Okay, it's list time.
I am a compulsive list-maker when it comes to most things: grocery shopping, vacation packing, house organization projects, things-to-do, etc.
I don't know why, but it helps me to maintain a little bit of sanity. My brain is such mush usually that I feel like I will end up forgetting everything, without it all written down.
And now as we get closer and closer to the 33 week mark of this pregnancy, it dawns on me that I only have (providing our big boy doesn't come early!) about seven weeks left, give or take.
How can that simultaneously seem like SO much time and NOT ENOUGH time?
Still left to do:
1. Order dresser and combo changing table for Hunter's nursery. It takes approximately 2 weeks to come in, so even though I "have time", I'm still sweating it. I have piles and piles of absolutely adorable (already washed and neatly folded) hand-me-down clothes with absolutely nowhere to put them. They are piled up in laundry baskets on the floor, making me crazy.
2. Purchase a tall bookshelf for Hunter's nursery. I'm thinking I'd like to check out Ikea, Target and Walmart. I don't want/can't spend an arm and a leg on it, but I also don't want it to look like crap either. So I'm not going to settle. If I don't see anything I like, I'll try to hold off. It's not like Hunter will care that his cute little stuffed animals, books and framed photos are not set up when he's born. Only Mom will care. Ha!
3. Empty all the CRAP (i.e. my old clothes that used to live in the closet in our "spare room", winter coats, winter shoes that I'm currently not wearing, etc) out of Hunter's room BEFORE our baby shower which is coming up quickly...June 27th!!
4. Find a cute, yet inexpensive, outfit to wear to above baby shower! It's going to be an outdoor BBQ for our family and friends (men and children invited too) so I'm thinking of a cute sundress. But if I look like a giant, walking tented-whale in a sun dress, maybe I'll do my black Capri's and then I'd just have to find a cute shirt. And my prerequisite flip-flops, of course.
5. Purchase at least one nursing bra for now...I'm currently growing (okay, I won't lie, pretty much HAVE GROWN) out of my current 40E size (and have been still squishing into them) and I'm desperate to get a new bra. And with how heavy these babies are, I won't wear anything less than a nursing bra for support (I've been wearing one for the past 3-ish months now. The lady at Motherhood Maternity, at that time, originally tried to talk me into buying a "cheap" bra from Target until I was closer to my due date but my biggest complaint with cheap bras, is that I need MAJOR support in holding up my chest. And honestly? I only spent like $20, max, on this bra! I thought that was a great price!)
6. Okay, this is more Big D's job than mine, but I need to add it to the list, cuz it makes me anxious. We need to purchase (and him put up) a closet door still in Hunter's nursery. Once that is done, he can finish putting up the last wall's trim and chair rail. And the crown moulding needs to go up, but we have to get D's Uncle Rob over to help with that. He makes it so much easier to do! Oh and Big D still needs to put the sealer over the stain he painted on the bench for the nursery.
7. Put up and hang the new curtain rods and curtains for Hunter's room. Oh! And we still gotta get blinds for the baby's room!
8. Clean out the hallway linen closet. I know this technically has nothing whatsoever to do with the new baby's arrival, however, it's driving me absolutely bonkers. The closet is skinny and tiny and can barely fit all the towels, sheets, blankets, curtains and misc. bathroom supplies in it right now, so every time I open the door, something falls on me. This will not fly for me once baby is here so now is my time to clean it up and reorganize the contents!
9. Steam-clean the living room and hallway carpets.
10. Completely scrub down the kitchen, including the inside of the fridge.
11. Pack bag for the hospital. I was going to wait till like 37-38 weeks to do this, however, you just never know what life may throw your way, so I think I'll probably end up starting to pack it closer to 35-36 weeks.
12. Cry and freak out becuz I STILL have no idea what to do about our little dog, Daisy. We haven't been able to find her a home and I just can't bare to put her to sleep (some of Daisy's story can be read about here and also here). But the closer we get to baby Hunter's arrival, the more worried I get about having little Daisy in the house. I will never be able to trust her. And don't get me wrong, I know a dog is a dog, but seriously? I could leave Tucker (our lab-teddy bear), the baby and a steak in the middle of the living room floor with no worries (NOT that I would! LOL) becuz he has such a gentle and non-aggressive personality and nature and yet here is Daisy, the (often times) mean, aggressive, biting 20-pounder who I can't even trust with my CAT(S) never mind my child. It's so tough and it will be a hard and emotional decision, but I have to do what's right for my family.
And as if this isn't bad enough, we have to find a new home for one of our cats now too. I've had Bailey a long time...maybe like 9 or 10 years? And in all of this time, she has had an issue with randomly pissing and shitting on living room furniture and on our bed (we can no longer allow the cats in the bedroom when we're not in there IN bed), on piles of clothes (or even in filled or empty laundry baskets). And the most annoying part is that it doesn't happen ALL the time, otherwise I probably would have tried to find her a home a long time ago. It happens with a vengeance a couple times a year (as in, she'll start up and for a brief period, she keeps doing it). I've tried everything: numerous vet visits through the year--during all of which she was given a clean bill of health, changing kitty litter brands in case she didn't like one, changing the litter on a more regular basis (becuz she doesn't like a dirty litter box), and adding an additional litter box to the house thinking maybe there wasn't enough for all three kitties. People have asked if there was "change" that maybe brought this on but honestly it always seems to have no rhyme or reason when it starts. Bailey has ruined, in the past, a queen sized mattress, a beautiful couch, she's peed on our rug that is less than a year old (but thankfully we were able to salvage that with crazy cleaning and then steam-cleaning...just hoping it hasn't sopped through to the hardwood underneath). Well, our current couch was given to us by Daryl's mom last Christmas when she bought a new one....we were SO excited cuz our old couch still smelled of pee in certain spots and it was especially worse in hot and humid weather, so we were eager to get rid of it. I LOVE our couch cuz on each end, it reclines so both Big D and I can stretch out and not be on top of each other if we weren't in a cuddling mood.
WELL...within the past week, Bailey has shit on the couch 3 times and pissed on it once. I am livid. We can NOT get the urine smell out no matter how many cleansers we have used. Daryl even tried vinegar. I stuffed fabric softeners sheets into the creases hoping it would suck up some of the pee smell but NO. I refuse to lay on the couch. I have a pretty keen sniffer as it is, but add in pregnancy? I can smell cat urine a mile away. And as a pregnant woman who is nesting and striving to get this place as clean as possible before the baby arrives, I've sat down and CRIED that we will now have to get rid of this couch and we DO NOT have the money to buy a new one. Daryl and I have argued about Bailey in the past, when she's done this. He's wanted to bring her to the Humane Society but I fought him tooth and nail. Well, now? Something has changed. I just can't deal with it anymore...I start to well up at the thought of no longer having her here, but at the same time, I can't live in a house that smells like cat urine anymore! And constantly have to worry about "Oh shoot, I left a laundry basket full of clothes in the living room, will Bailey piss in it today?" *SIGH*...I am so torn...
13. Pick up bassinet from B's house and put it in our bedroom.
14. Put away/find a home for (after the shower) the shower gifts we will receive June 27th.
15. Buy a night light for the nursery and I still also want to buy a rug to put in the middle of the hardwood floor.
16. Try to remember the rest of the things I wanted to do/have done before baby is born, but have currently flown out of my crazed brain. When I start to focus on it too much, I feel completely overwhelmed!!