Saturday, March 29, 2014


This pregnancy has rendered me mostly useless. The morning sickness is a far cry different than with Elden but I basically don't ever want to eat because nothing sounds good. As soon as I eat something I'm craving I start gagging. It's been a struggle. I've also been insanely tired. Most nights I've been going to bed as soon as we lay Elden down for the night. This is no bueno for housework because I always did the bulk of my cleaning and organizing once he was down for the night. Today is the day I decided to try and change all of that. Since I actually had energy (thanks to going to bed at 7:30 last night and sleeping until 6:30 this morning...) this morning, I:
-vacuumed the living room rug, foyer rugs and the stair runner
-swept and mopped the stairs, foyer, living room, dining room & kitchen
-put away all the junk that accrued in the foyer and on the coffee/kitchen tables
-wiped down the coffee/kitchen tables
-hung up some coats that had taken over our stair railing
-did 2 loads of laundry
-loaded/ran/unloaded the dishwasher
-paid 2 really awesome friends of ours to clean the laundry half of our basement because it had turned into a sanctuary for dust bunnies and spiders bigger than your face
I know it doesn't look like much but I was too overwhelmed by the need to clean to take before pictures. I feel like I can breathe a little easier in this house now. You're just going to have to trust that these rooms are in far better condition than when I started.
I also mentioned in Elden's last monthly update that we bit the bullet and bought a minivan. Neither Jon nor I care much about being minivan owners--we never cared if they are considered uncool. In fact, both of us adored our childhood minivans and were actually pretty excited. The plan was to wait until the end of the year when we applied for one ginormo dependent care expense reimbursement for 2014 and just use that. Then we had to put another $400 into Jon's car and decided to start looking now. On Tuesday we made the trek to Homer City, PA, to buy one that seemed like a great fit. It's a 2007 Kia Sedona EX--power doors, locks, windows, etc. We didn't realize until we got home that the windshield fluid sprayer didn't work but Jon took care of it with a simple $5 fuse replacement. My husband the handyman :)
In other news, I think we have narrowed down the themes for Elden's "big boy" room and the new nursery. I'll share an inspiration board for the nursery soon, but I'll give you Elden's room now: cars. Not the movie. Just cars. They are his favorite thing in the whole world and all he can talk about and we figured if we do regular ole cars and not the movie it will hopefully grow with him for at least a number of years. Now that I'm starting to feel a little better (no matter how brief it may be) I'm really excited about getting the house ready for another little person...

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