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post #61 of 113
Thread Starter 
Yet another update.

To Do List

1. Go through boxes of baby clothes in garage Done
2. Wash what using for new baby Done

4. Buy covers and snappis to round out stash Done
5. Make mama pads for postpartum Almost done
6. Get house decluttered (ha ha this is so not happening)
Cleaned Master bedroom and closet Done
Organized Sewing stuff Done
Organized and decluttered linen closet Done
Craft room
7. Dig out bassinet and bedding for it- wash and clean all Done
8. Get some more nursing tanks Done
9. Make cloth wipes Done
10. Find ring sling and pouch and wash Almost done
11. Buy birth kit stuff Done
12. Find a better way to store/organize the diapers Done
13. Buy carseat
14. Get dresser for Marah so baby can have the small one Done
15. Pack a bag just in case of transfer Almost done
16. Find someone to watch kids during birth
17. Hire photographer for birth Done
added:
18. Get belly casting supplies Done

20. Figure out bed/sleeping situations (DD 22 mos is still in bed with us and its a bit crowded) Done
21. Clean out car so I can rearrange car seats. (we will have 4 in boosters/seats)
22. Set a date for pregnancy photos Done
23. Decide what I want to do with my hyena. Close it for a short time or DH said he would pack any orders. (which could be scary as i have seen his wrapping skills ) Done
Added 2/10:
24. Make DH to do list for:
During Labor Done
During Postpartum Done
25. Make kids to do basket for during birth in case they are awake
26. Buy remaining birth stuff:
Hose to fill pool Done
Kids stuff
post #62 of 113
Ok, updating, since I've been awake since 2:00...


DONE - wash diapers (must find good detergent first)
DONE - assemble changing table
DONE - put up existing decorations in baby's room
DONE - assemble bookshelf for baby
- make art for baby's room
- sew crib sheet
DONE - write thank you notes for gifts
DONE - set up pack n play
DONE - install carseat and
- have carseat checked by police
DONE - wash baby bedding
DONE - pack hospital bag
DONE - buy toiletries
- get baskets for diaper storage -- supposed to wait for my mom for this one.
DONE - buy diaper pail/trash can
DONE - buy nursing bra and pads
DONE - find pediatrician
- choose birth announcements started
- organize hall closet
DONE - put labor music on mp3 player
- track down labor tub started

is that it? that doesn't look so bad...
post #63 of 113
UPDATED

1. Buy diaper pins - Ordered Online. Should be here in two weeks.

2. MAKE AND FREEZE FOOD – Hasn't happened yet. Should happen this weekend since it's a three-day long one. Soups, stews, casseroles, healthy "cookies," pancakes and cornbread.

3. Make a LOT of cat food. I usually make a 6 week supply, I will shoot for at least two months this time. I think I will do that this weekend too, so it’s off of my mind. DONE! Our fridge freezer is full of catfood. I watched Terminator and Terminator II while grinding up hearts, livers, bones and muscles!! . The original is WAY better than the sequel...

4. Buy disposable incontinence pads for the birth. - Not yet.

5. Hand-write notices refusing eye-goop and Vitamin K shot. - Not yet.

6. Buy or make nursing pads. - In progress, I can finish these this week.

7. Hem blankets from flannel that Gramma sent (it’s so pretty!!) - Used some of it to make a leak-proof "bridge blanket" for our side-carred crib and bed. Looks really nice.

8. WASH all of the baby clothes and diapers I have, plus the handed-down afghan blanket. - Not yet. Probably this weekend when we do adult laundry.

9. Buy fitted crib sheets, wash them – wait until after the shower. - Done. They are on the crib. Made in Canada!

10. Buy mattress cover for crib - wait until after the shower. - Done. Got one for my shower.

11. Make “sidecar bridge” blanket for under baby and mommy to catch diaper spills and nursing leaks. - DONE. I could add a rainbow ribbon trim to it if I want to get fancy.

12. Buy a lot of baking soda, bulk, for washing diapers, buy extra laundry soap too . - Not yet.

13. Buy or make a “wet” diaper bag for walks and wanderings. - Not yet.

14. Stock-up on bulk staples. Flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, dry beans, sugar, lactation tea, canned tomatoes, potatoes, etc. - Not yet. Waiting until payday.

OMG! I forgot about the car seat. I think I will lose my mind....

We don't have a car, but I guess we should have one. - We are probably getting a two year old one from a friend this weekend.

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Adding so I can keep track myself:

15. Buy a breast pump.

16. Finish reading The Vaccine Book and decide on a vax plan.

17. Pack a bag in case we transfer to hospital

18. Take pregnant photos, Black and White, couple, and sepia.

19. Sew the fabric diaper wipes together and top-turn. (they are already cut, just need to be sewn together.

20. Mix together an energy drink using teas, pedialyte, honey, etc, and freeze it for labour. I really dislike Gatorade. I think I will need some new ice-cube trays to use though, since I’m not comfortable with plastic.

21. Mix together an herbal bath bag for post-delivery soaks.

22. Buy a present for the midwife

23. Buy announcement cards.

24. Buy, write and send thank-you cards for the gifts we received.

25. Buy 2 binders and a lot of letter-sized transparent pockets to keep scraps and cards and such. One for baby stuff, the other for my career stuff so I can look back on it later in an organized way.

26. Learn to use my new digital camera…. Am a long-time film shooter and I’ve held-out until now. I need to know how to use this new device well, and make sure it is up to par.
post #64 of 113
1.make a bunch of nb layetter with super-cute jersey I bought.Fabric has been cut, not sewn.
2. Finish dd's started quilt. need more fabric for front.
3. dh's other sock.started!
4. a new diaper bag for me
5. 7 more pocket dipes for nighttime only making one more of these!
6. 9 more VB AIO's, attach applix to all. have fabric ready to cut out hopefully tonight, after kids go to bed. *Have made 4 of the cut diapers.*
7. make 16 nb fitteds, if I find the time. made a baker's dozen, after throwing out a few "second quality" ones,lol.*plan to make 2 more*
8. make a few wool covers, sewn *wool covers, 2, are done!*
9. knit a few covers, one baby sweater size nb.made several, working on small size now no baby sweater yet
10. go through old boy clothes in garage, rummaging for hopefully something I can use. done
11. buy filler peices of layette.done
12. wash everything at least once.done
13. finish ordering on co-op from Mountainroseherbs.com done
14. freeze big portions of meals partly done
15. make 2 small waldorf babies with slings to give to kids for their dolls
16. organize craftplay/nursery room a bit more
17. Drag cradle out of garage.done
18. Make 1 or 2 mei tei slings
19. make 2 ring slings with recently purchased fabric and rings.
20. organize incoming co-op stuff and finish planting seedlings/gettingpretty much done. gardening stuff ready.pretty much done.Dh got the garden box ready, all seeds have arrived and are planted.
21. fix fallen towel rack in bathroomdone
22. call rental company about repairs
23. organize closets bought nessecary items to do this.
24. sell stuff partly done
25. finish gift for friends new baby
addding:
26. gather stuff for goodwillmostly done!
27. wash all laundry hampers/bags done!
28.order one more wetbag for diapers
29. paint hallway
30. fill small holes in bedroom walldone!
31. organize shelving in bedroom-add bought curtains,a fter sewing/altering them to fit.
32. sew dress for dd.
33. repaint/organize bedroom halfway painted as of now! other half will get done tomorrow!
34. fix up backyard since it's warm out now.pretty much done. Everything is organized for MIL to help with garden.

not to mention I keep doing other stuff not on my list!
post #65 of 113
--Pick up pram from shop--DONE
--Paint baby's room (and preferably the whole house...)--Nearly finished! Just some touching up, one more coat on the cornice and three coats on the skirting boards to go.
--Sort out shelving/basket system for baby's wardrobe--Sorted, but I still need to line and paint the baskets, so I won't tick it off just yet
--Sort through hand-me-down baby clothes according to size--DONE
--Make list for Mum to pass along to baby shower guests of stuff we still need--DONE
--Buy maternity bras
--Freeze 3 weeks' worth of meals (that's minimum, but it's a start)--Just started. One night's meal frozen, and some stewing steak in the fridge waiting to be crockpotted.
--Wash hand-me-down baby clothes that smell musty--Mostly done.
--Write 4 more articles for Suite101 so as to fulfil the 3 month minimum before the baby's born
--Pick up birthing pool
--Make postpartum pads
--Shortlist some names!--DONE
--Get house in decent shape (yes, that is vague and wishy-washy...).--Work in progress...
--Master and make list of several extremely quick hairstyles, to prevent me from walking around in week-old fuzzy sleep braids after the baby's born--I've been using the good old-fashioned rose bun a lot while painting, but I need to figure out how to use my Ficarre more efficiently without my hair falling down.
--Drink RRL tea every day--Doing OK at that!
post #66 of 113
Time for another update--we are now moving forward on selling our house, so there's even more to be done--whee!


1) Deep clean: bathroom, kitchen, living room, baby room/study (more like, book a cleaner to do this!)
2) Get rid of extra couch-DONE
3) Move all extra clothes, Christmas stuff etc. into storage-DONE
4)Get out the following from our friends' basement: bucket seat, baby clothes, bouncy chair. (DONE!)
5) Clean all the laundry in the house & put it away-not done!
6) Reorganize bedroom-DONE & set up sidecar crib-not yet, will borrow cosleeper from friends later, and will just use bedrail at first.
7) Purchase: snowsuit or warm seat cover for wee babe--DONE.
8) Clean Moses basket linen
9)Wash baby clothes & organize them
10) Set up change table with change pad, beautiful nb stash
11) Put away all medium diapers
12) Fill freezer--GETTING THERE, we went to Supperworks & made 18 meals on Wednesday! And we got some more yummy stuff at Beth's surprise shower last weekend.
13) Register dd1 for preschool & get her settled there (half done, we had our orientation visit today & it went brilliantly!)
14) Homevisit from midwife (Booked for Feb. 26th)
15) Real estate agent visit--to plan our move. Selling agent, DONE! Buying agent coming this Monday
16) Declutter, declutter, declutter!
17) Get organics delivery set up DONE
18)Dry run of pool set up & filling so I know what to do!
19) Get other homebirth supplies
20)Paint & touch up in preparation for selling house.
post #67 of 113
another update:


DONE - wash diapers (must find good detergent first)
DONE - assemble changing table
DONE - put up existing decorations in baby's room
DONE - assemble bookshelf for baby
probably don't need any more - make art for baby's room
DONE - - buy crib sheet
DONE - write thank you notes for gifts
DONE - set up pack n play
DONE - install carseat and
DONE - have carseat checked by police
DONE - wash baby bedding
DONE - pack hospital bag
DONE - buy toiletries
DONE - get baskets for diaper storage
DONE - buy diaper pail/trash can
DONE - buy nursing bra and pads
DONE - find pediatrician
DONE - choose birth announcements
DONE - organize hall closet
DONE - put labor music on mp3 player
DONE - track down labor tub
post #68 of 113
Thread Starter 
Yet another update. Okay my list is making my eyes hurt. I am going to delete everything I have finished.

To Do List


5. Make mama pads for postpartum Almost done
6. Get house decluttered (ha ha this is so not happening)



10. Find ring sling and pouch and wash Almost done

15. Pack a bag just in case of transfer Almost done
16. Find someone to watch kids during birth



21. Clean out car so I can rearrange car seats. (we will have 4 in boosters/seats)



25. Make kids to do basket for during birth in case they are awake
26. Buy remaining birth stuff:
Kids stuff

27. Wash all carseats and put in car
post #69 of 113
1.make a bunch of nb layetter with super-cute jersey I bought.Fabric has been cut, not sewn.
2. Finish dd's started quilt. need more fabric for front.
3. dh's other sock.started!
4. a new diaper bag for me
5. 7 more pocket dipes for nighttime only making one more of these!
6. 9 more VB AIO's, attach applix to all. have fabric ready to cut out hopefully tonight, after kids go to bed. *Have made 4 of the cut diapers.*
7. make 16 nb fitteds, if I find the time. made a baker's dozen, after throwing out a few "second quality" ones,lol.*plan to make 2 more*
8. make a few wool covers, sewn *wool covers, 2, are done!*
9. knit a few covers, one baby sweater size nb.made several, working on small size now no baby sweater yet



14. freeze big portions of meals partly done

16. organize craftplay/nursery room a bit morecompletely done!

18. Make 1 or 2 mei tei slings
19. make 2 ring slings with recently purchased fabric and rings.


22. call rental company about repairs
23. organize closets bought nessecary items to do this.
24. sell stuff partly done
25. finish gift for friends new baby
addding:
26. gather stuff for goodwillmostly done! got like 2 large trashbags full today.lol

28.order one more wetbag for diapers
29. paint hallway

31. organize shelving in bedroom-add bought curtains,a fter sewing/altering them to fit.
32. sew dress for dd.
33. repaint/organize bedroom halfway painted as of now! other half will get done tomorrow!
34. buy new Ektorp chair cover- move chair into bedroom.
35. write birth plan, and sign for dh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not to mention I keep doing other stuff not on my list!

Ok, I deleted my done stuff as well.

Today was sooooooooooooooooooooo productive. once I get started, I can't stop cleaning, apparently. I went from one project to the next....bam bam bam. I still feel the rush.lol

I cleaned out one closet completely, in our hallway. The other one will get cleaned out tomorrow or this week. I also organized like crazy and rearranged stuff today, with half my bedroom repainted.
post #70 of 113
Thread Starter 
We bought a carseat yesterday and I don't know why but that made it feel real. I don't know why. I mean there is a birth tub sitting in my living room is that not real enough.
post #71 of 113
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Originally Posted by AllisonK View Post
We bought a carseat yesterday and I don't know why but that made it feel real. I don't know why. I mean there is a birth tub sitting in my living room is that not real enough.
I feel the same way! We set up the pack and play yesterday next to the bed, and I said to my husband, "Oh my god, we're going to have a baby!!"
I think it's related to my idea of giving birth having little to nothing nothing to do with the idea of having a baby in the house.
post #72 of 113
- pack up and organize "catch all room" to make space for baby stuff Done!!! Now the room just needs to be scrubbed.
- figure out what to do with ds's clothes so I can use his dresser for
baby/changing stuff Done!! and the clothes are all organized in a new dresser!
- take out toys that ds has outgrown and put them in garage (aka storage) Done!
- find baby clothes and accessories in said storage
- wash and prep baby clothes, at least ones that can be unisex. Organize
the rest.
- wash and organize diapers
- do taxes
- finish my year end billing Done! and that means $ coming in
- gather home birth supplies got the list from mw
- get ds a new car seat
- wash and prep infant car seat
- get sling back from friend Done!
- get out co sleeper and set up
- move ds to dh's side of the bed
- plan and prep food for birth
- wash windows
- deep clean van
- get birthing videos and watch with ds picked up a video at the midwife's. just need to watch it.

: I am so freaking excited to have this room done. It took FOREVER. Turns out this will be the birthing room because it is the only room in the house where the birth tub can be so it became very important to have it all organized and decluttered. Now I only have to clean it, shouldn't take too long.

Whew, now that that monstrous chore is done I can move on to more exciting things like bringing down all the cute little baby clothes!

I have also been organizing and cleaning random parts of the house. Whatever is bugging me at the moment. The place is really coming together and I am hoping for a total clean and organized house by the time the little one arrives! Of course, I am going to concentrate on the things that NEED to be done before the birth first..........
post #73 of 113
1.make a bunch of nb layetter with super-cute jersey I bought.Fabric has been cut, not sewn.
2. Finish dd's started quilt. need more fabric for front.
3. dh's other sock.started!

5. 7 more pocket dipes for nighttime only making one more of these!
6. 9 more VB AIO's, attach applix to all. have fabric ready to cut out hopefully tonight, after kids go to bed. *Have made 4 of the cut diapers.*
7. make 16 nb fitteds, if I find the time. made a baker's dozen, after throwing out a few "second quality" ones,lol.*plan to make 2 more*




14. freeze big portions of meals partly done


18. Make 1 or 2 mei tei slings
19. make 2 ring slings with recently purchased fabric and rings.


22. call rental company about repairs

24. sell stuff partly done
25. finish gift for friends new baby
addding:


29. paint hallway

31. organize shelving in bedroom-add bought curtains,a fter sewing/altering them to fit.
32. sew dress for dd.
33. repaint/organize bedroom halfway painted as of now!
34. buy new Ektorp chair cover- move chair into bedroom.
35. write birth plan, and sign for dh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not to mention I keep doing other stuff not on my list!

Ok, I deleted my done stuff as well.

Today was sooooooooooooooooooooo productive. once I get started, I can't stop cleaning, apparently. I went from one project to the next....bam bam bam. I still feel the rush.lol

I cleaned out one closet completely, in our hallway. The other one will get cleaned out tomorrow or this week. I also organized like crazy and rearranged stuff today, with half my bedroom repainted.
post #74 of 113
Ok, I haven't done even half the stuff on my list and I'm not gonna! HA! Approaching 38 weeks on Thursday has made me prioritize things a little more realistically. The only things I REALLY want to have done before this baby is born are my belly cast and finish painting the dining room (which should get done tonight). Everything else can wait. I need to get my house clean and I know it's not going to happen if I'm obsessing about the mei tai that I need to serge or the liner for the baby basket that we'll probably never use anyway. I'm just so sick of being pregnant now that I'm debating investing in a pair of nipple clamps to wear under my clothes while I'm doing all this ridiculous nesting stuff. Stick a fork in me, I'M DONE!
post #75 of 113
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Originally Posted by ~ani~ View Post
-keep researching CDing (I want to try but it seems so complicated so far with such a big initial investment)
We decided to go with purchased CDs instead of a service or disposables. It's true the up front investment is daunting, but we calculated it would pay for itself in 3 months and if we have more kids it's all gravy.

Not sure where you are located (or if it matters) but we used Sunflower Babies to purchase them. Jen, the owner, was great and taught us everything about CDs. My DH was worried about the washing aspect, but she explained it was really no big deal. Just run through cycle on cold, run through cycle on hot with extra rinse, and throw in dryer. Simple. Now we haven't actually attempted to use these yet since the baby hasn't arrived, but it made fiscal and environmental sense.

We were able to purchase all organic diapers which was important to me (and they are sooo soft.)

I just finished pre-washing all today.

PM me if you want more info.
post #76 of 113
Ok, here is mine.

Clean house - super important b/c our house is a sty (I have been on bedrest for a month and hubby was raised by wolves (only dirty, dirty wolves.)

Assemble pack n play and bassinett

Finish washing baby stuff and put away

Get rest of baby stuff

Pack bag

Write birth plan

Take breastfeeding class

Install car seat

Make frozen meals

Get nursing bras

Finish hypnobabies course

Learn to use breast pump

Ummm- probably a ton more but my mind is shutting down just thinking about all left to do!!!

Good luck to all the other mamas trying to get it all done.
post #77 of 113
*sigh* Still doing stuff, still have more to do...

I painted one coat on the hallway today! And I painted a shelf for the baby's room, which my mother gave me. I need to touch it up tomorrow, and hopefully get DH to put it up (and put the Roman blind back up in the baby's room, too) before he leaves for his conference. He's decided to take his motorbike instead of carpooling with a friend, in case I go into labour.

Today DH went shopping and bought lots of ingredients, so while he's gone I'll make a bunch of food to freeze. We have 4 frozen meals so far, and I want 3 weeks' worth minimum. I have to make spinach and ricotta lasagne, devilled sausages, lentil and tomato lasagne, chicken soup and chicken casserole, at least.
post #78 of 113
It's good to see other painting mamas

I think all that all that nessecary stuff like buying nursing bras will just have to wait!lol

I guess I plan to use my maternity camisole bra tops until I lose the engorgement. I will mostly be at home during that time anyway/hopefully! Then when my weight drops down again I can buy stuff I will wear awhile, and use stuff I already have.


I guess as far as cooking goes, I am just trying to freeze portions of large things. And serve us one or two meals on the rest. Right now I have had beef stew in the crockpot overnight. I will freeze most of that. Whatever else I decide to make this week will end up in the freezer as well, hopefully. We alwasy have leftovers because my kids are so picky.


So today I plan to knock out another wall (painted, not literally knocked out!) in the bedroom, and move the rest of the stuff to paint the last wall. I need to make yet another trip to Home Depot to get a dinky little hook that will allow me to hang a light from a wall bracket. I think I know what I need.
We are out of veggies. We need to go food shopping. I have this nagging feeling that I need to get the rest of the diapers sewn NOW, so I am working on that today as well.

I need to get the carseat parts, new and old, put back on the seat, put in my car.

I also hope to get our front closet cleaned out, but I may have to wait until dh comes home. He has all his stuff in there. I have to finish reorganizing dh's closet because I took up space he was using for other stuff of his like computer equipment that needs to be out of reach. *SIGH* I guess I apparently created more of a mess there, so will have to work on a system that works for me to put his stuff away where he can find it!
post #79 of 113
I'm feeling like the end of my to-do list is in reach!!
I keep updating my original post, but I'm reposting it here, separating my "done"s and "to do"s.
  1. Purchase and assemble supplies for homebirth into one location. In progress.
  2. Wash Ergo and Ring Sling.
  3. Wash car seat cover.
  4. Sew Boppy slip cover.
  5. Sew DIAPERS!! (Okay, I was originally going to sew NB size dipes, but I've given up on that idea, and I'll either use sposies or buy a cheap system for NB's, and do my own sewing for size small.)
  6. Sew at least 1 pair of baby moc's.
  7. Clean out the fridge/freezer.
  8. Finalize plans for help with other children during the birth.
  9. Review Bradley Method techniques with DH.
  10. Pull out the co-sleeper and rearrange the bedroom to work with a baby.
  11. Finish up the maternity sewing, silly! Time's running out! (Honestly think I'm going to skip this at this point. Too much work for not enough reward.)
  1. Go through baby clothes, make sure there are enough 0-3 month pieces. Done!
  2. Clean out dresser drawers to make room for baby clothes. Done!
  3. Clean baby clothes and put them away. Done! Can't wait to dress baby!
  4. Sew baby blanket(s) with already purchased fabric. One blanket and matching toddler pillow done!
  5. Purchase Official Birth Kit. Done!!
  6. Sew pouch carrier. Done! Just have to see if it will fit after the baby is born, now
  7. Sew baby blanket(s) with already purchased fabric. One blanket and matching toddler pillow done!
  8. Pick a name for the baby. I think this might be done! DH and I both like Alexander Boden right now.
  9. Get the mattress OFF THE FLOOR!!!! Getting out of bed is getting too hard! Done! Whew!
  10. Clean the house, especially get the bedroom and master bathroom in ideal condition. Due date: 36 weeks. DONE!!!!!!
post #80 of 113
Okay, I did a fair amount of painting today. The hallway is done, minus the fiddly bits (cornices, door frames and so on), and I've finished one wall in the living room and done one coat on a few more walls.

I also made a huge bunch of chicken stock, and have a chicken casserole and chicken soup sort of half-made. I'll finish and freeze them tomorrow.

DH leaves tomorrow morning for his conference! I'm rather sad, but also kind of bizarrely excited to see how much I can get done before he returns. He has cautioned me sternly about overdoing it, and I do feel pretty rotten, so we'll see; but I'd like to at least have the living room, baby's room and hallway completely finished by his return, and hopefully all the baby's room stuff set up--bassinet in place, changing table/chest of drawers put somewhere and filled with clothes, shelf put up, etc. We'll see how that goes! I might make some more concrete goals tomorrow, with a big Aspergic list to get me motivated.
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