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Life Transitions: Preparing for Baby
Task: Babyproof your home.
Eccl 4:6 "Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind."
When most people hear the phrase "preparing for baby," they think of getting the nursery ready. While this is certainly a priority, there are other things to consider before you jump in head first.
Don't go overboard. Nesting mothers often have enormous amounts of energy and get into organizing mode; nature has given us this gift for a purpose. Use at least the first month after you find out you are pregnant to brainstorm and plan before you begin new projects.
Picture what you want the house to look like when the baby gets here. Which room or section of a room are you going to convert to the nursery? Are you going to nurse or bottle feed, and where do you want that activity to take place? Where will you have your changing station?
Picture your new role as a mom. Are you involved in too many activities? Are you going to go back to work or will you be a stay-at-home mom, and what does that mean to you and your family?
Get your financial house in order. With proper planning and a little organization, you can minimize the financial impact that having a baby puts on your wallet. Remember that you do not have to purchase everything new! Check out garage sales, craigslist.com, freecycle.com, or consignment stores for free and less expensive items. Don't forget to ask your friends!
You will need concrete goals to accomplish and look forward to each week, so you aren't stressed or overwhelmed. Focus on one room at a time starting with the nursery.
Get outside perspective. Experienced mothers love offering advice and insight, so don't miss out on these opportunities. Keep a running "To Do" list ready for when they ask how you are doing and if you need help. Things like baby proofing or cooking some meals to freeze are great places to start. However, you don't have to wait until someone offers to help; don't be afraid to ask.
Most importantly, enjoy every minute of free time that you have for yourself before the baby arrives!
Submitted by Angela Cody, Major Organizers