Bonnie and I have our 24 week doctor’s appointment later this morning, which means I barely slept a wink last night! I guess I always get a little nervous/excited right before our appointments, and it makes it difficult for me to fall asleep. Andrew finally felt her move Sunday night, which was really neat! He was so excited, which made me incredibly happy. I’m hoping for no news to share after today’s appointment… At this point, uneventful doctor’s visits are a good thing!
But in the meantime…
If you’ve followed along with this blog for any significant amount of time, you probably already know how fond I am of lists. And they come in really handy these days, since my pregnancy brain seems to be constantly in the way of my ability to think straight. For example, last week I left an open jar of mayonnaise on the counter overnight. The very next night I did
the same thing with a carton of coffee creamer. Embarrassing…
To ensure that I remember everything I want to do before Bonnie’s arrival, I’ve made a few little lists.
- Finish the nursery- While Bonnie will not necessarily sleep in her nursery right away, I know that if I don’t finish it before she gets here, I won’t finish it at all. Because once she gets here I will be way too busy snuggling with her to worry about the nursery!
- Detail my car- Andrew is really great about keeping his vehicle clean. Me? Not so much. My car is filthy. I desperately need to spend a Saturday cleaning the thing from top to bottom, and from the inside to outside. I’d like to do this once in the spring (it’s too cold to do it now), and once more just before she gets here.
- Deep clean the house- It will be hard for me to relax if our house is messy. Plus, people may want to come over to meet Bonnie, and I’d hate for our house to be in total disarray.
- Stock up on freezer meals- I can eat just about anything, but I don’t want Andrew to feel like he’s being starved after Bonnie’s birth. I want to make sure I’ve made plenty of freezer meals in advance so all we need to do is thaw in the freezer, and then pop into the oven or microwave to warm.
- Stock up on paper plates, bowls, cups, and napkins- I know this is not environmentally friendly, but our dishwasher does not work well at all, which means I often spent lots of time washing dishes by hand. I’d really like to avoid that in the first several weeks after Bonnie arrives. If we have extra money in our budget, I’d like to spend it on some handy dandy paper products!
- Wash baby clothes, blankets, burp cloths, bibs, sheets, diapers, etc.- I’m thinking I will wash her 0-3 month clothes, and then save the bigger sizes to wash later, since we aren’t quite sure when she will grow into them.
- Make my own baby wipes- I will have disposable, store bought ones on hand as well for when we are out and about, but I’d like to use my own for the most part.
- Get our cloth diaper stash ready, and our diaper station organized- I am really excited to do this, but also pretty overwhelmed at the idea…
- Make this file folder for all the paperwork that comes along with a baby- I will personalize the categories according to our needs:
- Birth certificate and social security card
- Pediatrician visits
- Chiropractic visits
- Immunization waivers
- Health records
- Christian Healthcare Ministries paperwork
- Nursing/Feeding info
- Pre-register with the hospital- This is something that the doctor’s office helps with, but I want to make sure my paperwork is submitted, that the hospital has my last name and address correct (because according to the last piece of mail I received from them, neither are correct,) and pay my deductible, which is due 2-3 weeks prior to Bonnie’s due date.
- Install the car seat- I would really like to do a trial install ahead of time, since my aunt already gave us our travel system! I want to make sure the seat fits properly, and that we know the correct way to install it.
- Get installed car seat inspected- I don’t fully trust myself to install the thing properly, so having it inspected might help give me some peace of mind.
- Select a pediatrician- I’m kind of dreading this, since it seems so hard to find a good doctor these days… at least for me. But I know that many hospitals will not allow discharge without a pediatrician on file. I have found one candidate that seems promising, which is encouraging.
- Pack a hospital bag– I’ve already started a rough draft of my hospital packing list, but I’ll save that for a later post!
Make a final decision about vaccinations–This one is done and checked off the list.
- Schedule a newborn photo session- There is a photographer partnered with GRS who gives a free newborn session to families who have gotten pregnant through IVF. They ask that you call about 3 months prior to Baby’s due date in order to “schedule” your session.
Make a decision about insurance for Bonnie-This one is done, and we have decided to add her to Christian Healthcare Ministries with Andrew.
- Buy stamps- We are thinking we probably won’t have a baby shower since our friends and family are quite spread out geographically, but I know there will be a small handful of people that buy us things, so I want to make sure I have plenty of stamps for thank you cards. (No need to worry about buying thank you cards, as I already have a stockpile of those.)
- Decide whether or not we are going to send out birth announcements- I know I’ll be proud of Bonnie, and that I will want to share her picture with anyone who will look, but I also hate to clutter people’s mail with junk if they would prefer just to hop on the blog and look at her picture.
- Call my insurance to see if they help with the cost of breast pumps at all- I know some women have insurance that will give a certain amount of money toward a breast pump. It may be wishful thinking to hope that my policy does anything similar to this, but it can’t hurt to call and find out!
- Select a breast pump- This is another thing I find overwhelming. So many choices. (I am also wondering if a breast pump is a necessity since I will be staying home with Bonnie, and we will not be separated for extended periods of time. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated!)
- Take an online breastfeeding course- A friend recommended this one to me, and I am really excited to get started, but plan on holding off for a few more weeks.
- Finish The Motherly Art of Breastfeeding- The same friend who recommended the breastfeeding class also recommended this book. I ordered a hard copy rather than the Kindle version so that I could write and underline in it, and easily refer back to it when necessary. It just came in the mail, and I am only two chapters in, but am really excited to read the rest!
Remember: I am new to all of this, so if you have any suggestions, or notice anything I’ve left off the list, please let me know!