Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Overwhelmed and Underprepared: revisited

A few weeks ago I posted this list of things that we need to do before baby girl makes her debut.

I think it’s time to revisit the list because well, she will be here anytime between right now and a few weeks from right now.

Thankfully, thanks to my awesome sister and fabulous friends & family, we were able to knock a lot of these things out at our little “sprinkle” a few weeks ago.

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I think we are in a good place, or close to a good place to bring her home – am I missing anything that we HAVE TO DO before she gets here?

Things to buy sooner (for the girls):

  • New bottles (we got rid of ours)
  • New pacifiers (again, got rid of)
  • warmer clothes in newborn & 0-3 months (I think we okay here now, I hope?)
  • Size newborn & size 1 diapers & wipes (maybe re-sign up for amazon mom?)
  • heavier weight swaddle-me/swaddling blankets (do we really need this??) (I decided we are good here….)
  • lovie for baby (from Gianna)
  • humidifier
  • sound / white noise machine (bear??)
  • Changing pad for dresser. (something for upstairs too???)
  • diaper genie & refills
  • Big sister gift (what to get????) I actually need to just put this together….
  • boppy & cover (did i let someone borrow ours??)
  • baby meds
  • rock & play (or borrow) got it!
  • more baby hangers
  • burp clothes, bibs, baby wash rags, towels, changing pad covers
  • I have no idea what else we need……. (seriously – what else do we need? am I missing anything?)

Things to buy soon-ish (for me/mike/house)

  • glider/rocker for the nursery
  • feminine hygiene stuff (yay…)
  • nursing stuff (what the heck do i need???)
  • wine for when the baby comes home.... beer for mike.... (joking. sort of. not really)
  • pump??
  • nursing cover (do I really need this?)
  • moby or something like that? (or borrow??)
  • living room storage solution (where are we going to put everything??) (I’m still not convinced here, but it will have to work)

Things to pull out of storage/wash

  • All newborn and 0-3 month clothing (determine if everything is seasonally appropriate and make new clothes list for any gaps – add to buy list….)
  • Car seat base, cover, bundle me
  • Big Stroller
  • See if cloth parts of bouncer can come off to be washed (make sure bouncer works!)
  • Play mat and toys
  • Teethers, rings, and other 0-6 month toys (find a good place to keep baby toys)
  • Crib bedding, sheets, blankets, burp rags, etc. etc. etc.

Things to put into storage

  • G's outgrown clothes & toys.....
  • lightweight stroller

Rooms to Tackle: Gianna's Room

  • fix up dress up area how I want it (I basically did this, I still want to a better storage solution, but for now, I am satisfied.)
  • Paint???
  • Buy artwork for walls/print pictures/frame/etc.

Rooms to Tackle: Baby's Room

  • find someone to fix window/wall ASAP
  • paint, clean, rearrange as necessary
  • Raise crib
  • Get/hang up artwork (I’m crossing this off, we just need to get everything hung up)
  • clean carpet

Rooms to Tackle: The rest of the upstairs!

  • touch up paint (where baby gate was)
  • try to come up with better playroom storage/arrangement (ha!)
  • figure out where baby stuff will go upstairs
  • Clear out cupboard space for bottles, etc.


  • Pick a name for the baby…….
  • Maternity photo shoot (when?!!) at least we scheduled it finally!
  • hospital packing list/bag (figure out what diaper bag to use....)
  • Maternity leave & STD paperwork
  • Pre-register at hospital (no idea if we have to do this??)
  • sign G up for big sister classes
  • Figure out main plan (plus 2 back up plans) for what to do with Gianna when the baby comes
  • Take/Finish bradley classes
  • Try not to freak out
  • Holy shit we are having another baby

And I have added a whole bunch of other stuff to the “other” category over the past few days.  Things that will just make me feel better if they get done, but won’t kill me if they don’t.

I feel equal parts prepared and unprepared depending on the minute.  I can not believe the unprepared-ness that is going on right now.  My mom is convinced I’m in denial this girl could arrive any day, and maybe I am a little bit.  I just keep saying “after THIS” then she can come when she wants. But you know how that goes, there is always another THIS.  And the fact that she will come when she is ready! 

38 weeks. Maximum of 3ish weeks left to be pregnant.  Fingers crossed it’s really not that long!


Delenn said...

Hon, you are way more prepared than I was! I love lists, love yours! I think the other stuff can wait, you never know what will or wont work sometimes.

My one thing I would do is make sure you have some extra little gifts you can give to big sis when people come bearing baby gifts.

seussgirl said...

So exciting! Let's you have bath stuff? Soap, a ckean babytub, washcloths, hooded towels? Diaper cream?
Nursing supplies: absorbent pads? (I forget the brand, lanolin maybe, in the purple box) Cream for cracking? The playtex gel pads are amazing for relieving pain. Don't forget to ask your nurse or the lactation consultant in the hospital for samples of everything!
Do you have any freezer meals set aside? Or people willing to bring you food when you get home? That's even better!
Good luck!

alison said...

Girl, you are way prepared! I honestly can't think of anything else you'll need. Make sure you stock up on BF from the LC at the hospital. I don't know if it's a second kid thing, or if Jude was just a vacuum but nursing him HURT like a MOFO at first. I was bleeding and they were cracked. It took a while to toughen them up. (Not to mention that I was a blubbery hormonal mess, with bleeding boobs.) So - patience, lots of patience. You're going to do great.

Deborah said...

That's quite the list! Sounds like you are pretty well prepared. And really, there isn't much you need IMMEDIATELY - most things you have some time to run out & get. I kept telling myself there was really nothing I needed to do to get ready, and of course that hasn't been true at all. But you sound like you're in good shape.