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post #21 of 139
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Originally Posted by Sasha's Mama View Post

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)!


Ya know, I was a frickin lump on a log, wanting to get stuff done and then one afternoon, I just stood up like I was a robot and just started going to town on the house. I worked on it for 6 hours almost nonstop. I did hop on the computer a couple times so I could rest for 5 minutes and to eat. My heart rate monitor said I burned 909 calories and I ate two full meals in those 6 hours. lol
 

 

post #22 of 139
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Originally Posted by IwannaBanRN View Post

Ya know, I was a frickin lump on a log, wanting to get stuff done and then one afternoon, I just stood up like I was a robot and just started going to town on the house. I worked on it for 6 hours almost nonstop. I did hop on the computer a couple times so I could rest for 5 minutes and to eat. My heart rate monitor said I burned 909 calories and I ate two full meals in those 6 hours. lol 

 


You know, I do remember something like that in my last pregnancy. My husband came home to me squatting and scrubbing our crazy storage room that I had sorted, cleaned, and put everything away in labeled clear storage bins! He just said something along the lines of "Whoah.... are you about to have the baby?!" haha
 

 

post #23 of 139
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Originally Posted by Sasha's Mama View Post

You know, I do remember something like that in my last pregnancy. My husband came home to me squatting and scrubbing our crazy storage room that I had sorted, cleaned, and put everything away in labeled clear storage bins! He just said something along the lines of "Whoah.... are you about to have the baby?!" haha 

 


haha my DH came home and said "If you weren't preggo, I'd have accused you of being on speed!" lol
 

 

post #24 of 139
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I think a lot of times I just have to fake it 'til I make it, ya know?  I just start in on one little project and BAM all of a sudden I'm scrubbing the cupboards.  LOL!

post #25 of 139

Okay I just have to ask this and I feel really stupid about it, but when some of you bleach and really disinfect your house, does that mean you're literally spraying a bleach solution on all sorts of surfaces and every nook and cranny? I want to really super deep clean our house, especially the bathrooms, kitchen, and dining room - but I don't know what's okay to spray bleach on. DH said if I dilute a bleach solution enough, it's safe on anything (except colored fabrics of course), but I don't know if I trust that... especially on our granite counter tops. Also, we have hardwood floors in the kitchen and dining room. I don't think the Pledge floor cleaner I use is actually a disinfectant in any way... Anybody use anything else for their hardwood floors to REALLY clean them? Again, I feel so stupid about not being knowledgeable about cleaning supplies, but I wasn't really taught the proper way to clean when I was growing up (my parents hired a cleaning lady). I know the basics but not the deep cleaning tricks of the trade.

post #26 of 139

I remember mixing bleach and pinesol together in big buckets to clean when I was a kid! Talk about toxic!

Disinfectants kind of creep me out so I usually end up using that 7th generation disinfectant that uses thyme oil. Sure, the house smells like I just cooked some poultry, but I'm not afraid of my kids touching things after I clean them smile.gif

post #27 of 139
Birdhappy, when I say bleach I mean a watered down bleach solution. I wouldn't advice using it on hardwoods. Not sure if it would really hurt them, but you never know. For those, I'd suggest using Murphy's oil soap and really hot water. You could use bleach in the icky corner/ baseboard areas, though.

Does anything really hurt granite? I thought it was pretty tough. Never had it, though, so I don't know.

I'm going to try to avoid deep cleaning. My place looks fine as is. I know if I start, I will find areas everywhere that can use it! Then, I'll want to clean the walls, then touch up the paint. I'd prefer to just be lazy during this last few weeks!! smile.gif so I will just not look too closely at anything.
post #28 of 139
I only use bleach as a last resort. Otherwise vinegar and water works just fine. For really gross areas, add thyme or grapeseed extract to disinfect. Bleach is totally toxic and I would only use it for dangerous mold or viruses that you know are there. Remember that your house does NOT need to be a sterile environment for birth. And no, you do not want to use bleach (or other bases) or acids (like vinegar, orange extract, etc.) on granite. These products can etch the sealer off and start to etch the stone. To disinfect granite use rubbing alcohol mixed with a bit of dish soap and water in a spray bottle.
post #29 of 139

Thanks for the suggestions. I don't even own any bleach because I really hate the stuff, so it's good to hear of other disinfecting solutions I can make myself. I've heard of using vinegar before but DH absolutely hates the smell of vinegar and would be stunk out of our house if I cleaned everywhere with it, LOL. I'll look into solutions with thyme or grapeseed extract!

post #30 of 139
Cover up the smell of the vinegar with essential oils: lavender, citrus, geranium, clary sage, tea tree, etc. many of which have disinfecting properties of their own.
post #31 of 139

Once the vinegar dries, the odour is gone. Honest. I'd avoid using clary sage right now though - it's a strong uterine stimulant. My doula used it when I was in labour and... wowza. Wait until you're term for that one. I avoid chlorine bleach at all times, I have chemical sensitivities. I occasionally use oxygen bleach, which is basically hydrogen peroxide. I ONLY use it for sickness-type messes and we've (well, DH has) been using it on the mold, mixed with borax and vinegar.

 

I know that I am particularly sensitive to this issue at the moment, but I would be particularly paying attention to air quality, and the things that affect it in your house, and less about disinfecting and eliminating all bacteria etc. For me, I WANT my babies to be around all the normal types of critters in my home, right from the start. Obviously I'd want to do a bit more scrubbing if someone has been sick recently, but I'm totally into having the everyday kind of bacteria hanging around. It's the air quality that I'm concerned about - so I'd be doing carpets (and borrowing/renting a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which I don't currently have) doing crazy dusting, washing out areas that could possibly grow mold (like that tight space between the wall and toilet, ) getting ducts cleaned, changing furnace filters, removing things that are off-gassing etc. Newborns are extremely sensitive to environmental and air stuff. Regular and deep cleaning is really good for air-quality, but it doesn't need to be a kill-everything good and bad kind of scenario to prepare for a homebirth and baby, in my opinion.  Not that a good disinfecting now and then is a bad thing, just not my thing. 

post #32 of 139
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I'm also not a disinfect-er.  If there is something that really needs cleaned (let's say, dog has an accident on the floor) I use bac-out and then steam clean.  Steam cleaning is disinfecting without the chemicals.  Otherwise we just use vinegar, like Jaimee said.  As long as things aren't really gnarly, it's good for baby to be exposed to normal, everyday bacteria in your home.  Air quality is super important, like Kaypea mentioned, so using toxic cleaners like bleach or clorox-type stuff is not at all okay with me around babies.  Just my two cents :-)

post #33 of 139

I agree.  I don't disinfect things either.  Vinegar or soap and water works just fine for me.
 

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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

I'm also not a disinfect-er.  If there is something that really needs cleaned (let's say, dog has an accident on the floor) I use bac-out and then steam clean.  Steam cleaning is disinfecting without the chemicals.  Otherwise we just use vinegar, like Jaimee said.  As long as things aren't really gnarly, it's good for baby to be exposed to normal, everyday bacteria in your home.  Air quality is super important, like Kaypea mentioned, so using toxic cleaners like bleach or clorox-type stuff is not at all okay with me around babies.  Just my two cents :-)



 

post #34 of 139

I use steam to clean/disinfect most of the time too.  Sometimes I use Seventh Generations disinfectants for certain nasty messes and in the bathroom.  Your house does not need to be sterile for the birth, just a normal every day clean.   I think that bleach is very toxic and harmful and would not use it!

post #35 of 139

I clean almost everything with vinegar and water, baking soda, or Dr. Bronners.  I will sometimes use Bac-out, but I don't usually have it on hand.  I only have bleach in the house right now because DH scrubbed a bunch of mold this spring, and I kept it to use for the birth pool.  I'm sure vinegar would be fine, but it was very reassuring to me to have it bleached out after DD2 before I stored it.

post #36 of 139

I finally got some of my list from a week ago done!

- broke down boxes and put them in the car to take to recycling

-stuff for the thrift store also in the car

-pictures for bedroom/living room brought upstairs

-decision made: stain the dresser (when I pulled the tape off the drawers yesterday, a bunch of the finish came off and made that decision for me) now I just have to find out if I can do it in 40 degree weather...

-three more boxes moved out of garage and into the rooms they need to be in (though not unpacked yet)

-baby carseat cover #1 washed (but not the carseat itself)

-spare bucket seat base washed and dried and ready to give to my friend

 

On the list for today is TRY to nap. My four year old woke up three times last night, and on the third time would not stop screaming for 2.5 hours! He didn't want to be in our bed, he didn't want to be in his bed, he didn't wand dad to pat him or tuck him in, he DID want me to sleep in his bed, but that isn't happening because I can barely sleep in my perfect nest in my own bed, let alone in a bunkbed with a squirmy kid! We finally got up (gave up) at 6:30am and I cooked breakfast and sure enough, he was happy as could be once we woke up! This is sad, but nights like that do not make me look forward to having a new baby :(  But I guess at least with a new baby you can put a boob in their mouth and get them back to sleep! Maybe this is a reminder to get things done while I can, because in a few months, there's no way I'm going to be functional! haha

post #37 of 139
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Wow you're getting a lot done, Sasha's Mama!  

This week we've hung art and photos around the house- something that needed to be redone after we painted recently.  

We hung shelves in the dining room so I have space for my cookbooks

 

We're painting the crib and dresser today (hopefully, it is supposed to rain... maybe we can borrow our neighbor's garage) 

 

Steam cleaning was moved to Monday of next week since this week was my DH's birthday week.  So I guess I don't feel bad that we didn't do much since we were busy celebrating. :-)

 

One big thing that is getting done, but not by us, is a special blanket is being custom made by an amazing quilter in Ohio.  It will be for DS1's bed, but it is the central focal point for the room theme, so I'm really excited that it's almost finished!  I need to order fabric and get to work on a couple of matching pillows, a crib skirt for the crib so we can store things under, and I need to pick out wall art.  We're getting some custom prints from trendypeas.com that I'm excited about, but we'll have to wait until DS2 is born to get his stats :-)  I'm trying to find cool bike prints for the other wall art spaces.... 

 

I've been trying to keep the house maintained so that we don't have to spend all our free time cleaning, we can just do the bigger projects instead.  Easier said than done!  I feel like we're so busy and baby will be here in no time.  Oye!

post #38 of 139

Just today (and on top of my normal cleaning) I've redone the pantry, making my husband build this (http://learning-to-b-me.blogspot.com/2011/03/cabinet-diy-completed-and-tutorial.html) and I'm about to go clean/organize under the kitchen sink and my pots and pans cabinet and put up a bunch of entertaining serving pieces that have been sitting around bothering me. Then I'm going to make crock pot full of apple butter.

Tomorrow, I'm planning on finishing putting up shelves and artwork in the kid's room and organizing all of the bathroom cabinets (once my husband fixes the broken one). Then I'll probably make some homemade poptarts to freeze for when the baby comes.

 

lol...nope, not nesting at all! 2whistle.gif

post #39 of 139

I just scrubbed all my kitchen cabinets too.....

post #40 of 139

Even for the women who aren't necessarily nesting, it's good to see all the work that's being done. I feel like it motivates the others to get going on stuff they wanted to do or start on. I know for me, reading all this stuff, it got me off my butt to do last night's dishes. lol And fold the laundry in the dryer.