Maternity Monday | 10 Things You Must Do Before Baby Arrives

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday! I know I did!  Ethan and the boys surprised me with some plants and cacti that I’ve really been wanting and some beautiful flowers! We went to brunch with my family and saw that new movie Snatched. A very relaxing and great day if I do say so myself! 


And on to our list..


  1. Plan a small getaway! I can’t emphasize enough that taking a trip before little one comes is huge. Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, getting away with your partner before baby comes is so nice. Once baby is here you definitely CAN go do those things but it’s not the same when you have to follow a little ones schedule. 
  2. Soak up every nap you can get. Sometimes naps just are not possible for everyone but if you get the chance to, do it! I have grandmas that live close to me and when they offer to come watch the kids so I can rest you better believe I’m taking a nap!! 
  3. Pregnancy photos. When you’re babe gets bigger you’re going to look back on those times and be so thankful you have your bump pictures. 
  4. If you have older kids, spending one-on-one time with them. A lot of your time is going to be spent on the new baby and you want to make sure that they still feel loved and cared for. When we brought Knox home I remember it was quite an adjustment because if I was nursing or helping him I couldn’t just jump up and help Kellan with what he needed. He had to learn to be patient and wait for me to get to him.
  5. Have someone help or hire to deep clean your house.  Nesting is no joke. Wanting your house to be spotless clean before baby arrives is normal. Plus you probably won’t be deep cleaning anytime soon after you have the baby.
  6. Have meals prepped. Now this is something I’ve never done while pregnant but now that I have kids that eat that I need to take care of we will be prepping and freezing meals to last a few weeks.
  7. Have your bags packed. It sounds silly to have to tell someone but when I was pregnant with Kellan my bag didn’t get packed until the day I went into labor with him! Can you say procrastinator.
  8. Preregister at your hospital. Now this is something that I WILL be doing this time. I missed out on my epidural with Knox because I wasn’t registered and the nurse had to do all of that before we could call someone in. Lesson learned!
  9. Get baby’s room and sleeping area ready. If you’re nesting then I’m positive you already have the nursery ready to go but if you haven’t yet, you’ll need to figure out if you want to co-sleep with your little one or if they’ll be sleeping in their room. Have some clothes washed and ready for babes arrival and a whole lot of diapers ready to go! 
  10. Pamper YOURSELF!  I always get a pedicure a few weeks before baby is due. I like to go get a facial or some kind of relaxing treat. You deserve it mama! You’ve been growing that baby for 9 months and need a little pampering before your sweet bundle of joy arrives! Just a side not, massages have been known to help induce labor incase you need another excuse to go! 



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  • Reply Holly

    This is a great list! Number 2 and number 5 – so important!! My second baby didn’t sleep through the night until she was 17 months old. Get those naps while you can!

    May 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Oh no! I’m hoping this baby will sleep through the night in no time! Napping is my must in my house!

      May 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Amanda | My Own Unexpected Journey

    I almost missed out on my epidural with my 2nd baby over paperwork too. Pre-registration is a must! I also made a tradition of getting a pedicure before having each of my girls. It’s so nice to get pampered before being thrown into life with a newborn.

    May 16, 2017 at 3:36 am
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      Right! Pedicures and facials are my jam before baby comes! You feel nice and relaxed. Paperwork is a total bummer when you don’t do it ahead of time. With boy of my boys I didn’t..but I didn’t know you could. This time I’m ready!!

      May 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Yes to all of these! Especially having meals prepared. We were SO blessed after my second child was born. Some friends of ours paid for a two-week meal subscription for us. It was amazing!

    May 16, 2017 at 5:42 am
    • Reply Hey Erin Nicole

      That’s awesome!! What great friends you have! We were talking about getting a meal subscription this time, I think you might have sold me on it!

      May 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm

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