Since I’ve got about a month (give or take), I’ve been very slowly but deliberately getting things ready for our new arrival. I don’t want to say that last time I was totally unprepared, but there were certain things that got missed and I didn’t get a chance to do immediately after Autumn was born. I don’t want that to happen again, so I’ve been keeping a list of things I need to do this month especially in order to stay on top of things and be totally ready.
Here is what I’ve done so far:
The last thing you want to do with a little one (and especially two little ones, like I am about to have) is needing to go to the grocery store to get necessities that you’ve run out of. Like toilet paper. I don’t want to think about toilet paper when I have a new baby. So I’ve been stocking up on the following items:
- toilet paper
- paper towel
- laundry detergent
- shampoo and conditioner
- paper plates
FILL YOUR FREEZER
It’s always a good idea to have extra food ready to go, especially when you won’t really be able to cook elaborate meals. I know my hands will be full, so I spent an evening and made a ton of freezer meals. All we’ll have to do is take things out of the freezer the night before, and we’ll be good to go! Which will come extremely in handy on the days when I’m cluster feeding all day, and don’t have a spare minute to throw something together. Last time, we received a lot of meals from friends and family, and I hope hope hope that it happens again, but it might not, so having meals in the freezer good to go will hopefully be a huge help.
KEEP ON TOP OF THINGS
The day before I gave birth, I meant to do a huge number of things. But the biggest thing that I meant to do was the laundry. That didn’t exactly happen as planned, however. I meant to do laundry, but ended up being really tired all day and spent my time resting. Which, turns out, was a brilliant use of my time because the next morning (at 1:00am), I went into labour. But it was also poor planning on my part, because we really really needed to have clean laundry done, and so after Autumn was born it just kept piling up and piling up. No good! I know that all the “how to help a new mama” stories include doing things like her laundry, but I haven’t felt comfortable with someone else doing my laundry since I started doing it as a teenager, so that was a no-go. This time, I’m staying on top of the laundry. So even if we need to do a little bit within the first week or two of the new baby’s life, it won’t be as bad as last time.
I’m napping when I can. As a new mama, I looked back over all the naps I had when I was pregnant the first time and thought “yep, that was a good use of my time”, and I’m probably going to do the same thing this time as well 😉
What other things did you do to get ready for your baby?