I had DH drag out my big boxes of baby girl clothes and I'm sorting to see what I have. Once I figure out what I have I'll wash everythng and stack it in the closet in the nursery/office. I have some all my newborn diapers and one sling. I know I need nursing bras and a few more slings.
Has anyone else set up the nursery yet? We're just setting up the changing table and crib (for naps) in the office so I think I'm going to hold off on those for awhile. I still have 10 weeks!
I've also been decluttering but that's more of a general housekeeping thing.
Anyway, I was just wondering how far ahead you're getting things ready!
Suz, mommy to 2 chess-playing, lightsaber-wielding boys
You're so good, Stacey. I've done nada. Just too tired all the time. My secret wish is that I'll come home from the birthing center with everything ready, and absolutely so effort on my part. Where's my friggin fairy godmother when I need her??
The spirit is willing over here, but the flesh is weak. I really want to get stuff ready, but it seems to be about all I can do just to stay on top of my workload and take care of the house. And now my nanny has given notice, and my car got broken into yesterday so now I have to add nanny interviews and replacing the car window to this week's tasks. Oy. At least nothing was taken out of the car. Of course, that is because I keep nothing of value in the car, after having my car vandalized three or four times...
So, to get back on topic, about all I have done is washed and put away some baby clothes. This weekend is dd's birthday party, but next weekend dh will paint Ellen's room, and the weekend after that we are going to IKEA to buy a dresser for her room, so then I can really start nesting in there!
I am in the process of scrubbing every used piece of baby gear, washing clothes, slings and anything that can be thrown in the washer incl fabric toys and all...
I figure I really need to get things done before my energy is leaving me, I don't want to hassle with all this when I'm huge. With my last two it was much easier, I could really wait til the end because there was so much less to do. This time I have more things on my list that require lifting, painting, moving things between 3 stories and all that. So what I am saving to be done around beg of October will be stacking the freezer, packing the hospital bag and preparing announcements, Xmas Cards... The easy stuff, yk?
I also think I should take advantage of every little nesting attack I get, cause usually after being active for 2 days my energy is 0 for a week or so and I am glad if I can keep my house clean Let's just say dh was severely ticked yesterday when I made him crawl around in the attic (only about 120F up there with 200% humidity ) to find a suitcase w baby clothes that I NEEDED to wash last night. I made him take the same suitcase up the attic about 3 wks ago : ..... Now let's just see what he has to say tonight when I make him go back up to get the rest of the things :
Guys just don't understand the hormone thing!
And I dragged the baby clothes out but they're sitting in a huge box in the office. I'm trying to go through them to see what I need soon since DD and this baby will be born during different seasons so a lot of the clothing won't match up. I know I have NOTHING for winter in 3-6 months. My mom also said for me to make her a list of what I need for the baby so that's MAJOR motivation right there!!
I really do want to get things prepped soon though. I'm going to do everything but set up the crib, bassinet and changing table ASAP. We homeschool and have got to get our days in so I need to be somewhat prepared soon!
10 weeks seems like a long time but two people told me at the gym today how close I was! It kinda freaked me out! I've also been on bedrest/semi-bedrest with both my other DC's for the last 2-3 weeks of my pregnancy for blood pressure issues. So I'm trying to have EVERYTHING done before then!
Okay, I probably need to buy a package of weleda diaper creme too.
Muah ha ha.
OT: Annabelle is currently attempting to take our weenie dog Skippy's blood pressure using DH's car cell charger....... ......cutest kid ever.
I'm actually looking forward to the little one being born so I can have my body back and start my diet more than anything. I'm so sick of being big and exhausted and big (did I mention big?) all the time.
I borrowed a friend's snuggle-rest for the baby to sleep in and I think I'll borrow a moses basket.
I do need another single futon for the girl's room. I think that if DD1 has trouble sleeping through the baby's night wakings she'll end up in her room and DH might just end up on the floor next to her. I hate to imagine his back the next morning if he tried to curl up with her on a single bed.
And it would be kind of nice if I could get x-mas presents squared away. I doubt I'll be shopping much for a while after DD2 arrives.
My mom is supposed to be making us curtains, but no rush as baby will really be in our room. I was going to get a co-sleeper but friends are going to lend us a bassinet that the side comes down on like a co-sleeper anyway, so we'll see how that goes.
I need to dig out the baby toys and wash them, figure out where the heck we're going to put the computer desk, get supplies for me...There's time, right?
Anyway, I've gone through the bags of hand-me-downs from my aunt and switched the front room and bedroom around. I figure we'll side-car the crib the beginning of October, turn the car seat around the first time we need to go somewhere and get diapers at some point in October My friend wants to throw me a shower and I gave her the idea of a neccesity shower I have gotten so many clothes from my aunt, so I'm good there.
I'm not doing any diaper shopping yet b/c I'm hoping to get all of that for my shower
Dh and I started organizing the house but, we've taken a break. We need to repaint baby's bathroom and organize the basement as well as the office.
I haven't cooked at all yet, DH assures me he'll do all the cooking ( he is a good cook) but I still think I'll do some so he csn spend more time with us.
I said to DH yesterday that we have to start cleaning out the baby's room and gradually start setting it up.
The baby isn't going to sleep there straight away but I really want to set up her room because once she arrives we won't have time between a toddler and a newborn/infant.
The very biggest thing I have to do now is just get the house ready! I totally agree - it's a lot less worrisome if you're heading to the hospital, but there's NO WAY I'm doing that! I need to make a loooong list of what all needs to get done and tackle it at every opportunity. I'm with the other mamas who have a burst of energy and then NONE for a while. So it's frustrating, but hopefully more will be forthcoming!
My MW comes again on Thursday and hopefully I can ask her about birth supplies then. I don't remember what all we need and want, most of all, to be prepared for the birth. I still need to make a final decision on a labor/birth pool, too.
And the list grows....
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
I still feel like I need to:
finish sewing my burp clothes
sew as many size medium diapers as I can (did nb and s already)
sew DD's Halloween costume- not exactly baby but needs to be done
straighten up the house a ton
stock up the pantry
I guess thats about it..... wow I really don't have that much to do anyway. I am so glad nesting took hold so early. My pelvic bones are killing me- so I can not do to much at a time anymore.
Good luck with nesting and getting everything done!
The next project is painting our bedroom. And I have not started washing any baby clothes or diapers yet. Still waiting for my diaper starter stash that I ordered and the babyhawk. Will buy the nursing bras etc. when my milk comes in.
Other than that, I need to clean all the carpets in this house. We moved in in May and they are pretty bad.
I have almost all the diapers ready. I'm still waiting on some secondhand M Fuzzi Bunz to finish out my stash. My girl gained weight so fast that we literally went from NB/S dipes to Larges, skipping the Mediums, so I had to flesh things out a bit there.
I have her leftover clothes and a bunch of boy clothes a friend gave me, so we're covered whatever the gender. And I have a friend that's due shortly after I am that knows she's having a boy, so if this ends up being another girl then I'll just pass the boy stuff over to her.
All the boy stuff is washed and ready, but I need to find the bin with the girl stuff and get it freshened up. All the 0-6 month stuff in both collections is pretty gender-neutral, though. yay!
We need to set up the crib sidecar-style in our room yet, and get the carseats put in our cars. I don't think there's much else that I've got to do.... but I do think I will start in on stocking the freezer soon - that's an awesome idea!
I am actually most concerned at this point with setting up a postpartum support system to deal with having a 3 year-old and a newborn; try to fend off any question of postpartum depression! Has anyone else formalized that sort of thing- hired a PP doula or ensured that parents or friends can be around to help? I am lucky in that my dh is a professor and can take more time to be at home than many partners..... just curious!
I had severe ppd after my second so I'm doing everything possible to prevent it this time around. Currently I am in therapy being watched for it and taking fish oil.
I've also set up labor help. My mom will be here to video (she's really good at videoing things that need to be video'ed) my dad will be taking the boys. The older one to school and playing with the younger one. So yes, I wanted to make sure this kind of stuff was taken care of so I wouldn't have to question what was going on.
I actually just took my daughter OUT of preschool even, so I'll have both full-time. We're using these last couple of months to get into a good groove, so hopefully we'll just be able to integrate the baby into an already existing home system. I think it'll work out OK, as I'm pretty laid-back and don't mind when plans have to be modified on the fly. ;D
That being said, I am a bit nervous about going from 2 to 3. Mine are a tad older now (3 1/2 and 6) and it's been awhile since we've been in that "baby stage". Adding another one should be interesting.. :
I have a bunch of hand-me down clothes (I wish toddler clothes came by so easily!!!)
There are some toys but really what does a new baby need to "play" with, that doesn't seem to be a real priority in my book.
I want a new car seat but I have a baby car seat so if we don't get the extra money for a new one it isn't the end of the world....
I have some dipes, maybe not enough for a complete supply....
I am attempting to order a mei tai from a local SAHM, hopefully she can make it, otherwise I will just order one from the internet, not much effort for that.
I decluttered once, the only other thing that NEEDS decluttering is the Florida room which is really dp's territory, nagging is not making him move any faster... he needs some NESTING instincts!!!
I have a little swing in case this baby likes that type of thing and I have a bouncer seat for those moments when I can't have another human attached to my body.
What am I forgetting here? It seems I don't need anything or need to do anything.... BUT I really haven't DONE anything!