With it being Memorial Day Weekend, and us not having any family or friends who stayed in the area, it gave us the opportunity to not only prepare some final things before the baby gets here but also to spend some quality time together. Lance and I kicked off the weekend with a much-needed date night which included, dinner out at a restaurant, and a trip to the mall so Lance could get some new clothes. Every day ended up being a mixture of “final preparation” as well as some fun things for us to do, and I think it gave us the opportunity to enjoy one another’s company and appreciate what we can accomplish together…just the two of us.
Here are some final things we did to prepare for the baby, which you may not think of:
1. I re-organized my hospital bag and made it two bags. One bag is for labor….what we will walk in with. It includes: a robe, slippers, a recording of the baby’s heartbeat and a sonogram picture, and some reading materials, a water bottle, and my birth plan. The second bag has all of our toiletries and clothes to wear home as well as clothes, and blankets for the baby (including a little knit lion outfit I want to get professional pictures of him in).
2. We made everything for the baby and for me accessible. All of my clothes are usually on our second floor, and our bedroom is on the first. We brought essential baby items downstairs, like onesies, diapers, wipes, diaper genie, blankets, towels and things for bathing as well as the glider and pack and play (which he will sleep in) and set everything up in our room. We also brought my sundresses, lounge wear, and comfy nursing necessities and found a home for them in Lance’s dressers. This will allow me to be more independent after the baby get’s here especially after Lance goes back to work.
3. Cleaned and got ready for guests. Now I know what you’re thinking…I have gone too far, right? Okay, but listen to my reasoning, here. I like to have a clean house. I find it stressful to have a messy one. Lance helped me clean the bathrooms and all of the floors in the house while I made the guest room beds. You never know when family will want to come see the baby an ours live far away. I just wanted to be prepared so it wasn’t stressful for me later. I know no one expects me to have a clean house now, or even after the baby get’s here, but it makes me feel good.
4. I did something I have always wanted to do. I have always wanted fresh herbs and a few veggies, but our wild-life inhabited yard has always made things difficult. At 37 weeks pregnant, I can’t really do major yard work, either, so we got some flower boxes and some fresh herbs and I planted away. I made sure to sit down in a chair and drink plenty of water under our porch umbrella, and filled the flower boxes with potting soil on top of a table (instead of on the ground). I was comfortable, happy, and didn’t need Lance’s help! Not to mention, we will have tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers, sage, mint, rosemary, lavender, and basil this summer!
5. We had fun together. We ate a lot, had ice-cream almost every night, and slept in every day. We went to dinner not once, but twice and sat outside together to watch the dogs play. With our other to-do’s, there was just enough time to enjoy one another and to truly treasure some of our last moments alone as a family of 4…Lance and I and our two dogs, Max and Koa.
6. We took care of our pets. We washed our dogs, and got their nails clipped, and brushed them. We called and made sure they were up to date on their shots, and got the due dates for their next ones. We are good to go until August with their vaccines, etc. so no need to take action, now.