Day 23 of Countdown to Oliver: Finalize Plans and Appointments

Two are getting crossed-off the list today: Set up pediatrician visit/appointments and finalize plans with the OB. My OB and our pediatrician are in the same practice, plus I had an OB appointment today and Ella had her pediatrician appointment as well. So, it was perfect timing to finalize it all at once. The OB and I finalized my birth plan, and we also finalized plans with our pediatrician to visit Oliver in the hospital. Productiveness feels good.

However, there was a downside in all of today. I found out my OB will be out of town from June 12-30 … I’m due June 26 … Here’s to hoping Oliver is either 2 weeks early or 1 week late! Oh well, you can’t win them all. There are a couple other OBs in the practice I’ve grown to like, so either way, it all works out.

On the plus side, while finalizing my birth plan with my OB, I actually found out my hospital has already started incorporating prolonged cord clamping and immediate skin-to-skin for at least an hour–which they’ve termed “cuddle care.” Much more appealing than the term kangaroo care! I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised, and relieved.


The Countdown List:

1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visit/appointments
6. Install the carseat
7. Have a pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
10. *Reader’s idea* Virtual gift-opening
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Take a sewing class and make something for the newest babe
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea*
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Prepare announcements to send out after birth
24. Date night
25. Invest in post baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries, diapers and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea*


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