I always like hearing what other people are doing to prepare their homes, selves, and families for the new baby. Anyone want to share where their obsessive nesting energies are going? I am not doing freezer meals this time because my back won't let me be in front of the stove for that long, but I've stayed busy with projects that I can handle. For one thing, I've fixated a little on the experience my kids will have while I'm in the hospital. My DS (age 3.5) is still a real mama's boy, so I'm particularly interested in him staying happy and engaged during the transition time. I bought gift cards to Build-A-Bear for each of my kids and packed them in my hospital bag so that the new baby can give a gift to her older siblings when they come to meet her--and then my in-laws can whisk them off to spend a bunch of time pouring over bear-related crap instead of getting antsy around my hospital room. I put on their cards that they can go pick out "new born" bears and accessories to take care of while Mom takes care of the new baby. I did something similar for my DD when my DS was born, I just put a kit together of stuff she'd need to "baby" her favorite doll--a little bitty ring sling, some baby clothes, diapers, etc.
Ok, then I pre-packed bags for them to overnight at my in-laws with all their needs for a day, including brand-new pajamas (which honestly I'd already bought because they needed new fall pjs, but then I got the idea to makes them gifts) which I wrapped up and tucked "I love you cards" into, and sent on over to my in-laws' house so they are all ready. If I go into labor during the day I'm sure my kids will pack their own bags anyway, which is fine, but I'm glad to know they have a change of clothes and everything they need over there just in case it happens fast or at night.
Finally (and I just realized that all mine are big-kid-related), I packed a bag for the car of things for my older children to do in the car when we sit in parking lots to nurse. I don't mind nursing in public at all, but I remember with both kids that I often ended up nursing my car just for convenience, because it is comfortable in the car and the kids are all contained, and there is a nice place to sit down. I put little games and extra batteries and other time-passing supplies into a bag that will be used only for the times we spend in the car nursing. I did this for my DD as well and remember that it made her look forward to those times instead of pester me about when we were going to go.
Oh, and I made a computer file with all the addresses of people I want to send baby announcements to, so all I have to do is print off labels when they come in! I was surprised by how many people on my list had moved, so I needed to get new addresses for them, and I'm glad I did it now.
What are you all doing?