Week 36: Pre-Birth ENERGY

After weeks and weeks of planning, fixing up the nursery, washing and folding baby clothes, etc, etc… I’ve still managed to wake up each morning this week with new “To-Do-Before-Giving-Birth” items. I see each day as a gift of time… 24 hours to do the things that I’ve either flat out forgotten to do or, to be quite honest, do not need to do prior to labor, but left undone, would surely fall by the wayside for a couple months.

What are some of these “to-do’s” magically popping into my brain upon my waking every day this week, BEGGING to be completed?

  1. Order “Big Sister” t-shirts for the girls online. Yeah… I know, might have been good to have ordered say, FIVE WEEKS AGO!!! Gotta love priority mail.
  2. Manage 1099’s for our employees. My hubby and I own a health center. This one cracks me up because it was SO not on my radar until it blinked up in my brain two mornings ago. This is so not the sort of thing I want to be doing days after birthing two babies into the world, yet really, they need to be done by end of this month. Shweeew. Did it yesterday. Check that one of the list!
  3. Download the best of last year’s family photos to be printed, labeled on the back and filed away chronologically in photo albums. I do this once a year, generally sometime in January, and I love the “New Year” ritual of it; but had I not gotten this done pre-babies, I could see a year or two flying by before I got around to it! I used Kodak.com and them sent for same-day printing to my nearby Target. They were in albums by nightfall.
  4. Hire 4 moving men to move a new couch I bought on craigslist.com to our upstairs landing… a couch (measuring 10 inches longer and 5 or so inches taller than promised) that can only fit upstairs if  it travels through our front bedroom window. I can just SEE this couch sitting in our foyer for a month or two after the babies come were we not to manage this ASAP.
  5. Call a pediatrician. It dawned on me yesterday that although I know which doctor I want to take the babies too, the doctor and his office have not a clue. And don’t they come to visit in the hospital? I think they do… and if so, it might be nice to give him  a heads up. We use a family practice doctor for our older girls and ourselves… but for our brand new baby boy and girl I want a pediatrician and the comfort of knowing this doctor sees 100’s of other babies.
  6. Sign up for and have my hubby take our girls to the hospital where we’ll deliver for the “Kids Class and Tour” they offer. A once a month class for kids 6 to 9 years of age in expectant families, I am psyched because the hospital’s offering one TONIGHT!!! We are registered and paid. Now I just need to avoid going into labor while my entire family is at the hospital. lol.

What are some of the things you were driven to doing in a burst of energy the week or so before baby was born? A number of the things above are somewhat practical, but I recognize the energy I have around getting them done is not normal… it’s downright hormonal. And that’s cool. I’m in good company. My friend Katie decided the night before giving birth to her second that it was time to get on hands and knees and scrub the baseboards. My twitter friend @jennyfenig felt COMPELLED to create a digital scrapbook of her honeymoon… which was 3.5 years earlier! @DoubleUpBooks cleaned out her china hutch, very important to have done if you are bringing home a baby… not!

You’ve gotta love pre-birth energy and determination. Similar to having an obsessive compulsive disorder? Maybe. My husband probably thinks so.

I look back at this last week and think, “What would I have done if I’d gone into labor before this energy surge!?!?” And I know the answer. I would have been just fine. I would be holding my sweet baby girl and sweet baby boy and none of these things would matter.

So tell me your funny pre-birth energy surge stories below. I KNOW I’m not the only one… and laughing at your stories just might be the thing I need to throw me into labor!!!

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.


  1. I felt compelled to give away all of my pre-pregnancy clothes right before BOTH of my babies were born. It was SO satisfying to me to bring 10 or 12 bags to goodwill – until about 3 months after the babies were born and I didn’t have a thing to wear.

  2. Missy – HA! I can so imagine this. there’s nothing like clean and cleared out closets for the pre-birth pregnant soul!!! (I will head this as a warning NOT to do the same if tomorrow I awake with an overwhelming desire to do the same ;p)

  3. JanetinDC says:

    WOW! You are amazing and have 99% covered. These as well?

    Do you have lots of extra newborn pacifiers?
    Baby names picked out (realize secret)?
    Know where to park at hospital?
    Decide on circumcision (personal decision and you don’t have to answer)?
    Did you get that extra freezer on craigslist so you can load up with frozen dinners?
    Get extra books to read from library/bookstore while recovering?
    Extra batteries for camera/camcorder for hospital?
    Preadmit to hospital?
    Have alcohol and QTips for cord care?

    Make sure and have some “me” time for yourself!!

  4. YOU are amazing. Great list Janet. YES to all except the extra frig/freezer which falls into my hubby’s court. he had a lead with a friend… but thank you for the reminder for me to remind HIM. !!!@#@!

    and on the books, you need to SEE my bedroom. shelf after shelf of things I’d LOVE to have time to read, either for the first time or to take in again! between this and BFF Ria Sharon (practical Mommy) who feeds me new reads monthly… I got the reading material covered. lol.

    can’t wait to announce the name. OH, and want to see the nursery? Turned out SO cute and so like the inspiration picture. I’ll add final pics to the post i did on that – http://mymommymanual.com/26-weeks-the-nursery/ !!! give me a few minutes to get them up 🙂

  5. JanetinDC says:

    You are definitely prepared to manage a household of 6 + 2 pets!!

    Yes, post nursery pics! I think I read your nursey will be featured on Great Day St. Louis show at some point. I’m thinking it’s only a matter of time when one morning I’ll be watching early morning TV and I’ll like spill my coffee when I look up and see you and Ria on Good Morning America or something!!

  6. JanetinDC says:

    You are definitely prepared to manage a household of 6 + 2 pets!!

    Yes, post nursery pics!!

    Has your water broken yet?

  7. You MUST be really close!!!!

    The DAY I went into labor, I literally went and bought a couch and had it loaded up on my van and brought it home.

  8. I remember that ‘Energy’ – The last two weeks before I went into labor, I was doing so many house hold chores – and by the end of it was still not tired. Good luck.

  9. I have read all the articles. Very useful information was written. Thanks