15 Things to do Before Baby Gets Here

Monday, April 18, 2016

With the end of this pregnancy, I've found that the urgency to accomplish things early was not nearly as present as it was when I was pregnant with Caroline. Poor second child really does get the shaft in some instances (I am one, myself;)).  So I've found myself rushing around with literally days, possibly a couple weeks to go until my due date trying to cross the last few items off of my to-do list. In the hopes that my last minute rush can help someone else who is better at accomplishing preparedness earlier on, I thought I would share my list of 15684 15 things to do before your baby arrives. Some are obvious, some are personal preference and some are last minute things I've thought of that aren't so obvious but are nonetheless useful.

1. Pack your hospital bag, your baby's hospital bag and you husband's hospital bag.
2. Pack a bag for an older sibling if you have one.
3. Pre-Register at your hospital either in person or online.
4. Tour the maternity floor of your hospital to familiarize yourself with it beforehand.
5. Meal prep some meals for after you get home with your new baby and freeze them. I've made a pork tenderloin, lasagna, chicken casserole, cheese chicken and rice, a coffee cake and a few appetizers. BBQ is my last meal to prep.
6. Clean and organize your house while the nesting urge is present. You sure won't feel like it after the you get home with baby for a few weeks anyway.
7. Wash your baby clothes, blankets, sheets, etc if you're into that sort of thing ;) honestly, I did this with Caroline, but have only washed a handful of things this time around. It just hasn't been the top of my list this go around.
8. Get yourself a manicure and/or pedicure. Personally, as frivolous as this one sounds, it really was the little things that made me feel better in the days after having a baby. If a pretty painted toes make you happy when you're running on three hours of sleep, go for it.
9. Get your car seat securely strapped into your car and ready. Many local fire departments will do this for you if you aren't confident in your car seat fastening skills. My sister has done all of ours for me because she's got three kids and has fastened in a car seat or two!
10. Plan to have someone to care for any older siblings or your pets while you are in the hospital. I've got my mama on call to watch Caroline and we have a friend who is always so great to take care of our animals and they both have our house keys already so they'll be able to get in and out as needed when the time comes.
11. Choose a birth announcement. I've browsed Etsy, Shutterfly and Snapfish and have flagged my favorites to choose from once our newborn pictures are done.
12. Stock up on Thank You notes. You can even go ahead and get your return address labels affixed and postage on them to eliminate a few steps down the road. Target always has some really cute notes on the clearance rack.
13. Keep your car filled up. This may not apply to everyone, but we have an hour drive to get to the hospital when the time comes and the last thing I am going to want to do is stop for gas. The last couple of weeks, I've made sure that my gas tank never dips under half a tank.
14. Empty the memory/ print off all pictures on your phone, camera, etc so that you have plenty of room freed up to take all the pictures you want.
15. Prepare a gift/ goody bag to take to the hospital with you for an older sibling. We have a gift already in the car for Caroline from her baby brother that she'll get when she comes to visit in the hospital for the first time.

I know I'm forgetting things, but this was the list I'd compiled for myself. If I'm forgetting something obvious, help a mama out and let me know!

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