Is your To-Do Before Baby List a mile long?
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 else! I 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!