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Baby’s coming soon, and preparations are coming to a close. This one was a surprise. We had finally entered the stage in our life where babies had stopped coming, and we thought we were done. You can imagine our surprise (and joy) when we found out another little farmer (or farm-her) was on the way.
When we had our first child, I was still working and my preparation consisted of filling the pantry for my 3 month maternity leave and having everything we would need for the baby for at least the first 4 months. I didn’t really need to do much else.
After my first couple children, I eventually stayed home and helped my husband with the homestead full-time. Beginning with my third pregnancy, I realized preparing for a new baby on the homestead took on a whole new meaning.
So what do I do to prepare for the birth of our next child now that we are all living a mostly self-sufficient life?
I’m Preparing The Pantry
This is different from just filling the pantry. I’m not as young as I used to be, and I have other children I have to keep watching when the baby gets here. One way I set myself up for success is to prepare my pantry.
Much like some moms would go to the store and buy premixes for muffins, scones, or pancake mix; I mix mine up ahead of time so that once baby is here, I can just grab some easy meals and sides.
I’m Preparing The Freezer
Again, this is different from just filling the freezer. I’ve been busy making freezer meals and some other frozen preps. Most meals are either casserole meals or designed to be prepared in a crock-pot.
Once again, this is intended to make the immediate newborn phase as easy and low-stress as possible.
I’m Planning My Focused Garden
I talk about what a focused garden is in my book, Raising Young Children On The Homestead, and why it’s essential to stick to a focused garden on years when a homestead and off-grid mother has a newborn. If you want to keep growing most of your own food with a baby-in-tow, a focused garden is essential.
I’ve got the basic plan and a rough sketch worked out, along with the math for preserving meals for my large family for the next year. There are only a few details left.
I’m Prioritizing My Winter Sewing Stack
I want to say that all my sewing for my family gets done in the winter most years. While I don’t sew all my family’s clothing, I do as much as possible.
This year I’ve had to cut down on some projects in an effort to get essential sewing done for the first year of baby’s life–we had already given away many items we will need. I talk about and give tutorials for some of these items in my aforementioned book Raising Young Children On The Homestead. Basically, if it’s in that book, I’m working hard to get it all done—things like diapers, nursing pads, a co-sleeper, etc.
I’m Gathering And Making My Cleaners Ahead Of Time
There’s nothing worse than running out of a much-needed cleaner when I’m trying to recover, rest, and bond with baby. I recently got a double batch of goat’s milk soap done. I still need to make some laundry detergent and other cleaners, and then there are things like foaming hand soap that are so easy, I’ll just make them as I need them.
I’m Preparing The Older Kids
I’m a small lady, so the kids knew right away when I was pregnant. We always prepare the kids as soon as we can for a new arrival. Luckily, any kids we’ve had at the time have always been excited and welcoming of the new arrival.
Since we homeschool, it’s important that I look ahead for at least a month and just have everything prepared. It’s also important that I have some especially fun projects lined up—which I do.
I’m Preparing And Scheduling Posts Through Delivery
You all are important to me too, and I don’t want to just drop off the face of the internet. Although I won’t be as interactive, there are articles and Facebook posts that are scheduled. I’ll still pop in and out when I can, but I’m just so in love with the newborn phase that I really don’t want to miss it.
I know you all understand.
I’m Getting Help Preparing
I ordered and have been using the Bee Cool Muscle Balm from MadeOn on my lower back this pregnancy as well. It’s been a life saver. Also from MadeOn, I purchased the Simply Soothing Diaper Rash Cream. It’s big enough that I think it’s the only one I’ll need.
What Else Am I Doing?
To see what else I’m doing, make sure to read Raising Young Children On The Homestead. It goes through all the preparations and transitions I take with all my young children from pregnancy to toddlerhood. It also tells you how I still get all the chores done that I need to to maintain a self-sufficient life while I’ve got the extra responsibility of a new baby and very young children.
Are you expecting, or do you know someone who is? Please, be a good friend and share this with another young lady who’s preparing for a baby but desires to maintain a healthy, self-sufficient life. She’ll thank you.