Part 3: The monthly schedule (Keeping in mind the big things you have to do every month or in any given month) Bills, Family Get-togethers, holidays, and baby appointments.
In Surviving Life with a Baby parts one and two we discussed the daily and weekly schedule. This month I bring you the monthly schedule. During babies first year you have a number of Doctors appointments you must attend in order to make sure baby is growing properly and to make sure baby is properly vaccinated. Baby must be seen by the Doctor every three months during their first year of life. It is important to make note of this and to make sure you call in and set up the appointment within a timely manner, keep in mind any holidays, which might affect your babies ability to be seen. My son’s 3 month appointment occurred a little late, because I didn’t keep Thanksgiving in mind.
Family will likely want the chance to meet your new baby, and if they are scattered around it will be important for you to consider the right time for them to come to you, or you to go to them. However, don’t feel as if this has to be a stressful endeavor. At the beginning of each month know what events you have taking place. Does baby need to be seen by a Dr this month, make the appointment. Do you have plans to visit family? Make a list of things you need to pack. Are holidays coming up? Make a list of things that need to be done in order to make them run smoothly.
Finally, even if the month does not include holidays, family, visits, or baby appointments what will definitely happen every month is bills. Write down what is owed on what date, even if the bill automatically comes out of your account make a note of it. This is important so that you don’t forget to pay a bill, but also so that you know when money will be pulled from the account.