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<p>This was one of my favorite threads in my last DDC. What sort of things do you plan/need to accomplish before the baby gets here? Either directly baby related (buying, creating, organizing), house related, YOU related, etc. What are you now on a countdown for? </p>
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<p>Myself: Our biggest thing, which was SUPPOSED to be done before our LAST baby was born (ugh), is to finish our basement to a point where it's livable. It's close now, paint on the walls, most of the ceiling is up. We just need to throw some cheap rugs down for now, as we can't afford carpet yet, and grab some furniture. Mostly I'm just excited to get the play spaces for my daughter up and 'running'. Right now so many of her toys are in storage still :(</p>
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<p>I also want to finish weaning my 23 month old. She's down to 1-2 times a day, but I'm pretty sure my milk is gone, and I am feeling so emotionally done. She's just not ready yet. We also want to get her sleeping primarily in her own bed. Right now she starts the night in her bed, and comes in with us after her first wakeup, between 11pm-2am usually. I'd love her to stay in her own room until more like 5, and then come in for snuggles. </p>
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<p>And we've got a bunch of things to buy/organize for new baby, but so far I haven't made lists yet, which is -amazing- for me, as I have a touch of ocd, and normally my brain doesn't feel settled until I have everything perfectly planned and organized and laid out. It's a new feeling! </p>
 

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<p>My dh and I were talking about this the other day! I've got nothing that has to be done before the baby is born. Nothing. I guess that's the benefit of having babies semi close together. I went gender neutral with all of the baby stuff, so I don't need to buy anything. We've got plenty of hand-me-down clothes in the family for either gender. </p>
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<p>I've got a few things I want to do though :) I always crochet my babies a blankie, so I'll do that. I want to make a couple more diaper covers. And since we're not going to find out the sex of the baby, I think I'll make or buy a couple of gender neutral newborn clothing items. And I kinda want to redo my bedroom. And start an etsy store. I designed a baby carrier that's really easy and inexpensive to make, quick and easy to use, and super comfy. Since baby carriers are now regulated, I'm planning on selling the pattern and sewing video tutorials. This week some ladies in my local baby wearing group are going to start trying out a carrier to give me feedback on my design and stuff. Yay!</p>
 

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<p>House: move office to finished basement so there is a room for a baby (wow, that's weird to say!). Since babies sleep with us the first few months, we have a bit of extra time ...</p>
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<p>Myself: I want to try to finish my Lamaze certification (I think I can test in April). I also need to talk to my advisor about what my options will be with scheduling, etc come next summer.</p>
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<p>Baby specific: I need to go through our baby stuff from DS and figure out what we have and what we need. I already know that we will need a new infant car seat, and I really want some little fitted cloth diapers ...</p>
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<p>That's about as far ahead as I can let myself think!</p>
 

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<p>Since we didn't find out the sex of ds until he was born, we went with all gender neutral baby items. So no need to really buy anything baby-related but some newborn size diapers. The biggest things will be moving ds from the crib to a big boy bed, possibly in a new room. Haven't decided yet if we're going to give the new baby a new room or give ds a new room. Either way, the HUGE desk in the study has to be moved by next summer and the study will be converted into one of the kids' rooms. Anybody have any anecdotes or suggestions on whether a transition to a big boy bed AND a new room will be too much change for a 2-year old? </p>
 

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We are starting a remodeling project and adding another bedroom, 3/4 bath, and laundry room! My hubby says it'll be done before the baby is here. I have my fingers crossed!<br>
As far as baby things...the last baby was almost 11 years ago. We need stuff!
 

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<p>Next week we're tackling a major kitchen renovation, we're ripping out brick benches, oven towers shelves etc. We're ripping up existing vinyl floor and installing new flooring, patching up our roof and then assembling all new cabinetry. DH is a legend and I can't wait to help him out :) Hopefully it will only take a couple of weeks to get it all done.</p>
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<p>Before little bebe comes along, I'd love to fix up our backyard, it's a basic dirt pit at the moment, needs some landscaping, fence repairs, ground covers and tidying up existing plants. I would love to have a nice quiet place that's relaxing. I can imagine it will take me a while to get past the sleep deprivation with a newborn and having a close outdoor space to soak up sun will be nice...</p>
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<p>Oh, and it's our first, so we got all that on the list too! <img alt=":eyesroll" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style=""> </p>
 

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<p>Erh, I have a BOOK of things-to-do.  I started our baby-related to-do list when we started trying to get pregnant, and I've been adding to it (and crossing things off!) for about 3 years now <img alt=":twins" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/twins.gif" style=""></p>
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<p>I'd be happy to post it here.  Maybe it would give me motivation to get started back up again.  We kinda forgot about it for a little while, since we were taking a break from TTC after our m/c.</p>
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<p>Here it is!  Seriously....it's long.</p>
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<p>Household Stuff-to-Do</p>
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<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">1.<span>   -</span>Organize entry hall, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">add a light fixture</span>, coat rack, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">and some sort of wall organization</span> (<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">incoming mail box,</span> whiteboard, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">key hanger,</span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">shoe storage</span>) / decoration (hang photos), add door storage to the hall closet</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">2.<span>   -</span><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Get welcome doormat and make signs “from” midwives</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">3.<span>   - </span>Buy and install washer (and dryer if we can swing it), add shelving to top of that closet</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">4.<span>   - </span>Build radiator covers for all three radiators (but especially the one in the nursery)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">5.<span>   - </span>Organizing basket(s) for top of washer (for laundry supplies), <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">get a drying rack and wool dryer balls</span>, magnetic detergent scoop, “how-to” page, and hang-bag of diaper detergent on wall</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">6.<span>   - </span>Outside – Clothes line on fire escape, comfy place to sit out front with baby, small table, big pots for stoop?</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">7.<span>   - </span><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Order and install blackout curtains for nursery</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">8.<span>   - </span>Remove nursery closet doors, make the space more functional (decide on closet layout, buy pieces, assemble)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">9.<span>   - </span>Decide on Montessori nursery layout and furniture</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">10.<span> </span> Set-up changing / cloth diaper storage area (4 drawer Malm chest, add drawer pulls, with DIY change pad)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">11.<span> </span> Buy a iPod dock / radio / white noise for nursery</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">12.<span> </span> Set up toddler bed, chop off legs, order mattress, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">2 mattress pads</span> and 2 sheets, attach mirror and plant-stand-mobile, put up spice rack book shelves, small shelf next to bed (billy height extension shelf)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">13.<span> </span> Move green rug into nursery or Craigslist it, and buy living room rug</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">14.<span> </span> Figure out nursing set-up (rocker? couch?) with stool, nursing basket, pump, etc.</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">15.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Order contrast prints (Nikki McClure),</span> frame in old frames, hang near changing area</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">16.<span> </span> Set up “desk” area somewhere for both laptops (maybe on / next to kitchen table or bookcases, or in bedroom), cords organized, iHome, etc.; set it up for post-partum (important phone numbers, books to be read, etc)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">17.<span> </span> Pretty-up the fireplace (put up mantle, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">add mirrors,</span> etc)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">18.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Sell orange chair</span> and <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">order covers for smaller chairs</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">19.<span> </span> Set up kitchen for post-partum (mama “wellness center” with teas, tea strainer, mug, honey, lemon water / seltzer, vitamins, easy snacks, ginger candies)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">20.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Decide on bedroom layout</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">21.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Buy / hang curtains in bedroom</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">22.<span> </span> Sell /trade Expedit (2x4) on Craigslist for other Expedit (1x5)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">23.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Organize both closets in bedroom, add the wire shelfing</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">24.<span> </span> Sell big TV in living room and replace with smaller TV in bedroom (my husband is going to throw a hissy fit about this one..)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">25.<span> </span> Figure out our bed situation; purchase Cal King natural latex mattress, buy or Ikea-hack a storage bed, figure out a headboard, buy sheets for the bed, figure out a side-table / shelving solution</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">26.<span> </span> Set up bedroom for post-partum / co-sleeping (keep waterproof mattress pad, add a railing) and cloth diapering / nighttime ECing (potty bowl and wet bag, basket of diapers, nightlight, muslins, lanolin, wet wipes), <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">buy and install blackout shades</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">27.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Craigslist old couch and</span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">buy new one from Crate and Barrel (double sleeper!)</span></p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">28.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Craigslist the 3 coffee table things,</span> buy a tall, skinnier coffee table</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">29.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Purge closets and clutter</span>, make room for baby stuff</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">30.<span> </span> Set up bathroom for cloth diapering (diaper sprayer, bac-out), storage (door storage for baby linens? <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">put up shelves and towel bars</span>) and post-partum (basket on back of toilet with peri bottle, pads, witch hazel, sitz bath stuff, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">wet pail for mama cloth</span>)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">31.<span> </span> Baby-proof kitchen (cabinet locks), windows and doors (hooks and gates)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">32.<span> </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Hang pictures in living room,</span> bedrooms and kitchen; keep things kid-level</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">33.<span> </span> “Montessori” the kitchen (weaning table – community playthings table / me do it chair - possibly in nursery, cotton placemat(s), helper bench with dish storage and sink, prints at eye level, safe step stool)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">34.<span> </span> Purchase extraneous Montessori practical life items and put away organized for later (clothes line, ikea glasses / puzzle keeper, bamboo trays, Montessori services mat, pouring / food prep, handwashing, housekeeping, etc)</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">35.<span> </span> Purchase the first set of Montessori “tools” and literacy / math objects from Etsy</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">36.<span> </span> Clean the apartment top-to-bottom, or have professionals really clean it. Includes scrubbing the fridge, replacing air filters, washing floors, cleaning rugs, scrubbing grout, etc.</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">37.<span> </span> Replace smoke alarm batteries</p>
<p style="text-indent:-.25in;">38.<span> </span> Install dimmer switches OR invest in some dimmer lamps</p>
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<p style="margin-left:.25in;">General Tasks To-Do</p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">1.    </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Start taking maternity pictures (one with with pee stick!)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">2.    </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Borrow some maternity clothes, including nursing bras (2 yoga pants, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">2 leggings</span>, 1 maternity jeans, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">several longer skirts</span>, 4-5 camis, 3 shirts, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">2 bellabands,</span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">sweaters</span>, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">coat</span>)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">3.    </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Make baby website</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">4.    </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Figure out insurance for pregnancy, homebirth and after birth</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">5.    </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Meet with 2-3 midwives, choose Midwife</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">6.    </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Meet with 2-3 pediatricians, choose pediatrician</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">7.    </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Order / organize tea and herbs for labor, baths, baby baths, etc. (iherb.com)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">8.    </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Decide on pregnancy nutritional plan, with supplements (check with midwife),</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">meal plans, etc.</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">9.    </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Order vitamins or supplements</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">10. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Buy a laminator for self-printed labels</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">11. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Buy baby book or journal and start filling it out (Nicki McClure’s First 1000 Days, or the Belly Book)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">12. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Ask Moms about helping out the first few weeks (5-10 days solo with Nick, then need help for 2-6 weeks, depending on school stuff)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">13. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Talk to Nick about schooling type stuff (where will we be living, private preschool / public preK, Montessori Homeschool, Brooklyn Co-op, etc); this sounds super early, but living in NYC you often have to put your child on preschool waiting lists BEFORE BIRTH.  Nuts.</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">14. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Start research on our neighborhood schools</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;"><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">and AP playgroups (Park Slope Playgroup, Brooklyn Babywearing), homeschooling toddlers groups</span></span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">15. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Teach Lulu to walk properly on a leash (maybe use head-leash-thing?)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">16. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Read Good Nights Sleep Cures</span><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">, and make a plan for newborn sleeplessness</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">17. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Figure out / start prenatal fitness prep (walks, swimming, yoga, squats, kegels), buy exercise / birth ball, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">sign up for YMCA</span></span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">18. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Create meditation and hypno-birth schedule</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">19. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Research new moms groups</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">20. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Hire a birth doula</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">and/or photographer and/or placenta encapsulation person – Maybe ask Heather or Rachel?</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">21. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Plan placenta encapsulation if doing it by myself</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">22. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Research chiropractor that works with pregnant women and newborns (Dr. Andrea Auerbach in Park Slope comes highly recommended)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">23. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Figure out a PPD distress plan, just in case (find local therapist or support group, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">create a list for symptoms</span>, schedule a 3-week talk with my Mom who is a former NICU and postpartum</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">nurse)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">24. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Find a LLL meeting and attend a few pre-birth; <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">find a local Lactation Consultant pre-birth, just in case (Claudine!)</span></span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">25. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Figure out who will watch Lulu if we need to go to hospital, pack her a little “go bag” in her area with food, treats and new toy – Cara? Hannah? Tim?</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">26. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Figure out / obtain paperwork for homebirth birth certificate (ask Rachel for help)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">27. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Have 24-28 week ultrasound, find out gender</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">J</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">28. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Pick name(s)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">29. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Ask Godparents</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">J</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">30. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Finalize</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">and print <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">birth plan(s),</span> get midwife signature on it, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">create hubby birth plan (what he can do to help, cheat sheet, phone numbers)</span></span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">31. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Pick local hospital for in-case transfer, pre-register and make extra copies</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">32. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Take a local hospital tour with Nick</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">33. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Take a tour of the Brooklyn Birth Center</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">34. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Create my own “bad mommy” form</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">35. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Gather all forms for opting-out of birth practices and vaccines (including my own “bad mommy” form), give them to hospital / midwife @ 24 weeks, make extra copies</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">36. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Get Nick some hypno-birthing info and practice with him</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">37. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Find emergency childbirth info and give to Nick to read by 30 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">38. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Sign Nick up for infant CPR by 30 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">39. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Have Nick practice prefolds / flats with pins and snappi</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">40. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Make hospital bag list,</span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">pack hospital bag(s)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">41. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Buy DSLR camera</span><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">, charge battery and clear memory cards</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">42. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Complete registry</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">43. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Plan “Sip ‘n See” for a few weeks after birth</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">44. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Post my diaper stash on MDC, Get feedback!</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">45. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">(After baby showers) Order last of the diaper stash, including small pack of newborn sposies, wipes and detergent</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">46. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">(After baby showers) Order last of baby gear and clothes (minimal!!)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">47. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">(After baby showers) Return unneeded baby gear</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">48. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Sterilize bottles and pacis; buy dishwasher basket for pieces</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">49. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Order, wash, and break-in woven wrap, my beautiful new Neobulle Julie!</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">50. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Unpack / wash all baby carriers – Moby, Ergo, Maya sling</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">51. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Buy and stock diaper bag (PPB City Carryall)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">52. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Order oral Vitamin K and put together / label baby medicine box; include copy of health info and insurance card; create / laminate dosage chart for common drugs (Tylenol, Advil,</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Benedryl)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">53. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Buy and write shower “thank yous”</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">54. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Prep new diapers, wash all diapers</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">55. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Lanolize small and newborn wool covers</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">56. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Dye the flour sack flats and wash a few times</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">57. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Wash and fold all newborn clothes</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">58. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Sort through “now” stuff and “6+ month” stuff for clothes and diapers</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">59. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Gather and organize birth supplies (birth linens, cloth pads, icy pads, Dermaplast, and placenta smoothie stuff)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">60. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Order birth pool, do a “wet run”</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">61. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Clean out & tune up car by 30 weeks (oil change, rotate and check tires, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">replace brakes</span>), add baby items to emergency box, and install carseat, window screens and mirror, have it</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">inspected</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">62. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Buy waterproof mattress pad or PEVA shower curtain, air out smell, put under bed linens by 32 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">63. </span> <span style="text-decoration:line-through;text-indent:-.25in;">Make a fridge list of easy meal ideas</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">64. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Turn “mediation” time into “talking to baby time” around 32 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">65. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Stock up on dry goods (rice packets, soup, dried fruit, honey, coffee, TP, cereal, dish soap, paper goods, toothpaste, soap, dog food, etc) by around 34 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">66. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Make & freeze lots of food: high fiber muffins, oatmeal cookies, pancakes and dinners (lasagna with turkey, potato broccoli cheddar soup, beef stew, mac & cheese with broccoli and ham, shepherds pie, mini spinach feta quiches, taco casseroles, enchiladas, stuffed peppers, chili, fruit for smoothies); try for 1 months’ worth ~20 meals by 34 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">67. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Start kick counts once / day by 34 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">68. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Get hair cut and highlighted at 37/38 weeks</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">69. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Make nurses’ / midwife’s treats (rice crispy treats) when labor begins</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">70. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Write nice cards for our midwife & assistant</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">71. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Talk to Lorraine about organizing the christening</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">72. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Turn my wedding dress into a christening gown (seamstress down in Baltimore can do it)</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">73. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Gather take-out menus</span></p>
<p style="margin-left:.25in;"><span style="text-indent:-.25in;">74. </span> <span style="text-indent:-.25in;">Make a calendar of “easy stuff to do with baby” for ~3 months</span></p>
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<p>Crafty To-Do List</p>
<p style="margin-left:.75in;text-indent:-.25in;">1.<span>    </span> Create Newborn announcements (print and email copies), address / stamp the print ones, create send out list for email ones</p>
<p style="margin-left:.75in;text-indent:-.25in;">2.<span>    </span> Knit <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">baby blanket</span> / booties / hats</p>
<p style="margin-left:.75in;text-indent:-.25in;">3.<span>    </span> Create first 3 or 4 Montessori mobiles (contrast colors, faces – grandparents, me & nick, see-through rattle, and teether)</p>
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<p>LOL <strong><a href="http://www.mothering.com/community/u/156780/hopefullymama" id="user_poster_17493699" style="vertical-align:middle;">HopefullyMama</a>......</strong>that is one intense list. If I were to write out everything I want done before baby mine would be just as long ;)</p>
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<p>I currently have a before Thanksgiving project list:</p>
<p>*outdoor christmas lights up (before there's snow)</p>
<p>*prime & paint guest bath</p>
<p>*decorate guest bath</p>
<p>*prime & paint guest room</p>
<p>*prime & paint laundry room</p>
<p>*decorate laundry room</p>
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<p>Doesn't seem like much but on top of cooking, cleaning, and homeschooling I'll be thankful if we can get even one room painted :) </p>
 

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<p>Ughhh, I know.  It's ridiculous, and of course it won't all get done.  And so many of the "big things" are split into tiny, little things.  So each ITEM feels more manageable but it makes the list GIGANTIC.  It's also organized across time, so the earlier stuff should get done earlier, and some of the later stuff is really for near the birth, etc.  </p>
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<p>Oh well!  List making makes me happy <img alt=":)" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style=""></p>
 

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<p>HopefullyMama, which Nikki McClure prints did you get? A couple months ago I bought "Trust" (a pregnant mama by the ocean) and "Examine the Food Chain" (a breastfeeding dyad with a mama who looks oddly like me) and hung them up by our stairs so I can see them every day to remind me of my goals for nursing school ... now they've taken on a whole new meaning.</p>
 

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<p>Johanna - I actually decided to get a "build your own" 10-pack of her cards, and mat / frame those in 5x7 frames.  It was much more affordable that way (like, $3 each), and I can switch them out when I get bored of them.  I'm trying to remember which ones I got, but there were quite a few....definitely the nursing mama, the pregnancy ones, one with a child and adult sleeping outside, the skateboarding one (for my husband), the baking one, the sewing one, one where it's looking out a window.....just all the ones that I loved <img alt=":)" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style=""> Her work is so incredible.</p>
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<p>My plan is to frame 3 of them and hang them by the changing table; they are high contrast, but still "real" looking, and are just gorgeous, so I think a new baby all the way through toddler would love to stare at them / talk about them.  I'll switch them out every so often.</p>
 

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<p>Ok so I just looked on her website, and I think I bought:</p>
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<p>Surrender</p>
<p>Breathe</p>
<p>Inside</p>
<p>Treasure</p>
<p>Rely</p>
<p>Extend</p>
<p>Examine the food chain</p>
<p>Grow</p>
<p>Ditch the car</p>
<p>Persist</p>
<p>Steady</p>
 

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<p>Ok so I just looked on her website, and I think I bought:</p>
<p> </p>
<p>Surrender</p>
<p>Breathe</p>
<p>Inside</p>
<p>Treasure</p>
<p>Rely</p>
<p>Extend</p>
<p>Examine the food chain</p>
<p>Grow</p>
<p>Ditch the car</p>
<p>Persist</p>
<p>Steady</p>
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<p>Love it! I discovered "Surrender" after I bought the other two. <img alt=":stillheart" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/stillheart.gif" style=""></p>
 

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<p>We have so much to do, but I'm pleased to say we can already cross one thing off the list (but I'm going to include it just so I can cross it out):</p>
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<p>1. Buy EVERYthing (this is our first baby)</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">2. Clean the garage</span></p>
<p>3. Clean the basement (it's partially finished and will become our guest room because our current guest room will be baby's room.  It's a disaster and a little stinky so that project will take a couple of weekends.)</p>
<p>4. Declutter and organize family room</p>
<p>5. Attach hardware to kitchen cabinets and drawers</p>
<p>6. Declutter and organize office so its useable</p>
<p>7. Paint and decorate nursery</p>
<p>8. Redo half bathroom</p>
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<p>It doesn't look like a huge list, but it is when I think about what each thing entails.  My husband is kind of a pack rat and doesn't understand that not every inch of every surface or every blank space in the perimeter of a room needs to be filled with something.  He's getting better, but now that baby is coming, we seriously have to cut down on the non-baby-friendly clutter that's everywhere.</p>
 

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<p>Ughhh, I know.  It's ridiculous, and of course it won't all get done.  And so many of the "big things" are split into tiny, little things.  So each ITEM feels more manageable but it makes the list GIGANTIC.  It's also organized across time, so the earlier stuff should get done earlier, and some of the later stuff is really for near the birth, etc.  </p>
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<p>Oh well!  List making makes me happy <img alt=":)" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style=""></p>
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<p>Oh My HopefullyMama-- I WAS you for my last pregnancy. And it makes my brain feel peaceful to have lists and organization too. People thought I was nuts, but it's how I felt comfortable! This time I haven't made lists at all, and it feels weird!</p>
 

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<p>I am loving this thread!  My list has grown since reading what everyone else is up to.  Not that I have more to do really, I'm just getting it all written down. </p>
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<p>To the new mamas out there, don't get to overwhlemed.  New babies only really need diapers and boobs to be happy and healthy. ;-)</p>
 
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<p>I typed out a big to-do list the other day, and then got busy, interrupted a few times, and never did post it! Now, I can't recall most of what was on it.</p>
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<p>There are several big house related projects that we will choose to try to finish before babe arrives, but mostly just because it gives us a deadline of sorts! Pave the driveway, <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">finish the basement hall flooring &</span> order/install the 7 doors for the basement, possibly reno/update the kitchen, move some doors/walls for the kids closets so they are more functional, build a treehouse/fort in the yard, and turn the 2nd floor balcony into a sun room/gym, are all on the list of things to do. We'll probably tackle 2 or 3 of them before mid-May.</p>
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<p>Baby related tasks are to get dresser(s) to store 2 kids worth of clothes in DD's room (her current dresser, a hand me down, while pretty, is not terribly functional), put the sides back on the crib, though this can wait till babe is 6mth or so, and get out the baby-boxes from the attic - diapers, clothes. Find where I've stashed things in the attic, basement or closets -- baby bath tub, swing, bassinet etc. Buy babe a couple Radian car seats (one for each vehicle). Figure out what I might have sold or given away that actually does need to be replaced.</p>
 

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<p>My last pregnancy nesting obsession was buying even <em>more</em> houseplants to make our indoor air even cleaner. <img alt=":lol" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif" style=""> I counted over the summer and we have like 67 or something at this point. It's the first thing everyone comments on when they come over - "Look at all of the beautiful plants! It's so bright and alive in here!" And that's exactly how I feel about this space. They say just gazing at a houseplant makes you feel calm and clearheaded and I swear it's true.</p>
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<p>Other than that, we need to move. <img alt=":rotflmao" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="">Seriously, we're a family of six (soon to be seven) with two bedrooms. It's a bit tight to say the least. I don't know how I feel about making the basement into a bedroom - though it would give us A LOT more space. It's half finished - one half is unfinished and is used for storage and extra fridge/freezer and the other half is "finished" but could use some work. The carpet is old and ugly and the walls and ceiling are textured which just accumulates dust and cobwebs - so gross. We end up with A LOT of BIG, creepy spiders in the winter down here and the thought of any of my children sleeping down here makes me feel terrible. And no way am <em>I</em> sleeping down here. <img alt=":lol" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif" style=""></p>
<p>My desktop is down here and we store some food down here along with knitting stuff and homeschool supplies. I've envisioned the space being a sort of school/project room with a good sized table for our cutting mat and a smaller table for our sewing machine along with a table for doing other projects. It would be nice to have a separate space where we could all lay out whatever projects we were working on without having to clean it all up before dinner just so that we had some place to eat. And then I think of a ping-pong table and how it would keep the kids occupied during the really cold months. But there's no room for all of that...</p>
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<p>DH is SUCH a procrastinator. It annoys me to no end. I really would love to move and be all settled in by June but I'm not holding my breath.</p>
 

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<p>I have been avoiding this thread for fear of articulating exactly how much I need to get done and don't want to do! I'll try to keep it simple so I don't overwhelm my nausea and run off to the bathroom...</p>
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<p>Home Stuff:</p>
<p>Put new drawer pulls on bedroom dressers (24 pulls and 48 screws)</p>
<p>Buy and mount tv above bedroom dresser (waiting for Black Friday sale)</p>
<p>Buy Etsy painting for above the bed</p>
<p>Buy a new King size materess and frame (ugh)</p>
<p>Force DH to finally purge his closet and DS's closet to make room for baby clothes</p>
<p>Find my maternity clothes and storage that seems to be lost :(</p>
<p>Buy new wireless modem, finish setting up new computer, and buy DS art programs for after school computer time</p>
<p>Complete Prenatal yoga every night starting in 2nd Trimester</p>
<p>Buy a super soft runner rug for the hallway (I keep imagining a little baby crawling down the hallway!)</p>
<p>Make Christmas cards</p>
<p>Buy everyone Christmas presents</p>
<p>Host DH's parents when they come to visit in February</p>
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<p>Annoucements:</p>
<p>Tell DH's parents I am pregnant</p>
<p>Tell my boss</p>
<p>Tell my grandmothers</p>
<p>Tell DS</p>
<p>Tell Facebook</p>
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<p>Not as much as I thought, but I feel like I am missing so many things <img alt=":eyesroll" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style=""></p>
 

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<p><span style="line-height:1.5em;">To the new mamas out there, don't get to overwhlemed.  New babies only really need diapers and boobs to be happy and healthy. ;-)</span></p>
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<p>So true!  We went shopping today, and I was walking down the babyish toys with my 23 month old daughter, and asked "Do you think there's anything here we need for new baby?" And she paused for a second and said "uhhhh beeeta milk?" (what she calls mama milk, since I always tell her she can have "a bit")</p>
 
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