Thursday, September 26, 2013

25 weeks or holy crap... that was fast(ish)

seeing that I've been so, what's the word... non-energetic about doing things thus far, all of a sudden it dawned on me that I have a lot to do for this baby before it shows up. only 15 or so weeks to go. and much of those will be taken up by birthdays, holidays, and snow (probably). oh man... oh man... minor freak out going on over here. :-)

i should make a list... making a list always seems to help me prioritize even if I don't do half the things on the list, at least I see if they are essential or not. Here's what my list looked like at the beginning of August.

1. Go through baby clothes/get some clothes from friends/buy some new (every kid deserves new and not just hand me downs).
2. organize baby gear from monster... swing, vibrating seat, bassinet, etc.
3. find baby a place to sleep
4. need a dresser/crib/changing table
5. get some winter time maternity clothes
6. go through the 2 huge garbage bags of clothes we got for monster this weekend. I swear... that kiddo never needs any clothes.  thanks cousin L!!

So far, 1 is slightly done. 2 is not touched at all. 3 is questionable. 4 items are bought and need to be put together. 5 will work. 6. done. Oops. not a good percentage on my part.

My updated To-Do List feels huge... but surprisingly doesn't look that big

in no particular order, we need to...
Clean monster's room (set up dresser,put away clothes and toys, find place to store too-big clothes, vacuum)
Rearrange office (move all office stuff to one side)
Clear out junk and clean/organize closets (remove everything not necessary)
Set up crib etc
Wash and put away baby clothes (make list of what's needed/check out once upon a child and ask brother?)
Order mattress, sheets, changing pad/cover
Ceiling fan/space heater
Buy diapers, wipes, Desitin, Vaseline
Organize diaper bag
Put together/pull out baby stuff (swing, etc)
Freezer meals
Clean house top to bottom
Find and sterilize breast pump parts
Pack hospital bag (make a list... can't remember what I brought last time)
Ask mom about daycare/watching monster for birth
Pack Monster's bag
Get big sister shirt and present
Buy toiletries for after (pads, gauze etc)
Get a pedicure
Christmas stuff (presents, etc)
Schedule C section
Figure out help for after
Find/start baby book

I think we still have some things on our house to-do list left as well this fall. It's going to be a busy one! Wish me luck.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


I'm not doing so well at this blogging thing lately, am I? I just feel that I have nothing to post about, so why waste the effort? Sorry about that... we'll see what happens in the next little while, possibly I'll have many things to write about... that would be something. :-)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Day in the Life -- Domestic Wannabe

Hi I'm Caits. I have a 1 year old daughter, called Monster, and another baby on the way, due in January. I work 4 days a week and am home with my kiddo on Wednesdays. Here's a glimpse of a recent Wednesday with my monster. Oh, and my husband, JT, is home too because he's currently a full time student. (you might remember me from last time).

I wake up early 3:30-4ish and can't fall back asleep. This pregnancy insomnia stuff is ridiculous. I lie in bed until JT gets up with monster at 6:45. Then I check my blogs, instagram, and twitter before finally heading downstairs for some coffee at 8. I forgot that JT had some meeting at school this morning, so he was almost out the door before I got up. 
While he's gone, monster and I watch some Curious George and Cat in the Hat... she decides to chew on a pen and write on her face, hence the mustache. When he gets back, I go through some laundry piles, keep the cat out of monster's room, pick up around the house and get monster and myself ready to go. I have a doctor appointment and she is going to grandmas.


Around 10:30 we head out the door to drop monster off with her grandma so we can go to my ultrasound at the clinic. It's the big fetal anatomy survey and I am super anxious/excited. Once at the clinic, we meet up with a lady and sell our jogging stroller in the parking lot. a little extra cash, how nice. Then we go inside, I pee in a cup and wait in the waiting room forever. Finally we get ushered into the exam room! yay!

After the ultrasound, JT and I decide to have lunch at Olive Garden. whoo hoo for neverending pasta bowls and peach bellini!! Yum!

After lunch,  we go to Target before picking up monster to pick out the first purchase for our new little one. Such a fun little secret to have for a little while. After picking up monster, we go home. She sleeps, I sort of sleep, and JT does some homework. Such a boring family we are. 


Then JT goes to class, I feed the monster, give her a bath, and put her to bed. While JT is gone and monster is sleeping, I get supper ready for tomorrow and watch my first place and other shows on HGTV. I can't remember the last time I've watched this much TV in one day. Hooray for JT going to class and me getting to watch my silly TV shows. :-)

And now, Ashley's questions:
-What is the most surprising thing to you about being a mom? 
How I feel like I am not good at it a lot of the time because I get frustrated and overwhelmed... but monster is turning out pretty okay, so I guess I'm doing okay too.
- What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be mamas?
Every baby is different, what works for one will probably not work for another, so don't sweat comparing your kiddos to every other one out there. 
 -What are your top three baby products?
Right now we're loving the Little Einstein activity table, Desitin, and Aveeno baby wash (smells so good!)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

guest post at Domestic Wannabe

Oh hey, I did a guest post over at Ashley's blog, The Domestic Wannabe. Check it out!