You know that stage of pregnancy when you simultaneously feel like you have so much pregnancy left but also so much to do in the “short” amount of time before your due date too? I’m there.
My due date is 2 months from Thursday. I am almost 32 weeks pregnant with our sweet girl. Other than deep cleaning and de-cluttering every room of our house, washing and organizing all the baby clothes, trying to find some of the baby gear I lent out never to see again, finishing the nursery, writing a gazillion lesson plans for maternity leave, installing the carseat, and packing our hospital bag – we are ready.
No, really, we’re mostly ready. Jeff and I have declared January our “month of productivity” (since that clearly didn’t happen over Christmas break) and – with still two weekends left to attack a few remaining projects – we’ve been, mostly, successful (well, really Jeff has, I’ve been doing a lot of Pinning and pointing). The idea is that we would do as much as possible now so that February and March (what we get of it – I have a weird feeling she might come early… Does every mom feel that way?) can be focused on spending time as a little family of three and storing up all the rest and relaxation we can before baby arrives. I’m sure I’ll still have some “to do” things left on my list; but, I really don’t want busyness to be the focus of our last few weeks before baby.
With that goal in mind, here’s what’s on my unofficial “Before Baby Bucket List” in terms of fun and relaxation:
1. Take an overnight trip with just Jeff.
2. Get a prenatal massage. (I’ve never had one before, but Jeff gave me a gift certificate for a 90 minute one for Christmas. I’ve been saving it to cash in once our “month of productivity” is up.)
3. Have a girls day/night out with my mom and sister. (Funny side note: We did this at my favorite Mexican restaurant about three days before Sam was born. During the meal my flip flop broke, and I literally spent the night barefoot and pregnant “out on the town.” Hilarious.)
4. Do something special with Sam to get ready for the baby. (I’m thinking about taking him to Build a Bear – we’ve never done that – to make a stuffed animal to give his sister in the hospital. Anyone have any better ideas? I will also pick out a little something for her to give him. Suggestions?)
5. Have a Mommy/Daddy/Sam day to focus on and celebrate our boy. (We’ve never taken him to Chuck E Cheese, so we may venture there. Maybe roller skating? Crazy, I know!)
This seems like a reasonable list, right? In addition, of course, I’ll be squeezing in a few solo trips to Starbucks and Target and relishing in the fact that they won’t involve a gigantic diaper bag and heavy carseat/stroller, taking afternoon naps whenever I can, and getting my hair/nails done at least once (gotta look good to meet my girl).
I can’t believe how close it is now!
oooohhhh….getting so close! Enjoy your massage. I had one and I LOVED it! I think taking Sam to Build a Bear is the cutest idea. He will love it, I’m sure! Enjoy strolling Target solo, girl! xo xo
I think Build a Bear is a great idea! We took our firstborn to make a bear for her baby sister before she was born and they’re already talking about making one for their baby brother (due in May). He will love it.
Love this! I also had our new baby give Jude a gift. It was a major hit with him and he still thinks she gave it to him. He was not so into the big brother thing and it seemed to soften the blow of a new baby being in the house and gave him something to do in the hospital since there is a lot of sitting around for a preschooler!
I can totally relate to the frantic I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING BUT THERE’S ONLY WEEKS LEFT mentality. (Makes me think of Jesse in Saved By the Bell!) Anyways, I think that your list sounds great. I remember making a point to do lots of “fun” things with Luke before GK arrived. Affordably we had Chick Fil A (with indoor play places!) lunches, explored a few new parks and baked together. I would have loved to do more but our budget was tight and, to be honest? I was too tired! I love the Build a Bear idea. And I think that you and Jeff would love a night in Williamsburg and Sam would love to spend a night with Luke. 😉 Just saying…