I am a checklist junkie. I go through journal after journal of writing lists of things to do (used to be on post it notes, but they got to be too plentiful in my pockets and purse). Browsing around Half.com one day searching for a planner, I ran across a listing for The What to Expect When You’re Expecting Pregnancy Organizer. I had been real pleased with my What to Expect When You’re Expecting book, so I paid the $3 to purchase a “like new” copy. It became my best friend.
The organizer has many sections to help you track everything, from getting your daily 12 (I gave up after 4 weeks) to doctor and specialist visits. But my favorite part was the “Getting Ready for Baby,” a section full of checklists. I had no idea where to start on buying items for our little one, let alone the quantities. The organizer became the starting point for setting up baby registries as well as my shopping guide when I went through yard sales and thrift stores. As items were purchased, I checked them off the list and removed them from the registry, helping to reduce duplications.
I still have my organizer, and from time to time, I take a look at it to remember the fun I had getting ready for my son. It’s nice to be able to look back and feel a sense of pride for saving money for my family and being prepared to be a new mommy.