All of these things are so exciting. But Mom and Dad, can I tell you that while all of the “stuff” is important and will put your mind at ease, there are a few other things I think you should add to your list. No, you can’t add them to a shopping cart, but I can promise you that it will be well worth it.
Babymoon and Family Time
Babymoons have become more and more popular over the last few years, and I have to admit I wish I had done one! I cannot tell you how important it is to have that time with your significant other before welcoming a baby into your family. Growing your family is so exciting, but spending time with just each other is important!
Also, take this time to spend a little extra time with your family. If you have older children, spend quality time with them now and help them prepare for transitioning to being a big brother or sister. Call your parents or your siblings and plan that lunch date or family BBQ you’ve been putting off. Sure, you can do all of these things with baby once he/she arrives, but it may be a little different for a bit while you learn to balance it all.
Don’t forget to schedule a bit of time with your friends. Those first few weeks with a new baby can be all-consuming. While the best ones will likely stop by with an easy meal or encouragement, our brain will likely be in baby mode for quite a while.
Be sure to add a bit of room on your calendar to make sure you have time to connect. We all need some quality time with the ones closest to us.
Don’t Forget “Me Time”
Mama, I know you’ll nod your head knowingly at this one, but it will likely be the first one bumped to the end of your list. For the last 9+ months, your body has been hard at work. Your mind has likely been in preparing for baby mode since you found out you were expecting.
Do yourself one of the biggest favors and schedule some time for yourself. Have your hair done. Stop by your favorite salon for a pedicure. Who doesn’t love a good foot rub at the end of pregnancy? Check with your provider to see if a prenatal massage is a good fit. Whatever your favorite method of pampering, you’ll be so glad you took a bit of time for yourself.
A Few Extras You May Not Have Considered
Make sure your car seat is installed properly. There are even places that can double-check for you, like your local fire department.
Schedule a house cleaning. Have them come the week before your due date to have a clean house to arrive home to.
Pre-make a few meals and freeze them for safekeeping and easy access when you need them. And remember to stock up on water and your favorite snacks.
Book Your Newborn Session
As a Charlotte newborn photographer, I couldn’t leave this off the list! I recommend booking your newborn photographer in your second trimester if you’re planning for a newborn session. If you’re in the Charlotte area, contact me early to ensure availability!
That’s it when it comes to booking your newborn session. Everything else is taken care of. I’ll handle hair and makeup and wardrobe for the entire family and once baby arrives we’ll get you scheduled. On the day of your newborn session, all you have to do is show up and make memories with your family and precious new baby.
Anna Wisjo Photography is a Charlotte newborn photographer specializing in simple luxury maternity, newborn, and baby portraits for the modern family. We serve families throughout the greater Charlotte area including Ballantyne, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, and Huntersville. Our studio is located in Denver, NC.
Contact me to book your Charlotte newborn session! Currently booking Spring newborn and maternity sessions.