Preparing for Baby To-Do Lists - Page 2
If you're comfortable posting a pic, that'd be awesome.
I did a cheat sheet for our first one, but DH didn't really study/get involved. We're trying to do the Bradley Book this time, and it's kind of hard to get him excited.
But, to get this post back on track:
I need to:
- Take care of my maternity leave documentation
- Change the elastic on my cloth diapers
- Make freezer meals
- Work on the Bradley Book
- Buy stuff for baby once I get my amazon registry discount
I'm sure there's other stuff I *should* do, like deep clean my house, but I'm not too concerned about that.
When I was sorting through baby clothes the storage totes just smelled of old breastmilk just opening them up.
I still need to write my birth plan and also my list of what to take to the hospital just in case my husband has to pack for me.
Baby countdown tasks-
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- write thank-you notes from shower
Week 34- strip cloth diapers, finalize birth plan
Week 35- review Bradley Method workbook, labor techniques with DH
Week 36- pack hospital bag, inflate yoga ball for labor, bake muffins for labor nurses
Week 37- install car seat, get out bouncy seat, rock n play, swing & wipe down
Week 38- start a baby book, buy NB disposable diapers
Week 39- set up co-sleeper & monitor
Week 40- get pedicure
After baby comes- schedule newborn photos
It feels soooooo good to have the freezer meals done now. That's been huge on my mind recently and I feel really relaxed and good, knowing that we will have food to eat after the baby comes!
Leigh- thanks for the tip about soaking the yellow milk-stained clothing! I did that and put them on the clothesline today and everything looks like new again.
Whew! I feel pretty exhausted now, and am feeling lots if BH's this evening. Now off to put my feet up and drink some water!
Edited by thecoffeebean - 6/2/13 at 8:14pm
My updated list
new items in purple
for 28 weeks
plan summer outside fun aka. I have ideas on pintrest
for 30 weeks
fund new HSA -> waiting for money from old one
make names list
talk to Linz about baby shower, frozen food
for 33 weeks
bind quiltmake plan for announcements
make announcement address list
test run hose set up (with time to fix it)
for 35 weeks
get out baby clothes
store 6-24 month clothes
decide about GBS test
set up baby diapers
get out tiny disposable diapers
pre-write announcement email
write out kid plan, in great detail, and possibly a flow chart
write birth ideas for home and transfer
get Moby back from Colette well in progress
pack my transfer bag
plan kids bags
test blow up pool
for 36 weeks
pack HB supplies in boxes, label with contents
tidy house for visit
clear dresser tops & radiator for supplies (pre visit)
move rug from bedroom (pre visit)
for 37 weeks
wash pack n play and bouncers etc. the PnP was filthy, I soaked it three times with dish soap
first hat (have asked Linz to knit)
practice with Bee on rollyboard and bassinet
print announcement address list
turn up water heater if applicable
deep stock OJ
freezer cooking meals
freezer cooking muffins
pack kids bags
get house as clean as it is going to get
get mama wipes set up ready
wash baby suckers (only open one of each)
rocking chair for labour
yoga ball for labour
set up co-sleeper
create and save LL Bean tote for later
for 39 weeks
set up pack n play (office or playroom?)
set up stroller bassinet
get out and wash up swing, bouncy chairs, play gym and put in play closet
Edited by EA77 - 6/17/13 at 12:36pm
Why are you waiting on the freezer food? Food is good in the freezer for 6-12 months easy... I waited until the last few weeks, but now I am definitely in freezer meal mode. Trying to double/triple at least 2-3 recipes a week from now until the end.
If you're looking for something else to do - take on a craft - make a blanket or something! :D
I don't have a large deep freeze that keeps food fresh for longer, just a typical (and not huge) fridge/freezer, so I follow these guidelines, which say that 1-2 months is the life for most foods: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html. Also, I bake two loaves of bread a week and freeze one, always have a loaf of banana bread in the freezer, regularly double or triple my batches of pesto, veg pasta sauce, and bolognaise sauce, keep frozen fruit for smoothies, etc, so my freezer is always full. Making freezer foods for the birth will mean I have to do more fresh cooking for daily meals in the last couple of weeks before the birth, as I won't be ale to use the freezer foods. So that's the long explanation...
So help me, I packedcmy birth centre bag yesterday, and I'm only 29+4! I am a freight train out of control! The baby clothes, Ergo, pram cover, swing seat, play mat, etc. are washed and put away. I've nearly completed the babysitting notes for my 3yo and 5yo. The pastic sheeting, od towels, amd vomit cintainer are in the boot if the car. What am I going to do for the next 10 weeks?! All that's left is celebrating DH, DS, DD, and my birthdays a week apart in July, cooking food for the freezer (I won't start the until August), installing the baby car seat (early August), setting up the crib (early August), and putting the waterproof mattress protector on our bed (early August). My brain refuses to do anything that isn't baby-related, but I'm running out of projects! I'm going to end up cleaning ceilings and baseboards, aren't I? :/
You do realize that most of us are secretly throwing tomatoes at you, right?
You just wait and see how you all are happily nesting away in July and August, and I'm ripping my hair out in boredom! Bored and heavily pregnant is a dangerous combination. Last time this happened a couple of months ago, I literally cut half my hair off in the bathroom after 4 hours of sleep while my husband was out of town. (Looks cute now after a professional salvage job, by the way).
I'm a full-time mom now with baby #3 on the way, so the "to do" list is much shorter and doesn't require so much research.