Monday, May 18, 2009

Check out my rocking chair!

Check out the rocking chair we got off Craig’s List yesterday for $5!!

I really wanted an old-fashioned rocking chair and had put it on my baby registry/wish list, but I happened to be on Craig’s List yesterday and did a quick search for a rocking chair and found this one just a few minutes away for only $5. I’m SO excited about it.

In other news, we had a fabulously productive weekend. Dave was off all weekend, so we worked hard to get some bigger projects done.

We’re having a yard sale with our Financial Peace group in a couple weeks, so we made major headway on gathering things up to sell. A lot of these things were sitting in the basement waiting for me to finish my thesis so I could go through them to sell or give away. But then I started working, then was pregnant and tired and it never really happened. There’s still a LOT of cleaning and organizing to do in the basement (and we’ve only been here 2 years – holy cow!) but getting all these items gathered up was a huge first step.

We also cleaned out both of our cars yesterday afternoon – got rid of the trash and vacuumed. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I was up close with the vacuum cleaner. And we don’t even have kids yet. If my car wasn’t so old, I’d probably take it to get detailed, but I don’t know if it’s worth the money for just the next year or two. I think I can make enough progress without spending money if I get out there with some soap, a rag and some good old fashioned elbow grease.

We finally decided where the baby will go once he or she outgrows the co-sleeper next to our bed. We thought we’d put a crib in the blue room (where the rocking chair is pictured), but we measured again yesterday and it just won’t fit with the bunk beds that are in the room now and I really don’t want to take them down. It would have been a little close to the window and blinds anyway for me to really be comfortable with a toddler in there. So we decided (we’d been debating for a while) to go ahead and decorate the room that’s been our office with some of our Africa stuff and put the baby there. We’re going to put up this batik that we bought in Tanzania and decorate around it.

That will also force us to go through the office and pare down books, papers, etc. and really get it cleaned and organized. It’s been the last room on my priority list for keeping neat since we don’t use it as much anymore and we just keep the door shut. I’m hoping that if I can spend 15 minutes every day in there, I’ll make some good progress. The first step is to get my desk cleaned up and cleaned out so we can put it on Craig’s List. It’s a wonderful oak desk and I’m sad to see it go, but we don’t need it and we don’t have room for it anymore. If anyone local might be interested, let me know.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

28 weeks

I can’t believe we’re into the third trimester, even though I feel like I’ve been pregnant for a long time. I’ve been so blessed to have such an easy pregnancy. I’ve been feeling great and having a lot of fun. I’ve been a little more tired this week, but I think that has as much to do with not getting enough exercise as anything else. Maybe fighting a cold too. I’m just now starting to have moments here and there where I feel a little uncomfortable – reaching for things, putting on my shoes, etc. but nothing too bad yet. I went to my first La Leche League meeting last week, which was a lot of fun and will be a fabulous resource.

I’m obviously pregnant now and I get random comments everywhere I go, though I have yet to have a stranger touch my belly. Even people I know haven’t been overly touchy. Maybe as it gets bigger? The baby is moving around like crazy and it’s really funny to watch my belly move.

It’s hard to comprehend sometimes that a whole new person will be entering our world in a couple months. I can’t really even imagine what life will be like with a baby – radically different but amazing, from what I hear. I’m trying hard to soak in these last couple months as a family of two and to fully enjoy the time I have with my husband (who’s wonderful, by the way!) I think I’m ready to be a mom but we’re totally not ready in a practical sense to have this baby. I’m working through the end of May and then I’ll have a little more time to prepare.

So there’s your update filled with many scattered thoughts. Here are the pictures. They’re not the best quality but they showed my belly the best.