| Written by Ronnie |
Last week, when Rick's mum came over, I decided to take some time out to get all the things checked off my 'baby prep' list. And so, I headed out to the shops and bought two dozen bibs, four bottles, two sets of organic cottton sheets, a dozen newborn singlets, four short-sleeve tops, four long-sleeve tops, and four pairs of newborn leggings. That night, I also ordered a new mattress for the cradle, a waterproof mattress protector, and hired a car capsule. Since then, Rick has washed the baby clothes, and with Angus' help, I have sorted the clothes into small piles, and carefully placed them into the two drawers we've designated for the baby.
From the very beginning of this pregnancy, my personal mantra has been to stay calm, to stay organised, and to keep things as simple as possible this last time round.
Instead of setting up a whole new nursery, we have made space in our bedroom and created a lovely, small nook for the baby's cradle. Instead of buying a new pram (we threw out our Phil & Ted's last year when we thought we were 'done'), we will simply use our baby sling for the first six months. Instead of tracking down a change table, we've worked out that the top drawer in our PAX wardrobe is actually the perfect height and size for nappy changing. Instead of seeking out a chest of drawers just for the baby, we purged our own belongings and emptied two additional drawers in our PAX for the baby's clothes. And instead of borrowing or buying a large stack of baby clothes, I'm opting for the bare minimum, focusing on one baby size at a time, only purchasing brands that I know and trust, and sticking to my two favourite colours: white and grey.
(I'm also planning to ask people not to give us any baby presents - or to only give us books if they feel absolutely compelled to gift us something - and I'm going to do my best not to feel bad about it.)
As for staying calm and staying organised, my strategy has been to only focus on one big task at a time. In October last year, my biggest priority was to survive the nausea and fatigue. In November, my focus was on launching the workshop-in-a-box. In December, I shifted my attention to helping the boys wind down from their school year and to prepare for (and enjoy) the Christmas festivities. In January, we launched Session 1 of our online classes, and then I took time off to enjoy a beautiful one-week holiday with the family. After that, it was school prep all the way - three sets of stationery lists to check off and six pairs of school and sports shoes to track down! Once the boys were back at school, we re-did our bedroom, and this last week has been all about ticking those final things off my baby list.
And so, as I head into my final trimester for the final time, I am feeling immensely calm and immensely thankful. My priority from hereon is pure and simple: to stay well and to not take any moment of these last three months for granted...
You can read the other posts in this series here.