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#1 of 49 Old 06-04-2008, 01:57 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Yep I will be 32wks tomorrow! It is kind of shocking! Just 4 more wks until I am "OKed" for the HB. CRAZY. I am doing great getting all the baby stuff ready but I really need to concentrate on some of the other things that I really NEED/WANT to do before the babe comes like...

***NEED***
1. Backup my Dad's computer. (THIS is a need! He died in Jan 2005 and the computer has EVERYTHING that he has written, plus tons of pictures from the last 7+yrs of his life on it. I should have done it already but some how it got missed with all the craziness. )
2. Hire a contractor to do work on my mom's Inlaw home which is also on our property. It needs some major TLC and I want to get it moving so I don't have to worry about it when the baby comes. Not to mention I feel bad that she has to live in a home with boxes showing everywhere since she had not even one closet in the whole house.
3. Hire people to do work on our home: Chimney, driveway, gutters
4. Power of Attorney in case of hospital emergency,

***WANT***
1. Finish my DD's 6mth-2.5yr album. I know if I don't do it before the next babe comes it will NEVER get done.
2. My wedding album . I have been married for 6yrs and still it is not done.
3. Sew/Knit baby items. Sew baby wipes, towel, my DD a play sling and finish knitting my DD her baby doll (she has already named it so I really NEED to get it done)
4. Random Birth/baby things: Post Birth frozen meals, Emergency Transfer Plan
5. A Fresh operating system/program install on my laptop.

What's everyone else's list look like?



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NEED
Clean the house, in general. It's a mess, and we need a better system!
Get the fridge fixed It's leaky!
trade in our car 2 door coupe that we bought just before concieving our first. Carseat really doesn't fit in there well.
Intstall carseat first we need to get a new car!
Pay the midwife! She's getting our entire stimulus check, which we're expecting next month.

WANT
get some rugs our house has bare floors
buy a few more baby itemswe have everything we NEED, but there are still a few things I think would come in handy.

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Hmmmm... This is my 3rd child so I really have nothing to do or get done. Thank goodness! I have everything the new baby will need and so far we are nice and settles in!

 

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Need:
Clean my room (why do I feel like a teenager writing that?)
Install carseat

That's about it. I'd really like it if ds completely potty learns but that's not up to me We are getting close though! Only using diapers for overnight and going out of the house. I think we might start taking short trips with underwear on and see how it goes. I'll need to find that fold up potty chair I used with dd though.

Oh, and I'd like to shampoo the carpets.

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To Do
Finish Ryan's baby album
Do something with my wedding pictures
Bring up baby clothes and sort into sizes 0 -3, 3- 6
Remove garage shelves so I can get to other side of the van with baby in carseat
Donate all items not sold at our garage sale this weekend
Have my house cleaned before the birth (yes cleaned, meaning I am NOT cleaning it )

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I probably have more left to do than most people...

NEED:
Finish buying misc baby items (car seats, breast pump, bottles, boppy, diapers, bassinet, bath stuff, etc.)

Have contractors finish major work on house that affects safety and basic function (this is underway--they're actually here now--hopefully will be done in the next couple weeks)

Buy DH a new car (one that will fit two adults, a baby, and 2 big dogs), get rid of rapidly deteriorating old one

Have baby's furniture delivered, put together

sew baby's bedding and other misc. items (I'm picky and couldn't find anything I liked for a reasonable price in the stores, so I bought fabric...)

Finish various little painting and light construction jobs around the house

clean the house! (it's messy after all the remodeling)

WANT:
Decorate baby's room

Buy various new furniture items (e.g. new master bedroom set, foyer storage)

Hire contractors to make non-urgent repairs to house (it's an old house, lots to be done!)

Finish various knitting projects for baby, start sewing projects

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I'm 32 weeks also, and I am almost done here are my last minute things to do.

Buy Car Seat

Get last few bits of home birthing supplies (towels, pool thermometer)

When pool gets here (on order) test it out, make sure everything works good.

Tile Floors - this is hubbies want, I am ok after baby, but he wants before baby.

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We need to:

Buy and install a carseat.

Finish the baby's closet. We totally redid the trim and doors in the entire room and need to install a closet organization system.

Buy a co-sleeper mattress wrap.

Get a baby first aid kit together before she comes home.

The list is actually longer, but this is the big stuff.
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I am afraid to type out my list (and these are all needs), but here goes:

-drywall the upstairs (dh and his crew of suckers getting tattooed for free). At least to the point of having everything hung, taped, and sanded. Otherwise we have no where to put all the baby stuffs. Our bedroom is teeny tiny.

-Bring all baby stuff down from storage room. Sort through it, give away girlie stuff, wash everything we're keeping.

-install car seat base

-clean our bedroom so my mom doesn't feel the need to do it again like when DD was born

-deep clean the rest of the house

-cook/freeze some meals

-the list goes on and on
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Need

I guess in reality not too much...maybe a few hb supplies that I used with ds birth but that shouldn't take long.

Now as far as Want goes...

1. Finish the tile in the house
2. Finish the other flooring in the house
3. install all cabinets in the house
4. Finish installing the bathroom fixtures, including showers, bathtubs, toilets.
4. Buy some new furniture to fit in the new house.
5. Clean the new house and get occupancy permit.
6. install trim and countertops in the house.
7. Clean our existing house and GET IT SOLD!
8. Okay you get the drift we are tying to get a house finished and our current house sold. We are building it ourselves so ??? But if we don't, I can always have the baby here and we don't REALLY need much for that.

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I'm in hiding from my to-do list. I did a whole lot in April and May, then went on vacation and put everything else on the list on hold until after the baby showers this month. But I'm going through this thing right now where I would really like to sell off everything we own, and so I'm having this anxiety about accumulating the crap that people are going to give us (I mean including the crap I asked for.) I don't know if this is pregnancy-induced but I guess I am just extra sensitive about consumer guilt at the moment? What if after we get all those presents we don't want them anymore??

But to answer the actual question, I need to just keep cleaning. That I can do. Cooking would also be productive but I have no definite plans for that yet.

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But I'm going through this thing right now where I would really like to sell off everything we own, and so I'm having this anxiety about accumulating the crap that people are going to give us (I mean including the crap I asked for.) I don't know if this is pregnancy-induced but I guess I am just extra sensitive about consumer guilt at the moment? What if after we get all those presents we don't want them anymore??
I totally understand this! I'm trying to pare down and prepare for the new baby at the same time - very conflicting. Just remember, you can return stuff you don't want for store credit!
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NEED TO DO:

Buy Breast Pump, milk storage bags, and nursing bras
Buy baby first aid supplies and diapers
Buy and get DH to set up pack n' play bassinet
Install Carseat

WANT TO DO:

Get new diaper bag
Get some nursing pjs and tops
Treat myself to a Mommy Spa Day - hair, nails, massage
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I have to keep amending my list because it keeps getting pushed back farhter and farther...I really have unrealistic ideas of how long it takes me to accomplish things.

Off the top of my head, though, here are a few things I still need to get done:

TO BUY:
-Birth pool and a few other birth supplies
-New carseats for DS1 and new babe
-A few misc. newborn things, like socks
-Breastmilk storage bottles

TO DO:
-Rearrange bedroom in case I decide I want birth pool in there
-Rearrange living room (same reason)
-Clean bathroom thoroughly
-Make and freeze meals for 2-3 weeks
-Sew a matching MT/diaper bag combo
-Sew OS diapers
-Sew more wipes
-Lanolize NB/sm wool (I might make this a labor project)
-Do one last purge of all the random unwanted junk in our house
-Make birth board

I'm sure there is more, but that's all I can think of at the moment. There will be some last-minute stuff too, like a full-house clean, and buying snacks for during labor.
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so far behind it's crazy.

we have some "heavy lifting" to do in this house--another purge and no time in which to do it, plus my husband wants to finish his project before august which means that we really dont' have a lot of time for it at all!

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Need to do

Paint boys room, move in bunk bed(need to buy), and move big dresser sitting in my front room in there

Empty DHs office room so it becomes boys playroom- move toys in there

Paint Baby's room and move her stuff in there

Homebirth supplies

Finish lesson plans for the time that I will be out.
Want to do

Finish fitted diapers

Start baby book
make Scrapbook for Dylan from Kindergarten

I'm sure there is more but the moving around is the big thing. We really have everything we need for her.

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It is so nice to see that everyone is basically in the same boat with TONS of stuff still to do. Even major construction projects like we have also. It helps to know I am not alone

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TO DO:
-Rearrange bedroom in case I decide I want birth pool in there
-Rearrange living room (same reason)
-Clean bathroom thoroughly
-Make and freeze meals for 2-3 weeks
-Sew a matching MT/diaper bag combo
-Sew OS diapers
-Sew more wipes
-Lanolize NB/sm wool (I might make this a labor project)
-Do one last purge of all the random unwanted junk in our house
-Make birth board

I'm sure there is more, but that's all I can think of at the moment. There will be some last-minute stuff too, like a full-house clean, and buying snacks for during labor.
Whats a birth board ?

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Need:
Go grocery shopping and buying stuff to actually cook in my house. I have never cooked in this apartment and I have lived here for a year. Remember, I was the ultimate single girl before getting prego. LOL

Order the crib and dresser. DP was supposed to do this last month and has not done it all!I'm getting pissed and want to do it myself but I'm trying to let him be a father and take care of it. He's so busy talking about buying this kid a car at 16 that nothing else matters. whatever...

Decide on a middle name.

Decide if I'm going to stay in my apartment or move. This is dependent on how much my rent goes up next month.

Go get a massage or body scrub before the baby gets here.

Pack my hospital bag

Want
Pay my bills for at least two months so I can put my money in savings and extend my maternity leave

Remembe to close one of my checking accounts and open a new savings account

Talk to DP about how we'll handle maternity and paternity leave. I'll get paid for 6wks with a vaginally delivery and 8 with a C-section, I want to stay out of work for at least 10 weeks and need to know how if he'll help me stay out of work for an extra month by helping with bills.

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To do list??? CRAP!!!

Okay...

My to do list is to make a to do list.
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I probably have more left to do than most people...
HA! Take a gander at my to-do list:


Around the House
Find location/space for toys/furniture – hang rest on porchDONE
Clean out closets - DONE
Take stuff to Goodwill
Start getting stuff ready for yard saleDONE
Wash windows
Get James to build me some shelves in the bathroom!!!DONE
Rent carpet/upholstery cleaner to do carpets and couchDONE
Have Mom get painter to paint trim and ceilings DONE
Deep Clean and Declutter:
Bathroom
Living Room
Kitchen
Dining Room/Office
Bedroom
ALL DONE
Purge all unnecessary things from kitchen, bathroom, and closetsDONE
Tackle storage unit – dump/yard sale/ and freecycle
Wash bed blankets DONE
Move crib to my side of the bed/Change nightstands/find new home for booksDONE
Hang blinds in last window in bedroomDONE
Make curtain for living roomDONE
Stock up pantry with staples so we don’t have to make extra trip to the store
Wash baby clothes/diapers as I get them
Work on garden/Weed/plant seedlings/Turn compost into 3rd binDONE
Finish garden fence/3rd compost binDONE
Take junk to dump/bottles to redemption/recycling to transfer station

Before Birth
Write Emergency hospital birth plansDONE
Start birth classesDONE
Make a labor play list
Start Stocking the freezer – make plenty of breakfast meals/breads
Pack birth center bag/hospital bagDONE
Start Hypnobabies cdsDONE
Start going to LLL meetingsDONE
Install Car Seat

Medical Stuff
Find a Pediatrician who’s accepting of our choices
Buy oral Vit K for after birth/Talk to midwife about itDONE
Get/make emergency Birth Supply Kit for houseDONE
Tour Augusta hospitalDONE
Tour Bridgeton hospitalDONE
Teach James how to do perineal massageDONE
Attend breastfeeding class?

Crafting
Make salves/wipe solution for baby
Make herbs and tinctures for labor/birth/ post partum
Get mama cloth pads or make them myself
Buy or find thank you notes for baby shower/mother’s blessing/random giftsDONE
Finish quilt and put on batting and backing
Make more baby clothes
Make ring sling – see website
Make nursing bras – see website
Make strawberry cordial for inducing labor/celebrating after!DONE
Make diaper wipes from towelsDONE
Make my own boppy – see website

Misc. Stuff
Call Jane about next visit to Birth HouseDONE
Make list of what I still need for baby/me/postpartum stuffDONE
Get diapers/covers from Maine Cloth Diaper Co./Return DVD/Give her salve
Continue looking at garage sales/Goodwill for playpen
Create registry online for baby stuff DONE
Make separate list for what Mom needs in her apartment for babyDONE
Get Professional Pregnancy Photos? Take some if not
Make phone tree list for after the birthDONE
Figure out who’s driving to birth center logisticsDONE

Research/Books/Videos
Look into getting the HypnoBabies cdsDONE
Watch babywearing DVDDONE
Read the books I have
Research breastfeeding/cdingDONE
Research and buy herbs
Figure out what to make for diaper wipe solutionDONE
Actually do prenatal yoga videoDONE


This list is color-coded at home so DH can tell what he can do without me, as well as which month to do it in.

Yeah, I'm not a Virgo or anything

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HA! Take a gander at my to-do list:
Hey, you cheated by including completed items! And actually, if I listed things out in that much detail, I'd truly scare myself into paralysis. I'm just trying to tell myself that EVERYTHING at this point is a want, not a need, and if I don't get it done before baby gets here, I'll get it done after (if it really needs to be done) or not at all. I figure kids (and parents) survive in much worse conditions than we'll have, even if she was born tomorrow, right? Plus, this attitude helps me not to drive DH (quite so) crazy with my constant stressed-out demands that EVERYTHING MUST BE DONE NOW!!!!


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I know that most of this stuff could wait until after the baby's born, but I react strongly to my environment - when my house gets cluttered, I start getting stressed out. So, for me to be able to relax and enjoy the first 3 months of maternity leave, I *know* that I should get as much done now as I possibly can...

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I know that most of this stuff could wait until after the baby's born, but I react strongly to my environment - when my house gets cluttered, I start getting stressed out. So, for me to be able to relax and enjoy the first 3 months of maternity leave, I *know* that I should get as much done now as I possibly can...
I totally, completely agree. I just wish DH felt the same way.

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To do list??? CRAP!!!

Okay...

My to do list is to make a to do list.
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Whats a birth board ?
Have you seen The Secret? It's kinda the same as a dream board. Basically, it's a collage of pictures relating to birth, (or ones that have meaning for you in regards to this time, don't have to be directly about birth) along with quotes and other bits and bobs that you can look at and focus your energy on. They use this technique in The Secret to help you achieve any certain goal that you want, because it directs your energy and helps you visualize accomplishing it. My goal is a happy homebirth, so I am making a board for it.
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Aha! The post a few months ago about to-do lists made me actually make one. I have gotten so much accomplished since then.

Done:
Reassign & Rearrange bedrooms
Purge toys and create play room in spare bedroom
Landscape backyard
Help kids plant veggie garden, sunflower fort and pumpkin tunnel
Purge closets and basement & have a garage sale (done as of TODAY!)
Get out and wash newborn - 6 month stuff

To-Do:
Move both kids into their new beds
Install co-sleeper
Sew size L (for DS2) and size S (for DS3) diapers
Sew skirts for labor, delivery and recovery
Sew curtains for bedrooms
Hit the farmer's markets and friends' gardens to can, freeze and dry fruits, herbs and veggies (rhubarb is done -- next up is strawberries)
Get all scrapbooks up-to-date (MIL is helping with this one)
Update emergency numbers and daily routine for whoever takes care of the kids while I am in the hospital

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I need to add to my to do list --- find 2 more bases for our infant car seat. Does anyone know, are most infant seat bases compatible for all seats within a brand? Our seat is 4 years old, and of course they don't make that model any longer - but I wonder if the new base will work? I will call the manufacturer on Monday, but I figured I would ask her as well.
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My TO-DO list scares me:

- Start and finish a chapter of my dissertation I promised to my advisors before the baby comes, despite school ending in a week and no appreciable child care.

- Clean up and reorganize to try and fit a baby (and some stuff for her) in an apartment that barely has room for the 4 of us as it is and zero storage.

- Wait and see what is gifted / borrowed /begged and then find the rest of what I might need for the baby at the last minute. (This includes a whole stash of cloth diapers.)

- Research my options at this point for trying to avoid a c-section. Decide if its worth it anymore. Possibly transfer care (to whom? in time?).

That's all, but I'm telling you, none of them are fun and the first one is a doozy!
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I know that most of this stuff could wait until after the baby's born, but I react strongly to my environment - when my house gets cluttered, I start getting stressed out. So, for me to be able to relax and enjoy the first 3 months of maternity leave, I *know* that I should get as much done now as I possibly can...
Oooooooh yes! I feel the EXACT same way about my environment. I'm also doing things now so I won't have to for awhile afterwards so I can just enjoy my babymoon.

Tina - mama to DD1 10yrs, DD2 5.5 yrs and DD3 22 mo and wifey to DH.
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It's awesome seeing everyone's lists, and having my memory jogged about other stuff I need to do. We also need to do stuff like install the carseat, and pack a labour bag, but I don't really need to remind myself to do that, so it's just on the mental list.

Right now my "to do list" consists of surviving the last few weeks of school! Overall, here's the enormo list:

School
-Tackle the pile of marking that makes me want to weep...oh, and report cards!
-Gather all my stuff, get it home somehow (i'm off for at least a year)
-Deal with parent calls/interviews and failures (one of my courses is dealing with students who've slipped through the cracks, so June is MANIC!)

HOME
I'm actually doing better with this than I thought! We've moved E into her big kid's room (totally reno-d, mostly by DH), I've gone through all our clothes and given away/sold a bunch of stuff, and we're donating a bunch of things to a local garage sale fundraiser...I've also managed to get some time in the garden, so it's not too wild looking (something I'd kind of given up on).

Still to do:
-Tile the back hall
-Pressure wash the back of the house
-more decluttering

Baby
-Steam clean the baby's room, do some touch ups, re-assemble the bassinette beside my bed, etc. Remember who I loaned baby stuff to, and pick it up.
-Wash all the baby stuff
-A few more diapers/covers to get
-Do my mental prep for labour!
-Do the drive to the hospital and check out the practicalities (parking, etc.) finally mail off my pre-admission form so it won't be an admin nightmare when we show up.

Etc
I need to sort out daycare for my daughter. We want to keep her in a preschool setting 3 days a week (for everyone's sanity, but mostly b/c she's a really social kid and will go nuts being at home all the time). Plus she starts kindergarten next Sept (09) so I need to start working on pre/post care (for her and full time for the baby), in case I go back to work then. Daycare options here are SLIM!
-Do all my EI/Mat leave paperwork, which is crazy. I don't know how it works in the US, but here you get a set amt. from the gov't (max of $400/week, which is what I'll get) for 50 weeks, then your employer can top up the rest (for me, it's 95% for 6 weeks, then something like another $200/week for 11 weeks, then I just get the gov't top up). However, DH is taking paternity leave, as he gets waaaay better top up (95% top up for 10 months), so we're splitting the leave. We'll both be off for a year (he's starting a grad program), but I'll take 17 weeks paid (I have to, by law) and he'll take the remaining 35 weeks paid.

There's a lot of stuff I've realized I need to let slide/pass the buck on, as I just don't have the energy to think about it, let alone do it

fridgeart, lucky mum to E (5) and Ro (2)
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