I am really looking forward to carrying this baby around on the outside of me instead of the inside. It will be nice to roll over in bed without it taking at least 3 separate motions. I won't be missing the acid reflux either. I realize the tiredness is likely to continue for quite sometime but it will be a different kind of tired. Weird how being a different version of tired can be refreshing.
Don't get me wrong, I love babies. I love the end result of being pregnant. However, I am not one of those women who loves the state of pregnancy. I quite enjoying being able to move about freely and lift heavy things and pick things up off the floor without the danger of not being able to make it up on my own afterward.
Just under 4 weeks until baby is due and I can't wait! There is still a lot to be done before he or she arrives but I won't be complaining if baby's arrival interupts my housecleaning plans. :)
The rules for this meme are: (1) Link to the person that tagged you. (2) Post the rules on your blog. (3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself. (4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (5) Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
OK so here we go:
1) I am full of useful/useless information. I am chock full of tidbits of information "just in case". I am an expert on nothing! :)
2) I hate wearing socks but I also hate having cold feet. Sometimes I can't avoid the socks and sometimes I tough out the cold so that my feet can be free!
3) I have a near phobia of raw chicken juices in my kitchen. I am ridiculously attentive whenever there is raw poultry in my house. Just ask my husband, it drives him nuts. I follow along behind him disinfecting whenever he comes back from hunting grouse.
4) I had a thing for cows when I was a kid. My dad finally told me I could have one if I could carry it home myself in my backpack. Being about 10 years old my backpack wasn't so large and neither was I. It was definitely a safe gamble for him. Although, Dad sometimes thought we should have one in the backyard because we went through so much milk...
5) I like to have all the dirty dishes on the left side of the kitchen so that the right side of the kitchen stays clean. I also wash dishes from the left.
Example: If it's a double sink I wash in the left sink, rinse in the right sink, and set the dishes to dry on the counter beside the right hand sink.
6) I love home improvement shows and am quite happy whenever I get tools of my own. I have my own hand saw, miter box, level, measuring tape, staple gun, and Dremel! I don't use them much but I like having them around. On my wish list - a hammer of my own.
I tag Emma at Charming the Birds From the Trees, Lauren Christine at with humility, thankfulness, and rejoicing, Lindsey (who happens to be one of my sisters!) at Red Letters, Trina at All That Is Good, Manda at Tree Fall, and Hannah at Cultivating Home.
Here is what I'm thinking about today as I try to unpack more boxes into our little house (650 sq ft total!!!):
3 Questions to Help Make Purging Decisions
1) Have I used it recently?
2) Is there a specific use for it?
3) Would my life suffer if I didn't have it?
If the answer is no, let it go!
~From the Neat website.
I particularly like #3. There are so many things that I don't need, never use, and if I didn't come across them every now and then I wouldn't even know I had them.
love is the greatest refreshment in life.
- pablo picasso
Once the ground thaws Dwayne plans to dig a hole over the affected area, cut the pipe, fit a longer length in, and secure it with a connector. Then the outflow pipe from the house will stick into the tank instead of just butting up against it. Until spring we'll probably have to do a weekly pipe check to avoid the problem. We also noticed the problem occurred after we accidentally bought 3-ply toilet paper instead of 2-ply.
(Not only does the man cook, he can bake, take care of babies, and fix or build just about anything and everything!)
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I located the baby bed amidst the piles of boxes upstairs and found the infant car seat accessories, like head/hip supporters. I will be shopping around for a new car seat today as well. We've decided to buy a bigger one that Hendrik will use and that can convert into a booster seat for when he's older. Riley will move into his car seat, which we will change back to rear facing for now, and the new baby will take over the one Riley has been using. Hopefully the new car seat will be here in a week or so.
Next, we'll have to get the van sorted out and cleaned out a bit. It's been doubling as a wood hauling truck lately (it's an Astro van) so we can put the benches back in it. Our little Geo is not going to be big enough for 3 car seats and 2 adults.
I should pick up some newborn diapers for now as well. We have cloth diapers for all the kids but until we get our hot water heater functioning we're using disposables.
We had a problem with the plumbing outflow pipe to our septic tank this week. There was a block somewhere in the line but we couldn't see it or find it. Dwayne took the pipes apart under the house and we had special heaters going to try to thaw any ice that might have been in the tank or the pipes. Still no progress. We thought it was fixed a couple of times only to pour some water down the drain and have it sit there again for an hour or two. After 2 days of frustration the problem is finally fixed.
Yesterday, Dwayne bought a couple of lengths of re-bar from the hardware store, welded some sort of connector on them, and then brought them home and fed them through the pipe. We had tried using a plumbing snake but it was too flexible and Dwayne figured it was bending back on itself. He could feel a block but couldn't tell what it was. After a few good shoves the block pushed through and voila! we had drainage again.
Today I am dealing with the aftermath. Despite being at Mom and Dad's for most of yesterday I have a huge mountain of dishes to tackle. We had company on Saturday night and when I went to do those dishes on Sunday we discovered our problem. So after 3 days, we have no cutlery, bowls, or pots clean. Fun. Still no hot water yet either so I'll have to heat the water for the dishes by pots and kettles on the wood stove. You have no idea how much time having hot running water saves you until you live without it for a while!
My 2 year old thought this whole escapade was entertaining and for the rest of the time before bed he kept saying, "I have a beetle in my pants. It's yucky. Take off my pants." Thankfully, it didn't bite and it wasn't THAT big but I don't welcome insects of any size inside my clothing. Ew.
Labels: Life in general
Labels: My little sweeties
Hat tip: Simple Lovely
The bins beside (and under!) the crib have some of my fabric stash in them. I didn't realize how much I had until I put it all in one place! I better do some sewing before I aquire anymore.
Riley's crib, part of our bed, and Hendrik squinting for the camera. :)
Riley's crib, our bed, Hendrik's big boy bed.
Today's challenge is creating a morning routine. Life here is starting to take more of a routine form now that we are getting settled so I have a hope of trying this out this time.
1) Get up earlier to spend time with Dwayne before he leaves for work.
2) Read for 15 minutes to half an hour.
3) Breakfast for the kids and I.
4) Dishes right after breakfast so we can avoid the mountain at the end of the day.
5) "Baby Can Read" for the kids, blogging/internet/email time for me.
Our special project for today is to tackle our loft area. It serves as a bedroom for all of us and also as storage space. I will be limited in what I can do as I'm not supposed to be lifting much weight but I'm sure we can make visible progress one box of clothing at a time. :)
Here are the before pictures. WARNING: Not for the faint of heart or extremely organized among you!
From right to left around the loft:
After work today Dwayne is going to the hardware store to get a special kind of heat tape (used in cold climates to wrap around pipes to keep them from freezing usually) to drop into the septic tank to thaw things out. Our hot water heater should be here today along with the vent kit so hopefully we can get that installed soon and then we won't have this problem anymore. :)
In any case, no dishes for me today - later this evening perhaps. Maybe the kids and I will spend some time upstairs in the loft getting clothes organized instead. We need to do it and seeing as we can't do much else we might as well take advantage of the opportunity presented to us.
Labels: My little sweeties
There is only so much you can do in a rental and I didn't care for ours to begin with. It was very old and no matter what you did you could never quite get it to look clean even if you had just scrubbed all the walls and the floors. There was lots of room and lots of windows but the windows all started at chest height which made it impossible for the kids to see out of them without being lifted up or them climbing up on something. There were a lot of safety issues in that apartment too.
It is so nice to live in a place that we were able to tailor to us and to things that we like. The new place has much less floor space (to be remedied in the next house!), lots of windows, and lots of warmth. I asked Dwayne to make all of the windows in the living room low enough for little tots to look out of without having to stand on anything.
It has been so nice to observe Hendrik watching things out the window, pointing out trees and the neighbourhood dogs and the ever expanding collection of old vehicles in the yard. He also LOVES going to bed in our new house. We had been fighting with him on bedtime in our apartment for a month or two before we moved.
Riley wakes up every morning smiling and clapping as she opens her eyes and sees out the windows that run around the top of our loft bedroom.
Dwayne actually likes getting up for work despite the extra chores of bringing in firewood, loading the wood stoves and putting gas in the generator, etc and having to be up about an hour earlier. He likes to sit in his chair drinking coffee by candle light.
I am actually enjoying doing dishes. The kitchen isn't large but it is functional and I finally have sink that I can fit larger pots and pans in without a fight!
There are still a lot of organizational quirks to figure out. We will have to add more storage in the kitchen and figure out how to configure our sleeping loft better but despite all the work and disorder that we are facing now we couldn't be happier. :)
Did I mention that I am loving Etsy?
There is so much that needs to be done around the house. We are still living out of boxes in the bedroom so I would like to get that organized soon so that it is easier to locate everyone's clothing and to move around in the loft!
Thankfully, we've had a reprieve in the weather this week and what was supposed to be a fairly cold week has turned into a rather pleasant one with temperatures forcasted between -10C and -16C, quite balmy for this time of year. You can tell that winter has really set in when you think that -16C is a warm day...
I'm off to read a little from "Home Comforts" by Cheryl Mendelson before I go to bed. I have a rumbly in my tumbly too which will like require a snack of some kind. Goodnight, see you soon!
Labels: Life in general
Our evening started out with a ham dinner at Christen & Andrew's (my youngest sister and her husband). We all went our separate ways for a few hours and then gathered at our place for the rest of the evening with the addition of our friend David (he's really family). We relaxed by the fire and chatted. Riley fell asleep early on and Hendrik fought sleep with every ounce of his little being.
At midnight we toasted and talked of New Year's Eves past. David intoduced us to "Tim Tams", a yummy chocolate Australian treat complete with directions on how to do a "Tim Tam Slam". We had ours with hot chocolate, excellent if you are a chocolate lover!
We contemplated watching a movie but by about 2 a.m. we decided that we were all too tired to make it through and entire movie and everyone dispersed by about 2:30.
It was a very relaxing, enjoyable evening but I must say that I can't handle the late nights the way I used to! To top it off, both kids had one of the most restless nights for either of them to date so there were a lot sleep interuptions. I felt a little groggy all day today but it was worth it for the time spent with family and friends. :)