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post #41 of 145

Thankfully he's home.  He hasn't been deployed since my second was about 3 months old (he was deployed when she was born) and there are thankfully no deployments coming anytime soon.

 

That said, my to dos are things for me to do and not him. ;)

post #42 of 145
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Originally Posted by GISDiva View Post

Seriously, I would give just about anything right now to have my to-do list done and all I had to worry about is what to sew just for fun... I wish I could transport you to my house, you'd have plenty to do!  LOL...

 

 

You are ALL ahead of me.  I have a list that says "Make to-do list"... lol.gif

 

I can't even think straight today though, so maybe tomorrow!  My pregnancy brain has been especially foggy lately. 

post #43 of 145
My to-do list is getting absurd in scope and length and I have yet to check anything off. Yesterday I began this sentence to my husband "if I hypothetically wanted to paint the laundry area and a closet and spackle and touch up the guest room..." and he asked why all my "hypothetical" projects end with him doing a boatload of work? Ha! For the last baby, I wanted him to paint the exterior of the house (which he did!).

I have two weeks until my last day at work and whereas I was once nervous and kinda sad about leaving, now I'm like: OMG, why am I still here? I have so much to do at home!

I have to say, being huge and pregnant and NOT having anything to do sounds kind of ridiculously awesome. If I get some freezer meals done, I'll be pretty psyched. smile.gif
post #44 of 145
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Originally Posted by Calladona View Post

Thankfully he's home.  He hasn't been deployed since my second was about 3 months old (he was deployed when she was born) and there are thankfully no deployments coming anytime soon.

 

That said, my to dos are things for me to do and not him. ;)

Fantastic! And yeah, my husband's "to do" list item is "Keep the kids out of my way when I'm on a nesting rampage!" ;)

post #45 of 145
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Originally Posted by CraftyMcGluestick View Post

Yesterday I began this sentence to my husband "if I hypothetically wanted to paint the laundry area and a closet and spackle and touch up the guest room..." and he asked why all my "hypothetical" projects end with him doing a boatload of work? Ha! For the last baby, I wanted him to paint the exterior of the house (which he did!).
 

 

Good man (exterior painting)! And dang, it's a good thing we don't own this house, because then my "to do" list would also include: "Bulldoze house and build something decent."

post #46 of 145
Thread Starter 
Notyourbuddyguy- I finally got around to finding our birth techniques poster. Really, it's more of a Bradley Method cheat sheet for my support person (my DH). I imagine we'll change some things this time base on my previous labor and birth, but here is is anyway:
Top half-

Bottom half-

(Click on either image to enlarge)
post #47 of 145

I had my bag mostly packed for our 2 night hospital stay and that was a huge help to DH who had to drive home and pick up my stuff so I feel pretty good about that now just have to re-stock it with clean clothes and toiletries.

 

Finish Baby B's afghan

 

Finish birth plan although I got some of that done in the hospital too with my nurse who put in my chart no circumcision, Hep B or eye ointment. I had really good talks with all of my nurses and I think any of them would be great to work with to get the best possible birth for me and my babies.

post #48 of 145
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Originally Posted by Edelweiss98 View Post

I had my bag mostly packed for our 2 night hospital stay and that was a huge help to DH who had to drive home and pick up my stuff so I feel pretty good about that now just have to re-stock it with clean clothes and toiletries.

 

Thanks for the reminder that you never know what can happen.  I always feel silly packing my hospital bag early, but it's better to be prepared.

post #49 of 145
I packed while in labour last time, though it helped to be walking up 3 flights of stairs I think I ended up packing way more than I would ever have needed following the advice from websites on what to pack.
post #50 of 145
Thread Starter 
Stormikris, I assembled our co sleeper while I was in labor with my daughter! So I'm somewhat deliberately putting a few things off for labor this time. :-)
post #51 of 145
Thread Starter 
Current progress:
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, get doula gift
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

I decided not to strip our newborn diapers. I just don't feel like it! Plus our newborn diapers never had any buildup like the big pocket diapers did. Now I need to get busy writing thank-you notes from yesterday's shower.
post #52 of 145
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- pull out and sort baby clothes
- find and sort NB diapers
- check on existing birth supplies (at least I found the box in the garage!)
- plan for additional birth supplies (incl. pool liner)
- find birth pool and test
- decide where to put pool for birth
- buy hose and adapter
- choose and buy carseat
- buy needed cloth diapers/wipes
- sort through the hundreds of boxes in the house and sell everything in them
- work on moving 5yo and 2yo to other rooms

- get mattress cover
- wash NB diapers
- update registries (ongoing)

Well, a couple of things to check off! And more stuff to add... Much longer list on my phone. eyesroll.gif
post #53 of 145

I'm finally attaching my to-do list, which you ladies helped with tremendously, so thank you!  I wonder, does anyone have any examples of things they are including in their "Big Sibling Plan" for their older children?  My father is watching my son once I start early labor for our homebirth, and he watches him a lot, so unless I'm missing other information, I'm just not sure a "Big Sibling Plan" is necessary for us.  What have you ladies come up with for this?

 

              

Weeks Preggo:
30

Weekly Item Due Date:

6-2-13

What:

Purchase Chest Freezer

Who:

Me & Hubby

31

6-9-13

Compile list of 30 freezer meals

Me & Hubby

 

 

Write up and post 911 Plan with telephone numbers on fridge

Me

 

 

Birth Kit Supplies: package of large peripads, 3 boxes Epsom salt, 10-20 postpartum pads for bleedings (Walgreens)

Me

 

 

Buy birth ball plug or new birth ball

Me

32

6-16-13

Put away baby shower gifts/toys/supplies

Me & Hubby

 

 

Wash baby clothes, put away

Me

 

 

Freezer meals: Cheesy Spinach Burgers, Sausage Breakfast Burritos, Honey Lime Enchiladas

Hubby

 

 

Write Baby Shower Thank Yous

Me

 

 

Birth Kit Supplies: Pull out 5 trash bags, 6 wash cloths, and olive oil

Me

33

6-23-13

Pick out and start draft of birth announcement; print labels

Me

 

 

Write big sibling plan

Me

 

 

Continue cooking freezer meals: Honey Lime Chicken, Slow Cooker Broccoli Alfredo, Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

Hubby

 

 

Birth Kit Supplies: 5 small/medium towels to dry baby, 6 large towels to dry mother, a large unbreakable pan or bowl for placenta

Me

34

6-30-13

Write draft of postpartum support plan to include DS childcare help, house cleaning help, doula help?

Me

 

**6-24-13**

Make final payment to Midwife

Me

 

 

Continue freezer meals: Chicken Parmesean Pesto Shells, Beef Barley Stew, Pulled BBQ Pork

Hubby

 

 

Call and order breast pump through insurance carrier

Me

 

 

Wash ring sling, Moby, and Beco

Me

 

 

Birth Kit Supplies: shower curtain/paint drop sheet for floor protection, witch hazel and cotton balls, aromatherapy oils for labor

Me & Hubby

35

7-7-13

Clean out closet/organize baby clothes and baby blankets

Me

 

 

Continue Freezer cooking: Taco Salad, Pineapple Pepper Chicken, Mac and Cheese Casserole

Hubby

 

 

Separate out and resize cloth diapers for Baby Girl

Me

 

 

Pull out and wash baby swing, wipe down pack n-play, play gym

Me

 

 

Clean house for homebirth visit

Me & Hubby

 

 

Birth Supplies Kit: birth and postpartum clothes for mama, baby hat, diapers, blanket, bulb syringe and & thermometer for baby girl

Me & Hubby

 

 

Buy Big Brother gifts to keep on hand for DS

Me

36

7-14-13

Set up co-sleeper, wash sheets

Me & Hubby

 

 

Pack DS’s stay-the night bag with a few nights worth of clothing and diapers

Me

 

 

Birth Supplies Kit: drinking-water safe hose

Me & Hubby

 

 

Unpack diapers and wipes at various diaper stations

Me

 

 

Sanitize old bottles

Hubby

 

 

Assemble stroller

Hubby

37

7-21-13

Pack Mama’s transfer bag

Me

 

 

Install car seat bases in both cars

Hubby

 

 

Grocery shop for labor meals/snacks for Lindsey and attendants

Hubby

 

 

Birth Kit Supplies: Assemble crushed ice in baggies, juice pops, mirror and flash light

Me & Hubby

 

 

Finalize post-partum support plan

Me

 

 

Hire professional cleaners to clean home?

Me & Hubby

post #54 of 145
I haven't had a home birth myself (my sister has had 4), but the only thing I can think of that would be different to typical babysitting is whether you would like your son to join you in the birth room at any point (if he's interested), whether or not you want your father to join him in the room, and what to do if your son is distressed (by labor noises or anything else). Do you want him to just walk into the room, knock, wait for someone to come out of the room, etc.? Are you happy for them to leave the house to go to a park or something, or do you want them to stay close by so your son can meet the baby as soon as it's born?
post #55 of 145

For the sibling plan, I would also have a quick talk about transfers and how to talk to your son about that. Mine also just has some ideas of where to go out and about going to the neighbours if they want to be out of the house, but at a house. Think about nights, perhaps a special breakfast etc.

post #56 of 145

As baby time approaches, I try to keep a running plan for the kids with info on anything that might be important to their care - where to find clothes, particular distracting toys, what foods they are/are not allowed to have as well as simple meals that can be prepped on short notice for them, the simple routines/times we have for bed/nap...  Anything else in particular that might be important to their care/comfort.  I feel better having it all written down somewhere, particularly when I have a child with allergies the needs to stick to a particular diet...

post #57 of 145
My updated list - I took off everything that was done last time and added a few new things in purple

 

For 35 weeks or earlier

fund new HSA

bind quilt

store 6-24 month clothes

decide about GBS test

set up baby diapers

pre-write announcement email

pre-make announcements

pack my transfer bag

plan kids bags

test blow up pool

test hose adaptor

 

for 36 weeks

pull together last few birth supplies and get into the bins

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)

post birth kit list and birth notes in bedroom with washi tape


for 37 weeks

get first hat (have asked Linz to knit)

practice with Bee on rollyboard and bassinet

print announcement address labels (I bought them)

turn up water heater

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)

yoga ball for labour

wash co-sleeper

set up co-sleeper

choose names

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 station


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

post #58 of 145

Ahhhh! reading your to do lists is stressing me out! How on earth is there enough time left to do all of this and when I am this tired at night?

post #59 of 145

Oregon, I am way behind on my lists too!   I have no idea how we will get it all done.  At this point I figure I have about 4 weeks left.

post #60 of 145
I also have just about a month and no idea how everything gets done. greensad.gif
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