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And now, for our wonderful post from Jen from Happy Little Homemaker…
I’ve spent the last two months writing a series of baby preparation posts on my blog. As I was working through them, writing them & scheduling them, I realized there are some specific things I do as a Catholic mom, to prepare for birth as well.
While most births are normal & run of the mill, I like to attend confession regularly before I give birth, just in case. Since my births are fairly normal and we live close to a hospital, I generally go about a month before I am due. If you have particularly hard recoveries or births, maybe getting a special blessing from the priest would be helpful to you.
By the time you are a month or so out, you should have asked the Godparents if they would take on that responsibility. When choosing, look for a good Catholic family first. Then remember that you will be in touch with them for the rest of your child’s life.
If you haven’t already, call the church about the baptism. If this is your first child (or first at that church), there is usually a class to take prior to the Baptism. I would call once you clear the first trimester.
Second, there is usually paperwork for you & the Godparents to fill out. If you can get ahead and start that earlier it will make the post-baby process smoother. While we have been late starters on the baptism trail, my priest is pushing for it to be within a month of the birth instead of my usual three.
Third, if you do it up big, like we do, get as much of the party planned as possible. Since at 4 weeks in, you may still be recovering, keep that in mind. And buy/dig out /borrow what you can before the birth. Make a plan and delegate.
4. Novena and/or Memorare
This time around, I’ve been much deeper in prayer (you know, comparatively!). I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary last Advent and this pregnancy, due to underlying health issues, has been much tougher than the other two. Thankfully, Mary has it all under control and it’s not being wasted!
What are some things that you have done as a Catholic Mom to prepare for the arrival of a new baby?
Jen is a Catholic wife and mother to three little ones whose nose can usually be found buried in a book, learning once all the work is done. Or sometimes, even when it’s not! You can always find Jen blogging about the big 5 — God & Catholicism, taking care of yourself, serving your spouse and children and managing the home. She can be found blogging at Happy Little Homemaker and on most of the social media sites including Google+.