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3rd trimester checklists

post #1 of 78
Thread Starter 

hey mamas!

 

just wanted a little thread in here to help our mommy brains. 

i've started a checklist on my computer and also in the notebook that i keep in my bag at all times. it's really been helping! 

we found our pediatrician today, she was really wonderful and i'm so thrilled. we can share our lists here or just inspire everyone to gather & pace themselves. 

i'll post mine after i do some updates!

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post #2 of 78

Good idea! I have a list of stuff to buy/procure on my fridge. There are asterisks next to the must-have items before 37 weeks (homebirth supplies, car seat, nursing pillow, bassinet/moses basket, k'tans). Other stuff off the top of my head:

 

-call doctor's office about adding care for the little guy (luckily we already having an amazing ped!)

-wash and sort baby laundry

-set aside homebirth supplies in basket

 

 

I know there must be more... right? Will keep tabs on this thread :)

post #3 of 78
Thread Starter 

here is my list. it's long, but seems less daunting when i see it there in front of me. 

*i'm taking things off the list on here as i complete them. it will be nice to see it dwindle.

 

 

to do:

 

have baby!


Edited by kellybeth - 1/18/13 at 5:27pm
post #4 of 78

great idea! here is most of my list, i've been keeping it on the computer/phone..  seems less overwhelming getting it out there!


Birth supplies to buy/gather/organize:
- hose to fill pool
- air pump for pool
- tarp

- borrow/pick up birth tub (from a friend)

- birth kit

- pool liner

- wash towels/wash cloths for birth

- freeze wash cloths in baggies for post-birth

-Clean downstairs bathroom (we don't normally use this bathroom, but it will be the closest to the birth pool)

-organize Birth kit supplies in basket in birthing area/room, find PJs/robe for post-birth

- (make a detailed list of birth supplies that need to be gathered and purchased)

- buy EPO

- fill birth ball (a bit low on air)

- 5 gal bucket

- paper bags

-trash bags

- lined trash can

- hamper

- Blanket for me

- towels for baby

 

 

Other baby related stuff to do

- wash baby clothes & cloth diapers

- organize changing table etc.
- order birth kit and pool liner

- wash carseat/swing etc covers

- make sure to have clean sheets

- waterproof pad on mattress

- order baby soap


house/sewing projects

-kitchen backsplash tile (backordered til 1st week of Jan)

-kitchen cabinet painting

-kitchen window bench cushion (make/sew cover/buy fabric)

-make carseat-size blanket

-4+ other baby blankets (fabric cut, just need to sew)

-make new cloth napkins

-organize stuff in new kitchen cabinets

-clean out fridge/freezer, move stuff to new fridge freezer (delivery 12/21)

- organize pantry

- make baby wipes

 

cooking/Food list - for the freezer (on hold until the freezer is delivered)
black beans
Rice milk concentrate
Bread (2/6+ loafs, GF, Vegan)
Muffins  (2/6doz, GF, Vegan)

corn muffins (1doz)
Granola bars (x 4 - 1doz frozen)
coconut milk ice cream (1batch frozen)

chocolate pie frozen

pinto - 16 cups frozen
Garbanzo beans (12 cups frozen)
Granola bars - 20+ in freezer

Muffins 1 doz apple
Muffins 2 doz blueberry


Edited by etsdtm99 - 1/21/13 at 12:49pm
post #5 of 78

Wow, these are some great lists!!

 

Maybe we're crazy, but #1 on our list is....pack and move!!

 

We're moving to a new rental some time (hopefully very early!!) in the new year. 

 

Other than that...

 

Gather home birth supplies (have most already - just need to get them together)

Pack a just in case hospital bag

Wash newborn clothes

Strip cloth diapers

 

Luckily there will be a number of adults around to feed and pamper me in the days and weeks following birth....

post #6 of 78

Baby Stuff:

Strip diapers

Washing crib bedding and put it on

Pack hospital bag and put carseats in the van (bag goes in next week, carseats Jan 1) 

call hospital about monitors

get humidifier

make hats

 

Me stuff: 

 

Get a haircut and a pedicure 

Shave or trim :) (i seriously cannot reach, so this is DH's job)

find my regular size yoga pants and clothes so that they are accessible for after birth

buy myself some socks

 

Other stuff:

Write a letter to Ada

Get van cleaned out (professionally vacuumed) 

pay all the bills a month in advance

make sure we have plenty of groceries, cat food, toilet paper, etc. 

put the new sheets on my bed (jan 1) 

Figure out a place to put the dishwasher so that we have room for our kitchen table to go back in the kitchen

Hand over my entire business to someone we hired to run it- terrifying. 

post #7 of 78
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Hand over my entire business to someone we hired to run it- terrifying. 

faint.gif I can just imagine.  

 

 

These lists are reminding me how all the little stuff adds up!  We've been busting our butts getting some big stuff done, and just about have it squared away, and now you're telling me I can't just sit back and incubate babies?

 

In the past month we've

  • installed a dishwasher
  • built bedroom walls
  • switched out shower with a tub
  • gotten a storage shed

And I've been pushing myself a little too hard working on these projects, of course.  And the whole house has been turned upside down with almost all of our bedroom and pantry/mudroom contents in the living room, which has been hard on DD.  And my in-laws are coming for an early Christmas visit tomorrow, so we've had to really push to get everything back in order and put away and cleaned up.  I'm about to drop.  

 

Still to do:

  • Build some shelves above the changing table
  • Wash and organize baby stuff
  • set up side-car crib
  • tile tub surround (we have plastic up over the concrete board for temporary.  and I'm having nothing to do with the tile work - that's DH's pet project - and I don't really care if we end up with plastic sheeting for the next 6 months)
  • panel outside wall of pantry before twins are crawling or baby-proofing will be the nightmare it was with DD.
  • freeze some meals
  • get car seats
  • sell current car
  • get Christmas presents, put up tree
  • sew a couple k'tan style wraps
  • finish sleep sacks and sew a few more wool covers (we'll get by with what we've got, but I'd like to have a few more)
  • sew a couple little hats to match sleep sacks (optional of course)

 

whew!  

post #8 of 78

This list just keeps growing...

 

-Clean fridge

- Reorganize and clean closets

- Hound DH to caulk bathtub

- Clean cabinets

-Sterilize pump, pacifiers and bottles (just in case)

-Pick up Baby Tylenol

-Make some freezer meals:

  • 2x Lasagna
  • 5x Broccoli and Chicken casserolle
  • 9x Chickpea Patties
  • 4x Pasta Sauce
  • 3x BBQ Chicken for crock pot
  • 4x Chili

-Finish playlists and burn labour cds

-Buy big bottle of witch hazel

-Contact the benefits adviser at work

 

 

Done!!


Edited by Teles - 1/31/13 at 12:17am
post #9 of 78

Here goes:

 

DECEMBER - Baby prep

 

Switch the bedroom and office furniture (office is much bigger and can accommodate baby stuff + us)

Send curtains in for cleaning 

Have extra furniture we don't have room for picked up & hauled away

Buy a Swiss ball

Book prenatal massages

 

JANUARY - Baby prep

 

Pack a hospital bag - Just in case we don't make it to 37 weeks

Fill out the hospital registration form and put in baby bag

Fill out an insurance form and put in baby bag

Send out shower thank-yous

Order must-have stuff online that doesn't come via the shower

Get breast pump

Buy car seat

Call pediatrician my midwife referred me to

Book the post-natal wrapping lady

Take myself for a facial and mani pedi

Put together the basinette and bouncer

Call insurance company and start the paperwork for the baby's insurance policy

Pre-print forms for the Canadian and British Embassies to start citizenship process

 

FEBRUARY - birth prep (if we get to 37 weeks we can birth at home! yay)

 

Pick up birth kit

Do a trial run of setting up the birth tub

New sets of sheets (so we can afford to destroy a few sets)

Extra yoga mats to go under birth pool

More towels and face cloths 

Waterproof mattress cover

4 more pillows

Strong garbage bags

Sitz bath

Large bowl for placenta

Post birth herbs and salves

Post birth maxi pads

Disposable undies

Nursing pads

Stock up on power-snacks for labouring me and hungry birth companions

A few meals for the freezer

Underpads

 

Labour project: bake cookies


Edited by typebug - 1/30/13 at 9:03pm
post #10 of 78

GREAT thread, thanks KellyBeth.    

 

Now that I know the gender of my 2nd (and final) child, I finally can sort through my semi-hoarding collection of baby things. I can't wait to clean out the basement clutter!  That's my biggest To Do item.  

 

Otherwise...

 

  • Get a doctor's note and then a refund for the February vacation we pre-booked last winter! ("What, you don't want me going into labor in your tropical resort?" tehe)
  • Remind midwives of my preference not to have plastic liner on birth tub, or plastic labor-mess pads. Use old towels again.
  • Set up a "bring a meal" website for visiting friends again! (the best idea ever!)   www.lotsahelpinghands.com 
  • Knit Knit Knit!crochetsmilie.gif

 

 

to buy:

  • birth kit 
  • hose for birth tub
  • More mattress protectors?
  • menstrual pads to soak with iodine & witch hazel & freeze (best postpartem relief ever!)
  • more iodine & witch hazel? 
  • more baby wet wipes? 
  • Car seat adapter for our stroller

 

To cook/freeze:

  • Good question!  I've got to think on this.  I will be peeking at all of your food lists for inspiration!  

 

Laundry!

 

  • wash my small FuzziBunz diapers that are in the basement (I can't wait to do this, these dipes are sooooo cute and still in perfect shape).
  • wash the hand-me-down boy clothes from friends.   
  • sort through DD's old clothes, shoes, etc., and bag the give-aways. Wash the keepers  
  • wash the Medium & Large diapers in "Funk Rock" before storing them.    

 

 

House projects:

  • De-clutter and organize basement  ... making progress here!
  • Build a root cellar in basement?  Decide now, as I organize the space; build in summer. OMG, I'm never going to decide on this. 
  • DH finishes refinishing his workout room in basement
  • DH hopefully refinishes ceiling in kitchen in January.  Although, what the heck, postpartum might be just the time; he'd be nearby and entertaining DD at the same time, and I don't plan to be cooking as much anyway, with my pre-cooked meals, and friends' meal deliveries.
  • Clean out smaller dresser in DD's room.  

 

Self Care: 

  • Yoga & meditation--make a time for it now and PP  ... making progress here!  
  • Indulge in some nice lotions 
  • Get a prenatal massage or two in Jan., and again PP!  not gonna happen. too broke!
  • Continue to prioritize my deepest Purpose, Meaning and Values. Figure out is more like it, but DEFINITELY making progress here.

 

Quote:

cooking/Food list - for the freezer (on hold until the freezer is delivered)

black beans
Rice milk concentrate (6-8 batches)
Bread (6+ loafs, GF, Vegan)
Muffins  (6doz, GF, Vegan)
Granola bars (x 4?)
Brownies (black bean brownies)
Mushroom soup condensed  (dairy/gluten free)
coconut milk ice cream

pinto - 16 cups frozen
Garbanzo beans (12 cups frozen)
Granola bars - 20+ in freezer
Muffins 1 doz apple
Muffins 1 doz blueberry

 

Staci, your food list looks awesome!  I'm vegan too (cheating the last couple of weeks, but that's my optimal diet), and I have also done reduced wheat, so my list could look identical.  Whoa--black bean brownies! I've never heard of these--they sounds brilliant!   I'm definitely adding those to my list.  Muffins sound brilliant, I'll do those too.  Any protein gems or tricks like the brownies?  I love adding chopped walnuts to spaghetti sauce--they give such a meaty texture and satisfying fullness to the sauce.  

 

 

Brambleberry, I'm sorry to hear you've had to be on super-drive. What a lot you've done!  I hope you can rest a bit, and enjoy your final stretch of baby prep!  

Edited by Sunshine_Amy - 1/27/13 at 1:26pm
post #11 of 78

 

 

Staci, your food list looks awesome!  I'm vegan too (cheating the last couple of weeks, but that's my optimal diet), and I have also done reduced wheat, so my list could look identical.  Whoa--black bean brownies! I've never heard of these--they sounds brilliant!   I'm definitely adding those to my list.  Muffins sound brilliant, I'll do those too.  Any protein gems or tricks like the brownies?  I love adding chopped walnuts to spaghetti sauce--they give such a meaty texture and satisfying fullness to the sauce.  

 

 

 

 

hmm.. protein i'll have to think about it more .. the brownies are AMAZING, i had to change the recipe to get rid of the eggs...   we actually aren't vegan just have an entire family who can't tolerate dairy and my oldest has an egg allergy so our baking is all vegan (and GF, for ODD and DH)  - i usually add beans or quinoa to sptg sauce .. i know beans sounds weird, but i love black beans in spgt sauce .. i saw this recipe the other day for protein bars i'm planning to add to my list (http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/homemade-protein-bars/) ..  

post #12 of 78

Now that I am living with my family, my checklists have changed pretty dramatically. I will no longer be making any freezer meals because my Mom and sisters will be doing the cooking.

 

I have all my CDs, most of my birth supplies, all baby clothes washed and ready... I really don't have much to do anymore. I'll need to buy some brown towels for the birth and will get my birth kit from my m/w closer to the end and that's about it.

post #13 of 78

I need to strip and wash all the cloth diapers.... and tear apart the swings and wash and clean them, also need to wash up more bitty newborn clothes

post #14 of 78

Josie- glad you will have lots of help with baby, that's great!

 

These lists are great and reminding me of so many things I still need to do.  Here is my list:

 

Baby big items we need:
Bouncy chair
Stroller
Diapers
Glider

To do:
Wash stains out of nb clothes
Wash smell out of diapers
Rearrange bedroom for baby
Set up co-sleeper
Get gift for A from baby
Order birth kit from confident beginnings at 34 weeks

Mattress protection
New sheets
Hose
Order tub

floating thermometer
Get breast pump checked
Install car seat
Contact someone about encapsulation/ placenta prints
Wash carriers
Make wipe solution
Set up meals list for 2 weeks PP
Find someone to convert dipes to snaps
Figure out school schedule

Thank you notes after shower

Hire house cleaner to do deep clean (still on bed rest so no cleaning for me)

For birth:
Recharge
Honey sticks
Trail mix
Heat pack
Paper towels
Placenta bowel
Draw cord blood for Coombs test

Call K to make groaning cake

Labor project: birthday cake and postpartum soup

For me:
Freeze pads w/ witch hazel
Nursing bras
OB Pads
Make birth necklace
Vag wax 37 weeks
Pedi 37 weeks 
 

post #15 of 78
Thread Starter 

progress!

post #16 of 78
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hmm.. protein i'll have to think about it more .. the brownies are AMAZING, i had to change the recipe to get rid of the eggs...   we actually aren't vegan just have an entire family who can't tolerate dairy and my oldest has an egg allergy so our baking is all vegan (and GF, for ODD and DH)  - i usually add beans or quinoa to sptg sauce .. i know beans sounds weird, but i love black beans in spgt sauce .. i saw this recipe the other day for protein bars i'm planning to add to my list (http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/homemade-protein-bars/) ..  

Same here, Staci.  We were vegetarians originally, but I have both egg and dairy allergies (and a moderate wheat allergy), hence the vegan-like diet!  I've been big on putting quinoa into random things lately, I can totally picture it in tomato sauce.  I hadn't even thought to do protein bars, I'll take a  peek at those...

post #17 of 78
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hubby is painting the baby room right now. love.gif

post #18 of 78
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hubby is painting the baby room right now. love.gif

 


how exciting!! :)

 

I have been checking things off my list..  we got our new fridge & freezer today  -- now i can start food prep ! i love getting things checked off the list! joy.gif

post #19 of 78
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I'm so proud of how teeny tiny my list is that I've been wanting to show it off for some time now:

 

-Clean fridge

-Sterilize pump, pacifiers and bottles (just in case)

-Pick up Baby Tylenol

-Make some freezer meals:

  • Lasagna
  • 5x Broccoli and Chicken casserolle
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • 4x Pasta Sauce
  • 3x BBQ Chicken for crock pot
  • 4x Chili

-Finish playlists and burn labour cds

-Buy big bottle of witch hazel

 

My hospital bag is packed, my birth plan is done, printed, reviewed with my doctor and packed, I've been washing all of her linens and clothes as I buy them, and her room is completely done with all the furniture and decor.

*does a little victory dance*

 

I have made 18 meals in the past 24 hours. There are no words for how tired I am right now and baby appears to be upset that I've been neglecting her because she's been beating me up for a good hour

post #20 of 78

This what I have left to do, and it needs to be done in the next week:

 

-Unpack carseats and put them in the van

-Pack a hospital bag and put it in the van

-Pack a bag for DD to have in the car to give grandparents

-Sterilize breast pump

-Wash crib sheets and mattress covers

-Set up pack n play and make sure its clean

-Make sure we have plenty of firewood in the 

-Make sure van is clean and decluttered

-Get lightbulbs for lamp in the nursery

-Get a haircut and pedicure

-Wash and fill a drawer with postpartum clothes

-Print birth plan (IDK why this is taking me so long!!)

-Call the hospital to make sure that we are all set up to leave with apnea monitors

-Install lighting in laundry room

-Fix Ada's light fixture and light light fixture in the nursery

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