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Preparing For Baby!

post #1 of 27
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We started actually doing stuff today. I thought it'd be fun to see what everyone else is doing. smile.gif

post #2 of 27

We don't really have anything we need to do. We aren't repainting the kids' room or anything BUT I do need to go to Ikea in the next month and buy another dresser and assemble it. I love the clour you are painting. Lilac is one of my favourite colours!

post #3 of 27

we have painted the nursery a few weeks ago (new coat on the old "bone" paint; painted one wall "blackberry jam" [=dark purple]).

 

today i'm working on finishing up the baby registry (must be done by end of wkd, otherwise it's getting too late to send out the invites!).

 

i'm also planning on washing and then putting up the curtains. i was gonna go with the good, "thermal" red curtains i have, but decided there is already a red recliner in the partially purple room so that would be too much clashing color, so i'm gonna go with less fancy white and dark gray curtains. the good news is that those can be washed in the machine as opposed to by hand, so it should actually be attainable. 

 

last night we had our appointment at a doula agency, which is an awesome free service someone put up in my area! two doulas already confirmed their availability for my due date and so i think we're scheduling the interviews for next week. 

 

we checked out some books from the pregnancy & birth community yesterday: The Birth Partner (for DF), Birthing from Within, and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. i've started reading Birthing from Within and am loving it!

post #4 of 27
I am starting to feel the crunch to get things done! We need to paint a crib, still deciding on a color. Light aqua, yellow, or plain boring white... Need to find a decently priced dresser. We plan on the girls (ah I love saying that! smile.gif ) sharing a room, so the actual room is already set up. Her quilt is almost finished and my cousin should be bringing it in a couple weeks when they come to visit.
post #5 of 27

It's suddenly coming along a lot more quickly! We have two months to order and set up bunk beds in my daughter's room as she'll finally have to move out of the cot bed next to our bed. I also need to fix the cot bed as she has broken a couple of the struts from jumping on it. Oh, and I also have to boil and thoroughly wash all the cloth nappies before he is born. Other than that I think we're about ready.

post #6 of 27
We (husband, oldest and I) have been working on painting and staining the LOs dresser. Going for an effect like this: http://too-much-time.com/2013/04/chalkboard-dresser-redo.html.
We must find the bolts to reattach the side of the crib -- our youngest was sleeping in it as a daybed until recently -- and I am trying to convince DH, who has far steadier hands than I, to paint some designs on the walls in there -- Old Gallifreyan, for any Whovians out there.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by cmu204 View Post

We (husband, oldest and I) have been working on painting and staining the LOs dresser. Going for an effect like this: http://too-much-time.com/2013/04/chalkboard-dresser-redo.html.
We must find the bolts to reattach the side of the crib -- our youngest was sleeping in it as a daybed until recently -- and I am trying to convince DH, who has far steadier hands than I, to paint some designs on the walls in there -- Old Gallifreyan, for any Whovians out there.
I love that finish for a dresser. And OMG if you convince him to put Old Gallifreyan on the walls you MUST upload a picture. I made a chalkboard sign for my girls' room and had my sister write "Hello Sweetie" on it to slyly incorporate my Doctor Who obsession.
post #8 of 27

CDsMom1031 - Love the lilac color!  Very cute and fashionable!  I especially love it with a slate grey.  I have too many back issues of Better Homes and Gardens on my coffee table!  :)

 

MamaMash - I KNOW about loving saying "the girls"!  We're trying to break ourselves of that habit now!  It's been so convenient to call for them to put shoes on by saying "Laaaaaadies!" like a bad pickup line.  And "kids" just doesn't have the roll off the tongue feeling, you know?

 

vc2013 - Congrats on the doula service stuff!  That's a HUGE load off one's mind!

 

Everyone else - KUDOS for painting.  I have no energy and I am blessed to not have to paint!  My only big to-do right now is laundry, and lots of it - diapers, slings/wraps, etc.  The baby's clothes are washed, but everything else needs a launder.  I've started to gather my homebirth stuff in one corner of the bedroom.  And I need to buy a lamp for the bedroom.  We live in a rental and the light part of the ceiling fan is toasted, so we need some sort of light source in there in case I labor/deliver in that room.

post #9 of 27

Love the lilac wall! I tried to convince DH to paint our bedroom a similar color (lighter shade) when we moved in and painted everything, but he would not agree greensad.gif

post #10 of 27
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Oh. I don't have every to do anything, haha. My DH is doing it all. That's my sister in the picture with him.



He doesn't really know what to think. Hahah.
post #11 of 27

just finished putting the baby registry together. FINALLY! will need to do some sorting out, DF will research some products and figure out which one to get etc, but then we're finally done and can send out the shower invitations today!

 


the appointment at the doula agency went great, we have three interviews scheduled for next week - will be a busy week, baby-related stuff to do every night except Tuesday. so we'll be deciding on a doula over next weekend.

 

the nursery curtains are now washed; two of them will need to be ironed today, then i can put them up.

 
once we're done with picking the doula, i'll need to take care of my car next. needs to be completely checked out, then cleaned out, then we'll need to figure out if it has this LATCH system for the car seat, or if it can be retrofitted. 
 
once we're done with THAT, we'll be looking into the specifics of paid family leave.
post #12 of 27
I got a couple things marked off my list today. I actually didn't have these on my list on here, but they are on the list on my fridge. My mom and I got the fabric for a car seat canopy and a nursing cover (for my own sense of privacy, I'm pretty modest naturally).

The nursing cover will be just the flowery top fabric, the canopy will have all 3 of the fabrics incorporated. And, then my mom and sisters got me this awesome diaper bag I have been eyeing. Plus they are planning to get me some Aden & Anais swaddle blankets. Yay for getting stuff done. All this with a weird tummy bug that had me hugging the toilet this morning.


It's my DD's 2nd birthday on Thursday and we're having a party for her Saturday. I have done nothing to prepare other than ask to borrow some chairs and an EZup for shade. That's my goal for the week, get this birthday party prepped so I'm not scrambling Saturday.
post #13 of 27

I got the three crib sheets made. DH is going to set up the big kids' new bunk bed this week, then I can move DD in with DS, and set up our new, smaller crib in our small nursery and do the final touches in there for the various updates I'm doing. I'm excited! Also with taking toys out, I am hoping the room stays fairly clean. That is unlikely as 2yo DD will probably constantly go back in there since it's her old room.

post #14 of 27

There is a big part of me that feels weird about how unprepared we are for the baby at this point.  Cause we pretty much have none of the stuff we need.  But since we will be traveling and not having the baby at home, it feels like we are in suspended motion until we get to the States.  For example, no birth supplies have been purchased.  Plus we are really counting on getting lots of stuff from a baby shower that won't happen till we arrive in the States and figure we can pick up essentials we don't get at the baby shower on craigslist, ebay or at 2nd hand shops.

 

After we come back home, we will actually probably only be living here for another 6th months before moving to another country.  So we won't be investing in any major furniture items.  Also since we will be cosleeping or bed-sharing, we won't be setting up a nursery.  There are a couple small things I want to get for the house before we leave for the states - some piece of furniture that can be used to store baby's clothes and diapers in and be used as a changing table, a couple sets of shelves to keep diaper changing supplies and bottles and pump stuff on, and a few plastic tubs to use for throwing dirty diapers in until we do a wash and for soaking them.

post #15 of 27
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Assembling the crib as we speak!
Registered for the baby shower today.
Mailing out invites tomorrow.
Meeting with two doulas next week.

I'm really having a daughter in two months. OH MY GOSH.
post #16 of 27
I haven't even started painting the crib yet let alone setting it up.. I need to get a move on that project!
post #17 of 27
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post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by lilmamita View Post

There is a big part of me that feels weird about how unprepared we are for the baby at this point.  Cause we pretty much have none of the stuff we need.  But since we will be traveling and not having the baby at home, it feels like we are in suspended motion until we get to the States.  For example, no birth supplies have been purchased.  Plus we are really counting on getting lots of stuff from a baby shower that won't happen till we arrive in the States and figure we can pick up essentials we don't get at the baby shower on craigslist, ebay or at 2nd hand shops.

 

After we come back home, we will actually probably only be living here for another 6th months before moving to another country.  So we won't be investing in any major furniture items.  Also since we will be cosleeping or bed-sharing, we won't be setting up a nursery.  There are a couple small things I want to get for the house before we leave for the states - some piece of furniture that can be used to store baby's clothes and diapers in and be used as a changing table, a couple sets of shelves to keep diaper changing supplies and bottles and pump stuff on, and a few plastic tubs to use for throwing dirty diapers in until we do a wash and for soaking them.

 

are you feeling mentally / emotionally ready or prepared? i got the advice from several people now that you really don't need much for the first weeks, and i think they are probably right. this is our first and we haven't really bought anything yet either. ok, we DID buy a dresser from Ikea, we did paint the nursery, and i did order a wall decal from Etsy. but that's it!

 

we too are waiting to see how many things we get at the baby shower and from relatives before we venture out on our own. when we put the baby registry together, it was more like a shopping list for ourselves.. so we'll just go and buy whatever we don't get from there. 

i also think if you're going to give birth in the US, then go back to El Salvador (?), then move to the US (?) after a few months, there really isn't a point in getting too much stuff. i just received a box and a bag full of newborn clothes from a friend. her son grew out of it within a few months and then needed bigger clothes. it's actually so much i'm considering not getting any other newborn clothes on top of that! baby doesn't care about what he'll be wearing just yet anyway. ;)

 

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Originally Posted by CDsMom1031 View Post

 

this looks lovely! also, we bought a dresser that looks similar to the one you've got there :)

 

anyone have a cradle before transitioning to a crib? we inherited the family cradle, it arrived here by mail from Texas and is TINY. i cannot imagine the baby fitting into it for longer than a couple weeks! 

post #19 of 27
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We have a cradle. It's one my Grandpa made for me when I was a baby. It is only good for a month tops...

And all we bought was the furniture.
post #20 of 27
CDsMom, I teared up a little. That is the sweetest little room! Love it.

Crib is reassembled, baby's dresser is *almost* done -- DH just needs to fill in one of the screw holes that got stripped when he was putting it together. We will use dresser for changes, so no worries there. Our nursery is so tiny, nothing else will fit in the room, so now it is time to get to the fun stuff: wall decor, a few bookshelves for the board books that seem to have magically multiplied when I wasn't looking...I am pretty pleased. Will do pics when it's done.
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