A post from Kelli–
So a while back, I decided that I wanted to get a few things done around the house before the baby got here. Then I started thinking of all the things I’d like to get done….and then I got overwhelmed, so I decided to wallow on the couch and drown in my nausea and just make pinterest boards about the perfect nursery, tips for everything under the sun as it relates to having a child, and making a baby registry.
Then one day, things started to click. Time was not on my side and with a crazy schedule coming up, I really needed to get my butt in gear. When I was talking with mom, she mentioned things like getting a guest room ready so that if I need to have a C-section and need someone to help me for a few days, they’d probably like somewhere to stay other than my couch. I also decided that I should probably do things like get the crib set up….or wash some baby clothes. I knew then that I needed to get my act together and get stuff done…So that’s what I tried to do…
But then I started getting overwhelmed, didn’t know where to start, and stalled again! After a bit of thinking, I sat down and started a list. I made a list of all the things I want to get done before the baby gets here, knowing that not all of them will probably get done, but at least this way when I need to do something, I can pick a small job if I only have a few minutes…Or maybe choose something that requires some supplies to purchase if I pick up an extra shift at work and have some extra cash.
Once I had my list together, I again got overwhelmed….but then I heard mom’s voice in the back of my head –You don’t have to do all the things, but you have to do just one more thing.
I decided to adopt this as my motto over the next few months. After reviewing the list and making a few alterations, I made sure to include things that involved more sitting for days that I’m not feeling well or some things that would be more fun like baby laundry or working on a project at mom’s that I need to finish for the baby’s room. I also made a list of things that I need to purchase or add to my registry so that when I may have a little extra cash or be headed in a certain direction, I could purchase some of the things/supplies I need to finish a project.
One of the nights last week, I had just got done working overnights. Overnights have notoriously been making me feel like crap lately. I’m almost guaranteed to puke and feel crappy for a day or two after working them as I get off a bit on my nausea meds, but I don’t have much of a choice, so I try to grin and bear it as best I can. It was like 8 pm at night and I was feeling lazy….but then I remembered–I didn’t have to do all of the things, but I had to do one more thing.
So I grabbed my list and picked something that would likely be a quick job that wasn’t too strenuous as I was feeling less than ideal.
And bathroom cabinet it was!
Yup! Quite the mess! As you can see, my skills at stuffing one more thing in the cupboard are progressing nicely!
After though looks much better….And I even have more space than I thought I did. One thing that helped was that I went through and got rid of all of the expired medications…Embarrassingly enough I had some from 2016! Oops! I still need to do the upper cupboard and the lower 2 drawers, but I did one more thing and that’s the important part.
I was worried for a little bit that having a list of so many things would be daunting, but it’s actually been a real motivation for me. I can quick look at it to see where I’m at and what areas I really need to work on. I think that before I spent so much time worrying about what to do, that by the time I figured it out, I either didn’t have time or had lost my motivation. I also find great satisfaction in crossing things off of a list, so there’s that too….
And just for fun, here’s a bump-date–
I’m not the greatest at taking pictures, but that’s okay. You can definitely tell that I’m pregnant now! My little one continues to be pretty active and loves to remind me that they are there–Which I love! I’m still getting sick regularly…like 3-4 times a week lately, but it could always be worse, so I’m trying not to complain! Overall, I’ve got lots to do, but I’m finally feeling like I’m getting somewhere…which is always a bonus!!!