I have a mental list of things I want and need to do before our little bitty arrives (the time keeps getting closer and closer!!). I think hitting the 36 week mark and realizing that we only have "about" 4 weeks left was a big motivator to get some of those things taken care of :P I wasn't specifically dragging my feet or putting things off, I just hadn't "gotten around" to them yet. This week I've put non-essentials (everything but food and laundry) on hold and accomplished some of those things! And each time I get one of those things done, I feel more "ready" for the baby to be born.
Daniel has been working on the nursery painting project. His company took a snow day yesterday (first one that I know of) and he made good headway. We hope to have everything painted by the end of this week. I originally started out helping with the detail work, like cutting in and painting the trim, but one day of that and my body didn't like it one bit. So I'm letting him do all that and I'm working on the other stuff :)
I really really hope I have the nursing bra purchasing taken care of. It really stinks, ya know, because I FINALLY found a regular bra that I like, so whenever I'd need to purchase new ones I could just walk in and pull some off the rack. Now I have to go through it all over again, purely guessing at what size I'm gonna need, having no clue of what I "want" in a nursing bra, etc. I went to Target first (several friends recommended them) but just didn't like their options. That experience helped me know better what I want/don't want, so I guess it was a good thing... Anyway, I've recently read some blog reviews praising the Bravado Nursing Bras so I checked them out. I really like the way their bras "work" so I ordered a couple pair in a few different sizes. Whew-wee, was that a chunk-o-change, but if they are as good as the reviews say they are (good support, comfort, etc.), and if they fit, they should be worth every penny. Hopefully an investment that will last more than 1 kid, too.
Our Chicco Travel System arrived today!! Granted, it's still in the box, out in the snow, waiting for Daniel to get home and carry the monster, 50lb. package inside, but now we can legally and safely transport our little peanut around :P We took advantage of a 15% off sale, free shipping, plus gift cards and were able to get it for a lot less than full price. Different people offered us the use of theirs, and we considered those options, but I really felt like I would be more comfortable knowing my baby is in something with the latest and greatest as far as safety. (I didn't know until recently that car seats have expiration dates?) And we felt that by getting brand new, it should easily remain up-to-date as far as safety for multiple kids (assuming we'll have more than one).
Finding a pediatrician is another thing on my list. I asked around among our friends with wee bairns and have found one that I think we'll like. I still need to call their office and talk with them and do whatever you do to set up a Dr. for your unborn baby, but I'm relieved to know I at least have one picked out!!
Uncle Sam... ahh. Taxes. That is one thing that I for sure wanted to have completely done, finished and filed before the end of February. I have a strong haunch that if I wouldn't get them done, heh-heh, I would NOT feel like doing them with a newborn on my hands AND learning how to be a mama!! We finally got the last of the information last week and yesterday afternoon I finished getting everything together and organized. Now I just need to set up a time with my MIL to get together and do them (Daniel's parents "share" their Turbo-Tax with us).
I haven't done a lot more freezer cooking, I think I have 5 meals worth of stuff in the freezer? I'm not super worried about food for the month of March because my MOPS group will be supplying several meals, and our Sunday School class always covers about 2 weeks worth of meals. Between those two and the food I've cooked up ahead of time, I don't think we'll be hungry at all. I do need to focus on stocking the freezer with bread, breakfast things (At least for myself. I'm sure Daniel will continue with his daily egg sandwich breakfast), and snacky things like muffins, granola bars and cookies that Daniel can put in his lunch box. Yesterday I made a batch of pancakes and froze the leftovers, and today I made a batch of (24) banana nut muffins to freeze. I have a bag of cranberries in the freezer that I need to use, and I'm thinking cranberry muffins or bread. I plan to make another batch of regular bread tomorrow (I made 2 loaves yesterday) to start the bread stockpile.
We still have plenty to do before the baby comes. Like finishing the thank-you notes for the gifts we've received so far, sorting through and washing the baby clothes that my sisters are loaning us, packing my hospital bag, and of course I'd love to have the house completely spic and span :P For the most part I feel like if the baby would decide to make an early appearance, we would survive just fine. Ok, I would like to get the nursery painted and the crib set up first, but after that...