getting ready

with my sister in town earlier this week to help me play with zu and decorate the nursery, nesting has been in high-gear. here’s what i’ve gotten done so far: 

~ organized the baby-cabinet. dollar store bins for zu’s sippys, snacks, spoons/forks, and june’s bottles, misc., and more toddler snacks at the top. its been a wreck for so long that i’m still surprised every time i open it to complete orderliness.

~ cleaned up my littlest petshops for zu. these are special toys that i plan on only giving to her to play with when little sister is getting fed, so she will be occupied and not feel too neglected. by the way, the new littlest pet shops look terrifying.

~ washed and readied the cloth diapers. a few  of my used one-size-fits-all cloth diapers didn’t survive past zu (they were pretty old, donated by Giving Diapers Giving Hope), so i thought i might have to go ahead and buy a few more covers (i use prefolds and have 11 covers right now), THEN i found 13 more infant covers and about 20 more prefold inserts that are size small that i had completely forgotten about!! so if i do have to buy more covers, it won’t be for at least 3 months after june is born.

~ hung up my post-partum clothes in my closet. i wear the same things first trimester as i do “fourth” trimester, so i just pulled out a few go-to things. it helps to not have to worry about fitting into things immediately upon coming home with a newborn.

~ organized all pumping/nursing/feeding related things.  i’ve got all that necessary stuff sorted and in a pretty box in my room. preparing that felt like preparing for war, but i feel like my attitude in general is a lot more relaxed than last time.

~ went through zu’s old baby clothes. this part was just for fun. i actually had this organized about 4 months ago, but i wanted to show my sister some of the cutest outfits.

~ worked on the nursery. karen helped me hang up pictures, pick out some free prints to frame, and make some art for above the bed. june’s nursery is also the guest room, so that’s why we have a bed in there; now all the nursery needs is the hand-me-down dresser, crib and bedside table that my mom is bringing when she comes in a few weeks.

the guest bed

artwork

(more pictures to come when the nursery is all the way finished)

~ miscellaneous: took some old toys, decor, and clothes to consignment, changed out some curtains in the living room, organized my office desk, moved some stuff to the garage,  (mostly) packed the hospital bag, and checked out a bunch of books on natural childbirth.

 

the master bathroom!

i took down the first layer of 1970’s wallpaper in May.
worked on the second layer in June.
got discouraged in July.
didn’t touch it again til September.
and now, finally, in October, i’ve finished the masterbathroom:

our house is nice–nicer than i would’ve ever thought for our first house–but very outdated, and we got a “fixer-upper” price on it because of that. luckily a lot of the outdated aspects of our house are cosmetic and not too expensive to fix–a bit of paint goes a long way.

this bathroom, if you can tell, is disproportionately humongous for our house. when we gave my brother-in-law the tour, he commented “so this is where you have your dance parties?”

right now i’m not taking advantage of this space as much as i could be. i mean, what do you do with extra floor space in a bathroom? i’ve never had a house like that. my thoughts are to maybe get some sort of cabinet or bookshelf thing to put in the jacuzzi room (an indulgent add-on by the last owners–they did live in this house for 40+ years) so i can store linens in there and free up some of our decent-but-limited closet space.

anyway, i should show you the “before” picture so you can see some of the difference–this is what it looked like when we first laid eyes on it:

and the de-grandma-ing of the house continues….

the master bathroom!

i took down the first layer of 1970’s wallpaper in May.
worked on the second layer in June.
got discouraged in July.
didn’t touch it again til September.
and now, finally, in October, i’ve finished the masterbathroom:

our house is nice–nicer than i would’ve ever thought for our first house–but very outdated, and we got a “fixer-upper” price on it because of that. luckily a lot of the outdated aspects of our house are cosmetic and not too expensive to fix–a bit of paint goes a long way.

this bathroom, if you can tell, is disproportionately humongous for our house. when we gave my brother-in-law the tour, he commented “so this is where you have your dance parties?”

right now i’m not taking advantage of this space as much as i could be. i mean, what do you do with extra floor space in a bathroom? i’ve never had a house like that. my thoughts are to maybe get some sort of cabinet or bookshelf thing to put in the jacuzzi room (an indulgent add-on by the last owners–they did live in this house for 40+ years) so i can store linens in there and free up some of our decent-but-limited closet space.

anyway, i should show you the “before” picture so you can see some of the difference–this is what it looked like when we first laid eyes on it:

and the de-grandma-ing of the house continues….