on Monday. Also cleaned and vacuumed out my car today while DS played outside!

Chicken coop is completely built, finished and painted finally!

We blew up and partially filled the birth tub as a test run. DS and I had a good hour's swim in it!

Installed a dimmer switch in DS's room to use as a nightlight (since he is recently scared of the dark but completely unafraid of electrical outlet and playing with plugs!)

 

Need to:

Paint the master bedroom

Paint the trim and sink cabinet in the master bathroom

Buy another chest freezer. We're getting 1/2 a pig and 10 chickens in the next 3 weeks and our 2 deep freezers are already full! Eeek!

Sidecar the crib

Research various local candidates and send in absentee voting ballot

post #38 of 82

Guen - firing your MW? Wow, did I miss the story that goes with that?

 

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Question, do I need to bring anything for the baby to the hospital except a going home outfit/carseat? And anything special for photos if we get them done? (I may not bother with bringing extra stuff just for that as we have a photo session scheduled outside of the hospital)

 

You don't have to. They have onsies, blankets and hats and at the rate of soiling it's not worth keeping track of your own stuff so that it makes it back home.

 

 

my list:

- Go through the two dozen boxes out of the barn that have to be the ones with the things I need in them - 3/18 done.....

- Decide which drawers will be the baby's, clean all the clothes and diapers and have in said drawers.

- Hospital bag... funny how when it's your first you have this packed by 7 months. I'll probably just throw my contact case, glasses, pajamas and shampoo in a bag on my way out the door :p

- Find my slings!! Or if I cannot then must buy new one cause I'm not making anything right now! Bought one, still in package so if I find my others I can return it.

- Get a crib mattress even though she'll probably never sleep in the crib :p

- Already have the carseat washed, but need to thread it back together so it'll be ready to throw in the car.  My mom decided she just has to get this kid a bucket seat, ordering it tomorrow.

 

- Coming home outfit.

post #39 of 82
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Guen - firing your MW? Wow, did I miss the story that goes with that?

 

She has been increasingly getting on my nerves until, a few weeks ago, I realized that this woman is the *last* person I'd want around me at my birth.  She's a young twit, never had a baby herself, spends more time trying to convince me that she knows it all than actually listening to anything I have to say and, well, I just do NOT want this woman at my birth or making postpartum visits.  She works with a partner who is OK, but I don't get to choose.  The chances are pretty high that this woman will be on call when I go into labour so, I'm ditching her.  I may have found an reasonable alternative. Or I might just stay home and have a UC.  I'll make that call when I go into labour!

 

As it happens, that is the only thing I've yet to do.  I tried calling today but couldn't reach her.  However, I've finished the last two things on my list, yay!   Now I'm just working on nitty gritty little things that would be nice but not necessary to have done before the birth. DH and I even got the upstairs walk-in closet in the hall completely cleaned out and reorganized.  ROTFLMAO.gif  I've been wanting to get that done for a long time!

 

post #40 of 82
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She has been increasingly getting on my nerves until, a few weeks ago, I realized that this woman is the *last* person I'd want around me at my birth.  She's a young twit, never had a baby herself, spends more time trying to convince me that she knows it all than actually listening to anything I have to say and, well, I just do NOT want this woman at my birth or making postpartum visits.  She works with a partner who is OK, but I don't get to choose.  The chances are pretty high that this woman will be on call when I go into labour so, I'm ditching her.  I may have found an reasonable alternative. Or I might just stay home and have a UC.  I'll make that call when I go into labour!

 

As it happens, that is the only thing I've yet to do.  I tried calling today but couldn't reach her.  However, I've finished the last two things on my list, yay!   Now I'm just working on nitty gritty little things that would be nice but not necessary to have done before the birth. DH and I even got the upstairs walk-in closet in the hall completely cleaned out and reorganized.  ROTFLMAO.gif  I've been wanting to get that done for a long time!

 

 

I'm glad you are ready! Sorry she didn't work out for you, but it sounds like she would have annoyed me too :p

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