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I’m writing this while in a state of delirium; drinking coffee, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and side-eyeing Lad as he escapes to somewhere he probably isn’t supposed to be. One day he was flailing on his belly and the next he was crawling away from us and pulling up on everything.
When Lad was younger he would sit in a spot and cry for a toy and I remember thinking how great it would be when he could get it himself. Now, I sit him down in one spot and 2 seconds later he has disappeared and is busy pulling shower curtains down and eating a dead bug off the ground (true story).
It’s impossible to watch him 24/7 so Reese and I decided it was time to invest in some sort of contraption to wrangle him in.
Lemme tell ya. This thing is AWESOME. It’s 63″ across so it doesn’t feel so claustrophobic like his pack & play. It came in a little bag like one of those folding chairs, and praise the Lord it was all in one piece so I didn’t have to use brain cells to assemble anything. They’re in short supply and I have to ration them accordingly.
One of the main reasons we ordered this one and not just the regular fence like we had planned was because this thing has a tarp-ish bottom. Now we can take it outside and set him down and not have to worry about him getting sticker burs or eating dog turds. Win-win!
We’ve only had it for a week, but so far I’d give it an A. If it would have came with a Nanny I would bump up my rating to an A+, but this will have to do for now. Hehe.
Overall, I’d recommend it. It’s about $10 more than a regular kid pen, so that’s definitely worth it in my book. If you have a baby that likes to escape, or maybe if you want to leave the kid outside of the pen and crawl in there yourself to eat a banana in peace without some little hands with sharp baby talons trying to steal it from you, then I’d totally recommend this thing.
Hello friends! We officially have an 8-month old “big boy” (who likes to stand up in his crib and scream at the top of his lungs. Since we’re no longer in the “baby” phase, I’ve put up several things we aren’t using anymore. I didn’t cry, but I did say “Reeeeese! Remember when Laddy was a little baby and could fit in this!” several times. I also love referring to specific moments in time and say “remember when Laddy was only [insert months-old] and we [insert activity].” Reese absolutely loves when I do that. Just ask him. 😉
There are a few things that we use every day that I thought I’d share in case there are any other mama’s out there creeping up on “big boy” status. Some of the items are things we’ve used the whole time, and some are relatively new. We put up the dock-a-tot, piano kicker thing (with the awful music, thank goodness), baby clothes and baby bath tub. Somehow now we’re using bowls and sippy cups and t-shirts that show his chubby wittle tum-tum! It’s precious.
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Nose Frida & Saline Spray
We’ve used both of these things from the first month. I will say I recommend having some of the spray on hand for when your newborn gets his first bout of allergies (which will of course coincide with the very week your parents decide to leave the Country so you can’t call your mom in a panic). When babies are still fresh they can only breathe through their little nosies, so it’s very important to keep the nostrils free and clear! But be careful – there are two bottles and they are both very similar. One is ok for newborns and the other is for ages 2+. It’s part of our nightly routine to give a little squirt up the nose and suck out the boogs with our Nose Frida. I’m actually a little concerned for the college years because he loves the nose spray so much. We’re crating a monster.
This was originally suggested by our friend Mollie. Who knew babies needed one of these? Not me. We’ve been using this since birth to help with his allergies at night and you can tell a difference in the morning if we forget to turn it on before he goes to sleep. It is annoying to empty it every day, but it helps his cough, so it’s worth it. We use a cool mist humidifier, but there are warm mist ones. I don’t have experience with those, but I’ve heard they can mold easier. If you clean it out on a regular basis I don’t think there would be any kind of issues though.
About an hour before bedtime, I’ll go into Laddy’s room and turn on his diffuser with lavendar drops. If you want to use oils, just be sure you are using pure oils. There are quite a few out there that are cheaper, but they are filled with junk. Doterra and ACAI are both good brands that I use that are more affordable. I turn off the diffuser once he goes to sleep so it’s not running all night because it would probably be a little too strong. You don’t have to get fancy with the diffuser; you can find them for $10 or $80. I prefer the latter. At first I was putting the oils in the humidifer to make life easier, but then I learned that it’s not a very great plan for various reasons, so here we are.
I have mixed emotions about using a sound machine. I don’t want it to become something he can’t sleep without if we go places, but at the same time it does make life so much easier because he isn’t woken up by noises from the living room since he goes to bed a few hours before we do. If you use one, I would suggest getting one that will stay on all night. It helps him self-soothe himself back to sleep in the middle of the night too (which he was great at before he realized he could stand up and yell). We have this one, but I don’t think it really matters! I like it because it has a little nightlight on it and a projector for the ceiling. We haven’t used that yet, but I can see it coming in handy when he’s a little older. I know there are several out there that you can control from your phone too. #fancy
We sort of “forced” Laddy onto his little cow mainly for sleeping purposes. It was our thought that if he got attached to it, it would help him soothe himself back to sleep if he had something to cuddle. It has worked so far thankfully! And it’s really precious to see a wittle baby cuddle something. 🙂 I can’t find the exact one he has, but the brand is Jellycat Ltd. and it’s the softest thing in the world. But to be honest, I’ve hugged quite a few loveys in my day and they are all pretty cuddly and wonderful. So I don’t think you could go wrong.
We don’t have carpet so we were very excited when Santa dropped this mat off at our house. Lad is learning to crawl, so that means more face-plants. If we didn’t have wood floors this wouldn’t be such an issue, but his forehead appreciates the softer surface. My only complaint with this is that it does not make a perfect square and my OCD can’t handle it. I understand that with 26 letters this is just not going to happen, but maybe add some numbers or a few squares pictures. Please. Just do it for all of us crazies out there.
As much as I love the jogger stroller for our run-walks, it’s so nice to have a smaller stroller for quick trips. They are much lighter too, so you don’t get winded trying to get it in-and-out of the back of your car. I’m WAY excited for spring so we can start going to festivals and places. This stroller will be a game changer. It also comes with a little pack thingy AND CUP HOLDER for your “mom drink”.
We also have little teefies now, so he is drooling everywhere and sticking everything in his mouth. These little bibs have a rubber thing at the bottom so he can entertain himself for 5 minutes. They are also a nice fashion accessory, which Lad clearly cares about. (One of us has to look decent from time to time lol.)
One of the most recent items we added to our home was due to this:
Yep. I walked into his room and he was sleeping belly-down, with his legs sticking out of the crib, straight as boards. Obviously I had to take a picture. WHAT?! I never registered for a crib set because we didn’t know the gender, and then after he was born I never got around to it just because #momlife. Plus, everyone tells you to stay far, far away from bumpers and anything in the crib. Well what’s a gal to do when her baby insists on kicking his little legs out the side? This mesh thing has worked pretty good for keeping all body extremities within the boundaries of the crib. I’d recommend it if you’ve got a wiggle worm.
There you have it! Obviously we use a million other things on the reg., but those are all pretty obvious. This list was full of things that were given to us that make our lives easier. Life with a babe can be exhausting at times, so if there is something out there that will allow me to conserve the small amount of brain power that I do have, then SIGN ME UP.
Posted at 12:30 pm by Kyla Goebel, on February 16, 2019
Hellloo friends! Hope everyone has had a great week. We’ve been running around non-stop lately and spending as much time in the sunshine as we can – until Texas decides to change it’s mind and turn into winter again. C’mon spring, amirite?! Fingers crossed Phil was right about the whole shadow business; I’ve never put as much hope into an animal as I do that dumb groundhog. And we’ve never even met.
When Lad was five months old we started introducing him to purees. I knew I wanted to make his food but I was a little skeptical because I assumed it would be a pain in the hiney. Luckily I was wrong! As tricky as everything else in mommyhood is, making your own baby food is one of the easier parts! We started with a wide variety right away to get him used to a bunch of different foods. Growing up we weren’t allowed to be picky in our house and I’m very thankful for that now that I’m a wise 27-year-old. 😉
I’m sure when Lad becomes a toddler all of our hard work at introducing him to a variety of foods will go out the window and he’ll only want to eat cheeto puffs, but until then, I’m embracing our baby’s distinguished pallet. Haha.
Saturday mornings are usually when the madness happens. He eats avocados more than anything else, so I usually make those every other weekend. The other fruits and veggies tend to last longer so I don’t need to make it that often. Currently, he eats food at breakfast, lunch and supper. He still drinks his six bottles a day along with this because he thinks he’s Starvin Marvin. I’m really not sure where it all goes – oh wait. His diaper. Yep.
I haven’t made any mixed foods yet because I wanted him to get used to the plain foods first. Bananas and avocado are the easiest because I just throw them in the baby bullet with a few ounces of water and they’re done. Sweet potato and butter nut squash have to be baked and cooled first, but I just put them in the oven when I wake up and forget about them for a while.
For the other veggies we cheat. I buy the plain organic kind in the steaming bags and do it that way. When they’re done, just throw them in the blender with some coconut oil and 2 ounces of water. My goal is to have a garden this summer like we had when I was growing up, and make his foods out of the veggies we grow. But my dead cactus in the flowerpot tells me otherwise.
Lad’s most controversial and gag-worthy meal is chicken livers. He started eating them pretty early on and has always liked it. Chicken liver is really rich in tons of vitamins and babies tummy’s are still best at digesting proteins and fats, so it’s surprisingly easier on them than other foods like grains. I put it in a pot with lots of coconut oil, some water, and pink salt, and boil it until it’s cooked. Throw it in the bullet and puree until it looks like a Wendy’s Frosty! It does not taste like a frosty, in case you were wondering.
Sidenote: apparently you do have to freeze the liver for 14 days before cooking it to kill any pathogens. I’m not any kind of expert on this, but I don’t have a microscope and my scientist genes are sub-par. It’s an easy enough step that we can do to be on the extra safe side.
After I make all of the food I put it in ice trays and freeze them into little cubes. When they’re frozen I pop them out of the trays and put them in ziplocks until it’s meal time!
Like I said, it’s all very easy. It takes a few hours a month and you’re good to go.
Here’s the water to food ratios I use. At first I used breast milk instead of water, but I switched to just water so he doesn’t get used to the foods being sweeter than normal. I also add a scoop of coconut oil to the puree’s too; the healthy fats help baby’s tummy break everything down.
It’s all really, really simple. I promise. Especially if you have several ice cube trays and you are able to make a ton of food at once.
When he gets a little older we will start giving him soft foods that aren’t blended up, but we aren’t quite brave enough for that yet. 🙂 Baby led weaning is very popular and a lot of people have tons of success with it! You have to do what is best for your baby and best for your mental state. Haha.
I’d like to start off by saying MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Just kidding. But not really. Because we WILL be saying that in just a few weeks. There are only FIVE-AND-A-HALF weeks until Christmas and excuse me while I go have an anxiety attack. My left eyeball is literally twitching as I type this. [Starting a petition for Reese to let me put up Christmas decorations.]
IT’S BEEN A HOT MINUTE SINCE I’VE BEEN ON HERE. We’ve been busy. And Lad does this whole thing where he screams when you sit down. So that’ll keep a gal away from a computer. I have a lot to say, but I’ll do my best to keep this short. Also, be ready for a bunch of random topic changes.
I recently mopped for the first time since September. Go ahead, judge me. I HATE mopping. It’s the worst. But it had to be done. Because another fun thing that Lad likes to do is projectile spit-up over your shoulder so you don’t know he spit up until you are walking around later and step in curdled milk. For all of you new parents out there, heed this advice: GET RID OF YOUR CARPET. I literally do not know what we would do if we didn’t have wood floors. It would smell like buttcrack in here for sure. There aren’t enough Scentsy’s in the world.
I get asked how our cloth diapering is going quite often. Verdict: I highly recommend it if it’s something that can be worked out for your family! Once we actually figured out how to put them on so his pee didn’t get out all the time, it’s been great! It adds 2 loads of laundry a week, but that’s not a big deal in my opinion. When it comes to laundry it’s not like you ever finish anyways. And honestly, we’ve only had a handful of poosplosions so far, and they’ve all been while he was wearing a disposable diaper! So we either don’t put regular diapers on correctly, or there actually is something to this whole cloth thing!
Speaking of poosplosions.
There was one time recently that made me really proud to be little LaddyBoy’s mom. Recently, Reese was changing Lad and I was in the kitchen washing bottles and pump parts (which is how I spend 95% of my time these days). It was getting close to Lad’s bath time, so instead of dirtying up another diaper, Reese just snapped the (leg-less) onsie up. Sans diaper. Did you get that? Sans diaper. *cue face palm* When the boys came into the kitchen, Reese seemed taken aback by the look of horror on my face. Because I’ve already learned my lesson about not putting a diaper on this baby. He’s pretty much armed and ready to blow at all times.
Me: “That’s a really bad idea.”
Reese: “Why? He just pooped and it’s almost bath time. It’ll be fine.”
Lad: *takes biggest dump of his life*
Reese: “NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. HELP ME IT’S SO BAD.”
Lad: *still pooping*
Reese: “STOP LAUGHING AND HELP ME. IT WON’T STOP AND IT’S SO BAD. KYLA. STOP. THIS ISN’T FUNNY.” *runs to the bathroom*
Me: *laughing & trying to hold in my pee*
Reese: “GET IN HERE RIGHT NOW. THIS ISN’T FUNNY. IT’S COMING OUT AND IT’S SO BAD.
Me: *still laughing*
Now, for those of you who aren’t aware, Reese DOES NOT do bodily fluids. He just doesn’t. Especially when the bodily fluid is turd in his barehands.
I was finally able to make it back to the bathroom (without peeing myself, holler!) where Reese had Lad dangling over the bathtub just like the time Michael Jackson dangled Blanket/Pillow/Duvet (whatever that poor kid’s name is) over the balcony with this look of disgust on his face.
And my heart grew 10 sizes. Just like the Grinch.
It’s moments like these that we will treasure forever. 😉 Well, maybe not Reese, but I certainly will. I needed a good belly laugh.
Other than that very entertaining episode, it’s been just peachy over here! Laddy even sleeps about 6 – 7 hours straight each night! We had 2 miracle nights of 12-hour stints and then we’ve had our wake-up-every-hour moments too. But all-in-all I’d say we’re knocking it out of the park. We still swear by the sleep sack and I tell all my pregnant friends to put several of them on their registries.
Working at home with a baby is proving to be a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! Speaking of, ANYBODY WANNA BUY A HOUSE?!”
I’d like to say that I’ll be back with another update soon, buuuuuut we’ll see. My little bloggy isn’t at the top of my priority list right now, believe it or not. 😉
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Today makes 8 whole weeks for us as a family of 3! I thought I knew what life was going to be like but lemme tell you what – there’s absolutely nooooo way to prepare yourself for what’s to come. I mean that in the best way (obviously), but it’s literally nothing like you could ever even comprehend until you are there!
Oddly enough, you make your baby registry when you are pregnant and have NO IDEA of what you will need or want. I mean, you think you know what you will need after talking to people and being around other babies, but your baby is going to be different and you are going to be different, soooo all I can say is: keep your receipts. 😉
Here are the major things that we currently need for a smooth day:
Fisher Price Auto Rock-N-Play AKA the Holy Grail of baby gear.
Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this before. But since then I’ve come across several other people who use this bad boy too and there are ZERO complaints. It’s where Lad sleeps at night. It rocks automatically, poop wipes off (thankfully ), and it’s priced great! We also really like the fact that it is inclined because we’re still nervous about him spitting up in his sleep on his back, so it’s a comfort.
So get one. Or two. Or another ideas is to have one for every room in your home. Really.
When I registered for these, it was more so our baby would look like a cool kid hipster. Turns out they are AMAZING in real life because they are 1) super soft and snuggly, and 2) way easier to fit over your baby’s head when you are still freaking out about the soft spot OR when you are trying to get the outfit over your baby’s head without getting the poop that managed to run up his back everywhere. So there are definitely some benefits.
These are from Target, btw. Like everything else.
Carter’s Socks (actually Carter’s everything because it’s all soft & snuggly)
I LOVE baby socks. They are the cutest things I’ve ever seen in my life. Unfortunately, they are not attached to each other via string and one is always missing. My mom found these Carter baby socks and (other than the ones from the hospital) they are the only ones that stay on his little feetsies. Let’s also add that they look like athletic socks and are adorable. Reese is REALLY nervous that Lad is going to get some of my non-sporty skills, so we’ve got to do all we can as a baby to brainwash him into being really good at sports.
A lot of people will tell you that a bottle warmer is a “luxury item” and that you can warm up a bottle over the stove just as easy. And if you and your baby have that kind of patience than goooood for you. We do not. And we need this. Like I need a beer in the evenings.
I would recommend a bottle warmer a thousand times over. We have the Munchkin brand and it works great so far! It’s quick, but it does leak water all over the place. But you know how you can fix that? With a towel.
I’ve heard from a few people that this brand does die quickly. Dr. Brown’s has a bottle warmer that will apparently last longer but it’s not as quick. The Munchkin one was around $25 I think, so when it does die I’m perfectly fine with getting a new one.
This is kind of a joke but kind of not. Turns out Lad is very particular about his music choices and it is handy to be able to turn on his favorite tunes when he’s screaming. For example: he prefers a nice Billy Joel tune over Don’t Drop that Thun Thun Thun. Which I can kind of get on board with – clearly Billy is a wayyy better artist overall, but there’s nothing like a good song to have a dance party with.
Graco Travel System – My Ride 65
First off – this name. “My Ride 65”. EL OH EL.
Secondly – This. stroller. is. the. bomb. If I wasn’t so big on going on runs and walks, maybe this wouldn’t be so important, but I am. And this stroller works perfectly for that. You just pop the car seat into the stroller base thingy until they are 20 lbs or something crazy and they can sit in the stroller without the seat. So we’re here for the long haul with this! I will say that we have to stay on the paved road at this point while his head is still jiggly, because the dirt road didn’t work out for us. But when he gets older fingers crossed it works on the dirt road just as well! It’s also a bonus when your dog can ride in the little basket thing underneath because she’s not smart enough to stay out of the way of the front tire. Bless her heart.
Obviously there are tons of other things that we have and love, but these are the big points that have been life-savers for us. Your baby may hate wearing v-neck onsies, but we’re here for it. Plus, if Lad takes after his father he will probably have a chest hair popping up any day now so we’ve got to let the chest air out. 😉
And let’s take into consideration he’s still only 8 weeks old, so I’m sure that this list will change in a few weeks!
Lad definitely keeps us on our toes! And I thought I was sleep-deprived back in my prime when I went out several nights a week, but noooooope! This is at a new level. I was washing my hair the other day and when I looked down I noticed there was a roll of paper towels also taking a shower with me. And one time when I was trying to take a sip of coffee I grabbed his bottle instead.
Moving day has come and gone…and somehow there are still piles of things that need to go places. It’s times like these that Reese gets really scared of me and my trash bags. I make donation piles and throw away piles on a regular basis, but we somehow still manage to accumulate so much JUNK. Grr. If this happens before little kids, I can’t even imagine what our future holds. Especially if our kids are “collectors” like I was…YIKES.
Here’s the picture we’ll show our kiddos in 20 years of Reese and I (and little [large] baby), of us on moving day from our first home together!
You know what’s fun? Moving when you’re pregnant and achy and large and have a leg that likes to randomly fall asleep.
We still have several things to do before our sweet little home is complete, but I don’t think you ever really finish a house – and when we finally do I will want to re-decorate all over again. Yay! The transformation of our home over the last few months is monumental and we are SO HAPPY with how everything turned out! My most favorite is the kitchen [obviously] and I forgot how much I absolutely LOVED having a gas stove! Burning things is so much easier on electric stoves because of the heat situation, so Reese is pretty pumped about the change. Lol.
Reese made a rule that I’m not allowed to hang up anything on the wall so our dining room is currently a storage facility for all of my wall-hangings, pictures, and decorating things. Somehow he got the idea in his head that I will just hammer nails in the wall willy nilly. There’s no way that’s true. Just ask my parents….or maybe don’t. 😉
We have a brand spankin’ new shower with a LIGHT and Reese said he just stands there and smiles every time he takes a shower because it brings his heart so much joy. I’d have to agree though. It’s miraculous.
If any of you out there like re-doing furniture for free, hit a girl up. My re-do pile is quickly growing and my motivation is quickly fleeing. I can’t. Plus I don’t want to fill the womb with strong paint odors for the little baby. So my slacking is really for the health of our child.
If you remember, this was our starting point:
Weeee! So stinkin’ excited. I would show other rooms, but the walls are barren.
In the midst of all of this excitement, RE/MAX also moved offices downtown! Our new space is bright and shiney and I love it!
Unfortunately, this means that no matter where I go there are boxes that need to be unpacked. For now, I just put my office boxes behind my desk and me and my exercise ball chair face the opposite direction. Some would call this denial; I call it problem solving.
Really though, I just need to fill my space out before deciding how I want to organize everything. My brain works that way. And Pinterest. I also need to hit that up.
There have been many instances during this whole house renovation thing that have caused me to use an un-necessarily large amount of brain cells. As if this little tot inside of me and selling houses didn’t already absorb the short supply that I do have, let’s throw in a lot of difficult decisions that I will be looking at every single day for the next several years. Alrighty then.
1. Cabinet doors. Turns out it’s a terrible idea to take down cabinet doors and put them in the same location as the matching doors from the island (that is no longer there) and the built-ins (that are no longer there). The worst part is, once we got this figured out, there were also two bathrooms and a laundry room that had matching cabinets. The charade was never-ending. It took mom and me at least 2 hours to figure all of this out. You have NO IDEA.
2. Picking a Potty. I wasn’t too worried about this part. A potty is a potty is a potty. Or so I thought. Reese was pretty upset, because he wanted to be able to sit. You know, and think about it. Like everyone does on a potty. Think. We had also been given some helpful information from my brother about a round bowl vs. an elongated bowl. Reese was NOT about to get a round bowl after that. (If you’d like to know the weird details of this conversation, we can speak about it another time. This website isn’t ready for that.) After several moments of deliberation, we did leave the store with two porcelain thrones. Reese is still not totally satisfied; I’ll let y’all know how it all turns out.
3. Paint colors. HOW MANY GRAYS CAN THEIR POSSIBLY BE? Turns out, a lot. My biggest fear was picking a gray that turned out blue. We went with Amazing Gray from Sherwin Williams…and so far so good.
4. GETTING THE APPLIANCES DELIVERED TO OUR HOUSE. I’M TYPING THIS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I’M STILL MAD ABOUT IT. NOT TO POO-POO ON A STORE, BUT WE WILL NEVER RELY ON LOWE’S TO DELIVER ANYTHING FOR US EVER AGAIN. IT LITERALLY TOOK 2 MONTHS FOR EVERYTHING TO BE DELIVERED TO OUR HOUSE – THAT’S SIX WEEKS LONGER THAN IT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN. THEY GAVE ME FOUR DIFFERENT DATES AND I STAYED HOME FROM WORK THOSE DAYS AND THE APPLIANCES NEVER SHOWED UP AND NOBODY EVER CALLED. ALSO, ONE APPLIANCE WAS DAMAGED. AND YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I WAS HUNG UP ON WHEN I CALLED THE STORE? TOO MANY. Ok, glad that’s off my chest.
5. Cabinet Hinges. I’m sure a lot of people know that there are different types of hinges for cabinets – Shocker! I’m not one of those people. Since we didn’t have thousands of dollars just lying around waiting to be spent, we opted on keeping our current kitchen cabinets and painting them. I wanted to get new hardware and lucky me I found an Amazon special on a 50-pack of hinges! Womp womp womp on Kyla. They were the wrong kind. I was so excited to start putting the doors back on and mom broke the news – they were “flat lay” and I needed “inset” or “onset”. I can’t even remember anymore and that was yesterday. News to anybody else? No? Just me?
We’re still learning here, clearly. Thank you Jesus Daddio is so handy because he and mom handle my mind-changing and moods and random spells of hunger like champs. I blame it on growing this baby. *Sidenote: last night I dreamed it was a girl for the first time. Up until now it had been a boy every time so I’m back to having no idea. In the dream Reese left and went to work before we named her and I was so upset.*
COUNTDOWN IS ON! ONLY ONE MORE WEEK AND (FINGERS CROSSED) WE’LL BE DONESKI!!
All in all, this home renovation has been a relatively easy and stress-free process. (If you ask my dad, a.k.a. “Contractor Paul”, he might tell you differently, but that’s not important right now.)
Our checklist is both dwindling down and growing at the same time – if you’ve ever been in our shoes you probably know what I mean. “We did that, that and that. Oh wait we forgot we have to do that. And that. And toilets. Why didn’t we put toilets on the list? We need those too.”
Surprisingly I’ve only found myself sitting on the floor in the middle of the kitchen a handful of times when Reese comes home with new decisions that need to be made. Do I occasionally stare off into the distance and pretend he never asked me a question? Yes. Does that mean I’m over it and he can just make the decision? Also yes.
As far as the paint colors go…I narrow the giant “swatch wall” at Sherwin Williams down to about 15 different colors and Reese has to pick from there. So far, so good. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t for the life of me pick paint colors. I always seem to get the wrong hue. My biggest fear was the cream color on the wall would turn out “fleshy” (gross word, I know), so he picked the Calico Cream and it looks great! Hand clap for Reesey.
I’ve also gone over to our friend’s houses with 45 different cabinet color swatches and tallied their picks on my phone. I’m not neurotic at all.
Thankfully, I still feel like my breaking point is miles away. There have been some issues along the way that have caused me to pull out my “mom voice” (I’m getting really good at it), but nothing MAJOR.
Will there be a day when I’m sitting on the floor under millions of paint chips crying into my water cup because I’m coffee deprived and can’t fit into any of my jeans? Maybe. Will that day be tomorrow? Maybe. But I’m positive it won’t be today. Because today I feel sane and confident. All home renovations are a roller coaster and just like Forests’ mom said, “…you never know what you’re gonna get.”
I may be slightly over optimistic (my entire family and husband seem to think so), but I’m banking on mid-March to be moving in. I’ve started packing and making hauls to the donation store just to let everyone know that I’M READY.
If anyone out there is looking to do some heavy lifting, holler atcha gurl. Just be warned, I will most likely pick a spot for a piece of furniture and then have you move it to a different spot, then back to the original spot (just 5 inches to the right). It’s what I do.
Maybe the next house post will be about me complaining about all the crap we have to move. 😉 Here’s to hoping!