Preparing for Baby (countdown!) - Page 4
You have done a fabulous job ❤
You have done a fabulous job ❤
Oh my goodness, our list is so long, I don't even know where to start!
My Husband is renovating our kitchen and that project has it's own long list of checkbox items but should be finished prior to 6/6 due date.
Tidy up backyard.
Have construction demolition debris removed.
Put Birthing Center bag together.
Install car seat in the car.
Baby Moon beach vacation this weekend!
Have cleaning lady do "deep clean".
Fortunately, the nursery is finished and all of the baby clothes are washed and put away. I also think we have more than enough things for the little one.
Wow, looking at my old list and realizing that I've gone most of it is awesome! But then looking at my new list and counting down the days makes my brain frazzle just a little bit!
Main things I still need to do are:
-Massive scrubbing of house! Shower/bathtub and kitchen need a serious cleaning before I will be comfortable birthing at home. But luckily everything has been rearranged and now it's just little cleaning up here and there.
-Freezer needs to be cleaned out and frozen meals need to be started and put in. I am also going to freeze a bunch of things like watermelon, blended strawberries, this "Labor Aide" recipe http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/06/healthy-natural-pregnancy-laboraid-recipe.html ........just so I have cold treats to snack on for birth if need be. Little ice cube trays of goodness!
-Gathering of all birthing supplies (just about to buy all my postpartum herbs so I can make out some sitz bath tea bags and make some frozen postpartum pads, anti hemorrhage tincture will make at work this upcoming week).
Wow, really other than that (which the cleaning is a lot and I know this, but I keep ignoring it) I don't have much to do!! I have a few more diapers to make (already made 10 newborn tshirt diapers and about 8 wool covers, plus I have been given lots of others), I'm currently writing out a rough birthing plan that I need to go over with my Mom and DP, gather a few more supplies and put it all in one nice place, and that should be it. Wow! Writing it out here instead of my nitty gritty list I just made makes it seem like not so much.
My garden is pretty much all planted since we had a week of incredible weather, a few more things here and there, but nothing too big to handle. The sheep are getting sheered next week (or maybe the following?) so dealing with that and their wool, which won't be too hard. And then just keeping calm and waiting. That might be the hardest task yet!
Well, sort of related to the overall thread theme since I plan on using the crock pot more now that there will be a newborn in the house shortly, but anyway. I have a few year old crock pot that had an issue with the handle. The heat seemed to wear down the plastic pieces around the screws and the handle just broke right off after only maybe a year of light use. Well, I had let it go because it'd still work, but really, after that, I didn't like using it as much. I told my friend about it and she found this article http://imamomnotaprofessional.blogspot.com/2011/10/tale-of-2-crock-pots.html and I thought, well I should give crock pot a call and see if they can help me. They said they didn't make the parts for that crock pot anymore and they are sending me a comparable replacement crock pot, free of charge as a one time customer satisfaction thing.
So, woohoo! As far as other baby prep, I've bought 99% of the stuff I need except a few minor homebirth supplies - hose and adapter to fill the pool for example. And, I've gotten a lot of the organizing accomplished. Now, I have a short list on my fridge and my hubby is going to have a 4 day weekend, so, hopefully will accomplish much of it.
Oh, and if you didn't already know, craigslist is great. Recently got a jumperoo for $40(normally 100) and a infant to toddler rocker for $15(normally 37+) - both in decent condition.
Here's what I DO have done:
- co sleeper upstairs and ready
- slings and baby clothes washed
- diaper service set up
- bag packed (I'm planning a home birth at my moms house 15 blocks away)
- got birthing ball
- new glider set up in living room
- new car seat purchased and out of package
- nursing bras purchased
Here's what I WANT to have done:
- car seat tech appointment to install seat and check other two seats in car
- baby dresser upstairs and clothes put away
- clean out boys closet
- clean out linen closet
- clean out kitchen cabinets
- can at least 12 jars of bone broth
- organize basement pantry and possibly buy new chest freezer
- organize emergency gear (I'm an emergency gear nut and have way too much 'just in case' stuff)
- take computer in to get fixed (crashed a few weeks ago)
-grout the kitchen tiles
-get nursing pads
-make postpartum care stuff: comfry salve, nipple cream, perineum spray
- make meal to freeze and keep at moms house for after birth
- my garden/yard is a MESS - I really hope to at least have the garden planted before baby comes, I'm really falling behind here!!
And a 'done' list is a great idea! Very positive and rewarding. It's too easy to create MASSIVE to do lists and then feel overwhelmed. Recognizing your accomplishments is important.
So what did I complete off my list this weekend.... Of course it was the boys closet, the downstairs pantry and emergency gear, half the kitchen cabinets, and the babies dresser up stairs and ready to go. But on the plus side I also am about 5 min done with canning my second batch of chx broth and will (hopefully) make my apt for the carseat tech tomorrow.
Phew! This nesting shit is hardcore!!
So what did I complete off my list this weekend.... Of course it was the boys closet, the downstairs pantry and emergency gear, half the kitchen cabinets, and the babies dresser up stairs and ready to go. But on the plus side I also am about 5 min done with canning my second batch of chx broth.
sounds a lot like my weekend though I really want to make more bone broth. I have like 4 carcasses waiting in the freezer for a good boil. And I organized the baby's clothes and such so I wasn't digging through bags/totes. Also started organizing DD dresser and room. And "had" to change the sheets/blankets on the beds, again
Phew! This nesting shit is hardcore!!
This is the changing table in progress with all of babies clothes organized and labeled (mostly for when DH does laundry). The baskets were also something I "had" to get this weekend. Had to. But I like them and was surprised to find something so easily while taking a quick peek with little expectations at tar-je (target). And they fit perfectly!
The side car you see in the foreground of the image needs some finishing touches but DD has been nestling in it so she can snuggle with me. She had been in her bed most nights but she wanted to test it out. I won't lie, I love having her close to snuggle. :-)
It sure is! It's what has motivated me to repaint every room in the house (and trim) and clean out every closet and the basement!! There is literally nothing left to clean/ organize/ get rid of! Once my Dad is finished re-finishing the antique dresser that I got for FREE off of Craigslist, I can put baby's clothes in it and we'll be completely set! Whew.... and with 3 weeks to spare. I'm usually a procrastinator, but with the baby coming, it seemed different, like I couldn't procrastinate. Strange feeling.
I wish I had the energy to get all the nesting I want to do out of the way!! Last night I was up until 3:30am cleaning out under the bathroom sink. Felt sooooooo good to get through one thing. One thing! Gah!
DP and I were BDing yesterday (twice in 2 days! Whoo! And I *think* it gave me some BH last night ) and for part of it all I could see was the dirt on the floor that I wanted to scrub and vacuum. Not the sexiest thought I've ever had! But it was a good reminder that I do have a lot of shit to do.
It seems I get the most done late at night, so I need to tap into that energy source a few times a week.
My boss is throwing me a Birth Blessing this weekend, which a friend is coming up for (so staying on my couch). Next week DP's mom will be here for a few weeks (thank the lord she has an RV she will be staying in!). I really want to get some more deep cleaning done before anyone starts coming over and staying in my house. The nesting is almost making me feel like I am a complete slob living in filth, when in reality I am just being a crazy nesting Momma-To-Be.
Luckily most everything else is taken care of! Now it's just clean and keep clean and wait. I think DP's mom will be a lot of help once she arrives, she likes to do stuff, so that will be nice. I'm at a point where I really don't want to entertain or be a hostess, but for some reason I have a bunch of people who want to come visit me over the next few weeks. I think I have to tell most of them no because I really need my time and space! (Mainly to be naked and crawl around my living room floor stretch dancing on hands and knees while DP gives me perineal massage! )
I made a new "to do" list to countdown to baby. I'm just trying to keep myself occupied and happy (about getting things done) rather than sitting around whining about how uncomfortable I am waiting for baby!
EDD: June 8th
Put together dresser for baby and organize closet
Take my kids to visit Grandpa in rehab
pack hospital bag and kids' bags
Deep clean rest of bedrooms and hang pictures
Plant bushes around pond
manicure and pedicure
stop in at work for meetings
clean house (floors, bathrooms)
Take cat to vet
Endodontist appt to finish root canal
Start taking homeopathics to gently induce labor
Get make-up and other misc. items.
DH - Get load of river rocks for around pond
DH fix hole in pond liner
Have DH pull grass out around swing set
DH clean basement, office, and garage
Clean out/organize my closet
Due Date party!!!
If this baby arrives on June 5th, 6th, or 7th he will share a birthday with an aunt or cousin. I've never had a baby before my EDD so I figure I'll be planning another week of activities. Next week will have to be super fun stuff because I know I will be miserable! Oh, and if baby stays put until June 17th (God help me!), he'll share a birthday with one of his brothers.
Edited by jr'smom - 6/7/13 at 2:02pm