Day 28 of Countdown to Oliver: Finish a Book

Today was a slow day, and I actually had quite a bit of time to myself coupled with not a lot of energy. It was hot outside, the daughter took two long naps and the husband worked through lunch. So, today was a perfect day to cross off “Finish a book” from the list.

I finished “Song of Solomon” by Toni Morrison, which I had started several months ago and simply got distracted before I could finish. I don’t know if I could label Toni Morrison’s writing as “enjoyable” for the sake of being pleasant, but she forces her readers to really dig down deep and come face-to-face with scenarios that we’d often rather ignore. For that, I find her writing enjoyable for the sake of making me feel something and forcing the wheels in my mind to turn.


However, if you want some lighter reading or simply want to stick with the pregnancy/self-improvement mode, I really enjoyed “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” during my first pregnancy and “The Happiness Project” just a few months ago. Both were great reads; they’re educational and motivational.


The Countdown List:

1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visits and appointments
6. Install the carseat
7. Have a pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
10. *Reader’s idea*
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Take a sewing class and make something for the newest babe
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea*
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Prepare announcements to send out after birth
24. Date night
25. Invest in post baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries, diapers and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea*

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