Organizing Your Christmas Holiday When a New Baby is Due to Arrive
If you’re expecting a new baby during the Christmas holiday, you have twice the joy to celebrate this season. However, that also means twice the work! You still want to enjoy your holiday and make it special, and this is especially true if you already have other children who are naturally looking forward to Christmas. How can you juggle your pregnancy and due date along with the holiday and make sure no one is disappointed, while still minding your health?
The first thing to do is get yourself organized. If you know you’re due around the holidays, you should already have a bag packed for your hospital visit and should have your doctor on the speed dial. Your husband or partner or someone else should be available at a moment’s notice and they should know where to take you and whom to call once you go into labor. You should also have the baby’s nursery ready for his or her arrival; be sure the crib or bassinet is assembled and ready, and that you have diapers and formula and everything else needed for the baby. These should be your first priority.
Once you have those chores finished, you can turn your attention to your holiday. Scale back your celebrations this year since you’re expecting a baby. No one should assume that you will be hosting a large dinner at your house and if a large family dinner is too much stress and excitement during this time, send the hostess your regrets and promise to join them next year. Have a small dinner at your home with family or with just your significant other, and consider simple ways of preparing your dinner. Buy precooked items or place an order with a catering company or restaurant that will deliver on Christmas day so you don’t need to cook.
Enlist the help of your children if you have them and if they expect a full celebration this year. Have them trim the tree and decorate, and supervise them with shopping and wrapping gifts. This is not the year to try to do all these things yourself! You may also want to enlist help from others during this time, such as having a professional cleaning coming take care of your housecleaning before the holidays and have a professional service or even someone from the neighborhood clear your walkways of snow and ice. The small amount you would pay for these services is well worth the time it saves you, and the protection of your health during your last weeks of pregnancy. Consider these simple tips and you’ll have a joyous season and a safe and happy delivery.