With only a few weeks left until our second baby arrives, I’m both excited and stressed. There is so much to do before the baby is born. And since there is always a chance that she could come a little early, that leaves me with about 6 weeks to finish off things and get ready for her arrival. The time crunch is also compounded by the fact that my hubby will be heading out of town for a week in May. So, I’ll have to get everything done while he’s around to help. Having a simple list will help me focus my nesting instincts and allow me to effectively prepare for our new baby girl.
Here’s my Third Trimester To-Do List:
1. Finish our Toddler’s Room:
This is something that needs to be done sooner, rather than later. My goal is to have her room totally set up, decorated and move her in well before the baby comes. I don’t want her to be upset and feel like she got kicked out of her last minute. I want her to have some time to adjust and be comfortable in her space before we add a new family member to the mix. We got her bed already and it’s set up, but there are a few things like hanging a new shade, hanging some art and a few some other things. We’ve also got some old furniture that needs a fresh coat of paint. Just waiting for the snow to melt so we can paint it outside.
2. Finish and Reset the Nursery:
The nice thing about this being our second is that we already have everything. The furniture, clothes, cloth diapers, everything. But we need to reset the room. It was being used for an almost 2-year-old before she moves to her big girl room. So we have to put the railing back on her convertible crib and raise the mattress, change out the toddler clothes for newborn clothes and redecorate. We decided with our first that we would get neutral furniture and wall colours and that for our second the only thing that would change would be the decorative items. While we aren’t starting from the beginning, we’ve still got art to hang, little knick-knacks to move in and the final decorative projects to be made (like a mobile).
3. Wash and Organise the clothes:
We are having another girl. That means that we already have a whole bunch of girly things but they are all in storage. It’s time to dig out the bins, sort, wash and organise the clothes. I’m going to take out the newborn stuff as well as the 0-3 month clothes. It’s amazing how fast these little ones grow and during those early, sleep-deprived days, the last thing I want to do is try to find the next size of clothes in the garage.
4. Deep Clean the House:
Maybe it’s nesting, but I’ve got a deep desire to deep clean our house. From kitchen cabinets to bathroom drawers to washing the windows, I just want to clean everything. I might even get down on my knees and scrub the grout in our bathroom. I’m hoping to get this done before I hit 36 weeks so I have the energy to tidy and I can move around with some amount of ease.
5. Stock the Pantry
In the weeks leading up to my due date, I like to stock up the pantry with non-baby items. Things like toilet paper, shampoo and grocery staples are great things to include in a pre-baby stockpile. Not having to run out of the house for those first few weeks is really nice. It means you get to leave on your terms (and not because you’re out of garbage bags). I like to do an inventory of my pantry, laundry room, and bathroom to make sure that I have all my basics. Anything I’m missing or running low on, I make a list on my phone and keep an eye out for sales while I do my regular shopping.
6. Make Freezer Meals:
I did this while pregnant with my first and it was a life-saver! It’s probably the one thing I recommend the most to new moms. I’ve got to get the freezer organised and stocked with easy and healthy freezer meals. I’ll be making a post about this in the future but I plan to have about 20 or so meals frozen and ready to bake in my freezer. This works out to roughly a month’s worth of dinner for us. It was a lifesaver the first time and if you do anything, do this!!
7. Prep Some Hospital Food:
Hear me out! You’ll want some snacks while you’re at the hospital and so will your partner. Making some simple things like a batch of muffins means you’ve got a healthy and accessible snack whenever you want it (like midnight when the hospital cafeteria is closed and so are most restaurants in the area.) Last time I made a batch of blueberry muffins and banana muffins. I put about 6 of each in a large freezer bag and froze them. When it was go-time, my husband grabbed them out of the freezer on our way out the door. It’s great because they defrost fairly quickly and provide everyone with a good energy boost. Even if you don’t want to bake anything, make sure you have some healthy snacks ready to go. Granola bars, trail mix and dried fruit are great since they pack and travel well.
8. Say Thank You!
If you had a baby shower, now is the time to send out those thank you cards. But it’s also time to say thank to the staff that will deliver your baby.
I didn’t get around to this last time, and really wished I did. I’m going to bake a batch of cookies and freeze them, same as with the muffins. When it’s time to head to the hospital, we’ll grab them. They’ll defrost before we even get there. If that sounds like too much work, I’ve also heard of people bringing a box of chocolates, a tin of cookies or even a variety prepackaged snacks and granola bars. It’s so nice to show some appreciation to the doctors and nurses who are working so hard and helping you bring this new life into the world.
9. Pack the Hospital Bags:
I need to get the bags packed and ready to go. But it’s not just my bag that I need to pack. I’ve got to make sure that I’ve got stuff for the new baby, hubby and our toddler, Alexie. I’m going to have to figure out what to pack for each of us as well as make a plan for who watch Alexie while we are at the hospital.
10. Date Nights!
This is important. Have a date night with your husband or partner. The day before we had Alexie we went on our last date (she was supposed to be induced the next morning but I went into labour on the way to the hospital). It was an awesome date that we still remember. Those last few hours alone, having dinner, watching a movie, were awesome. This time we’ll have to have a nice date before this baby arrives. I’d also like to have a little date with Alexie, just me and her. The baby will take a lot of my time, so I want to have a little special time with her before the baby arrives.
11. Final Shopping Trip:
This is more of a fun shopping trip. It’s time to pick out a coming home outfit for the baby, a special little gift for your older kids and a keepsake item or baby memory book for the new baby. It’s a nice time to just relax and
12. Pre-Baby Pampering:
With all these things to do, it’s important to get some pre-baby pampering in. Get a massage, have your toes done, get a hair cut or maybe all three??? It’s totally worth it!
13. Rest and Relax
My goal is to get most if not all these things done before I reach 36 weeks, so I can have the last few weeks to rest and relax. Once I hit that last month, I plan on putting my feet up, drinking lots of water and my homemade decaf iced tea and relaxing as much as possible. I’m also planning on getting lots of sleep and napping as often as I can.
So I have a list. Now I’m waiting for the nesting instincts to really kick in (they’re starting) and get my big pregnant butt into gear. I’ve got about 10 weeks until my due date, so I can take my time and enjoy the process. Well…maybe not the cleaning, but everything else I’ll certainly enjoy!