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<p>When do you all plan to start getting things ready for baby? I'll admit that I'm not even thinking about clothes, etc yet. I have everything but a bassinet and a wrap. Well, I need clothes. But I'm in the nesting/getting rid of things mode right now. I'm couch shopping and thinking about organization and getting rid of STUFF before I bring more stuff in. We have a small house and we're going on 4 kids. We have to get organized!!</p>
 
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<p>I'm with you in feeling like I need to clear things out and get organized before I tackle baby stuff.  We have some major stuff to get to accommodate another kiddo (a larger vehicle, and 2 new carseats!) I need to take a look at my diaper stash and repair/replace some dipes.  I need a dresser for the new LO's clothes....  It all seems very overwhelming just now!</p>
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<p>It will probably start to get done once all the Christmas stuff gets put away.</p>
 

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<p>I am hoping to have some inspiration to start getting the baby room ready soon.  I have been slowly, V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y, getting the girls playroom and bedroom straightened out.  The plan is to seperate the girls so that the playroom is the older girls bedroom, their room now is for other DD and the office (which currently looks like something from hoarders) will be for the baby.  BUT I don't really care for that plan because it leaves us with no playroom and no office. DH is pretty set on splitting the girls up (right now they share) but I'm not sold on it.   I'm not so much worried about getting stuff for baby as I am about getting the house organized.  I am horrible at organizing.  and I hate it.</p>
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<p>After next weekend (my friends baby shower that I am hosting) I have no other obligations. so all there will be to do over the next 3 months is get ready for this baby.</p>
 

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Baby has clothes, diapers, carriers, and pretty much everything else we'll need for the first 3-6 months, and we don't have room for a nursery, so all of the the baby preparations have to do with cleaning, organizing, cooking freezer meals, and getting stuff together for our home birth. I started doing a little bit of that last month and now that the holidays are over I'll be devoting most of my time and energy to it.
 

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<p>I'll admit that these threads are freaking me out!!  I think I may be in denial about how quickly these next 3.5 months will go by - ack!   I have been fairly busy working, going to school and doing DD's school schlepping and reading intervention stuff...that along with holiday craziness.  I'm not going back to school this semester so I'll have some extra time coming up.  </p>
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<p>We have lots to do -- though for perspectives sake -- if NOTHING got done, we'd be fine, baby would be fine.  That's what I'm telling myself for now.  ;-)  </p>
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<p>* I did de-clutter our attic a while back but I still have some things to take to donations.  </p>
<p>* I need to deal with the garage for free-cycle (the things that Amvets wouldn't take)  </p>
<p>* I would like to get the living room more baby hang-out friendly (get a smaller sofa and get a cushy rug for baby to lay on)</p>
<p>* We are most likely not doing a baby room for now - though we do have one for the baby when the time comes - instead, I'll have to make some room in our room for the baby stuff (clothes/diapers)  </p>
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<p>+ I need to start walking more, getting up to date on 3rd trimester nutrition, doing some birthing posture stuff </p>
<p>+ I'll ask the MW for a birth kit list so I can get started on that  </p>
<p>+ I need DC to start watching birth videos </p>
<p>+ Crap -- I need to get DC to the ped for a very late check-up (like 3 years!) and talk to the ped about the new baby/homebirth visit and stuff</p>
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<p>Ok, I'm getting freaked out again.  :LOL!!!   </p>
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<p>I think you're right about making a list -- it's a good thing to start doing because life does go by doesn't it?  </p>
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<p>Happy New Year, all!!  </p>
 

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<p>I am totally stressing about the time crunch too! I just can't believe how fast time is flying. My problem is i am a bargain shopper and i am indecisive as well. Oh i browsed for ages trying to pick out a bedding set for ds when i was pregnant with him. I thought i would be more down to earth this time around but i am doing the same thing. I did bite the bullet and buy a crib set for dd and it was a great deal for organic cotton, so I am happy and really didn't care what color it was, which i am proud of myself, that is one less thing to browse online. I am about all done with my diaper stash disposables and cloth, another relief. So as far as purchases i need to focus on before my shower in march, the baby bed, a breast pump and maybe a new infant car seat. Then i will wait and see what i get at my shower and buy what else i need later. I really need to bring things to goodwill and have decided i will use ds's dresser for dd and that means ds will need a new dresser, and I may pick up a changing table on craigslist. The baby will be in our room probably for the first 2 years so I don't have to worry about getting the nursery set up just got to get her section in our closet and our bedroom figured out.</p>
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<p>There is just something about bringing a baby into the house that make me want to get rid of things like mad! guess that is nesting!</p>
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<p>I need to take inventory of all food/household products, start stocking up, planning meals to freeze.</p>
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<p>And i am still uncertain of where ds will stay during the labor and delivery and when dh is with me in the hospital.</p>
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<p>Gah, I better get to this pronto!</p>
 

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<p>I think I'm working so hard to get things down early because I was put on bedrest at 31 weeks last time. I'm hoping that won't happen this time but I want to be prepared. We're getting a new sectional tomorrow so we got rid of of the old couch today and I deep cleaned the living room. I'm moving on to the rest of the house and hope to be done by the end of January. Then I'll strt thinking about getting clothes, etc. I love getting rid of stuff!!!</p>
 

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<p>I'm in the same boat as several other people here, I am in the clean up, clear out nesting phase. I cannot even begin to worry about setting up the cosleeper or anything for the baby until the house is ready. Because if I have all the baby stuff done too early I will drive myself coo coo with nothing to do in April. I'm not due until the end of the month. I am taking this slowly.</p>
 

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<p>Funny you should ask! I had a nightmare last night that the babies were born, and they didn't have any diapers, wipes, clothes, or anything to sleep on. Every time I tell myself it's time to buy and organize their stuff (we are converting the guest room into a nursery) I find a million other household chores to do. It's like I'm avoiding it for some reason? I'm afraid they're going to stick me on bedrest towards the end and I'm almost 27 weeks, but every time I set foot in that room it's just so overwhelming :( I did organize a nursery painting party for Jan 15, so hopefully that will give me enough motivation to get the room cleaned out.</p>
 

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<p>I caved and made a list yesterday while recovering from a head cold.  Somehow I had it in my head that a list would overwhelm me but, actually, putting it down seemed to help.  In other words, thanks to the planning mamas for the boost!!   Like Nerdymom, I will hold off on the "fun" (washing baby things and stuff) things until April so there's lots to do when I start to get antsy.  Stayseeliz, I hope you can say off bedrest this time around!  </p>
 

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<p>After having a preemie last time and probably going on bedrest in the next two weeks or so I've been trying to get most of the essentials ready. I tried starting a list and then realized as long as I have clothing and dipes/wipes ready I have everything that I need, so those are the only things that are "ready". I even got out all the preemie clothes in hopes that since I'm prepared this time I won't need them! <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;"></span> I will need to get my breastpump back from my sister at some point. We're going to set up the cosleeper in our room (not sure if it will get used this time or not) but that's something that shouldn't take too long to deal with.</p>
<p>Other than that I'm more concerned on keeping baby cooking as I realized after last time when I had NOTHING ready it all turned out okay and newborns really don't need a whole heck of a lot. I'm very blessed to have a super supportive local family though.</p>
 

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<p>I am very ready in some ways and totally not ready in others!  I have clothes and dipes all bought, but nothing is washed and really won't be until way closer to early April (I'm due the 11th). </p>
<p>We don't have an infant carset right now, though we do have a convertible that would work in a pinch (Britax Marathon, but it's not the best fit for newbies).  That is high on my list of to get soon, but I want to find a good deal.</p>
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<p>I also want to get one of those new pack n plays to have next to the bed.  Not as big a priority as the carseat, but I need a place to put the babe besides on our bed -- 3 dogs and 3 older kids makes for a lot of curiousness!</p>
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<p>Organizing is on the list too, we need to get closet systems in our room and the boys' room to free up space and the downstairs play area needs to be set up.  I'd love to get a few rooms painted, but not sure that is gonna happen.</p>
 

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<p>I've been slowly getting ready over the fall and am pretty much on top of my "to-do" list, but that list only went till about now.  In the fall, I was able to get most of the stuff for the nursery (glider, dresser and crib) and now I'm just waiting on the curtains we ordered from etsy to come in before I do final paint selections and pick out the carpet and lamp for the room.  We really wanted to get most of our stuff used, so having four months to shop via kijii made this part incredibly non-stressful.  I also was able to shop for deals on our car seat, carriers, cloth diapers and stroller.  There's still stuff we need, but I'm hoping to have a welcome baby celebration in February and only need to have our registry updated for then.  Most of the stuff left is small-ish, other than the breast pump.</p>
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<p>My goal is to have the nursery done by January.  This will leave February and March for prepping things like meals and the homebirth, as well as doing some of the essential learning how to care for the baby type of things.  Mentally, I've divided it into the stuff phase and the knowledge phase.  After all I've read about third trimester exhaustion, I'd like to be prepared to have to do as little physical exertion as possible with respect to cleaning and prepping.</p>
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<p>My last day at work is March 18 and the baby is due April 1.  So, I figure there will be a baby in our arms by the middle of April, but if she comes early, we could meet her in 2.5 months!</p>
 

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<p>I've made some mental lists but need to write them down.  I'm also in the middle of implementing a gluten free diet for myself and my son so that is pretty overwhelming in itself (allergies run in my family so this third babe has me being super proactive).  Trying to keep it simple.  The baby will sleep in my room so the dresser is going in our <huge> master closet, along with the changing table for all the cloth diaps either in the room or closet.  My neighbor is giving me her baby girl clothes and whatever gear I want (they just had twins, four dc in all so they are done they say).  But honestly, this time around I'm not really wanting a bunch of baby gear cluttering up the house.  I already babysit a two year old and I got rid of her high chair asap and put her at the regular table.  I have HER pack and play in my bedroom for naps and I might have to move that somewhere.  Time does fly! </p>
 

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<p>Over the last two days I deep cleaned the living room, went through my 3yo's toys, cleaned out the art bins and purged the pantry. I'd like to get our bedroom closet and the front hall closet done tomorrow. I just want everything done!!</p>
 

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DH is pretty set on splitting the girls up (right now they share) but I'm not sold on it.   </div>
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I don't see any reason for it. My best friend's girls shared a room from birth to now and they are currently 12 and 16, I think. </p>
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<p>I'm starting to prepare things. I almost have all the things I will need bought. The only thing I know I still need is a new nursing pillow. I know exactly where the baby clothes are in my garage and where the cloth diapers are in my basement, so I'll be able to grab them out after I finish cleaning and organizing the house.</p>
 

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<p>I'm putting off a lot because we're moving March 1st and I don't want to have a bunch of stuff to take with me. I figure after our move we can set things up as we unpack. We just made our first major baby purchase - a super cute <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Evenflo-Aura-Travel-System-Georgia/10745710" target="_blank">travel system</a>. I like the bucket seat instead of the convertable because I can get the baby all hooked in before we go out to the car and just pop him/her in the base, instead of having to crawl in the backseat and get everything set.</p>
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<p>Everything else we have fits in a basket - a few sleepers and onesies, a couple of Glamourmom tanks, a blanket I crocheted, and one of those womb-sounds teddy bears. That's all we've got so far.</p>
 

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<p>mandy, are you nervous about moving so close to you due date?  I'd keep it as simple as possible too! </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sneezykids</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288469/getting-ready#post_16160160"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>mandy, are you nervous about moving so close to you due date?  I'd keep it as simple as possible too! </p>
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<br><br><p>Yes, but I NEED to move. Living here is driving me crazy and I can't give birth here. DH and I were actually going to go to a cabin at a nearby campsite for the birth, I'm that uncomfortable here. Plus we'll be in a better city and close to DH's brother. It will definitely be better overall.</p>
 

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<p>Well I'm paying for my days of too much purging and cleaning. I woke up this morning feeling awful and I can't shake it. I forced myself to go to the gym and the store, did school with the kids and now I'm parked on the couch. I guess I need to pace myself and be realistic. It's hard to do that when there is so much to be done though.</p>
 
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