Preparation for kids… wow- there were so many things we/I did and some of it wasn’t seemingly related to childbearing!
So, to answer some of your questions:
Financially- we wanted to be in a good financial position. We both have student loans (and if we waited for those to be paid off we’d be too old to have kids!) so we prepared in other ways: we both have full time jobs, my job comes with health benefits and I’m entitled to FMLA, we paid off our other debt (my car & credit cards) and paid down his car. We have some money saved up, but our savings did take a bit of a hit with the wedding since we didn’t want to put any of that on credit cards.
Mentally- this was a tough one… I’m over 30 and very active, very fit, and very much used to doing what I want when I want. He plays rugby, has guys’ night, and is also very used to doing what he wants when he wants. We are spontaneous, we enjoy date nights out, we splurge a little from time to time. We have spent some time working on eating out less, but still enjoying our freedom from babies. We both work with children, so we at least sort of kind of know what’s up, and we have 3 dogs at home so we know we’re responsible enough to remember to feed them 🙂
Bucket list- I don’t know that he had anything specifically that he wanted to do before having a baby, since having a baby won’t completely change his body. I ran a marathon last spring, and I’m glad I did because I’ll be a whale by the time that race rolls around this year!
Other- Physically, I wanted to be as healthy as possible in preparation for having a baby, being pregnant, etc. I eat well, I work out hard, I am up to date on vaccines & my annual cooch snoop. Once I got my BFP, I decreased the intensity and frequency of my workouts, but I’ve been able to remain fairly active throughout the pregnancy so far. I’m 30 weeks now, and I’m still walking, doing zumba, spin class, and some swimming. I just don’t work myself to breathlesness! I also try to eat well, but I allow myself some leeway. If I want tater tots and a burger, well you bet your ass I’m going to have them. If I want skittles I eat skittles. I do make sure I get plenty of lean protein and I take my vitamins. I eat lean meat, lots of dairy, plenty of fresh veggies, and I snack on fruit and a string cheese once or twice a day. But I splurge too 🙂 Blame it on the hormones!