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Anybody thinking about their 'to do' list or 'to get' list before baby?

post #1 of 73
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We are having a slower, hang out week here and I have been thinking about how everything is going to work and what I will need before this baby comes. I ordered my new breast pump today. I will need to order 6-10 more cloth diapers of various sizes just to make sure there are plenty and no one is having to borrow a diaper of the wrong size, we also need a new mattress, and I need to decide on a good sturdy double stroller - but one that will still fit into my trunk. As for my to do list, I think I just need to get what will be my youngest's new bedroom put together and, oh yeah the small task of (((((((Finishing remodeling my bathroom that has been sitting partially worked on for a few months, do to m/s!!!!)))))))) I will definitely have to get cracking on that immediately after the holidays or there is no way it will get done on time!

post #2 of 73
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Originally Posted by BaileyB View Post
 

We are having a slower, hang out week here and I have been thinking about how everything is going to work and what I will need before this baby comes. I ordered my new breast pump today. I will need to order 6-10 more cloth diapers of various sizes just to make sure there are plenty and no one is having to borrow a diaper of the wrong size, we also need a new mattress, and I need to decide on a good sturdy double stroller - but one that will still fit into my trunk. As for my to do list, I think I just need to get what will be my youngest's new bedroom put together and, oh yeah the small task of (((((((Finishing remodeling my bathroom that has been sitting partially worked on for a few months, do to m/s!!!!)))))))) I will definitely have to get cracking on that immediately after the holidays or there is no way it will get done on time!


My list is more like:  Get through the worst of the winter, feel good enough to enjoy myself on vacation in March, and clean out my office wardrobe prior to giving birth.  TRy not to gain too much weight. Try to gather back teeny tiny cloth diapers lent to friend.  Deal with baby once baby shows up.  You are amazing, BaileyB!  I wish I had your sense of organization! (and energy to remodel a bathroom!)

post #3 of 73

Lol!! I just made a list yesterday - things to do before the baby gets here. 

 

Considering I won't have ANY help from family, and we are on our own, I was getting a bit anxious. bag.gif bag.gif bag.gif Most of the time I feel we can get through those initial 3 weeks just fine., esp since DH can take time off for 2 weeks... but occasionally anxiety takes over. But writing that list down has helped me calm down a bit. And given me something else to think about rather than worry how it will be. 


Edited by Shakti77 - 12/16/13 at 11:29am
post #4 of 73

My only goal before Christmas is to unpack my maternity clothes from the storage bins that are scattered around the bedroom floor, put the clothes that will not be usable until May (or next winter) into the bins, put the maternity clothes in the drawers, and put the bins back up on the shelf.  I am sick and tired of digging in those bins in order to get dressed every day, while clothes I can't wear taunt me from the drawers!

 

After Christmas...

Figure out how to rearrange furniture to make space for baby's things.  We do not have a "spare room" this time.  I may start a thread on this next month.

 

Buy cloth diapers, sling, manual breast pump, bottles, car seat, and more baby clothes.  Get electric breast pump back from friend who borrowed it for her 2 kids (now weaned) and buy replacement parts for it.

 

Resolve discussion with partner about whether baby will be in childcare for ALL my working hours and he will do ALL the housework except wash diapers and my clothes, or he will care for baby one day a week and I will keep some of my chores.  (Partner is "self-employed" but has yet to earn money from it, so I feel he isn't necessarily entitled to a full work-week and should do more around the house, but we have to work out details.)  Once this is decided, call first choice of childcare and see if she's available in late July when I will be returning to work.  If not, try second choice.  If that doesn't work, explore other options.

 

Sign up for "refresher" class at birth center.

 

Buy new drapes or shades or something for living and dining room windows.  The hand-me-down ones in the living room are driving me nuts, and we just don't have anything in the dining room at all.  Baby and I will be sleeping downstairs at least at first (until we find out if it's a nocturnal screamer and if it needs quiet and privacy to sleep well) so I need to be able to control the sunlight.

post #5 of 73

My biggest to do is to redecorate/organize the master bedroom and paint the living room.  There are things we need to buy but I am not worried about that. Oh and the garden needs to be prepped and plants started.  Ugh, this having a baby during planting season this year will be tough.

post #6 of 73

Great thread idea.

 

To Do:

~hem living/dining room curtains

~organize storage closet upstairs

~put shelving in nursery closet to make it usable

~get oven fixed

~make a scrap quilt with a waterproof liner.

 

To Buy/Get:

~k'tan for hubby

~diaper covers

~5 gallon bucket with lid for diapers

~snappi

~rocking chair

~baby clothes :)--thrift stores and garage sales

~crib mattress cover

~crib sheets

~car seat

~stroller ?

~dishwasher (I hope, I hope, I hope!!!)

post #7 of 73
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Ahh! I forgot about getting plants ready this Spring! We just built a greenhouse this Fall and I am not sure how early I will be able to put seedlings in it. I suppose it will depend on the Spring we have. We got 16" of snow last May 2 but that is not typical.
post #8 of 73

OI.  SO MUCH - I'm waiting to think about it until after the new year! :P

 

I'm sitting in our office/dumping ground (that will eventually be a 3rd bed room for DS ... it's the dumping ground part that i need to take care of.  it doesn't effect a new baby coming but it would feel good to have it cleared out.

 

We also Home-school (only #1 in K/1st) with an early may due date I think we can aim to get his work done by the end of April)

 

I hate all of the clothing shuffle that comes with kids and pregnancy - in May I will be needing to get out all of the warm weather clothes and packing up winter stuff AND prepping newborn-3m stuff AND clearing out non nursing worthy things.  pian.in.the.butt 

 

But I'm thankful to HAVE clothes to swap around and to HAVE a 3-rd bedroom that needs clearing.  Got to keep my perspective straight :)

post #9 of 73

Mostly worried about my to-get-rid-of list.  Stuff to resell, stuff to donate, stuff to just plain give back to whoever gave it to us.  And reorganize, I desperately need to consoladate my birth day items into one easy-to-pack bag if we're going to actually use them this time. There's a few things left on my Christmas list to buy, exactly three things and then that part is finally over.  I loathe how I end up with stuff to still do this close to Christmas EVERY YEAR.  But it doesn't seem very fair to buy everyone all thier presents in advance and then ask them for Christmas lists.  

 

Not concerning but very similar to other mamas is the redecoration of my bedroom.  I want a really nice place to come back to or even give birth in if it gets real hurried like last time.  We got a great start this month, bought two matching chairs to go in the corner for a reading spot.  Now I would like to make or get new curtains, and something coordinating set up for side tables.  And get the iorning table set up properly.  That's actually a pretty short list when you write it up like that.   In fact except for the curtains I could finish that up today if I moved it all around myself.  

post #10 of 73

Oh we need to get a rocking chair- but I think I found the dresser so that is good!!!  I am a bit nervous about getting the garden in this year. And we too, are debating whether to get a stroller or not.

post #11 of 73

To do:

Get the three year old moved in with the seven year old

Get hot tub installed and working

Everything else (this includes a lot, but most of it not directly baby related)

Stay sane

 

To buy/on registry:

Infant car seat

Jogging stroller

Ergo or similar carrier

Pump? and associated supplies (I'm undecided what I will do with pumping. Between excess lipase problems and not having produced well for the pump in the past, I'm just not sure how it will work. But I've never had a particularly good pump in the past. I suppose we'll see where and how much I end up working.)

Diapers and wipes and stuff (we have a good stock of cloth but always end up doing both, probably moreso this time since I'll be working)

Breastfeeding pillow

Another dresser for someone or other

Ducks. Not really related to baby, but we need more ducks.

 

The car seat is the only thing that is truly essential. Everything else is a want. I think most everything else we either have or don't want. If the baby ends up being a boy, we might need some more clothing, but I saved a lot of neutral clothing, so I'm not sure we'll need much for the first 6 months or so.


Edited by ocelotmom - 12/20/13 at 5:34pm
post #12 of 73

We have some big projects on the go but I hope to have them done long before baby time. We have a garage full of junk that needs purging, sorting and organizing, and then there is a lot of painting and recaulking to do, but that's all DH's stuff. In Feb/MArch we want to build a chicken coop and get ready for chickens, and start seedlings in the greenhouse... and then everything after that will be life as usual. I hope.

post #13 of 73
Thread Starter 
I guess our projects have officially started today, as we have one guy estimating out our bathroom project downstairs and the neighbor kid and DH upstairs taking down the old chimney so that they can pipe heat to our upstairs. I'm trying to just manage our normal routine with naps right now. oy.
post #14 of 73
Thread Starter 
Weliveintheforest, what kind of coop are you building? We have a crappy hand me down x2 brooder shed that I am dying to light on fire so that I can get a nice legitimate coop. January in upper midwest is not the best time to kick our chickens out of their only home but these projects are making me want to keep the motivation going, though. I can hear the contractor guy in our bathroom telling DH we are going to need a 1" subfloor. lol, oy.
post #15 of 73

This thread is giving me hives… are we really already half way through? :innocent

 

We plan to co-sleep for as long as possible so I have no nursery to think about (yet) but I have to decide which of the spare bedrooms that are BOTH on a separate level from ours to put the baby in when old enough.  

 

We need to buy pretty much everything.  So far I have newborn dipes/covers/inserts covered but have dipped into the 'one size'.  Have a few outfits but need all the big stuff - travel system, co-sleeper for the bed, moby wrap, hoppy, breast pump.

post #16 of 73

Thread tangent: Ocelotmom, what kind of ducks do you have? We have chickens, I have thought of adding ducks but not sure how many new animals I want in the mix with a newborn. I have a friend who can hook me up with some Muscovys...

post #17 of 73
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We have muscovies and I highly endorse them. They are super independent and great mommies. We just fed ours some basic grain all last spring/summer/fall and our flock of 5 mommies and a drake turned into 50! We emded up selling 30 of them and got $300. They really take care of themselves and eat a lot of bugs.
post #18 of 73
We have Indian runner ducks. I agree - they're pretty low maintenance.
post #19 of 73

Bumping for the third trimester!

 

I think I'm starting to feel a little nesty. I have a dresser sitting next to me that is currently a random-stuff-holder, and I'm thinking about clearing that out and sticking baby stuff in it. 

 

Also trying to figure out which carrier I want to get. I really really want an SSC that puts most of the weight on the hips this time (actually, I've wanted one with all three previous kids, so this is probably my last chance!), but I'm a little OCD about trying to figure out which one is the BEST. There's nothing else I'm being all that picky about.


Edited by ocelotmom - 2/8/14 at 3:55pm
post #20 of 73
I need a new dresser, a new car seat and a bigger vehicle, but other than that I think the bits and pieces around here will get us by. I really should do some organizing tho... All the baby toys are just randomly found in the playroom... The vehicle thing is going to be a pain, but fortunately I have already done some research. I'm moving the girls into a room together, but I think I'm going to wait until I love baby out of my room to do the big reshuffle, which means I need diaper supplies in here. Definitely need to do dome organizing....



ocelotmom there is no such thing as the best ssc :-) you either get one that is great for the second half of the first year and use a bulky too hot insert, or you get a small one like a beco and upgrade. Personally I'd get the small one for a may baby and then sell to recoup funds when it is time to upgrade. Everyone loves tula standard and toddler right now, they are all the rage, and would be great after baby is big enough to sit without an insert (around 4-5months).
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