The last few weeks of this pregnancy have been so hard. They seem to be going by so slowly. I’m getting more uncomfortable, more tired, and more impatient! I really just want this baby here, in my arms. It doesn’t help that I’ve started maternity leave, because I just can’t work anymore. I’ve been struggling to find things to do while waiting for the baby!
It can be easy to get bored these last few weeks while I’m not working. It seems like all I’m going to be doing is waiting around, which I don’t want to do.
It can also be easy to fall out of a routine. I’ll admit for the first few days I wasn’t working, I really just lazed around the house and caught up on some Netflix shows. There’s nothing wrong with a little (or a lot) of relaxing, but it’s not going to make the time go by any faster.
It also makes it harder to stay healthy and active! This has been one of the biggest things I’ve tried to keep up with during pregnancy. Although what exercise looks like has changed all throughout my pregnancy, there are still ways to be active, even when you’re big and uncomfortable!
All that being said, keeping myself busy is going to be the best thing for making the time go by a little faster.
So, I decided to not waste these last few weeks (if they turn out to be weeks!). The best thing I decided for me to do is to make absolute sure that we have everything ready for baby. I’ve also decided to prepare some things ahead of time to make our lives easier in the first few weeks, and to start a routine for what could be another few weeks of waiting for baby’s arrival.
Here are 9 things that you can do while you are waiting for your little one to arrive!
SET UP A MORNING, NIGHTLY, AND/OR DAILY ROUTINE
I have fallen out of my routine since I started working less, and now that I’m not working at all. It’s easy to be lazy and not want to do much when you really have no obligations to go anywhere.
That is why I decided to start up a morning routine. It looks something along the lines of:
- Waking up at a decent time (some days I do stay in bed with hubby when he works night shifts, but my mornings are my time to myself, so I still try and get up before him most days)
- Listen to some relaxing music and do some stretches or a full light yoga routine
- Feed the dog and let her out
- Go outside with the dog for a few minutes to get some fresh morning air (weather permitting, but I try and do this no matter what)
- Eat breakfast
- Read (my Bible, a book or something), and/or do some blog work
Ideally I like to try, or at least say I try and stay off my phone for this routine but that never really happens…
I try and go for a walk in the afternoon, but lately it’s been super cold and snowy so sometimes I just do some more stretching or yoga. My evenings are spent either with my husband or alone watching Netflix or doing more writing or blog stuff. It can be helpful for some people to have a set routine for their full day or at least for their evening as well, so try it out!
PREPARE FREEZER MEALS AND SNACKS FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS
I will be writing another post about the list of pre-baby freezer meals and snacks I prepared for before the baby, when I actually get around to doing that.
This is an idea that lots of mamas have suggested though. There are lots of ideas on Pinterest too. You are not going to want to cook every night, and as nice as it would be to get take-out every night, that just isn’t realistic.
You’re also going to want lots of snacks to munch on during your recovery, especially if you’re breastfeeding. It makes you super hungry (so I’ve heard)!
STOCK UP ON BABY ITEMS, POSTPARTUM ITEMS, AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Stock up on diapers, wipes, nursing pads, and household items like toilet paper, and staple food items that won’t go bad.
It’s also a good idea to sign up for a subscription for some of these items. Amazon gives you a discount on things like diapers and wipes if you sign up for a subscription of these items, and the more things you subscribe to getting the more the discount is!
And again, stock up on SNACKS! You don’t want to be a hangry mama while you’re going through that postpartum recovery.
GET A MANICURE AND PEDICURE
Treat yo self. I’m not afraid to admit that I got a manicure for the event of my labour and delivery. Having nice, manicured nails makes me feel good, and I’m going to need all the good feelings I can get, and so will you!
If you’re anything like me, your feet are probably sore from carrying around all that baby. And there’s no way you’re reaching down to try and paint your own toes… so a pedicure is the perfect option.
If you’re not into mani/pedis, do something else nice for yourself! Get a fresh haircut, get a pregnancy massage, or anything that you like to do and likely won’t have a lot of time for when baby comes.
CLEAN THE HOUSE
You’re probably already doing this if you’re in that nesting phase, but it’s a good idea to do a deep clean before the baby so you don’t have to worry about it too soon after the baby. Not that you’ll really care at that point, but it will be nice to have a clean house. If you’re anything like me, it will help you keep your sanity a little.
If you don’t have the energy, this is a good thing to invest in. Have someone come into your house and pay them to do a nice thorough clean. It may even be something you want to continue every few weeks or once a month for a few months after the baby! Anything that makes your life a little easier is a worthwhile investment.
There is always the option of enlisting your hubby or partner to do some of the chores you usually do of course! You’re growing a human, they can pick up the slack a little.
You could also take people up on all those offers you’re probably getting from friends and family for anything you need done. If your mom, any family member, or any friend is offering to help you in the last weeks of pregnancy and in the first few weeks with baby, tell them they can clean or bring over some food! There is absolutely no harm in taking people up on these offers. I have been and I plan to.
WASH ALL THE BABY GEAR
All that fresh new baby clothing you were given? It all needs to be washed. Babies’ skin can be sensitive to new fabrics so washing everything is a must. That includes all their clothes, hats, socks, blankets, swaddling blankets, towels, face cloths… anything that is going to be touching their fresh, new skin.
Also, outside germs.
The nice thing about this is baby stuff is pretty small! Lots of things can be thrown into one or two loads and it shouldn’t really take up too much time.
Used items of course need to be washed too. Do one load a day for a few days and you’ll have it done in no time!
PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
If you read my post about what I am packing in my hospital bag (you can read it here), you know I procrastinated starting this.
I know moms who have packed during labour! Although this could be a good distraction and I will most likely have lots of time, I’d rather spend early labour sleeping or eating rather than packing my bag.
There are some things I will probably have to throw in last minute, but for the most part my bag is packed or well on its way.
You should also pack baby’s bag, and maybe even help your partner start packing their bag! Keep in mind how long you may be at the hospital and remember baby doesn’t really need that much while they are in the hospital.
GO ON A MINI BABY-MOON OR DATE NIGHT
My husband and I plan on going on a one-night trip to the city for a mini get-away before the baby is here. It’s perfect timing, because it’s right around Valentine’s Day too! Hubby planned the whole trip and is keeping it a surprise.
It’s nice because it gives me something else to look forward to other than waiting for the baby. And I didn’t have to lift a finger to plan it!
A nice date night or even a girls’ night is just as great an idea. It gives you a reason to get out of the house, and a reason to get dressed up and feeling good about yourself. If you don’t feel like leaving the house or getting dressed up, a take-out and movie night in might be exactly the thing you need!
TAKE YOUR LAST PREGNANCY PHOTOS FOR MEMORIES
Even if you don’t feel like taking pictures of yourself (if you don’t I totally feel that), you won’t regret it. Waiting for this baby can be hard and mentally draining, but I know I’m going to miss every second! Okay maybe not every second, but most of it.
You’ve put a lot of time and energy into forming this little human and you’ll never again feel this baby inside you. Maybe you’re jumping up for joy at that thought, but I know there are some things I’ll miss about it all.
So, know you’re not alone! I too am waiting impatiently! Try to enjoy these last few weeks by doing these nine things to prepare for the baby and for your new role as mama, or for your role as mama of one more kiddo!
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