I have some really “type A” personality tendencies. I just like things to be organized, have a plan, and run smoothly. If things are unknown and disorderly, I get a little stressed about them. So before even going to the hospital or starting labor I compiled a little checklist to make sure things go smoothly when I’m away. I also figured that this list would make the transition back home a little more bearable.
- Freezer Meals. One of the first things I did in preparation for coming home was prepare freezer meals. I’m sure the last thing I’m going to want to do once she’s born is spend time in the kitchen making food for the family. I also don’t want to be ordering out every night so freezer meals was the perfect solution.
- Hire a housecleaner. I know this sounds extreme but for the past month or so I’ve been unable to really get down and clean the way I like things done. I don’t want to bring baby girl home and be annoyed with dust bunnies or have to think about scrubbing toilets. I’m going to have someone come in when I’m in the hospital or in the days that I get home to just do a general deep clean of the house. I’m sure my husband would help out with this but I’m also positive that it wouldn’t get done to my standards.
- Pack Hospital Bag. This is something that I’m pretty sure all women have prepared before they go into labor, or they should. The last thing you want to do if your water breaks is run around the house packing clothes.
- Arrange care for other children. I think this is going to be the hardest part of being in the hospital, by far. My son is 19 months and I have never spent a single night away from him. I have a few people that I can call day or night to come over and hang out with him while we rush off to the hospital. Since I might be having a planned day for trying to turn her, induction/c-section it’ll make this a lot easier. We plan on my husband going home in the evening to be with our son.
- Install Car Seat. I want this done before she’s even here just because we now have two car seats and I want to make sure that they safely fit and are installed properly.
- Set up Swings, Bouncers, ect. I like to have all the baby items ready to be used as soon as we walk in the door. If you’ve ever put together baby items, they can be a horrendous pain. Having them done avoids unnecessary frustration. This obviously includes the nursery but I’m pretty sure that everyone has that done prior to the baby being born, unless they’re insane.
Now, with all that done I feel a bit more ready and complete.
With that being said there are still a few things that I’m waiting to do till she’s born that are slightly stressing me out. They are all things that I kind of need her here to determine so I just have to get over it.
- I don’t have very many clothes for her. Especially in the newborn size. I’m waiting to see how big she is before I stock up on a ton of clothes that will only get used for a short period of time.
- I have three bottles. I’m planning on breastfeeding but pumping so my husband can also bond with her and feed at some point. I don’t want to buy a ton of bottles to figure out what ones she’s going to like so I figured I’d do that when she’s born.
- I have one box of diapers. This isn’t because of money or anything like that but more so I don’t want to stock up on sizes that won’t fit.