I feel like I'm going off the deep end... I can't stop. LOL It's in my nature to love cleaning and organizing and decluttering and the lot...but man. I've spent the last few days re-shampooing carpets, moving furniture, re-painting some frames and mirrors and redecorating my bedroom, our living room, and the bathroom, hauling out boxes of clothes (and we don't even own a lot! Hope I don't regret it! LOL), scrubbing places in the house I would generally never go near (hence the need! LOL), etc, etc. Despite loving this kind of stuff, I'm starting to get frustrated with my "need to do it NOW" attitude because it drives me crazy leaving anything unfinished or not being able to accomplish it all in a day. Thankfully I've refrained from getting out- or buying- any baby stuff yet, though. Ideally I'd like to wait until 36 weeks at the earliest, and then maybe not even get out any clothes until baby comes, then when s/he is born just have someone bring the appropriate tote inside so I can just throw it in the wash that same day (since my babies are usually naked or in just a diaper for their first 24 hours). I just hate hate hate how much more dramatic having all that stuff out makes the end wait feel!
nesting? - Page 3
I spent a bunch of time today planning 30 days of breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners for after the baby is born. There's still much to plan (exactly how much of which ingredients to get, what can be prepped a month in advance and what will have to be done weekly, etc.).
I would love to see this!!
I can't imagine not meal planning: like I literally do not understand how people shop and then decide what to make without having a plan, because I'm that unimaginative. But 30 days of breakfasts and lunches and snacks and dinner is ambitious even for me. Usually I just freeze a few weeks' worth of dinners for the babymoon and call it a day.
I just signed up at cozi.com which has a meal plan and family calendar with it. I'm excited to see how it works. I put in the only 11 freezeable recipes I have and tagged them as freezer cooking so I can pull them quick. it's supposed to allow me to add to a grocery list quickly.
My energy is dying down and my family is letting the house go. It's killing me :-(
Hmm.. I wonder if that's what the link space was for on cozi? I might have to try it.
The link thing didn't work for Cozi (boo!) but copying and pasting isn't hard. Cozi is a free one and so far it's pretty awesome. I just sent dh a honey do list on his phone I've quickly plugged in our favorite recipes tonight. And made to do lists that are shared between, dh and I and eventually dd when I get the app working on her Kindle Fire. This way after the birth, if I'm unable to do anything again, they can look at what I usually do and help out instead of being overwhelmed.
I got a new planner with my Christmas money (one of the Erin Condren life planners). It's AWE.SOME. I've got a big review of it posting on my blog tomorrow morning. It's just what I needed to get myself straightened out this year. I've gotten a LOT of things marked of my to-do list in the last several days.
It seems that once I get started on getting things accomplished, I don't want to stop. That got-it-done high is addictive. I'm so glad I've had the nesting drive this pregnancy. I don't think I ever got it with DD. And now that it's kicked in, it's gotten me on a roll. I just can't handle things going back to how they were. If it gets too cluttered, I get grumpy enough that I *have* to do something about it. It's a very different way of living that I'm used to.
Today I ordered a bunch of fabric from fabric.com. Some of it is for baby items (like DIY muslin swaddling clothes...super easy!) - but some of it is for me. I got some minky and satin to make myself a pretty blanket for my nursing chair. :) And a patterned cotton in a matching color to make coordinating pillow slipcovers for our couch. I spend so much time in my house (especially the family room), that I want it to be pleasant.
Made a minky sheet for the playpen/bassinet and one of my muslin swaddle blankets today (need to cut and hem two more).
Hope to work on some more to-do items this evening, but I'll have to see what I feel up to doing. The third trimester has made me SO tired. I nap almost daily. Fortunately DD is old enough to be unsupervised while I nap.
How do you sew your swaddle blankets? I would love to make some for this baby. Is it just a big rectangle or do you use a fancier shape?
A relative generously gifted us the mini crib, that dh had been dragging his feet forever to buy it ourselves. With the "help" of a 5 year old and 3 year old, it's all set! We keep joking about the Dirty Dancing quote "nobody puts baby in a corner" except we literally have- the mini crib just fits in an alcove behind the door in our masterbed.
This tutorial was my inspiration: http://pinterest.com/pin/148689225169550233/
I bought my fabric from fabric.com though, so I got to pick colors I liked and didn't have to dye anything (I did light blue, lime green, and orange). I cut mine more or less square, and then just rolled the hem as I went, stitching it with a zigzag stitch. They really don't need to be perfect. I'm not even sure if mine are truly square. It probably takes 15-30 minutes from start to finish (if you don't include the time it takes to prewash your fabric) per/blanket. Usually, I don't bother prewashing fabrics, but you're supposed to. And I figure with how often baby stuff needs to be washed, pre-washing to avoid later shrinkage would be a good idea.
Crossing off a ton of stuff on my to-do list for this month (pre-big birthday party on the 23rd) and for before baby. Been making freezer meals every day. Totally re-did DH & my closet, as well as the children's. Broke my "wait as long as possible rule" and did bring in the pack n play, which led me to rearranging my entire bedroom at the same time. Broke the rule again and brought in and washed some diapers and clothes. And got the carseat like I mentioned...another rule breaker. LOL
A relative generously gifted us the mini crib, that dh had been dragging his feet forever to buy it ourselves. With the "help" of a 5 year old and 3 year old, it's all set! We keep joking about the Dirty Dancing quote "nobody puts baby in a corner" except we literally have- the mini crib just fits in an alcove behind the door in our masterbed.That's such a cute little space for baby :)! I love the pom poms over her bed :)
We did start DD going to be on her own about two weeks ago. She is still mostly sleeping in our bed and not hers, but bedtime now is a story and a kiss goodnight and then leaving the room, instead of laying next to her for god knows how long. I count that as nesting since it's the idea of having another baby to put to bed that kicked me in the butt to make the transition.... :)
We started trying to transition DS months ago. Considering he was nursing to sleep in September and can now lay next to one of us to go to sleep I feel like we have accomplished something. But ... HOW to do the next step!?!
How old is your DD and how is the kiss goodnight and leaving routine going? We haven't even attempted this yet - it just seems impossible to imagine right now. And yeah, he ends up in our bed around midnight every night or DH goes in and ends up sleeping with him so me and my 500 pillows can have our bed. I dunno what this will be like when baby gets here... stressing about it, I'll admit.
Wow, you mamas are totally making me want to get my butt in gear! I've accomplished some cleaning and organizing but still lots to do.
I think I may have waited too long. I'm starting to feel soooooo tired again.