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I've seen a lot of posts about nesting lately, so I thought we could share what we're doing or need to do here in one thread (maybe to inspire those that seem to be lacking motivation (raising my own hand)).  My trouble is trying to figure out what to tackle first- so then I usually do nothing!  But we have gotten some things done lately:

 

-DH cleaned out and organized the under-the-sink cupboard.  Anyone else's get super messy?  Bags, cleaners, microfiber cloths.  Ugh.  What a mess!  All clean now!

 

- We picked up a toy bench and dresser so I could organize the boys' toys and clothing- I feel SO much better now that that's done!

 

- I've slowly been working on straightening up other cupboards, getting rid of food that's past it's prime, etc.  I really want to tackle the refrigerator and freezer....

 

- We're going to be steam cleaning the carpets this week!  HOORAY!

 

- I'm working on cleaning up my sewing area/desk.  Such a mess.

 

- I think it's time to switch out clothing from summer to fall/winter.  I love this time of year!

 

- I washed and organized (by size and type) all the newborn-age 6 month clothing.  Here's hoping my 2 year old doesn't mess up the organization....

 

 

What's everyone else doing??  I wouldn't say I have a huge nesting urge yet, but I've certainly been on an organizing binge.  I think the deep-cleaning urge will come in due time, so I'm not too worried about it now.

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Well,  we already know I had my deep cleaning/organizing urge. lol Now to KEEP it that way. I threw out old food too. There were chicken noodle soups still in the cupboard from over a year ago from the food bank. I hate canned soup (unless it's MINE homemade in the freezer). We need to figure out a way to get the kids toys organized so it's easier for them to stay organized and have the kids' books able to keep organized. They don't have an actual toy box, they are just cardboard boxes. :/ I donated and threw away so much unneeded stuff the last few days that I can't believe we had that much excess room because organized, we seem to be using just as much room with less stuff. lol

post #3 of 139

I'm canning beets, does that count? smile.gif  It's actually the last of the canning I have to do for the year (unless I decide to make jam), and after that, I think I can motivate myself to organize/restock the pantry... and on and on!

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IwannabanRN  Yeah, we went to IKEA for some storage solutions.  You could peruse Craigslist for used bookcases, toy chests, etc!

 

Sasha'sMama  Canning beets totally counts.  Anything that gets us closer to being ready for baby, and if canning beets means you can then work on other tasks, then of course it's nesting!  haha!  

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Hmm... I'm one of those annoying people who is always really clean and organized. Like, my motto is seriously, "A place for everything and everything in it's place." I need constant neatness and order or I can't relax/ function well. One basket of laundry sitting in my room not put away will drive me crazy!! So I don't have a lot of organizing type projects. But I do still have a list.

 

Done

-The carpet at our place was pretty nasty when we moved in, so we bought a steam cleaner this weekend and cleaned the entire basement. I'm soooo relieved about that one!

 

-I washed, organized, and put away all the baby clothes. 

 

-I want the dog trained before the baby is born, so we started training classes three weeks ago. Yea!

 

To Do

-Get the girls used to making their own lunches/ helping.

 

-Finish knitting blanket for crib. 

 

-Get dp to re-organize garage so the van will fit in it for the winter.

 

-Plant hardy flowers for the winter. Probably won't happen as I won't be able to justify the cost. 

 

-Work as much as possible to earn money before the baby is born.

 

-Plan out Girl Scout lesson plans for the rest of the year.

 

-Steam clean carpet in my room and baby's room. 

 

-Buy a bigger bed. Currently we have a double bed. Dp is going to end up on the floor. Probably not going to happen, though... too expensive!

 

-Freeze more meals. I've got 8 so far. 

 

-Um, embarrassing.... but make contact with debt collectors about a credit card from a while ago. Blah..... 

 

-And the number one thing: lower my cleaning/ neatness standards. There is no way that I am going to be able to keep this up with a newborn. I'm going to have to work on not freaking out about messes!!! 

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Ugh... I feel behind....

 

  • Get a dresser for new baby so I can get out clothing, organize baby blankets, diapers, etc.
  • Fix diaper elastic and velcro as necessary
  • Transition ds to his own room
  • Get ds to bed consistently around 8pm instead of 10pm
  • Consistently have dh get ds to bed at night and tend to his nighttime needs
  • Get shower curtains/table cloths, large container of vinegar for homebirth
  • Make some frozen meals

 

I figure that most of these things are no really a big deal, but the sleep situation with ds feels very important and I'm having some anxiety about it.  I hate to push him to milestones before he's ready, but I just can't fathom how to handle getting two little ones to bed every night AND deal with their night wakings!  Dh needs to be able to take over ds' needs so I can tend to the baby.  I feel horrible about it... lots of mama guilt, but I really don't see a way around it without wearing myself to complete and utter exhaustion.  How do moms of two kids under 2 do it???

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Amanda, we bought a good almost new bed off of craigslist for $100. Queen size. :)

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I've been doing a ton of projects.  Some of it is nesting related and some of it is just normal stuff for this time of year (harvest time).

 

*Made wine including: Peach, plum, raspberry, blackberry and some combinations.  We try to make enough for us to drink for a year, mostly out of free or nearly free u-pick fruit.

 

*Canned or processed 100lbs of peaches (much of this is wine)

 

*Blanched and froze lots of veggies from my garden:  Green beans, beets, kale, collards and squash.

 

*I've started to make freezer meals.  Last week I made lamb stew and today I made 3 large lasagnas for my freezer.  My DH is gluten free and I am egg free, so I have to make it from scratch.  I plan on making a couple more varieties of soup and possibly some burritos.  

 

*I bought new (used from Craigslist) living room bookcases and organized them.

 

*I bought the baby a new(used) dresser, but I still need to organize my baby things.  I'm pretty sure that I have nearly everything that I need though.

 

*I want to get organizational bins for my deep freezer.  It's starting to get full and it's really annoying to have to dig around in it!

 

*I need to steam clean my carpets.  I only have 1 carpeted room and a few area rugs, so it's not that big of a project.

 

*Because we're INSANE, we decided to breed my dog when she went into heat this time (We weren't expecting her to go into heat until the end of Oct, but she surprised us.  We really need the $$ from the puppies)...  Her due-date will be within days of mine!  So I need to figure out and organize a space for her and the puppies. 

 

I'm sure there's more..

 

 

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Becky, I'm going to check out Craigslist! Thanks!

 

Abra, can I have some wine? It sounds delightful. Though I can't imagine how much I'd have to make to get me through a year. lol.gif

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Becky, I'm going to check out Craigslist! Thanks!

 

Abra, can I have some wine? It sounds delightful. Though I can't imagine how much I'd have to make to get me through a year. lol.gif


No problem! :) And Abra, I'd love to learn how to make wine.(ESPECIALLY blueberry wine! Mmmm) It sounds like it would be a wonderful and cheaper way to enjoy an evening at home, instead of going out and buying wine or beer. And I bet your dog can sense that both of you are expecting. It should make for interesting deliveries for both of you. orngbiggrin.gif
 

 

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I'm just hoping that we don't go into labor on the same day!  My best friend loves animals and said that she'd be on puppy duty if that happens.  :)

 

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No problem! :) And Abra, I'd love to learn how to make wine.(ESPECIALLY blueberry wine! Mmmm) It sounds like it would be a wonderful and cheaper way to enjoy an evening at home, instead of going out and buying wine or beer. And I bet your dog can sense that both of you are expecting. It should make for interesting deliveries for both of you. orngbiggrin.gif
 

 

 

We've just started to drink the wine we made last (well my DH is drinking it while I glare at him).  While it's all drink-able, the only variety that's really good is the plum.  Hopefully we'll have a little better luck this year.   Oh, and we have to make A LOT of wine, ha ha.  We're up to 65 gallons so far this year, our space bedroom looks like a winery..  lol.gif


 

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Becky, I'm going to check out Craigslist! Thanks!

 

Abra, can I have some wine? It sounds delightful. Though I can't imagine how much I'd have to make to get me through a year. lol.gif



 

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*I want to get organizational bins for my deep freezer.  It's starting to get full and it's really annoying to have to dig around in it!

 

 


If you end up ordering these online or something, please tell me where you find them!

 

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Sasha,  I will let you know.  I was going to try to measure my freezer and check Home Depot and maybe the Container Store first.   I need to do something, it's getting to be a huge mess.

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I'm just hoping that we don't go into labor on the same day!  My best friend loves animals and said that she'd be on puppy duty if that happens.  :)

 

 

We've just started to drink the wine we made last (well my DH is drinking it while I glare at him).  While it's all drink-able, the only variety that's really good is the plum.  Hopefully we'll have a little better luck this year.   Oh, and we have to make A LOT of wine, ha ha.  We're up to 65 gallons so far this year, our space bedroom looks like a winery..  lol.gif




 

 


That may be a problem. lol I'm sure she'll be quite interested in what's going on with you. Unless she is more concerned with her puppies if they come before it's your time.

I would love to drink some wine with DH. I think wine making would be an interesting hobby. Do you need any sort of certification to sell it?
 

 

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Back to the wine, Abra i spend a lot of time glaring at dp right now. It's fall beer time, and I love fall and winter beers. I'm so jealous of all the yummy fall beer he gets to drink. I'm still drinking my daily Beck's NA, which is barely a step above Budweiser. Blah. Not that it will be much better after the baby is born... Guess you're not really supposed to drink much then, either. Sigh...
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I don't usually mind not drinking beer/wine/coffee (yeah, I give it up even though I don't *need* to- it keeps me up at night) while pregnant but I'm getting to the point now (33 weeks!) where I just really want some.  It's not about drinking it even, but just the experience.  My husband has been brewing beer this pregnancy (he's made 3 so far) and I get little sips but I just want to drink one of his homebrews with him!  And I love drinking wine with just about anyone winky.gif  DH also roasts his own coffee and works in the coffee business so he often has tastings and cuppings at his store.  He's such an expert, I love drinking it with him and learning new things smile.gif  So, for me it's the experience of those things and I MISS IT SO MUCH.  I can't wait until he can make me a latte on a cold winter morning.  Or we can stay up and drink a beer together.  Sigh.

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Yes, you do need a liquor license to sell any kind of alcohol.  However, you're allowed to make a certain amount for your own family to consume.  We're not interested in selling, it's really just for us..  The start up cost on the equipment was the major expense, but now it's a pretty cheap hobby.

 

Amanda - From my research, very little alcohol actually makes it into breastmilk.  You have to get really drunk before a baby would even remotely be effected.  I'm comfortable with drinking 1-2 glasses of wine a day while I'm nursing.  I generally can't drink more than that anyway.

 

JBK - I totally agree, I miss the experience.  I can't wait until I can snuggle with my dh and have a glass of wine.
 

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That may be a problem. lol I'm sure she'll be quite interested in what's going on with you. Unless she is more concerned with her puppies if they come before it's your time.

I would love to drink some wine with DH. I think wine making would be an interesting hobby. Do you need any sort of certification to sell it?


 



 

post #18 of 139

Ok, so beet canning is done! Well, except for one jar that didn't seal, but I don't want to put it through the canner again because I'm worried the extra cook time is going to make the beets gross.

 

Today after work I really want to:

 

-Move the baby's dresser upstairs (well, supervise as other people move it up) and later decide whether or not to stain it or keep it two toned light & dark wood (in which case it would be moved out to the deck for staining)

-Break down a few cardboard boxes for the recycling center to clear out the garage

-At least bring the box of pictures for my bedroom upstairs and start to think about where to hang them

-Put a box of stuff that needs to go to the thrift store in my trunk

 

 

We just moved into a new house last month and there's a lot of settling in left to do. Mostly decorating at this point and making a few things more functional since our old systems don't work in the new house.

post #19 of 139

I have so much stuff I want to do but not nearly enough energy or time.  DH was able to get some wood cut up in the backyard from some overgrown bushes, so now I need to get that space ready for planting.  I was hoping for a fall garden, but I think I'm a bit late on that, but it still needs prepped for spring.  I've been making vertical planters out of pallets, and I have a few of those left to make.  I need to sweep out and straighten our garage, because the chickens are moving into it for the winter (or until we get around to making a bigger coop, the coop I have is now too small because we now have 6).  I also wanted to reseed some grass in my backyard, because we've cleared a lot of brush out of it, and then that sat on top of the grass all summer and now it's dead (or never had any to begin with).  And I have a honey-do list too, I want DH to make a new hen roost that will fit all 6 birds, and we need to get firewood (we usually heat exclusively with wood), and we need to get the furnace duct work insulated and the furnace serviced, because I don't think I'm going to be getting up every morning with a newborn to start a fire.  We were going to have lead abatement done on the outside of our house and have the siding repaired and painted, but we have to be out of the house for two days when that happens, so right now it's looking like we are going to have to wait until AFTER the homebirth to schedule that.  Also our kitchen floor is all torn up, right now it is subfloor, and I don't think we'll get to that before the birth EITHER.

 

And of course I also want to scrub windows and walls and cupboards, basically anything in the house that is washable.....

post #20 of 139

Ok, so basically none of that stuff on my list from yesterday happened. redface.gif  How in the world am I going to be able to get anything done before the baby comes if I keep this pace up?!  I mean, I did make a lot of enchiladas last night, and priced out some desks at Target, but that was it. I can't believe my baby is due in only 45 days (give or take a couple weeks)!