I’m a lover of lists. They cover my refrigerator, take-up blank pages in all my notebooks, and clutter my purse. List making is how I function. Now that I’m pumped up with pregnancy hormones, list making serves as an anxiety-reliever and organizational strategy, not to mention a motivator to keep busy.
On Monday I’ll be twenty-seven weeks pregnant and headed into the third and final trimester of this my first pregnancy. Somedays I feel quite prepared, knowing that a newborn baby doesn’t really need much beside his momma to be happy and healthy. Other days, I feel like I’ve accomplished basically nothing in the past seven months and must rush, rush, rush to get everything done before the Alabama August heat renders me useless for the last few weeks of roundness. On those days, I make lists.
Since I’m being financially forced to take a hiatus from graduate school (another post, another time), I feel like these last three months are going to be the best yet, no matter how large I get 🙂 My number one priority is getting ready for Michael Ryan. I’m overwhelmed with thankfulness for that.
So, here’s the master list.
Things to Buy
2 more sets of Econobums diapers
Hamper with wet bag
1 small wet bag or large zip-lock baggies
Several button-up blouses for the beginning weeks of nursing
Good toilet paper, Cottonelle wipes, etc.
Hand soap, Germ-X, Clorox wipes
Order Birth Kit
Purchase extra items for birth (wash clothes, olive oil, etc.)
Purchase 65″ exercise ball and start bouncing
Camera batteries and SD cards
Things to Pay For
Midwife fee balance: $300.00 by August 20th
Bradley Method Classes: $350.00 (check made-out, first class tomorrow night!)
Doula fee: $500.00 ($200.00 down, $300.00 by by August 27th)
Things to Make, Do, Assemble
Hang nursery prints in correct location
Hang paper blinds in nursery
Make pallet bookshelves for corner
Organize laundry area
Clean-out all kitchen cabinets
Assemble nursing basket for our bedroom (bottled water, burp clothes, creams, etc.)
Clean-out nursery chest
Wash all baby clothes
Wash and dry all diapers at least 3 times
Make birth playlist
Print just-in-case pre-term labor and transfer birth plans
Pack birth bags (toiletries, clothes for me and Cody, diaper bag for baby)
Stock-up on snacks (Clif Bars, LaraBars, nuts, freeze oatmeal cookie dough…)
Stock-up on staples and meat
Plan birth menu and keep all items on hand after 36 weeks
Purchase breastfeeding herbs and supplements
Make a few freezer meals
Plan some breakfast menu options for Cody
Freeze and can garden produce
I recently read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (and it calmed my nerves tremendously about establishing a succesful nursing relationship). The authors recommended posting a list on the fridge for the first week or so after birth with suggestions for visitors who might want to help out. This gave me an idea. Since we won’t be having any visitors at our midwife’s home where I’ll deliver and won’t be seeing any family or friends until about twelve hours after I give birth, I suspect both of our mothers will be running around like mad women, having been denied the traditional role of grandmothers reigning over the hospital waiting room. So, I’m preparing a list of things for them to do while we’re up in Tennessee having a National Geographic-worthy delivery that doesn’t need any onlookers except my husband. This may sound harsh, but I want to make sure they have something to do and something that will make them feel like they are helping and contributing (and also something to keep them from calling us every half hour for an update). Here’s that list-in-progress:
While we’re in Tennessee, please…
Fill a cooler with ice and stock with bottled water, juices (for me), and Cokes (for visitors)
Finish any laundry that we might have left in the washer or dryer
Wash any dishes that might be in the sink
Make our bed
Feed the animals
Prepare snacks: fruit tray, cut-up veggies with Ranch dressing, crackers, etc.
Clean the bathroom
Sweep inside and both porches
Ok, any seasoned mommas out there, what have I left off?