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Throwing Away My To-Do List

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope yours is very sweet & filled with all the things & people you love. My littles are at daycare dressed in red & pink. We skipped learned at 6p on the 13th that we’d be doing Valentine’s cards for their classmates {que running to Kmart in the rain with both babies in tow} & chose also to treat their teachers with DD’s Munchkins using Brandy’s teacher appreciation idea.

I’m sharing over on Liberating Working Moms today my love of to-do lists. And why I think I’m a better parent when I toss {some of} them aside.

I thrive on lists. I love making them. I always have. Shopping lists, to-do lists, grocery lists, packing lists, weekly schedule list. I love seeing it on paper {yes, I still hand write my lists}. I love checking off items; it leaves me with a quick feeling of accomplishment.

With the arrival of Zach & Lucy & my return to work, list making has been crucial. Without one of my precious lists, errands get forgotten as does applesauce.

Jump over to LWM to read the rest & I’d love to hear what household chores you can or can’t put off for your kids.

PS~ For the sake of true openness, I will say that I have a two page to-do list & pack list combination on-going for this upcoming week’s work trip. My list broken down to two words: thirty bottles.

Almost Finished Nursery

I alluded to our nursery being almost complete when I showed y’all how much has been checked off our pre-babies to-do list.

But I thought I’d share a few of the photos I took last weekend of the babies’ nursery.

The walls were painted green about a month ago thanks to my parents & aunt. Jason & his mom put together the two cribs & the dresser/changer. We also added the rocker/recliner

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last weekend.The drawers of the dresser/changer are still empty & I don’t think what’s in the bins will stay that way. Also I’ve stacked a few things in the cribs like the mobiles, breast feeding pillows & the little accessories that we’ll put in the tall/skinny chest my parents’ are bringing down along with the other mattress in two weeks.Ours is not a pinterest perfect nursery, but over-the-top, super expensive is not our style, nor in the cards for us. And I’m totally okay with that. I’ll post photos again in a couple weeks as things are more in their final places.

To Do List {updated}

A couple weeks ago, I posted our then current pre-babies to-do list. Thought I’d update here all we’ve gotten done since then! At most, 7 weeks left!

Sell 3 2 vehicles. Get Jason new car.

Remove computer & desk from nursery. Have AT&T fix internet spot.

Put together & set up cribs in nursery. Put dust ruffles, mattress pads, crib sheets, etc on cribs. Set up dresser/changing table. Put diapers & sleepers in it.

Wash remaining blankets, crib pads, wash cloths, hooded towels & organize linen closet.

Trip to Buy Buy Baby: Buy second crib mattress, changing pad covers & crib tent. One more BBB trip, to return now recalled crib tent. Anyone have good ideas for keeping 18 lb cat our of the cribs?

Move den changing table to final location. Make room for hand-me-down rocker in den. Remove pile of baby things in corner. Put 3 mo clothes bins on top of babies closet. Move organizer into that corner. Set up pack-n-play in our room.

Clean out garage. Make place for second frig/freezer in garage.

Put car seats in van. Get ok’d from fire station.

Organize nursery making room for skinny chest from Mom & Dad’s. Put tiny baby stuff {socks, mittens, pants, shorts, bloomers} in that chest. Make room for & purchase glider for nursery.

Set up video monitor. Buy second video monitor camera {Trip to Babies R Us}?

Childbirth class 4/14 & 4/21

Breastfeeding class 4/18. Finish reading Mothering Multiples. Attend LLL meeting?

Cloth Diaper class 4/19. Wash new cloth diapers. Buy few more cloth diaper covers.

Hospital Tour 4/25.

Maternity Photos 4/29.

Pack hospital bag.

Tour one more daycare. Decide daycares.

Prebabies To Do List

Since y’all can keep & hold me accountable, I thought I’d post this list here. It’ll also help my pregnant brain remember! I’m sure there’s more we need to add, but it’ll be nice to be able to follow up & virtually check things off this list! 7 weeks to go until our 36 week goal date! We got a few things accomplished this weekend, so I’m updating it already!

Sell 3 2 vehicles. Get Jason new car. 

Remove computer & desk from nursery. Have TWC or AT&T fix internet spot {Wednesday}.

Put together & set up cribs in nursery. Set up dresser/changing table. Put diapers & sleepers in it.

Wash remaining blankets, crib pads, wash cloths, hooded towels & organize linen closet.

Trip to Buy Buy Baby: Buy second crib mattress, changing pad covers & crib tent.

Move den changing table to final location. Make room for hand-me-down rocker in den. Remove pile of baby things in corner. Put 3 mo clothes bins on top of babies closet. Move organizer into that corner. Set up packnplay in our room.

Clean out garage. Make place for second frig/freezer in garage.

Put carseats in van. Get ok’d from fire station.

Organize nursery making room for skinny chest from Mom & Dad’s. Put tiny baby stuff {socks, mittens, pants, shorts, bloomers} in that chest. Make room for & purchase glider for nursery {started looking this weekend}.

Set up video monitor. Buy second video monitor camera {Trip to Babies R Us}?

Childbirth class 4/14 & 4/21

Breastfeeding class 4/18. Finish reading Mothering Multiples. Attend LLL meeting?

Cloth Diaper class 4/19. Wash new cloth diapers. Buy few more cloth diaper covers.

Pack hospital bag.

Just a few things to do in the next couple weeks right?! :-P

Babies Room Update

My parents came into town this past weekend for the consignment sale & to help get the babies’ room more set up. Friday night, we stayed up too late cheering on NCSU’s loss to Kansas. Dad

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put together the changing table that will be in the den. We also cleaned out everything left in the nursery except for Jason’s desk which he moved to the center of the room & covered in plastic.

Saturday morning came early, even with sleeping in. Mom & I went to Lowes, bought rods for the babies’ closet & picked out paint. After much looking & getting confused by all things green, with the help of two nice strangers, we chose Valspar’s Mountain Green {I think?}. Dad trimmed off the room in the blue tape. My aunt was recruited to help paint, so she joined my parents rolling away. Jason took apart his old, broken dresser then put together his new IKEA one. A college friend stopped by {hi M!} & we caught up while everyone else worked. I felt bad about that, but my Dad insisted I not paint.

nursery {take 1}

I love the color of the room! It’s brighter than we thought it would be, but I think it’s very cheery for a nursery. And will off-set the dark furniture we will fill the room with {polka dot baskets will go in dresser, Costco rug on the floor, trash can already lined with a wet bag}.

We did our first load of baby laundry Saturday! I folded blankets, bibs & hung up the new clothes we’d received as gifts. I then used the rest of the hangers we had as well as ran to Target for more hangers {I think 110 total!}, so I could hang up the newborn & 0-3 month hand-me-down clothes {thanks to J & A!} in their closet. The top shelf will be emptied off when the other changer/dresser is put together. I hung up the clothes stacked in the bottom Sunday & the rest will be cleaned out once the cribs are built.I also loaded the den changer with cloth diapers, covers & AIOs {that I have yet to wash} & the few newborn disposables & wipes we’ve received as gifts as well as elastic-bottomed sleepers & swaddlers. Can you tell the babies are pretty set for clothes?!

Sunday, we took another trip to Lowes for a cloth diaper trash can & white outlet covers after Mom & I went to church & a grocery store run. They left that afternoon & husband & I were both pretty tired. I got a second wind though & did another baby stuff laundry load. This time, I tackled the linen closet & washed & folded blankets, crib sheets & baby washcloths. I love that all of that is stacked & ready for the babies! I’d say my “nesting” urges have set in. :)