Since this is our second baby, I don't feel like we're preparing the same way that we did for Olivia, but it still seems like there's lots to do! I don't have to worry about shopping around for baby furniture, and preparing for breastfeeding, or every conceivable scenario with the birth process, but there are things I wish I had done before having my first baby that I'm trying to get done this time around.
- Baby's Room
|This is the wall color (more or less) that we're going with.|
- Food Prep
- Several crock pot meals with either chicken or beef, that just require a veggie side, and maybe some rice or pasta.
- A couple of casseroles that are oven ready.
- About 20 "chicken pillows" - pastry squares filled with a creamy chicken mixture with a crumb coating on the outside that I can bake up for lunches, or when I need a quick dinner - Good for Olivia!
- Frozen hoagie loaves - I can use these for a plethora of things, from oven sandwiches to making them into "baguette chips", etc.
- Clothing Prep
I also need to go through Miss Olivia's closet and switch out the things she's outgrown - see what she still needs, etc. I am going to implement a *brilliant* system I learned from another blogging Mama (you should check her out! She's seriously awesome!) where I put complete outfits in gallon sized ziplock bags (socks, top, shorts, etc), and place them in her dresser, so that Olivia can just grab a pre-approved choice and bring it to me. She's not completely self-sufficient with getting herself dressed, but she's certainly capable of grabbing a bag and bringing it to me. I'm trying to make things as easy as possible for all of us!
- The Vaccine Book. I felt pretty uninformed on this topic when my daughter was born, and it was hard to find information that wasn't either incredibly biased, or someone's horror story. This book has been very balanced, and gives ingredient lists for each vaccine, as well as all the different brand names that your Pediatrician might use, and vaccination schedules, etc. It's been very helpful on making decisions before the baby is born!
- Give Them Grace. I have to say, when someone recommended this book to me, I was leery at first. I don't necessarily agree with "grace based parenting" philosophies - but I can save that for another post. :) This book has been convicting, eye opening, and temporal shifting in my parenting approach. How's that for high praise? Seriously though, if you're wondering how to parent with the Gospel, this is an excellent resource.
- The Nursing Mother's Companion. So, I may have been around the block once with this, but even so, this book was so helpful! I wish I had read it with my first baby! It probably would have saved a lot of frustration as I would have been able to quickly identify problems, and then correct them. I'll certainly keep it handy for reference with this baby!
Whelp, that's pretty much it! Obviously, my "nesting" phase has kicked in, and I have more goals than I'll probably be able to complete in these next few weeks - but it's good for me to stay occupied. It certainly makes the time pass more quickly in this final waiting phase. Some of these projects can be completed in a day, so that helps me feel slightly more optimistic about getting them all done! Haha!
Do you have any helpful ideas for me? Anything that you didn't do before your baby was born that you wish you had? Books you wish you'd read? Now's the time to fill me in! :) I'd love to hear your ideas. Until next time!
Grace and Peace,