Because Gestating is Not Enough...

To Do List Before #2 Arrives:

1) Play Musical Bedrooms. G's room will become the nursery. Our room will become G's room. The front guest bedroom/office will become our room. Did I mention I have to clean out all three rooms and purge all the junk? I've been chipping away at it, but I have no idea how we've accumulated so much crap in five years.

2) Decorate Said Rooms. Paint. I think that's about all I can handle. I've picked out the nursery theme after about two months of agonizing. I wanted something girly but not over the top. Mostly, I didn't want all pastel - and this is what I chose:

[Yes, it's Pottery Barn. I tried to go all indie, but PB kept pulling me back in. Don't judge.]

You see that tiny bit of aqua in the corner of the bumper? That's the wall color. I think. So yes, there's a little pink, but the red kind of toughens it up a bit. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

3) Convert the Garage into a Family Room. I'm actually laughing at myself as I type this, because I think the chances of this happening are comparable to winning the lottery. We need the space so bad. But I'm thinking this will stay firmly on the to do list.

4) Have Some Kind of Garage Sale. Or, in alternative, rent a Uhaul and make a trip to Goodwill. Or have a massive bonfire in the backyard. This last option may become more viable the more stressed and crazy I get.

5) Potty Train G. Just kidding. This is a pipe dream. I've read all the books. I've tried several methods including just putting underwear on him and watching him like a hawk. Inevitably, I turn my back for five seconds and there's an accident. Am I getting judgment? Yes. Mostly from older relatives who are like, JUST FORCE HIM. Yeah. That's a great idea. I love the idea of scarring my child for life so things can be more convenient for me. Plus? I'm guessing even if I got him 'trained' by the time baby arrives, he'll regress. So potty training goes on the back burner. I'll just keep telling myself that he won't go to Kindergarten in diapers.

6) Pick Baby's Middle Name. Okay, I don't usually put my older child's name in this blog, but I'll this one time tell you (or maybe when she's born too) baby girl's name: we're calling her Charlotte. This has been our girl name for long before G was born. So now we need a middle name. I have a few in my head, but usually my ideas are poo-pooed immediately. I'm thinking maybe I won't bring it up at all and just use the one I pick when I fill out her birth certificate info? Cunning, I know. But I'm open to suggestions. I grew up with a super vanilla middle (and, let's face it, first) name, so unusual is good. Just no crazy spellings. That drives me nuts.

7) Stock the Freezer. I did a pretty good job of preparing and freezing meals before G was born and it was a life saver. I need to do the same this time, but I need some ideas. I usually do turkey chili, spaghetti sauce and a bunch of soups. If anybody has any easily freezable recipes, sent them to me...please! I'll love you forever. Not that I don't love you already...

I know there's much more I need to tackle. Those are the biggies.

Oh. I forgot something.

8) Try Not to Lose My Mind. It might be too late...


Anonymous said...

Seriously. Skip the garage sale. Unless you have someone else doing it for you, why have that extra stress and another date to plan? Box it up and call Goodwill and call it a day.

Middle name for Miss C... hmmm... Rose? Rae? Thea?

raveandreview said...

No garage sale, save that for once she's here and you need a project... just kidding. Middle name: Frances? Jane? Jean? Elise? Congrats BTW!!

Christie O. said...

oh i LOVE THAT NAME!! it's so beautiful and feminine! I wish I had a good middle name for you but I love the bedding, does that count? I wish I could come help you declutter and move everything because I want you to relax! mwa!!

Roo said...

I ADORE the bedding. OHMYWERD. Gorgeous!

I liked the other commenter's suggestion of Elisa. Although I gotta admit Thea would be fabulous. ;)

Potty training. Ugh. How old is G? K2 is 3 and I'm tired of fighting with her. I keep telling myself the same thing - she won't go to school in diapers. {sigh}

Mommy Mo said...

Charlotte.....Russe, Russell, Horse, Reese, Marie..... : )

I let the first 2 kids potty train themselves, meaning I just waited for when THEY were ready, I did not force anything on them. we just read their potty books ad nauseum and talked about the potty and showed them the potty, etc etc. When Sophie was ready (about 2 yrs, 9 mo) she was completely trained in just a few days. Sam trained himself in about 2 days flat right after his third birthday.

As for you missy, what's with all the freakin' huge projects? Isn't that what your husband is for?!!!!!

Tiffany S said...

OMG I LOVE that bedding set! And Pottery Barn will hold up. Forever. And I love that name. I can't think of a good middle name, but liked the other suggestion of Elise.

Andrea said...

Elise, Giselle (I kid I kid!), MARIE (pick me pick me), Eve, Evalyn, Barbara (smile). You could do Barbraa.

Definitely wait on the PT.

the story of my life... said...

I would love to help you..I need a day away!