Today was completely nuts. Brady and I took our morning to be relaxed and have breakfast in bed while Dekker didn’t make a peep until after 11am! However, after that, we had big plans to get lots of things done in preparation for baby girl! The big one was to finish painting the crib. There is one coat of white paint on it, but it for sure needs two. I’m not picky, but its sooo obvious. It rained in the morning, which wasn’t ideal, but there was nothing forecasted for the afternoon. Lucky for us, it started spitting, and spat on and off for a few hours. So instead of waiting around and hoping for the weather to cooperate, we gave up on what we thought was our biggest task and decided to stay in and get some other stuff done.
Being that baby will sleep in our room for a solid few weeks if not a couple of months, we wanted to get her cradle up and in place. Our room is not the tidiest part of our home, to say the least, so we thought it would be nice to start there, get our room nice and clean, and set up the cradle and change table so we could really start to see her fit into our space. Turns out, she isn’t going to fit. Or she wouldn’t have if we didn’t spend over THREE HOURS on our room!
This wasn’t even the very beginning. We were probably a half hour in at this point. No, stuff isn’t usually piled up on our bed, but its all over the floor. It was completely atrocious. But amazingly worth it to have it looking better those hours later!
So its not perfect, but its a significant step up! My bedside table is still somehow overflowing with stuff from when we brought Dekker home from the hospital, so that could use some help. And we need to sweep again, since we swept and then did some dusting and uprooting. Not the smartest on our part, but the floor was horrendous so it seemed to need a lot of attention immediately.
Another fun accomplishment that some people might laugh at us for is installing the car seat! I’ve been anticipating it for so long!!! I know its early, but everyone, I’m 37 weeks today 🙂 FULL TERM! So if she wants to be born, I want to bring her home. Anytime!
The current plan is to have the kids side by side, but we’ll see. Its a small car and they don’t fit too nicely this way. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both ridiculously secure, but its really hard to click the bucket into place because it knocks against the armrest of the other seat. But it works for now anyway. So Brady did that while I vacuumed the food out of the backseat.
While all of this was getting done, we were also juggling a toddler and doing…I’m gonna say maybe 6-7 loads of laundry. So we kept nice and busy! We could really get to work when Deks napped but then we had to be extra quiet so it was at a slower speed. Not ideal, but we clearly got stuff done. It felt amazing.
We even made a SUPER delicious supper of pizza buns, which Dekker devoured, and then he and I went downstairs to do some more laundry while Brady started building a ledge onto our new dresser/change table. We bought it a few months ago and while its just about perfect, the change pad slides around like crazy. So that got done and Brady is currently putting the first coat of paint on. Yes, its 9:30pm. But it has to at least get started! And its such a small area to paint, he’s just painting it right in the kitchen and it’ll be dry by morning.
After all of these successful feelings, not ONE THING is crossed off my list of jobs to complete before baby comes >:( I find this borderline infuriating. We worked like dogs. I’m so thankful my pelvis isn’t sore today because my legs are about to die and I need all the help I can get from my body! The day has been a complete whirlwind, and now that its mostly over and we should be able to fall into our easy routine of snacks and a bath, instead our washing machine is smelling like electricity and we can’t wash our diapers. Instead of a few silent moments of playing cell phone games, Brady is painting. We didn’t get to sit on the deck and listen to the sprinkler water our garden. We worked. I like these successful days, and like someone mentioned to me on Facebook, I should just add all these tasks to my list so I can cross them off! But I feel frustrated that we didn’t do more, or maybe that we didn’t do more important things. I really don’t know what else we could have done! I should really focus on that side of things I suppose.
Or better yet, focus on bigger victories! Dekker didn’t fight his patch once today! He wasn’t happy either time we had to apply one, but he would lay still and wait for it to be over. He would whimper a little, but he would obediently stay still until it was done. I’m really hoping that this is the start of him getting used to it. I mean, its Saturday, and his first day in patches was Tuesday. So I’d say this is something to be very proud of!! He was so happy this afternoon, and I tried to get him to come over and take pictures with me like we often do, but he seemed nervous when he saw himself in the camera. He shook his head and ran away from me. Breaks my heart 🙁 At the end of the day, he gets his nighttime cuddles eyepatch free, and I can tell that he’s bothered right in the beginning, trying to figure out how to see again, but he gets there after a few minutes and seems to come around. I love him desperately.
As Brady just pointed out, I’ve been writing for quite some time. Its clearly been a big day around here, and I wonder if that is just playing into my emotions, making me feel like I’ve failed somehow. I’m thinking that should be my cue to wrap things up and call it a night.