Pampering day, yes, finally! I’d be misleading you if I didn’t say this is a day I’ve been looking forward to since I started this countdown list.
The hair has been chopped into what I’m calling my mom-do (long bob), and my-physical-self was pampered today. And yes, that is the Cocker Spaniel I had cut off my head today in the picture above. Perfect for donating … or making a small rug, whichever.
I have to admit it’s amazing how relieved and weightless it felt. Throughout most of my countdown and prep for baby number two, I’ve done just about anything I can think of to prepare my mental state and environment. However, aside from my health, I hadn’t paid much attention to myself. I saved this pampering day, strategically, to as close as I felt comfortable to my due date, because I want to go into my second birth and child feeling refreshed and confident, in all aspects.
There are true benefits to taking care of and time for yourself–not only what you put into your body but also self-pampering. It may not be quite as important as healthy eating and exercise, but self-care does have an overall positive effect. For those of you who need a reason or extra push to plan a day for yourself, here’s why:
- Confidence booster–And when you’re confident, life is way better on several fronts. “Confidence and health go hand in hand.“
- Taking care of yourself boosts your overall mood, positively, and strengthens your ability to take care of other tasks or people. “People who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and feelings of resentment.“
- Self-care is a stress reliever, plain and simple.
- Those who take time out for self-care are less likely to get sick or suffer from illnesses. Care Dimensions handout.
- Taking care of yourself has been shown to improve your mental state and also help with healing and recovery. “People … find that their physical, spiritual, and emotional health are all connected, and that supporting one supports the others. Taking care of all aspects of you will increase the likelihood that you stay well.“
- And you know what, it’s fun and a nice thing to do for yourself every once in a while!
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 car seat
7. Pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
*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* Clothe diapering
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Design birth announcements
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 and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea* Put feet up and rest