You’re getting close. The baby is due in a week or two or three. You can barely breathe, move or sleep. You’ve picked out the crib, the stroller, the Top 5 names. Is there anything left to do???
Here are the top 9 things you should do before that baby comes:
1) Get waxed. Wax your legs and, if you’re up to it, your bikini area. Trust me, you don’t want to think about hairy legs for the first few weeks of your child’s life. No matter how that baby comes out, bending over to shave will barely be possible. So, suck up the pain for those 20 minutes. The perk? It will prepare you for the pain of childbirth. Ha! Just kidding. Nothing prepares you for that.
2) Get a mani and/or pedi. Just cuz. It will make you feel good (or at least better) to have a bit of pampering. Plus, you will be holding that baby up for pictures and wouldn’t it be nice if your nails were done???
3) Color your hair. There is nothing worse than having your roots and grays showing when you’ve just given birth. You feel like crap in every other physical way. How nice would it be if at least when you looked in the mirror, you weren’t horrified by your hair? You’ll want to post pictures up on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Google+. Plus, your family will definitely come armed with cameras. Don’t fall into the “holy moli, I looked like crap” bucket. Highlights and some hair dye do wonders for a girl’s self esteem. If you’re not into coloring, get a wig…
3) Get a giant duffle bag and don’t pack anything into it. This should be your hospital bag. Fill it up with things at the hospital. Their stuff is better than anything you can buy at CVS or Duane Reade. They’re the experts. They get the best swag.
4) Get someone to clean your home. Whether it’s your partner, your mom, a cleaning lady or the kid next door…I know they say that scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees will help start labor. I think the “they” are the husbands who want their houses clean. Cleaning house will do nothing to get the baby out (and if it does, it’s a total co-ink-ee-dink). Spare yourself. Cleaning is exhausting. Let someone else do it. Then, you get to bring the baby home to a clean house. You won’t be so ashamed to have people over to “see the baby” this way.
5) Set up an account with Diapers.com. I am not a spokesperson, nor will I receive any benefits from promoting them, but this site ROCKS!!! Seriously, I know we are all tempted to buy stuff for the baby before the actual birth. Hold off on buying clothes until you know the size of your baby. This wasn’t so much an issue with Bella. Anya was 9 lbs 4 oz. at birth and couldn’t wear any of the stuff I had bought (or 50% of the gifts we got) because she skipped right to 6 month clothes! It was nuts. The best thing about Diapers.com is that you place an order by 6pm and it arrives the next day. So, you can go on the site while you’re still in the hospital and order all the supplies you want and they’ll be waiting by your door when you get home. How sweet is that?
6) Learn how to use your stroller. I know this seems silly, but it’s not. Some strollers need to be put together. They’re all just a wee bit different from each other. Know how to use the break. Know how to put your kid in. Also, install that car seat base and figure out how to click the car seat into your stroller.
7) Find someone who is willing to take the baby for an hour or two after the bebe is born. Partner, mom, grandma, sister, cousin, aunt, friend, SOMEONE! You should take a tiny break in the first week or two. Go for a walk, take a drive, have a nice chat with your partner, take a shower, take a breath. Plan it. You deserve it – you just gave birth to a human being.
8) If you’re doing a birth announcement, pick it out and fill out as much info as humanly possible. You’re going to be in a haze of post-delivery-fogginess. You will NOT be able to focus and select a design in this state. This project might even bring on a hormone fit of rage and uncontrollable crying. Make sure it’s done except for the name (unless you know it), date, weight and height. Obviously, if you’re inserting a picture, you’ll need that too (though there are some pretty cute baby pictures out there if you wanna go generic). Oh, that means pack a camera…
9) Take a deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep breath. Once a day, find a quiet place so you can close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax. Do this with your partner. Think about things that make you happy. Write them down. Remember them when that baby comes. Don’t lose sight of your relationship, yourself and the life you have built up until this point. Cherish it and bring your kid into your world. This way, you can be a happy parent and you’ll have a happy kid.
Look, it’s all worth it!