I went shopping today in hopes of finding a new shirt that I would feel comfortable (and dare I say cute?) in. Not much luck.
I did, however, find Easter dresses for the girls. They coordinate, but they are not exactly the same. Which is a good thing for Rebecca as she seems to be stuck with the same dress for about 5 years (you know, because she gets one, wears it until she outgrows it, and then inherits the one her sister outgrew).
So now I wonder if I should give you a sneak preview, or make you wait a few more weeks. Hmmm...
... you know, one of those people that have to be on national television with people coming in to clean and declutter their house because they've been hoarding stuff for years and years and years.
Yeah, it's another post about how much stuff I have. I know, I'm obsessed.
But seriously, if you could see how much stuff we have thrown away or given away, you would be floored at how much stuff is still left.
It's frightening, I tell you! Frightening!
I am in the process of cleaning my house in honor of Dubby's visit. And let's face it, I'm doing a bit of crazy nesting too. There is NO WAY my house will be clean before she gets here, but she'll have a clean room to sleep in AND a clean bathroom. That certainly counts for something.
Oh! And she might even get a few home-cooked meals. It's the least I can do...
I've mentioned this many times before, but we have too much stuff. I have slowly been continuing my purge of things we no longer need, but it is SO hard.
I decided to keep one plastic bin for baby clothes that I just can't part with yet. It's helping. I think I've managed to give away at least 10 boxes of clothes that my girls have outgrown so far. I'm almost done.
I filled a box with toys today. Many of them would be things that our new baby (Matthew) could use eventually, but I decided to get rid of some so that I could also have the fun of buying him a few new toys every once in a while. I kept the best of the best, and got rid of the rest (Ha ha! I rhymed!).
But it still hurts. It's making me realize how fast our kids have grown up, and well, it makes me feel sad. I guess that's a normal part of being a parent, particularly a Mom, but I think it sucks.
I still have boxes of stuff to go through. I hope I can continue on to the end. We really need the space.
I'm actually excited to make my To-Do List. And maybe even more excited to cross things off of it! We'll see how it goes...
Complete Baby Shower #1 invite list. Deliver Baby Shower #1 list to Becky. Complete Baby Shower #2 invite list. Deliver Baby Shower #2 list to Cindi. Create chart to track insulin and glucose levels. Submit glucose levels to doctor on Friday, March 6. Return blue t-shirt to elementary school. Make bank deposit. Pick up kids from school. Take Rebecca to piano lessons. Wash ballet leotards and tights. Check status of dishwasher and empty it or fill it or run it depending on its status. Find a baby sitter for Rebecca, or make sure she can attend hospital tour. Call Dad and decline invitation to Bobby McFerrin concert. Rotate laundry (this is never ending). Brush and style the girls hair. Find receipt and return play money to Toys R Us. Return books to Barnes & Noble. Return Lincoln Logs to Wal-Mart. Buy wooden letters for Matthew's name - still need A T T E Pick out canister lights for basement bathroom. Pick out lights (canister or central fixture?) for basement bedroom. Pick out carpet for basement and family room. Pick out sink and/or vanity for basement bathroom. Decide on "kit" or custom tile for shower in basement bathroom. Decide on linoleum or custom tile or floor in basement bathroom. Register for a few baby items, just in case someone wants to buy the baby something. Decide on mirror / medicine cabinet for basement bathroom. Follow-up with Dad about "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" tickets on/after March 27th. Finish Rag Quilt. Purchase stroller for baby. Decide on car seat for baby.
Over the last several weeks I have visited my blog many times and started to write. And each time, something always happens so that I never finish my post. Usually something involving one of my kids, and by the time I'm done dealing with "the problem", I have no desire to finish my post. At all. So I don't even save it as a draft. I just delete it and leave... never to return. Until today.
So first of all, let's get a few things out of the way first:
Michael seems to be doing well. He keeps busy with work, of course, and somehow manages to take care of many of the things I can't seem to accomplish. He is doing a beautiful job on our basement project (we are finishing a bedroom and a bathroom), but manages to injure part of his hand or another almost every time he works on it. He has completed all of the framing (except for the entry way), the bulk of the plumbing, and a large portion of the electrical. Isn't he amazing?
Sara is counting down the days to her 9th birthday. This girl LOVES her birthday. I have no idea what to buy her this year. She does need some new clothes because she is growing like a weed, but I know that's not what she "wants" as a present. Overall, school has been going well - she competed in the school science fair, and completed a biography presentation about Pocahontas (which included Sara dressing up as Pocahontas as well!). Michael and I are a bit frustrated in that Sara seems to be struggling with math. She is really smart, but for whatever reason, it seems like she has forgotten everything she has learned. I know that seems extreme, but it took her over 2-hours to complete NINE subtraction problems. Granted, they were "large" numbers (3097658 - 1278563), but she has been doing these types of problems for over a year, not to mention she mastered her subtraction math facts in Kindergarten. I'm not sure what's going on...
Rebecca loves being in Kindergarten. She is making lots of friends and loves her teacher. She is flying through "math timings" (solve 30-problems in 2 minutes and 30-seconds), and loves to read. She is also very excited that she has recently lost her bottom 2-front teeth. Not only did she receive money from the tooth fairy (.72 and .53 cents, respectively), she also managed to get Daddy to give her .25 for each tooth that she let him pull out. Clever girl, that one. She is also very excited about having a new baby brother... which brings me to... well, ME.
As is par for the course, I am feeling rather overwhelmed. I think I have the worst kind of "nesting" because I have all the crazy, insane urges to clean every single inch of my house before the baby gets here, but I have absolutely no energy to attempt it. Currently I am obsessed with the grease spot located on the ceiling above our stove. I can't seem to just let it go. (The simplest solution would be to simply clean it and be done with it, but Michael says I'm not allowed on a ladder - which really IS good advice, not only because I am pregnant but because ladders really freak me out. Yeah, I'm scared of freakin' ladders. Now stop teasing me!) Anyway, the situation is annoying.
For the record, I am 31-weeks and 1-day today. By the looks of my belly, baby seems to be growing just fine. Part of the reason I am overwhelmed is because of this:
Only 62 days left! ACK!
So, there's only one thing left to do, IMO. Make a list. I know you don't like 'em, because they are probably the most boring blog posts ever, but they make me feel better.
Let's start with a glance at the calendar. I didn't bother to post my co-oping time at the girls school (3.5 hours each week), Piano Lessons (with travel time, 1.5 hours each week), or Ballet Lessons (roughly 3 hours each week, with travel time).
Here we go: March 4: Find baby sitter for Rebecca so we can go on Hospital Tour March 4: Go on Hospital Tour March 7: Help with Ward Conference Dinner (Ugh...) March 12: OB Appointment (Maybe my c-section will get scheduled!) March 12: Disney on Ice March 13: Diabetes Appointment March 13: Take Sara to Emily's Birthday Party March 16: Possible Visit from a favorite visitor from Virginia March 20: Michael & Karen's 11th Wedding Anniversary March 21: Baby Shower March 26: Sonogram March 28: Baby Shower March 30: Sara's Birthday (which I haven't even begun shopping for) April 3: Sara's Birthday Party (most likely a sleepover) April 12: Easter April 13-17: Spring Break April 20: Dad's Birthday April 28: Possible C-Section Date (If not today, sometime this week!) May 4: Michael's Birthday May 5: Baby's Due Date (should be delivered this day, if he's not here already!) May 15-16: Sara and Rebecca's Dance Recitals
And now, because I need to drive the kids to school again (because Sara can't seem to finish her homework the day before... *sigh*), I will have to try and come back later, to start with my list of things to do. Joys.