Our Home Birth Prep List

32 weeks

33 weeks and counting as of today, folks.

This photo was taken at 32 weeks when it hit me that I will be holding our wee one in about ten weeks (if my track record of post birth dates means anything).

Last weekend we met with our Birth Doula and created a list of what still needs to be done. Even though I’m a list maker I have to admit we hadn’t taken this one from pen to paper, so this was a great task to take on.

What you can’t see in the photo are the small scribbles of things that continuously get added on or the small writing on the post it note that says: “Need 24 onesies, 12 sleepers and a dozen cotton muslin receiving blankets”.  That note came after going through my baby bin to find I indeed had given most everything away after having Fannie seven years ago.  I figure with our due date of late July/early August this little one will be in nothing but a cloth diaper and onesie for a couple months making attire pretty simple!

birth list

What I’ve accomplished so far in our home birth prep list

  • began acquiring the necessary essential oils for labor, delivery, and postpartum (if you’ve got any tried and true faves be sure to leave a comment below)
  • purchased an extra set of sheets for our bed
  • purchased a new set of sheets for the twin bed going in the baby’s room (we aren’t buying a crib until late fall as the baby will be sleeping with me/us and we though an extra bed would be a good idea since the hubs has mentioned more than a few times I do this thing called Snoring in Pregnancy that often sends him to the sofa at night 🙁
  • reached out to Peter at Do Good Diapers to set up our first 13 weeks of diaper delivery (that was such a saving grace the last two times though Do Good wasn’t yet in existence so we used a company that’s no longer around)
  • got my insomnia under control with supplements (Amen!)
  • set up some craniosacral therapy to keep everything aligned and open
  • we decided where the birth tub will go and though it’s not where I imagined, I’ve wrapped my brain around birthing in the basement again (and tucking in to our 11 year olds full sized bed for the first few hours before hitting the stairs up to our room on the main floor)
  • made five dinners, three grain free pizza crusts, and 3 bags of grain free waffle/pancake mix for the downstairs freezer, along with a bag of cherry chia energy bites, a bag of grain free chocolate chip cookies and an extra dozen grain free chocolate banana muffins.  Hmm, now that I see this list I notice the common denominator, funny…chocolate, anyone?
  • organized the ingredient, grocery and prep list for about 24 additional meals

What we still need to do

  • pull down Sunny’s old twin Jenny Lind bed from the rafters for the baby’s room to be used as daybed in baby’s room done!
  • clean, sand and move into the baby’s room the potting bench I’ve always used as the changing station (LOOOOOVE repurposing)
  • purchase mattress for twin bed
  • set date for making more freezer meals and have ingredients on hand
  • find two comfortable nursing nightgowns
  • create transition plan for my team for my time off
  • request my mother in laws support for a weekend in August when both my husband and mom will be out of town done!
  • order our birth kit
  • choose photographer
  • order a 65 cm ball, I accidentally ordered a 55cm, arg.
  • new curtains for our bedroom windows done, love me a perfect garage sale find!

As of this weekend I’ve added repainting my kitchen (this blog post could be my husband’s first heads up of that plan :-), and busting a move next weekend on some behind the scenes business necessities before I have my arms full of my sweet little bundle.

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Hi there, Nichi here! I am a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing. Discovering natural healing methods for mind and body finally led me toward health restoration — and my calling in life. I have come alongside families in transforming their physical and mental health for more than 20 years and am leading the charge in raising up women who are devoted to their healing. Glad to have you join this community.
Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Hi there, Nichi here! I am a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing. Discovering natural healing methods for mind and body finally led me toward health restoration — and my calling in life. I have come alongside families in transforming their physical and mental health for more than 20 years and am leading the charge in raising up women who are devoted to their healing. Glad to have you join this community.

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