It’s about that time!! If you’re like me & LOVE lists, this could help you out! Also keep in mind, every pregnancy & prepping for your bundle is different – no two are the same.
LETS DO THIS!
1. PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
Because there are MULTIPLE Pinterest breakdowns of “What You Need In Your Bag” & “What I Used For My Second Kid Hospital Bag”, it can be a little overwhelming when packing. & since I consider myself a queen of overpacking, I’ve compared lists, asked questions & pretty much just tested how much crap can be held in my bag. (I’ll be making a separate post on exactly what I end up bringing, in case anyone wonders) But something I’ve definitely narrowed down is how many bags: 1 for Matt & I then 1 for J’s coming home outfit & jazz in my massive diaper bag 🙂
2. INSTALL CAR SEAT, PREPARE STROLLER & TRY ON YOUR CARRIER / WRAP
Did you know you can’t leave the hospital unless you have a car seat? Not that not having a car seat is an option for us – just a fun fact. Also have your stroller open & ready to use in your garage or wherever you plan on storing it. Just so you have it ready to use in case you’re unable to open it yourself down the road. & try on whatever form of carrier you plan on using. Trying it for the first time with you living, breathing nugget could go a little difficult.
3. DEEP CLEAN THE HOUSE
Nesting is very real & if you find yourself cleaning the kitchen & bathrooms in the middle of the night, girl don’t question it. & if you’re like me, cleaning helps get my mind right & I’m hoping it’ll help with me feeling comfortable bringing J into the house knowing I JUST cleaned it.
4. BABY DOCTOR
There’s so many Doctor people you have to meet with & set appointments up with. Make sure finding a Pediatrician is on your list of people to meet!
5. PREWASH BABY CLOTHES, BLANKETS & BEDDING
This one’s up for debate. I know a handful of people who aren’t a fan of prewashing the clothes & items that come in direct contact with the baby’s skin – to each their own. Personally, I’ve prewashed things as we received them from people. There’s always the possibility of dye from the fabrics or the harshness of the material not reacting well with sensitive infant skin..
6. DID YOU GET YOUR BREAST PUMP?
It’s not until close to the 30th week where I got my breast pump referral. From there, I have until right after J is born to go to the directed store to pick up my pump & all accessories. For whatever reason, I haven’t done this yet but it’ll get done. Planning on going to Nurturing Expressions & getting a Medela with all the bells & whistles (I really want Machell’s ‘hands-free’ concoction she has at work but that’s down the road)
7. FREEZER MEALS
This will probably be the thing I need the most help with because cooking is not my forte. We’ve been loosely talking about getting a chest freezer to put in the garage because our current freezer is microscopic. But to those that wish to help out, BRING ME FOOD! You think I’m kidding. Just ask me what I’ll eat 🙂
8. TAKE A TOUR OF THE HOSPITAL
We have been told that we will schedule our hospital tour during our all-day childbirth class in November. I guess if you do it in sessions like normal people, the tour is scheduled at some point among the classes. Luckily, I’ve already gotten the chance to see a little bit of the room where it’ll all go down, best case scenario (thanks Lauren!)
9. ALL OF THE CLASSES
Speaking of the childbirth class.. Your medical provider, Doula or whoever will probably urge you sign-up for some classes because let’s face it, if this is your first Nugget (guilty), you’ll probably need to learn some things. With the Military, childbirth classes are required in order to deliver on base. Luckily, they’re also free! Other important classes you may want to look into are breastfeeding classes as well as a Budget for Baby class. My co-workers informed me of this INCREDIBLE group of ladies for a breastfeeding class called Le Leche League. However we’re passing on the Budget for Baby ones. Matt LOVES all things finance so I trust that we won’t do anything stupid.
10. GET YOUR CAMERA READY
Make sure you not only charge your camera battery but also pack your battery charger! & the thing that I’m ALWAYS guilty of – clear out your memory card. The last thing you want is to have this spectacular moment that’s about to be captured to get a CARD FULL notification in your face -_- Don’t even take the chance to say you’ll go through it & just get a new card.
11. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR BIRTH PLAN
I just went over mine with Matt last night – good thing because he had some questions 🙂 Try to maybe go over it every other week, just in case you change your mind on some concepts.
If you plan on hiring a photographer, GET ON THAT! If you’re being frugal like me & just having a friend snap some pictures with your big girl camera, go over some of the examples you DEFINITELY need to be captured (I have an entire Pinterest page of what I want. Jess knows 🙂 )
13. SHOTS ON SHOTS ON SHOTS
I hate shots. I’m almost 28 & I still turn my head, close my eyes & try to pretend someone isn’t stabbing me with a needle. However, being pregnant (especially during Flu season), I need to get all of the shots. Make sure you get all your vaccinations & test performed – a couple of the biggest ones being the T-Dap shot (whooping cough) & the flu shot.
14. THANK YOU NOTES
Was just talking to Matt about these yesterday. Send out your Thank You Notes from your baby shower so you don’t have to worry about it while your bedridden. Also so it won’t be awkward if they come over to help you & you haven’t said thank you for the FIRST time they helped.
15. UPDATE ADDRESSES FOR BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ties in with the Thank You Notes. I’m a big fan of the emails (especially since I make everything graphically) but if you plan on using snail mail, get those addresses now!
16. PREREGISTER AT THE HOSPITAL
This is another item that will get completed at the all-day childbirth class. We’ve received the admission paperwork & it needs to be turned in either at the childbirth class or we can bring it in during labor. Obviously, the first option is ideal because labor is already a consuming ordeal.
17. VROOM VROOM
Clean out your nasty car! I like to think I keep the Audi pretty clean – items just tend to collect in the backseat. But you’re about to have a solid amount of new things & people in there (car seat, hospital bags, relatives, etc) so clearing out the clutter would be extremely helpful. Don’t forget about the trunk!
18. NOTHING MOLDY IN THE BATHROOM
Clean & make plenty of room for you baby. Keep in mind you’ll want a space to store the mini bath seat. You’ll also be on your hands & knees so that’s a different area you’re not used to seeing every day – meaning there could possibly be some build ups behind those bottles or in the plug. Get that all out the way so you don’t get disgusted when you’re at that level trying to clean your new baby.
19. MATERNITY LEAVE
If you haven’t already told you current employer about your maternity leave or plan on taking additional time after, now is the time. Last thing you want is it plan on taking your time on getting your life back on track post birth & your employer hit you with appointments & a schedule. Believe me.
20. POST PARTUM GOODIES
Remember my entry about padsicles & whatnot!? Girl, get it going! Stock up on those padsicles, Sitz bath, peri bottles, all things lavender, lotions, teas, nipple butters, etc.. Especially if you think you may be specific like me, get it while you still can rather than rely on others (although that’s going to have to be something you get used to as well – relying on others)
21. DATE NIGHT
Even if you’re feeling like a beached whale, convince yourself to go out with your Boo a few more times before you have your bundle of joy. Spontaneous will no longer be a word in your vocabulary so might as well take advantage of it while you still can!
Like I’ve said before, I’m not one to spoil on myself (minus my massages) but better believe I’ll be treating myself to a fresh mani / pedi a few days before the due date. Gotta make sure hands & feet look as nice as possible!
23. STOCK THE PANTRY
You’ll be in the house for some solid weeks after birth so make sure you have all your goodies stocked up! Naturally, you’ll have the freezer meals but sometimes nothing can replace a box of Cheez-Its (amirite!? Just me..?) Also make a grocery list of your items in case you go into labor early!
24. PUP SITTERS
For those with pets, make sure you have someone that will be able to swing by your house to let your pets out & feed them. You should expect to be at the hospital for a couple days & you don’t want to be worrying about your Fur children while you’re recovering.
25. PUSH PRESENTS
To be honest, I had NO idea what this was until I spoke to a few other Momma’s & then looked them up. “Push Presents” are normally gifts from the New Daddy to the New Momma (she just gave him the ultimate present. Least he could do is get her a little card or something, right?) I thought the concept was awesome – getting Matt something that has something to do with him being a new Daddy just makes me giddy 😀
26. UPDATE YOUR DOULA / MIDWIFE
I’m pretty big on communication so should anything change or have the potential to change, I’m quick to inform whoever needs to know. Any changes to your birth plan, anything of that nature & also paying them should be done now.
27. RELAX, MOMMA
Self-explanatory. Even if you haven’t done everything on this list, THIS step has to be the most important. Pre-term labor is no joke & you do not want something as small & silly as non-necessary stress to throw everything off. So sit your booty down, take your deep breaths, kick your feet up & let those who love you take care of you.
I hope I covered a solid amount of things with my list! Keep in mind, I haven’t gone through the process yet so these are just things I’m constantly thinking about & may also possibly be running through some others heads. If I forgot something, leave it in the comments!
Also I’m going to change up my ‘countdown to baby’.. Not sure if anyone has counted out but here goes:
The hospitals estimated due date is December 16th (which is what we’ve been telling everyone & going with) – that’s a Friday. However, my weekly updates occur on Saturday’s which I ran with from our first ultrasound – first miscarriage scare. It was a vaginal ultrasound so at that point in time, it was the most accurate. According to the measurements they took then, he was measuring 6 days early which if we followed, would put us with a due date of December 10th (6 days before the hospitals) on a Saturday. Also with the anatomy scan, J was still measuring early but not an entire week so they don’t plan on changing the due date. We basically combined all that information..
However, now I want to set it to a correct timeline – meaning the hospital’s date of December 16th. My updates will now be on Friday’s which would put me at 32 weeks THIS Friday rather than 33 weeks the following Saturday. Fun, right!? -_-