Friday, April 12, 2013

Pregnancy Checklist

So now that we've moved and are all settled into our new house, my nesting has kicked into overdrive! I just want to get everything done right now! I'm 32 weeks and with every braxton hicks contraction I am reminded that the end is actually near!

I have made a checklist specifically of items that need get done before baby arrives to try to help with my anxiety. I find it helps put things into perspective when I write down exactly what needs to get done, instead of just thinking "I have too much to do." Plus, I don't have to keep running things over and over in my mind. I just write it down and then I don't have to worry about forgetting.

Here's my list:
  1. Third Trimester Class - this is a class that is required through my hospital. It talks about all the logistics of what will happen when you go into labor.
  2. Childbirth class - This is completely necessary, but I would like to take a quick refresher course. I'm not going to set if this doesn't happen. I've been doing lots of reading.
  3. Dentist checkup appointment
  4. Pack hospital bag
  5. Install carseat
  6. Plan birth announcements - This way we can just upload pics & details and mail out.
  7. Get a haircut - I always get my haircut right before the baby is due. Not only do I know it will be awhile before I can make it back, but I get it cut shorter so it will be more manageable.
  8. Make list of people who need to know birth details before we make a FB announcement - This may sound silly, but it's easy to get excited and post things without thinking of the people in your life that deserve to know through a personal call or message.
  9. Finish painting the nursery - We are so excited to actually have a nursery! This is our first time being able to decorate one! We are mostly done. 
  10. Buy baby furniture
  11. Wash baby clothes - Even though we don't know the baby's gender I have a small box of neutral clothes that I have used with both of my babies that is perfect to use for the first few weeks at home & while we get the gender specific clothes ready.
  12. Sort baby clothes & wash small load - I have newborn clothes from my babies (boy & girl) that I need to sort according to age so they will be easy to pull out and use once the baby is born. Plus, I want to wash a few that could be used right away.
  13. Maternity photos - Not sure if this will happen either. We would like to, but if it doesn't happen it won't be a big deal.
  14. Have a date night - With everything going on between moving & 3 kids in baseball we have had almost no time alone, besides laying on the couch after the kids are in bed, exhausted from the day. We need to have a little time!
  15. Register with pediatrician - This will make things a lot easier once the baby is born. 
  16. Stock the house - Freezer meals, pantry foods, paper products, cleaning supplies, baby wipes & diapers, nursing supplies. The last thing I want to worry about is going shopping once the baby is here. I plan to just send my husband every week for essentials, like milk & produce. 
  17. Write shower thank-you notes - My shower is one week away! I can't wait!  
  18. Pack diaper bag - to take to hospital

This is what I have for now! If we hadn't just moved then I know that deep cleaning & organizing would be on this list, too. Thankfully I already purged & organized when we moved.

Can you think of anything that I'm missing? What is your advice for preparing for a new baby? Especially a 5th baby!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Goals & March Recap

Here is the recap of my 2013 New Year's Resolutions so far...

  1. Organize and Print all of our pictures - No progress this month.
  2. Plan and stick to a budget - Still going well. We have only used cash and should be completely debt free in 18 months! Woo Hoo
  3. Work out twice a week - This month was not so successful. My shortness of breath got worse & I almost passed out while at the gym. So I only went a few times this past month. But mostly have been doing yoga stretches a couple times a week at home. My shortness of breath was found to be because of low iron, so now that it's under control I am planning on walking.
  4. Schedule monthly date nights and family nights - Well, sadly there have been no designated dates or family nights. But we have all spent a lot of time together during the moving process.
  5. Drink 64 oz. of water a day - While I don't always meet my goal, it has become natural to drink a lot of water. This will be a great habit once baby is born & I'm nursing.
  6. Be in bed before 11pm & shower first thing in the morning - This has become a normal part of my routine again.
  7. Declutter before we move and organize new house - We moved March 30th!! I went through our entire house & purged a ridiculous amount of stuff! I had already organized my house before we moved, so I knew where everything was going when I packed & unpacked. This house is exactly how I wanted it to be.

**Read HERE how I use checklists to break down my goals & make them more attainable!

Here is my March Goals list recap:

  • File papers at the end of the month.
  • Schedule kid’s physical.
  • Take care of gift returns – Ear buds, Shirt, Watch
  • Get college classes set. - I will be resuming classes in the Fall. I want to be able to focus on our new family & not risk lowering my GPA. 
  • Workout twice a week. - Although, I didn't make it to the gym twice a week due to my shortness of breath, I have been doing some prenatal yoga stretches.
  • Freeze one thing a week. - I did make a large batch of homemade biscuits, but that was all for this month.
  • Make one homemade item a week. - I made biscuits, granola, apple oatmeal, a few smoothies & blueberry muffins.
  • Sell things on Craigslist. - I sold a few things before our yard sale. I made about $205!!
  • Make Easter plans & shopping list. - We went to my Mom's for dinner, which was delicious and relaxing.
  • Buy Easter shopping list. - Thankfully, my mother-in-law went shopping for me. I ended up running out of time. It was such a great help!
  • Set up yard sale. - I had one failed attempt, because of rain. But then it worked out perfect! The kids, my Mom and brother & sister were a great help! We got rid of a ton of stuff and made $250!! It was such a relief to get it done!
  • Declutter & pack Greg’s nightstand.
  • Declutter & pack Greg’s dresser.
  • Fill out change of address form.
  • Notify insurance about change of address. - On the list for this week.
  • Defrost freezer. - This was a lot easier than I expected.
  • Register at Babies R Us. - This was a fun experience! A lot has changed since we've had our last baby!
  • Make all household repairs. - These all got done thanks to my husband & Dad. And because of all their work & my Mom's cleaning we are getting our FULL deposit back!
  • Clean up yard. 
  • Declutter garage. - This was easier than I thought. Every day that the weather wasn't frigid the kids came out & helped. Breaking it up into small sections made it more manageable.
  • Complete March Declutter calendar. 

**Now that my house is in order, which by the way feels amazing, I can focus on getting prepared for baby. So I have made 2 goal lists for this month. One is specifically a baby checklist. I'll post that later this week.

April Goals:

  • Schedule kid's physicals - I will get this done!
  • Returns - shirt, ear buds, watch, shirt, Target stuff
  • Clear off the Flip Camera
  • Write new cleaning schedule for our new house
  • HSA approvals for 2012
  • Clean out van & mat all weather mats
  • File papers from the month
  • Create filing system.
  • Clean up yard - pull weeds, trim bushes, plant 
  • Set up trampoline.
  • Set up swing set.
  • Stock house for baby - freezer meals, pantry items, paper products, cleaning products, baby necessities

Remember, it is hard to accomplish what you want if you are not clear on how to get there. How can you break down your goals???