Baby “Poppy” will be here in a matter of days now, and I think we’re as prepared as we can be. Here’s a bit of what’s been keeping me busy preparation-wise.
Poppy’s nursery is ready (see more about how we updated it by clicking here). All the baby clothes, blankets, burp cloths, etc… are washed and standing by!
My hospital bags are packed and ready to go too! (See this post for more details on what I packed for the hospital.)
I’ve stocked the freezer with some of our favorite meals, so we can have some easy, but tasty dinners without too much effort once we get home.
We’ve got Chicken Soft Tacos, Salisbury Steak, Chicken Spaghetti, Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Double-Stuffed Potatoes, Chili, and even Chocolate Chip Banana Bread waiting for us. (Click the pink links for the recipes.)
Hum, what else…
We completed our “Mail-In Ballots” for the New Jersey gubernatorial and local races. Election Day is a just a week or so after “Baby Day,” so it will be nice not to have to head out to the polls.
I also went ahead and updated our address list for our birth announcements/Christmas cards. I’m trying to do everything I can think of now, so we can all just relax and enjoy the new baby as much as possible once she’s here.
The infant car seat is ready, and the baby swing and Pack-n-Play have been reassembled thanks to Andy.
I’ve have appointments for one final mani and pedi and to get my hair “touched-up,” so I look and feel as good as possible for my baby girl. I think freshly highlighted blonde hair can make up for a multitude of other beauty sins, which I’m sure to be committing in the early days with a newborn.
Lastly, the most important thing to me was making preparations for Lauren. I want to make sure she still has lots of fun and gets as much attention as possible during the transition time.
I put together a little treat basket for her for each day I’m in the hospital. Of course, the biggest gift of all will be her new baby sister, and I know she couldn’t more excited, but I think the treats are a nice bonus too. Hopefully, they’ll give her a little something to do when she visits us as well.
I starting picking up little things I thought she’d like over the summer. Buying things early and little by little allowed me to use coupons and pick things up on sale. It was hard to know what she’d be into by the time the baby was born, but eventually, a few themes came together.
Horse Themed Basket – includes a Barbie Pony Coloring Book and Storybook, Melissa & Doug Horse Stamp Set, Derby Pony Tube, Name Stickers, “Pony Party” Crayons, Monogrammed Notebook, and a Glitter Pencil
“My Little Pony” Themed Basket – includes MLP Coloring Book and Activity Pack, Stickers, Stuffed Rainbow Dash (Lauren’s favorite), Glitterati Crayons, and a Glitter Pencil
“Halloween” Themed Basket – includes Fancy Nancy Halloween or Bust, Curious George BooFest DVD, Pumpkin Craft Kit, Pumpkin Notebook, Glitter Pens, Halloween Pencil, Jelly Beans & Lollipop
It was fun for me to put everything together (I may have gone a little overboard), and hopefully she’ll like the little goodies.
With the baby being born right at the beginning of the holiday season, I know we’ll be extra busy this year. As much as possible, I don’t want my sleep deprivation to cause Lauren to miss out on the holiday traditions we normally enjoy.
To help with this I’ve already prepared her Christmas Book Advent for the year. (To see more details click here.) I even have the books wrapped and waiting for December 1st.
Everything for our Elf on the Shelf, Rainbow’s visits are also ready and waiting. (See more details in this post.)
Lastly, Lauren loves “activities” which are pretty much crafts, preschooly-type lessons, and sensory activities. With the help of my Pinterest boards and my craft supply stash I’ve prepped more Halloween, fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas “activities” than we’ll ever get around to doing.
I’ve organized everything in a hanging file box with one file for each craft or lesson. The file holds all the prepped supplies so all I have to do is choose one and enjoy spending time with Lauren. When possible, I included a holiday book to go along with the activity. We already completed some of the files and I really like having everything ready to go in this way. It’s something that I think is really helpful even without a newborn in the house.
The few hours a week that Lauren’s been at preschool has really helped me get everything done!
And now, I’m going to try and do something I refused to do when I was preganant with Lauren. I’m going to try and take a little extra time to relax and put my feet up. I’m going to try and just enjoy being pregnant and use it as my excuse to be lazy until the big day. Wish me luck between now and then, and of course, for the BIRTHday!