Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pre-Baby Bucket List

Today I realized I am near my 3rd trimester... dangerously near it. I only have a few more weeks left in the 2nd trimester, and the reminder occurred when I could barely walk after eating a small portion of food but downing 3 lemonades.. I know, I lecture clients on drinking their calories and there I was downing home made lemonade like it was the end of the world. I just didn't think it would hurt so much when I stood up. It hurt so bad I was hobbling around Target with my husband and he kept asking me "are you sure you're ok?" I wasn't ok. I was miserable. I felt like my insides were going to burst out any moment in a flood of lemonade and baby. It's the most uncomfortable I've been since getting pregnant. My stomach feels tight, like it might rip if I add one more thing to my stomach contents.

So I decided that since my 3rd trimester is soon approaching, and I am going to be getting increasingly uncomfortable, I would make a bucket list of 50 things I want to get done before the baby is born.

1. Sell our house
2. Move in to our new apartment and completely finish unpacking
3. Visit San Francisco
4. Get a manicure
5. Get a pedicure
6. Stay up late and watch scary movies
7. Sleep in late while I still can
8. Road Trip with my Mom to California
9. Dress up as a Sumo Wrestler for Halloween
10. Make a new friend in California
11. Take a Lamaze or some sort of Birthing Class
12. Take a Hypnobirthing class
13. Do pre-natal yoga
14. Try Pre-natal Pilates
15. Swim
16. Spend a day out shopping for clothes, baby items, whatever I want
17. Get the Nursery completely decorated and set up for the baby
18. Install the carseat in my car, and put a carseat base in Jeff's car
19. Go to a Farmers Market in California
20. See a movie at the theater (while I still can)
21. See my Sister Valerie before I move
22. See my Sister Rebekah, my Dad and Bev before I move
23. See my Sister Meghan before I move
24. Make at least one thing I've pinned on Pinterest
25. Spend some quality time with my mom before I leave, painting or getting pampered
26. Spend some quality time with my niece Adelaide and my sister-in-law Liz
27. Have a Marathon Movie or TV show night
28. Have a Baby Shower
29. Find a Mommy and Me type play group to start integrating myself into California
30. Have a date night with Jeff somewhere fun or fancy
31. Find a Newborn Photographer to do photos of our baby
32. Get Maternity Photos taken??? I don't know if this one really needs to be professionally done but maybe by my mom or husband or something...
33. Enjoy a nice bath and a book
34. Read an entire book (I tend to stop reading 3/4ths of the way through most books.. ADD)
35. Read an entire pregnancy/baby prep book or two or 15
36. Find a new OBGYN in California that I actually like
37. Write out a birth plan
38. Make my own crib mobile
39. Start Playing the Piano again
40. Explore Petaluma
41. Go to the beach
42. Go on a mini babymoon with Jeff... even if it's just to San Fran
43. Have a girls night with Liz and Merideth and whoever else wants to join us
44. Play Just Dance 4 when it comes out
45. Try the crazy icecream flavors at Lick in Austin
46. Have a weird pregnancy craving and give in to it
47. Get a foot massage from Jeff
48. Find some comfortable pregnancy PJs
49. Get a 3D ultrasound
50. Go to South Congress one last time before I leave


Aubrey Jane said...

Dude, totally sleep in, I wish I could sleep in... although I will say that with my first I would usually give him his morning feed, he was up for a bit and then when he was back down for his morning nap, so was I. But it's not that way with 2. Anyway, with moving and everything I'm sure it's crazy finding a birthing class. My schedule was crazy during Declan's pregnancy so I did the Hypnobabies home study course and LOVED it! I would really recommend it. I also loved Jennifer Wolfe's prenatal yoga DVD, I think it's cheapest on Amazon. Favorite newborn books are Happiest Baby on the Block and Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. I am a big believer in the first few months being like a 4th trimester for the baby so I am all about whatever keeps them happy while still providing some structure to their days. Finally, two baby items I wouldn't want to do newborn without are my Angel Care monitor (the kind that has a sensor pad you put under their mattress to make sure they are still breathing - it enabled me to sleep without constantly checking them) and an awesome baby carrier (I LOVE my Ergo, love it, but Bjorns are pretty good too). Okay, you will be AMAZING!!!! I am so excited for you. Sleep in for me and let me know what it's like :)

caitlinhart said...

Aubrey I wish I could sleep in! I keep trying to but my body won't let me! I'll do my best though and hopefully will have a few more sleep-in days before this baby gets here! I'm so excited about your suggestions! We really do seem to like the same things, and now that I know you've actually gotten to use them with your kids and like them that makes me feel better about buying them. I also looked at the Angel Care monitor you are talking about and was trying to decide between it and the portable clip-on one, but I think having the one you are talking about would be more reasonable. I also have been strongly contemplating an Ergo carrier and possibly making my own moby-style wrap or ring sling.I may end up taking a hypnobirthing class homestudy as well, I am getting to California so late I might not make it in time to start a class! I'll look at the DVD you suggested and the books, I need to start reading up on this stuff! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the advice! It makes me feel so much better to have some feedback and insight.