10 things to do before baby arrives
I’ve been looking for a list of things to do before baby arrives and I’ve found lots – full of awesome tips for finishing the nursery, spoiling yourself and going on dates with your husband but none of them are quite what I need, even though I would actually love to go on a date with my husband (especially with our 8th wedding anniversary coming up).
What I need is a list of things to do with my current baby before it’s no longer just him and I at home. Fun, simple and, most importantly – doable things that I might forget to do in the busyness of preparing and the exhaustion of being pregnant if I don’t make a plan.
It’s all feeling very bitter sweet. Excitement about the impending new arrival but sadness that my time with just Jasper is about to be over before expected (when he goes to school next year, which, to be honest is much sooner than I expected) so I hope to make the next 5 and a bit – six weeks a little bit special for both of us.
Here is a little list I’ve come up with – I’d love to hear any other ideas you have!
1. Go to the beach
Just the two of us. Make sand castles and spend as much time as we want just playing and not having to deal with naps or feeds or nappies.
2. Plane watch
Jasper loves to see the planes overhead so I am going to find out the times of landing and departing flights at our local airport and take a picnic to watch some just because we can.
3. Cook up a storm
Cooking is a pretty exciting activity in this house and when it doesn’t involve sisters it’s even better. Hopefully, we can prepare some lunch box fillers for while I am in hospital and while recovering. Two birds.
4. Lunch with the monkeys
Having an annual pass to the zoo, unfortunately, doesn’t mean mummy will take you to the zoo as often as she should. I imagine zoo visits will get somewhat more complicated in the near future, so we’re going to go and have a nice lunch with the monkeys.
5. Play cars/monster trucks/babies/whatever
There might be less opportunity for me to do so for a while after Patchy arrives, so making the effort now is important.
6. Get crafting
Jazzy loves his craft and letting his imagination run wild and I love being part of that. We’re going to get the paints out and make whatever he wants, as well as some mess!
7. Have a special morning tea/lunch
Meeting daddy in town for a little meal is something he loves to do and I think a special meal is in order before he becomes a big brother.
8. Visit a park
Normally, I like to pick the parks we visit and we are often bound to a time limit due to appointments or having to pick up the girls. I’d like to give him the choice of parks on a day when we have no other obligations (go early so we will be on time for pick up and it won’t be an issue) and let him decide when he has had enough.
9. Spot frogs
We have found a little spot near the hospital where we can sit and spot frogs after my appointments. It’s quiet (other than the croaking frogs, of course) and it’s almost like a little world just for us. I want to stop rushing and spot more frogs.
We’re going to be a different kind of busy once the baby is here, so I want to remember to take the time to sit and talk and read and not fill every minute with noise and business because that will come.
What would you add?
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