At 21+ weeks, I am on the (what I like to say is) the better side of my pregnancy.. closer to the end! While I know that many women either enjoy or at least don’t mind being pregnant, I cannot say that I am one of them. Morning sickness has plagued me throughout each of my three pregnancies, and sore joints seem to kick in fairly early. Overall, I have to say this is possibly my easiest pregnancy in the fact that my symptoms do not seem as severe. This could be because it’s a girl, it could be because I am chasing around 2 toddlers, but my guess is that it’s easier because my body knows a little more of what to expect.
With exhaustion still hanging on tight, I was shocked to have a few bursts of energy and even (gasp) creativity lately! I think this is all some form of early nesting, my body realizing that it could be a little over 3 months until little G could safely make her entrance (we’d like that to be closer to 4 but baby’s are stubborn so maybe it’ll be more like 5)!
I’ve been cleaning things that rarely are on the cleaning list. Just 2 weeks ago I grabbed a bucket and a cloth and scrubbed all of my kitchen cabinets, baseboards, and floors, which was no easy task considering the size of my kitchen (and yes, when it’s remodeled it’ll be even bigger and I cannot wait). They look beautiful and shiny now! I’ve done my best to clean other baseboards throughout the house, which is frustrating for me at this point, because the beautiful old woodwork in our home is all painted white. Eventually it will be stripped to it’s natural color, but that’s a task for another summer! And the windows. Even though it’s pretty futile with sticky hands in the house, I’ve done my best to clean handprints off of the inside and dirt off of the outside of our windows!
So with the conclusion of the weekend, I decided it was time to break into the baby items. When we found out that G was to be a girl, I separated out the clothing we would and would not be using. Through the help of some local Facebook yard sale groups, I’ve managed to sell all of the clothing we are not using in 3 days!! I was so excited! Last evening, I broke into the toys and other baby items, further organizing to make it easier on my husband to bring down the stairs, and further separating so that I can join a friend in her yard sale this weekend.
The results are astonishing. I have emptied 3+ totes of clothing (and purchased a few items of course) and if I’m able to sell a majority of the items I have out for this weekend, I am thinking that I’ll donate the remainder to a local shelter and/or our church. It feels so incredible to have SPACE even if it is only in the attic for now. It also felt a little sad to realize that by this time next year, I’ll have a lot more baby items that will be up for sale since G should be finished using them. In less than 4 years we’ll have made the transition from no children, to completing our family of 5.. which seems impossible in the abstract!
Now my next task is to create a fun new room for D1 and D2 to share (construction and truck themed, I can’t wait!), and turn D2’s room into G’s room. This seems like a lot to get done in the next 18 or less weeks!!