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Okay mamas, we're already at or quickly approaching that half-way mark. What's on your to do list?? I'm going to make my list and try to keep it updated on here. (We did this in the Nov 2007 DDC and it was nice for accountability).

1. Freeze meals

**2. Gather birth supplies/ replenish what's missing
**3. Take out NB clothes
**4. Take out NB dipe stash

**5. Wash NB woolies
**6. Buy bunk bed set
**7. Move older kiddos into their room
8. Knit: 2 sleepsacks, 3 NB/ small longies, 2 pr booties,
9. Sew: 1 doz small dipes, 1 doz medium dipes, 1 doz small AIOs, 3 NB kimono tops, Curtains for 6 rooms, 2 infant seat covers, 3 high chair pads, Car seat boot,
10. Organize kid's room closet
**11. Christmas gifts
12. Take down surround around woodstove
**13. Buy, cut, stack firewood

14. Frame out and lay lasagna beds for next year's garden
**15. Buy new vehicle
**16. Install bucket
**17. Clean birth pool and siphon
18. Update address database for birth announcements/ Christmas cards
19. Print out address labels for announcements/ cards

20. Make DD's and DS2's b-day presents
21. Work on decluttering
22. Pull out Christmas decorations
**23. Pack an emergency bag (having a HB, but DH likes me to have one JIC)

**important MUST BE DONE
Blue items DONE
grey items not getting done

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I just asked DH yesterday if there were any baby clothes in the shed. He said "a few" I guess I need to get clothes for this child!! I also told him in about Nov. we need to bring them in, along w/ the car seat & get them cleaned up.
I also want the carpets cleaned.
I also need to start buying diapers. (unless there are any left in the shed I can wash), But I bet I need more.
Just heavy house cleaning & de-cluttering before the house gets closed up for the winter.
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1. Clean carpets
2. Finish baby's dresser - done
3. Work on meditation, relaxation, birth techniques - done
4. Help my mom with the shower - done
5. Start Hypnobabies
6. Sew some cloth diapers (yay!)

Start of 3rd trimester:
4. Buy car seat, diapers, whatever NB items are left on our registry
5. Take breastfeeding class
6. Take birth refresher class
7. Gather whatever comfort items I want for the birth
8. Get new camcorder tapes
9. Buy DS christmas presents
10. Finish setting up our bedroom: DS bed on floor, rocking chair, side car
11. Make/freeze meals
12. Set up childcare for DS during birth
13. Believe I can breastfeed

Breathe. Relax. Do nothing extra.

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1. Spring clean my room and dinning/laundry room and muck out crap we don't need my house is cluttered!
2. Clean carpets
3. Get side sleeper/bassinet/pack and play
4. Start stocking up on wipes and diapers'
5. If we are able to find out sex girl: get out all newborn to 6 months clothes and get them washed Boy: Get out all neutral colored clothes and wash along with buying new as I don't have much in the way of clothes for a boy
7. Buy a Moby wrap or make one
8. Get out all my baby blankets/burp rags/bibs/towels ect wash
9. Scrub out my baby bath as its been sitting in my storage shed and is dirty from that.
10. Stock up on milk storage bags and get parts for my pump since I lost them since my last
11.Freeze food for deep freezer
12. Stock up on PP needs for me pads, nursing pads ect
13.Wash car seat cover
14.And if possible buy a laptop so I can stay in touch easyer
Will mark with a : once they are done. Such a great idea!

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Oy! Everything! I'd be afraid to even type it out. :
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Oy! Everything! I'd be afraid to even type it out. :
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But I guess I can at least list "a few" things:

1. Finish unpacking and moving into the house.
2. Get the baby's room all set up and get the co-sleeper and set it up in our room.
3. Find a used glider.
4. Decide who to hire and book maternity and newborn photo sessions.
5. Finish working on my control journal/household notebook so when the baby is born and people ask what they can do to help I have a whole book of answers.
6. Figure out Christmas plans (are the in-laws coming?).
7. Sew some maternity clothes.
8. Finish Noah's ark cross stitch for Lovey.
9. Finish filling out and submit my immigration paperwork.
10. Figure out how to renew my Alberta health care status so I'm covered while I wait for my immigration paperwork to be processed.

OK. Feeling overwhelmed now. I don't like this thread anymore!
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Lord, I'm not doing lists for this until after we get back from Alaska and we paint the bedroom.
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Lord, I'm not doing lists for this until after we get back from Alaska and we paint the bedroom.
I am going to Alaska tooo.
the list is tooo long to list here.
But we will start to prepare things when I get back from AK I will be 7 months then.
I do have a changing table that a friend just gave me(not that one is really needed, the extra shelves will be nice)
I would love to do freezer meals however we tried that once and my DH will not eat them..he claims they taste different.
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I think I'll start my list in September, but cleaning the carpets is definitely on mine. So, I was wondering... how are you girls cleaning yours? I always worry about the chemicals, but don't know how else to do it!

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Oh my! Well first off we've got a 2 page "honey do" list for Dh, with all the outside projects to do, plus we're building a headboard from scratch and setting up Orion's desk before school starts (still from scratch but much easier just using rails from home depot and laminated shelving).

*Set up bedroom for co-sleeping and hiding out from daycare littles while on maternity leave
*Rearrange Orion's room cuz some furniture is moving around in there/our room/baby's room
*Set up napping room as 'nursery' while still being useful as a napping room for daycare
Paint Nursery
Paint Changing Table
Buy nicer used crib (cuz the one in there will be side car'ed)
Clean out closet
*Pulling out all the baby clothes and diapers to go through and get together
*Get a dresser for the baby
*Purchase small cloth diapers (I want my fuzzibunz!!)
*Buy nursing bras!

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I think I'll start my list in September, but cleaning the carpets is definitely on mine. So, I was wondering... how are you girls cleaning yours? I always worry about the chemicals, but don't know how else to do it!
White Vinager and water in my shampooer works soooo well. The house smells a bit umm like viniager for a few hours but it works and it gets all kinds of stains and smells out. If i have a really tought spot I get the spot damp and then take some Borax (a natural cleaning agenent found anywhere even walmart and it is cheap like 3 dolars a box) and sprinkle some on it and rubb it in then when it dries I vacume it up. Works great!!!
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I think I'll start my list in September, but cleaning the carpets is definitely on mine. So, I was wondering... how are you girls cleaning yours? I always worry about the chemicals, but don't know how else to do it!
I really hate to use the chemicals too but my carpets haven't been done since we moved in(2005) and they are nasty with all kinds of stains and pet odor so I will be getting the pet and allergin solution but I do Go back over and rinse with water at least 2 times so I know its mostly up. Takes a lot more time but I don't like the slick feeling it leaves if you don't rinse it really good.

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I think I'll start my list in September, but cleaning the carpets is definitely on mine. So, I was wondering... how are you girls cleaning yours? I always worry about the chemicals, but don't know how else to do it!
I know, me too. I found a "green" carpet cleaning company that uses less water (and therefore less possible mold) and low-toxic, low VOC cleaners. That being said, I'm going to ask a lot of questions about what "low toxic" means and do some more research on Green Guide before I hire anyone.

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This thread is scaring me, I'm still in the "ignore that there is actually going to be another baby" phase
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This thread is scaring me, I'm still in the "ignore that there is actually going to be another baby" phase


I just love denial sometimes! It's the only thing that keeps me going some days.
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So far on my list I have:

Knit for baby'
BUy baby clothes
Clean carpets
Figure out kid care (ASk ILs basically)
Go thruogh old clothes for what can be used
Have a garage sale or donate all the junk I've decluttered (checking for baby stuff first!0
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1. MOVE! We just bought a house and sold ours, so we have to move 7 hours' drive away for DH's job.
a. Close on new house
b. Install wood floors
c. Paint
d. Buy new appliance(s)
e. Buy new couches

(Oops, that's DH's list. LOL)

Once we get to the new house I will have to buy a new pack-n-play (since the master bedroom is downstairs, the others are up, and DH won't cosleep). It's not to be used right away but if baby #2 grows as fast as his/her sister, the bassinett won't last long.

I'll set up a nursery for naps for baby #2, and Big Sister needs her "big girl" room.

This list would be much too long if I started thinking about freezer meals (although that's a great idea!) Right now we're focusing on the move.
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paint my house.
It's 2400 sf, and I've almost finished the first room.
We need to sell in the spring to move on to the next chapter of our lives. My soul is disappearing a little every day that we stay here.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my house, but I am NOT NOT NOT loving where it is anymore, and I NEED NEED NEED to be somewhere else (Portland is our first choice - so it's either find DH a job there or buy an RV and live on the road for awhile).

Anyway, thats about it.

I have calculated that I have about 13-14 weeks to finish, so i'll be done in advance of 33 weeks pregnant. Any longer, and I'm just going to get too stressed out. I also need to pimp it all for selling, figure out what furnishings we "must" keep, and finish landscaping.

Then, if I have extra time, my list includes:
- find smaller car seats so I don't have to get a bigger car (don't want the oldest in front seat yet)
- get back on track with home schooling the kids
- empty our storage unit
- experiment with knitting wool soakers

I'm not worried at all about prepping for the new baby. I work in a children's resale shop which also sells cloth diapers, so I always have everything I need.

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Oy! Everything! I'd be afraid to even type it out. :
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That's us!!! I can tell you what we HAVE done so far, but that list would be too short...lol
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This thread is scaring me, I'm still in the "ignore that there is actually going to be another baby" phase
this is where I am, too!

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White Vinager and water in my shampooer works soooo well. The house smells a bit umm like viniager for a few hours but it works and it gets all kinds of stains and smells out. If i have a really tought spot I get the spot damp and then take some Borax (a natural cleaning agenent found anywhere even walmart and it is cheap like 3 dolars a box) and sprinkle some on it and rubb it in then when it dries I vacume it up. Works great!!!

I'm totally stealing the lists from you all!

We use Dr. Bronners in our steamer. We have done vinegar, too, and it's worked well, but Dr. Bronners really works out our pet stains.

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I have never thought of trying the Dr. Bronners. DO you use the regular kind or the Sal Suds?
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Guess I better go buy a steamer! Is that the same thing as a water extraction machine?

If I use vinegar and water, what is the ratio? Maybe I will throw some lavender oil in there to make it smell good...

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I've been thinking about this for quite a while. With the last I was on bedrest for a week and then had her-- so 1 month before EDD I wasn't able to do any more. So I want to be completely prepared this time.

1. buy diapers
2. buy/wrap all Christmas gifts
3. Make and freeze/have meals prepared (I'm going to try do to a months worth)
4. Gather all clothes/blankets/burp clothes, etc
5. toiletries-- pads, extra TP, extra cotton swabs, soap, shampoo, etc
6 finish decluttering the house
7. rearrange N's room
8. gather a couple more supplies for birth-- I have most of it.

I think that's it- but then someone mentioned having Christmas Decorations up by Thanksgiving- and that's probably a good idea, but makes me tired thinking about it. Maybe I'll just declutter my Christmas decor so it won't seem so daunting. :-)

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The vinager and what is about 1 cup vinager to 1 gallon of water. Then go over the spot with just water to rinse. It also helps to get the vinager smell out. You can use Ess. oils ...just make sure the vinager will not cause a bad odor reaction. I tried tangerine oil one time and that was not a good mix.
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Bumping b/c I updated my list...

Anyone wanna add???

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1) Have baby
2) get the stuff ready that we should have gotten ready before baby while sleepless and zombielike and dripping with milk.

I think its a good plan, don't you?
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The ONLY thing on my TO DO list:

Have this baby!
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Of course, have the baby!

I'd really like to make the curtains for the living room, seeing as how the fitted bed sheet I need for my BED is being used as a makeshift curtain right now!

Otherwise, I think I'm good to go. Maybe have some yummy food available in the house for the midwives and stuff. Oh yeah, I was gonna make some of those comfrey compresses. Hmmm...I'm only 39 weeks today, I've got plenty of time!

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AHH, I have tons of things to do!! I'm trying not to panic! I need to clean the carpets, mail Christmas gifts, get the oil changed in the car, send Christmas cards, clean the garage, clean the bedrooms, find/clean the playpen thing (its got a great diaper changing thing on top), wash sheets, install/clean carseats!!


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