I am 34 weeks 4 days pregnant today. My Cerclage is due to be removed at 36 weeks. This is my fourth pregnancy that has advanced to cerclage removal, and I have yet to go into natural labor either right away or prior to scheduled induction dates. BUT… anything can happen, so I am trying to get myself prepared as though August 10th could be delivery day.
We have an infant carrier/car seat ready to be installed. I don’t have a place ready for her to sleep, bags packed, breastpump/bottles sterilized, or any other necessary items prepared. YIKES!
I have sorted through stored baby clothes from my boys to pull out neutral items, or items that will be useful whether neutral or not. 😉 I have washed those items, and the girly items we have picked up here and there. They are actually drying now. Once they are dry I will sort those items into plastic drawers we normally bring camping, since she doesn’t have her own bedroom or dresser right now. The trick will be finding a place to keep those drawers away from the sticky fingers of her toddler brothers while we wait for her arrival.
I think I will feel a bit better once that task is complete, but there is still much to do in very little time. I could probably manage to pack a decent diaper bag as I sort the clean clothes too. I haven’t purchased newborn diapers yet though. Diapers, and a couple of pacifiers are probably all I will actually need to complete her bag.
We will most likely use our co-sleeper again, so I just need to pull it out of storage and make sure it’s clean. We do have a pack n’ play very handy if we’d rather use that. It’s just going to take up more space. It was being used as a changing station and dumping grounds for toys up until a few months ago. I really enjoyed gaining the space it was taking up back, but to keep our little girl out of reach of the toddlers it will probably be set up again.
Our two youngest share a bedroom, and each have a convertible crib right now. The nearly four year old is using his as a toddler bed, and the almost two year old is still in a crib. They aren’t quite ready for the bunk bed we want to purchase, so for now we plan on buying an inexpensive toddler bed for the four year old and taking his crib for the baby. It would be nice to have a nursery set up and ready to go before she arrives, but having a plan in place is good enough. I think if this was our first baby I’d feel more pressure to have everything ready for her first year, but being our fourth I’m much more relaxed. I know she’ll be in my arms a lot, and if she’s like her big brothers will probably prefer sleeping on my chest than in a crib anyway. No need to rush setting up a space that will only collect dust or become a cat bed. (Our cats do tend to think empty cribs are new beds for them.)
I wish my own hospital needs weren’t things that I use on a daily basis. I would love to have my own bag packed and ready too. I can pack some comfy clothes, and some travel sized toiletries. I think the hospital will cover my going home needs, like pads and a peri bottle. So, I basically have to throw my phone, charger, camera etc into a bag as we head out the door.