As I perch on the brink of 36 weeks (insert massive gulp here!), I’ve starting thinking seriously about what I can do to make everyday life just that little bit more convenient after the arrival of little dude.
For the most part, this has consisted of stocking up on the essentials as far as 3 months in advance, and therefore delaying have to burst our new ‘happy family bubble’ for as long as we can. The Hubster is off work for a good 8 weeks post squirt’s arrival and since that falls right over Thanksgiving and Christmas, we both agreed that the less time we have to spend fighting the seasonal crowds for toilet paper and teabags, the better for everyone involved.
So here’s the list so far (our storage cupboards may be bulging at the seams, but I’m feeling pretty mellow about our preps. Always good to alleviate preggy stressers, right?):
Bathroom Tissue – 32 double rolls
Laundry Detergent – 96 loads worth
Shampoo and Conditioner – 2 family-size bottles
Shower Gel – 3 bottles on stand-by
Toothpaste (and fresh toothbrushes!) – 3 tubes
Dry Dog Food – 40lbs extra
Dishwasher Detergent – 3 bottles
Dish Soap – 3 bottles
Trash Bags – 40
Cereal – 5 boxes spare (for those ‘grab and go’ moments)
Thank You Cards and Stamps – for after baby is born and helping hands/extra thoughtfulness rolls in
Not to mention the fact that, just yesterday, I finally got started on the MAMMOTH task of stocking our freezer with healthy, low fat, vitamin rich ‘homemade ready meals’ that I can (and will) pull out at a moments notice, for brekkie, lunch and dinner! Needless to say lots of crock pot meals, handy oven warm-up items and tasty seasonal treats to keep our spirits (and energy!) up. That list will surely follow soon!
In the meantime, please do share your tips and insights into items that helped you survive the new baby phase and happy stock-piling!
I’m growing by the minute it seems and am officially back to being an A+ maternity patient (at least for this week) with a great blood pressure, fab fetal heart rate, good (gulp) weight gain and a spot on fundal height measurement.
Ahhh, it’s nice to be reassured by simple facts and numbers isn’t it?
Little dude’s been moving around like it’s nobody’s business, although he does still have his regular quiet days, which admittedly still have me reaching for the OJ from time to time. I’m so busy nowadays that hours will pass where I haven’t clocked a wiggle or a jiggle, but inevitably, once I start really focusing in, I realize he’s still going about his daily business in there just fine thank you. Just working away at growing and, you know, fetus stuff…
So here’s to the last 2 months! May they be filled with decaf Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Fall outings and lots of lovely hubby and I alone time… the clock is ticking!