What to do while waiting for the baby

by Ginger on August 24, 2009

in Day in the Life, Oh Baby!

Today is the first day of my maternity leave, and I’m at a bit of a loss of what to do with myself until the babe gets here. I mean, all I really want to do is to sit in the chair with my feet up (thanks to what appears to be some form of a lovely little thing called psd, doing much more than that gets painful fast). But I sort of feel like this is my last week or so of having time to myself for a while so I should enjoy it or something.

Since I’ve already taken care of about 98% of the nursery/baby stuff, and we’ve stocked the freezer with quick and easy foods for the first few weeks, and I’ve gotten all the healthcare paperwork as done as I can without having the kid here, I’m down to just a few things baby related to do. The rest can be for me!

So here’s my list of ideas for things to do with myself until the kid gets here:

  1. This one’s easy–my 30th birthday is on Wednesday, so we’ll probably go out to dinner that night. I’m also going to see about a massage, a manicure and a pedicure. A nice day of pampering as I enter my 30’s and motherhood sounds pretty damn good.
  2. Go to a matinee movie during the week.  What should we see?
  3. Spend some time at the pool. Since we don’t have air conditioning (we live too close to the beach), in the afternoon when it gets hot, I think this will be a great solution!
  4. Catch up on some TV & movies that N.C. has no interest in.
  5. Maybe a little jaunt to the bookstore to splurge for a new book or two to read at the pool.
  6. Take naps. I’ve never been well rested during my pregnancy, and heaven knows when the little one gets here I won’t be getting much sleep, so I think naps when I’m drowsy this week are in order.
  7. If I get ambitious, I may organize some old photos. Ok, maybe it’s more than “some”…I’ve probably got over 1000 photos that need to be put in albums. It’s a project I’ve been meaning to take care of for a good year or so, but just never get around to.

Yeah, I dunno, that list still seems to be a little light. Any suggestions or recommendations?

As always, more lists can be found over at abdpbt:


abdpbt August 24, 2009 at 11:38 am

We have the same birthday! I saw Inglorious Basterds and thought it was awesome, of course there is some gore, so you might want to avoid it. I would definitely take some naps, though–you need to bank up your sleep. Also, happy blog birthday!

Alexis August 25, 2009 at 4:50 am

Naps would be the best idea. Sleeping in the hospital/during labor is really hard and then, well, you have been warned. Pedicure is also a must. My fancy purple toe nails were pretty much all that got me through some of the less glamorous stuff. Also, and this will sound kinda stupid, but read a baby care book (though I am sure you have already). So many women tell me they never did then find themselves heading home with baby having never read anything past the labor and delivery part. I liked Baby 411 by Dr. Ari Brown. Just a, hopefully not too pushy, suggestion.

Enjoy your birthday!

Stephanie January 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

I should make a list for myself, I still have 8 weeks. And have probably 75% of nursery done. But I’m officially no longer working, so I have the time on my hands now.

I came to your blog by way of SITS! 🙂

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