Baby Prep

I’ve been doing little things over the past few weeks to prepare for Baby Girl’s arrival. I feel like being a few steps ahead now will allow me to relax and soak up newborn madness later!

Birth Center/Hospital Bag:
I packed this about a week ago to be sure I have the necessities. I go home from the birth center the same day, so I don’t need too much. But if you know you’re staying at a hospital for a night or two, you’ll want to add some more clothes! I can add a few last minute things when I actually go into labor. But for now, this is what I have:

  • chapstick
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair-tie, brush 
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Nursing bra
  • Going home outfit
  • Slippers
  • Baby Girl’s outfit, hat, and scratch mittens
  • Baby Girl’s swaddle blanket
  • diffuser and lavender essential oil
  • Snacks and coconut water (power bar, cheese and crackers, fig newtons, ginger snap cookies)
  • Phones and chargers
  • Pillows

Meal Planning:
I always plan our meals for the week ahead so I only need to go grocery shopping once. Over the past few weeks, I’ve planned meals that I could easily double. I froze the second batch of each in a freezer bag with a label so I know what I need to do when I defrost it. I have at least two weeks of meals stocked up in the freezer! All I need to do is thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat or throw in the slow cooker for dinner. Here are some of the meals I made:

Bulk Buying:

We took a trip to Costco over the weekend and stocked up on lots of goodies! We bought enough toilet paper and paper towels to last a lifetime. We also loaded up on garbage bags, laundry detergent, dish soap, and paper plates cups and utensils. Anything that means less dishes to wash works for me! I feel like buying these things in bulk cuts down on the expense too! We picked up some chicken and steaks while we were there too. We are ready! Now all we need is Baby Girl!

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