It’s hard to believe we have 53 days left until Nora’s due date. That sounds like forever in some ways, but at the same time, this pregnancy has gone by so quickly overall. My only major complaint is how poorly I’ve slept throughout most of the second and third trimesters, but even that seems to be improving a little bit. I’ve doubled up on my magnesium intake in the evenings and that seems to be making a difference in the way I sleep. I don’t have such a difficult time staying asleep and am only waking up to use the bathroom, which happens four or five times a night (Crazy, right?!?)
Since we are still a full 53 days out, this list may have some gaps in it, but here is a list of things I know I want to get done before Nora makes her entrance into this world. As more things come up, I will add them to future posts…
Pack Bonnie’s bag for when I go into labor. In a perfect world, I would go into labor in the evening and give birth during the late night/early morning hours while Bonnie is still asleep. Obviously, the reality is that I have zero control over that, so I want to be prepared for any scenario, including her needing to spend the night with my parents.
Make freezer meals. So far I have only a small handful of meals (mostly breakfasts,) which means there is still a lot to do in the cooking department. Starting next week I am going to include ingredients for one freezer meal per week on my shopping list, and plan on prepping one freezer meal per week between next week and whenever Nora arrives.
Install the infant carseat. I keep having the thought that we will likely forget to do this since we aren’t having to drive to from the hospital!
Clean the car. It is a disaster on the inside. Completely. So this needs to happen before the previously mentioned car seat gets installed.
Order my birth kit, and purchase the extras on the list that my midwife provided. The birth kit that my midwife recommends is much simpler than the list that I blogged about a couple months back, even once I factor in the extras. So you can expect a new post about this soon! I really like the simplicity of her list. It’s a good reminder that the birth process is normal and natural, and nothing to obsess over or be afraid of.
Order my baby wrap. Someone gave me a Moby Wrap when I had Bonnie, and while I really like the wrap concept, and the fact that it was totally hands-free, I wasn’t crazy about the thickness of the fabric. Bonnie was born in June, so it was hot out the first few months of her life, and the Moby fabric just was not breathable. This time I am going with the Solly Wrap, which I pre-ordered last week (they were out of the color of fabric I wanted.) I met a mom several months ago who was wearing one, and she raved about the lightness of the fabric. She even let me feel it, so I’m pretty confident in my choice. I also have a sling, but doubt I will use it as often as the wrap, since it’s not as hands-off.
Paint our shutters, front door, and front door hardware. Okay, okay. This isn’t an essential item on the list, but I would really like to get everything painted and re-hung before Nora gets here. I’ve had the paint on hand since we moved back in at the end of March. I just need to use it.
Finish the nursery. This should, theoretically, be easy. There are just a few small touches left that I’d like to add. I’d like to get a lumbar pillow for the glider and a couple 5×7 picture frames for the pedestal table that I recently snagged at a yard sale. We have a vintage window hanging above the crib that needs to be mounted more securely to the wall so that there is no chance of it falling on Nora.
Sanitize bottles. I’m not sold on bottle training, so this might just slip through the cracks. Andrew is adamant that I teach Nora to take a bottle, but I just don’t think it’s worth missing out on the bonding of nursing. Plus it means I have to pump, which seems silly since I will be with Nora all the time anyway. Why not just nurse her?
Find a pediatrician. I have one good lead but am open to suggestions from any of you who live in or near the Nashville area. We are looking for someone with a holistic approach to healthcare who is open to alternative ideas regarding vaccines.
Wash Nora’s linens. I’ve already washed her clothing. I’ve also already washed all her linens once, but Bonnie loves to play inside Nora’s crib, which means that the crib sheet and blanket need to be washed once more before Nora arrives.
Review the Moms on Call schedules. I swear by the MOC books, swaddle, and schedules. As a new mom, the schedules were lifesavers, and I’m sure this time around will be no different. They even provide schedules for Toddler + Newborn, Toddler + 4-8 Week Old, Toddler + 8-16 Week Old, etc., etc.
Work on the diaper and wipe stash. I have a couple small packs of size 1s, a single pack of newborn-sized diapers, and some small packs of wipes, but that’s about it. I’m not even attempting cloth diapering this time around since I will have both girls at Andrew’s office at least part-time (if not full-time) in our first few months of practice. I just think that’s too much for me to take on. My sister, who is having a boy in August, will be cloth diapering though, and I’m excited to watch and see how she likes it!
Arrange for newborn photos. We got to skip this step with Bonnie since we ended up ordering the 1-day-old photos that were taken of her at the hospital. And I originally thought that, due to our finances, we would opt to skip newborn pictures of Nora, but when it gets right down to it I know I will wish I’d gotten some taken on day! An acquaintance recently started getting into photography and charges very reasonable rates for her newborn sessions since she’s just starting out. I contacted her recently, and she’s available when we need her, so that’s the route we’re planing on going.
Keep the house clean. This is easier said than done when you have an almost-two-year-old living under your roof! And it sounds silly but once we reach full-term, I really, really want to keep the house exceptionally clean so that when I do go into labor I am not concerned with cleaning up before people arrive (my midwife, possibly her assistant, my mom, my sister.) I realize they don’t care what the house looks like, but it will help me be able to focus on the task at hand if the house is clean and put together. If the house is a wreck, I know I won’t feel as calm as if my house is clean, calm, and clutter-free. (Specifically the floors, kitchen, and bathrooms.)
Come up with a plan for Bonnie’s birthday. Since Nora is due on Bonnie’s birthday, I know there is a possibility that this particular birthday could be overshadowed by Nora’s arrival, and even though I think that’s fine, I want to make sure we have something on hand to make her feel special and to acknowledge that it’s her birthday. We won’t be having a party or anything, but will do something small for and with her.
Address and mail the postcards for Rivergate Chiropractic’s grand re-opening and ribbon cutting. We are addressing and stamping the postcards by hand, so this is going to be time-consuming, and I need to get it knocked out before Nora gets here… just waiting for the postcards we designed to come in the mail! (There are a TON of office-related things that need to happen between now and mid-June. This one is the most time-consuming, which is why I’m mentioning it here.)
Nothing else comes to mind that absolutely must get done before Nora arrives, but I’m sure some other things will pop up by and by. I’d like to have some snacks on hand for the birth team to munch on when I’m in labor, but don’t know what the best way is to go about that since I’d like most of the snacks to be fresh foods rather than processed (maybe a veggie tray, and some of my favorite fruits.) I’m sure this is something that will work itself out without my stressing over it.
With each week that passes I get more and more excited to meet our girl, and I am SO EXCITED for Bonnie to meet her!