In those final few weeks of pregnancy, there is so much to do and so little time. When you aren’t sure if you’ll have time to do everything you feel you need to get done, it’s a good idea to make a list of the essential things you need to have squared away. Here are the top ones you should work on.
Having your nursery all set up before you deliver is one of the first things you should tackle. You don’t want to run the risk of trying to assemble a crib and folding all your baby’s outfits after she’s been born. You’re going to be too tired to worry about getting all that done.
Add a Waterproof Sheet
You never know where or when your water is going to break. It could make a mess out of your bed if it happens when you’re sleeping. If you don’t want to deal with a yucky, wet mattress, get a waterproof sheet to put down. It’ll keep you covered, just in case.
Get Your House in Order
Take advantage of that last-month nesting urge to get some serious work done around your house. You won’t feel like cleaning anything for the first couple of weeks after you have your baby. You’ll be too tired and sore to do much of anything. Besides, you won’t want to pry yourself away from your baby’s side for too long.
Make Meals Ahead of Time
Unless you relish the idea of living on takeout for the first couple weeks after you have your baby, you should prepare some meals in advance to stash in your freezer. When you get hungry, all you have to do is pop the food in the oven and you’ll have a meal ready to go.
Go Out for a Nice Dinner
You and your significant other won’t have a chance to have a quiet date night for quite a while. You might as well make use of the downtime and enjoy the silence while it lasts. Pretty soon, you’ll both be swamped with the sounds of your baby crying and busy dealing with the lack of sleep that goes along with a newborn.
Figure Out Your Route and Pack Your Bag
Make sure you know the best route to take to your hospital or birthing center. You’ll need to know the route well so panic doesn’t make you forget the way.
You’ll want to have your bag packed well in advance of your due date. If you start having labor pains weeks before you expect to, you’ll want to have everything ready to go. That way you can dash out the door and start your new motherhood adventure.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.