Preparing for Baby, Before Baby: How We're Pre-Pregnancy Planning

When I think about our family and our life together, all I can think about is the little girl in that AT&T Commercial chanting, "We want more, we want more!" The cat's out of the bag, we want a baby! We want to grow our family, and give Riley the sibling he's been requesting for like two years now. Insert nervous sweat emoji. But we're trying to get our ducks in a row before we do so. 

There's a lot that changes when you have kids. Michael knows even better than I do, but I've quickly adapted to the realities of parenting and all the ways that life becomes different. I want to be completely prepared before we take the next big plunge, so we're doing a few little things to help pave the way:

We're Budgeting... 

Insert huffing and puffing emoji. I'm like the world's worst at this and Michael can attest, but we don't have much of a choice. My shopping is slowly coming to a halt, the Starbucks trips are fewer and further in between, and we're eating in a whole lot more! Babies cost money and so do the many other things approaching in our lives such as career changes and moving dates. We sat down together, committed to a number we're setting aside every month, and shelling it away safely. The future us' will be happy.

We're Decluttering...

I'm like especially embarrassed to say that our third bedroom which started out as our home office- has now become more like the 'catch all crap' room. I can't stand clutter for many reasons, but the number one being it gives me serious anxiety.

.... So I may have a bit of a shoving problem. Out of sight out of mind, right? Not exactly. The thing that scares me the most about our upcoming family expansion is the amount of crap that's about to be added to the piles of crap we already have. So we're getting rid of it all. We're one step at a time, going through everything and if it isn't a priority want or need- its gone. We're also coming up with some better organization systems throughout the house to make it easier for us to avoid clutter. My mom always said, "Everything needs to have a place." Challenge accepted.

I'm Taking Better Care of my Body...

I've been a little too lackadaisical when it comes to my workout routine and just my overall fitness. While most times I do my best to eat as healthy as possible, there's a lot more I could be doing to make sure that my body is in it's healthiest possible state before having a baby. I want to be sure that I not only protect my body and baby from any risks that are associated with weight gain, poor health, and eating irresponsibly during pregnancy- but also that I don't make it even more difficult for myself to shed weight post-baby. I'm getting back on the bandwagon and making an attempt to be more careful about what foods I'm eating, I'm working out more frequently, and I'm supplementing with the vitamins my body needs (like folic acid!)

And Mind...

Making sure my mental health is better than ever is equally as important to me as making sure I'm physically fit. As someone who suffer's from depression, I'm far more likely to develop harsher symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum. By developing and keeping myself on a steady routine I can continue throughout pregnancy and beyond, I'll have a much better chance at a happy & healthy life. 

We're Talking...

Like A LOT. We're covering all the hardest baby topics, checking, and double checking that we're on the same page. Are we vaccinating? Co-Sleeping? How will we share parenting duties? If we have a boy, will we circumcise? How will we discipline? There's so many things to discuss and so many changes that will be coming our way. If we tackle the hard questions prior to baby, there will be no surprises and we'll be a stronger parenting duo.

I'm Giving Myself Some Me-Time...

I'm spending some serious time by myself, doing the things I want to do, when I want to do them. It's sometimes hard to get away, but one of the benefits of blended family and Ry spending a quarter of the time with his mom, is that we do get a bit more time to ourselves than the average parent. And I'm taking advantage of it! I'm reading more, learning new recipes, bettering myself, and just spending some good ole quality time with my number one BFF- me! Soon enough it will be hard to come by, so I'm taking advantage of the time while I have it!

We're Working on Us...

We're making sure our relationship is the biggest priority right now. I'm a firm believer that a strong relationship acts as an anchor for the family. We're spending more time together, doing the things together we know we won't be able to once another child is in the picture, and working on our relationship. We want to always model for our children what a happy and healthy relationship looks like, and we know that there's no better time than now to triple check our foundation.

 

Making all of these changes and working on ourselves will only benefit our family through our next life change! Things are going to be seriously different soon, and we seriously couldn't be more happy. But we've got some things to do! I'm so excited for all that's to come and I can't wait to share our next journey with you. I'd love to hear what you're doing/ have done to prepare for pregnancy! I love hearing from you! Drop a comment in the box below!