My relationship with my partner moved fast. We knew right away that we wanted to spend our lives together, and since we'd both been married and had children we felt like we knew what we were getting into. (Spoiler alert: we didn't). Then I got pregnant and our life became a roller coaster, only slowing down when we tried to fit everything we could into the last month of a pregnancy that felt like it lasted 30 years. There are things couples should do in the last month of pregnancy, though, and we were bound and determined to do them all.
So my partner and I made some plans — for our baby's birth, the trip to the hospital, and our home — and did some serious nesting. We got on the same page about a few things we had yet to discuss, like my plans for breastfeeding and who I wanted (and didn't want) to visit us at the hospital. Most importantly, we tried to have some fun. I had a high-risk pregnancy, and as uncomfortable as I was I knew we needed to find ways to enjoy each other's company before we added a baby to the mix.
Some of the things we ended up doing were on accident (like our trip to the hospital at 2:00 a.m. with four kids when I had pre-term labor), and others went exactly as planned (like our New Year's Eve "babymoon"). While I don't think it's possible to ever be 100 percent ready for a new baby, thanks to all the things we did during the last month of my pregnancy, my partner and I were pretty darn close. Here's a few things we did to make that happen: