Less than two months until baby’s due date. It’s almost September, which is the month BEFORE baby is supposed to come.
Add to the list all of the babies being born early that I keep hearing about. 34 weeks, 35 weeks… stress me out much?
We have SO much left to do for baby. SO MUCH. Plus, B is transitioning back into his old restaurant (finally!!!!) starting Monday, and they’ll reopen in September. It’ll be crazy busy and hectic at first. And in his time off, we have things to work on. (Baby girl- this is why you CANNOT come early!!! Do you hear me young lady?)
On the “home” front, we need to get baby’s room together. We have the Pack n Play set up in our room already, and just have to move around some furniture so that we have room for the glider, and the short dresser top clear for the changing pad for our room (which we have yet to get, ugh.)
The nursery, however, has ways to go. It’s still somewhat “storage” and I need to power through and clean it out. It’s hard to find energy to do this while sitting home alone on the weekends, exhausted. Every time I think I make some process I get wiped out. B also needs to paint the dresser, so we can put it in the room, and wash her clothes to put into it! More easily said than done when you think about our different schedules and how much B has going on right now.
Oh and did I mention all the diapers we have? (ONE. WE HAVE ONE DIAPER IN THIS HOUSE.) So many people told me “you’ll get TONS of diapers from your showers!” but I guess because our showers were out of state, and neither of our works are throwing us showers, that’s not the case for us. I don’t even know where to start with diapers.
But don’t worry… I have a diaper pail now! (Ubbi…. since I wanted smell resistant metal to not tempt the pugs, and did NOT want to have to buy special bags. I can barely remember to get garbage bags as it is.)
(That is the DEFINITION of a rough-looking pregnant lady. Florida + August + pregnant = not fun.)
Purchasing or receiving things for baby girl make me giddy. I wish I had them organized, but just having them in the house makes me feel better. I had a huge *win* this week when I ordered our stroller and infant carseat. I had to do a whole lot of work to find the best deals on them since we decided to go with a more rare color. I like to hunt for a deal!
There are still lots of things we need that stress me out. (Forgive me, but listing them out helps me feel more organized and like I actually accomplished something!) There’s the vital stuff:
- mattress pads for the crib/pack n play
- burp cloths
- more swaddlers
- baby wash and washcloths for bathtime
- nursing bras for the hospital and beyond
And the less immediate/vital stuff that I will need at some point…
- baby monitor (which I will need after a week or two when B goes back to work, since I will likely have to take the dogs out front once at night (our backyard is fenced but not safe at night for them because of the size/shape) when B’s at work)
- bottle supplies (we have some, but I’m probably going to have to buy more as baby tries them, depending on how breastfeeding/pumping goes)
- the changing pad for our room
- baby snug seat
- a Belly Bandit to help with my recovery
- all the smaller older baby items, like play things, sippy cups, an activity saucer, teethers, etc
- things we might not forsee needing but will- like different carriers/sleepers if she doesn’t like the ones we have, or formula if we need to supplement or have issues breastfeeding
And of course, there are the things we fully DO NOT need, but that I lust over. Like this GIRAFFE MOBILE!
Or this guitar onesie, since baby girl’s daddy plays and has guitars of his own!
Like I said… completely not necessary. But OH MY GOSH, right?
We also still need to schedule a tour of the hospital, take a class or two, and (gulp) arrange child care. All of this hinges on B’s new schedule, which he should know on Tuesday. Sadly, child care probably won’t be figured out for a WHILE. We plan to have a part time, in-home nanny to babysit (three days a week) when B’s not home and I’m working. Nannies and sitters are not easy to hire in advance. Cue anxiety.
It doesn’t feel like a huge major ton when written out, but at the same time, it feels somewhat daunting. I’m whittling away at the items that need to be purchased, but time seems to fly faster than I can handle! These are the times I wish my mom were in the same state and could come help me prepare!
What are your biggest tips for preparing for baby? What am I forgetting? What should I forget about?! And do you all forgive me now for slacking on blogging (since clearly I spend all my time worrying about this crap, shoving food in my face, and trying – unsuccessfully – to get a good night’s sleep.) Weigh in!