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My Third Trimester To-Do List

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Feeling bigger reminds me I'd better get moving on my pre-baby to-do list!

It occurred to me a few days ago that the third trimester is coming up fast for me.  As in, tomorrow I’ll be 26 weeks, so I have only a couple left.  And really, once you hit the third trimester it’s just a race to the finish line.

Feeling so big and tired already (there are some days I have a lot of energy…and others I just want to sit), I’m anticipating I won’t have energy too much longer.  I think the last month will be a bust, as far as getting anything beyond the day-to-day stuff done.  Which means I had better get my butt in gear now, so I can get things taken care of!

Keep reading to find out what’s on my list!

I know: I’ve had babies before, so I’m well aware that life doesn’t stop when a new baby comes.  I know it is a total fallacy that I can get everything done and be totally ready.  (First-time moms, pay attention: this is true!)  But if I can just get a few things out of the way, then I know I will be okay.

Freezer Cooking

I mentioned this at the end of last month, but now it’s time to actually start thinking about what I want to make, and planning to make it.  We’ve been talking the last few days, my husband and I, about what we’d like to have around.  So within a week or so I’ll have this list and a plan put together.  At that point, I’ll share it with all of you!

Other Food

Currently, I’m working to get ahead on my “kitchen chores.”  I cook everything from scratch, in ways that most people can’t even fathom.  Some foods take days from start to finish.  Yes, for real.  Right now I’m trying to stock pile:

I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t think of it right now.  At least with these foods around, I can make just about anything fairly quickly.  I’d try to stockpile jerky, too, but everytime I make a big batch it’s gone in about a day.  Sigh.  Gotta hide that stuff!

Sewing

I make each of my babies a blanket, which eventually becomes their “blankie,” and they don’t like going to bed without it.  This usually occurs somewhere between 18 and 24 months, for some reason — prior to this they could care less.  But so far it’s worked both times!  There are various other projects I do, too.  Here’s my list this time (lots shorter than last time):

  • Baby’s special blanket
  • 12 more newborn pocket diapers (ideally)
  • 12 more one-size pocket diapers
  • Additional wipes, probably scrap-wipes
  • 2 more postpartum outfits for me

Now, I really have lots more I’d like to make, including a couple more sheet sets for the “big kids'” beds (yes, they’re both in beds, not cribs), a denim blanket for each kid (I’d intended to give them each one as a gift for moving to a big kid bed, but…), and various other things…but I know it won’t all happen.

Cleaning

My favorite…and yours too, right?  Ha.  But, I feel like a lot of this just has to be done!

  • Scrub down each bathroom — the tile, walls, sinks, etc. (plus the usual tub/shower/mirror)
  • Scrub kitchen counters/floors/appliances/walls
  • Deep clean carpets (if I can convince my husband…)
  • Sort through and put away older kids’ too-small clothing
  • Sort through new baby clothes and diapers and wash, organize

I’m sure there’s more I’m missing.

Supplies

I have to gather my birthing supplies!  I do still have quite a lot from my son’s birth, but I’ll have to replace/add a few things that we used, as well as some of the things I didn’t have last time but wished I had.  And if I wait too long I won’t do it…and then I’ll regret it again!  I’m not quite sure what I’ll need here, so I’ll share this list in the next couple of weeks as I start to actively work on it.

As I tackle various parts of this list, I’ll let you all know how it goes, and if I add anything else to it.  I’m sure I will!

What’s on your to-do list?

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