on preparing for baby number two

Okay, where did the time go? If you had run into me a month ago I would have told you that this was the longest pregnancy ever. Honestly, I feel like I have been carrying this kid around for years but yesterday I realized that I only have 12 weeks (or so) left before we welcome our little girl into the world. It's definitely different the second time around.

28 weeks and counting. And yes, standing on a chair!

During my first pregnancy I read almost anything I could get my hands on that dealt with being pregnant, becoming a mother, breastfeeding and of course labour. My husband and I attended birthing sessions where we reenacted what delivery might be like and plunged our hands into ice cold water in an attempt to mimic the discomfort and pain of childbirth (um, really...that's the best you could do, cause honestly it doesn't come close to comparing.) I  religiously attended pre-natal yoga classes twice a week and got in touch with my unborn child. We decorated the nursery, put together our stroller, pre- washed baby clothes and planned and executed our own baby shower. Before we fell asleep at night we tossed back and forth possible names and tried to imagine what the baby would look like.

Minimalist children's story poster designed by Christian Jackson - Square Inch Design

How times have changed! I've made it to a total of one pre-natal yoga class, haven't cracked a book on the subject of pregnancy and have boxes of baby clothes in the basement I need to sort through. As I lay awake last night thinking of all the things I need to do I thought the best plan of action would be to make a list and try to tackle at least one thing each weekend for the next 12 weeks. I hope you're reading this, Myles!

Frazier & Wing Lucky Yellow and Sunshine Mobiles.

  • Take stroller to bike repair shop and get brake fixed.
  • Go through above mentioned boxes of baby clothes and sort and clean as necessary.
  • Stock up on diapers, wipes, laundry detergent and other things newborns need lots of.
  • Clean and install infant baby seat.
  • Buy some new change table covers, a new mobile for above the crib, new sheets and an Ergo carrier.
  • Apply for my maternity/parental leave benefits.
  • Make sure we have all the supplies we need for a home birth.
  • Prepare and put meals in the freezer.
  • Buy some good nursing bras. (Does such a thing exist?)
  • Get bassinet cleaned and ready for our bedroom.
  • Design, decorate and get Henry moved over to his new bedroom. (Gulp!)
  • Treat myself to one of these new diaper bags (unless someone else wants to buy one for me!)

Virginia Johnson chain stitched tote bag in Henna Black (currently on sale!)

Virginia Johnson Chain Stitched Tote Bag in Bear Dark Brown

If I can get all of this accomplished, attend a few more pre-natal yoga classes and re-read a few of those chapters on childbirth I'll be feeling pretty good. I'd love to hear how you prepare for baby whether it's your first or second (or third, fourth, fifth!) time around.