Here's what I need to get done before April 10. My due date is April 28, but I'd like to have a few weeks where I have that peaceful "It's all finished" feeling going on. I have written this list on a hundred different scraps of paper but I keep losing them and, well, nothing makes you accountable like entering it into the public record.
1. Buy some prints from Etsy. Frame. Hang in nursery. (I've bought two so far.)
This one arrived last week and is beyond adorbs (8 x 10).
This one should get here early next week (16 x 20).
Isn't this beyond perfect? I am totally putting one of these in Claire's room, in green.
I've decided on this ABC print, but I need to get really comfy with her name before I order it. Am going to do hot pink, red and brown for the colors.
I like this, but I'm not sure I need it.
Honestly, there are so many fantastic nursery prints on Etsy, it's like a sickness for me at this point. "I like that one! And that one! And, ohhhh, look at THIS!" Lately, my evenings can be summed up as follows:
2. Dye light pink changing pad covers, basket liners and crib skirt hot pink. Asses results. Decide if that was a good idea or a really bad one. Make subsequent purchases accordingly.
3. Obtain small, white nightstand to put next to glider. Ideally, nightstand will be free or almost free.
4. Install dimmer switch in nursery.
5. Put together various baby containment/entertainment devices: swings, pack and play, bouncy seat. Install batteries and make sure they work. Buy extra batteries. (I think Chris turned into some kind of hippie because last week he told me that he wants to buy RECHARGABLE ones. Who is this dude?)
6. Put infant car seat in car. Teach Claire how to buckle and unbuckle her own seat. (She's about halfway there.)
7. Find some sort of coming home outfit for this child. Resist urge to use same outfit as for Claire.
8. Hire new baby photographer.
9. Name baby. (Kind of a BIG ONE.) I think we have a first name, but we need to work on the middle.
10. Buy lots of new (cheap) camisoles/tanks and comfy shorts/yoga pants to wear this summer that I won't care if they get spit up on and ruined, per the instructions to myself.
11. Inquire about 2 or 3-days a week rate/availability for Claire at school. Did that and it's...outrageous. No school for Claire while I'm on maternity leave.
12. Buy and hang curtains in both Claire's room and the baby's room. Make sure they have blackout liner.
13. Register at the hospital. Probably pay them some money.
14. Pack some sort of hospital bag. Maybe. We really didn't *need* a lot of stuff last time.
15. Think about cloth diapering some more. Perhaps make some decisions. Perhaps not.
16. Buy a Moby wrap. Figure out how in the heck to use it. Sell the two HotSlings I have because dude, I could never make those work.
17. Sell the BOB. It's a great stroller, but I think I've proven that it simply doesn't fit our lifestyle/needs. We are not urban people that walk places and we'll never take it on vacation because it's too big for the airplane and, for that matter, the car when we have our stuff, the kid stuff and the dog in the back. I even bought a treadmill because I don't run outside unless weather conditions are perfect, which they never are in Texas. Bye-bye BOB. Anyone in DFW want to make me an offer?
18. Have a chat with HR to see if anything is new in the world of maternity leave and short term disability coverage. Get agitated when I find out the answer is no.
19. Make a run through the Walmart and Target baby sections and stock up on random baby type things.
20. Make an appointment for a pedicure and massage. Maybe TWO pedicures and massages.
21. Make curtains for the kitchen out of the fabric I've already purchased.
22. Buy a bottle of Dreft, even though it costs too much, because it smells divine. Wash the 0-3 month clothes.
23. Do a little bit of research on preparing first kids for second kids. All we've done is say, "There's a baby in mommy's belly." I did have a Big Sister book but it disappeared weeks ago and I have no idea where it went.
24. Perform ruthless Toy Edit and take 3/4 of existing toys to storage. Rotate back in periodically.
(SIDEBAR: I have discovered that having toys strewn about is a stress trigger for me. I imagine that this is a common moment for a parent and you're all nodding your heads and saying, "Well, no shit." But this was a big deal for me to identify a new stress trigger because now I can manage it. It's this impossible task to keep all the toys rounded up and it makes no sense to even EXPECT that at all times and yet, when I get home from work and there are bits and parts of toys everywhere? I die. I get crabby. My solution is to simply have fewer toys so that when all the toys are out, there just aren't so frakking MANY of them. This way, when it's time to pick up toys? It will actually be achieveable inside of five minutes. Claire gets to keep her toys, they just won't all be in the house at the same time. I figure this will be an important Thing for me in a few months when I have two of these kids to look after and will be home with them 24/7, just looking at toys on the floor all day long letting it stress trigger me.)
25. Buy a 4 x 4 IKEA Expedit and fill it with the remaining toys. We are allowed no more toys in the house than the Expedit will hold. This is the new law. Respect the law. (AHEM, grandparents.)
26. Make tasty things to eat and freeze them.
27. Get a haircut. (Avoid accidental bangs this time.) Go to the dentist. Go to the optometrist.
28. Stock Netflix queue.
29. Make sure we have a lot of quality wine in the house.
30. Troll Tiny Prints for endless hours, putting baby name into birth announcement templates. Decide on one. Get birth announcement address list in order. Buy stamps. (UGH, stamps.)