20 Jul

Time is racing ahead! We’re down to almost just 9 weeks (ish) until baby Izzy arrives. Crazy!!! We’ve been feverishly working on the nursery and making some good progress too. I am sooo excited to get a post up about that, it’s looking exactly how I envisioned. I’m able to cross off several more things on my list and added a few too (in bold). Such a process but definitely an exciting one!

  • Hire a doula (Got that one taken care of pretty quickly, can’t wait for our next meeting!)
  • Hire maternity photographer (Also got that one done right out of the gate)
  • Hire newborn photographer (In talks with one right now!)
  • Figure out who will take birth photos (My doula does this, double check!)
  • Finish researching products to register for/finish registry list
  • Register (This was a big job but it’s done! We registered at Target and a lot of our stuff seems to be online so I’m hoping if I have people include our registry web address on shower invites that people will find it convenient to order offline!)
  • Sign up for all childbirth classes
  • Take child birthing 101 class
  • Take breastfeeding class
  • Take care of newborn class
  • Zach attends daddy bootcamp class
  • Find a pediatrician (I really need to start research on this one like TODAY!) (We’ve chosen and will call the pediatrician’s office when Izzy is born to become official patients)
  • Clean out guest room to make into nursery
  • Turn office into guest room
  • Make nursery
    • tear up carpet
    • lay new flooring
    • paint walls
    • paint trim
    • take down closet doors
    • paint closet
    • put up closet curtains
    • put up blinds
    • create wood wall
      • get pallets (we ended up using fence planks)
      • paint wood (only one row left!)
      • put up on wall (only one row left!)
    • light fixture
    • build dresser
    • build crib
    • get and build closet organizer
    • paint door
    • build glider and footstool
    • wash baby clothes
    • put away clothes
    • put away other items she receives
  • Pack hospital bag for me
  • Pack hospital bag for Izzy
  • Exercise (this one is on-going through the whole pregnancy but it’s a real task so it deserves to be on the
  • list!)
  • Create birth plan (There are two things I need to revise on it but otherwise this is done– post on this to
  • come soon!)
  • Have maternity shoot
  • Buy big nursery furniture (Family had already bought our crib and glider and we ordered our dresser with changing top which arrived quickly)
  • GO ON BABYMOON (It’s looking like June 19-21 right now This is coming up in two days!!)
  • Read books (ongoing process- read “What to Expect”, “The Pregnancy Bible” and “Exercising Through Your
    Pregnancy” so far. Reading – Ina May’s “Guide to Childbirth” right now. Up next – “The Nursing Mother’s Companion” or other breastfeeding book)
  • Buy nursing bras (bought one)
  • Buy nursing tanks
  • Doula meeting #1
  • Doula meeting #2
  • Doula meeting #3
  • Buy more baby clothes (because this is one of the most fun parts!!)
  • Have baby showers (had one mini shower, more coming up in August!)
  • Install car seat/have it inspected by fire dept.
  • Get cloth diapers
  • Make cloth wipes
  • Get cloth diaper detergent (we’re buying a brand called “Rock’n Green” that it seems all the moms on blogs love and helps the diapers not lose their absorbency or break down which is huge)

I also wanted to squeeze into this post our new laundry detergent. I got this “recipe” from my cousin Heather and just made my first batch today! We’ve been wanting to make our own detergent for awhile since 1) it’s much more cost effective and 2) much safer/less harsh ingredients for baby’s skin. It was a simple thing to make and hopefully we will be as pleased with it as Heather and John are! 🙂

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 bar of laundry soap grated


I bought a grater that is now going to be our dedicated laundry bar grater and grating that bar is the most difficult part of the whole process. Which isn’t that difficult.


Now I’ve got a big container of all-natural, homemade detergent that should hopefully last a month+. Next time I may make a double batch just to stretch it out longer before it needs to be made again!


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