If you’re planning on having kids or there’s one on the way it’s an amazing life changing experience, which comes with an entirely new set of challenges. That’s why it’s important to make a list of a few things you haven’t had the chance to do yet and take care of them now while it’s still relatively easy.
Adding kids to the mix tests schedules, relationships, and limits free time so while anything can still be accomplished after they arrive it will definitely take extra effort and cooperation from loved ones to be a success.
For this reason take a few minutes and jot down some of the things you may want to accomplish or work on now in time for later. Some starting points may include the following:
Have you been hoping to go on that big trip with your spouse/partner but keep putting it off for one reason or another? Sit down and find the best possible date to take time off and fulfill that promise to each other because things are about to change and this opportunity may not come around for a long, long time.
At the same time don’t be frightened by the prospect that life won’t be the same. It’s just that there will be another person to take care of whose needs come first and foremost and they may want to go to the zoo instead of that romantic getaway.
Prep the kids room
You may think setting up the kid’s room can wait because it will be some time before the baby is crawling around but the truth is after the baby is born the mother will need all the help she can get and the room will only be able to be worked on in increments.
That’s why if you’re planning on a complete remodeling job it’s better to make all the noise you need now. Doing so ahead of time will allow the dust to settle and paint fumes to dissipate steering you clear of any annoyance to the woman carrying the child.
There are various ways to inspect the home before your child is born. The first is checking out every nook and cranny to make sure it’s safe for your baby. This includes securing electrical outlets, wires, and anything else that might be a danger.
The second involves utilities and the need to provide a safe space for the family in both cold and warm seasons. Surprises always pop up for homeowners but whatever can be prevented now will allow you to have a greater peace of mind and more focus directed towards your child. Some important areas of interest should be maintenance on the heating and cooling system and water boiler.
A third consideration is if you live in a warm area like Chula Vista, California where pests are par for the course and natural methods are just not solving the problem you’ll probably want to call an exterminator well in advance of the baby arriving. These professionals use poison to kill insects and although it’s safe to return to the living space after a day or so you’ll still want your child to experience as little exposure as possible.
Having a lot of possessions can weigh a person down whereas downsizing gives life a lighter feel just in time for taking on the major responsibility of being a parent. In fact, once you’re baby is in your hands you’ll be surprised at how much less half of the things you’ve collected over the years will suddenly mean to you.
That’s why if you have a lot of stuff in the basement, attic, storage or elsewhere releasing it helps make space for the new addition both in the practical and spiritual sense. With that in mind take the time now and make some big decisions that will open you up to the new realities in your life.
Finally, even if you think you’re a patient person now just wait till your child comes into this world and how that will be tested. Patience will have an entirely new meaning and it’s a good idea to do some exercises with your significant other so when the time comes you won’t be surprised at how much inner strength may be necessary to cross those bridges.
Let go of most expectations, even when planning hours in advance. Learn how to appreciate every second waiting around or being late, as there can be so many wonderful memories made in those moments you won’t want to miss out on them.
Jakob Barry is a green living journalist for Networx.com. Networx.com helps homeowners save time, money and frustration by connecting them with home improvement professionals. From plumbers and roofers to tile contractors and handymen, Networx simplifies the process of locating a reliable professional.