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<p>I feel like mine is overwhelmingly long and involves spending too much money, but I'm afraid if I don't get everything done then nothing will get done for years.</p>
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<p>So here's my list:</p>
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<p>-paint the office</p>
<p>-paint kitchen cabinets</p>
<p>-plant orange trees in front yard</p>
<p>-till and plant garden</p>
<p>-install over-the-toilet cabinet</p>
<p>-shave dog</p>
<p>-install kitchen shelving</p>
<p>-build small retaining wall in patio garden (half-way done)</p>
<p>-buy new-to-us kitchen table</p>
<p>-but new -to-us filing cabinet</p>
<p>-install new hood vent over stove</p>
<p>-install clothing line</p>
<p>-wash and organize all baby clothes/diapers</p>
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<p>Please share what you're trying to get done.</p>
 

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<p>organize/clean out all closets</p>
<p>get DD's stuff moved to her closet</p>
<p>get baby stuff washed/organized and put away</p>
<p>determine if I need any more baby clothes</p>
<p>tie-dye some plain white tee-shirts and onsies</p>
<p>buy a pack'n'play or travel crib</p>
<p>buy cloth diapers and prep them</p>
<p>knit some wool soakers</p>
<p>freeze some meals</p>
<p>put together my birth kit</p>
<p>keep up on laundry and dishes</p>
<p>thoroughly clean the apartment top-to-bottom</p>
<p>put pictures up in the living-room</p>
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<p>unfortunately I keep getting the urge to nest in the middle of the night, so I can't sleep, and then I'm too tired to get much done the next day. </p>
 

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<p>The last thing I want done is the hardwoods refinished. That project will have us without a kitchen for a min. of 5 days. Don't want the mess or fumes with a new baby.</p>
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<p>We've been hard at work all pg doing renos etc... to make way for baby. Boy am I glad I pushed to get it done sooner than later because everything from start to finish took way longer than anticipated.</p>
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<p>Other things I want done but can live without is new granite counter top in kid's bath and new cabinets in kitchen.</p>
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<p>Baby wise I'm all good and set I think.</p>
 

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<p>We moved a few months ago and I am a single mom (DP is the father of this baby, my ex the father of my oldest two -- DP and I are together, but we have never lived together - the new baby is a happy surprise) so the months leading up to this move were tons of packing...and the last few months were tons of unpacking. It's been super busy as I work full time and if I don't do it, it doesn't happen -- laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, you name it!  So this past weekend I FINALLY got the baby's room ready and it looks really cute -- and all of my unpacking is done!  So I feel like I have accomplished so much. Now I can just fine tune the cleaning/house systems and nest in our new space. And work on finishing touches like hanging pictures and window treatments. And rest up and work on my knitting project for our sweet new little one (and I am making matching toys for her big brothers so they feel included <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
 

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<p>whoa! some of these lists are overwhelming!</p>
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<p>-get our floors (hardwood) professionally cleaned</p>
<p>-rearrange master room furniture to fit baby's stuff</p>
<p>-i have 2 closets, so i need to get rid of my old clothes/shoes and condense space to put all of baby's things in one of them</p>
<p>-install some sort of closet system in baby's closet</p>
<p>-put together all of this baby stuff (bouncer, sleeper, etc)</p>
<p>-still nowhere near finished shopping for baby so i put together a complete list of things i need and weekly goal dates by which everything must be bought/washed/put away</p>
<p>-on my list before was to go through my house and thoroughly clean the walls and base boards.. in one of my late night nutjob nesting sessions i accomplished that task lol</p>
<p>-find a pediatrician! (we've been interviewing, but haven't found one we LOVE)</p>
<p>-pick a friggin name already</p>
<p>-freezing meals</p>
<p>-finish various home decor things that have been cast aside for lack of time (hanging shelves, putting up new curtains in the bedrooms, organizing bookshelves)</p>
 

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<p>-Thoroughly clean house (may resort to hiring my dad's cleaning lady, she is so much more efficient)</p>
<p>-clean out/ reorganize 3rd bedroom (it's a storage/ guest/ playroom, but lately has been just storage)</p>
<p>-buy some shelves for our bedroom and finish organizing stuff in there</p>
<p>-bleach our master bath (mold issues), then paint</p>
<p>-fix our master bath sink, which may mean just buying a new vanity and sink</p>
<p>-go sort through, then wash and put away hand me down clothes from DH's coworker</p>
<p>-finish buying stuff for baby, will assess after shower</p>
<p>-prep diapers when they arrive (this week, woohoo)</p>
<p>-buy a minivan once our refinance closes</p>
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<p>Stuff already crossed off list:</p>
<p>-buy, assemble, and fill two dressers. One for DH and me, one for baby</p>
<p>-clean out DDs' bedroom</p>
<p>-wash and sort lots of hand me down clothes</p>
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<p>I had some bigger projects on my list, remodeling stuff, but ultimately decided they were too costly and too difficult to do right now.</p>
 

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<p>Hi--just jumping in here, I'm due with a boy March 8, but haven't been following this board.  This is a good thread, though.  It's intimidating how much you guys have to do!</p>
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<p>My list isn't too bad--let's see:</p>
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<p>sun-bleach spitup stains out of baby clothes</p>
<p>fit baby clothes in dresser</p>
<p>Gather birth kit</p>
<p>scrub down master bathroom (happily equipped with a Whirlpool that served as a birth pool last time and probably will this time)</p>
<p>clean bedroom</p>
<p>give diapers a final wash and distribute them</p>
<p>load up changing table</p>
<p>re-organize kitchen plastics cabinet</p>
<p>re-organize laundry closet</p>
<p>improvise cradle mattress</p>
<p>feed the freezer</p>
<p>clean house</p>
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<p>The list was much longer a week ago, but my mother visited and a lot got done.  I tend to focus on making post-baby housekeeping as easy as possible, hence making sure that storage spaces are organized, clutter is gone, and everything has a place.  Otherwise, we're wrapping up projects in progress rather than starting new ones, and re-integrating baby stuff into the living spaces, having cleared it all out long since, my daughter being now nearly 3 1/2.  Not looking forward to hanging dozens of damp, lemon-juicy onesies on the line in January to sun out those dang stains, though. <span><img alt="orngtongue.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>crossing "buy travel crib" off my list! found one on clearance for 50% off. </p>
 

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<p>I don't even want to think about this... only about 8 weekends left to get it all done!</p>
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<p>-clean master bedroom</p>
<p>-get rid of excess clothes (sell or donate)</p>
<p>-organize master closet</p>
<p>-move furniture in MB to make room for birth tub</p>
<p>-deep clean master bath</p>
<p>-organize sewing room (which has become junk storage)</p>
<p>-finish decorative things in Harper's room (hang pictures, hang mobiles, etc.)</p>
<p>-get birth supplies together</p>
<p>-deep clean kitchen</p>
<p>-organize pantry</p>
<p>-freeze a few meals</p>
<p>-clean out all closets</p>
<p>-make menus/shopping lists for easy meals for DH to follow</p>
<p>-make laundry instructions so DH knows how to wash dipes</p>
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<p>This doesn't even begin to touch all the things I have to do at work. UGH!</p>
 

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<p>Oh, hooray.  A to-do thread!  ;)</p>
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<p>Here's my list:</p>
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<p>Birth To Do List<br><br><strong>January
</strong></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Put away Christmas decorations -- ASAP
</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Call doula candidate and set up meeting -- ASAP</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">
Confirm prenatal chiropractor appointment -- ASAP
</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Contact pediatrician top choice for appt.
</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Purchase birth ball
</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Restock prenatal vitamins -- I'm running out!
</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Order birth kit
</span></p>
<p>Write Christmas thank-yous -- ASAP
</p>
<p>Buy some clothes -- esp. pants!! and slip-on tennis shoes -- ASAP!
</p>
<p>Purchase new cradle mattress
</p>
<p>Take some more photos of the belly
</p>
<p>De-clutter main areas of apartment
</p>
<p>Sign up for breastfeeding/<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">CPR</span> classes  (<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">once I've received 2011 Flex spending card</span>)<br>
Get reimbursed for childbirth class<br>
Get reimbursed for chiropractor
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<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Decide if I want to rent a birth tub (and make arrangements)</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">
Contact cloth diaper service about setting up service<br>
Buy cardstock and</span> create pages for baby shower craft (ABC/123 book)<br>
Buy tissue paper and create garland for baby shower
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<p><strong>
February</strong><br>
Buy and wrap gift for baby shower hostess
</p>
<p>Contact HR department insurance rep about 2011 health plan (they told me homebirth is going to be included this year!) and maternity leave (6 weeks paid; 6 unpaid?)
</p>
<p>Ramp up the RRL tea and EPO?
</p>
<p>Gather homebirth supplies, per midwife's instructions
</p>
<p>Finish knitting baby blanket
</p>
<p>After shower (mid-Feb.), purchase "necessary" items that remain un-bought on baby registry</p>
<p>
Send shower thank-yous
</p>
<p>Find and install storage shelf on bedroom wall above door
</p>
<p>Get a prenatal massage or two</p>
<p>
Meet with backup midwife
</p>
<p>Meet with pediatrician practice
</p>
<p>Buy a more neutral bedroom rug (the one we have does not go with our new bedding)
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<p><strong>March
</strong></p>
<p>Wash bedding and clothes for baby
</p>
<p>Make a lasagna for the freezer (just to get us through a few days)
</p>
<p>Clean apartment!  Maybe hire one-time cleaning service to get things really clean
</p>
<p>Consider gift(s) for doula and midwife
</p>
<p>Remind husband to de-clutter attic crawl space (I won't be able to climb the ladder)<br>
Pick up birth tub (week 37)</p>
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Pack transfer bag w/transfer birth plan, etc.
</p>
<p>Create email list for first baby photos/notice
</p>
<p>Buy a nursing bra</p>
<p>
Big grocery trip - include labor/post-birth foods
</p>
<p>Set up post-partum birth control plan<br>

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<p><strong>April/After birth
</strong></p>
<p>MW and doula thank yous<br>
Birth control<br>
Buy another nursing bra/top or two</p>
 

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<p>OOooooooh, you ladies are so motivated and organized.  Lately, my to-do list has been "make sure kids are dressed when they leave the house in the morning, make dinner at night."  <span><img alt="orngtongue.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span></p>
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<p>The extended houseguests that have been living in our basement (DP's cousin, his girlfriend & their baby) have FINALLY left, so I can actually start moving things into storage down there and organizing the baby's space.  Here's my list so far:</p>
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<p>Clean/Organize master bathroom</p>
<p>Get our "donate" pile to the thrift store (not hard since DP manages the store)</p>
<p>Clear out & organize nursery closet</p>
<p>Go through, organize & wash diapers/wipes/burp cloths (all stuffed in the same drawer right now)</p>
<p>Paint nursery (just a couple stripes)</p>
<p>Buy frame and hang poster (the whole room is based around this poster)</p>
<p>Order crib sheets</p>
<p>Bring baby clothes in from garage and organize/wash/etc</p>
<p>Clean breast pump and order new parts (if necessary)</p>
<p>Submit HR paperwork for maternity leave</p>
<p>Clean out freezer</p>
<p>Pre-make meals and freeze them</p>
<p>Bring boxes in master bedroom down to basement</p>
<p>Get infant carseat from friend</p>
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<p>Hmmmm...this has been a very useful exercise.  Luckily, my sister will be visiting next week and I'm taking a few days off of work, so hopefully I'll be able to bang a lot of this stuff out.</p>
 

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<p>-Buy Dining set</p>
<p>-Buy Desk Chari</p>
<p>-Pick up baby items that have been offered to us</p>
<p>-Pick up bookshelves and a desk that have been offered to us</p>
<p>-Buy a dresser set w/ nightstands for DH and myself</p>
<p>-Cook before baby arrives for WHEN baby arrives</p>
<p>-Buy what we didn't get for baby</p>
<p>-Get the Saturn repaired</p>
<p>-Pay off all debts (which should be easy to get maybe 80% of it done)</p>
<p>-Re-arrange baby room again when we get what we need</p>
<p>-Send out Thank you cards for our wedding, housewarming, and baby shower, lol (better late than never!)</p>
<p>-Prepare most plans for the baby shower I'm planning for a good friend due in June</p>
<p>-Make 2 more baby afghans for friends</p>
<p>-Finish a scarf I have been working on for myself (got plenty of yarn, it's a quick pattern, just need to get on it more frequently)</p>
<p>-Finish an afghan that I've been working on for DH and myself (need more yarn)</p>
<p>-Finish a bunch of dishcloths for DH and myself, and for my friend who is due in June. (got plenty of yarn, just need to get on it)</p>
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<p>-Curse the last of my co-workers with the pregnant bug (this one is more of a joke, but funny, nonetheless, at least to us that work there)</p>
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<p>And one thing I always do inside and outside my job - no matter what - is recommend (frequently) MDC to the pregos and recently pregos that come in to shop at Motherhood.  :)</p>
 

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<p>So how did we do?!</p>
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<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">get "dresser" for baby clothes</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">put neutral baby clothes in said dresser</span> ( I washed them before I put them in vacuum bags, in totes...that has to be clean enough, right?)</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">put baby diapers in diaper drawers</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">make baby hammock</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">freeze some meals</span></p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">recover rocker cushions</span></p>
<p>make new comforter cover</p>
<p>maybe it would be nice to make something for the baby, like a hat.</p>
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<p><em>and then in the couple weeks before birth:</em></p>
<p>set up pool</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">set up birth kit/towels/blankets</span></p>
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<p>So I made the hammock, that's "for the baby" right? <span><img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;"></span>... I may try to knit up a hat. I think I will buy that duvet cover, and dh will set up the pool when labor starts. Not on this list, but I made a ton of mama cloth, made frozen pp pads, sewed some old cloth nursing pads together (too thin unless doubled up), and made 20 or so cloth napkins for us.</p>
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<p>I think I did pretty well!</p>
 

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<p>hmmm what do I have left to do?</p>
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<p>- finish unpacking boxes</p>
<p>-throughly clean the house-------- constantly doing this</p>
<p>- make casseroles for in the freezer</p>
<p>- purchase my birth kit ------------almost done just need to get linens</p>
<p>- <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">register at the hospital</span></p>
<p>-<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">pick up the mattress and dresser</span></p>
<p>-wash the diapers</p>
<p>-<span style="text-decoration:line-through;">get a moses basket</span></p>
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<p>i think that is pretty much it... there's not a bunch to do but that good seeing as i technially have 7 weeks but i figure i'll be lucky if i make it 5..... ack....</p>
 

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<p>I've done all the easy stuff. I guess that means I have start actually making things now. Ugh.</p>
 

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<p> Today I get to cross off sorting DDs art supplies and moving them and thus reclaiming a shelf in the laundry closet and thus finding the top of the dryer again.  It is there!  and now empty and clean.    This job was not too hard but it is so nice to see signs of progress and to actually do things that I have been thinking about for at least a year or more!</p>
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<p>Other things to do?</p>
<p>- Clean / organize / sort our room.</p>
<p>- Clean /organize / sort hall closet</p>
<p>- Get 3-6 month and 6-9 month and-me down boy clothes from SIL, sort/wash/see what we have.  We already have the 0-3 from her.</p>
<p>- Go to the demonstration session for the diaper service we plan to use (at least at first... maybe longer?)... then sign up for it and tell relative that gift certificates for them is really all we need/want for baby.  We have basically everything else from DD and clothes from SIL.</p>
<p>- Maybe buy and set up crib.  We picked one we want from IKEA but it would not have fit in my car so sometime DH will go back to get it... but we used a co-sleeper at first and DD ended up bedsharing with me for a couple years so I don't feel any rush on the crib.  The one we want turns into a toddle bed  and I also find them helpful for a safe spot for baby for a few minutes if needed to shower or whatever.</p>
<p>- Go to our storage room and see what we have in there... go through DDs infant and 3-6 clothes.  I am pretty sure I have some stuff that will work for a boy cause we did not know DDs gender until birth and I had lots of neutral clothes before she was born.  Eventually get our car seat from storage but I want to wait until the weather warms up a bit first.</p>
<p>- Get the breast pump my friend lent me checked out and buy my own tubes etc. for it.</p>
<p>- Buy a few other items - pads, washable breast pads, baby wipes, one pack of disposable diapers in a small size</p>
<p>- Get our rocking chair back from friend I lent it too.</p>
<p>- Get baby papazan chair from friend who is giving me theirs (one of the few baby items I did not have with DD and kind of want for this baby).</p>
<p>- Find and wash my slings and hooter hider!</p>
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<p>Looks kind of long to type it out but it really is pretty doable I think.</p>
 

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<p>I am trying to get organized too! <br><br>
Here is my list:</p>
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<p>- figure out how to fit 3 kids in one car since we are not buying a minivan... and maybe change my mind on the car seat I'd picked out</p>
<p>- stock freezer (bread is rising for that today)</p>
<p>- complete diaper needs after baby shower</p>
<p>- wrap up organizing projects this weekend (since I start my last college class next week)</p>
<p>- find a girl's name we both love</p>
<p>- get rug cleaned that will go in our bedroom</p>
<p>- treat new glider with stain preventer</p>
<p>- paint the bathroom</p>
<p>- figure out a good bedside table and light since I think I am going to need both</p>
<p>- put up magnetic knife strip in the kitchen</p>
<p>- install the stands for the washer and dryer and make sure laundry room is organized</p>
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<p>1. Make a list.</p>
<p>2. Get motivated and get cracking!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mayfly</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1292444/what-is-on-your-to-do-list-before-baby-arrives#post_16224375"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>1. Make a list.</p>
<p>2. Get motivated and get cracking!</p>
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<br><br><p> HA HA HA HA!!!!!!   <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="width:23px;height:18px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>Updating!</p>
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<p><strong>February</strong><br><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Buy cardstock and</span> create pages for baby shower craft (ABC/123 book) -- husband by end of 1st wk Feb<br>
De-clutter main areas of apartment<br>
Buy and wrap gift for baby shower hostess
<br>
Get reimbursed for chiropractor<br>
Buy some maternity clothes -- esp. pants!! and slip-on tennis shoes – ASAP!
<br>
Buy tissue paper and create garland for baby shower<br><span style="text-decoration:line-through;">Contact HR department insurance rep about 2011 health plan (they told me homebirth is going to be included this year!) and maternity leave (6 weeks paid; 6 unpaid?)
</span><br>
Ramp up the RRL tea and EPO?
<br>
Gather homebirth supplies, per midwife's instructions
<br>
Finish knitting baby blanket
<br>
After shower (mid-Feb.), purchase "necessary" items that remain un-bought on baby registry<br>

Send shower thank-yous<br>

Find and install storage shelf on bedroom wall above door
<br>
Get a prenatal massage or two
<br>
Meet with backup midwife and doula
<br>
Meet with pediatrician practice
<br>
Buy a more neutral bedroom rug (the one we have does not go with our new bedding)
<br><br><strong>March
</strong><br>
Wash bedding and clothes for baby
<br>
Make a lasagna for the freezer (just to get us through a few days)
<br>
Clean apartment!  Maybe hire one-time cleaning service to get things really clean
<br>
Consider gift(s) for doula and midwife
<br>
Remind husband to de-clutter attic crawl space (I won't be able to climb the ladder)<br>
Pick up birth tub (week 37)
<br>
Pack transfer bag w/transfer birth plan, etc.
<br>
Create email list for first baby photos/notice
<br>
Buy a nursing bra
<br>
Big grocery trip - include labor/post-birth foods
<br>
Set up post-partum birth control plan<br>
Begin insurance paperwork<br>

April/After birth
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MW and doula thank yous<br>
Birth control<br>
Buy another nursing bra/top or two<br>
Finish insurance paperwork and submit (maternity leave/FMLA/add dependent)</p>
 
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