Now that we're getting closer and closer to the birth, I'm realizing that I just don't know what we're going to need and when we're going to need it. So instead of creating a rigid schedule in advance, I decided to send out a general call for help. As you can see from the message below (which I e-mailed out to our friends in Houston), I'll be able to compile a list of people who have volunteered to do certain things. If we need them after the baby comes, we can definitely call them.
Once our friends respond, I'll print out the Excel document and add it to our Baby Binder. So far, it contains directions about how to do things around our house (cleaning, taking care of the chickens, etc.), maps to the grocery store and other frequented destinations (for my mom when she comes to visit), easy recipes, and take-out menus.
Here's the call for help we sent out:
Matt and I are in the final stages of preparing for the arrival of our little boy. His ETA is , but it would be completely normal for him to arrive two weeks early or late. As we immerse ourselves in the excitement, we are also trying to be realistic about the difficulties that can come from sleep-deprivation, trouble with breast-feeding, constant crying, etc.
Since both of our families are about 1,000 miles away (in opposite directions), we might need to rely on our Houston "family" for support. If you would be willing to help, please take a minute to fill out this survey: https://publicmontessori.wufoo.com/forms/baby-support/
But definitely don't feel obligated to respond to this message! We completely understand that your lives are full of your own needs, and we promise not to take it personally if you aren't able to help at this time.
If you are able to help, we promise not to take advantage of you! The survey is designed to get a sense of everything you would be willing to help with, but we will be super-conscious of only asking for one favor from each of you, if possible.
We hope all is well with you!
Sara-Matt-Hoss-Chickens-Baby (Whose Name Is Yet to Be Determined)