So here we are, in the home stretch of bring baby O into the world. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has flown by but at the same time I feel like I've been pregnant for years. Everyone keeps telling me the first one seems like it lasts the longest and it's been a blessing, especially since I haven't had any complications and baby has reported healthy all the way through. I'm transitioning into the stage now where I'm making sure her home is ready for her when she arrives and trying to not overthink the actual birthing process. I also keep being told that when I go into labor everything will just happen naturally, your body will know what to do, etc., and I think I have a pretty high pain tolerance but it still freaks me out a little to think about delivery. So I've been trying to keep myself busy with some third trimester to-do list tasks. Here are some ways I've prepared for baby in the home stretch:
2. Organize all new baby items from baby shower ie. rocker, bassinet, toys, accessories etc. Having everything organized and ready makes me feel so much more relaxed and even though you can never know what the new baby will respond positively to, having it ready will ease the transition of new baby's schedule and playthings. I've moved around some stuff at our house to create a little activity corner for her rocker and tummy time mat she got at the baby shower, and organized a grab bag that I attached to the nursing glider for emergency spit ups or wipes needed at arms' reach.
3. Decorate the nursery. I was lucky enough to have an amazing baby shower put on by my amazing and talented friends so I had an abundance of decorations that created the nursery I was imagining. I will be posting the adorable nursery on here very soon and can't wait for you to see!
4. Get a massage! I was lucky enough to have been given a giftcard to a spa for a "mommy massage" and I'm using it this weekend before it's too late! It's not a crime to pamper yourself before baby gets here because you know it will be all about baby when the time comes!
5. Have maternity pictures taken. If you can't afford a professional photographer just have your spouse, friend, or family member grab their camera, put on something that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable, and take a couple snaps. Find a pretty spot outside, or if you know of a local area that has some beautiful greenery, you really won't regret it. These are memories that should be cherished and ones you can look back on to remember the amazing process you have gone through. Luckily my little brother is amazing and is responsible for the pictures you see throughout this post as well as most of the pictures throughout this entire blog. Check him out if you're in NC! KLW Photography
6. Plan out your maternity leave. If you're employed and planning on going back after maternity leave, the beginning of your third trimester is the best time to talk to your employer about your plans or intentions for recovery and full maternity leave to make sure you're both on the same page. I recommend making sure you type up your plan or proposal for your employer. They appreciate it so much more and that way you know you aren't forgetting anything you wanted to talk about or ask for.
7. If you haven't already decided by now, you and your spouse should begin talking about baby names. Make lists and start dwindling down your top picks so you both feel confident and happy with your choices. Morgan and I have had names for our first baby girl and boy for a while now so I know we'll be going through this process if we end up having another girl next!
8. If you have the ability, take a babymoon with your spouse. This is something that can also be done late second trimester, but time permitted for us to take our vacation during this last trimester. It's just a great idea, especially for first time parents I believe, to have one last trip where it's just the two of you, and to really be ale to reflect on that while on your trip to think about what the future will bring. Morgan and I visited a lot of family (which helped to save money) and we're lucky enough to have family that lives up and down the east coast so it was a great beach vacation. We knew it was the last time we would be taking a trip as only two of us. We took a lot of pictures and will never forget our last hoorah before our first little blessing comes into the world.
9. Tour your hospital. To ensure, whenever the big moment happens, you and your spouse are not running around not knowing where to go or what to do make sure you schedule a visit at your hospital so gain confidence of where you need to go.
10. Pack your go-bag! I've kept this one for last because I'm trying not to overpack but then I always feel like I'm missing something. I've used the guidelines outlined on thebump.com to pack the essentials or not pack what I believe to be the essentials. I plan on packing a little more for baby than what it lists on the outline. Probably a couple of swaddle blankets and a few outfits, mainly because I am not sure what size she will be. And some little things I want to bring for sentimental pictures I plan to get while we're still in the hospital.
Although the list of things to complete during third trimester could go on and on, these are the top priority items I've made sure to complete before the big day comes. What were some of your top list items on your to do list before baby came? We are doing a lot of cleaning today, you know like the crazy kind of washing base boards, mopping for the second time, vacuuming for the 4th time etc. I spent the majority of the day yesterday cleaning my car from top to bottom to prepare for our car seat installation and bringing baby home. It was awesome but you better believe I took a 3 hour nap when I was done!
We only have a couple of weeks left and as the finish line approaches the excitement increases but also a little anxiety. I have always wanted to be a mom, I believe I have the best mom, and I love kids, especially my nieces and nephew, so I always felt as if I would make a good mother, but with all unknown territory comes the familiar feeling of terror and anxiety that it will go wrong. I stay strong with prayer everyday that He will lead me through this life to raise and teach my daughter how to be an amazing woman. I keep being told "we all learn as we go along" and "every one parents differently." Even though I believe it, I also believe there are basic fundamentals every good parent should possess that we do not see enough today. I pray that Morgan and I have the courage and obedience to raise a courageous and obedient child. This world gets scarier and scarier everyday for people of all ages and although our first instinct is to protect our children, we want to make them confident and courageous in this new world and teach them what it means to be a good person. Our Sunday sermon today was all about "together as one" and I believe we should teach our kids the same fundamentals.