I can't help but have this bleed over into my personal life (truth be known, I've been the "Producer" type all of my life). And boy have I found myself "producing" this pregnancy.
There are spreadsheets (weekly weight gain chart, list of pediatricians/daycares/newborn photographers to choose from, baby gear, etc.), there are schedules, there are budgets (nursery budget, baby gear budget, maternity leave budget) and of course, To Do lists.
If you didn't know, there is a lot of stuff to get done during a pregnancy. Of course, can you manage to birth a baby and go on to live a perfectly happy life without getting a single one of these things done beforehand (except for maybe the car seat one)? Absolutely. But I thought I'd document here some of the To Do's we've crossed off our list during this pregnancy, and the few things we still have left.
- Tour daycares, make decision, put down deposit
- Research baby gear, set up registries
- Name brainstorming, make final decision
- Nursery planning, painting, buying, finishing
- Final dentist/eye doctor/haircut appointments before baby
- Complete maternity leave paperwork
- Buy baby-friendly car, sell old car
- Research and meet with pediatricians, make decision
- Have maternity pictures taken, schedule newborn photographer
- Labor & Childbirth class (even though we only completed 3 out of 5 sessions)
- Hospital tour and pre-register with hospital (we got these crossed off in an unexpected way at 33 weeks)
- Finalize birth plan
- Baby showers, put away gifts, make returns, write Thank You notes
- Wash and put away baby laundry
- Breastfeeding class
- Assemble all baby gear
- Pack hospital bags
- Install car seat
- Buy after-baby lounging clothes, nursing bras and tanks, etc.
- Research birth announcements, gather mailing addresses
- Stock up on: pantry staples, toilet paper, hand soap, laundry detergent, etc.
Still on the list:
- Have car seat inspected
- Finish "nesting" list -- I've already cleaned out all the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers, the pantry and the refrigerator, still have to clean out bedroom closet and junk basket (Also, I'm pretty sure that nesting is supposed to be a spontaneous, natural urge that just comes over pregnant women. Me? I made a list.)
- Deep clean house
- Prepare and freeze a few meals to have on hand
- Finish reading baby care and breastfeeding books
- Watch Happiest Baby on the Block DVD
- Wash and vacuum car
So unless Baby Ava decides to go ahead and make her arrival, you know what we'll be doing during this long holiday weekend.