I am 34 weeks pregnant today, and as the time for baby's arrival gets closer and closer, it seems like my to do list is getting longer and longer. I'm not quite sure how it is happening, but for every item I check off my list, 3 more things seem to get added!
Here's a list of my top 10 pre-baby bucket list items.
1. Meal preparations
Cooking is already something that I don't really enjoy, so I know that once the babe arrives, this will move even lower on my list of things that I feel like doing.
So to avoid eating out every day, I want to have a nice stash of freezer meals. I've made freezer meals many times before, and would so much rather have a single full day of cooking that will last me a month than try to figure out what to make and cook for dinner every night.
2. Practice using my DSLR
I've been getting more and more comfortable with using my "big girl" camera in manual mode, but I have lots of practicing to do. I plan to leave my camera out on the counter for the rest of my pregnancy and use it 10 minutes each day to get more familiar with using it... gotta get those cute photos once the baby arrives!! :)
3. Nurse thank you treats
There are all sorts of nurse thank you gifts on Pinterest, and I really love the idea of them! John, on the other hand, thinks they aren't necessary (since after all, we are paying them via our hospital bills) but I still love the idea!
Any thoughts on what I could do besides a little treat? Since baby Pray will be born close to Halloween, I'd like to avoid candy, if possible.
4. Finish the nursery
This is kind of an obvious one, but I am very much looking forward to the nursery being complete! My dad has graciously offered to come to Texas for the weekend to help us finish it up, and we couldn't be more excited and thankful to have his help. And, even more, we are so looking forward to seeing him!
5. Finish reading all of my half-started baby books
I swear, I have 4 or 5 baby books half-started... and I would like to finish at least one or two of them!
6. Make Christmas cookies
Christmas is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday, and baking holiday treats is something that I look forward to every single year. I still hope to bake a fresh dozen or two of cookies once the baby arrives, but I want to be prepared with some frozen options just in case.
And let's be real... it's never to early for Christmas preparations. :)
There are few things that make me feel better than a fresh set of highlights... and boy oh boy I am due! So a fresh set of highlights is pretty high on my pre-baby list.
8. Assemble and register product warranties on all baby gear
Baby Pray has all sorts of new awesome gear, and now John and I just have to figure out how to use it all! Although the babe won't be using a lot of the things he has until he is a bit older, I still want to set everything up and make sure that we register the products and enroll for the warranties.
9. Create a baby memory box
I want to make a pre-baby memory box for the babe before he arrives. Letters from family, photos, trinkets - whatever, really! So much can change so quickly, and I think it would be very meaningful to capture how much everyone loves him already. We will give him the box to open when he gets older.
It's so easy to think about all of the things I would like to get done before baby... lay fresh sod in our back yard, clean my baseboards, replace all of our air filters throughout the house, etc., but ultimately, what John and I both need to do is just spend our final weeks relaxing, waiting, and enjoying our last days together as a family of two!