How nice to have a 3-day weekend! Our son was off of school yesterday, so we continued the weekend with an actually very productive day of meal planning, grocery shopping, slow cooker meal making, creating DIY lightsabers for James' upcoming 6th Star Wars birthday party, organizing my spice drawer of all things, T-ball practice, and of course, more organizing on the nesting homefront now that baby girl has less than a month until she makes her debut! I think God prepares us perfectly because, although I admit to my fair share of nervous feelings about this second baby, at 37 weeks now, I'm really feeling ready to meet her - and done being pregnant! I might be crazy for saying this, but I feel like I can't wait to have the baby so I can get more sleep- it's so hard right now!
That nesting instinct is strong these days as I have literally been organizing and arranging and doing all things domestic like cooking, baking, and relishing in slow home life lately. We barely turned on the television for the last several days (which is rare over here), but no one seemed to miss it!
nesting | organizing the baby things
At our baby shower and beyond, we've been blessed to receive so many adorable and thoughtful gifts from friends and family for this baby girl, most of which were diapers and the sweetest baby girl clothes you've ever seen. Maybe I'm particularly biased having a son all these years and so this is new that I'm delighting in every second of these girly things.
I've hung up some of the dressier clothes as well as the things that are bigger and kept the smaller clothes and onsies that I might be reaching for most often in the dresser in the nursery bathroom. These closet dividers are so cute and functional for her closet. I considered DIYing some, but I'm so happy with the quality and cute factor of these, they were worth buying for sure. They are larger than I expected (guess I didn't read that part- 9x6 inches), but I love that! They also make them for boys. #weloveboys! and another girl version in an adorable floral pattern.
I'm using pink polka dot velvet hangers that looked more pale online, in person they are quite bright, but I've come to like the bold pop of color. They are a good value at $14.99 for 30 and I've learned that these slim velvet hangers create so much more room because they aren't bulky. I use this adult version in my own closet.
So far, I've only washed a handful of baby things, but my favorite load was the tiny newborn clothes that she might be wearing when she first comes home. I've always loved folding clean baby clothes ever since James was a baby. It's probably my most favorite chore. The adult laundry - not so much. And don't get me started on unloading the dishwasher. #leastfavorite
We designed the nursery bathroom with two large, deep drawers that could function as dresser drawers, so that's where I'm putting her clothes for now. I'm using the IKEA Skubb storage dividers in purple to separate her clothes. They come in a pack of six assorted sizes and I bought 3 packs to fill these two large drawers and also a narrower drawer on the other side (that I forgot to photograph), but it holds socks, hair bows, and headbands. I'll definitely do a more detailed post on how I'm organizing everything soon. I still need to organize the things that go downstairs.
We also have a small dresser in the nursery that will double as a changing table, so inside that dresser are her diapers, wipes, diaper genie refills, and the lower drawers contain blankets, burp bloths, extra bedding, etc.
And I've finally gotten around to getting a good start of packing my hospital bag. Thank you so much for your recommendations, I have a bit of baby amnesia since it's been so long. I was lucky to find out from a friend who just delivered at the same hospital that it's better to have everything you might need, so you don't have to request and then wait for it. One thing I just ordered and received was the baby tracker journal. It's the same one I used with our son and I still have it. I recently went back and looked inside and was so happy to have this physical book that recorded his early patterns and notes I wrote about having him in our family those first few months. It really brought back such sweet memories. I also reread my favorite baby parenting book, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. It helped me so much as a new mom back then, and rereading those highlighted and tabbed pages was a good refresher. It actually helped put me at ease about bringing home a little newborn baby again.
And not pictured (because I don't want James to see) is a small gift for him from baby sister for him to open while in the hospital. I think he'll really like that.
I'm thinking the most helpful "what to pack in your hospital bag" post might be best saved for after I've actually been through it again and I can vouch for what I used and what wasn't necessary. I'm sure everyone is different, but I'd like to be able to speak from experience to give you the best info if you're in that situation. I'm still all ears about what you thought were the must-haves to pack! Please let me know in the comments!
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