Aloha Friday: Prioritizing

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

In eleven days I am going to have a baby (planned second c-section for my non-regular readers) – I know, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this fact in every post I’ve written for the last month or so. At this point, that fact has become all consuming for me. And yet it still seems surreal. We’re going to be a family of four soon. I’m soon going to consider the pitiful excuse for a night’s sleep I’m getting now glorious in comparison. I’ll be reacquainting myself with nursing, changing the diapers of a non-solid food eating kiddo, and second guessing myself on the care of two children instead of just one. I’ll be orchestrating nap times on a continuous basis and recovering from major surgery.

So lately I’ve been busy thinking about all the things I might want to do now to get ready. And my husband has been the opposite in a lot of ways – “We can do that the week the baby is born,” is like his favorite sentence. Things like buying diapers and assembling furniture and installing the infant car seat. I’m not sure who is right. I’m not sure I’m remembering every little thing I should be obsessing over. So my Aloha Friday questions for you are…

  • (If you have kids) What are the essential things I should make sure are done before I go in to have the baby – keeping in mind I’ll be in the hospital for about 4 days?
  • What things can wait?
  • What things should I do now while I have the chance, that don’t directly have to do with the baby?
  • Is it okay to eat leftover lemon bars for lunch today?
  • Any last minute tips on siblings?
  • (If you don’t have kids) If you found out you were having a baby tomorrow, what would you do today?

7 Comments

  1. I would sleep as much as you can now and probably clean my house really well before the baby comes. You won’t have the luxury of sleep or the time to clean so why not try to catch up a little now. Good luck w/ the prioritizing!! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to “meet” the new edition to your family.

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  2. Pack everybody’s bags and try to have a clean house…other than that, throw all plans and expectations out the window!

    That’s just me!

    And, enjoy the lemon bars…sounds like lunch to me!

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  3. I would make sure that the room or space where the baby will sleep and be changed be ready to go, and have lots of basic supplies. Diapers, wipes, baby clothes, bedding, bottles/breast pump/formula (depending on what you chose), and enough frozen meals for at least a few days. After my c-section, I was in no shape to do much more than take care of my baby and my own very BASIC needs.

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  4. I would say to do everything you can now, because you will both be really tired once the baby comes.

    I would say you should probably try to opt for a healthier lunch than lemon bars lol.

    And I don’t get along so well with my sister so I am not the person to give tips on siblings!

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  5. I always find lists to be helpful. They help me prioritize and focus on what’s most important.

    As for siblings, I think keeping them involved in the process is important. I’ve never BTDT since I had twins and am probably done, but a friend of mine who recently had a baby made sure that her oldest daughter knew just as much about what was happening as they did. When they took off for the hospital at 2am they woke her up to tell her, and let her tell the grandparents (who were spending the night) when they all woke up the next morning and Mom & Dad were gone. They also gave clear instructions to the grandparents that their daughter was to enter the room first and get to meet the baby first before anyone else. They really went out of their way to make their daughter feel special and included and I know it’s gone a LONG way for soothing sibling jealousy!

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  6. Go with whatever you feel like doing. If you want lemon bars, have them. Your nesting instincts will be kicking in and you’ll end up doing what’s most important to you. The rest will come as it happens.

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  7. Why are husbands like that, always wanting to wait? I hate wait. Why not now?

    I can’t think of anything “essential” off the top of my head. Are you planning to make your meals ahead of time and freeze them or just go with the flow? Lots of moms probably would do that (freeze them). I didn’t, but 5 years ago I really would have never even thought of it. Yes I managed.

    I can’t see letting the furniture and diaper thing wait, maybe the diaper thing as you’ll probably be able to take what’s left from the hospital. The thing is just cause you’re scheduled doesn’t mean you wouldn’t possibly have the potential of going into labor early. I was scheduled on a Monday and went in labor the Friday before. Go figure.

    I say rest as much as you can now, eat your lemon bars for lunch, and just chill and enjoy your “free time” for now.

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