Category Archives: Pre-baby to-do list

Approaching thirty-six weeks…

In spite of being distracted by I-don’t-know-how-many episodes of Breaking Bad, this was a productive weekend.

My office threw us a very nice shower on Thursday evening that got me inspired to sort and organize the baby things I have on hand – and I must say we’re very well equipped. There is no dearth of adorable onesies and swaddling blankets – and lots of other sweet and needed things too. I still have the big task of washing everything which I’m saving for next week, when I go to my three-day-a-week work schedule. But the sorting and putting away helped me plan out how to use the space efficiently, and also helped me tackle a little pocket of cleaning in the bedroom that I’d been putting off.

On Saturday morning, Zach installed the car seat! We officially have a baby seat in the Prius. Here’s Dad-to-be after completing this feat of wits and strength:

For those interested, we chose the Britax Chaperone. We tested a few in a baby store, and liked that this one is a detachable infant carrier that attaches to several of the really great Britax strollers – so we’ve got our stroller selected to0 – Britax B-Scene – but are waiting to buy it until spring. Babe can be carried in a sling during the remaining winter months. Stroller walks can wait for longer, warmer days.

After car seat installation was complete, we headed out on a shopping trip with three goals: one, a new 2×2 Expedit for the living room, and baskets for the cubbies; two, decent DVD storage binders; three, all of our home birth supplies. The Expedit (now put together and nearly filled up) was a needed organizational tool -now holding some computer parts, balcony gardening tools, and two cubbies worth of knitting materials (aka, my stash). The binder was a big dad-ward step for Zach – he transferred 90% of our DVDs into two binders, keeping cases only for special stuff, thereby making more storage room in our other living room cubbies for thingsthatneedtobeputsomewhere.

And the birth supplies, obtained at Rite-Aid and Target, are from the list provided by our midwives which we need to have on hand in advance of our 36 week home visit – so we’re ready when ever Red Bean decides to make his or her grand entrance into the world.

Missions Accomplished!

More weekend accomplishments included the actual transfer of DVDs into the binders, a fabulous photo session with a great family whom I’ve been shooting for since their first baby was expected almost four years ago! Lots of photo editing, pizza with grandparents-to-be Dave & Donna, and the ordering of a steam mop, gift from grandmother-to-be Avi.

Two and half days of work until Thanksgiving, then a nice long weekend ahead. I’m looking forward to that.

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Nursery decor: stylish crib sheets!

I posted a few weeks back about planning to make crib sheets for our Alma Bloom Mini crib mattress. Best I can tell this is the only way to get anything other than the Alma Bloom brand sheets which only come in white and are $50 for a set of 2. I found a tutorial online which seemed exactly what I needed, and enlisted Auntie Kristi’s help – she being the only person I know in town with a sewing machine! I bought three great fabrics from fabrics.com, 1.5 yards each (these were in the neighborhood of $13-16 per yard but there was a sale, and I ended up rounding the least expensive one to 2 yards to bring my total to $35 in order to qualify for free shipping).

You can read the tutorial for yourself if you’re interested. The sheets were very easy to make. One hint and one change we made: Continue reading


The Sweet Hereafter

I’ve started a new page (accessed from the menu in the header) called The Sweet Hereafter, to collect my growing arsenal of new baby knowledge.  My first entry is under the “Stuff” category, thanks to new parents Andrew and Rachel, from our childbirth class.

Andrew and Rachel’s baby came a little bit early which was lucky for us, because we got to see the new family at our last class, and hear what things looked like from the other side of the belly! Of interest to me was the “stuff” – what do you really need, what do you really use? On my mind, mainly because of our upcoming baby shower and the creation of registries that goes along with that.

Andrew and Rachel sent our class members a great list of the things they had used so far, and allowed me to post it here. Andrew writes: “We took what seemed like a minimalist approach, but I know that – even before writing this – that it will be a long list (though nothing compared to what buybuyBaby will tell you is needed).” Click to read more.

Thank you both for sending this! It’s SO helpful.


Crib Sheet Tutorial

Just found this tutorial on making sheets for the Alma Urban Mini Crib we purchased. It is smaller than standard size, and the only sheets I’ve found so far are the Alma brand sheets at $45-50 per two pack, and only available in white. I’d like a few more sheets and some in other colors. Thankfully, The Priscilla Home blog shows me how to make sheets. Looks like I might need an afternoon with Auntie Kristi and her sewing machine!


Birth in the Squatting Position

“Birth in the Squatting Position” is one video we watched in childbirth class so far. It was, as you’d expect from the title, one mom after another pushing her baby out from a squatting position. We’re three weeks in to our 8-week class with awesome instructor Susan Messina, and so far this video was one of my favorite parts of class. In my days working with midwives I saw lots of moms have their babies in this position, and I’m all for it. It uses all the mom’s efforts so efficiently, along with gravity, and opens the bones of the pelvis beautifully for baby to move through and out. Those slippery little tykes were popping out like chubby little bullets. Go babies!

I have to take a kind of annoying bus ride to get to class, but it’s long enough to make visible knitting progress so I won’t complain. Continue reading


In the Know…

One of my favorite new blogs to follow is called In the Know Mom -founded by good friends and moms Erin and Sarah, ITKM covers great, high-quality and eco-friendly products for babies and kids, along with a few great recipes and DIY ideas to keep you creative. Even better, a lot of their product reviews include giveaways of the product they’re reviewing. Totally worth checking out. And today especially, because they’ve reviewed (and are giving away) a super-awesome car seat by Peg Perego. Read the review and details here, and if you feel like entering the giveaway on my behalf I’ll write you an extra-special thank you note! 😉

The article includes links to car seat review sites, as well as details about the Peg Perego seat. The seat itself is very highly rated, and snaps into many different stroller bases. So basically, I’m saying, if I won this car seat, Red Bean would be sitting pretty.


If you wanna sing out, sing out!

One thing I learned working at Capital City Public Charter School is that Cat Stevens is great music for kids. I take it that means prenatally too. 🙂

I’ve also been thinking about the “playlist” I want on hand for our birth. My birth assistant, Claudia, mentioned it when I interviewed her, and she emphasized the wisdom of having a few different lists of varying energy in case you need to change things up. Calming; danceable; singable; energizing; mellow. A few days later I heard this great story on NPR about one woman’s desire to defy the stereotypical Enya birth playlist and heard on her list one of my favorite songs by Somali hip-hop artist K’naan, “Wavin’ Flag”. Her list is a great one.

So, friends, recommendations! What should go on my lists, and in what “category” does your recommendation belong? Help me make Red Bean’s Welcome to the World playlist.