The To Do List

to-do-list-padAn odd paradox arises when one hovers near the 30-week mark of a pregnancy. It seems as if the big day will never arrive, yet the minute you glance at the list of things that need to be done between now and then, it sets off alarms and flashing red lights akin to a “zee priz-oh-naire has eeescaped” scene in a Bond flick. Here follows the list of things that we have roughly 75 days to accomplish:

* Parenting class — Apparently this baby’s not going to diaper, feed and bathe herself. And a quick poll of the residents of our house reveals that neither I nor my husband nor the dog knows how to do any of these things. Although I believe if pushed to pick one, the dog would take the lead at this point due to her doting maternal attention to her stuffed egret toy.

* Breastfeeding class — You’re probably thinking, “A class? Really Bird, how hard can it be?” If you’re thinking that you’ve probably never done it. As one mother told me, eyes widened, “You think ‘Oh it’s the most natural thing in the world,’ but it is not!” She seems to have a point. Just because tribal women in the jungle do it without the aid of a class doesn’t mean it’s easy. It just means they don’t have message boards to complain about how hard it is.

* Baby shower — We’re going casual and co-ed. No flying-solo, diaper-on-the-head party games for this gal. I believe beer, barbeque and a baby pool for the kiddies will be involved.

* Knocked-up women and their husbands be shoppin’ — Unlike wedding registries, where it doesn’t matter if you don’t get everything on the list (oh but right, that silver chafing dish would have been incredibly handy for all those dinner parties you will never, ever throw), you typically need everything on your baby registry. Which means that there will be loose ends to tie up after the shower.

* Chandelier installation — We’ve opted for a decidedly they-better-be-right-about-it-being-a-girl nursery decor approach and this involves a small chandelier hanging from the center of the room where currently nothing but a lone cobweb string hangs. A visit from the electrician is in order. If the sonographer was wrong and it’s a boy she can come uninstall it.

* Complete nursery decoration — Great strides occurred this past weekend, what with the purchase of said chandelier, wallpaper and a rug. Now I just need to wiggle my nose like Samantha Stephens and pull it all together.

* Reading Dr. Spock, The Happiest Baby on the Block, So In Spite of a Mushrooming Global Population and Environmental Impact Studies You’ve Decided to Procreate, etc. — Reading is a bit of a stretch here. It’s more like, skim such passages as “Sleeping Through the Night,” “Potty Training at Two Months” and “Guaranteeing Harvard Scholarships.”

* Napping, eating out, going to the movies, general canoodling — Suffice it to say, we’ve been attacking this particular item dilligently already. No plans to stop in the next few months just to get the allegedly important stuff that precedes it on the list accomplished.


14 Responses to “The To Do List”

  1. Jessica Says:

    I have to recommend the book Baby Wise (this does not have to be read until after the baby is born). We followed the principle and Jack was sleeping 8 hours through the night by 2 months old (and is now sleeping 12).

    The good thing about taking the breastfeeding class is that you learn about how difficult breastfeeding is and don’t feel guilty when the baby doesn’t suckle instantly. I also recommend considering renting a breast pump (buying it outright is expensive and only necessary if you’re going to pump exclusively or continue giving breast milk when you get back to work) – gives you a chance to take a break now and then while the hubby does the feeding.

  2. K Says:

    You should have seen my pre-party to-do list (and that was just last-minute morning-of items).

    I can only imagine the state I will be in! Please let me know if there’s anything I can handle for you. More than happy to sharpen the pencil and check a few things off for you.

  3. Phil Says:

    The last thing…yeah, get that all in while you still can.

  4. babybird Says:

    Jessica – Perfect timing. My husband and I had someone recommend that book to us at a wedding a couple weekends ago and we couldn’t remember the name. He read your comment and recognized the name. So on to the registry it has gone. Got the pump covered. Sister giving me hers. Woohoo! (Remember the days when we used to be excited about our big sisters giving us their fake i.d.s so we could get into bars?

    K – Thanks! The most important and solemn job I can give you: entertain Princess Powerbangs next weekend. 😉

    Phil – It is fair to say that we spent most of the long weekend napping. I believe it outpaced eating, bathing, and being vertical.

  5. Michelle Says:

    The Happiest Baby on the Block was my bible. I would recommend one cheat though: buy a Swaddleme blanket. That was a godsend.

  6. Skywalker Says:

    I’m 14 weeks along…I got time! I need to read that book by Spock (I can’t believe I”m going read Spock – sorry its from “Look Who’s Talking”).

  7. K Says:

    Consider it done! With pleasure!

  8. Johanna Says:

    I want a duty, too! Who am I to entertain??? WHO??

    (because we all know I won’t be cookin’, nor cleanin’, nor ______in’)

  9. babybird Says:

    Princess Powerbangs requires an entourage. You’re assisting K.

  10. Sue Says:

    One of my friends used the “Happiest baby on the block” book and she really does have an incredibly happy child (now almost a 3 yo)!!

    You, my friend, are far braver than I. Watching movies about childbirth in high school scarred me for life. I feel like I know too much, and I just can’t let it happen!

  11. Says:

    You must see and evaluate the choice of decoration and attractive to care for your child. People love these things, the traditional and conventional, will be interested to become obsolete in a place to sleep or bed linen.
    Many companies that produce different patterns and exclusive baby bedding, and people generally find themselves in a confused state that decides the set of linen is accurate and the best. Therefore, you may find via the web to get an idea of a nursery can be filled and there is a discount bedding for their children.

  12. Elizabeth Nichols Says:

    Make your baby registry your list of items you need for your nursery and diaper bag. After the baby shower whatever you don’t get you can shop off of your registry.

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