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Nesting Projects--what are you doing now, mamas?!

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Well, after having a pretty miserable 1st trimester {+ moving 2x in 6 weeks} where I basically couldn't get off the couch followed by a 6 week sinus infection that brought terrible migraines and had me bed riden most days, I am happy to say that I am finally able to NEST!!

I did have a few good weeks in very early pregnancy and early in second trimester and got a ton of moving related stuff done--moved AND unpacked etc. but now I am starting to get to the good stuff ; )

I thought I would start a thread for us to marvel at each others nest building abilities and to champion each other to fulfill our creative urges! I LOVE this time of pregnancy sooooooooooooo much! I LOVE creating, but normally let inertia of not having 'time' get the best of me, but in pregnancy I simply cannot not get shit done.

So, we moved into a house {renting} with a HUGE {for Florida} backyard and my vision for it is finally coming together. I wanted to create an awesome place for DD {who will be 3y5m when baby comes} to spend time both solo and with friends and family once the weather is nice and the baby comes Earthside. The tick is that we are SO broke that it leaves next to nothing to work with budget wise. So, I scoured pinterest { LOVE} for the best DIY ideas and am on my way.

We were fortunate enough to get a free used wooden playset with swings for free {we disassembled, reassembled, and moved it} from dear friends who are fortunate enough to be getting a pool instead! Then our old neighbors called and let us know they moved and left behind one of those plastic outdoor playhouses/kitchens, so we scored that, too for FREE--just needed a good scrubbing! Oh yea, we also got a practically brand new trampoline with a safety net {we had to disassemble, reassemble, and move it} for $60 {Jocelyn's birthday money from Grandma!}. Then I put an add on craigslist for free used tractor tires-hoping to get 1 to make a sandbox out of like this http://pinterest.com/pin/181199584978029088/. Hubs said those would be really hard to come by and even if we did how would we go pick it up. I had a guy contact me the next day and had FOUR and was willing to deliver to me! WOOHOO!! So, I am making 2 sandboxes like this and I found this idea http://pinterest.com/pin/181199584978288865/ that I loved. So, today I painstakingly dug 3 holes in the backyard to sink two of the tractor tires and a series of 3 car/truck tires a varying heights. I didn't think the holes would have to be THAT big, but it turned out they were about 4x3x4 each and it was pretty brutal, but I did it! Tomorrow I am gonna paint them all ; )

I also trimmed the hedge, hung so glass shelves in the dining room, and did the laundry--GEEZZZZZZZZZZZZ! And this was all in the afternoon between 2-7pm. I wish I could bottle this amazing energy!


So, mamas.................What have you built for your nest?!! What are you dreaming of starting? I am waiting until it gets cooler here {in november, hopefully} to start remodeling an old wooden dollhouse that I was given for DD. It's in the garage covered now. I was going to do it last x-mas, but it didn't work out and now I am so happy for that because it will be the perfect x-mas gift this year to keep her occupied solo in the early days of new baby {hopefully}! 

Will post pics of the backyard tomorrow. Share ladies! Inspire us!!

post #2 of 21

Wow!  I am impressed and inspired!  Go mama!

 

My big accomplishment of the week, other than keeping us all fed, clothed, home/unschooled and not having killed each other was unrolling a rug my grandmother gave us.  Which DID cheer up the living room area quite a bit!  Keep in mind, my DH has been out of town for a week at this point and won't be back for another two days.  I am T.I.R.E.D.

 

But, I can tell that the fact that I kept up with this AT ALL means I do in fact have some of that 2nd trimester energy.  Projects I *want* to do with it:  fill my lovely two new filing cabinets my grandfather gave me with the three boxes of filing that needs to go in them; put two shelving units said grandparents gave us where they belong and put the stuff that belongs on them on them (tools, and DH's record collection - except I'm not sure he wants them on those shelves, so have to wait for him to render an opinion); organize homeschooling desk - it was pretty good and then we started actually doing stuff and now it is a big pile of where-did-I-put-that; figure out how to make our shower situation something I will be willing to use postpartum (right now it involves a hula-hoop holding up the shower curtain, a hand-held showerhead, and a kiddie pool which we have to bail out - a drain will be absolutely necessary when I am bleeding all over everything postpartum!) . . . DS2 wants my computer so I'm going to stop there.  What I REALLY want to do is sell my house (which I am not living in right now) and move again (into a real rental as opposed to the substandard space of my dad's that I'm currently in) but I think that's not realistically going to happen in the next 3 months.

post #3 of 21

You are a mad woman, mamaharrison! I love FREE stuff from craigslist, freecycle, and friends. Sounds like you scored some fantastic stuff for your yard! (Where in Florida are you? We try to go to the lower keys every couple of years, but the next time we go, we are SO swimming with manatees farther north.) As far as nesting...Like mamabeakley, I am thinking the fact that--while DH has been out of town for 3 days--the house didn't fall apart, and I even managed to take out the trash and recycling this morning before the truck came is attributable to some measure of nesting energy. In the past week, I also cleaned off an embarrassing amount of crap from my kitchen counter, scrubbed every surface of my bathroom, and began decluttering magazines and books from bookshelves in preparation for our official (home)school start date (which my DSs seem to need in order to motivate toward doing more than just making Hot Wheels obstacle courses all day). I wanted that to be done by the time our new books arrived, but I'm not getting that done in the next 24 hours, I don't think. (but YAY for books!) 

 

I still need to:

clean out the laundry room and organize my gardening things 

(which reminds me that I'll need to prepare the garden beds in Oct/November for the winter and add compost)

clean out and organize a hall closet where pictures and keepsakes have gone to die since we moved in almost 9 years ago now

Go through baby clothes and cull what I'm going to keep. IDK that I'm ready to get rid of all of our boy stuff since I'm not certain this baby is our last, so I've been hoarding all of their things for years. Between a boy wardrobe, a girl wardrobe, a post-partum/nursing/heavy wardrobe, and a slender-me wardrobe, I'm really running out of attic space! :P But even the things I can use for this babe are tossed in gigantic boxes and need unearthing and organizing.

post #4 of 21

Wow, you sure are energized!

 

I'm shocked here, but finally I feel like I have some energy back!  Even been waking up earlier than usual.

 

For me, I wind up baking/cooking a lot, and the house is strangely clean LOL.  If I can actually get anything prepared for the baby or my maternity clothes out soon that will be the next thing to tackle.

 

I was shopping with a girlfriend the other week and there was a killer yarn sale...50% off lowest clearance sale, and got some awesome deals on baby yarn   so I'm fairly thrilled that I'm going to make something.  I've been crocheting forever, but also plan on taking up continental style of knitting.  It seems fairly easy to pick up from what I've seen online.  My 9 year old also wants to learn and somehow I feel motivated to teach her!  LOL

post #5 of 21
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mamabeakley--oh...i dont do all this AND feed my family....haha.....ROTFLMAO.gif I actually listed all the things I did for DH when he called on his way home from work and then said, 'i did NOT cook anything for you to eat for dinner!' haha. Poor guy. He stopped and got some stuff for salad and I threw together a quick salad for us at 10pm. 
also, my 3 yo dd was outside naked (I don't clothe her either!) squirting everything with the hose {not a water conservationist either..opps} while I was doing this ; )
Your shower situation seems intense! We lived in a yurt community last summer and although we did have a 'normal' indoor shower and bath--most other things were VERY challenging as far as not being of modern convinience. It makes life more interesting, but really you don't have as much time to pursue pleasure when your time is spent doing things that are geared towards daily activities. 

phatchristy--I am very dexterous with my hands {I am an LMT} and I used to crochet, but I am envious of anyone who can knit! I want to know how so badly, and have been shown many times, but just cannot seem to get my brain and hands on the same page with this activity. I could use some non physical pursuits at this point! I am quite sore today from yesterday's projects--shoveling made my SPD feel like my pelvic bones broke in half :/ 

 

stegenrae--we live near clearwater area. We hate it. Florida is a terrible place to live and raise a family, in our opinions. Never been to the keys. Florida is probably a very nice place to vacation or visit, but long term living here is really ridiculous. I am no stranger to swimming with manatees. I have most of my life before the ban came into place--have to be a certain distance away from them now. The springs are wonderful, but we don't live near them--2 hour drive--so, they aren't close enough for us to enjoy them as often as is necessary during the hell that is FL summer. 
We joke that my DH is/was a viking in his past lives--he certainly looks like one 6'5'' and 300lbs--he is pretty big and looks the part for sure. He is from Indy and loves the cold weather. We are planning to move somewhere when he finishes school in 3-4 years. Looking at eastern NY state or the UP in Michigan--somewhere VERY different than FL. 

 

post #6 of 21

However, any shower is a big improvement over NO shower, and it took until about the end of June to get this one (after moving in beginning of May).  Fortunately, my parents both live around the corner so we could get clean - but having to go somewhere else to do it was a PITA.

 

I am a big fan of modern conveniences.  We are also currently set up to heat with wood, but the problem is that DH's idea of 'warm' and my idea of 'warm' are two different things.  At his idea of 'warm' going out and scrounging wood all winter (which is then green and wet) works fine - but I end up huddled next to the stove in a blanket and miserable.  Got to work on that one . . . it's especially frustrating to me because DH spent a lot of time and effort to set this up when there was a perfectly good, if not terribly efficient, natural gas heater already in place. DH is all like, "but it's FREE!" and I'm like, yeah, but I'm COLD!eyesroll.gif

post #7 of 21
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Maybe you won't be quite as cold this year since you are gestating...? I don't enjoy being cold when I am inside the house either at least there is a FREE option for heat--no fee options for escaping the oppressive heat here. You can't even take a cold shower because the water is 80 degrees out of the faucet :/ Our Electric bill is ~~$200/month and we keep it at 78 or 82 when we aren't home. 
Can you convince DH to build up a wood pile before winter comes?

post #8 of 21

I'm trying . . . I agree, I prefer a climate where the extremes of temperature are cold rather than hot - I hate AC and one nice thing about this place is that it would really be impossible to AC any way other than central air, which it doesn't have.  That's because it has no ceilings (you can see the roof rafters & insulation) so a huge air volume - and the heat just goes up.  It's always about 10 degrees cooler inside than out.  Unfortunately, that makes it harder to heat, too . . ..  I'm not worried about being cold while pregnant - it's the 4 months or so of heating season after that when I'm NOT pregnant anymore + have a newborn that worry me!

post #9 of 21

Wow!

Very impressed with all this nesting energy!!!!

I was just saying to DH today that I love love love pregnancy now! I haven't been sick in 1.5 weeks, my hair and nails are awesome and i just look and FEEL GREAT!!!!

Ok!

Things I have done!

- Sorted out and arranged babes room! Found and moved in a change table/set of drawers.

- Washed and arranged all babes clothes, nappies and burp clothes etc

-Organised all the presents that I have been given into "Will use immediately/when babe comes" and "Wont use for 6-12 months" and separated them into cupboards

- Started on my "Birth Box". It has some towels and sheets in it for the big day!

- Watched all the DVDs, and listened to some of the CDs that my midwife has lent me!

- Organised the guest room into a most beautiful space :)

 

And things I still want to do?? Ha! Where to start?

- Re-wash babes clothes closer to the big day

- Make/Buy/Research useable wipes

- Buy a mat and lamp for babes room

- Get through my insane pile of laundry! Sort out the laundry!! Gah...

- Organise my Birth Box better. Add more towels, sheets, some plastic sheets, candles, oils etc!!!

- Cook up a crazy amount of meals! And put them all labeled into our new deep freeze!

- Make/Organise/Buy Christmas presents!

- Read all of the baby/birth books!!! Ina May :) Love!!!!

 

Pretty happy with what I have achieved :) I am loving this new energy! I feel like I have finally hit the stage where I understand what people are talking about when they said "Oh you will feel better!"... I hope this lasts a while! I feel like I need some good time before I get to big, after such a LONG LONG time being sick! (21 weeks of morning sickness is NOT recommended in case you want to know hehehe!!) Now to attempt all of this before it starts boiling here around Christmas! And by that time I plan on being no where but in the hammock with a glass of virgin cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other!

post #10 of 21
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I def. want to/need to start on some sort of 'birth box' --I am going to tackle that on a rare 'parenting day off' in the future ; ) I should start making a list now so that it is easier to gather when the time comes. I really want to cook freezer meals, but we do not have any freezer space. I would love to get a free standing freezers, but I don't think it is in our budget to buy or own one :(

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Edited by nhklh - 10/22/13 at 3:01pm
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nhklh, when you say "tiny potty," which one do you mean? I think I'm more game for EC this time, but a "tiny potty" sounds like it would make that more do-able. 

post #13 of 21
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nhklh, when you say "tiny potty," which one do you mean? I think I'm more game for EC this time, but a "tiny potty" sounds like it would make that more do-able. 

I'm assuming she means something like this http://www.mommajorje.com/2010_03_01_archive.html We have one and carried it for car potty breaks--it is easier, if you have the space to keep it in {back of a minivan or SUV} to take kiddos potty at the car than in the public restroom, IMO. Of course, we just dangled my DD in the bushes to pee, but this was always an option, too ; ) I know many who use it for EC.

post #14 of 21

Hm, I was hoping for a different one of some kind. I used that one at a friend's house and it's really a PITA to empty and rinse. I have the Bjorn seat with the back and lift-out seat, and it is so much easier. I may just get a new one of those to have in the house and keep the lift-out portion for the car (and the whole shebang for camping, lol). 

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Hm, I was hoping for a different one of some kind. I used that one at a friend's house and it's really a PITA to empty and rinse. I have the Bjorn seat with the back and lift-out seat, and it is so much easier. I may just get a new one of those to have in the house and keep the lift-out portion for the car (and the whole shebang for camping, lol). 

like I said, holding and dangling the kiddo over a bush is really my style ; ) we never used this potty. I'm not into EC anyway, my DD potty learned quickly whne she was ready right before her 2nd birthday. 

post #16 of 21

I'm working on decluttering since we need to make room for baby in our 1-bd apartment.  I managed to empty out my dresser and dh and I culled out a lot of our clothes so we can share his dresser and baby can have mine for his clothes/changing table.  

 

I got a lot of baby clothes at my shower and some toys and a few things.  I looked up everything I got and set aside any toys that have BPA or clothing with polyester or flame retardants and things like that.    

 

I'm making this paper mobile to hang over the changing table:  http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/upload/35747390761768081_98qbn0Rq_f.jpg

 

I'm also making bottle shakers similar to this: http://pinterest.com/pin/229120699763036511/  I'm making mine using Martinelli's apple juice bottles that I'm filling with different things like colored rice, small pinecones, seeds, sequins, bells, etc.  I put a round piece of fabric screwed tightly under the top to keep it closed.  

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Edited by nhklh - 10/22/13 at 3:12pm
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by kaliki_kila View Post

I'm working on decluttering since we need to make room for baby in our 1-bd apartment.  I managed to empty out my dresser and dh and I culled out a lot of our clothes so we can share his dresser and baby can have mine for his clothes/changing table.  

 

I got a lot of baby clothes at my shower and some toys and a few things.  I looked up everything I got and set aside any toys that have BPA or clothing with polyester or flame retardants and things like that.    

 

I'm making this paper mobile to hang over the changing table:  http://media-cache-ec3.pinterest.com/upload/35747390761768081_98qbn0Rq_f.jpg

 

I'm also making bottle shakers similar to this: http://pinterest.com/pin/229120699763036511/  I'm making mine using Martinelli's apple juice bottles that I'm filling with different things like colored rice, small pinecones, seeds, sequins, bells, etc.  I put a round piece of fabric screwed tightly under the top to keep it closed.  

cute ideas ; )

When we became a family of 3 in 2009 My hubs and I lived in a 550sqft apt--very small ; ) We lived there until DD was 10 months old without issue because of our natural lifestyle it wasn't much of a problem. We really didn't get anything for her besides cloth diapers. Now having a KID in that small space would have been challenging, but an infant was no big deal ; )
 

post #19 of 21

I love reading all you have been doing :) I too have been nesting & creating like crazy. Here's a partial list of what I've accomplished with my 2nd tri energy:

 

Painted main room, hall, & prepped playroom for painting at the school

Canned tons of apricots, pickles, radishes, grape jam, applesauce, apple pie filing, apricot jam

Started baby quilt #1 (I have two planned - this one is squares decorated by the kids, have started piecing it together)

Cleaned out my room & bathroom - every drawer, closet, etc!

Got new bedside table with drawers so I can keep some extra diapers, etc within arms reach

Cleaned & organized my whole office area

tons of gardening

made maternity dresses

washed & sorted all of the baby diapers & clothes we have

reorganized DS3's bedroom & set up his play castle

wrote that 125 page grant ;)

etc...

 

Seriously, I feel like I can't sit still. Last night I ended up making all the centerpieces for my friend's wedding, and today helped rearrange all the chairs & tables.... DP is about ready to tie me to a chair!

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Seriously, I feel like I can't sit still. Last night I ended up making all the centerpieces for my friend's wedding, and today helped rearrange all the chairs & tables.... DP is about ready to tie me to a chair!

Segolilymama--you have been BUSY! 

YES! DH leaves for work in the morning and cringes and says...'please, just take it easy today, Ok?' haha ; )


I have been stuck inside the last two days because of thunderstorms. So, no pics of outside yet, but tomorrow I am FINALLY tackling the classroom {it is just a playroom, but since no on sleeps there and there is only one we never wanted to call it HER bedroom that way it was never a possessive thing for her--just the classroom for everyone to enjoy!}. I am hanging new shelves in the kids closet so that I can get it functional and she can reach her own clothing to dress herself. Also, it is like a bomb went off in there with toys. So I will go though all that and find places for toys and get rid of stuff we don't need. Hang some stuff/finish decorating the space. 

I am just feeling so creative as far as DIY stuff, which is awesome! Repurposing lots of stuff is exciting!

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