Friday, February 11, 2011


...most definitely went out the window today. I have bronchitis, nausea, and exhaustion....none of which have made my 'to-do' list any easier.  I did somehow manage to complete a homemade dinner, several loads of laundry, a chapter of notes, and the emptying/breaking down of three more boxes.  Yay?

In better news, I officially have a doula!  I was afraid for awhile there that I wasn't going to get to have one...and we know how well that'd turn out.  There definitely needs to be a mediator and somebody like-minded there to support me through the labor and delivery.  She's awesome, and I'm excited!

Tomorrow is my first baby shower, so I shall be back with pictures of the incredibly cool (yet slightly morbid) cake and Mini-Me opening gifts.  Sunday, I'm having a few maternity photos taken with Mini-Me, so I'll be able to share those soon as well! For now, I'm going to go take a bubble bath and study through contractions.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Eventful Weekend?

I was Mini-Me free for the majority of the weekend and good grief did I get alot done!  Friends of mine came over and, between the four of us (plus an awesome 11 y/o boy), we unpacked almost every box in the apartment and started getting ready for Finn. I'm excited!  He now has an official place to sleep:

Don't mind the 'stuff' up front - it's a pump and a bag of yarn that is slowly becoming a blanket.  Eventually, he'll move up to a crib...and I'll get his stuff sorted out onto the organizer. 

Check this out - these boxes/bags up front are ALL baby clothes/blankets/bibs!
And there's another bag sitting in my living room!  I think, between hand-me-downs and second-hand stores, I did a pretty good job loading up for the kiddo.

Now I'm on to actually preparing: moving things around, prepping diapers, washing bottles and making cabinet space.  I never thought I would boil diapers on my stove, but I did.  The majority of his diaper collection is currently in the wash:

Then they get to hit an organizer and await for his arrival!  Next step is to pack a hospital bag, but I'm slightly fearful that he'll decide that means it's time to go...and I don't want to go yet. I have class tomorrow! He should make an appearance on a Wednesday night - that would be perfection!

This tired mama is about to retire into a bubble bath.  The kiddo is all tucked into bed after story-time and helping me with diapers, homework is all done...ready for the week to start!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Charity Raffle!

I've been browsing diaper give-aways and blogs and ran across this awesome Charity Raffle at Modified Momma Reviews.  It's a paypal donation of $5 to win, but the $5 goes towards the medical care of a very sweet, very sick little girl.  There are other ways to 'add' entries, as well, and increase your chances of winning.  Check out the packages you can win - they're great prizes for a great cause!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Television - Blugh.

We're finally all move into the new apartment.  Not unpacked, by any means, but at least moved in.  Today was 'cable day' - cool guy came and hooked up my internet, phone, and cable.  They lowered my rates by $40 a month AND gave me another 100 channels and a DVR.  I'm not a tv person, at all - I was raised reading books, doing crafts, and things other than sitting on my butt watching other people live fake lives.  I've tried to raise my daughter the same way, despite her being infront of the television more in the past two years than the entire four years before that combined.  I had decided, officially, that tv was making it's way out of our home.  A show here and there...but that's it. I only opted for cable because the bundle was cheaper than the internet/phone only package for the only decent internet provider in the area...then, the 'cool cable guy' hooked up cable in my kiddos room. Ruh-Roh!

So, Mini-Me and I made a deal this evening.  She can have television in her room.  She can even watch it! BUT, she has the following stipulations:
  • Homework must be done every evening
  • We can't skip our nightly reading time. If we start running out of time before bed, we cut tv time in the future.
  • No television during dinner...once we get the kitchen put together.  For now, we have dinner at the bar (also without the tv on). 
  • We must continue to do the following together, every week (we started this three weeks ago) :
    • A board game and/or puzzle atleast three times a week
    • Flashcards and workbook fun atleast three times a week
    • Crafty fun time atleast atleast four or five times a week, together (We're currently working on drawing animals, and cross-stitching on plastic canvas.
  • Chores - gotta be done. She has a morning, afternoon, and before-bedtime routine just like mommy (Thanks, Flylady!)  Most of it is simple stuff like remembering to lay out her clothes and brush her teeth.  Some of it is routine chores like emptying the dishwasher while mommy starts dinner.  
  • Finally: Mommy has control of what is on the television, and any future parroting of inappropriate phrases (like her infamous 'You smell like butt!' week-long repeats after watching iCarly) will result in a blocked show.  
Now...lets see how long this lasts before I remove the cable box from her room. :P