So there’s been a big change in my household. And this change has forced me to up my organization game. Our little family is going from 5 to 6 this spring. That’s right, my husband, son and two cats are going to welcome a little girl into our family this March. We’re all super excited! I’m of course exhausted and in organizing mode.
This pregnancy is definitely different. When I say I am exhausted, I mean most nights I need my husband to get me upstairs to bed, otherwise I’ll wake up to my son thumping my head on the couch in the morning. Pregnancy brain has kicked in way sooner and unfortunately morning sickness hasn’t “kicked out” if you will. I’ve been very scatterbrained and feeling very unfocused. And this of course create a never-ending cycle of exhaustion and disorganization.
Get It Together And Get Out That Cameo Out
Thankfully, the organization gods inspired me one night after I was done tossing and turning. I realized I was underutilizing my resources to manage my life. So I told myself “Get it together, Amber.” And that’s what I did. I started searching for pregnancy organization tools, specifically for my planner. That was a bust. If you’re looking for planner stickers celebrating what week you’r in of your pregnancy, know that there are a million of them out there. That’s not what I needed. I’ve got The Bump for that. So I got crafty! I grabbed my laptop, my Cameo and my Limelife planner and got busy. I asked myself what am I having the most trouble with in this pregnancy – keeping track of my daily and weekly pregnancy to dos. I’m also taking it for granted that its my second pregnancy – so I needed something that would be fun and motivational. So I whipped up a set on no-nonsense but colorful pregnancy stickers and labels to keep me in check. I chose colors that would complement my planner. I focused on making planner stickers that were functional, but eye-catching. Voila!
Some of the planner stickers act as checklists, some have open spots that force me to fill in details, and some serve as reminders. I made a weekly sheet with:
Prenatal Exercise labels to write down what kind of activity I’ll do
A Prenatal Appointment label to write down time for any type of prenatal care (I didn’t want to make set Ultrasound, Check-up or preggo class labels. Flexibility is key.)
A Treat Yourself label so I can remember to carve out some “Me” time
A Little One Time label to make sure I set aside time for Westley and me. I’m the oldest and I know how special that “Mommy and Me” time is.
A Date Night label to make sure I have some chill time with my husband
A Weekly To Dos List to remind me to take a bump pic, track my weight, stock up on healthy food, and keep track of my dental hygiene
A Daily Reminders List that has individual planner stickers to remind me to take my prenatal vitamins, use my belly cream, and to drink water
So Are These Labels Working Or What?
So I’ve been using these planner stickers for the past 3 weeks and I’m finally beginning to feel back on top of things. I’m feeling organized at work, feeding the ducks with Westley on a regular basis and I even managed to upload these guys to my shop. Now hopefully, this little girl will give me some rest when it comes to the morning sickness and tossing and turning.
If you have any tips or resources for managing your pregnancy in a practical way, please, please share!