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.
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!
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:
- Sprouted wheat
- Vanilla extract
- Plain yogurt (it lasts forever and my kids love yogurt popsicles)
- Banana pancake crisps
- Chicken stock
- Beef stock
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!
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.
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.
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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