Wednesday, September 29

Preparing for Baby

This season of life is both one of my favorites and one of the most difficult to bear patience-wise.
The excitement and anticipation of labor (I love being witness to my body taking over and doing what God created it to do!) and meeting a new child, hand crafted by God, is an amazing and wonderful feeling. It's the not knowing when the babe will come that drives this mama nuts. Ironically, our children's circle time memory verse this week is on the topic of patience.

Around our home, I've been busy working and preparing for the days after I deliver, so that things can run as smoothly as possible.


We began our homeschooling year early, so that taking off days won't put us behind. I also have the year's lessons plans completed. No need for late night scrambling.

Baby's clothing is all washed and ready. Since we don't know the gender, the clothes I have out are all neutral. Gender specific clothing is ready sorted in bins in the attic to pull out.

Activity bags for the older children are prepared. Inside are wrapped packages, items that will occupy and entertain when a few minutes are needed. You know me, I'm cheap and thrifty so the contents of all these bags cost less than $30. Probably way less. Inside are painting books, small toys, craft putty and slime, velcro toss and catch game, snacks...

Meals are organized in the freezer and a list of what is made on the side of the fridge. This is a necessity for us, having a large family and welcoming a sixth child.


The pantry, too, has been organized and tidied and as much as possible (lifting wise) the attic has been sorted and neatened. Since baby's arrival coincides with seasonal clothing swapping, the attic has been a busy place.



Birth supplies are ready. I really didn't have much to gather together, since the midwives will bring all the big stuff.
And now to occupy my waiting, pregnant self, I've decided to work on one Christmas present a day up till baby comes. I'll let you know how that goes...

10 comments:

Diane said...

Hugs friend! Please let me know ANYTHING you may need. :O)

Treasures from a Shoebox said...

Exciting times! Your organizational skills are inspiring. I especially love the baby clothes in the drawer. This is my favorite preparation during those final weeks. I look forward to reading your birth story soon :)

Sarah said...

Good luck with it all, I will be watching your blog waiting to hear the exciting news. I love waiting for babies (other peoples that is) quite impatient when the pregnant lady is myself!

rebee said...

I'm so exited! God bless you and your family!

impossibleway said...

I'm excited for you. :-) Can you share how you handle having small children at home when you also birth there? I'll have a 2.5 year old when the new baby comes in April.

Marmee's Pantry said...

SO excited for you! I'll be watching for up-dates!

Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

Hannah said...

Thanks, Di. :)

Hannah said...

ImpossibleWay,
Our kiddos were here when our last child was born but he was born during the night and (amazingly) they slept soundly across the hall and woke to a new sibling! That would be optimal again but I do have sweet neighbors and friends who have offered to have the kids over to play if I need it this time around. I'll let you know how it goes!
Hannah

Laura said...

I anxiously await hearing about your new child! God bless you all! I think your organization is inspiring too! I always loved the last days before a new child arrived. I found the anticipation (not the discomfort!)exciting.

Patricia said...

You are so organized! I am impressed. What a good mama you are. Only 8 days... can't wait to see if it is a boy or girl and praying the baby will be bright and healthy and mama will be peaceful and well.
Patricia