Post # 1
We’ve registered at one store and have to register at one more. We’ve assembled the crib and changing table. We have some room decorations purchased, but not put up yet. Starting our first baby classes next week.
We’re excited to get going, but I’m not sure what all we can work on now. Any ideas for things we should be doing now? Thanks!
Post # 3
We are in the same spot and are looking at college saving 529 plans, and deciding whose health insurance to add baby to. I am cleaning out the freezer to make room for casseroles, which I will begin making this weekend. We are finalizing our childcare plans for when I return to work in April. My shower is this weekend, and after that I will take the tags off all the new baby clothes and run them through the wash. I think that’s it for now.
Post # 4
I’m still in my 2nd, not sure from personal experience, but I’ve seen advice that 3rd trimester is a good time to start reading some parenting (as opposed to pregnancy or childbirth) books since you’ll have more time now that after the baby comes!
Post # 5
@Snmcdowell Sounds like great ideas. Can you share some of the casseole recipes you have on your list? I’d also be interested in the 529 plans if you don’t mind sharing. Thanks!
Post # 6
I just started my second but I am planning to bake up a storm in the third trimester. Stuffed shells, casseroles, dough, pies. I’m sure we will have food out the wazoo from our parents but at the same time there are 6 siblings between the two of us and I know when they visit they’re not going to think about bringing food and I’m sure not going to want to cook food. Plus my husband is a grad/med student still and those guys are sweet but will just stop by whenever and I’m sure they won’t bring food, knowing them they will bring beer or something similarly ridiculous. Luckily we have a freezer in our basement that I am going to stockpile.
This trimester my goal is to throw stuff away and clear out all the unnecessary clutter. Next trimester will be to set up and finish decorating the baby room/guest room.
Post # 7
Here’s my 3rd trimester weekly countdown to-do list. I’ve got about 8 weeks left.
Haircut, pack hospital bag
Figure out car seat, swing, baby gym
Write thank you cards, load of laundry of new shower gifts
Confirm health insurance, birthing pool, pediatrician and maternity leave procedures
Install dimmer and curtains in nursery
Freeze meals and/or buy frozen stuff from Costco
*just learned the breastpump and sterilized gear and finished childbirthing classes this past week.
Post # 8
I have 10 weeks left (please excuse me while I freak out a bit at that realization) and will be happily getting some vacation time this month and next. I just have a few more things with the nursery. The last/second baby shower is tomorrow and I’m looking forward to putting things away but also to shopping for the baby. I’ve been waiting to see what all we get first and am now suddenly very excited to shop. And I’m with @troubled. I’d love to purge and organize our sunroom turned junk room and, oddly, the garage. Ahh, nesting. Still need to finalize the pediatrician and tentative day care for April. Everyone has great ideas and I’ve thought about them here and there but I think I need a list…
Post # 9
@july09bridetobe: For the 529 plans, Morningstar just published a list of recommended plans. One of the ones in our state is highly ranked and offers a tax incentive to residents, so we’ll probably go with that one. http://news.morningstar.com/pdfs/Morningstar.529.Industry.Survey.11.1.10.pdf
For freeze-ahead recipes, I am using a couple from the Cook’s Illustrated Magazine special issue from spring 2009 called “Make-Ahead Recipes.” You can buy a copy on the Cook’s Illustrated website.
Post # 10
Also, good thread here for meals: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/ideas-for-meals-to-freeze-for-new-parents
And I forgot to mention that we need to decide on a name for this baby (or at least a short list). Kind of a biggie. And we need to look into having a will drawn up.
Post # 11
Well here’s my advice. Rest, rest, rest. Sleep, read, watch tv. Do all the relaxing stuff you will not get to do when your baby is born. Honestly. Sleep. And read. I feel like I have not read an entire book in forever. Or slept through out the night since he was born.
Post # 12
Oh, and something that was on my to-do list was to arrange the babys baptism. If you’re Catholic, you have to attend classes before you can schedule a baptism, so we wanted to have that out of the way before birth.