36 Weeks Pregnant | To Do List to Prepare for Baby

Itz time to nest! I’m 36 weeks pregnant and today I’m making a to do list to prepare for Baby Itz because time is ticking, and lil man will be here before we know it. I had a beautiful baby shower on Sunday and the women were more than generous with gifts. Now I’ve got to get organizing and washing and all that goodness (with the help of my own amazing momma, of course!). But first things first, let’s cover the bumpdate details and then we’ll get into the specifics of what must get done.

36 weeks pregnant

Bumping right along!

Baby Itz: 36 Weeks

Baby’s size? Head of romaine lettuce.

Maternity clothes? LOVE! The white lace maternity dress I wore to my baby shower was from Seraphine. I’ve gotten a couple other dresses from different places that I’m looking forward to wearing soon, too. I’m most excited about this warm weather that we better be having during our so-called “spring.”

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Not awesome. Saturday morning I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t go back to bed. Usually I wake up frequently throughout the night, but am able to fall back asleep. I also had a really busy weekend, so I’m feeling exhausted. Hoping to get some good sleep.

Best moment this week: My baby shower! (Full recap soon to come, promise!) In case you missed it: read my sister’s heartfelt baby shower speech: The Top 10 Reasons Why I Know Lindsay is Going to Make an Amazing Mom.

Miss anything? Not really. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m totally digging this pregnancy thing. <– SAME

Movement: Still so much movement! My belly gets lopsided at times when different parts are sticking out. Yesterday he was really under my ribs (or so it felt) and it was the first time I felt uncomfortable. I was like dude move outta there (just my ribs, not my womb)!

Food Cravings: No cravings, but I’ll be happy to eat sushi and raw cookie dough again (not together – ha).

Anything making you queasy or sick? No.

Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms: I was trying to fix a couple clasps on my shoes over the weekend, and I had some difficulty bending down to reach and see my feet! That was a first! And I may or may not had Jonny pull off a pair of tight pants the other day…

Belly Button – in or out?  I think this is the first week I can classify it as a full outtie. Check out the picture above – itz poking through!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On!

Happy or Moody? Happy!

Looking Forward To: My doctor appointment this afternoon. I’m going every week now…



My wonderful mother has been and is always incredibly instrumental in helping me organize and prepare for whatever stage of life I’m in. Throughout my pregnancy, she been to just about every doctor appointment and has run all around town doing odds and ends. She’s spent hours at my house helping me clean out the baby’s room and begin to organize. She’s gone baby furniture shopping and registering. She and my dad came over yesterday when we were at work to hang the curtains. I know I couldn’t do it without my mom.  So, Mom, here’s our list that we’ll tackle over the next couple weeks (and I promise I’ll do some of it on my own!).

To Do List to Prepare for Baby:

  • wash, organize, and put away bedding, towels, and clothes
  • get carseats installed in my car and Jonny’s
  • clear out space in the kitchen for bottles
  • change rocking chair pillows (I bought a rocking chair, but didn’t like the pattern on the pillows, so I ordered something more neutral)
  • find a rug
  • pack a hospital bag (I haven’t made it further than making that list)
  • buy nursing bras and tanks
  • set up bassinet
  • prepare baby book
  • buy diapers and wipes (almost for that one!)
  • purchase additional essential items from registry

Well, that list doesn’t look too long, but I still feel like I have a million things to do! My breast pump is ordered and should be arriving soon, so that’s another big thing take care of. I know that list is loaded even though it looks short, but I still feel like I’m forgetting something major? Am I?

What else do I need to do before Baby Itz arrives?

32 thoughts on “36 Weeks Pregnant | To Do List to Prepare for Baby

  1. I love your baby shower dress! That is so wonderful that your mom is there to help you and support you like that. I love my dad but he barely remembered what day of the week I was born on. ;p That relationship is definitely one to cherish!

  2. Don’t buy too many nursing bras and tanks until after your milk comes. in. I got one bra and 2 tanks at target to get me started and then got fitted a few weeks later.

  3. I am only 9 weeks with my first… so I don’t know if I am able to give real advice yet… but one of my girlfriends told me to NOT wash all the cute baby clothes before the baby arrives! Wash them right before you decide to use them. She said she had a lot of items she kept the tags on, and ended up exchanging for bigger sizes because she didn’t get a chance to use them! Just a thought!

  4. Freezer meals are a great idea….especially after a couple weeks home when you’re visitors become less frequent. I also agree with the diapers – my babies were both tiny and I needed those newborn ones for a while, but many babes can go straight to size 1s. If you have a swing or bouncer, etc, make sure those are set up and ready to go. Enjoy your last few weeks!

  5. I didn’t buy any newborn diapers, granted B was 3 weeks early, but the hospital gave me all the newborn diapers I needed and gave me a bunch to take home.

    Also, if you are planning on a circumcision have some vaseline and gauze strips at home. They gave us some, but it was a vaseline tube and it was extremely hard to deal with squeezing out the last bits at 3 am when I had only slept for 2 hours haha.

  6. Yay for having your mom nearby- that is awesome! I love the lopsided thing… that happens to me in the morning after laying on one side, the baby shifts down and my belly looks so funny. 🙂 I can’t wait to tackle some of the things on your list… but I need to hold on for another month or two!

  7. Your mom is the best! Sorry he was up in your ribs–that hurts so bad!! Baby L would push against my ribs and man that hurt.

    Don’t buy newbowrn diapers….or at least wait to do that! The hospital will give you plenty–and if you need more you can buy them. But L was out of them in 2 weeks, so we had enough from the hospital to do that. Also, I’d buy 0-3 months instead of newborn for that same reason–I wish someone had told me that before I ordered a bunch of newborn onesies! 🙂

    Also, do you have a nursing cover? That has been so helpful!!

    I am SO excited for youuuuuu <3

  8. You are SO beautiful — love your shower dress. And your relationship with your mama sounds amazing! Don’t stress too much about getting everything done. My son was 3 weeks early and we definitely didn’t get to everything on our to-do list but we had family generously help us with the rest.

  9. You are so close– I seriously think you don’t need much in the beginning… just some diapers, onesies and a whole lotta love 🙂 There are so many good cookie dough recipes on pinterest that are egg free!

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  11. Awwww your lacey dress is just beautiful! I’m not pregnant anymore but ummmm I’ll take one of those dresses, please! 😀 And it’s so cool feeling those little hands, head, everything when baby is in the belly–but I have to admit, as much as I love that part, I just feel so much freer not pregnant, hehe. You’re glowing and looking so happy~take it all in because it’s sadly true~everything goes wayyyyy too fast.

  12. Eek!! It’s so close! I’m not a mama (yet!) so I don’t have much to offer in the way of advice. Except maybe to just make sure not to eat that sushi and cookie dough together. 😉 Can’t wait for your precious little one to arrive!!!

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