Welcome to the third post in my postpartum commitment series! If you’ve missed the first two you can check out my Announcement post here and my Meal Planning post here. We are still in the “prepartum” portion of it because I am a firm believer that the biggest way to be successful in a commitment like this is to PLAN, PLAN, and PLAN!
Obviously, since a huge portion of my postpartum commitment is to get my weight down and clean out my system, food is probably the most important part, which is why I went into such depths planning all of my meals (refer to previous post).
But there is more to this commitment prep then just planning and preparing food!
Clear your mind
One thing I learned from having my daughter is that during those first few days/weeks newborns are all consuming. They want to eat all the time, they haven’t developed a good sleeping schedule yet, and they are most comforted when they are held.
Now I am a huge advocate of sleep training and developing a schedule/routine early on. But I’m also very flexible in those first few weeks because I believe, when you consider what they were used to while inside of me, a more gentle transition to the outside world is in order!
Another big time-filler after birth is letting yourself recover/heal from it. I completely underestimated how exhausting it was and how much healing my body would need. Truly, those first days should be mommy/baby bonding and recovery time…and my goal in this commitment is to eliminate as many other distractions as possible.
Creating the to-do list
Now you have to ask yourself…what tends to distract you?
Are there any projects on the back burner that would begin to bug you if they’re not done?
Will any changes need to happen after the new addition to the family arrives?
Is there any work that can be done in advance?
Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, this was our list of “things to-do before baby”:
- Submit our taxes
- Create extra storage space in the house to allow for new baby stuff
- Deep clean the house
- Finish making all of the DIY cleaners I have researched
- Get in the habit of doing a load of laundry every other day (instead of one big laundry day a week) so that we wouldn’t be caught without laundry if the baby came right before “laundry day”
- Make sure every storage space in the house is decluttered and organized so that it will be easy for anyone helping to find what they need
- Make a month’s worth of meals and store them in the freezer
- And finally, write a month’s worth of blog posts in advance
Timing it right
Depending on when your baby is due (our’s is due mid-February), I would give yourself two weeks of wiggle room in case the baby comes early. So after I created the to-do list, I then created a schedule with it all being completed by the end of January.
So the first week of January was “cooking week” and we shopped/cooked/prepped all the food we needed for the month after the baby comes and put it into the freezer.
The second week of January was “deep cleaning week” and I scrubbed baseboards, washed windows, deep cleaned the kitchen etc.
During the third week of January I planned/wrote a month’s worth of posts that could go out after the baby was born.
And the final week of January was spent finishing anything that hadn’t already been done, with a grand finale of finishing our taxes (woot woot!) the following weekend!
I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be able to know that if the baby comes today my pantry, freezer, work and entire home are in order. It can be just me and the baby…without distractions!
I would love to know what postpartum planning looks like for you! Any successful tips you can share?