Now that you’ve made it through the morning sickness and never-ending exhaustion, you’re probably feeling pretty good. Your bump is starting to show and you’ve got a healthy, natural glow. You’re also likely the focus of much attention.
So, what do you need to get done during this trimester?
Begin a Registry: When I registered for our first daughter, I went from feeling totally greedy every time I zapped a bar code to feeling very Charlie’s Angles, whipping that scanning gun around and beeping things from down the aisle. It was tons of fun.
And yes, I went back and deleted a bunch of stuff after I went home and had a chance to really think about what I had registered for, but that part didn’t take much time at all. Start your registry now; you’ll change your mind plenty in the next six months.
Tell the Boss: If you haven’t already shared the news, now is the time to bring it up. Your boss will likely want to know if you plan to return to work after the baby is born (even if they don’t come right out and ask the question) so have a plan in place before you have the conversation. If you think you might want to explore a flexible work schedule or a work-at-home option, now is the time to start talking about it.
Buy Some Maternity Swag: Or clothes, however you look at it. Maternity clothes are a right of passage … and only once your bump gets big enough can you really fill them out. There’s lots of stores to shop at, but a few of my favorites that carry both cute and inexpensive clothes are Old Navy and H&M. Remember, you’ll only wear this stuff for a short amount of time so there’s no reason to spend a fortune.
Start on the Nursery: It may take a while for you to get the nursery together. Now is a good time to start. And if you have the inclination, now is also a good time to clean out the house in general. You won’t have time once the baby arrives, so start throwing away things you don’t want/use/need now. Trust me, your house will be overrun with baby gear and toys in no time flat.
photo credit: moon_child