We're well on our way through the 2nd half of this pregnancy! How does this happen y'all? Time is seriously flying and it's about time for South Texas to get HOT and I'm NOT READY FOR THAT! I do, however, want to be ready for this little one to arrive so I've put together a to-do list for some stuff I'd like to accomplish in the next 4 months! I'm hoping a few of these things will help ease the transition for Miss Mak and make a football season baby a little easier than it could be!
1. Stock the Freezer!
I had this on my to-do list for baby #1 and it SO didn't happen. With football season upon us with a newborn, I want as much food and as little prep as possible for a few months! I've already started with a few freezer friendly crock-pot meals and am hoping to add a few each week to my current meal prep. It's super tempting just to use them now on days I don't want to cook though! We'll see if they last until August!! So far, I've made Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken Enchilada Soup - both GF and DF. Got any great recipes to share with me? Anyone want to come cook with me? I need some motivation and yummy ideas!
2. Create Busy Boxes
I love finding creative little activities for Miss Mak but it's so easy to get in a rut! One of the things I'm most nervous about (please don't tell me there are other things I should be more worried about!) is what Little M will get into while I'm nursing her little sister. While I know these busy bags/boxes won't work all the time, I hope they will be something special and quiet that she can do when I need her to (maybe. once in a while. come on. a mom can dream). I've found a ton of ideas on Pinterest and am trying to do the ones that I can pack in a pencil pouch and just a few in larger containers. I'm also trying to do things that involve Dollar Tree shopping and minimal prep. Check out this Pinterest board to see some of the things I'm going to try.
3. Create my labor & delivery oil kit!
I'm so excited to have essential oils at my disposal this time around! If only I had known about them sooner! I'm super excited to use a few during labor and I'm planning on having a few things prepped for post-partum recovery as well.
Labor Pain - oils like black pepper, wild orange, lavender and frankincense
Peri-Spray - y'all know this is a must! I'll do a recipe combining witch hazel, lavender, geranium and frankincense - possibly some helichrysum
Freezer Pads - pretty much the blend from the spray pre soaked in some pads and wrapped in the freezer.
Roller bottle set - These blends are some of my favorite for new moms - Happy Mama (bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, wild orange, grapefruit) Mama's Milk (fennel, basil, geranium) and Peaceful Baby (lavender, vetiver, cedarwood)
4. Finish my 2015 photo album
This just HAS to get done y'all. If I don't do it now, my kids will be graduating high school before I get their kindergarten pictures in an album. I used to scrapbook but seriously - who has time for that? Last year, I did a Shutterfly album and once I buckled down to upload pictures and design the book it went quite quickly and turned out awesome. I'm on February 2015 right now - so I'm going to have to get cracking soon!
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5. Sibling Prep
I don't think you can ever really prepare a 2-ish-year-old for having a new baby sibling, but we're trying to do the best we can. We talk about her baby sister a lot, kiss mama's baby belly, pray for her every night and currently LOVE playing with baby dolls. I'm planning to get a few books about being a big sister, and spend some time the summer playing with my friend's new baby to get her used to real life teeny ones!
6. Get a few 2nd child essentials
I joke that for your first child you have the entire baby section in your registry, and for baby #2 you just need a cook and a house cleaner. Now, I'd take those for sure, but I guess there are a few things we've decided we need to add to our must-have list.
Bob Revolution Duallie Stroller (affiliate)- I think I was searching for these the day I got a positive pregnancy test. It's #1 on my list for a reason! I love my single, use it EVERY SINGLE FREAKING DAY and MUST have one for my 2 kiddos! They are crazy expensive new, so I've been search for one used. I just found one the other day so I'm super pumped!a If you want to read more about why I love BOB so much - read my post here.
Back Pack Diaper Bag - I thought I was too cool for backpacks during round 1 but turns out, there are some pretty cool ones out there and they are just so dang practical. I need 2 arms free (or more if that were possible )with 2 kids so I think a backpack will be the way to go. I really like this one
Infant Insert for Ergo (affiliate) - I used a BOBA wrap when Miss Mak was a newborn and really liked it, and ended up not getting an Ergo until she was about 9 months old and getting big for a wrap. I like the flexibility of having both options, so I want to get an insert to make my Ergo newborn friendly too. I'll let ya know which one I end up using more! I have a feeling this little one will be worn much more than #1.
Rock N Play (affiliate)- I seriously think this is on every blog list I've seen for must-have's for #2. I think it's actually pretty awesome for your first kid too - but I didn't know about them then! I got one from a good friend of mine and I'm so excited about the portability of it and how cozy it seems! Can I sleep in one? The one I got is a lot like this one.
A few other basics like a new bath towel, some lightweight (Texas friendly) swaddle blankets and diapers. Of course diapers.
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7. Pull out all of our hand-me-downs!
We're lucky in the fact that not only are we having another girl, they are born in the same season so hopefully we'll be able to use all of Miss Mak's outgrown clothes! I just love a good hand-me-down, and it will be so fun to pull out clothes that M wore again! To be honest, most of M's clothes were hand-me-downs so this lucky little girl will be on round 3 or more. Oh to be the younger sibling...
I can't wait to pull out our totes and start organizing tiny clothes again!
how about you?
What kinds of things did you do to prepare for baby #2?
What were your must-haves?
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