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Relieving the Stress of Your Must Do Before Baby List

The secret to relieving the Stress Of Your Must Do Before Baby list!

Is your To-Do Before Baby List a mile long?Relieving Stress Of Your Baby To Do list

Lately, my Pinterest feed is full of baby list posts like, “15 Things To Do Before Baby” and “10 Must-Haves For A Natural Birth” or, “Your Hospital Bag Checklist”.  While often quite insightful, these posts were causing me more anxiety than anything elseI have my own long list of things to do, and reading even MORE ideas that should be on my list is somewhat overwhelming.

However, I realized something a few weeks ago after a disagreement with my midwife. Suddenly, at 32 weeks pregnant, I was threatened with immediate dismissal from the practice if I didn’t comply with protocol. No matter that we’d discussed this issue at two previous appointments; I was never told that not complying was a dismissible offense until I had only two days in which to do so.

By the time I’d made my next appointment and left the office, I was so angry and upset! I hurried out to my car and sat there, huffing and puffing. I texted my hubby and crunchy friends about the injustice of the unfortunate situation. And then it came to me…I had been so preoccupied about which cloth diapers to buy, making freezer meals, worried about finishing the nursery and cleaning everything in sight…I didn’t ever think to worry about who would deliver my baby.

Isn’t it so silly the things that concern us sometimes? Who cares about which cloth diapers you buy as long as you have a healthy baby? Who cares if your house is clean when your baby arrives?

Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of my concerning issues have resolved themselves with absolutely no effort on my part. Situations in which I was helpless simply dissipated into thin air. All they needed was a bit of time.

I’ve felt so much peace since that clash with my midwife. I realized you never know what’s around the corner, but God is still in control. He can work your little problems out all by Himself, with no help from you. It was like a little (big) reminder that He’s there, He cares, and He always has a better plan than you.

In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t have to catch my own baby. I’ll post more details about that crunchy conflict (and resolution) someday. Just not today.

I’m no longer obsessing over my baby list, but most items have been crossed off with still 4 weeks to go! Awaiting your baby’s arrival shouldn’t be fraught with stress over an insignificant to do list. Go ahead, make the baby list, take care of the basics, and take it easy over the rest. 🙂

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

God has it all under control and He cares for you!

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.- Corrie Ten Boom

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Nursery

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Nursery theme

Nursery themes are always so much fun to put together! Preparing a special nursery space is my favorite way to contain all the anticipation I feel for welcoming the newest member of our family.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Nursery theme

I am due in just 5.5 short weeks with our 3rd child, and his nursery is still a work in progress. Reusing the same furniture and wall color was a must (we hate painting!), but we’re changing out all the decor. I’ll share photos off his nautical themed nursery when it is done!

Meanwhile, here’s some pics of my last nursery theme, which proved to be quite difficult in executing. At the time I chose this theme, there was almost NO Hungry Caterpillar themed decor to be found anywhere. When I did find it, it was quite expensive. That resulted in several DIYWMH (do-it-yourself-with-Mom’s-help) projects. 😉 Zulily, Amazon, and an online fabric site were my bff’s!

Enjoy!

Hungry Caterpillar Nursery decor
Hungry caterpillar switchplate (DIY, just modge podge and a fabric scrap!), framed puzzle, bookends, etc that we found on Zulily.
Eric Carle shelf decor
On the shelf: I bought a cardboard “C” at Hobby Lobby and used Modge Podge to cover it with a strip of leftover fabric from the valance my Mom and I made. The blocks were special ordered from Etsy, and the wooden toy from Amazon. On the crib: My friend found a hungry caterpillar plush at a yard sale for $1. 🙂
Eric Carle fabric made the cutest switch plate!
Close up of the switch plate I covered in a fabric scrap – it was a sticky project, and involved a learning curve, but still holding up after 2.5 years!
Hungry Caterpillar puzzle
We found some Hungry Caterpillar puzzles at a bargain store for $3 each. I picked up the frame on clearance at Michael’s and was delighted to find it fit the puzzle perfectly! So much cheaper than the licensed prints I found online, and I love the playful look of a puzzle in a child’s room!
Hungry Caterpillar bookshelf
We found an apple shaped bank on Zulily as well as a musical jewelry box. Score!
Hungry Caterpillar changing area
On the shelf to the right: Some wooden buckets from the Target Dollar spot (from a friend), a small wooden toy from Amazon and a music globe from Zulily. Diaper basket half off at Michael’s I believe…
Hungry Caterpillar nursery theme
The Very Hungry Caterpillar rug is actually a tummy time mat, but it made a perfect, plush rug.

So that was our second child’s nursery decor! It’s a little sad to dismantle the decor after all the love I put into it, but I feel like the new little guy should get his own nursery theme. Plus, how else am I supposed to keep the ants in my pants away in anticipation of his arrival? I need something to keep me busy besides an entire house to clean, meals to cook, a hubby and two kids…. 😉

What was your child’s nursery theme? Did you DIY, or buy most of it?

 

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Nursery Theme!