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"To Do Before Baby Arrives" Lists!post #1 of 438/29/13 at 11:24amThread Starterpost #2 of 438/29/13 at 4:22pmWell, I'm done with the two things that I had to do before I could start buying baby stuff: the benefit, and buying all the kids new school stuff for this year. Now I've started buying things off my baby list. So far I have two carriers and a diaper bag with one of those little clutch things that's a changing pad with pockets for diapers and wipes - you know, so you don't have to carry the whole bag everywhere? I also need to get on the ball about getting my other sling back. My friend's mom has it, and I bought a book of stamps so she could mail it to me, but now they've disappeared. :-(
Other than that, we're fixing up the house. We said we were either going to fix it up or move before the baby comes, and we decided not to move. So far we've gotten new couches and tables for the living room, and it's made a huge difference. My nephew is supposed to come over to repair some holes in the walls and paint, and we're giving him DH's old truck. I'm kind of annoyed that he hasn't done it yet. Also, my BIL is supposed to fix the hole in our hallway ceiling that he caused while fixing the AC, but it's understandable that he hasn't been able to, since he recently had a serious illness.
After that we're getting our kitchen remodeled. That will probably happen late fall. We also plan to add two bedrooms to the house, but we don't need that until this baby is at least a year old.post #3 of 438/30/13 at 3:46amYay for lists!!
I had a very successful trip to our local thrift shop *ahem*, so I'm all set for baby clothes for the first six months +, and two people are going to give me some bags of boy clothes, so that takes care of that. As fall is around the corner, I'd like to get a couple of maternity skirts for work.
Also, I've just given back the last round of toys+reports that we've been testing for the Canadian Toy Testing Council, so now I should be able to breathe a bit. This weekend we are going to finish getting our kids into their new rooms, and then I'll be able to start prepping for baby.
I need to make a glider cover, a bedskirt, buy a new mattress for the crib, get some or make some curtains, a bassinet, a glider board for our double stroller, a diaper bag, a new changing pad for our change table and all the linens and things for baby. I really want to splurge and get some aiden+Anais swaddling blankets. And I need to think about how to keep baby warm during our long cold winters here, especially in the car.
And I NEED to get our kitchen cupboards organized ASAP!post #4 of 438/30/13 at 6:24amI had a minor meltdown this morning. :-( DH left a glass with some tea in it on the side table between the two new couches, and somehow it got spilled on one of the cushions in the middle of the night. A WHITE cushion. I was apprehensive about getting white couches to begin with, and this felt like a huge step back in getting the house fixed up. The whole reason the living room looked bad was because our old furniture was nasty, and now the new furniture was getting ruined. I was actually crying while I cleaned.
But, the fabric (resin-treated polyester) was supposed to be really stain-resistant, and that turns out to be true! Yay! I think it's gonna be ok! :-)post #5 of 438/30/13 at 12:53pm
I'm so sorry, Michelle- that is SO frustrating. And almost worse that it was your husband and not the kids!!
I was crying when pickling the other day because my jars kept breaking in the hot water bath...it's just so hard to watch the work we do get undone...we do SO much work.
My to do list for the baby is pretty small, like buy an inflatable pool to birth in, and set up the dresser/changing table in our room (have NO idea where that's going- just going to be crowded in there for a while!). The rest of my life to do list is extraordinary right now. I'm checking things off, though, and will do all of my big town errands tomorrow morning. The baby honestly is the least of my worries- he'll just come when he comes and he'll be nursed and cuddled and that's all fine...I have clothes and diapers.post #6 of 438/30/13 at 2:01pmThanks. I'm actually amazed. This morning it seemed like no matter how much I cleaned, it made no difference. Then, when it started to dry, the stain just faded away! Now you can't even tell it was there, even if you know where to look!
My actual baby prep is pretty easy, too. I have absolutely no creative talent whatsoever, and I've pretty much got everything picked out online. All I have to do is order a few things every payday, and wait for the packages to arrive! :-) I guess I'll have to set up the pack 'n' play when it gets here, but the space for it is already cleared out.
I was going to make some nursing tanks, but DH practically begged me to just buy them. He'd rather pay more than watch me get frustrated trying to sew. :-Ppost #7 of 438/30/13 at 2:54pm
My baby to-do list is mostly house to-do, and I don't know that it is going to get finished. But...
1- Clear stuff out of the Garage so we can actually park in it this winter (we moved in last September and all the furniture that didn't fit in the house is out there, plus various other things that need homes)
2- Finish Anchoring all the bookcases in the office and unpack the rest of books/games/DVDs
3- Buy Shades for all the windows in the house that still haven't managed to get them (are you noticing a trend here).
4- Figure out winter gear for the kids/make sure we have enough fall/winter clothes so I don't need to shop in December
5- Sort through the baby clothes/diapers and make a list of what we are missing
6- Wash baby stuff (tub, linens, cloth parts of swing, clothes etc)
7- Set up Co-sleeper, find a place for the swing
8- Closer to due date, install car seat and pack hospital bag
9- Do all our Holiday shopping by Thanksgiving (is this overly ambitious? I don't see how it is ever going to happen with a newborn in the house)
I think that is it. Actually writing that was pretty helpful, now I just need to increase my productivity levels to match...post #8 of 438/30/13 at 5:10pmThread Starter
-Convert bunk bed into a Triple bunk bed (mostly done 8/17)
- stain top railing
- add second rail to back of bed
-Paint walls (done 7/27)
-Paint stripe on wall (7/28)
-rehang shelves (done 7/27)
-Redecorate walls (done 8/15)
-Redo closet so all three kids stuff fits
-Set up baby stuff in there and move Enoch's things to kids bedroom... By mid October.
-Put up basic decorations
-Organize toys in kids room (done! 6/14/13)
-Clean out master closet and put extra books up there (my side done 7/13)
-Clean out/organize each bathroom (done 6/20/13)
-prep nursery for baby by mid October
-Organize and clean out studio (ongoing, maybe put up a shelf?)
-Organize and clean out game closet (done 6/14)
-Clean out and organize kitchen (partially done 8/26)
-Potty-train Nochy (started 8/12)
-transfer Nochy to the big kids room
-Set up mini-sessions for the autumn (October)
-Revamp photography side of business to help ensure I have shoots while on maternity leave
-set up meals/ help afterwards
-get all birth supplies set up
-plan out family holiday times
-Mama Cloth postpartum
-0-6 month girl clothes
-maybe 2 girly crib sheets
-dr Christopher's Birth Prep capsules
-2 small pro rap covers
-cloth diaper sprayer splash guard
-a few bottles
-earth mama angel baby bottom spray and third trimester tea and postpartum tea
-birth kit for homebirth
-grovia diaper liners
-flannel cloth wipes
Edited by KaliShanti - 8/30/13 at 8:50pmpost #9 of 438/30/13 at 6:52pm
Oh, I think having a baby around the holidays means we don't have to give gifts, right? I'm usually done with holiday shopping by the first of December anyway, so I can enjoy the kids' assemblies and baking and all of that without worrying about shopping. I'm going to think of one thing per kid, Santa Claus will come, but it will be baked goods all the way for gifts for family and friends. I made caramels last year and they were so good, so probably those and a couple kinds of cookies will do it. I like to have the kids deliver them just after St Nicholas' day in early December, to kick of the holiday season and give them before people are totally saturated with sugar!post #10 of 438/30/13 at 7:22pmBoys Room:
Touch up Paint
Get Pallets/Frame for Bed
Get CoSleeper (plus custom mattress?)
Touch up Paint
Get Queen Size Futon Frame or Couch
Get Windows Cleaned
Get rugs cleaned.
Massive Organize & Deep Clean
Buy 3 new Carseats
Look for school for Spring Semester
Work on selling other home.
Get enviro analysis of local polluter to determine if a move is necessary.
Save $$$$$post #11 of 439/4/13 at 7:14am
So I finally finished my list. It's long, so long that I feel I'm spamming this thread :
Home - Indoors
- Order lamps for the kid’s room, living room, kitchen and bedroom.
- Hang lamps in all rooms.
- Order curtains plus hanging rails for both bedrooms.
- Hang curtains.
- Close off the electricity connection next to the kitchen island.
- Get a filter for the kitchen hood.
- Find a solution for the recycling-trash.
- Re-organize storage closet in the hallway.
- Get coat-hanger for the hallway.
- Make a boot-tray to put outside.Organize the remaining drawers in the bedroom and clear all junk lying around.
- Deep clean the place: windows, drains, dishwasher, defrost freeze and clean fridge.
Home - Outdoors
- Order storage cupboard for the balcony/terrace.
- Build cupboard and put away all gardening supplies before the winter comes.
- Buy protection a cover for the terrace table and one for the chairs.
- Remove all annual plants and save all usable soil in a container for next year.
- Clean/disinfect empty pots and store in the basement.
- Bring rest of the plants to a protected area before frost and winter weather hits.
- Remove watering system before frost.
- Buy additional shelves.
- Hang shelves on the wall.
- Sort unwanted stuff into one of the following: keep, toss, donate, sell
- Put away all keep items in containers and label.
- If more containers are needed -> buy more.
- Sell all the items in the sale category (kalaydo or ebay).
- Donate/toss the rest and whatever did not sell.
- Sort through all the baby clothes in storage:
- Suitable for boys, keep
- Suitable for girls, pass on to a friend
- Rest, toss or donate
- Make inventory of what is still needed for the first two months.
- Order missing/necessary clothes for the first couple of months.
- Setup an Amazon wishlist and tell colleague/friends about.
- Wash and clean baby car seat and baby carriers.
- Stock up on diapers, wetwipes and laundry detergent.
- Buy blanket for baby from neighbor.
- Prepare letters/documents that need to be sent after baby is born.
- Setup the baby side-bed.
- Sort through her clothes and order/buy what is necessary for the winter.
- Buy her a book about getting a new brother.
- Make her an album of her first three years to give as gift when baby is born.
- Order/Make/Buy Christmas gifts.
- Make plans for a few Christmas activities with DD:
- Bake cookies and pack as gifts for her Kindergarten teachers.
- Make cards for friends/family together.
- Print out a collection of easy to make recipes/meal ideas (30 minutes and under).
- Get flyers for our favorite to-order places.
- Hook up the freezer in the basement.
- Make a list of recipes to freeze.
- Make a list of food items to to stock up on.
- Finish albums for the previous three years and print.
- Get a haircut and henna my hair.
- Get a pedicure.
- Make a names list.
- Make a once baby is born list.
Edited by LilyKay - 9/8/13 at 12:05pmpost #12 of 439/4/13 at 4:44pm
Wow LilyKay, your to-do list puts mine to shame! haha :) My to-do list is more of a honey-do list but DH is procrastinating. So far, I just want the exterior of the house pressure washed, screens put in windows and have heating/cooling system vent cleaned and de-dusted (is that a word)? All things I can hire someone to do but DH hates to spend money even more than he hates to do stuff around the house. I promised him a last boy's trip to the woods in September and then he MUST get cracking on these.
As far as MY to-do list, I want to organize the kitchen and de-clutter old, unused dishes/utensils/pans/ect., and have a cleaning crew come in and do a very deep clean of the entire interior of the house.post #13 of 439/6/13 at 2:05pm
I should probably make an actual list, but for some reason the thought overwhelms me!
I did however just finish this;
Need to touch up paint and figure out some more creative organizing solutions but operation cram a baby in a closet is well underway! Baby clothes are even washed and put away. I managed to make a double batch of coffee cake muffins and put them in the deep freezer and I have plans to do the same with some shepherd's pie and lasagna this weekend.post #14 of 439/6/13 at 7:14pm
So cute! I wish I had a closet to stash a baby in! Looks like we'll be packing up our bookshelves that we only brought back into our room about 9 months ago after being in the garage for three years! I guess we can live without them; have nowhere else to put them besides the garage. That's the only spot in the room for a crib and/or changing table.
I just found out my mom is coming for my birthday (Nov. 19th) so I'll just be 35 weeks then. I'm excited because we can have my all ladies' baby showery tea party when she's here! She's never been to any of my showers/celebrations/blessingways before. I'll probably not be able to wait to set up baby's "area" and things in our room until then; last time I did it at 25 weeks! I'm not quite there yet, but I imagine I'll get antsy in not too long and suddenly HAVE to get everything ready right away!
I have enough clothes/blankets/diapers for baby until he's about 6 months old, so that feels good. I'm hoping mom will get me a stroller, and my sister said she'd find me a used K'tan in Denver.
I do have my birth kit all together, so the only thing I need for the birth is an inflatable kiddie pool to labor/birth in. I need nursing pads, a new Bravado nursing bra (mine is so worn out!), and washable underpads for the bed so I don't have to change all the sheets every day (all that milk/spitup, etc.). Not bad! I need to get a couple dozen newborn and size small prefolds, otherwise I have enough covers and diapers. I was inspired the other day and used some flannel a friend gave me to make flannel baby wipes, two fabric pieces thick so the pattern is on both sides. Super easy to make and they're so soft and cute. I have 24 now but I'm thinking I should make a few more since I only wash diapers twice a week. I also need baby butt creams.post #15 of 439/7/13 at 11:55am
I just joined the due date club. Due Dec 29th with my first baby - a girl! : )
Here is my list!
Finalize baby shower plans
Figure out sleeping arrangement
Figure out which stroller/carseat we want
Read about breastfeeding
Research newborn interventions
Possibly hire a doula?
Write out birthing plan
Pre-treat any cloth diapers we receive before baby is born
Buy large area rug
Re-paint baby furniture
Clean window drapes
Deep clean all rooms
Print off homemade formula recipes in case I can't breastfeed, have ingredients at home ready to go
Buy several chickens to freeze for bone broth/meals
Have quarts of bone broth frozen
Have several soups frozen
..I also have a large art show coming up in a few weeks (Sept 28th and 29th) and I haven't even started printing anything for that! Yikes!post #16 of 439/8/13 at 3:25ampost #17 of 439/10/13 at 2:28ampost #18 of 439/10/13 at 2:53pmOk, starting to feel the nesting need, now. Not that 4 months seems like it will go fast, but man, I haven't even gotten our winter clothes put away from the summer yet- its all a big ol'jumble in all of our drawers (and now, its fall, so haha). So first things first: clothes sorting. Figure out what needs to be given away, what needs to be stored, and what will fit me and toddler for the winter. (I'm definitely going to have to acquire some winter maternity stuff this time around). Next, I want to sort out a better system for toys, and make some room for the little baby gear. Then I will bring it up from the basement. Here's the thing (maybe I will start a thread on this): I still have one baby in my bed, and I'm wondering if its realistic that I will try to put the new baby in a crib. Or if I even should? Or if I should wait until it seem time to put them in a room together (Although I might not WANT that for a while?)? I'm so conflicted about sleeping arrangements, and it makes the baby-space prep a little confounding. Also, do I even need a changing table this time (I never used it last time). SHould I just get another dresser for baby boy clothes? I feel like I need a professional organizer to come and help me out!!post #19 of 439/10/13 at 4:07pmHey Roisin! I have the same doubts as you, but dammit I want one kid to sleep in the crib!! I am buying a new mattress in hopes that a comfortable bed = a sleeping baby. Maybe you can set up a sleeping space for you and your baby in a separate room so the early night wakings won't wake the rest if your family? That's what I did for my first two. This time I'm just hoping that frequent waking will stop earlier if we don't co-sleep.post #20 of 439/10/13 at 7:37pmI usually transition the older baby to a crib or bed by the time the new baby is born. But I always had older children around, so I wasn't putting the older one in a room alone. I think if I only had two, and one was a newbie, I'd keep the older one in my room, just not in my bed.
I also wouldn't get a changing table if you had one before and never used it, unless you really *want* it.
Lida, I always thought part of the idea of cosleeping was to eliminate night wakings, or at least make it so they don't wake everyone. Do you nurse in bed? I usually sleep with the baby at breast level, and they just eat whenever they are hungry. They don't even wake up enough to cry, much less wake other people. Or was your baby waking from something other than hunger?
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