I keep getting the urge to switch the bedroom and playroom furniture (take everything out of the playroom and move it into the bedroom and vice versa). The only thing stopping me is that I physically can't. Darn!
Preparing for Baby To-Do Lists - Page 6
Week 29- freezer meals part 1
Week 30- freezer meals part 2
Week 31- soak, wash & hang baby clothes, wash baby blankets
Week 32- get prenatal massage, buy Big Sister gift for DD
Week 33- strip cloth diapers, finalize birth plan
Week 34- write thank-you notes from shower
Week 35- review Bradley Method workbook, labor poster techniques with DH
Week 36- pack hospital bag, inflate yoga ball, bake muffins for labor nurses, write kid/pet care plan, preregister at hospital
Week 37- install car seat, get out Boppy, bouncy seat, rock n play, swing & wipe down, make ginger water
Week 38- start a baby book, buy NB disposable diapers
Week 39- set up co-sleeper & monitor, make "little brother" onesie
Week 40- get pedicure, massage?
After baby comes- schedule newborn photos, get doula gift (outdoor hanging flower basket)
I feel like Crafty with all of my frantic nesting this weekend- I don't know where I got the energy to get all of this done. It felt like a compulsion or something! Here are some of the other things we got done:
-Hemmed and hung curtains for guest room (my sis-in-law is arriving tomorrow and will be here for a month to help with baby)
-Deep cleaned the guest bedroom and bathroom
-Rearranged the living room- mostly consisting of me telling DH where to push the furniture
-Hung pictures all over the house (9 months in and we still hadn't committed)
-Hung new curtain rods and curtains in our master bedroom
-Organized the diaper bag- so fun :-)
-Made laundry detergent
-Made a big batch of decaf cold brew coffee (should last a month or so)
-Cleaned the underside of our kitchen table
-Caught my 3.5 year old's baby book up to date
-Did several loads of laundry, although most things aren't folded
-Cleaned out & sanitized all the breast pump parts
Holy cow! I hope you guys are feeling okay after all that work!
This week I have to get a move on cleaning bottles and such. Discovered our bottle warmer was just to grimy to use again, so ordered a new one. Still have no diapers or formula on hand. Really need to get on that and install the carseats. I would also love to wash all the baseboards and windows in our house, but i just don' t think that is going to happen.
Wow, everyone has been so busy! All of the house cleaning is amazing, you mamas must really be nesting!
I was feeling proud of myself because I made an effort to go out and buy an infant car seat (not installed yet, though). DH seems to be in nesting mode now, which is fantastic. He got a lot of cleaning stuff done over the weekend.
For 35 weeks or earlierpack my transfer bag
for 36 weeks
pull together last few birth supplies and get into the bins
tidy house for visit
clear dresser tops & for supplies (pre visit)
post birth kit list and birth notes in bedroom with washi tape
for 37 weeks (which is this week)
get first hat (gave yarn to my neighbour)
set up bassinet and practice with Bee on rollyboard (10 minutes for bassinet, practice unknown)
print announcement address labels (I bought them, waiting on address checks from my inlaws) (15 minutes)
turn up water heater (3 minutes)
deep stock OJ
freezer cooking meals & muffins (2 hours, broken up)
pack kids bags (20 minutes)
get house as clean as it is going to get
get mama wipes set up ready (10 minutes)
wash baby suckers (only open one of each) (where are they??? then 5 minutes)
yoga ball for labour
set up co-sleeper (need to make sure strap works right) (10-45 minutes)
get newborn diaper bag stuff all together
get "ample supply of juices, coffee, soda & snack food for mom, coach and midwifes"
set up baby diapers and clothes on downstairs change stationshower thank you notes (20 minutes)
make sure family phone numbers are easy to find get out (5 minutes probably) get out bottles & pump: wash and put away (5+5 minutes)
for 39 weeks
set up pack n play (office or playroom?) (5 minutes)
get out swing, bouncy chairs, play gym (10 minutes)
I have some more cute to add to her nursery, but since the whole nursery is just a fun project and a place to store her clothes, it does not make the to do list. She may have a few naps there. But she can do that without washi tape and bunting.
I'm 36 w tomorrow.
my to dos:
install car seat
write birth plan
buy 2nd car seat base for DH's car
plug in feliway to ease anticipated feline anxiety
Would like to:
deep clean apt
join Costco/ new tires for DH's car/ stock up on frozen ravioli
I have nearly entirely given up on my plans to stock the freezer, aside from processing the tons of farmers market basil into pesto this afternoon.
Realistically, once baby is here, and my mother is here to help for 2 weeks will she have time to bake/freezer stock for us? is that an unreasonable request to ask of her? I have a stockpile of recipes I'd like made, but simply cannot be bothered to do it myself, and certainly not in this heat!
Do you have a group of friends who could bring over meals after the baby is born? A friend will be setting up a mealbaby.com registry for me after the baby is born and I'm guessing I'll get a few weeks worth of meals.
I need it, my Mom hates to cook!
I agree with asking for meals if anyone offers. And if anyone offers to help, I've learned to say something very specific in a specific time frame, like a friend offered to bring a meal or anything else that would be helpful and I said a meal on the weekend would be great. I think if you just say "oh yeah sometime that would be nice" they won't get it, but if you say "Tues or Fri would be great for us, do either of those work for you?" then they commit to a specific date. I love bringing meals to people and sometimes it's hard when you want to help and they won't give a time frame, either. My policy now with bed rest and twins is if people have offered to help, I'm going to take them up on it and I've warned them all when they've offered that I wrote their name down and I will be contacting them!
bought veggie burgers and frozen ravioli at Costco
made big batch of pesto last weekend
have 4x of raisin bran muffins cooling on counter now
Hope to make/buy some samosas or papusas over next few weeks
still to do:
install car seat
tidy & clean
find out about getting it German passport
register my car
make room for new glider in bedroom, even though it will be delivered postpartum
pre register at hospital (send fax tomorrow)