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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

8 Quick Takes Friday- The Baby Ready Edition

1.  Now that I'm in the "teen" days I'm definitely freaking just a little. 

Then it passes and I start checking off my boxes of what I need to do to get ready.  (All this in the midst of meeting with plumbers and contractors and hv/ac people and carpenters... etc for the new house) 

I even told one guy who was a little slow getting back to me on a quote "Uh, take a look (point to belly), I don't have a lot of time and she's not going to wait for you, so if you can try to get it to me a little sooner, I'd really appreciate it!"  Got the quote the next day!

2.  Realistically almost everything is here all ready as the baby mainly needs clothes (downstairs packed away)

diapers (which I'm off to pick up when I do grocery shopping)

and well... me and my "milk supply" (no photo available) in the beginnning!  Right?

She'll co-sleep in my room for the 1st 3 months minimum, so I need to clean the bedroom and get every "unnecessary" out.  Time to "purge"

3.  I've been in serious "organization mode" feeling the need to find a home for every paper in the house that has been strewn in decorative disorder.  Lately everything has been in reach of Ava and has thus been "scooped up" out of her way and placed on a high surface only to get lost when it's most needed.  This was driving me NUTS, so I finally broke down bought one of these

started using these....

and now our home filing looks like THIS...

instead of this...

4.  Now I just need to make sure a similar system is set up for:

EVERYTHING (especially construction and finances) on the NEW HOUSE

5. In order for this system to work and things to actually GET filed away (eventually) I have a very simple system near our computer. 

  • Immediately everything gets opened when mail enters the house and anything "recyclable" or "trash" gets put in it's place. 
  • Then bills get folded and placed in the "Need to be Paid/Looked at" part of our desk. 
  • When paid, they are written on (paid/date/check# or online if they were paid online), unfolded (easier for filing) and placed in a pretty little magazine rack where everything that needs to be "long term filed" goes. 
  • When that fills up a bit it gets "emptied" periodically by placing all "paid bills" in their appropriate files HERE.

*sigh* Now I can breathe (and sleep). THIS is how I "nest".  THIS makes me feel better. Everything finally has a home and I have a better handle on things. Still.... I'm VERY open to any advice you want to give that makes your home organization any easier!  VERY OPEN!

6.  Now I just need to have Ava's new carseat installed in the car. 

We're so blessed to have had two given to us recently (that are still up to code) and since Ava's into making everything her "throne" lately and loves anything chair-like, I set her new carseats up inside the house for the past couple of weeks and she's been watching her videos in them and reading books in them and all around loving them.  I figure this will make the transition much easier and when it comes time to give her seat to her baby sister, she won't mind so much because she'll already be loving her new car seat by then... hopefully.

7.  This morning I woke up and was helping Shaun get ready and his lunch made around our usual 4-4:30am time together.  I am NOT a morning person, but I do love my husband and if he can work a double today (from 5am-midnight-including commute) after a long work week and work all weekend long to provide for our family... I can drag my pregnant butt out of bed at 4am to make the poor man lunch and spend a little time together.

Interestingly enough, I came downstairs to find that he'd already poured my juice/water and put out my prenatal vitamin/"other" vitamin mix on the kitchen counter!  How thoughtful.  I quickly scooped them up, downed them and proceeded to make his sandwiches.

A few minutes later he came downstairs and upon standing at the kitchen counter said, "Uh, sooooo what'dya take my vitamins or something"?  I looked over and whispered, "What?  YOUR vitamins?"  I knew that he takes a pretty powerful pain medicine for his back every morning and was like, "Are you serious? Oh NO!  I have to call Louise and make sure it's safe for the baby!" 

So there I was on the phone with my midwife at nearly 5am (who thought I was in labor) hearing her tired voice on the other end and feeling incredibly guilty about waking her up, but worse that I might've taken something that could harm the baby! 

She had to tell me to slow down because I was talking so fast she couldn't understand me and to make it worse couldn't pronounce the silly medication anyway.  Ugh! 

Turns out that it was ok and one pill (of that kind) wasn't going to hurt her, but boy did I feel foolish... and suddenly ...also very sick because I'd downed all those vitamins at 4:30 in the morning on an empty stomach... few minutes later I threw up. 

I guess I can put that down as the ONE time I had morning sickness this entire pregnancy.

8.  Turns out, Louise has had this phone call before, but in the other incident, the woman had taken her DOG's medicine!!!  See... it can always be worse!


  1. You are in full on planner/organizer mode, aren't you? I so love organizing that when someone else posts file folders and label makers, I get excited :)
    And when the planning is also for a sweet little one, even more excited!!
    May you get everything you need done and may the coming days bring peace as you wait on baby.

    1. seriously... it's bad. If you read my old birth story I actually felt the need to clean out the basement when I was (unaware) in critical condition with Ava. SO needed to feel "organized".

      I'm so glad this is exciting you, though! It is pretty awesome when I feel like everything is "better than it was". I know you and Colleen get along and she's a bit of an organization guru as well.

      I am excited she's coming. I think my pattern just might be:

      Pregnancy... go along as usual (forgetting why I feel tired, etc...)
      3-4 weeks before due date... It hits me like a ton of bricks that this baby's coming SOON!
      2-3 Weeks... panic attack
      followed by serious "nesting" (can't seem to wait for that supposed "burst of energy" to come... no time for that!)
      2 weeks... feel a little better, but still freak from time to time.
      Due... calmly enter into the labor zone.

      I think I just need to work it all out of my system.

  2. That was hilarious!! Thanks for the laugh....also, no worries of the pill afterall, because you puked it up! Yay! So excited for you and I and I can tell you are excited and it seemed like this post was in Fast Forward mode!! Can't wait to hear the news!! (and see pictures!) My 3 year old loves to sit in the old carseat too...we have one in the school room, waiting for me to bring to the basement....

    I love organizing too! My mom has not had anyone organize her cupboards since I moved out like 24 years ago, she said my sister never wanted to do it!

    If only I had time to organize my own cupboards! Now it seems the only time I organize is right before a baby or right before school starts!

    Love to you and prayers of course!

  3. Ugh... I just wrote a response and blogger deleted it!

    Glad it was amusing! I do think looking back that it was quite funny. Every time I see my midwife, she has a little giggle on her face. Went to my appt. today (totally got the time wrong and when I arrived was so "scatter brained" that I even missed when I went to pee in the cup and had nothing left! Agh! She just laughed and said, "Are you feeling a little discombobulated today?")

    Unfortunately... the pill didn't come up with the puke BUT because I hurt my back a few days ago and have had sciatic pain going down my leg... this somehow was a blessing in disguise because I felt great today!

    Your 3yr old looks as though she has one of those great big personalities that she's yet to "grow into". Such a cutie!

    Your mom must miss you. I'd miss you. Any tips for me?

    As someone with adult ADD (diagnosed), I KNOW I organize differnently and am best motivated when I have an "external motivating factor". Having a baby (or when I was a teacher, "starting school") is GREAT for that!

    Thank you for the love and prayers. Right back atcha.

  4. Oh my goodness, this had me laughing, sorry.... I know that must have been scary, but this is completely something I would do!! So glad everything is fine!

    1. It's certainly amusing in retrospect and all's well that ends well, but this is SO not surprising that I would do this. It's amazing it hasn't happened before! Been thinking of you!


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