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Baby Checklist. Week #1
1. My baby’s crib might look sparse right now — no blankets or pillows! I use a sleep sack to keep Megan warm at night.
2. It may just be a reflex, but it’s still the sweetest thing when my baby grabs my finger if I touch Megan’s palm. Megan also has strong opinions — Megan cries to tell me how Megan feels! Right now Megan can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Megan likes to look at patterns with strong contrast.
3. I’m in the “fourth trimester,” and I still look pretty pregnant! I’m wearing comfortable clothes, like the maternity pants I wore in the first trimester.
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4. I’ve got my baby’s safety kit ready with a digital thermometer, a night light and a nasal aspirator.
5. If I plan to pump, I’ve got a good electric or manual pump. An electric pump is essential if I need to pump full-time; a manual is fine if I’ll only need to pump occasionally.
6. Is my baby getting enough to eat? Sometimes it’s hard to tell! If I’m concerned, I won’t hesitate to ask my pediatrician or lactation consultant.
7. Baby doesn’t get very dirty right now, but I’ve learned how to give Megan a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Megan all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
Theresa is already on 38 week of pregnancy!
Theresa answered to:
Pregnancy Checklist. Week #38
1. I’ve been reading about newborn care, and I know how to take care of the umbilical cord stump. It turns out my baby’s first bath won’t happen for a while — we’ll be doing sponge baths till the cord stump falls off.
2. I read about the stages of labor and pain relief options during each one. I even know how each stage of labor is likely to affect my emotional state. (Best tip: when I feel like I just can’t do it any longer, that means labor is almost over!)
3. I’ve put the finishing touches on the nursery. If there’s any gear or furniture I haven’t already assembled, then I’ve asked my partner or a friend to put them together now.
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4. I’m having a scheduled C-section, which means I’m probably meeting my baby this week! I know what to expect, and I know how to take care of myself after surgery.
5. Like I didn’t have enough aches already, now I’ve been experiencing numbness or tingling in my pelvis. It’s caused by the pressure of all that weight. Fortunately, it’ll go away soon!
6. I’ve learned about ways to bond with my baby after she arrives. I can’t wait to cuddle her!
7. I’ve double-checked my transportation plans for when labor starts. If my partner’s not here to drive me, I have a back-up way to get to the hospital.
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Theresa is already on 37 week of pregnancy!
Theresa answered to:
Pregnancy Checklist. Week #37
1. I lost my mucus plug! Labor could start any minute! I’m trying not to hold my breath.
2. We touched base with our childcare providers for older kids. Both our main babysitter and our back-up babysitter are officially on call!
3. If it’s winter right now, then I’ve learned how to safely wrap my baby to keep him warm without overheating him. My rule of thumb: baby needs one more layer than I’m wearing to be comfortable.
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4. I’ve been practicing with my stroller! I know how to fold it, brake it, and adjust the handle for different users.
5. There are plenty of things that can wait till after baby arrives, but there are two things I’ll need plenty of supplies for from day one: feeding and diapering. I’ve got enough supplies lined up and organized for a month of both.
6. I’ve been practicing relaxing and breathing techniques. Whenever I have a pre labor contraction, I use it as an opportunity to practice labor relaxation.
7. My doctor did a pelvis exam to see if I’m starting to dilate or efface. However, I know this doesn’t predict when labor will start or how long it will take, so I’m trying not to worry about it.
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Theresa answered to:
Pregnancy Checklist. Week #36
1. I talked with some experienced mom friends to make sure I’ve done everything I need to prepare for baby. I’m considered full-term this week, so baby could come any time!
2. I’ve talked with my religious community leader and finalized plans for our religious ceremony after baby is here!
3. I packed an extra bag of things to keep my partner and me entertained in the hospital, like magazines and crossword puzzles. I know that sometimes labor is a long waiting game.
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4. The baby dropped! I can really see how my bump moved lower in my abdomen. Also, I feel like my baby is sitting right on top of my cervix now, which is the weirdest feeling ever. I think I’m done walking for a while, other than walking from my chair to the bathroom.
5. Diaper practice! My partner and I both know how to change a diaper. Thanks, YouTube.
6. I’ve made a dentist appointment to check my gums again before baby comes. I’m hoping baby waits long enough that I don’t have to cancel it!
7. I wrote down my list of people who’ll be the first to know when labor starts and put it in my partner’s hospital bag. It includes phone numbers and emails so he can send an email and make phone calls to let everyone know when the baby is here!
Theresa is already on 36 week of pregnancy!
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Theresa answered to:
Pregnancy Checklist. Week #35
1. My prenatals are every week now. My calendar is full of them — I’ve got them scheduled through week 41, just in case. My doctor also scheduled my Group B strep test.
2. I’m prepared for any emergency! I’ve put together a baby first-aid kit and emergency kit.
3. “False” labor or real? Nothing feels false about these Braxton-Hicks contractions! But I’ve talked with my doctor, and I know how to tell the difference between pre-labor contractions and the “real thing.” (Hint: if a warm bath makes it stop, it’s not time to head to the hospital yet.)
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4. I need a lot of calories right now, but my stomach barely has any space — I can only eat a few bites at one time. So I’ve adjusted my schedule to make time for 5-7 meals instead of 3. Basically, it’s always time for a snack.
5. I gave a friend or neighbor our house key and instructions on how to take care of our pets while we’re gone.
6. We finally agreed on our baby’s middle name. Whew. Ready to fill in the birth certificate!
7. I’ve got my labor plan written down, and I hung it somewhere my partner will be able to find it (even if he’s freaking out). It lists who to call, how to arrange pet sitting or childcare, and how to get to the hospital or birth center.
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