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post #61 of 78
Also nudging for the carseat to be installed here. We have lumber in there right now which needs to be brought in (but I don't really want it in here either!) and then DH needs to move a large work bench he built from home to the shop (hopefully tomorrow) and then we'll be able to pull the van seats up and move ds1 (with the booster) to the back and install the infant seat in the middle row.

Otherwise, officially twiddling my thumbs here. Not complaining, though. This pregnancy isn't so bad and I'm fully aware of how difficult it will be to get a shower once baby is on the outside.
post #62 of 78

Ha. the carseat wasn't even on my list!  I don't want it in the car until i need it for the baby (i have a van and i'll have 2 rear facing carseats in the buckets seats, making it tricky for the bigger kids to get to the back row) , its clean and ready to go - last time DH installed the car seat while i was in labor (4th baby, he pretty much has this down) .. even with my first we installed it a few hours before my water broke.. 

 

we need to blow up the birth pool this weekend. and hopefully get the kitchen done (painting, backsplash and if those get done, i need to make a bench cushion), we have the back splash/tile guy coming this weekend, though i'm not hopeful at this point that we'll get the painting done.. i've made peace with my unfinished kitchen remodel :P

 

i'm still doing a little baking/cooking for the freezer but i'm feeling pretty good about what i've already got done - my family won't starve and my DD with a all the food allergies won't be deprived of baked goods ;)

 

i can't BELIEVE how much of the to-do list i actually got done 'on time'  - i almost feel like there must be something major i'm forgetting .. 

post #63 of 78

I fear that I'm forgetting something, too. Especially because I'm not operating on all cylinders these days! But I have everything organized on an excel spreadsheet that I check daily, so at least I don't have to keep it all in my head.

post #64 of 78

Freezer meals are still my must do - it's hard to get things done when all you have are the weekends!  I'm too tired during the week after work to do anything and same with hubby.

 

We had the carseat installed but I think he took it out because he needed the vehicle for work and had to put all the seats down in the back.  I still haven't actually done it myself and I need to practice  lol!

 

Our birth pool is being delivered next week!  I think I will feel a bit better after that week has passed and I hit 37 weeks.  I also have to figure out when to give my notice at work.  I don't want to go off too early, but don't want to be taken by surprise either and not have any time off before baby comes!  So hard to know nut.gif

post #65 of 78
Thread Starter 

i was thinking of organizing a meet up at my place for a maternity clothes/normal clothes swap. i wanted to do it on super bowl sunday and have a 'swapper bowl' instead, but i don't know when this baby is coming and that may be way too late for a meet up. none of the clothes that i have bought for maternity fit anymore, and i have some skinny clothes that i need to get rid of, too, since that little black dress may never be appropriate again. bag.gif

post #66 of 78
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Originally Posted by kellybeth View Post

i was thinking of organizing a meet up at my place for a maternity clothes/normal clothes swap. i wanted to do it on super bowl sunday and have a 'swapper bowl' instead, but i don't know when this baby is coming and that may be way too late for a meet up. none of the clothes that i have bought for maternity fit anymore, and i have some skinny clothes that i need to get rid of, too, since that little black dress may never be appropriate again. bag.gif

actually- hold on to the skinny clothes for a while.  you'd be surprised at what you might want a little while down the road!  i got rid of some clothes only to find myself in better shape and looking GOOD in a few things i had only used a few times (even after 3 and 4 kids), but needed to buy a whole new skinny wardrobe!  just give yourself 6-9 months minimum before thinking about them!  i have a skinny clothes box, a comfy clothes box, and then my various stages of fat boxes all labeled and on hand for the future.

 

i admit, i have a little black silk dress i've never had an excuse to wear.  but it looks good and someday, just someday (it's vintage so timeless) i might be able to wear a dress or two out.  and not be lactating!  but meanwhile, i got rid of some items that i do regret!

post #67 of 78
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

actually- hold on to the skinny clothes for a while.  you'd be surprised at what you might want a little while down the road!  i got rid of some clothes only to find myself in better shape and looking GOOD in a few things i had only used a few times (even after 3 and 4 kids), but needed to buy a whole new skinny wardrobe!  just give yourself 6-9 months minimum before thinking about them!  i have a skinny clothes box, a comfy clothes box, and then my various stages of fat boxes all labeled and on hand for the future.

 

i admit, i have a little black silk dress i've never had an excuse to wear.  but it looks good and someday, just someday (it's vintage so timeless) i might be able to wear a dress or two out.  and not be lactating!  but meanwhile, i got rid of some items that i do regret!

i feel so frumpy that i'm having a hard time imagining i will ever wear my clothes again. 

 

but on a positive note, we got the carseat installed today! very exciting. i still have no idea how to get the dang thing out of the stroller though (travel system). 

post #68 of 78
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Originally Posted by kellybeth View Post

i feel so frumpy that i'm having a hard time imagining i will ever wear my clothes again. 

 

but on a positive note, we got the carseat installed today! very exciting. i still have no idea how to get the dang thing out of the stroller though (travel system). 

ha! I have a hard time imagining my belly EVER going back to a "normal" size. actually, I have a hard time even remembering what my stomach initially looked like. flat, I guess. wink1.gif

post #69 of 78

I'm in the camp of hanging onto those clothes! You never know when you might want/miss them again. Unless it's just too depressing, then hell yeah just get rid of 'em. I kept all of my pre-pregnancy stuff with my first and was grateful to have my old wardrobe waiting for me. Although a lot wasn't practical again until 5 yrs later when I was done nursing and didn't have to worry about boob access!

post #70 of 78
Agreed, hang on to the clothes unless you need, and can afford, a new wardrobe anyway.
I got rid of a few pairs of jeans thinking no way my hips would ever be that small again. I mean, we're talking about bones moving to get back that small! But they did and I miss those jeans!

And I also keep a box (particularly dresses) for post nursing. You can always get rid of them later.
post #71 of 78

another one saying to hang onto your clothes! I got rid of a ton of cute stuff a few years ago, after DS1, and then ended up losing 30 lbs last year (just before getting pregnant this time) and was back down to a weight I hadn't seen in 8 years! So, I had to buy a whole new wardrobe! I didn't miss everything of course, but there were a few timeless classics I really wish I would have held onto (like some jeans that I loved, a few jackets/coats, etc).... I have learned over the last 5 years of having babies that your size and shape will change a lot with pregnancy and nursing, and it is good to have things that flatter you at several different sizes. I now have clothes from size 4 to size 10 that are separated by size and in storage, so that I won't have to keep buying whole new wardrobes before/after each baby!

 

ETA-- one more thing, once you do have babies/kids it is MUCH harder to get out and go shopping, so having a few different sizes really comes in handy for that too! ;)

post #72 of 78
I know a few people were mentioning they were getting waterproof mattress covers. I just got ours today and wanted to report that the one from Ikea is not crinkly and it doesn't have a smell. I was happily surprised.
post #73 of 78
Thread Starter 

how's everyone doing with their to-do's? ready for babies?! 

post #74 of 78
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Originally Posted by kellybeth View Post

how's everyone doing with their to-do's? ready for babies?! 

my list is pretty much done, i still haven't put a water proof pad on my bed, but its sitting by the bed (that counts, right?)

the things on my list that are not done i have no control over (like painting my kitchen cabinets..)   i am also using my nesting energy when i have it to add to my freezer food stash.. the freezer doesn't look like i planned but there is still a lot in there.. we have a lot of easy meals to pull out so we won't have to get take out or eat sandwiches for every meal ..

post #75 of 78

I feel pretty set, although today I thought of a couple more things and made a list to do ASAP. I want to have labor snacks (going to make a pot of quinoa to store in the fridge, cut up tofu, and need to buy some lara bars) and drinks (still need to buy recharge, but picked up some coconut water today). I also still need to set aside towels and a blanket for me (to be warmed in the dryer) so that the midwife can find them easily. But the big one is making sure the hose I bought fits on our sink so that the birth tub can be filled up. I could do that right now, I guess! Have just been lazy.

post #76 of 78
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Originally Posted by kellybeth View Post

how's everyone doing with their to-do's? ready for babies?! 

 

Yes! Picking up the carseat today and then done! I just have to stop eating all my labour snacks :) 

post #77 of 78

I'm pretty much ready. A few to-dos left:

Stock up on labour snacks/drinks

Set up birth tub this weekend

Practice setting up pack n play so I know what I'm doing!

Move my bed up against the wall and set up bassinet that sits on the bed

Wash baby clothes and diapers (will probably do this on my week off, or during early labour if it starts earlier than that)

DH will install new blinds in the bedrooms this weekend

Might make a few more freezer meals/snacks during my week off

 

I think that's it!

post #78 of 78

This is C&P'ed from a similar thread in the March group...

 

Oh, yay!  We have gotten a bunch of stuff done recently-- we were sort of putting some of it off because of even MORE pressing business to-dos, but we were inspired by our baby shower on Saturday to make a dent in our list and I'm SO glad we did.  To review (changes in purple)...

 

-Continue BlissBorn classes and practice-- 2.5 hours/class xOnly 1 more class! Though we will continue to practice ~25 minutes every night.

-Go to/have MWs appointments (duh for us)-- 4-6 appointments x2-3 hours each

-Attend one intro breastfeeding class (might be review, but I think a good one for me)-- 3 hours

-Attend one babywearing meeting/practice with wrap, etc.-- 3 hours

-Have car seat installed/inspected-- 2 hours

-Choose pediatrician-- Did this, just need to fill out paperwork (maybe 1 hour max)

-Buy the last of the birth supplies-- .25 hour left

-Buy the last of the baby essentials-- Maybe 1 hour left to spend BRU gift cards (we didn't register there, but they have enough of the things we need to be useful!)

-Wash/prep diapers and create (and post in laundry area!) diaper washing routine-- OMG DONE!  Except for sunning some with stains (maybe .25 hour active time)

-Dye/cut off white onesies/shirts-- 2.5 hours left-- I organized them and figured out which I'm going to dye which colors, etc., but will wait to dye them, as it's not a super-high priority

-Wash/prep all clothes and linens and some other used items-- Almost done today!

-Practice diaper folds and EC holds!  Read (DH)/re-read (me) EC book-- 2 hours (me)

-Reorg and set up the (master) bedroom to accommodate baby (pretty big!)--  Maybe 2 hours left!  I can't believe it, but we were able to reconfigure such that I don't think we'll have to buy much to store baby things (I thought for sure we'd need another dresser and shelves, etc.)

-Do a dry (wet!) run with the birth tub-- Did it!  Went well, though we learned 2 lessons: 1) buy a sump pump so that draining doesn't take forever and 2) DEFINITELY turn up the water heater when the time comes.

-Make one last wholesale club run to stock up on staples (including giant frozen meals)-- 3 hours

-Decide what to do with the placenta (pretty sure I'll/he'll be cutting it up into "pill" chunks to freeze)-- Done-- changed our minds, we're going to use it as food for a tree in spring

-Finish homebirth/hospital transfer birth plans, set up HB supplies for MWs, pack "just in case" hospital bag-- 1 hour left-- made good birth plans, though I am going to get my MWs' input to edit the hospital ones down a bit more, and we still need a couple minutes of work on setting up supplies (though we partly did) and packing a hospital bag

-Attend shower and write thank you notes-- Attended shower, notes should only take 1-2 hours between us.

-Create "I'm in labor and need to shut down my online stores!!!!" routine/customer email/out of office message/etc.-- 2 hours

 

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Wow!  I can't believe how much we got done in just about 5 days!

 

 

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Okay, I definitely have "pregnancy brain" now.  I have had my moments the past 8 months, but I'm also off my ADD meds, so I generally blame any fuzziness on that.  However, SEVERAL times today and yesterday I have done weird things (like gone looking for toothpaste when I wanted toilet paper), and only caught myself after I had gone pretty far down the road of weirdness.  I've also written totally bizarre stuff-- like above, I counted Saturday through Wednesday, inclusive, and wrote "3 days," when I totally was thinking 5 days.... but I only caught it when I reread the post.  I've also typed wildly different words than those I intended...  I'm sure I didn't even catch them all!  We all do those things from time-to-time, but it's been really egregious and noticeable in the past 48 hours, LOL.

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