7 Things to Do for Yourself Before Baby's Arrival

Annie Krasnow

movie theaterAs we all know, once baby arrives, life changes more than you can imagine. There are ways to keep your identity as an individual after becoming a parent, but you have to wait a few months to implement them. Here are seven things to do for yourself before you give birth.

  1. Get a haircut. Some of your hair may fall out anyway after you give birth. It won't help to have split ends when that happens. Also, it's the last time you'll be able to sit in that chair without furiously checking your cell phone to see if the baby woke up while you were out. Enjoy the blow-out.
  2. Go out to dinner. No baby sitter, no car seat. It's the way to go. Have dessert.
  3. Go to the movies. It's sort of uncomfortable to sit, but go to a short one. Movies are tough to get to even when your kid is older. You get to this point where you think, If I'm going to pay a sitter or drop the kid at the in-laws, I want to go out. Why go to the movies when you can watch something on DVD for free later? It'll probably be a while, so go.
  4. Organize your closets. It's not the most fun thing in the world, but it's hard to get done later. It makes you feel satisfied and it's so much easier to be organized when you have a newborn. PLUS -- you can get all of your regular clothes prepped for your old body. Wahoo!!!
  5. Watch that season of that show you've been meaning to see. Dexter, Mad Men, Weeds, if you are sick, Eastbound and Down. You can't sleep anyway. Just get on top of it. People don't incessantly talk about this stuff for nothing. They are great shows and it feels great to be a part of the discussion. Time will not allow for this later.
  6. Shop. Not for baby and not for hospital outfits. Buy the new throw pillows you've wanted for your couch or boots that will fit the same now as they will later. It's just hard to manage with your stroller and the crying baby that's in it. Take advantage of blending in at the store now.
  7. Get a manicure. Go for the long paraffin one with the massage. Sure you can get a manicure after the baby comes. But it's just not as relaxing. You'll rush through and won't wait the full time for drying. The massage is only $10. That's two coffees. Pay the money. You won't miss it AND you won't have those 10 minutes later.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself and bask in your autonomy. Having the baby is so much fun, but grown-up things are so much fun, too.

What's on your must-do list before baby arrives?

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