So when I had my first son in 2014, I was really unprepared for his arrival, even though I thought I did everything right.
I had the bag packed, the nursery perfect, diapers washed/stocked, and the house cleaned (mostly).
However, I was sorely mistaken. There were so many things that I had forgotten to do in preparation for his arrival that would have made coming home so much easier.
So dear readers, learn from my mistakes and I will too. Now that I’m getting ready to have baby #2, I know several things that I’m going to do to be more ready for his arrival.
#1 – Pack the freezer
When I had my first son, I was convinced that I’d be back to myself by the time I was home from the hospital.
Wrong. So, so wrong.
I had a stage 5 tear, which is probably the worst pain I’ve ever had in my entire life. It hurt to sit, stand, and pretty much everything else. Needless to say, there was no cooking for me.
So this time I’m packing the freezer.
I have a bunch of frozen casseroles made and ready to go. Then I have some frozen pizzas, smoothie mixes, breakfast casseroles, and side dishes ready for the whole family. I tried to make a variety of different kinds from lasagna to chicken noodle casserole to french toast casserole.
I’m sure we’ll still be eating out on occasion, but I don’t want to break the budget with take-out. It also helps to have frozen meals because you can make them a month or so ahead of time (depending on the ingredients).
#2 – Stock up on basics
Trust me, you won’t want to be running to the grocery store for toilet paper right after having a baby. This time around, I’ve stocked up on some of the things we go through:
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
- Diapers (cloth and disposable because laundry is going to be tough with a newborn!)
- Dish soap
- Laundry detergent
- Dishwasher detergent
I basically made a list of all the things I use on a daily basis and then bought them in bulk. It can be cost effective and will save you soooooooo much aggravation to have these necessities on hand.
#3 – Get a haircut
It sounds silly, I know. Seriously though, don’t skip this one.
In the days before my first son was born I felt enormous. I didn’t want to move, let alone sit in the hairdresser’s chair for an hour. So I didn’t get my hair cut before he was born.
Then I couldn’t get a hair cut after he was born. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to get away when I was breastfeeding or that my son would breastfeed every hour for the next two months!
Since my hair is fairly short, it looks terrible when I don’t keep up with it. So I have a hair appointment scheduled for next week (about 2.5 weeks from my due date). That way, I won’t feel scared to jump into newborn photos or feel a mess when visitors come over. It’s just a dignity thing for me and I know it will make me feel 100% better to get it done.
#4 – Deep clean
Some people get bit by the nesting bug… I did not.
I was working as a preschool teacher until about a month before I had my first son. Once I was done working I think I just physically checked out. The cabinets became cluttered, clothes were stored anywhere they fit, and I didn’t change the sheets on our bed for quite some time (gasp!).
Anyway, this time around I have much more “kid clutter” to contend with as well as the general “we live here” clutter. I started a few months ago by getting the big things out for our “spring cleaning” (and by I, I mean, I told the Wise Husband what to take out). With our storage freed up, I organized old toddler clothes, toys, and some knicknacks lying around.
Then I made my way to the cabinets, closets, and “junk” drawers throughout the house. Having things organized and in a specific place is definitely going to help out once baby arrives.
Now I can tell helpers exactly where things are and not feel the need to apologize when I have no clue where I put the masking tape or extra wash cloths.
#5 – Catch up on laundry
Yes!! You may be big, but laundry is the perfect job to ask for help with. If you have family or friends willing to pitch in, put them to work. They will be happy to have something to do, and you will be happy with clean laundry.
The Wise Husband is the key “basket carrier” in this house right now. I sort the laundry, he takes it to the laundry room (it’s in our basement, and I just don’t fit down there anymore!). Once it’s completed, he brings it back up, I fold it and put it away.
Make sure your comfiest pajamas are in those baskets, along with all your sheets, pillowcases and other necessities.
Those are my top 5 this time around, although I’m sure I’ll find plenty of other things that I’ve forgotten along the way.
Do you have any other tips for me? I’d love to hear them in the comments!