43 Days To Go: The List Gets Updated

At 106 days to go, I created this list. At 91 and 65 days I updated this list…and now, that was 22 days ago (allegedly, my math could all be funky for sure).

As you’ve read, the nursery is complete (five more holes to put in the walls and we’re home free). We’ve got one more shower set for Sept. 17 that will be held here at our house (which I’m excited about, because everyone will get to see her room ready and waiting!).

It will be interesting to update and comment on this list…because it feels like it just keeps getting longer. I also can NOT believe that we have childbirth class this Saturday for SEVEN HOURS! I literally have to pack a cooler. I also realized the other day that they didn’t tell me to print a pillow with me. Isn’t that what they do on TV, all the women come in with a pillow and look ridiculously preggo?? Anyway, I don’t plan on taking one of my own pillows unless someone instructs me to do that. I feel like, again, I’m paying for the service. The hospital can provide the damn pillow at the very least. (For the record, I will be taking my own pillow to the hospital when it’s ‘go time’ because women on other blogs I read recommend that).

1. Clean her room. (Her room has been the cleanest room in the house for quite some time now).
2. Clean floors with vinegar and water in her room.
3. Insullation in the attic. (DELAYED)
4. Remove hardware from the walls in her room.
5. Fill the holes left by the hardware removal.
6. Prime the walls (necessary?)
7. Paint the walls.
8. Purchase the paint for the walls.
9. Order the wall decal for her room.
10. Order the prints.
11. Purchase the frames for the prints.
12. Frame the prints.
13. Hang the frames.
14. Put the crib together.
15. Buy a crib mattress.
16. Put the dresser together.
17. Move the glider/rocker/ottoman into her room.
18. Finish the rug for her room. Ok, this damn rug requires a lot of time and fabric. Not worth it the way I have been doing it. The rug still looks cool, but I wish I would have just spent the money and bought the rug I wanted (which I ultimately did for her room and the upstairs living room). So, the rug for ‘her room’ is done. I bought it at Ikea and it looks great and was easy to do! 🙂 The rug I started, however…that’s no longer ‘her’ rug and I’m not sure where it will go when it’s complete…but for now it’s a good project to keep  my hands busy while watching tv at night.
19. Buy more supplies to finish the rug for her room.
20. Cut up the rectangles for the rug for her room. (Deleting this because it has no bearing on being baby-ready.)
21. Find additional fabric for the bumpers.
22. Take the fabric to Sandy’s.
23. Determine a solution for blinds.
24. Determine a solution for curtains. (Have decided to forego curtains until I see that we need them. I think she’ll be able to sleep just fine in her room with the blinds…or in the bassinet next to our bed. And I think her room looks perfect just the way it is, thank you very much.).
25. Sew the curtain tie-backs. (Not necessary).
26. Purchase the closet organizer for my closet. (If Jon READ my blog, he would have known about the closet organizer…and my birthday would have been a different day I bet. However, the closet organizer is no longer a pre-requisite for the baby. All my clothes are hanging in closets…so I’m alright for now. But someday soon, I’d really like all my clothes to be in the same closet again.).
27. Install the closet organizer for my closet.
28. Remove all of my stuff from her room into my organized closet. (Shoved it in a downstairs closet for the time being…).
29. Hang up clothes in her room. (Did this, but they are now in the office until we get the final coat of paint on the closet doors and do some final touch ups in the bedroom…but the clothes are hanging, so I’m crossing this off the list).
30. Clean the closet in her room.
31. Paint the closet in her room.
32. Paint the closets in our room. (See above rationale…I’m leaving these on the list because I really would like to get the closets done).
33. Get the dresser/changing table stocked for arrival. (Will feel better about this after the 9/17 shower because I know she’ll get lots of great necessities. And what she doesn’t, we’ve got some great gift cards that we’ll fill in with. And then, this will be done. )
34. Determine how to get Jon on my approved emergency person at the hospital. (We are doing childbirth class all day Saturday. I think the following weekend we’ll make a call and go do the tour of the Hurley labor and delivery area. I can ask the question of them then. I’m also going to ask at my next doctor’s appointment about pre-registering and how I do that. One less thing to worry about when it’s game time).
35. Glucose tolerance testing (at some point). (This is happening August 5). (Read all about it in an earlier post)
36. 2nd Ultrasound at Hurley, 7/7
37. Appointment with Nurse at Neubeck’s office, 7/18 (aka 28 week appointment)
38. Molly’s shower – purchase a gift.
39. Molly’s shower – attend (one or two?). (FYI, Molly has realized she’s going to have a small human in less than two weeks. How crazy is THAT?!).
40. Aunt Jody’s 25th wedding anniversary party.
41. Minnie’s baby shower on 9/17.
42. Turn 31. (Did this without fanfare yesterday, but had a great day spending it watching all the back episodes of Boardwalk Empire with my Mom and Trevor).
43. Assemble my new bird table.
44. Read a good book or two.
45. See the new Harry Potter movie.
46. Take newborn pictures of Drew.
47. Fix the bathroom walls (Dad).
48. Re-paint the bathroom. (My Dad is saving the day – SUPER DAD! – and is working on the bathroom. We’re thisclose to having it done…not much longer now).
49. Determine a solution for the floors in the bathrooms. (Dad laid ceramic tile. It looks awesome. I’ll post pictures when it’s done, don’t want to spoil it!)
50. Organize the downstairs bedroom. (Done – I put the cushions back onto the couch (though I find this very uncomfortable, but whatever, it looks good. I also moved everything into closets or into the garage…areas where those items were supposed to go…and some under the bed, because they don’t have a home yet).
51. Consolidate my jewelry into one location. (I am crossing this off the list. I actually unpacked all my bags and travel things and have all my jewelry that is regular-wear in one spot. So, we’ll call ‘er complete.).
52. Bring order to the pantry.
53. Paint the dining room table. (Still needs done, but I bought really sleek linens that drape to the floor, so it hides the need for a paint job. I know, really crafty of me).
54. Paint the railing on the main stairway.
55. Wash the white plastic furniture on the upstairs deck.
56. Clean tracks on the sliding doors. (Eeew…still needs done. I cleaned all the tracks and windows in the kitchen. Will get around to the sliders maybe this weekend. I have vacuumed and swept them out to get rid of cobwebs, etc., but they need a deeper clean than that).
57. Evict the birds from their nests around my house. (Yeah, this one isn’t happening because of me. Weather has turned and I think the birds are migrating. At least I hope so. This battle I’m going to call for myself and then I’m going to prepare to prevent the nests in Spring 2012.)
58. Clean the garage. (STILL HALF COMPLETE. THIS IS JON’S AREA.)
59. Powerwash the garage floor. (Floor is STILL half epoxy’ed. Maybe that will happen this weekend. A girl can dream).
60. Determine shelving solution for the garage. (We went the weekend before Labor Day and bought one thing of shelving and put it up. Will need more, but the rest of the garage needs to get painted and the floor epoxy’ed before we can move further along).
61. Return the moving blankets to Aunt Jill & Uncle Mike.
62. Get the paint splatters off the floors in both dining rooms. (Ok, I spent three hours doing this on Sunday and it looks a lot better, but still have another three hour stint I need to do to have it look GOOD or decent, rather).
63. Vacuum.
64. Organize the downstairs kitchen pantry.
65. Find a pediatrician off the list. (Spoke with Dr. Baig’s office and have him set to be her pediatrician. However, Jon and I are figuring out how to work our insurance and need to double check that he’s approved through whoever his insurance provider is.)
66. Find a comfortable child care solution locally.
67. Determine my maternity leave calendar.
68. Determine what work looks like when I return from maternity leave.
69. Get paint estimates for the upper level of the house. (Jon’s TO DO)
70. Finish the green blanket.
71. Finish the yellow blanket.
72. Finish the pink blanket.
73. Finish the black blanket. (70-73 I’m calling done. I have used the yarn, I have tried to complete them. I am just beyond caring at this point and enjoy working on the gray rug more than the blankets at this point. So, they’re back where they started and some day I’ll add them back on to a list of things to do).
74. New sales bid at the museum.
75. Enjoy a 10-day vacation.
76. Enjoy four day work weeks throughout July! (This didn’t happen, I wanted to save all the vacay I could based on the FMLA/leave discussion with my boss).
77. Play golf a few more times. (Unless I hurry up, this ain’t happening this year).
78. Spend time on the water, in a boat, in the sun.
79. Take my kayak out.
80. Take my kayak out again. (See #77)
81. Sit on the patio with Jon and enjoy the evening. (Could stand to do this several more times, but it was nice when Frank and Andrea stopped by with Drew a few weeks ago and we just enjoyed the back patio and drinks).
82. Develop content for my new website.
83. Order the mobile for her room. (Put one on the registry…but did find a cool one on etsy.com that Jon liked too…not sure what the best route to go is. I may order the one from etsy.com on a whim one day).
84. Complete the baby registry.
85. Return the carpet cleaner to Grandma Carpenter.
86. Birthday present for Molly.
87. Go computer shopping. (Have shopped, know what I want. Not purchasing right now).
88. Figure out a solution for a TV in the bedroom. (No solution for the time being. Maybe Christmas time we’ll make a TV purchase. They (who are they anyway?? Oprah?) say that right around the Super Bowl is the best time to buy a TV.)
89. Complete marketing calendars for all 13 accounts.
90. Complete site visits at all 13 accounts before opening.
91. Complete site visits at all 13 accounts after opening.
92. Spray for bugs in the downstairs living room. (This HAS to happen…found a tarantula down there yesterday. It even gave the garage vacuum cleaner a run for its money as it sucked it up).
93. Purchase a book case for the downstairs living room. (Some day).
94. Purchase at least one barstool for downstairs bar. (Some day).
95. Fix the leaky faucet in the upstairs kitchen.
96. Replace the shower head in the big bathroom.
97. Replace the shower spout in the big bathroom.
98. Replace the broken handle in the master bathroom. (This is Jon’s TO DO…the new handle has been sitting on his side of the counter for months and it hasn’t gotten updated yet. Waiting. Patiently).
99. Fix the slow drain in the master bathroom. (I had Plumbing Professors out to the house, but oddly, the drains are now going just fine all on their own…Murphy’s Law).
100. Figure out how to show pictures on my blog(s).
101. Take out the recycling.
102. Return the bottles/cans.
103. Order new hardware for the closet in her room.
104. Go upnorth to the lake on a non-holiday weekend.
105. Have pizza at the CLB. (TWICE!!!)
106. Relax. (ha!). (Did this for my birthday yesterday and it was lovely).

That’s a total of 22 remaining outstanding items. That does not include taking maternity photos of myself somehow…or attending childbirth class…or the Leadership Academy classes I signed up for in the community. It also does not include the cleaning that still has to happen for the shower at our house, the finishing touches on the bathroom. It doesn’t include getting a birthday present for Jon’s Dad, figuring out our insurance, getting my short term disability set up with work. It doesn’t include two more trips each to Chicago and Indianapolis. There are a lot of things this list doesn’t include.

My tonight’s list, however, includes two things:

– Take a shower

– Go to bed.


It’s time to do both now.

More soon,

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