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Go on as many dates as possible with your significant other.
Seriously, this is number one for a reason. Once baby arrives, your date nights are going to be limited. I remember when Christmas came around, everyone was asking what Alex and I wanted, and I just kept saying gift cards to places so that we could have as many date nights as possible before Ayven arrived. It’s important to get in as much time as possible with your significant other because baby comes first once he/she is arrives.
Take Maternity Photos.
I booked my maternity photos the moment I announced that I was having Ayven. I hear so many mom’s around me saying that they wish they would have had maternity photos done and how they regret not doing them, which makes me even happier that I did. They are a special memory of you caring you baby, you wouldn’t want to miss out on capturing it.
Make Freezer Meals.
I literally wrote this down, and then forgot about it when I was pregnant. I even had meals planned out on what I was going to make and freeze. LUCKILY, my mother in law came in and saved the day with making some freezer meals. They were a life-saver. There was no way that I cooking, whatsoever, I was so sleep deprived. It was so easy to go in there, throw the meal in the oven, and then BAM it was done. I’m definitely going to take the time for next baby to do this. I wont FORGET!
Take Some Classes At Your Hospital.
There are a lot of hospitals that offer FREE classes or even for a small price for expectant parents. My husband attended one! I would highly recommend checking at your hospital and seeing what kind of classes you can take. You can learn a lot from taking these classes like how to give a baby a bath, circumcision, swaddling a baby, changing diapers, and also infant CPR.
Schedule Newborn Photos.
I scheduled these along with my maternity photos. Talk about being productive and getting SH*T handled. This is a must! Your baby wont be a baby forever, and being able to look back on the newborn photos is amazing. I love looking at how Ayven changed, but it also makes me miss my little baby when he was so fresh and new. Trust me mamas, you don’t want to miss out on this.
Have A Plan For Daycare.
If you don’t plan on being a SAHM then I suggest having a daycare set in stone before baby arrives. You don’t want to have to worry about this once baby is already here. Trust me! I had a daycare set in mind, but things changed and we ended up having to look for a daycare when Ayven was two weeks old. Also, checking out daycare before baby arrives gives you a chance to find one you feel completely comfortable with.
Pack Your Hospital Bag.
Just to be safe, I would start packing your hospital bag around 37 weeks. You just want to make sure that you have everything, and you’re not having to look around for things at the last-minute while also trying to get to the hospital before you POP out a baby.
Find A Pediatrician.
Looking for a pediatrician takes some research. This is the person who will be medically caring for your child, and you want to be sure they are a good doctor. Most likely, you wont meet baby’s pediatrician until after he/she is born, so make sure you check out reviews and doctor grades. Thankfully, I had a family member who was able to give us the scoop on our son’s pediatrician, but I did do my research also.
Pre-Wash Your Baby’s Clothes.
This is not something that everyone does and you don’t have to do, but if you are worried about baby having sensitive skin than I suggest it.
Check To See If Your Insurance Covers Breast Pumps.
If you plan on nursing your baby, or even exclusively pumping for your baby, this is a definite must. Having a breast pump is really nice for the times that you want to sleep and have someone else help you with feeding your little one. You don’t want to go out and spend your money on a really nice breast pump if you are able to get one through insurance for FREE.
Make Something Special For Your Nurses.
This obviously shouldn’t be done until closer to time, or if you cant make something, you can always buy something like cookies. I just think this is a nice gesture being that those nurses that care for you work really hard. I absolutely loved my nurses who helped me through labor and afterwards, and of course they got something special.
Make A Birth Plan.
When you go to register at the hospital, they do ask you if you have a birth plan in place. If you have certain things you want done during your labor than I suggest writing out a birth plan. You can plan how you want labor to go, who you want in the room with you, if you want to breastfeed or if you don’t, etc. the list goes on.
Install Baby’s Car Seat.
You don’t want to forget to install the car seat, and then realize it once baby is ready to go home so be sure to do this before baby arrives. I drove around with the base of Ayven’s car seat at least two weeks before he arrived. I do recommend this is something that is done closer to time. God forbid, if you or someone were to get an accident with the car seat in the back, it is considered damaged. Whether the car seat is actually damaged, it has to be thrown out.
Clean Your House.
This is not something you are going to want to do once baby is here, you will be to busy caring for baby, and sleeping when baby is sleeping. When I found out we were going to be going in for an induction, I immediately started cleaning my house and getting it ready. It’s also really nice to come home from the hospital to a clean home.
Don’t forget to take the time to relax. You need the time to yourself because there is no relaxing for a while when baby arrives. Go get yourself a prenatal massage, get your nails done, binge watch your favorite Netflix shows, etc. Get your me time, and just relax mama!