- Pamper Yourself. - Get your nails done, a facial, massage, whatever it is that makes you feel great. You've earned it!
- Clean the House. - This one isn't exactly fun, but if your nesting hormones have set in, you may find yourself scrubbing the baseboards at 2am anyway. Besides, when you bring that little bundle (or bundles) home, the last thing you'll be thinking about is vacuuming and doing dishes.
- Install the Car Seat(s). - This one is pretty obvious. They won't let you leave the hospital without seeing that your car seat is installed, however most hospitals will not check to make sure that they are secured properly, so be sure to have it checked by someone who is licensed to do so.
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- Pack your Hospital Bag. - Check back next week for a list of what's in my hospital bag.
- Take Classes. - This shouldn't be left to the last month, but if you haven't already, take or finish up your birthing class, breastfeeding class, CPR class, and any others to get you prepared for the arrival of your little one(s). [We offer private and group classes.]
- Have a Girl's Night. - It will be a while before you can go out with the girls, sans baby, so relish these last few weeks. (Personally, I've been taking any and every opportunity to see movies in theaters.)
- Have a Date Night. - It's been baby, baby, baby for at least 8 months, so spend a night focusing on each other.
- Set up the Nursery. - Your baby may not have his or her own room, but it's good to have a space that is theirs. Having you baby's things organized and in one (or two) convenient locations will save your sanity in those early sleepless weeks.
- Spend one-on-one time with older children. - You may have noticed that your child has become much more attached to you in the last few weeks or months, whether or not they understand what is going on. Be sure to spend one-on-one time with them doing their favorite activities and slowing down to savor precious moments.
- Get older siblings prepared for Baby's arrival. - Depending on your child's age, there are a number of ways to talk about what it will be like when the baby comes home, and if they are old enough, what you will expect out of them as the big brother or sister. Also, have some quiet activities on hand and pre-made snacks, so they have something to do while your hands are full and aren't able to give them your undivided attention.
- Set up backup child care and pickup. - If your family is close by, this one is a quick set up, but if you are far from family you may need to call in some favors from friends and day care providers just-in-case.
- Enjoy some quiet alone time. - Just as it is important to spend time with the key people in your life, it's also important to spend some quiet time alone. You won't have much of it once your little one(s) make their grand entrance.
- Sleep in. - This is a luxury, take advantage of it while you still can.
- Do something that makes you happy. - For me, this means being crafty. I love making blankets, burp cloths, and other personalized items for my babies. It doesn't have to be big, just something that you enjoy and takes your mind off the anxiety of waiting.
- Finalize your birth plan. - Not all births go according to plan, but it is helpful to have a plan in place for the "what ifs" beforehand, when you are able to think more clearly.
- Do something to commemorate your pregnancy. - Book a maternity photo shoot, do a belly cast, paint a silhouette of your baby bump, whatever you want to do to remember your journey.
- Call a Baby Planner. There is a lot to do and think about in the last month of your pregnancy, if you are feeling overwhelmed, unsure, or anxious, know that we are here to help! No one expects you to do everything on your own. We can help you set up your nursery, feel more confident about bringing baby home, help you prepare for birth, and so on. (You don't have to be in your last month to make this call.)
Friday, March 23, 2012
Countdown to Baby!
With just over a month left until Baby arrives, it's crunch time. There are a few things that can wait until after your little one comes home, but in my experience it's a lot harder to get things done with a newborn in tow. Especially when you are trying to schedule your day around the unpredictable sleeping and feeding schedule of a newborn.