My “Before Baby” List

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Over on Instagram a few days ago, I shared with y’all my idea for coming up with a list of things I’d like to do before baby gets here! There aren’t a ton of “big” projects, a lot of them are just smaller things that I wanted to have written down so I wouldn’t forget. Or, if I had free time, I had something reminding me of what I said I wanted to do with my time. Of course, handling this with as much grace for myself as I can – but, it’s so restful for me to have these written down so I have ways to find pockets of peace throughout my day.

I did this back when Thomas left for Officer Training School (I’ll link that list here) and it brought me so much joy, I looked forward to each next day and it gave me a season where I can look back and see how much I’ve grown.

Here’s what I’ve got:

– Mani + Pedi – “treat myself day”
– Prenatal massage
– Learn (or start learning about) needlepoint
– Make freezer meals
– Prep smoothie bags to dump in blender
– Have house deep cleaned
– Movie marathon day with Thomas
– A house project that I’ve been putting off
– clean out + organize my closet
– Prep diaper baskets/stations around the house
– Wash baby clothes + blankets
– Wash bottles + pacifiers
– Fancy dinner date with Thomas
– Hair cut + color – one last time
– Pack hospital bag

– Finish decorating the guest room
– Read a fun book
– Set maternity “out of office” email
– Get baby book info together – this is the baby journal I’m using
– Put together a “labor” playlist
– Take baby courses online
– Make sourdough bread again
– Freeze some baked goods
– Sleepover with girlfriends
– Organize baby dresser
– Organize makeup drawers
– Costco haul!!!
– Learn to do at home nails


What would you add to your list?!

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I am an online encourager based out of Birmingham, AL that's obsessed with my girls and sharing bits and pieces of my life. I wear a lot of hats these days including mama to two boys, military wife, blogger, podcast host and more. You can find me behind the microphone at Real Talk with Rach where we talk about everything from jeans to Jesus, playlists to pop culture, the good and the grief and everything in between. 

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