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post #21 of 78
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i have made so much progress on my list, it's awesome. we have the baby room painted, all of her furniture built and arranged. i've washed all the clothes and hung them by size. i just have to finish sewing the mobile i was making, but i hadn't been motivated until we got the room finished. that was our entire christmas day. i don't know what to do with some things in her room, but good ole martha stewart has a how to organize the nursery thing on her website, which i was excited about. 

 

teles-freezer meals! i have made one a day for the past 2 weeks. i had to put my sister in law's food out in the garage to fit it there. living with that girl was like hoarders, with food. so many damn frozen boca and quorn burgers and waffles. 

post #22 of 78

I love these lists!!  I have several going on right now, but reading everyone else's reminds me of things I have not considered.

 

I think I'm most excited to prepare a freezer full of GOOD food (as opposed to the half eaten bags of freezer burned vegetable that usually reside in there!)

post #23 of 78

I have been editing my list and checking things off on here, and writing and re-writing my lists on my phone.. i checked off a lot today though! I washed the baby clothes and diapers and froze 9 bags of black beans!
 

post #24 of 78

We've made some progress - I don't think I ever posted a checklist here but I do have one in writing.  Major things left to do:

Finish organizing and cleaning basement for home birth/ birth tub area (hubby is doing this today)  - So close now - 90% done!

Rearrange two bedrooms to give the bigger one to baby and smaller one as a guest room (currently the dog room, but they will be moved downstairs after the birth)  - Done!

Paint baby's room - Done!

Set up crib - Done!

Set up Pack n play and buy bassinet to have with me in our room

Buy window coverings for baby room

Wash and organize baby clothes & diapers - I've done a few for the hospital bag, will probably do the rest when I am off work

Freezer meals (starting these this week) - Have a few things ready now!

Install carseat - Done! Just need to practice  lol!

Buy a couple of nursing bras/tanks & postpartum pads - I got one really comfy tank and am holding off on bras until after my milk comes in.

Buy a few more cheap towels and sheets to use for birth

Buy sitz bath and baby cream/diaper cream


Edited by Jenny01 - 1/31/13 at 6:53am
post #25 of 78
Well it seems I've *finally* got the nesting urge. Apparently I needed some help from DH to get jump started. We finally tackled the boys' room, which is just toys, games, puzzles and clothes. Both boys do a lot of paper cutting and making up games with paper and airplanes, so there was a lot of rubbish under the little dresser and inside all the toy containers. DH tackled rubbish and broken/unused toys to throw out or donate and I tackled clothes. Some stuff ds2 has outgrown and ds1 has a bunch of hand me downs and really just way too many clothes in his current size that I haven't been good about thinning down. I can't even believe how many clothes I got rid of. I don't even know how they all fit in the shelves. It looks SO much tidier in there but I was in a LOT of pain the rest of the day.... Lower back and a hemorrhoid that poked out its ugly head after sitting on the floor or squatting for so long. Ugh.

But now I am motivated to do the same with my own clothes and DH's as well. Hopefully I can manage it soon cause I'd love for that to be crossed off my list of stuff I want to do. And if I'm really motivated and feeling physically up for it I'll tackle the art/sewing room too.

Some time soon I'll wash the diapers and the sheets I'll need for the birth.
Still need to get some meals in the freezer.
Need to buy some washcloths for the birth and a couple of fleece PJs or sleep sacks for baby.
Need to do a little crash course with DH to remind him of what I may need him to do during labor, probably make him a little list as well.

And I think that's it.

My 36 week appointment with my mw is a week from today. She'll order the birth kit at that time and then one week after that we will be safe for the homebirth. Exciting!!!
post #26 of 78

I told myself that after the holidays I would "deal" so I have to get started! The first thing I'm going to do is sort the baby laundry. Then I'm going to buy a boppy (OMG they're so expensive now!), carseat, k'tan or two, and bassinett of some sort.

post #27 of 78

I wrote this after we'd already bought the car seat, made a couple of receiving blankets, set up the crib (even though baby will likely just sleep with us- my MIL would flip if she knew we were co-sleeping, hence the crib for cover), rearranged our bedroom to fit another dresser (which will act as baby's dresser/changing table), organized the linen closet and bedroom closets, and shifted the cat litter box/gear to a more convenient location. I'm not stressing yet about anything. My last day of work is on the 14th, so hopefully I'll have a few weeks to really focus on getting everything done. 

 

The Massive Baby Preparation List

 

Things to Do:

-call insurance, doctors office, and verify payment information for labor/delivery

-print out necessary insurance forms to pack in hospital bag

-send in breast pump and birthing class reimbursement forms

-cancel Amazon Mom or sign up for Amazon Prime (I signed up for Amazon Mom trial a week or two ago to save $ on diapers and it's one of those "cancel or subscribe" deals)

-cancel NATY diaper subscription (I used Amazon subscribe and save to save a few bucks. I might need another order of disposable diapers before baby fits into our cloths, but we'll see)

-obtain letter of recommendation from Godmother's parish priest for baptism

-finish prepping prefolds; wash all diapers, covers, and inserts; wash all baby clothes

-sort clothes by size

-install car seat and get checked at fire station

-pack hospital bag

-prepare a few freezer-friendly meals (pizza dough, pasta sauce, enchilada bake, baked ziti, chili, breakfast burritos)

-stock up on dry pantry items and hygiene supplies

Things to Buy:

-glider/rocker

-rug for bedroom

-extra pillows for when moms visit

-bouncer seat (we'll probably wait and see on this one)

-an extra nursing bra or two

-breast pads 

-feminine napkins

-hand pump 

-newborn size gDiaper inserts and/or NATY disposable diapers 

-diaper pail (we want one for our cloth dipes but honestly have no room in our bedroom/nursery for one, so we'll use our planet wise wet/dry bag until we move into a bigger place this summer)

-baby saline drops

-nasal aspirator 

-baby bath (I just don't know which to buy- they're all pretty pricey for a cheap plastic thing... and our apartment is so tiny, I don't know where we'd store one. For the first while I'm thinking sponge baths, baths in the sink, and baths with me will do just fine.)

-over-toilet bathroom organizer (see tiny apartment)

-shower shelf

-additional towel hook 

 

Things to Make:

-cloth wipes

-crib mobile

-minky blanket

-extra diaper changing pad

-embroidery hoops

Hospital Bag Packing List:

-insurance forms

-nursing friendly pajamas

-nursing bras + comfy undies

-breast pads

-feminine napkins

-shower supplies

~toothbrush/paste + retainer

~deodorant

~lotion

~conditioner + comb + gel + bobby pins + hair ties

~face wash + day/night cream + blemish stick

~chapstick

-makeup

-camera + charger

-phone + charger

-snacks (chocolate coconut water, kind bars)

post #28 of 78

-baby bath (I just don't know which to buy- they're all pretty pricey for a cheap plastic thing... and our apartment is so tiny, I don't know where we'd store one. For the first while I'm thinking sponge baths, baths in the sink, and baths with me will do just fine.)

 

I bathed with the girls for a long time (Well, I just continued once DD2 was born and I think I stopped when DD2 was around 18 months old and was super strong).  I much prefer that to the tubs or sink or anything else.  I felt like I had so much more control of their bodies.  DH was always there to get babe though, so if that is not possible, I would have done sponge baths.... I really dislike the little tubs.

post #29 of 78

The baby bath tub drove me a little nuts, too, but it is really useful.  Newborns are slippery!  We ended up drilling a hole in the rim of the plastic (the part not used for holding water), running a loop through it, and hanging it up in the closet.  Waaaay better!

post #30 of 78
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Originally Posted by Chloe'sMama View Post

I bathed with the girls for a long time (Well, I just continued once DD2 was born and I think I stopped when DD2 was around 18 months old and was super strong).  I much prefer that to the tubs or sink or anything else.  I felt like I had so much more control of their bodies.  DH was always there to get babe though, so if that is not possible, I would have done sponge baths.... I really dislike the little tubs.

we have a blooming bath and i'm super excited about it. it's really nice, soft, and safe. 

post #31 of 78

I was uncomfortable showering with DD until she had head control (and I was feeling little more confident about handling her by that time too LOL).  I've been seeing ads for a tiny little fold-up looking bathtub thing - anyone got one of those?  Baby bathtubs are a dime a dozen at yard sales and kid's consignment stores, so it's not an item I chose to hang on to after DD outgrew hers.  I found another one pretty easily for a dollar at a garage sale this fall and DD's been using it for her dolls (and pretending she's a baby herself), so it's been conveniently stored in her toy area.

post #32 of 78

I have only lurked this thread because my list is MASSIVE.  I'm not sure if I'm being overly ambitious, or nitpicky, or what...  Granted, most of the items aren't massively time-consuming, but still.  In addition to the baby and birth prep, there's a bit of house organization (the main one is converting/reorganizing our bedroom to share with baby) and TONS of business stuff to get done.  We're totally making progress, but... yikes!

post #33 of 78

I showered with DD until she got squirmy. Then we got one of these:

 

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=16430129&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=CILyl72gy7QCFayPPAodgXIA2w

 

I have two now, to be able to sit one twin on the floor next to the tub, swaddled, and the other one in the tub with me and then switch them out. 

post #34 of 78
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Originally Posted by kellybeth View Post

we have a blooming bath and i'm super excited about it. it's really nice, soft, and safe. 


Super cute!  Now I want one  lol!

post #35 of 78

Well I did ONE load of baby laundry, so that's a start. Also went to a baby store and tried on the K'Tan and the Moby and they had a baby doll (who weighed 15 lbs) so that I could estimate placement. I asked the clerk if there was something "special" about the Moby or if was just a long piece of fabric that I could make myself and he was stunned and said "no one's ever asked that before!" Like, really? It's just an overpriced piece of fabric with surged edges! Also they were selling them for $70 and whereas I like supporting local stores and all, even with some some upcharges, that was just too absurd for me to handle.  

post #36 of 78
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Originally Posted by loveandgarbage View Post

Well I did ONE load of baby laundry, so that's a start. Also went to a baby store and tried on the K'Tan and the Moby and they had a baby doll (who weighed 15 lbs) so that I could estimate placement. I asked the clerk if there was something "special" about the Moby or if was just a long piece of fabric that I could make myself and he was stunned and said "no one's ever asked that before!" Like, really? It's just an overpriced piece of fabric with surged edges! Also they were selling them for $70 and whereas I like supporting local stores and all, even with some some upcharges, that was just too absurd for me to handle.  

i feel the same way about a lot of baby carriers, but i honestly don't even like the look of those wrap and tie and knot and put this limb here carriers. if i can't figure them out, my husband sure as heck won't. i got him the infantino front/back facing carrier on super sale, and i snagged the maya wrap for $25 on craigslist. 

i fell in love with a carrier made locally here in colorado called the belle baby carrier, but they are so expensive. it looks like the infantino, but without the bulk. i just can't justify spending that much money, either. 

post #37 of 78

Holy crap! $70?!?!?! They are $39.00 at Target. 

 

I will say, IMO its difficult to find fabric that is both as stretchy as the moby and as supportive. My handmade one always kind of "gave out" after a few hours of wear. 

post #38 of 78
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Holy crap! $70?!?!?! They are $39.00 at Target. 

 

I will say, IMO its difficult to find fabric that is both as stretchy as the moby and as supportive. My handmade one always kind of "gave out" after a few hours of wear. 


That's what I was wondering. If I picked one up for $40, it probably wouldn't be too much cheaper to buy that sort of fabric anyway, plus the chore of actually having to "make" it.

 

kellybeth, I have to say, if you're going to use the carrier for 1.5-2 yrs, it might worth it to plunk down the cash to get one that you really like. We're going to invest in a new Ergo (gave ours away!) this time around because I know how much use we'll get out of it, even though it's around the same price point. But then again, some babies/toddlers don't like to be worn for that long, or sometimes the parents are kinda done with it. I know I was when DS1 reached 35 lbs at 6 months! But I wore DS2 until he was about 2.

post #39 of 78
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Originally Posted by loveandgarbage View Post

Well I did ONE load of baby laundry, so that's a start. Also went to a baby store and tried on the K'Tan and the Moby and they had a baby doll (who weighed 15 lbs) so that I could estimate placement. I asked the clerk if there was something "special" about the Moby or if was just a long piece of fabric that I could make myself and he was stunned and said "no one's ever asked that before!" Like, really? It's just an overpriced piece of fabric with surged edges! Also they were selling them for $70 and whereas I like supporting local stores and all, even with some some upcharges, that was just too absurd for me to handle.  

HA!!!  i was so proud of myself b/c today i did my one load of baby laundry!  all done.  washed.  still in dryer.  it's cold down there.  so as of today, i feel ready.  i also ironed every single one of my husband's dress shirts, vacuumed and rearranged every bedroom (did the dressers after christmas) and stocked up the kitchen.  I think that's as nesty as i get....

 

and i did make myself a woven wrap that i love, but my hubby would NEVER use.  He, thankfully, loves the Maya wrap, and the bolder the colors, the better.

 

and i totally second to investing in a carrier you love.  i've carried all mine for at least the first year, and most for longer.  i've double maya wrapped little girls while pregnant (oh yes, the airport in the midwest LOVED that!).  i am also looking into an ergo, but know i'll maya the first 4 months at least, so that buys me a little time....

post #40 of 78

Haha my one load is also still in the dryer.

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