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10 Things I Should Have Done Before My Baby Arrived
Family & Kids
We love the beautiful new addition to our family but the transition to two children has not been easy. The sleep deprivation, balancing a newborn with an active preschooler, trying to make sure everyone gets three square meals a day – it is hard!
1. Freezer Meals
I really didn’t think about how hard it would be to cook with a newborn! I guess I was optimistic in thinking that my baby would take long naps in her crib. Well that isn’t happening and you can’t safely use the stove while holding or wearing a baby. Cold cereal it is!
We were fortunate enough to have my mom fly out for a couple of weeks and she got a few meals in the freezer for us. If I could turn back the clock, I would get as many casseroles in the freezer as possible!
2. Deep Clean
You don’t want to scrub and mop when you have a new baby. You want to sleep! But you don’t get to do either, sorry. I wish I had deep cleaned this house before our baby arrived because you can barely keep up with the clutter. Of course when you’re in the third trimester, it isn’t easy to deep clean either. Here are some great cleaning tips to help you get started.
3. Organize Everything
Clutter can get out of control fast which is one of our biggest challenges right now. Our baby was born right before Christmas so we were hit with holiday chaos. Toys everywhere! The Christmas tree and decorations needed to be put away. We were drowning in generous baby gifts from coworkers and church members. We should have gone through the house and donated, trashed, recycled, or boxed up as much as possible to ward off the clutter after the baby arrived.
4. Meal Plan
During my third trimester, I started working on meal planning. While I didn’t plan an entire month like I planned, I did create one awesome week. Sadly, it didn’t take long before I realized that I could not make it happen with a newborn baby. Many of the meals were too time-consuming and required the stove which, as I mentioned earlier, is not very safe while wearing a baby. I recommend creating very simple meal plans before your baby arrives.
5. Grocery Delivery
Grocery shopping was a challenge before the baby but now it is nearly impossible. If you have family nearby (we don’t) maybe you could ask someone to do your grocery shopping for a few weeks in lieu of a baby shower gift.
6. Stock Up on Essentials
You can print out Preparing for Baby: Stock Up List here.
7. Date Nights
Life after baby isn’t the easiest on a relationship. Sleep-deprivation can be very difficult and you might find yourself squabbling with your partner simply because you’re tired, overwhelmed, and frustrated. It really helps to do some pre-baby bonding to strengthen your relationship and communication skills
8. A Little Pampering
you’re currently pregnant, I definitely recommend taking a little time to pamper yourself before your little one arrives. If you’re on a budget, you could rely on DIY pampering. Here are a few ideas:
Get a few items from Lush (one of my favorite stores ever!)
Ask your husband to give you a massage with some nice oil
9. Take More Maternity Photos
We’ve never hired a professional photographer even though that is definitely the popular thing to do right now. Personally, I am okay with regular photos taken with a point and shoot. However, about two months after I went into labor I realized that I do not have very many pictures of my belly. This is mostly because I wasn’t feeling great and didn’t want to be in front of a camera but I wish I had just taken a day or two here and there to get a cute shot.
10. Postpartum Wardrobe
I recommend getting a postpartum wardrobe ready with the following items.
Get a pair of jeans a couple sizes bigger than your pre-pregnancy size (I wore a Gap size 6 before but needed a size 10 after)
If you are nursing, get a few nursing tanks and nursing shirts as well as a bra or two
Yoga pants are awesome so make sure you have a pair, you need to be comfy during recovery
Look through your pre-pregnancy clothes and see what might fit