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post #1 of 55
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What's on your to do list before your EDD? It just hit me that I have about 8 weeks left to accomplish a lot (easter baskets, boys birthday party combined, PLUS baby, on top of regular life, school, home stuff!).

My list grows by the minute it seems, I'm always thinking of something.


So far:

Make more meals (been going to Super Suppers & Dream Dinners stocking up)
Buy cloth diaper stash (I have 6 fitteds so far - crap)
Buy baby clothes (for some reason I have 3 0-3 month outfits, but tons bigger sizes)
Organize & buy birth kit/tub by 36 weeks (homebirth in water)
Organize our closet to fit baby girl clothes & accessories
Organize boys toys so it doesn't get out of hand & stress me out daily
Get gifts for boys from baby sister
Stock up on supplies for house (tp, detergent, deoderant, etc)
Read huge list of baby/birth books
Figure out how to side car the never used crib so we can fit 5 in a king bed - LOL
Make birth announcements (minus photo & info)
Dig out boys baby stuff (boppy, blankets, onesies) & wash
Get new books for boys & I while I will be spending lots of time just sitting around nursing and want to entertain them
Wrap up things with the local boards that I'm on (meeting agendas, etc)
Buy new sling ( & other random mini baby buys like hats, etc)

That's all I can think of at the moment.

What's on your to do list? (I'm totally in nesting mode, but since the boys drain my energy my nesting evolves to list making).
post #2 of 55
well, lemme just say that I have become the QUEEN of lists! LOL I will show you the most recent. When I get further along and get some accomplished and mark stuff off I find it looks messy and want to make a new one. LOL Sorry, just a bit obsessive about some stuff. Here is the remainder of my list.

p.s. let me add here that I have a notebook devoted to these lists. LOL

I call this my Countdown List.

Divided into weeks left this PG.

Week 35 (this week) finish washing baby clothes, finish sewing diapers, make icy pads (did this one last night)

Week 36 install carseat, buy diaper pins and new snappis, finish decorating the nursery, buy baby book

Week 37 Make labor candles, make wipe solution, make crib bedding (?), get sling from Kelly, make massage oil for labor.

Week 38 Buy new changing table, buy mattress for crib and CLEAN MY HOUSE !



Of course there is also a list of stuff yet to buy...

mattress, swing, changing table, recliner for nursery, wicker baskets for storing clothes and diapers, baby book, white letters to hang name in nursery.


Thats about all I have left. I have my labor and birth bag ready except for putting my CD of music in there along with a couple of snacks. I packed the baby's bag yesterday except for the wipes solution that I haven't made yet. I made almost all of my diapers that I need for now, though I still need to order some more FOE to make my covers with.

There is still some painting to be done in the nursery before I can move all of her furniture in there. They haven't been able to come this week since my son has a stomach virus. yay.
post #3 of 55
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Originally Posted by JefsJen
Week 35 (this week) finish washing baby clothes, finish sewing diapers, make icy pads (did this one last night)
I am so far behind in getting things done, I can't even freaking think about it. Oh my god. We're also both looking for jobs, and jobs for us mean relocating across the country, so we're not as into making the house permanently baby happy. But still.

But, I wanted to ask- ICY PADS. How do you make them? I'd love to pre-prepare a bunch of cold packs for the Hurting Area for after birth. Can you send me your techniques?

One thing I have been doing is cooking a lot of food and putting it up in the freezer. I also started pre-washing some prefolds. But that's about it. eep. -j
post #4 of 55
Well - I'll be 37 weeks on Friday and I've pretty much given up on my lists. There's just no way I'll be able to get everything that I wanted done - especially since preparing everyone at work for my impending leave is taking up so much of my time and energy at the moment!

The only thing I really still need to do is pack my bag for the hospital and make some cloth dipes (just doing some pre-folds for the time being). Everything else (including meals, probably) is more than likely just going to have to be dealt with after the arrival of Babe!
post #5 of 55
Iron valances and crib skirt (DONE!)
Hang valances (DONE!)
When organic crib mattress arrives, put sheets and crib skirt on (DONE!)
(DH) Store old vinyl mattress in attic (DONE!)
Finish packing labor bag/suitcase (DONE!)
Buy/cook freezer meals (DONE!)
Hang letters in nursery (DONE!)
(DH) Install carseat (DONE!)

(DH) Put together glider and ottoman (DONE!)
Select going home outfit for baby (DONE!)
Re-read The Nursing Mother's Companion (In progress)


That's it on my list. Everything else is done! I got all the thank you cards sent on Saturday, the baby announcements addressed on Monday, the photoshop file created with placeholders for pic and info, and the rest of the baby clothes and CD inserts washed and put away.

Am considering making some curtains for the nursery though since we have blinds in there currently and it's pretty light. So if I feel up to it, will go find some fabric but that shouldn't take long. And it's not a necessity.... (ETA: Found fabric -- will wait and see about cutting and sewing but I've got some fabric for when I'm ready.)

But other than that, I'm relieved to say we're nearly finished with everything (well, except daily household cleaning stuff of course). Now if only I could talk myself into cooking...not sure why I have such an aversion to it right now.
post #6 of 55
Jenny-g~

I found this on another board....but it's very simple. You just take your pads (I bought Kotex, but it doesn't matter) and lay them out on something and then pour witch hazel on them until they are well soaked. Then I lay mine flat in ziplock freezer bags (mine held 3, non stacking) and put into the freezer. They don't freeze solid, so it turns out pretty cool...*pardon the pun*. I wanted to find some herbal witch hazel. Someone mentioned on something I read that they accidentally got some witch hazel that contained some essential oils...I am wanting to say like peppermint or rosemary and something-a-ruther. i wanted to use that but never remembered to look at my local healthfood store, so I just used what I had on-hand. Turned out pretty good and I am awfully tempted to try them out! hehehehe

These things are prob the ONE thing I miss about having a baby in a hospital. They give you these free, well, you KWIM...and I knew a nurse there that would hook me up with some before I went home too. Those were the kind you had to crush to activate the cooling stuff.


Hope that helps! And happy freezing! hehehe
post #7 of 55
Those cool pads are a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing it.

That was my favorite part of giving birth. Cold pants.
post #8 of 55
Oooh! Thanks for the icy pads idea! I remember being SO glad to have those after dd was born in the hospital I had planned on only using cloth mama pads and prefold diapers (they work awesome for overnight for me with AF, so I think they'd be great for pp), but maybe I'll pick up a small pack of sposie pads to freeze.

I have to admit I saw this thread earlier today and I closed it quickly after reading the OP's list because it made me afraid to look at mine : Okay so here is my lists...

MUST DO's before Tuesday (36 weeks/ day of my homevisit ):
*deep clean house (since I know it won't be getting done for a long while again ) -DONE
*put bathroom cabinet doors back on cabinets (I went crazy and painted them last week)-DONE

*clean dd's disaster of a room (its really BAD ) - DONE!
*set up dd's new futon in her room (she cosleeps but we wanted to get something set up)- DONE
*figure out how to organize both sets of cloth dipes and the baby's clothes since he doesn't have a bedroom or a dresser- DONE! IKEA saved me LOL
*wash, fold and organize baby clothes and both sets of diapers -DONE
*buy rest of homebirth supplies and organize all of them - still need witch hazel, numbing spray & hydrogen peroxide- everything else purchased yesterday -DONE

*wash sheets and towels for homebirth and put in paper bags like MW asked- DONE
*clean up the remodeling mess I made in our hall bathroom, attempt to put a coat of texture (Dh's job) and paint on the walls and put the normal stuff back in- hopefully getting done this weekend
*make a 'how-to' list for by the washer/dryer for DH and tell him its for my mom

TO FINISH ONCE ABOVE IS DONE (next week and beyond):
*finish newborn soaker stash (decided to cheat and have 2 purchased ones on the way in the mail still need to finish up 2 knit ones that are half done though- then lanolize them all)
*pick up antique cradle from DH's cousin (its a family heirloom, all the babies in that side of the family have slept in it, including DH and DD)- great for newborn naps
*sew 6 more NB fitted diapers so we have a total of 36 NB dipes (I may not get this done, but its on my list anyway- I'll use infant prefolds if I have to)- I give up...I'll use snappied infant prefolds when the fitteds are in the wash, if I go overdue and get bored (not likely at this point) I'll think about working on this then
*wash carseat covers and install -DONE
*organize sewing/storage room- umm yeah right...
*knit baby blanket- already have all the yarn -nah I'll do that if I go overdue also
*stock up on pantry, toiletry, etc. essentials -DONE
*freeze some meals and baked goods- in progress

If I get all the above done and still haven't had this baby yet, then I'll continue with some knitting projects (like attempting longies), freezing meals, maybe sewing some small fitted dipes etc.

Sounds nuts, but even with such a long list I feel way better at least writing it down
post #9 of 55
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Holy crap - your lists all seem so small!

Mine:

*pack house
*paint new house (baby's room, our room, kitchen, living room, dining room)
*clean new house
*Buy fridge
*move
*clean old place
*finish buying diapers
*paint shelf to store clothes
*buy baskets to put on shelf to store clothes
*spray paint day bed going in baby's room
*buy co-sleeper
*buy and install car seat
*buy changing table
*unpack house
*buy dresser for OUR room
*finish baby quilt
*finish day bed quilt
*finish baby sweater
*finish baby socks
*buy birth kit
*figure out where to put tub in house
*wash all baby clothes and diapers

and probably about a bazillion other things that I have forgotten.

:

I can't think about it.

post #10 of 55
my list is more of the same.........i just keep telling myself that the baby really needs nothing but me and my breasts!! He wont care if my house is messy!! And i do look foward to a lot of help from family and friends for the first couple of weeks. My baby shower is not till end of march so i am going to try and not buy anything. luckily i have most of what i need. I figure i will do what i can and what i dont have done i will deligate!
post #11 of 55
My list...

~ Diaper laundry instructions printed out
~ Other laundry instructions printed out
~ Recipe book all ready to print (in progress)
~ Recipe book printed
~ Newborn diapers prewashed and ready to go
~ Newborn clothes re-washed and ready to go
~ Bunches of food ready in the freezer (to be done throughout March) *tons of spaghetti sauce done*
~ Kids' room ready to go and cleaned up
~ Kids' closet cleaned up and organized
~ Our room deep cleaned
~ Bassinet in my closet, ready to go
~ Pantry stocked (in progress)
~ Newborn woolies finished (in progress)
~ Newborn onesies hemmed *done*
~ Prep some stuff for the shower - it's at my house so I don't have to go anywhere
~ Guest room cleaned out
~ All laundry taken care of and put away
~ Pantry shelves done (dh)
~ Garden planted (or ready to plant)
~ Filing put back downstairs
~ Green craft cabinet down to basement
~ Bathrooms thoroughly cleaned
~ Master bathroom done (dh)

But I've got 8+ weeks since I really doubt this kid's coming early at all. If just half of all that happens I'll be happy though. I still need to nail down the details of what my midwife wants me to have on hand, I'll probably get that list tomorrow or something.

Lanna
post #12 of 55
I've kind of stalled on my list
I still have 5 wks but it's gone by soooo quickly until now!


order birth kit done
wash baby clothes
organize/clean my bedroom
make hospital transfer birth plan
make a list of phone numbers of people to call
Give floors a good scrubbing
figure out birth announcements--photobelle.com homebirth special
Pre-wash Cloth Diapers 1/2 done
Figure out sleeping arrangements/get co-sleeper from Janet or put mattress on the floor!
go through diaper stash - sort, organize and figure out what's needed done
Order some sm inserts
find midwifes' gift
make a labor mix cd
Clothesline done
Clean out shed
Paint lattice (dh)
Paint back door (dh)
Rugs done
Cabinets done
Pack a "just in case" bag
oh yes:re-read Birthing From Within!
post #13 of 55
Wow - you ladies are ORGANIZED!!! I'm a pretty anal/compulsive type yet I don't even have a list made up. I think I'm entirely too unmotivated! But now I can copy stuff from all of your lists and get working! Things I know I still need to do are:

* Cook some freezer meals (butternut squash soup & pumpkin lasagna are my only ideas so far and I've never actually frozen either of these so we'll see how that goes)
* Sew 2 newborn gowns (I bought a boy fabric & a girl fabric - this is just for fun, really)
* Setup my birth tub (going to do this now so I can relax in it, however this means clearing out the room that it will go in which is my sewing room!)
* Get carpets & house cleaned - at least I'm hoping I can have this done. I have no idea how much it will cost but I know that I am NOT up for doing it myself and if I don't do it, it won't get done.
* Get a pregnancy massage (somehow I don't think this will happen - again! I've never had one)
* Cast my belly twice - just trying to figure out what week to do it in.

As far as the cold packs go, I took the lazy way out and bought them online. I even splurged and got the premium model. You can find them here:

http://www.1cascade.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=138 (regular)
http://www.1cascade.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=3941 (premium)

I like the witch hazel idea though. I just didn't know how to do that.
post #14 of 55
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Originally Posted by JefsJen
Jenny-g~

I found this on another board....but it's very simple. You just take your pads (I bought Kotex, but it doesn't matter) and lay them out on something and then pour witch hazel on them until they are well soaked. Then I lay mine flat in ziplock freezer bags (mine held 3, non stacking) and put into the freezer. They don't freeze solid, so it turns out pretty cool...*pardon the pun*. I wanted to find some herbal witch hazel. Someone mentioned on something I read that they accidentally got some witch hazel that contained some essential oils...I am wanting to say like peppermint or rosemary and something-a-ruther. i wanted to use that but never remembered to look at my local healthfood store, so I just used what I had on-hand. Turned out pretty good and I am awfully tempted to try them out! hehehehe
When I send moms home from our birth center I recommend they make some of these - one tip is to only soak them about 1/3-1/2 of the way (right down the middle) b/c as the ice melts they get a little juicy + that leaves them more absorbent for your flow (esp in the first couple of days).

We have a teeny freezer at the birth center, so we have the mini ice cube trays and post-birth we open a disposable diaper (the end with the sticky tabs), pull the back away from the stuffing to make a pocket, fill it up with mini ice cubes (crushed ice would work great) and then fold down the open end and close with the sticky tabs. I would think that these would hold for a while in the freezer and the upside to using a diaper is it's quite absorbent (great for immediate post partum!) - hope those instructions make sense!
post #15 of 55
Wow... I only have ONE thing to do.

-make list of things to do before baby comes.

Knowing me, I might get it done within the next couple of weeks. :



I'm impressed with how organized you all are.
post #16 of 55
I'm not organized...I pulled that list out of my butt while I was writing the post.

I forgot about midwife gifts....sigh.
post #17 of 55
Yikes... is it customary to give the MWs a gift? I had no idea.
post #18 of 55
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Originally Posted by mamameg
Wow... I only have ONE thing to do.

-make list of things to do before baby comes.
: That's classic - you're my hero!
post #19 of 55
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Originally Posted by love_homebirthing
: That's classic - you're my hero!
post #20 of 55
I never gave a gift to the CNM I had with my hospital birth but this time with a himebirth it just all seems so much more personal. Plus, I work as her assistant ,too, so I know her even better!
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