Time is winding down in my second pregnancy and the finish line is in sight! But before I can hold my little bundle of joy in my arms, there are a few important things I have to cross off my to-do list. I’ve actually delayed publishing this post multiple times because I was dragging my feet when it came to some of the preparation for the big day.
Here’s a rundown of my working list to get me and my family ready for delivery day.
Pack Hospital Bag
I hate packing, but this is one bag I’m excited to fill. I packed my bag with travel-sized essentials to make my hospital stay as comfortable as possible, including items for baby girl’s first few hours of life. Some of the top items in this bag include giant maxi pads, nursing tops, comfortable pajamas, underwear and socks. Don’t forget to pack baby’s bag too! I have baby girl’s bag packed with a few outfit options, including a coming home outfit, newborn diapers, socks, burp cloths and swaddle blankets. I’m also packing a few pacifiers because I vividly remember the first night in the hospital with my son – let’s just say there was a lot of fussing, and not a lot of sleep.
Get as Much Sleep as Possible
Trouble sleeping is an understatement. Comfort is key and after a long day of chasing a toddler, all I want to do is relax. A hot shower helps to ease sore muscles, but then comes the challenge of getting comfortable in bed. I purchased a pregnancy pillow during my first pregnancy, but I don’t think it was worth it. It may have been the brand I had – Boppy – but during this pregnancy, I preferred to stick with regular pillows that I arrange all around my bump and back like a fort.
Prepare Freezer Meals
Winding down in my first pregnancy, I bought, seasoned and packaged easy to grab portions of chicken breast and salmon so that my husband or myself could easily defrost and prepare dinner in little or no time. This time around, I plan to do the same, to make mealtime as simple as possible.
Wash and Organize Baby Clothes
This will probably be the easiest load of laundry ever. I love all the tiny baby clothes, and baby girl clothes are the cutest! Before my son was born, we switched over to fragrance-free laundry detergents and fabric softeners, so we are already prepared in that sense. The goal is to have all of baby girl’s age-appropriate clothes washed, organized and put away, ready for her arrival.
Get Comfortable with Car Seat & Stroller
This is a big one for me. My son’s first stroller broke the second time I tried to collapse it on my own. I called my husband crying (hormones), and the stroller was never the same again. Now that I’m entering the territory of double strollers, my husband and I both got familiar with the stroller, and even let our son try out his new toddler seat to make sure that everything is ready to roll by the time we need to use the double stroller.
Review Your Birth Plan
Make sure you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to your birth plan. Once those labour pains kick in, you may forget all about your initial plans, but having your partner informed and on-board can help you ensure that you get close to the birth experience you planned. Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to childbirth, but going into the experience with your mind in the right place can make a world of difference. This plan should also be discussed with your doctor, prior to delivery day.
Wash & Sterilize Bottles & Pump Parts
I will be saving this task until I am much closer to my due date, so the sterilized items are not just sitting around the house. But I will be placing priority on the baby pacifiers I will be taking in my hospital bag, so that I don’t leave home without them.
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Prepare for Healing at Home
I only spent one night in the hospital which meant the majority of my healing will took place at home. It is so important to me to ensure that I have space to allow this and make the process as comfortable as possible. This includes having somewhere comfortable to sit. Whether you have a vaginal birth or c-section, comfort will be key once baby is home and you’re pulling long hours while trying to heal from the inside out. A rocking chair or recliner may sound like a good idea, but recliners aren’t the most comfortable for breastfeeding, and a rocking chair may make a mess if you’re pumping. During my first pregnancy, I purchased a donut because my tailbone would throb during the hours at work. That donut became a saviour after I gave birth, making sitting on a regular chair a lot more bearable during those first few weeks.
I already know my time will not be my own again for a while, even more so as a mother of two littles. It’s worth it to invest some time in yourself and do something special for yourself before baby arrives. I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy where a pedicure is required, as I can no longer comfortably reach my toes. I’ll also get a simple manicure as I get closer to my due date so that my nails are short and neat for handling a newborn. But pampering myself also means negotiating time for myself, and thankfully I have family who can lend a hand and babysit my son when I just need to catch up on rest (even though I more often than not use that time to catch up on chores).
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