Since I am a little OCD when it comes to checklists, I made a checklist for everything I need to do before the baby arrives.  The list might not seem like much, but it really has helped me get organized.  I know that things can get done once the baby is here, especially due to the fact that I will have my parents and husband to help out the first week, but there are some things that I want to make sure are done before the baby arrives.
With our first baby, I didn’t really set up the nursery or purchase anything beforehand.  All we had was the car seat, Pack’n’Play, Boppy and a take-home outfit.  We had scheduled the delivery date of the crib and a dresser was sitting in the room, but nothing else was in the nursery.  Once the baby arrived, I got all sorts of clothes and stuff that I didn’t have to worry about not having everything beforehand.  (And we took a lot of diapers from the hospital to get us started.)
So as I am preparing for #2, I don’t feel as overwhelmed as I did with our little man in terms of getting everything “ready”.  I know I am super picky about some of my personal items like face wash and face lotion, so I am making sure I have at least a months worth of those items so I don’t have to try and send someone out to get it for me.
I also want to make sure that our little man is sticking to his schedule, so I developed a flow chart with his schedule so whoever is taking care of him can follow that instead of always asking me what time does he (fill in the blank).  I also made a list of all of his favorite foods for whoever is feeding him so I won’t be get asked what he should eat for every meal.  I put all of this up on our fridge for easy access and everyone can see it.  (I will include all of this in my next post!)
For me, having everything organized has really eliminated a lot of the anxiety that comes with preparing for a baby.  Hopefully all of this planning will pay off and everything will run smoothly once the baby arrives!
before baby checklist
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