Partners, you'll be helping mom out from the get-go, and that may not be far off. Get going now by helping out with the last-minute details so you're not rushing when contractions start.
While mom is resting up for the big push (and the sleepless months that follow), make sure all the baby-related affairs are in order this week. A few of the things partners can address include:
- Assembling nursery furniture
- Installing the car seat
- Preparing meals for the first few weeks after delivery
- Making a call/e-mail list for notifications (you don't want to forget anyone)
Also, keep in mind you'll be in the hospital, too. When the not-so-little lady is packing the overnight bag, make sure to put some thought into what you'll want (camera? book? laptop?). It's only a day or two, but it's an important day or two -- and one that might involve some waiting around.
Still not enough to think about? This week, you may also want to contemplate some labor plans …