Okay, I confess - I am an obsessive planner. So here are my plans that I came up with yesterday for getting ready for baby and nesting in general.
During the first trimester, I'm going to finish up projects I already have planned for the house in general. I knit a curtain valence for one window in my kitchen - I need to knit another one for the other window. I have fabric to make two twin size quilts for the beds we are supposed to be getting from my parents (the set I had when I was a kid). Then I also have fabric to make a quilt for our bed and I want to make or buy some new curtains for the windows in our bedroom. I have a sweater half-knit for myself that I want to finish as well. I'm giving myself until about the end of April to get all this done.
Then during the second trimester, I will be knitting baby things. I will start knitting with the yarn I already have leftover from items I have made ds. I have made a list of what I want...from diaper covers to sweaters and hats...and I will be knitting stuff for 0-3 months (small) as well as 3-6 months (medium). DS doubled his weight in two months, and with a newborn, I don't know that I'll have time to get the yarn and knit an entire 3-6 month wardrobe. If I already have it half done in gender-neutral colors, I should have time after the baby is born to finish it up in gender-specific colors. As for diapers, I already have some yummy sherpa I will use to make a few fitted diapers for Dh and babysitters, and then I'll make some smaller flats to use myself. And baby quilts - I want to make at least a couple baby quilts. I haven't found the patterns or fabric I like yet, but I'm shopping for it. I want a crib quilt (45x60) and a smaller quilt (30x40) as well as a lap quilt for the car (20x20). So I'll be doing all this in May, June and July.
And finally, the third trimester, it's back to knitting for myself. I want to make striped knitted stockings for everyone in my family for Christmas, and I also want to make linen dishcloths to use as gifts as well. I want to make some new socks for myself (which I already have yarn for). The stockings should be fairly mindless (good early labor project) and the dish cloths and socks should be more interesting. If I have enough things lined up, I can worry about getting them all done instead of pining away for the baby to come. See my strategy?
Since this is our second, there really isn't much more to do. I'll have to buy another car seat, and I may pick up a few infant clothes at garage sales this summer since there were spit-up stains all over ds's and I got rid of them. But other than that, we have what we need, and I am sure we will probably get some gifts as well. So that's really all there is to do.
Anyone else have silly plans like this?
Tana, wife to Steve (5/02), mom to Ben (7/03), Joey (10/06) and Caroline (9/09)