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2 months off before baby, what to do?
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:26 AM
Through a combination of good luck and minor prego issues (ok my back and my feet hurt and work involves a lot of standing and is just too physically hard for my wimpy self) I have left work and now have all of December and January before baby arrives.
It's day 2 and I'm a bit bored already! Other than the obvious (prepare for baby) what can I do with myself. Stuff that doesn't involve my credit card!
What would you do if you had 2 months off?
(obviously I don't have any other children yet!)
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:34 AM
Read lots of books, do lots of sleeping, watch movies uninterrupted! Enjoy a hot beverage and a nice meal while it's still hot. Have a nice long bath. Go swimming. Cook and bake for the freezer so you have a good stash of easy meals. Knit or sew if that's your cup of tea. Once your baby arrives you won't have much time for those things. I never understood until my babies arrived how much my world would be turned upside down. Most of all enjoy the wait and look after yourself.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:34 AM
Oh my... what a lucky girl you are!!!
I'd start by enjoying all the things you won't have time to do later, like make a big jug of lemonade and sit in the sun with my feet up and read a good book.
- take the time to get the house ready
- make some meals for freezing
- watch some good movies
- go to the beach or pool (just floating feels so nice to take the weight of your back and legs)
- get a massage
- prepare as much as you can for xmas to take the stress of later
- go for a quiet walk
- start waxing, plucking etc
- go through your wardrobe and rediscover your clothes
Ooohhh with two little kids, I crave peace and quiet. Very jealous!
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:35 AM
I would rest, sleep as much as possible and read - things you will have little time for in the next couple of years!
Catch up with friends for coffee/lunch/dinner etc.
Put my feet up.
Cook awesome dinners every night. Freeze up a heap of food for after the baby comes.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:40 AM
I read alot, watched alot of movies (as you hardly get to watch one interupted ever again lol) slept alot, went on alot of walks, spent alot of time with family and friends. I loved going to the movies (which did cost but I treated myself lol)
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:50 AM
Go to the cinema - air con, ice cream, sit and relax - the best thing when you're heavily pregnant in summer! And you won't get to go again for a while!
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:50 AM
I would go for long leisurely strolls and go swimming. I would lie in the sun and read lots. I would bake and sew and watch dvds. Catch up with friends and family. And just relax, relax and relax some more!
Ahhh, enjoy this time - I am jealous!
Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:57 AM
I finished up at 34 weeks, and DS was almost a week late, so I had about 7 weeks.
Sleep. I slept a lot, and still wish I'd slept more. You will never ever ever regret that sleep
As PPs have mentioned, cook lots to freeze. Cooking goes out the window for those first few weeks.
Spend lots of time with your other half if possible. DS was about 7 months old before he got a decent bedtime and we got our evenings back, and 9 or 10 months before we went out for few hours of an evening without him. And we were lucky compared to a lot of people.
Edited by HollyOllyOxenfree, 04 December 2012 - 11:59 AM.
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:08 PM
Get car serviced
Get car seats checked my ambulance service
Take pets to vet for annual vax, even if it is a few months early
Cook and freeze meals (I never did this but approve of this sensible forward-thinking
Get a haircut
Go to the movies
Inspect the parents' rooms in your local shopping centre
Do craft, if that's your thing
Try and have fortnightly massages
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:09 PM
I cant reinforce enough what everyone has said about cooking meals. Freeze, freeze and freeze more. Stock up your pantry with practical dry goods that enable you to pull together meals without needing to go the shops.
If I had my time again, I would spend more quality time with friends. Just good conversation over a coffee, dinner, whatever. I miss being able to have decent uninterupted conversation and dont see my friends nearly as much as I would like.
Keep fit. So important for the birth and recovery. Find a prenatal yoga or exercise class. Loved mine. And as the other PP's said lots of walks especially in the next few weeks before you get too big.
Any 'organising' you have put off. Cleaning out old clothes and taking to the salvos. Sorting photo albums. Tidying up cupboards full of 'stuff'. Tidying garage. You seem to collect clutter very quickly with kids (storing bassinette until next baby, boxing up small clothes until next baby, bags of congrats cards, birthday cards.....you get my drift) so storage space becomes a premium and you wont get time to be 'organised' for ages.
Have fun. Sounds like sheer heaven to me. Oh I have a good idea, come and look aft my kids. I wont get bored!
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:14 PM
Get your hair cut!! DS is three months and I wish I had of done this as my hair is feral now.
I also did those projects that you plan on doing but just never have the time. Like getting photos printed and putting in an album. Rearranging my pantry. Cleaning the top of kitchen cupboards and putting foil down to collect the dust.(May not be so good with a bad back.
I also loaded all my Cds into itunes. Rearranged how I organise all my paperwork and trust me that took Days. I did have really bad insomnia though so this list may be a little long
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:17 PM
I stopped work at 22 weeks.
I would go out with family,
Sit around and enjoy the peace lol
Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:19 PM
Sleep, catch up on any DVDs I want to watch, sleep, eat a meal while it is still warm, sleep, read, sleep, go shopping by myself, sleep, do some craft projects, sleep, have a nap, sleep. You get the idea.
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