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#1 of 25 Old 08-07-2011, 06:22 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So, for me, I've got to:

-figure out how exactly to make some soothing mixture for postpartum soreness for Mama

-Clean, clean, clean and pack. Yup, that's right, Moving the last week of August. I'm guessing I can pack all of my non-maternity clothes and be safe without them the first three or so weeks post-partum. I can pack up my home-office stuff now, and most of my books and DVD's.

-Clean out the fridge and the stove.

-Spend about a day at the laundromat doing laundry and wash new baby clothes and co-sleeper sheets and blankets

-Get groceries and re-stock the post-partum frozen food supply.

-Continue to practice hypnobirthing

-Shampoo carpets

-Re-apply frontline to the cats, just in case

-Accept that we have cats, and Baby will be exposed to some cat hair. Yup, not a lot I can do.

-Get a storage tote for the Baby Bathroom stuff

-Get some fresh pineapple and EPO

-Gather hospital bag for me and DP (I did make one for the baby)

 

Hmmm, for as stressed out as I am feeling, this list does not seem to be doing it justice, so maybe I need to relax a little more!!!

 

What do you guys have still left on your to-do lists, I am probably forgetting something huge!!!

 

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I wouldn't worry too much about the cats and hair!  LOL!  That's how we roll in this household, too.

 

Good luck with moving!  That's, um, horrible!  I could not imagine, but you'll be in my thoughts!! 

 

I have to just install the carseat, pack my emergency transfer bag, and do one more load of wash of towels for the birth/baby clothes/nursing clothes...and... that's all.  I'm so ready.  Now I just need to go into labor and push this baby out!  I try to tidy up daily so that just in case things go down, I don't have to worry.  But now I'm thinking maybe if I let the cleaning slide, baby will come?  You know, murphys law?  LOL!

 


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Right?!

I also need to get the car seat installed!! I also need to install this mirror thing I got too. The very idea of a rear-facing baby in the back seat of my car gives me a panic attack!! I'm sure older siblings would be wonderful to have to constantly reassure me that the baby is breathing. I am happy to have the mirror, but still I feel like it won't be enough!!! But thanks for reminding me, the car seat, duh!! :)


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I also need to get the car seat installed!! I also need to install this mirror thing I got too. The very idea of a rear-facing baby in the back seat of my car gives me a panic attack!! I'm sure older siblings would be wonderful to have to constantly reassure me that the baby is breathing. I am happy to have the mirror, but still I feel like it won't be enough!!! But thanks for reminding me, the car seat, duh!! :)



Ha - there were times when DD was a newborn that even on a short drive I would reach back and jiggle her arm or something to make her cry just so I knew she was still alive back there.  LOL!  I'm sure I'll do the same with this one even with big sister back there.  The mirror does help tho.  Good call. thumb.gif


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I rode in the back seat for the first year with my DD. Seriously, an entire year. 

 

 

I've still got to:

  • go grocery shopping (today. For millions of tons of food because we're out of EVERYTHING)
  • boil/sanitize my pumping equipment (just in case I need it right away like I did with my DD)
  • buy giganto Kotex for the post-birth frozen packs

 

Otherwise, I am shocked to realize I might actually be ready. Ready? Ready!

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We need to get the carseat inspected to make sure it's installed correctly, pack the grownup labor bag (Charlie's has been ready, though if we're going to a hospital it needs a few more things, I think..), clean house, do laundry.. Do actual research into the difference in after care for C-section. Hm.

 

Also, I hate plastic diapers. If we end up doing a section, how long does the hospital stay tend to be? How many cloth diapers should I bring?


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Need to move damned computer desk to playroom...need to put up co-sleeper and get all baby clothes out of boxes into something more permanent...need to make birthing necklace!!! Need to get a wet bag...need to clean the house well enough to have someone ELSE shampoo the carpets...need to wash the dogs (bassett hound smells BAD)...need to get eldest son's crud out of my breezeway...need to order a stand for a cool baby cot someone gave me...need to clean my room...need to clean the bathrooms...need to get herbs for a postpartum mix...need to put the carseat in the car...need to pack my bag for birth center...need to OH MY GOD...I NEED TO DO EVERYTHING!!!!

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Things that absolutely HAVE to be done:

Install the baby's carseat
Finish packing my bag in case of emergency transfer
Caulk around the tub (removed the old caulking this morning)
Scrub the bathroom AGAIN
Figure out the best place to set the tripod to film the birth if I give birth in the tub
Get all the crap out of the middle of the kitchen floor.
Sew the zipper on the boppy cover
Make my postpartum sitz mix

Things that I would LIKE to do, but probably won't get done and can wait til after baby arrives:
Make the mobile to go over her cosleeper
find a small dresser for inside the closet
Wash up the clothes a coworker brought by for her.
Write Thank you notes for the gifts we've already been given

I know there is more.... this is just what I can think of at the moment.

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Thanks for the reminders, ladies. I almost forgot about the carseat too! And ditto on the cat hair... ever since we moved to our new place, the floors here just seem to make the cat hair swirl around more, instead of catching in the corners. I just swept yesterday, but you would never know! 

 

EB- In case you are interested, I just got some cheap-ish wet bags from Amazon with free shipping. Here's the small one I got for the diaper bag, and the large one I got for the pail.  My bathroom needs to be cleaned too, I HATE that job, but DH has been working so hard lately so he can take 2 weeks off after baby is born, so I guess I better do it myself (it's usually his job).  I think I still need to sit down and think of a real to-do list, because I know I'm forgetting some things.... maybe I'll put "make to-do list" on my to-do list, that way I have something to cross off right away and feel good about myself! 


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I have to:

 

  • wash all the newborn cloth diapers (his clothing is ready)
  • print my birth plan
  • finish packing bag for hospital (it already has the baby's stuff)
  • get a diaper bag or 2 (like the one Cat13 posted)
  • get a whogeewhatsis that I can hang in my bathtub and dry diapers on
  • stock up on food items
  • read more about newborn care
  • iron and re-hang curtains that I cleaned yesterday
  • take pix w/hubby and my big belly
  • do a general re-sweep/cleaning of our apartment
  • clean or replace mat by our front door

 

This was very helpful...!

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What are you guys putting in your emergency transfer bag?  I was thinking underwear, a nursing tank, clothes for the baby...??  What else might I want in the event of an emergency?  It's not like candles or an ipod is going to matter.  I'm just unsure what else I'll want/need.  Thoughts?


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Umm, is it bad that I just assumed dh would get the carseat of the box and install it when he comes home with the kids (at night to sleep) AFTER I have the baby? I really don't want to drive around with it in the car until I have to!
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Umm, is it bad that I just assumed dh would get the carseat of the box and install it when he comes home with the kids (at night to sleep) AFTER I have the baby? I really don't want to drive around with it in the car until I have to!


You or he might want to at least familiarize yourself with the installation process ahead of time.  There is nothing worse than struggling with a carseat after the baby is already here if you have to get somewhere.  Do you have an infant bucket or a convertible?  If it's a bucket, you can always just install the base and leave the seat in the house.  

If you do have to go to the hospital, it's better to have it already installed so there are no issues with leaving.  If it's already installed you won't have to be waiting there for him to figure it out.  

 


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You or he might want to at least familiarize yourself with the installation process ahead of time.  There is nothing worse than struggling with a carseat after the baby is already here if you have to get somewhere.  Do you have an infant bucket or a convertible?  If it's a bucket, you can always just install the base and leave the seat in the house.  

If you do have to go to the hospital, it's better to have it already installed so there are no issues with leaving.  If it's already installed you won't have to be waiting there for him to figure it out.  

 


It's an infant seat. He's an engineer so I usually just ignore stuff like that and let him take over and do his thing- I honestly doubt I'd EVER be able to properly install a seat lol! He's planning on coming home with the kids and sleeping at home, but I think you are right - it's probably a good idea to get the base installed!! Maybe I'll make him to that today, yanno since I'm 41 weeks tomorrow. EEK!
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It's an infant seat. He's an engineer so I usually just ignore stuff like that and let him take over and do his thing- I honestly doubt I'd EVER be able to properly install a seat lol! He's planning on coming home with the kids and sleeping at home, but I think you are right - it's probably a good idea to get the base installed!! Maybe I'll make him to that today, yanno since I'm 41 weeks tomorrow. EEK!

 

We were slow on that one, but the midwife said we should have it in AND use a doll to get the straps about right so we're not doing it after the birth. You've done this before, though, so you know better how you'll do :D
 

 


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What are you guys putting in your emergency transfer bag?  I was thinking underwear, a nursing tank, clothes for the baby...??  What else might I want in the event of an emergency?  It's not like candles or an ipod is going to matter.  I'm just unsure what else I'll want/need.  Thoughts?


I'm going very basic with my emergency bag-all I put was a nightgown, pair of pj pants w/ nursing tank, a pair of jean and a shirt, and some toiletries. I'm not even packing the baby's clothes- I figure if we do transfer DH will have to come back to the house at some point to walk the dogs and he can get the baby a few things then- however, if he tried to bring me things, I would end up with clothes that didn't fit, match, etc. I debated on packing a bag at all- but I figure its good to have one just in case and if it doesn't get used (hopefully), at least with the pjs and gown being packed I know they'll be clean for after birth and when I'm ready to get in the shower and cleaned up I can just tell DH to grab that bag for me rather than rummaging through the closet to find something clean to put on.

Also just thought of the cell charger- obviously you can't pack that now, but may be good to put it near the emergency bag when you start labor.

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If we end up doing a section, how long does the hospital stay tend to be? How many cloth diapers should I bring?


I had my c/s Tuesday afternoon, and was discharged Friday morning, but then I was an unplanned c/s. I'd think they'll probably want to keep you in at least 3 days and maybe 4. I just used the hospital provided throw away diapers while we were there and changed to cloth after we got back home.

 

I do hope Charlie still turns and you don't have to have the c/s, but honestly for me the recovery wasn't as bad as I expected. I was uncomfortable until the staples were removed, but after that it really wasn't too bad. I did make sure to spend a couple of weeks staying off my feet, and my only job was nursing DS. I didn't even change a diaper until he was a week old, as DH did all the diaper changes etc until he went back to work. I basically just camped out in our family room during the day and only went up/down stairs once every day to get to the bedroom.

 


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I'm going very basic with my emergency bag-all I put was a nightgown, pair of pj pants w/ nursing tank, a pair of jean and a shirt, and some toiletries. I'm not even packing the baby's clothes- I figure if we do transfer DH will have to come back to the house at some point to walk the dogs and he can get the baby a few things then- however, if he tried to bring me things, I would end up with clothes that didn't fit, match, etc. 

Oh goodness, good point about DH not even knowing what to bring for me.  I agree.  Ok, so a quick outfit for me (maybe 2), I'm going to throw in an outfit for the baby, nursing tank/jammies, toiletries.  Also, maybe a camera?  Good thinking on the cell chargers.


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I had my c/s Tuesday afternoon, and was discharged Friday morning, but then I was an unplanned c/s. I'd think they'll probably want to keep you in at least 3 days and maybe 4. I just used the hospital provided throw away diapers while we were there and changed to cloth after we got back home.

 

I do hope Charlie still turns and you don't have to have the c/s, but honestly for me the recovery wasn't as bad as I expected. I was uncomfortable until the staples were removed, but after that it really wasn't too bad. I did make sure to spend a couple of weeks staying off my feet, and my only job was nursing DS. I didn't even change a diaper until he was a week old, as DH did all the diaper changes etc until he went back to work. I basically just camped out in our family room during the day and only went up/down stairs once every day to get to the bedroom.

 

Hm. That was my plan, but Dusty thought we should bring cloth ;)

I didn't think they'd keep me that many days, though! Thank you! Mine will be a non-emergency section, so I'm not sure if that'll change things time-wise.

 

The thing I read said to start talking a bit every day from the start to aid in healing. I am far more likely to be the park in the living room type, though. :D

 

Thank you, Lynann :)
 

 


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So, for me, I've got to:

-figure out how exactly to make some soothing mixture for postpartum soreness for Mama


The recipe featured on this page is the sitz recipe that I made for myself.  You can split that mixture into enough for either 3 baths, or 3 sitz solutions.  I personally preferred a spray solution to a bath with DS.  So nice when you go pee!!  With my previous pregnancy, I took the sitz herbs and steeped them in a gallon and a half of boiling water for an hour (taken off the heat once it gets to boiling, you don't want to boil the herbs for an hour).  You can either sew up some quick muslin bags to put the herbal mixture in (what I did), or you can just mix the herbs loose and then pour through some cheese cloth in a strainer.  Store the sitz mixture in the fridge, and just keep putting more in a peri bottle to spray your lady bits with.  Feels great, helps you to pee, mitigates stinging when you do, etc.

 


 

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Also, I hate plastic diapers. If we end up doing a section, how long does the hospital stay tend to be? How many cloth diapers should I bring?


If you can live with the plastic diapers for at least the first few days, until all the meconium has worked its way out, you'll be happier.  The breastfed poop comes right out, no problemo, but that meconium is some serious stainy, sticky business.  With DS, I think we went through about 15 diapers per 24 hour period.  But really, if you can stand the 'sposies until the poop goes from black to green, you'll save yourself some frustrating laundry.

 



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What are you guys putting in your emergency transfer bag?  I was thinking underwear, a nursing tank, clothes for the baby...??  What else might I want in the event of an emergency?  It's not like candles or an ipod is going to matter.  I'm just unsure what else I'll want/need.  Thoughts?


In your emergency bag, have your emergency folder!!  I'm not actually packing a bag, as there's nothing I would need right away, but emergency paperwork is important!  Current insurance information, basic medical information (medical allergies, recent history, blood type/Rh+-, GBS neg/pos status), as well as several copies of an emergency cesarean birth plan would be good.  I realize in an emergency there's only so much they can cater to, but it's good to to have something that says, "no Hep B, no artificial nipples, don't retract the foreskin, skin to skin ASAP," etc.

 

 

AFM:

 

-finish a couple of last minute sewing projects (one more blanket to serge, and then a belly wrap to cut and serge)

-mix up my postpartum teas (general postpartum, and also a depression/mood tea).  Got the herbs on Saturday, so I'll probably try to get to this tonight I think.

-make up a lavender rice pack for heating

-bottle up some tinctures that should be finished brewing next week

-take apart and clean my breast pump and all the accessories

-make up a birthing music playlist

-print out some misc. paperwork (labels for the midwives, emergency transfer plan)

-write up and mail some thank you notes

 

That's pretty much it at this point.


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Thanks for the reminders, ladies. I almost forgot about the carseat too! And ditto on the cat hair... ever since we moved to our new place, the floors here just seem to make the cat hair swirl around more, instead of catching in the corners. I just swept yesterday, but you would never know! 

 

EB- In case you are interested, I just got some cheap-ish wet bags from Amazon with free shipping. Here's the small one I got for the diaper bag, and the large one I got for the pail.  My bathroom needs to be cleaned too, I HATE that job, but DH has been working so hard lately so he can take 2 weeks off after baby is born, so I guess I better do it myself (it's usually his job).  I think I still need to sit down and think of a real to-do list, because I know I'm forgetting some things.... maybe I'll put "make to-do list" on my to-do list, that way I have something to cross off right away and feel good about myself! 

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The recipe featured on this page is the sitz recipe that I made for myself.  You can split that mixture into enough for either 3 baths, or 3 sitz solutions.  I personally preferred a spray solution to a bath with DS.  So nice when you go pee!!  With my previous pregnancy, I took the sitz herbs and steeped them in a gallon and a half of boiling water for an hour (taken off the heat once it gets to boiling, you don't want to boil the herbs for an hour).  You can either sew up some quick muslin bags to put the herbal mixture in (what I did), or you can just mix the herbs loose and then pour through some cheese cloth in a strainer.  Store the sitz mixture in the fridge, and just keep putting more in a peri bottle to spray your lady bits with.  Feels great, helps you to pee, mitigates stinging when you do, etc.

 


 


If you can live with the plastic diapers for at least the first few days, until all the meconium has worked its way out, you'll be happier.  The breastfed poop comes right out, no problemo, but that meconium is some serious stainy, sticky business.  With DS, I think we went through about 15 diapers per 24 hour period.  But really, if you can stand the 'sposies until the poop goes from black to green, you'll save yourself some frustrating laundry.

 




In your emergency bag, have your emergency folder!!  I'm not actually packing a bag, as there's nothing I would need right away, but emergency paperwork is important!  Current insurance information, basic medical information (medical allergies, recent history, blood type/Rh+-, GBS neg/pos status), as well as several copies of an emergency cesarean birth plan would be good.  I realize in an emergency there's only so much they can cater to, but it's good to to have something that says, "no Hep B, no artificial nipples, don't retract the foreskin, skin to skin ASAP," etc.

 

 

AFM:

 

-finish a couple of last minute sewing projects (one more blanket to serge, and then a belly wrap to cut and serge)

-mix up my postpartum teas (general postpartum, and also a depression/mood tea).  Got the herbs on Saturday, so I'll probably try to get to this tonight I think.

-make up a lavender rice pack for heating

-bottle up some tinctures that should be finished brewing next week

-take apart and clean my breast pump and all the accessories

-make up a birthing music playlist

-print out some misc. paperwork (labels for the midwives, emergency transfer plan)

-write up and mail some thank you notes

 

That's pretty much it at this point.

Thanks for the recipe!


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We need to get the carseat inspected to make sure it's installed correctly, pack the grownup labor bag (Charlie's has been ready, though if we're going to a hospital it needs a few more things, I think..), clean house, do laundry.. Do actual research into the difference in after care for C-section. Hm.

 

Also, I hate plastic diapers. If we end up doing a section, how long does the hospital stay tend to be? How many cloth diapers should I bring?


With my first c-section I was in hospital for 5 night...that's longer than usual. I wasn't walking enough and I became distended. My abdomen still looked full-term. So with my second c-section I made sure that the pain medication didn't wear off, so I could get up and walk with being in very little pain. For that one I was in for 3 nights.
Ask at the hospital if they provide diapers for the length of the stay, because a lot of them don't anymore.
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Good thread, hope it helps me to get my exhausted butt in gear.
-clean carseat & find base
-finish packing hospital bag
-decide on a doula, met one today, but would like one with VBAC experience
-work on getting baby to move back to head down position, 3 more weeks until EDD
-find my Ina May book & reread, forget the title though
-finish canning
-school clothes shopping for 3 kids
-clean our bedroom...co-sleeper or not, can't decide...2yo isn't moving out yet
-clean fridge
-birth plan, yeah it would be good to put that on paper
-maternity photo shoot tomorrow...yay!
-do a maternity photo shoot for a friend

Oh so much to do!!!!!!
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With my first c-section I was in hospital for 5 night...that's longer than usual. I wasn't walking enough and I became distended. My abdomen still looked full-term. So with my second c-section I made sure that the pain medication didn't wear off, so I could get up and walk with being in very little pain. For that one I was in for 3 nights.
Ask at the hospital if they provide diapers for the length of the stay, because a lot of them don't anymore.
Italiamom, thanks for the recipe link.


OH! That's very good to know. I will be sure to ask. If it's more than a night, I'm not going to store up dirty cloth ones. He'll deal ;)

 


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OH! That's very good to know. I will be sure to ask. If it's more than a night, I'm not going to store up dirty cloth ones. He'll deal ;)

 

For a c/s it will definitely be more than a night. I think if things are going well its typically 3 nights.

 

The walking around after at the hospital is important to help get rid of the air inside you. It is a bit uncomfortable at first but by the second day I found it much easier. Once I got home is when I started to rest up for those first few weeks. You have to give the scar time to heal.

 

I love how positive you are about this last minute change of plan, but hopefully Charlie will turn so you don't have to deal with surgery.
 

 


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