When I was pregnant with Grace, I found it very hard to get organised. Not only were we in the throes of moving house but my ex just wasn’t that interested. So, it pretty much fell to my mum to get everything done with me. This time around I am far more settled and, seeing as we have been ready and waiting for this happy event to happen to us for quite some time now, we have been making sure we are as organised as we can be before our routine completely changes with the arrival of our little lad.
Of course, there are plenty of things to remember and prepare for in the run-up to the arrival of any baby. I have taken just 5 of the things that we have recently accomplished but I am pretty certain that there is more to come.
Booking a Hospital Class and Tour
Compared to Ross, I am a seasoned pro but it has been 10 years since I have given birth! With this in mind, I know I needed to brush up on my knowledge of how it all works – and not just watch episodes of ‘One Born Every Minute’. Watching that programme doesn’t really help Ross either!
Our hospital offers a number of services. These include a drop-in midwives surgery for any issues you might be experiencing – both before and after the baby is born -, an antenatal relaxation class – something Ross and I haven’t been able to attend as we wouldn’t be home in time for Grace to come in from school-, and Aquanatal classes – which I attend every Sunday evening.
We have booked the ‘Preparing for Birth Class’ which is held on Saturdays for a full day. This includes labour, pain relief, infant feeding, and what to expect in the early days amongst many other subjects. I am looking forward to it and I really believe that Ross will find it really useful (and probably ask loads of questions – because knowledge is power, right?! ). We have also booked a tour of the maternity unit for the following day.
Arranging the Nursery
In my most recent pregnancy diary update, I explained how we were swapping around rooms to make space for our baby and give me a new office area. As a result, we have cleared out the large spare room and I am now using this as my office. It is still big enough to accommodate our sofa bed for any overnight visitors.
My old office has now become the baby’s room – and I couldn’t be happier with it. The walls are yellow (as they were in Grace’s room when she was born), the carpet is blue and there are some butterfly decorations on the wall. We are also looking into curtains or a blind and some other decals for the walls.
My mum gave us a changing table which she had had at her house and which my nephew, who she cares for once a week, has now outgrown. This has a platform for changing on top, a drawer and then shelves underneath which my mum bought Peter Rabbit storage boxes for.
The clothes, toys and other baby bits which we have collected over the past few months are now in the room and all I need to do is to get some liners for the chest of drawers. There is a built-in wardrobe for any clothes which need to be hung up. You tend to forward plan for bigger sizes when a baby is born – plus people buy you items that your little one can grow into – so one of the issues I found last time around was keeping these separate. No such problem this time as Belo and Me have kindly sent us these beautiful wardrobe dividers.
The only other important thing for his room is the bed. We have just purchased a new Snuzpod Bedside crib from eBay for a great price so we are looking forward to receiving this to add to our collection.
Getting the Essentials
We already have the wonderful Peach pushchair from iCandy in a very regal claret colour and we are looking forward to putting it through it’s paces. We have already shared the unboxing video and we will shortly be putting up another video showing how to put it together as well as take it apart.
As stated above, we now have a bed, some great new early years toys thanks to Little Tikes and a steriliser thanks to Tommee Tippee. The other main things on my list are:
- a car seat (a bit urgent that one!)
- a baby carrier
- a changing bag
- a breast-pump
Although I am sure that there are more I need to remember!
Milestone cards are something which were only just making an appearance when Grace was born. Ever since, I have loved seeing them in various photos of the children of friends and family, so, thanks to Belo and Me, I have our very own set when baby arrives!
Taking it Easy
I think this has to be important for any mum-to-be. Wherever I can I make time to relax (usually after lunch!) and I have an oil burner in my office where I use the pregnancy care oil from Indigo Herbs. I find it really relaxing and it helps me to focus too.
Because my intended Pregnancy Yoga class was too far, I have now purchased a yoga DVD by to Tara Lee to do at home. I am looking forward to this immensely plus, on top of that, I shall also be looking into buying some hynobirthing CDs too as I have heard so many good things.
How did you get organised for your baby’s arrival? Do you have any essentials to add to my list?#
Please note that Belo and Me kindly sent the milestone cards and wardrobe dividers but I was not obliged to write this post.