OMG it’s December. OMG I’m going to have a baby next month. OMG I could actually have a baby *this* month. OMG.
So this is pretty exciting! On top of it being, you know, “the most wonderful time of the year”, we’ve also entered The Final Countdown to Baby’s arrival! (You know you have that epic 80’s song stuck in your head now… and if you don’t yet, click here.) There has been a lot of preparation going on in our house. Alex has taken care of the cleaning portion of nesting lol! He wanted to have Thanksgiving at our house this year, and said that he’d do all the cleaning in preparation for it. Now, he usually does a lot of the cleaning, but not *all* of it and I think that’s because he just wasn’t aware of what *all* the cleaning really meant. So I printed out Martha Stewart’s Weekly Cleaning Checklist (along with her Monthly and Daily checklists) and he ran with it. In fact, he asked me if I could print it out weekly so that he can reference it while he cleans during the week. Have I mentioned that he rocks? Oh, and he also took it upon himself to completely organize our linen closet – which was a *mess* and was on my list of things to try and get done for forever. So now our deal is I’m going to set up an Automater task on my iMac to print the weekly checklist at the beginning of every week and I’ll put it on the fridge. As we get stuff done, we’ll each check the things off that we got to during that week. Since he’s home more than me (and will be home alone more than me after Baby comes since Baby will have Full Time Daycare available), he’ll be doing the bulk of the chores and he’s cool with that. Also, again, I just need to say that he rocks.
I’ve been focusing on getting what we need to be ready for Baby and on preparing the Nursery. There are only a few things that we still need to get: a crib mattress, a diaper pail and liner (we’re doing cloth diapers), a garbage can, some basic baby/first aid supplies, a breast pump and related supplies (which I’ll buy in January with next year’s Flex Spending), a breastfeeding pillow (the My Brest Friend is my choice over a Boppy) a pack and play (not an absolute necessity, but I’m told they’re useful), a Rock and Play Sleeper (for Baby to sleep in next to my bed at first), and some onesies, no-scratch mittens, and socks that Baby can use right away. I’m waiting for my registry completer coupons to make any purchases, so hopefully they should come pretty soon!
Things are coming together really well in the Nursery! I’ve gotten a lot of projects done over the last month or so. I made a changing pad cover from a Prudent Baby Tutorial:
I also made curtains from another Prudent Baby Tutorial:
This past weekend, I made slipcovers for my glider cushions, using a tutorial from Our Happy Family:
I also made a blanket that we can use when Baby is old enough for a blanket in bed – it will work as a coverlet for the toddler bed when we convert the crib to one. I used a tutorial from Gus and Lulu, but I changed it up a bit, inspired by an image that I found online and pinned to Pinterest:
I’ve got a flickr set created with pictures of all of the progress in the Nursery and will continue to add to it as I finish things off in there. I only have a one more sewing project that I definitely plan on doing – a pennant bunting to be hung above the crib. I’l be following a tutorial from Your Home Based Mom and I’ve already got the pennants all cut and ready to go:
The only thing stopping me from getting that done right now is, I’m not sure how big/how many buntings I’ll need. I bought a Wall Quote to go above the crib, and it hasn’t shipped yet. I’m not sure how big it will be and how I’ll position it above the crib, so I’m kind of waiting for that to be here before I sew the bunting. Luckily, the bunting should come together *very* quickly, so it’s definitely a project I’m OK with pushing off till the very end. Here’s the wall quote:
I’m really happy with the way that my projects have all turned out so far! Things are really coming together in the Nursery and it should be pretty much ready for Baby really soon!
Speaking of soon… I realized the other day that my doctor had changed my due date. It had been January 17th, and apparently sometime when they were doing a ton of Ultrasounds between 16 and 26 weeks, they moved the date up to January 13th. That’s really not a huge difference, but since it’s a change in the “right” direction, I’ll take it! That means that I’ll be 35 weeks at the end of this week. 35 weeks is a pretty big milestone because it means that you’re 35 weeks along and have 35 days until your due date – OMG! Also, since they moved my due date up, I’ll be considered full term a couple days before Christmas instead of a couple days after Christmas. This means a couple of things for me… It means that if Baby decided to come that early, they wouldn’t try and stop labor since I’d be technically full term. It also means that, since they’re concerned about my Blood Pressure (which has been on the high side), they might consider inducing me if my BP gets worse near the end. Any time after that full term date would be considered fair game in their eyes for inducing me if they needed to, so it could possibly end up being that I have a baby before the end of this year – how crazy is that?! I’m not counting on that, though. I’m hoping that my BP doesn’t get worse and that I can carry Baby until Baby is ready to come out – whether that be before or after his or her due date!
So with all of this Baby prep going on, you may wonder if we’ve gotten anything done for Christmas. I’m happy to report that we have! We’re approximately 30% done with our Christmas shopping, and have a good idea of what needs to be done to complete that. Since it’s only December 6th, I think we’re pretty well on target to finishing shopping without a good deal of stress. We’re also 100% done with our Christmas decorating – so that rocks! Unfortunately, we’re 0% done with Christmas cards… but that’s not a huge project, so I should be able to get that done this weekend.
So yay for December! It may be a really busy month of preparation for Holidays and Baby, but it’s going to be a lot of fun!!