38 Weeks: To Do List

August 24, 2012

I should have written this post 2 weeks ago, because that’s how long we’ve been ready!!!

See the full to-do list here.

And here are just the final items – all now complete!

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To Do:

Purchase and Install car seat and have it inspected (Done – see this post!)

Nest the crib (Mattress pads and sheets washed and on. Monitor ready.)

Put together stroller (Bugaboo all ready to go with newly purchased car seat adapter)

Put together any gear that requires assembly (All ready to go)

Put all baby things like wipes, toiletries for baby and shampoos in a handy spot (Wheee!)

Finish diaper changing station assembly (Ready for poop!)

Pack a diaper bag (Ready for hospital)

Buy/figure out diaper container to put wet bag in (Here and hung)

Freeze some meals (Tomato sauce canned and freezer stocked with tons of quick meal items)

Create contact list for baby’s arrival (Done – have a Gmail group for updates and arrival emails)

Buy gift for doula (Ready)

Go on a date (Check + Check!)

Pack hospital bag (All set!)

Schedule newborn photographer (New to the list, but done!)


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A Father’s Reflections On Pregnancy

Props For Mom

Out With The Old, In With The New

Pre-Mom Bucket List

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle Hunt (@PeachyPalate) August 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

You’re all set to go then!!! 🙂


2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

You have no idea the big smile the pic of the book with Lowly Worm just put on the Mr’s face. That was his favorite!


3 Liz August 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

I was a big Richard Scarry fan, too! 😀


4 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

Eeek! So exciting! Every morning when I start going through my blogs I wonder if this will be the day for you 🙂


5 Mary August 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

Glad to see you have everything ready!

I now exactly how you must be feeling. My first daughter was born at 36 weeks so my doctor gave me the “any day now” at the 36 week mark. Oddly enough, my little one was born on July 5th, 2012 (her due date)! I was sooo anxious those four weeks! The “any day now” suspense is a killer!


6 Allison August 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

You are so prepared. I have three kids and I never once packed my hospital bag until I woke up in the middle of the night in labor. I could never figure out how to pack stuff when some of it I used every day. It has become some what of a family joke at this point. Each time I’d tell my husband I hadn’t packed anything, he’d say “did you not know this was coming?” And then my one of my parents would end up going back to our house to grab things after we arrived at the hospital. And each kid was late so I didn’t even have the early baby excuse. Oh well. Good luck!!!


7 Lisa August 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

You’ve got some great books there!


8 Kathleen August 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

I’m sure you’ve already thought of this, but a nice idea is to take a little treat (like maybe some bakery bread…:) for the nurses on l+d and postpartum. Nurses work so hard and are amazing!


9 Kristin August 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Agreed! I work in the ER and frequently there is no time to eat! Sometimes treats and gifts patients bring us are all I have to keep me going.
Plus it never hurts to get in good with the nurses 😉


10 andrea August 25, 2012 at 1:11 am

I did the same…my mom is a nurse and had suggested. I took a basket of fruit and see’s candies! with a small bag of see’s for myself 🙂
you could easily bring in something from the bakery – they will love you.


11 Kattrina August 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

Wow – you are so prepared! I am not even close to all of that and I am 38 weeks too. I do have the car seat installed and the diapers, clothes, and sheets washed. That’s about it though. I am still working on my hospital bag… And we have no food! I am gonna try and get a bit more organized but I have a bad feeling that we will just be an unorganized mess! And I think I am finally becoming ok with that.

What did you get your doula? We are having a doula and I was trying to think of some good ideas. Not really sure (aside from food), what to get them!


12 Kelly Baker August 24, 2012 at 10:53 am

That’s awesome! Way to be all ready…in more ways than one.

I remember the excitement and anticipation the last few weeks before delivery. Such a fun time…even though you are probably soooo ready! And I’ve told you before, but it’s worth mentioning again. TYLENOL PM. Do whatever you can to get good sleep, because just like any athletic event, you want to be as well-rested as possible! I know it’s hard at 8+ months preggo to get quality sleep, but really those hours of sleep are worth any effort. I’m glad you got such good sleep last night!


13 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

You must be getting sooooo excited! 😉


14 Shannon August 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Kath…will you be sharing your birth story on BERF once you get the chance? 🙂


15 KERF August 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm



16 Spice Chicken August 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I am so happy to see Lowly Worm on your bookshelf! Richard Scarry is classic. I am a lifelong fan.


17 vidya August 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Impressed….AGAIN!! Kath do you use any organising tools online or manual? Would love to know what’s behind your success secret 🙂

Also toootally off topic, what’s your take on green tea supplements (in capsules form)?


18 KERF August 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Just all gmail products!

And id say drink the tea. The capsule dose isn’t what nature intended.


19 Vidya August 25, 2012 at 7:19 am

Thanks Kath 🙂


20 Erin August 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I have to say this makes me a little jealous. My now 8 month old arrive at 35 weeks and many of these were things on my checklist that didn’t get checked off. Thanks to my mother in law and our friends we managed to be in pretty good shape when we all came home two days later. Enjoy these last days it will be wonderful when your little guy arrives but it’s true, it won’t ever be the same. And I’d squeeze in another date night if he lets you 😉


21 Angel7 August 24, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I thought that you would be the newborn photographer 🙂 I know that it might be easier to have someone else do it, though.



22 KERF August 25, 2012 at 7:15 am

I want to take hundreds, but I also want someone who can work magic 🙂


23 Vidya August 25, 2012 at 7:22 am

Waiting for the nursery tour! Or are you planning to do it when it’s owner is actually using it ;-)?


24 KERF August 25, 2012 at 7:25 am

It’s next week!


25 Vidya August 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

No hurries, take your time. Just very excited to take a peek at the overall finished look. But yay I did have a peek at it in the ‘snapshots’ post. Can’t wait to see a sweet little handsome hunk in it soooon.:-)


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