I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… the final (ahem!) push is on until your baby arrives and changes your world forever. While your hormones have probably already brought on some major nesting, your pregnancy brain might leave you feeling like there’s something you’ve forgotten. (And there inevitably is.) Here’s my list of 19 must-do’s for month 9 of pregnancy.
1. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi.
Not only do you deserve some pampering, but your hands will feature prominently in a zillion photos of your new bundle of joy. Plus, you’ll likely be doing a bunch of shuffling around in flip flops post-labor.
2. Pack a “going home” outfit for baby.
You’ll most likely keep your newborn swaddled in (awesome) hospital blankets until you head home, so no need to bring cute outfits for wearing in the hospital, but don’t forget to pack that Instagram-worthy outfit and hat. #Homewardbound!
3. Go on a date…or 6.
It’s tough to predict when you’ll next head out solo with your significant other. Take advantage of the last few weeks by doing things as a couple before your family grows by one or (eek!) more.
4. Upgrade your phone storage.
You are about to become the next Anne Geddes, at least in your world, taking so many photos and videos of your baby that you’ll hit your storage max quickly. Don’t let that video of your baby’s first coo get cut off because you feel too guilty to erase the 75 pictures you took of the first stroller walk.
5. Speaking of photos, research a newborn photographer.
Get some recommendations from friends, then get the low down on fees (there can be a big difference between the cost of having them taken and actually getting them printed). Photographers like to do these in the first two weeks of life, so do the legwork now so you’re not scrambling to hire one in a sleep-deprived, zombie-like state.
6. Ask for a foot rub.
Cankles or not, propping your feet up and having them rubbed will feel ah-mazing. Your significant other or anyone within arms reach of your perch on the couch will do. (You’ve earned it – and it’s pretty hard to turn down a woman who can’t reach her own feet.)
7. Sign up for Amazon Prime.
If you haven’t already, do it now, because ordering baby supplies from your phone and receiving them within two days is one of the greatest conveniences in the modern world.
8. Invest in a nice, new yoga outfit.
Kate Middleton left the hospital with a bump, and you will too. The good news about not being a princess is that yoga clothing is acceptable as everyday wear. Purchase an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel good (don’t get too ambitious on sizing), and you can wear it leaving the hospital and when visitors swing by. Grab a headband and some dry shampoo too, since washing and drying your hair will become a luxury.
9. Make new playlists.
You’ll never be so grateful to Steve Jobs for putting 1,000 songs in your pocket than when you’re a new parent. Make a playlist for the hospital, one for car rides or long walks with baby, and one with some soothing, mellow tunes that will keep you and baby relaxed. Your Pandora will be set to Raffi station for the next 6 years, so enjoy your favorites now.
10. Fill up your Netflix queue and download some page-turners to your Kindle.
Newborns nurse or bottle feed 10 to 12 times a day, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time (and that’s once you both get the hang of it… in the earliest days, it can be an hour or more). That’s a lot of time captive in a glider or on your couch, and we survived it by reading the Hunger Games and re-watching 30 Rock and Arrested Development in their entirety.
To check out the rest of this list, visit http://pregnantchicken.com/last-month-of-pregnancy-checklist and let us know in the comments what your last month of pregnancy checklist includes! And don’t forget to order yourself a Post Bump Bag from The Stork Bag!