Sunday, February 20, 2011

Two Months To Do...

Instead of allowing myself to get overwhelmed by having too much to do before our new baby comes, I decided to create a list of what we I hope to get done over the next two months (numbers crossed out are the ones already finished!)... 

1) Wash all baby blankets, playpen covers, and my hospital clothes in Dreft detergent (expensive, but smells wonderfully sweet and what baby's newborn skin deserves).

2) Pack for the hospital (try to get everything down to just one bag this time!)

3) Call hospital and find out hours of their cafeteria, and put a copy in our hospital bag. (I know this one sounds crazy, but when we were in the hospital with our first birth, my husband kept missing out on getting something to eat. With the amount hospitals charge for a stay, you'd think they'd leave a nice little note posted somewhere informing patients/guests of their hours, but the IHC hospital does not. It's also hard info. to obtain, so for you Logan locals, here you go!

IHC Logan Hospital Cafeteria Info.
Located on the 1st floor, Left of the main entrance
General Cafeteria #: 435.716.5166
To hear a recording of Meals of the Day #: 435.716.5411

Grill & Salad Bar Weekday Hrs: 7:30-11:00 a.m. Breakfast  11:30-1:30 Lunch
5:00-7:30 Dinner

Grill Weekend Hrs: 7:30-10:00 a.m. Breakfast  11:00-2:00  Lunch
5:00-11:00 p.m. Dinner

Salad Bar Hrs. (same for both weekday and weekends): 11:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m. 
Lite Bite (pre-made sandwiches): 11:30-1:00 p.m. M-Th.

4) Buy Almond Joys (treats for our nurses), grape Powerade (my drink of choice while in labor), Wheat Thins and graham crackers (good snacks to have on hand...hopefully this won't have to be Bart's dinner this time around!).

5) Review Hypnobirthing techniques with my doula (aka my husband).

6) Have husband set-up infant car seat in his car.

7) Check with the hospital to obtain any forms from the Labor & Delivery area that we can fill out before hand.

8) Look into making meals that will freeze well before hand and prepare.

9) Print out list of what NOT to eat while breast feeding during the first few weeks, and post on fridge. For those of you who are interested...

FOODS to AVOID during the first couple of months of BREAST FEEDING:

Spicy foods
Soda Pop
Tomatoes (or anything really citrusy or acidic)
Chocolate (or anything else containing caffeine)

Adjust your diet even more if…
you think your baby may be sensitive to something else, such as dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt). Try eliminating for a couple of weeks, which is how long it takes for the cow's milk protein to work its way out of your milk. If that doesn't do the trick, you might take a look at wheat products, nuts, strawberries. Stop eating likely offenders for a few days, then introduce them one at a time, waiting to see if your baby reacts to one item before introducing the next. The process may take a while, but if it saves your baby any crying time at all, it's worth it.

10) Set-up pack-n-play in our bedroom.

11) Clean car (doesn't it feel good to have a nice clean car? I know we'll probably be doing this again, along with our house, but my car was due for a major detailing job, and thanks to my husband it now is super clean and one less thing for me to worry about!).

12) Stock-up on tolietries and other things that I don't want to run out of over the next few months.

13) Take pregnancy pics (I thought about booking a session with a professional, but my husband offered to try his hand at it, and they turned out really special~ I also think his shots/pose ideas mean more to me than a stranger's ever could. I know people say to make sure to take a picture of yourself right before you're due, which I did for our first, but I don't really see a need for that this time around...I remember).

14) Buy myself a couple of nice and comfy sets of new p.j.'s since I now know this will pretty much be my uniform for many weeks after! 

15) Buy baby a take-me-home-from-the-hospital outfit and baby book (I did this many, many months ago!).

16) Print 3 copies of our Birth Plan (this was easy since I already had typed and saved from the first time).

17) Get lots of R&R (a bit more tricky now with a curious toddler at my side, but still a top priority of mine and so important in the weeks leading up to delivery!).

So, that's it~ only 8 things left to do! Even though we still have a couple more months to go, I hope to have everything all finished up by the end of March. Don't you just love getting things checked off a list?

1 comment:

  1. This is a great list! Comfy jammies are a must- I do remember that! And who knew that the hours for the cafeteria aren't posted? Good for you for remembering that!