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Current Pregnancy Stats…
How far along: 36 Weeks, 2 Days
Countdown: 5 days until we’re considered “Full Term” / 27 days until due date / 41 days max until the 42 week deadline
(I usually carry my babies later than my due date so I’m mentally preparing for that.)
Size of Baby: Last Ultrasound Baby Measured over 5lbs! Baby is the size of a Honeydew Melon this week.
My Body Changes: I was told at church yesterday that it looks like baby has “dropped”. Of course, I’ve never been able to notice this feeling myself in any of my pregnancies. I know that in my pregnancy with Linkin and Layten, I carried them both so low the entire time that there was literally no where for them to drop down to. I haven’t felt that way with this pregnancy, but I also don’t feel any recent differences either so I don’t know.
I’ve also had noticeable Braxton Hicks contractions this week, which I’ll have to admit just excites me very much.
Must Have Items: I’ve now reached the point of my pregnancy where I have “Purse Tums” and “Night Stand Tums”.
Sleep: With the exception of the heartburn, I am actually sleeping pretty great lately. I think I’ve mastered the pillow situation, and some nights I can even sleep all the way through without having to get up to use the bathroom!
Cravings: I’ve been really into hearty soups lately, and I’ve also really enjoyed mashed potatoes this pregnancy. This is definitely a Barrett baby, because that’s what Justin’s mom craved during her pregnancy with him.
Baby Movement: Baby’s movements are getting bigger and stronger now, and my whole belly moves sometimes. Baby also gets hiccups at least once a day now.
Gender: Since this is baby #4 for us and we already have both genders and clothes for both, we opted to not find out the gender of this baby until it’s born. Yes, I’m tired of saying “it” or “the baby”, but we’ll be able to call it by name soon enough. 😉 We really don’t have a preference for either one this time, and we just think it will be fun to be surprised!
Names: We do have a name picked out for both genders, which we are keeping a secret until after baby is born. Both names do start with letter “L” though, of course, and they are unique in that we don’t know anyone personally who has these names, but we didn’t just make up names either. We can’t wait to call our baby by name and share this with you!
Challenges this Week: This week I stepped on a Paw Patrol pup, and something happened. I felt a shift, and it felt like something broke or got misplaced internally. I literally felt sore and uncomfortable for the rest of the day any time I walked, lifted my leg to get dressed, or got up or down. I messaged my chiropractor before I went to bed, and she gave me an exercise to try. I felt a pop, and I was able to have a good night’s sleep. I woke up feeling MUCH better. Pregnancy is weird sometimes. I’ll be sure to have my kids pick up their toys a little better. 😉
Best Moment of the Week: I love how excited our older kids are about this baby. Lawson (age 6) is one who’s always hugging my belly and saying hi or bye the baby when he leaves. He also often prays for the baby at bedtime. Linkin (age 4) prays for the baby as well sometimes as well as for my tummy and back to feel good. Layten (age 2), although we don’t really know if she understands what’s about to happen, she sure talks like she does. The best moment was this week when she wanted to talk to the baby. She talked to my belly and said, “Hey, baby. I Dayten! I’m the baby girl! Bye, baby.” It’s almost like she was claiming her girl territory just in case this baby is also a girl. It was pretty funny.
Nursery Progress: We are not doing a nursery for this baby, but here’s how we’ve decided to work this out. All three of our children share one bedroom. Our two boys share a full-size bed, and our daughter has her own twin size bed. Our second bedroom is used as a playroom… but this is where we’ll keep the baby’s things mostly. We’re going to set up a changing station in that room for the baby, the baby’s clothes will be stored in that closet, and there’s a comfy rocking chair in there for night nursing sessions so that we don’t wake the others in the house. The mini crib is in our master bedroom currently.
Things I Miss: I miss working out. There have been days where I just have the urge to go in and lift some weights, but I also know all of the aches and pains I’ve felt recently due to the Relaxin hormone and just things shifting and changing and how just the simplest things have hurt me… so I’m playing it safe right now.
Fears: I’ll have to admit that I’m a little afraid about how big this baby will be. Baby measured over five pounds at my last ultrasound, and I calculated that if baby grows half a pound a week for the remaining six weeks, that it will be over eight pounds. I know that eight pounds isn’t really THAT large, but Layten was over eight pounds when she was born, and I just know the difference of how much more difficult her delivery was from delivering Linkin who was only seven pounds. I also know that I usually carry my babies later than my due date, so I’m a little worried about this one being too big for me to deliver naturally. I’m trying to just think positive and not worry too much about it, but it’s just something I keep thinking about.
Eats: I’m hungry all the time now, and I’m open to anyone cooking for me or taking me out to eat in this final month. ;-D
By now, if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I’m a planner and a goal-getter. I’m especially good at this when I have a clearly defined deadline in sight, and a baby’s due date is the perfect opportunity to get on the ball and get some things done!
I planned our Homeschool terms to accomodate our baby’s due date. We started our school year in July so we could take a good, long break in December when our new baby comes. I also finished our Christmas shopping super early so I wouldn’t have to worry with all of that while I’m home with a newborn. It’s great to have a good deadline to work towards.
Because I’m a little nerdy, and not ashamed to admit it, I researched on Pinterest what items a baby needs just for the sake of list-making. For the most part, I already know what we need and like to have for a baby, and what’s not really necessary. This comes from having three children already, BUT I’ve also done lots of minimalizing and purging since having our last baby, and I wanted to make sure we had enough of everything for this baby. I’m determined to think minimally when it comes to this baby, because I know I have a big hoarding tendency – especially when it comes to all these sweet baby things!
Since we don’t know the gender of this baby, it’s hard to know exactly what we need, but here’s what I did…
I took all of our baby clothes that we had in storage and separated them by size and gender.
I took out all of the Newborn size for both genders and washed them up in that good-smelling baby detergent. In the past, I would’ve washed and organized ALL the clothes that I could possibly fit in baby’s dresser and several month’s worth, but since we don’t know the gender yet – I only did this with the Newborn clothes this time to keep things to a minimum.
I labelled the other storage boxes properly, and I do have easy access to the 0-3 month clothes in both genders so that I can easily wash those after we get home with baby and as we start to need them.
So here’s the list I found and adapted of what’s needed for baby…
- Infant Carseat (We were given one, though I’m keeping my eye out for one that’s more gender-neutral.)
- Crib (We still have our mini-crib and sheets from our last baby.)
- Dresser/Changing Table (Check.)
- Special Gender-Neutral Coming Home Outfit (I ordered one I’ve been eyeing for a while. It’s so soft and sweet.)
- 10 Bodysuits (We have 11 for girl & 10 for boy.)
- 4-6 Outfit Sets (We have 3 for girl & 2 for boy.)
- 5 Bottoms (We have 5 for girl & 6 for boy.)
- 7 Sleepers (We have 7 for girl & 4 for boy.)
- 2 Swaddler Blankets (We have 3 for girl, 1 for boy, & 3 gender-neutral.)
- 2 Sleep Sacks (We have 1 gender-neutral.)
- 10 Wash Cloths (I don’t know why you’d ever need 10 wash cloths, but we have plenty for both genders.)
- 3 Hooded Towels (We have hooded towels for girl, but I need to get some for boy or gender-neutral.)
- 8 Bibs (We have 2 for girl & 1 for boy. (Gender-neutral bibs are in my Amazon cart.)
- 8 Burp Cloths (We have 3 for girl. Gender-neutral burp cloths are in my Amazon cart.)
- 2 Hats (We have 5 for girl & 7 for boy. I love little hats on a newborn.)
- 6 Sock Pairs (We have 8 girl & 10 for boy.)
- Newborn Diapers – 1 Box or 148 total (We have 64.)
- Size 1 Diapers – 3 Boxes or 648 total (We have 478.)
- Size 2 Diapers – 3 Boxes or 558 total (We have 651.)
- Size 3 Diapers – 4 Boxes or 900 total (We have 244.)
- Wipes (We have lots of diapers and wipes from our surprise shower…What a huge blessing!)
- Diaper Rash Cream (My favorite is in my Amazon cart.)
- Baby Shampoo (We have a few bottles already that were given to us.)
- 1 Diaper Bag (We’ll be using the same one I used with Layten because I loved it’s organization.)
- 1 Boppy Pillow (Check. We also have a few different boy and girl covers that are washed and ready to go.)
- 1 Rock n Play (I’m on the lookout for one of these, but I know it’s also not completely necessary since we have a crib.)
- 2-3 Pacis (I will be purchasing a few Pat Pats and Cutie Clips from Ryan and Rose.)
- Hamper or Basket for Baby Laundry (I’m on the lookout, but I could easily just use a basket we already have too.)
- Baby Play Gym (I ordered this one, and I’m so excited about it.)
- Swing or Bouncer (We don’t have either of these, but I’m still trying to decide if we really even need them or not.)
- Stroller (I have a double-umbrella stroller that will work when they get older. I prefer a baby carrier when they are small.)
- Baby Carrier (I have a Baby K’Tan for the newborn stage and a Tula for as they get a little bigger.)
- Breast Pump & Accessories (I debated ordering a new pump all together, but I think I’m just going to order a new accessory kit to go with my current one.)
- 4-6 Bottles (We have way more than this. It really shows me how much a hoarder I’ve been in the past. I think I will use them mostly for freezing milk though since I have so many instead of purchasing the milk storage bags.)
- Bottle Brush (It’s on my list.)
- Nursing Pads (I have some washable ones.)
- Nursing Bras (I do have some, but I will be purchasing more.)
- Pajamas for Mom at Hospital (I have a nice nursing gown and robe, but I will probably buy a pants set too.)
- Robe for Mom at Hospital (I want to get a nice robe that will match with everything.)
- Slippers for Mom at Hospital (It’s on my list.)
- Toiletries for Mom & Dad to Pack & Keep in Hospital Bag (It’s on the list.)
- Is there anything missing from my list that you think we’ll need? Let me know in the comments of this post!
And here’s what’s on my personal Baby-Prep Task List…
- Purchase any of the priority things we still need from my list above
- Print my birth plan
- Register at the hospital
- Prep some Freezer meals (dinners, easy grab-n-go breakfasts for the kids, & lactation cookie dough)
- Sterilize Pacis, Bottles, & Breast pump parts
- Select & confirm new pediatrician
- Set up changing station
- Pack Mom, Dad, and Baby’s hospital bag.
- Install car seat. (This would be a great time to also clean out my car really good. It’s a “mom car”.)
- Plan for a housekeeper to come and do a good deep cleaning
- Plan a final date night (kid-free)
Anytime I’m working on a big project or getting ready for something big… I like to start with the big picture and work my way down to all those tiny details. I’m very detail-oriented so I love this type of thing. I love creating a system so that I don’t forget anything that’s really important. It really helps me to make sure that I have enough time to get everything down and money in the budget to afford the things we need as well.
Step One: Research what’s needed, what needs to be done, etc.
Step Two: Adapt the list or research that I find to suit my needs and make my own list(s) from it.
Step Three: Plug these tasks into my planner and add the needed items to my various shopping lists. (Amazon and Wunderlist for things I’d rather buy in-store.)
So that’s what I’ve done. This past week, I did a few things like Order the Baby’s Coming Home Outfit, Raised the Crib Mattress, and purchased a couple nursing bras. I also grabbed a few extra things during my grocery shopping trip that will hopefully keep us stocked for a while after baby comes so we won’t have to rush out to get those at any point… pull-ups for our toddler, paper towels, etc.
Next week I’ll make sure to print my birth plan, purchase the needed toiletries and items for the hospital, pack our hospital bags, and install the infant car seat.
See how that works? Like a charm hopefully! Help me to know if there’s something I might’ve missed… because “Baby Brain” is a real thing. 😉