Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"To Do List" before I pop!

What to prepare prior to your delivery day?
Especially for 2nd baby onwards.

First baby, it's all about getting the "princess treatment". All you need to worry is list of things to buy and your items to pack in the hospital bag. Then, leave the rest to the good hand of our mom :)

Second baby, you set your expectation and plan things accordingly.
You will learn from the first baby experience and further improve for the second baby. Among of the things that I have improved is breastfeeding (trust me, it's not easy and you will need a strong support system to "master" breastfeeding.

Third baby? It's more than just you and the baby.

Our preparation may not be the same but here's my "to do list" before my delivery day.

1. Self preparation is important to me. Checklist:

a. Cleanliness- Waxing, manicure & pedicure (may not be priority to some but yes for me)

b. Set bersalin- I opt for Nona Roguy because all the items are for daily consumption and application. Practical for own usage. Managed to get good bargain (RM250 with postage instead of normal price at RM365)

c. New spec- To compliments my panda eyes ;p (really, not necessary but yes for me). Note: our vision may be different especially during pregnancy, thus it is not recommended to get  a new spec. But if your eye reading remain the same, then I guess it shouldn't be a problem.

d. Confinement lady- booked.

2. BabyVery minimal as I have most things ready from the previous 2.
I bought wet wipes, diapers and few new clothes.
Oh yes, new playpen (for my previous 2, I used baby crib and playpen that was given by my aunt and those are 10 years already. I had to buy new playpen due to the wear & tear). Oh come on, here's the change for the 3rd one to get their own things :)

3. HouseholdSince my confinement period will be at my place, there's few things I have considered to ensure things are in order.

a. Baby sitter/maid- With 2 kids around, I definitely need a maid. Especially with the house chores- laundry and cleaning. Managed to get maid 6 months and sufficient period to train her. Minus all the drama and heart attack that she gave me during my early stage pregnancy. Thank God I can rely on her and trust her.

b. Groceries shopping- I restocked household items and dry food items 1 month before, the perishable items, will get it 2 days before I "check-in". Oh yes, I bought chicken, meat and fish from "Barang Dapur Basah", they will deliver it right to your door step! Very reliable and recommended :)


c. Confinement food- I surveyed few confinement food provider and personally I think they are expensive especially with daily delivery cost. So I decided to google the confinement recipe, print the menu and train my maid to cook :) My mom will be around too, that's the best part.

and got this too. To prepare my confinement food ;p

d. Food for the guest- In western countries, they encourage guest to actually bring foods and stock up our fridge. However things are done differently here. At minimal, I would need to serve something for my guest especially family and close friends who came to visit the baby. I ensure that coffee, tea, cordial drinks, canned longan/laici and frozen kuih (ie currypuff, cucur badak & samosa). As easy as just fry them :) Of course, maid will handle that too.

4. Home
I did spring cleaning prior to my delivery. I rearrange things including furniture arrangement. I reorganize things in the kitchen cabinet, wardrobe & workstation (you will be surprised of the things that you kept all this while and you will discover items that has gone missing/away from your eyesight for quite sometime, really). I make sure maid is around and aware of the placement of the items.
I also get my kids to organize her things.

Had to maximize the bedroom space to accommodate 1 sofa bed & 2 playpens. (Make way please for new playpen!) Have yet to train the kids to sleep in their room. So, got to say yes to "nursery" kind of look for our bedroom.

5. Others/MiscOn top of all the things I listed earlier, there are other few things I need to settle such as:
1. e-filing- Have you done yours? I did (waiting for LHDN to bank in the excess payment)
2. Car road tax & insurance which expiring end of this month. Done! I don't have to worry anymore :)
3. Work Handover- Preparing my list of handover for my colleagues since I will be away for 2 months maternity leave. This would help and to also avoid your office/colleagues bugging you during your confinement. A proper handover would give you a relief and piece of mine.

4. Teacher's Day is just around the corner.
I've always wanted a personal touch whenever I choose a gift. Decided to go with this gift for Dhia's teachers. Customized the message card & sticker label.

Bought this at Sunway Pyramid. I love them.
I hope the teachers will like it too :)

6. Get ready for sleepless night, again. 

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