T-minus 1 month.

Hard to believe that Kurt and I will be parents in the next month! We’ve done a pretty decent job of preparing for the upheaval…reading the baby books, taking prenatal courses, eating well and keeping active. My side of the family has thrown a couple of baby showers and all sets of parents have helped us secure the big ticket items, so we are comfortably set up with a car seat, bassinet, stroller, and newborn diapers to last us the first few weeks.

The next few weeks will be busy with wrapping up work before I go on maternity (well, as much as a small business owner with a client base can go on maternity) till the end of May. We also started the process of painting the nursery. Although we originally wanted to paint the room yellow, we’re now thinking green would better complement the size of the room, the decor within it, and the Classic Pooh wallpaper stripe that I fell in love with at Home Depot. Hopefully by this weekend we’ll have narrowed it down to 2-3 shades so that we can paint samples onto the wall and have ‘er done by New Year’s.

Our hospital duffel bag is partially packed thanks to my paranoia that the little one wants to get out early. Based on the checklists that parenting resources have suggested, I’ve attempted a custom list that Kurt can go over while I’m in the throes of early labour:

  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • Birth plan (several copies for doctor, Kurt, nurses)
  • iPhone and charger
  • Stopwatch for contractions (yes, there’s an App for that!)
  • Baby oil
  • Extra pillows
  • Hair ties
  • Sugarless candies or lollipops
  • Back massager
  • Snacks and drinks for Kurt
  • Swim trunks for Kurt (if I decide to use water therapies)
  • Diversions for a long labor: music, puzzles, magazines, books, a deck of cards, laptop, handheld electronic games
  • Who to Call list
  • Camera and charger
  • Video camera and charger
  • Thank-you goodies for hospital staff
  • Baby books and labour / delivery notes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, makeup)
  • Maxi-pads
  • Snacks for after delivery
  • Bottle of bubble to celebrate with
  • 1-2 days’ worth of postpartum clothing
  • Underwear and nursing bra
  • Nightgown
  • Bathrobe
  • Wool socks and slippers
  • Going-home outfits for baby
  • Cap, mitts and socks for baby
  • Receiving blanket(s) for baby
  • Newborn diapers and change pad
  • Baby sling

It’s a ton of stuff, but from what we’ve heard, lots of stays are 1-2 days long.

Wish us luck!