How ready are you?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
203 posts
Helper bee

I’ll be 33 weeks in a couple of days and this is what we have so far:

-Name picked out, but keeping it a secret until he is born

-Crib, dresser/changing table, bassinet, rocking chair bought but not installed

-Lots of clothes (not washed yet) and lots of diapers (not organized yet)

-Nursery is already painted, but we need to clear out all the guest room stuff from it and clean the carpet and start arranging it (we have new curtains, a rug, and lots of decor for it already)

-Car seat purchased, but not installed (that is a husband duty and he is going to go to the local highway patrol to use their car seat install/inspection service)

-We had our baby showers already, so we went through and purchased everything we didn’t receive and it is all on its way (thank goodness for online shopping). That includes the stroller, baby monitor, changing table pad, cover, etc….


What we still need to do ASAP:

-Purchase an armoire and the crib mattress and assemble EVERYTHING and install car seat

-Pack the hospital bag

-Nail down our birth plan (have only discussed it briefly)

-Look into taking a couple of classes (breastfeeding for sure and possibly infant care or an infant CPR class – I also rented a couple of DVD’s from the library on these topics too, but have not watched them)

-Get our dogs ready (need to move their kennels/beds around to make room)


And then there is the saga of switching insurance plans as of January 1st, so we have to meet with new doctors and make a quick transition into new facilities. I never had a regular doctor anyways on my old plan and they wouldn’t guarantee who would be there for the birth, so I’m not completely blindsided with this turn of events, but I just want to get in to the new hospital as soon as possible. It’s a better hospital, so that is good and it is about 5 minutes away from our house.

Emotionally I’m pretty ready, but still anxious about all of the changes and just wanting to finish everything but feeling tired and all the holiday hullabaloo doesn’t leave much time for anything (not to mention I work full time outside of the home and also part-time for myself inside of the home). I’m sure it will all get done – and if not, well then we will just take it one moment at a time! As long as baby is healthy, it’s all good 🙂

Post # 17
1782 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are not ready… We are due in July but my hunny likes to procrastinate so I am already telling him that we are on a time line that has a definite end in July (hopefully not sooner). So my hunny do list is: clean out storage room entirely, new paint, new carpet before May to give it some time to settle… then hopefully by beginning of June baby crib, dresser, side dresser for odds and ends like diaper storage, swing, and glider. If this all is done by June 15th, I will be so very happy with not a worry.

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Post # 18
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m 31 weeks, and I had my shower quite early on since I live 11 hours away from most of my family and we were all getting together for my cousin’s wedding, so my cousins decided to plan it the same weekend. Thanks to that, I had a lot of essentials already, such as car seat, bassinet, etc…

We have the nursery painted, crib is assembled(I would suggest getting that done, because it SUCKS, there are so many pieces and you can’t just wing it since it’s where the baby will be sleeping eventually), bassinet and bouncer assembled(they came together), dresser assembled, and I have a box of diapers and supplies from Honest Company ready to go.

I still have to organize his clothes and put them in the dresser, set up his changing pad station and stock it with supplies, assemble the rocking chair, pack my hospital bag, wash a few outfits for when he’s here-I don’t want to wash all of them at once, since I don’t know what he’ll fit into or not, and I’ve kept the receipts for all the clothes I’ve bought so far.

I was pretty laid back about getting things done, until I started having Braxton-Hicks contractions every other day. I think that was my body’s way of saying, “hello, you do know you’re having a baby, right??” I also keep having really vivid dreams that he’s here, already. Honestly though, don’t stress too much. As long as you have a car seat and a place for him to sleep, I think you’ll be fine even if baby comes early. Oh! I forgot to add, we also need to pick a pediatrician, since our hosptial won’t discharge us until the baby is seen by one.

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Post # 19
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I made it a habit throughout my pregnancy to get one big thing accomplished each week. That way I didn’t get overwhelmed. I’m now 39w3d and the only thing we didn’t do pre-baby was create a will and get life insurance. We’ll do it ASAP after baby is born, but I really wish I would have made it a higher priority sooner.

Post # 20
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh my goodness after reading through these posts I’m feeling like we still have a ton to do! (which is true)

I’m 29 weeks, and basically what we have so far is a crib (put together), some hand-me-down clothes (washed and hung in the closet), a handful of new clothes and some cloth diapers (need to be washed), and a carseat and pack-n-play.  We’re painting next weekend, and our shower is in two weeks – after that we’ll buy everything else we need.  We still need to pick a name, choose a pediatrician, review our life insurance, write a birth plan, finish our birthing classes, pack hospital bags, and decorate the nursery.  DH still has some stuff that needs to be cleared out of the nursery (it was our bonus room).  We need to get down to it!

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