Having a baby is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I can’t wait to meet our baby boy, become a mom, and watch Brian be a dad. I love feeling the baby kick. It’s a great reminder that he will be here soon. But there are things that I want to do before the baby gets here. Being married and spending all my time with Brian is wonderful. This stage of life where it’s just us is coming to an end and while I’m thrilled, I think it’s important for us to make the most of this time together. Once the baby is here everything will change.
P.S. These pictures are from the Balloons Over the Garden Event at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden.
And change is good! But it is something that we have to prepare for. Here are four things that we are doing to prepare for our baby boy.
Spending As Much Time Together As Possible.
This summer we are doing our best to make the most of our time together. That means a few extra trips to the park and movie theater, visiting places that I’ve always wanted to visit but never had the time, and doing anything else that might be hard to do with a newborn. We took a trip to Cincinnati in May, but we are considering another trip in July or August. Brian is catching up on his favorite video games and I’ve been working lots of puzzles.
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Slowing Down and Resting
For the first month of summer I took a job working with kids at a summer camp. I hated it. I love kids, but it was boring I came home exhausted every day. So we found a way for me to stay home for the rest of the summer. I won’t make a ton of money (and I might regret that later) but I’m staying home and freelancing for the rest of the summer. I actually wrote about what I’m doing in this post. Staying home has taken a lot of stress off of me and has given me the opportunity get my writing done during the day and spend the evenings preparing for baby.
Plan Ahead Financially
Babies are really expensive. His due date is four months away and we are already prepaying for his delivery. We also still have to buy his nursery furniture, clothes, diapers, and the list goes on and on. We’ve started cutting back already and planning for the 2 months that I’ll be off work. We aren’t eating out hardly at all and Brian eats turkey sandwiches every day for lunch. I have also bought most of my maternity clothes second hand. The baby shower and will help, but babies are expensive so we are saving now.
Have a Solid Devotional Time in place
Right now, I just have a quiet time whenever I want to. I don’t have a set time in place and I don’t really have a devotional book that I am in love with right now. Before baby boy gets here I want to have a solid devotional time in place. My parents do their devotional together after dinner every night and they even keep their books on the table. I think that’s a great idea and might try to add it our lives as well.
I love the stage of life that we are in. I love that Brian and I get to do whatever we want and spend all of our time together. I love that we can jump in the car on a whim and go wherever we want. I love that we can stay in bed until 10 on a Saturday if we want. I love that life is pretty easy. But life with a baby is going our greatest adventure yet.
For those of you who are mothers, what would you add to my list?