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post #41 of 83
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My nesting is kicking in, but so is my baby mind that will not sit still nor in one place for very long!! 

 

I had to laugh at this, because DH has been teasing me about my ADD preggo brain lately.  I have like 5-6 small mini-projects going at once and I can't seem to stick to one task and see it through.  lol.  I just want to get everything done and ready, but yet I'm so distracted!  :)

post #42 of 83
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How are you all doing in your preparations?  I'm getting a bit nervous now.  So much to do (not so much around the house, but A LOT to do to get my business ready for a leave of absence) and not much time left!  I just peeked at May's DDC and their babies are coming!!!  We're next!  (Yeah, I know we all should have at LEAST a month left, and I'm quite confident I've got a good 8 weeks which would bring me to 41 weeks.)

post #43 of 83
all I can say is that this thread gives me heart palpitations. wink1.gif I keep thinking I have way more time than I do, and my list only seems to grow!
post #44 of 83
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Originally Posted by spotty4 View Post

I just contacted my insurance re: a breast pump and I am thrilled.  Our insurance is otherwise less than stellar, but they will cover 100% the purchase of a double electric pump.  Of course, its only one brand and I have to jump through an obstacle of hoops to get it, but nothing is too demanding.  Does anyone have any experience w/ the Ameda Purely Yours breast pump?

 

As amlikam noted, I do need my Ob's Rx for a breast pump.  I also cannot purchase it from any retailer, but rather a specific medical equipment retailer.  They bill insurance directly so I have to supply them all sorts of documentation.  Aside from that, though, this should be doable and well worth the several hundred $$ in savings.

ME!!!!  I have a double electric Ameda Purley Yours and it's just the one you would purchase from a store.  It's wonderful but definitely not made for pumping full time, good for 1-2 times a day maybe, small compact, and very easily carried around in a black shoulder bag that it comes with.  On the other hand, because I was pumping full time with L since she was born at 33w and in the NICU and didn't figure out nursing until 14 weeks old, I pumped every 3 hours for most of 14 weeks I needed a hospital grade pump and I opted to go with the Ameda Breast Pump (hospital grade) for that as well so that my attachments could be used on either and I LOVED the hospital grade one (considering how much I was pumping!) I think you'll be very pleased with it :)

post #45 of 83

Oh and FYI, if you need to rent one you can contact your local "nursing mothers group" I found ours by Dr Google, and went to a meeting or two and then made arrangements to rent one through them for about $30 a month, hospital grade heavy as hell but worked great for as much as I had to pump!!  It was the same exact one that my hospital originally rented to me but for about $20 a month less ... and at the time our insurance didn't cover any of it at all!!

post #46 of 83
Thanks for sharing, Tenk! My insurance sent me the purely yours, too! Glad to hear you liked it!
post #47 of 83
Great info. Thanks, Tenk!
post #48 of 83
"just peeked at May's DDC and their babies are coming!!!  We're next! "

Oh my gosh!! You're right, we are next- sooo nervous!
post #49 of 83
Maybe it is because DD was 5w early that this time I am not stressing it. I feel like we weren't prepared for her but everything was fine. So whatever happens happens. Ehh
Having DH home lately has been useful though in getting things done.
post #50 of 83

Even if my doctor said that my baby might be preterm, I hope she`s going to stick another 7 weeks  :)

I have nothing ready... Hospital bag isn`t ready ( but still I bought few things for it)... And I started to emply few drawers for baby`s clothes, but still have a lot to do.

post #51 of 83

Ulybka312, I hope your baby sticks in there a good amount to be healthy and mature. :) 

 

I'm in get ready mode now. I have to have my house in good looking order and all the baby materials gathered by my 36 week home visit with my midwife. I got quite a bit to do still. I got most of the baby supplies. Picked up all the nursing clothes I should need at motherhood maternity yesterday for almost 50% off. That was awesome. They had a buy 3 - get 1 free thing and I got 8 items and then I had another coupon for 50 dollars off 150 or more and I got just above that so I got $218 dollars worth of stuff for $113 plus tax (123.) I wasn't planning on getting as much as I did, but for that deep discount, I couldn't resist and I'm sure I'll use everything and I need this wardrobe for the next 1-2 years. 

 

I'm feeling super excited! Can hardly believe we're about to bring in another member to our family. It's getting REAL now. 

post #52 of 83

Yes, Ulybka312, more good healthy Mamma and Baby vibes being sent your way!

 

I am 35 weeks today, and feeling pretty "ready".  I still need to print our my birth plan and stock up the freezer and cabinets with good go-to snack and ingredients.  I need to send in my pre registration papers to the hospital too (crud, I just remembered that as I was typing this - it should have been in a while ago), and to get a hospital bag ready for us and overnight/food bag ready for DS.  Mostly just odds and ends.  We've had everything that we have "needed" for a while (most of it from having DS).  My only issues are that the dresser I got for the baby still absolutely stinks of chemicals...to the point where I tried putting her clothes in there, and they are smelly just being near them :(  So I need to re wash everything, and figure out where to put her stuff until the stink wears off...it makes me not want to use the dresser at all.  If anyone has any ideas about how to let the smell clear out, I would love to hear!

 

But yeah, all I really want to do now is go cuddle in "her" room, feel my belly move, and look at the tiny little clothes while daydreaming about having her in my arms.  So basically now it's just waiting.  And worrying about the timing of all of the outdoor work we have to get done.  We have a ton of house projects to do, but realistically we were never going to get them done before baby arrived, so now it's just trying to chip away at things as much as possible for the rest of the season. 

 

35 days left.....you know, give or take :)

post #53 of 83
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But yeah, all I really want to do now is go cuddle in "her" room, feel my belly move, and look at the tiny little clothes while daydreaming about having her in my arms.

 

So sweet!!! :)  

 

I'm painting baby's room this weekend.  Trying to get everything in place "just in case" he were to come early.

post #54 of 83

"My only issues are that the dresser I got for the baby still absolutely stinks of chemicals...to the point where I tried putting her clothes in there, and they are smelly just being near them :(  So I need to re wash everything, and figure out where to put her stuff until the stink wears off...it makes me not want to use the dresser at all.  If anyone has any ideas about how to let the smell clear out, I would love to hear."

 

Baby Smurf,

 

I would suggest taking the drawers out of the dresser and putting them in the sunshine for several hours. If possible, putting the dresser itself in the sunshine too where the sun hits the inside of the dresser may help as well. Wiping it out with vinegar water might also help. 

 

Hope you can figure out something to get rid of the smell soon! 

post #55 of 83
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Originally Posted by Erica13 View Post

"My only issues are that the dresser I got for the baby still absolutely stinks of chemicals...to the point where I tried putting her clothes in there, and they are smelly just being near them :(  So I need to re wash everything, and figure out where to put her stuff until the stink wears off...it makes me not want to use the dresser at all.  If anyone has any ideas about how to let the smell clear out, I would love to hear."

 

Baby Smurf,

 

I would suggest taking the drawers out of the dresser and putting them in the sunshine for several hours. If possible, putting the dresser itself in the sunshine too where the sun hits the inside of the dresser may help as well. Wiping it out with vinegar water might also help. 

 

Hope you can figure out something to get rid of the smell soon! 

 



Thank you thank you! I will try to do that today - it's a beautiful sunny day! At the rate this is clearing, it will be a year before we can use it irked.gif

post #56 of 83
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Originally Posted by jr'smom View Post

1.  Anniversary trip to WI

 

2.  Organize the youngest kids closet

Order replacement diaper tabs (Just ordered new diapers instead)

 

3.  Easter

 

4.  Organize the 2 bigger kids' closets

Clean the garage

 

5.  Clean/Organize the basement and office

 

6.  Conference in MN

 

7.  2 year old's birthday party

 

8.  Landscaping

Fix cloth diapers and order a few new ones

 

9.  Mother's Day (Trip to WI?) (Went to WI last week instead)

 

10.  Find/buy baby clothes

 

11. Organize laundry room and diaper changing station

 

12.  Memorial Day weekend

 

13.  Clean van and put in baby car seat

 

 

 

4 more weekends to go!!!  Most of the work has been done even on the ones I didn't cross off...just a little refining needed.  

 

Here is my revised list:

 

1.  Finish organizing diaper changing table with new diapers.  Find a place to get rid of old cloth diapers. Order some natural disposables for first week.

     Have DH and kids "finish" organizing garage and basement

 

2.  Finish yard clean-up/ landscaping

     Get dressers for baby's and 2 yr old's room

 

3.  Memorial Day weekend

 

4.  Clean van and install car seat

     Bring out baby's cradle and co-sleeper

post #57 of 83

Wow, sounds like you guys are about ready, jrsmom!

 

We have two weekends left, and I still haven't finished my preregistration packet (blush.gif stupid pregnancy brain), packing a hospital bag for myself and and overnight bag for DS, readied a post partum kit, or done much freezer stocking.  Our front lawn is torn apart to have a walkway installed, we still haven't fixed the fence around our yard, and my cat (who is always filthy dirty from being outside) keeps sleeping on or in baby stuff.  irked.gif.  But really, everything we need is done and I have bought most everything I need to be able to do everything else.  Which is good, since BH contractions have really started picking up over the past few days and nights.  Labor must still not be imminent though, since that hasn't sent an adrenaline rush of "OMG we are actually having another baby!" yet.  Or I'm still in a little bit of denial, lol!

post #58 of 83

Thanks for the reminder, BabySmurf!  I filled out my pre-registration stuff but forgot to give it to my doctor at my last appoinment.  I need to remember that.

 

 

1.  Start contacting day care providers to see if I can get on a waiting list/See how this all works.--Leaning towards a nanny share situation now so we haven't done too much with daycare.

 

2.  Have a garage sale.  This is part of getting rid of stuff to make room for baby.

 

3.  Refinish furniture for baby.  DW will be doing this due to the chemicals.

 

4.  Set up baby's room, co-sleeper, car seat, etc.  This is mostly done.  We are working on the finishing touches.

 

5. Baby Shower in April.   Had a great shower at work too!

 

6.  Childbirth classes, newborn care class, hospital tours in April.  Newborn class this Saturday.  Still need to take a breastfeeding class but I think I might have time when my maternity leave starts.

 

7.  Wash clothes and things for baby.

 

8.  Last trip for just the 2 of us.  We don't know where we are going yet.  We had to cancel our trip to Vegas due to placenta previa, so we will be staying closer to home.  Had a great trip to Monterey instead.  It's really pretty down there.  I also got a massage at the spa. 

 

9.  Ultrasound April 1st to see if placenta has moved.  Then we can start planning for birth and visits from family better.  Placenta moved!  Birth plan back on track.

 

10.  My best friend is visiting Memorial Day Weekend barring early arrival of offspring.  Last chance for girl time!

 

11.  Get all my maternity leave stuff straightened out for work.  I feel like I have a much better grasp on this. DW gets parental leave as well which was great news.

 

12.  Celebrate my birthday!

post #59 of 83
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Originally Posted by veggieviola View Post

So...the list is long here, and I don't even know where to start!

 

- Upstairs needs to be completely painted.  I'm fine with painting with low/no VOC paint, but there is a lot of sanding and priming that needs to be done.  I have a respirator, but am nervous to do the sanding myself.

- Bathroom tile is in desperate need of re-grouting.  Will probably hire someone for this (and maybe the painting prep as well, as my husband is ridiculously busy and not especially inclined toward DIY/home improvement).

Our painter started the upstairs projects today, will be doing the grout work, and I will be painting baby's room this weekend (doesn't need sanding the way the other rooms do).

 

- Make a baby registry (shower is not until end of May).

Registry done, shower is Memorial Day weekend!

 

- Figure out what cloth diapers we want to invest in.

An incredibly generous friend passed down her stash of newborn diapers, and I'm working on a barter/trade with another friend for some larger sizes.

 

- Do something about our backyard landscaping so that it is not a mud puddle anymore.

This is not going to happen until the fall or next year.

 

- Find a pediatrician.  Hopefully one that has privileges at our hospital and will support an early discharge as appropriate.

 

- Decide on what to do about furniture for the new one's room.  Or just wait until they actually need furniture...

Picking up some lovely family furniture next weekend!

 

- Do some networking to make sure I have freelance work closer to home for the fall/winter.

Slowly but surely

 

 

It feels like I have all of the time in the world, although tomorrow marks 24 weeks for me.  So only a little less than four months to go!  Freelance work has all but dried up for me this spring, so I do have plenty of time to accomplish what needs to be done.  I'm just one of those people who has a tough time getting started.  Hoping for some nesting hormones to kick in soon!

 

I feel better checking in on this!  I'm 33 weeks now, and feel like nothing is done...but I guess we are making progress on our original goals!

 

New projects on the list:

 

- Decide on and purchase a carseat

- Work on a stash of freezer meals

- Launder and organize the diapers and clothing we've been given

post #60 of 83

pokeuAC, so glad the previa cleared!! wink1.gif

 

Also, glad you liked Monterey so much!  We used to live there (2004-2009).  We got married right along the Big Sur coast.  Beautiful!  I wish I'd known you were going - I would have tipped you off to a few great places to visit.

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