Alone With Two

I am currently sitting on the couch with both babies asleep.

The two-year-old is next to me and the newborn is in the swing in front of me.

I have chips and guacamole on my lap. (Since guacamole has been my main source of food.)

And The Office is on the tv.

My husband has been away for military purposes. He’s been gone for two weeks, with one week left. So having both of them alone has definitely been testing my patience, but it hasn’t been that bad.

(Mostly.)

There have been moments of Noah watching tv and Lili being content in her swing and all will be peaceful. Then there are those OTHER moments; the moments you expect to have when you have a two-year-old and a newborn….

EXAMPLES:

Showering: There are only two ways I can take a shower. 1. Noah has to be taking a nap and Lili is in a bouncer in the bathroom with me. 2. Noah is taking a shower with me while Lili is in a bouncer in the bathroom.

Eating is either done at the table with Lili in a bouncer next to me and Noah in his booster seat. OR eating on the couch in front of the tv (while Noah gets food on the already food-stained couch. Also, he’s usually jumping on the couch with food in his mouth.)

Sleep isn’t too bad. Although Lili wakes up 1-3 the new a night, I don’t feel tired throughout the day. Noah sleeps with me; it’s nice to have his company. It’s like having a sleepover every night!

Car: The three of us sat in stopped traffic the other day. Not fun. Lili was screaming hard and it broke my heart! Every chance I got, I got out of the car to try to calm her down. Noah was asleep, but he woke up crying. It didn’t last too long.

Meals: Breakfast is usually eggs or some sugary cereal. Lunch and dinner: drive-thrus and freezer dinners.

I’ll be holding Liliosa and Noah will think it’s the perfect opportunity to practice his somersaults on MY LAP. So there have been a few accidents, which is, of course, expected.

Needless to say, I will be very happy when my husband gets back. We will be eating homecooked meals, and the household will be in (somewhat) harmony.

Even though, I am basically complaining throughout this whole post, which isn’t what I intended, I LOVE having two kids. Noah is obsessed with his new baby sister and so am I! She’s so cute!! I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. I love being a mom and wife. I feel like this is the life God has called me to have, and I am incredibly blessed.

So all the crumbs, the spit-up, the sticky tables, dirty diapers, the mommy breakdowns, the times when you only have time to be a mom and have no time for yourself, it’s all worth it and I would do it over and over and over again. All of it. Because being a mom is the absolute best. And the love I have for these two babies is so strong, even I can’t comprehend it.

Here’s to the next 6 days.

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The Day Before We Meet Baby Girl

So many emotions I’m feeling.

Excitement.

Happiness.

Sad that it’s my last day to spend alone time with my almost two year old.

But I am mostly just so excited to meet and hold my baby girl. I’m wondering what she’s going to look like! I hope she has dark hair like me.

Right now, I’m watching Noah play while I fold the rest of the laundry, so we don’t have to worry about it when we come home. I’ve been watching labor and delivery videos on YouTube all morning, just getting more excited!

I am so jealous of those women that get to experience going into labor naturally. I really didn’t want to be induced, but that’s what God has planned for me. I didn’t get to with my first one, which I think I’ve mentioned that in my last post. I’m a firm believer that my body was created to naturally push the baby out. Definitely not against the mamas out there who get epidurals! Each situation is different, so you never know what you have to do to get through it. I had a natural birth with my first and it was an amazing experience. I’m hoping I get the same with this baby.

All that’s left to do is vacuum and pack the last minute things. I want to just deep clean every inch of this house, so everything is perfect for baby girl.

But for now, more laundry!

Here’s to no sleep tonight!

Waiting and Trusting

Swollen feet.

Back aches.

No energy.

I’ll be 40 weeks pregnant this week, and let me tell you, as beautiful as pregnancy is and as blessed I am for being pregnant…I am just done.

I had to be induced with my first baby at 37 weeks, so I didn’t experience the last 3 weeks. My first pregnancy was definitely cake compared to this one. (Mmm cake)

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with looking up ways to get induced naturally. Walking, eating spicy food, squats, labor-inducing cookies? Yeah, that’s actually a thing. I almost went to the store as soon as I read about it and baked those that day.

Then, one morning I had a devotion about “being still” and patient. Coincidence? I think not! I’m probably the most impatient person ever. Also, I’m a worrier. Great combo, I know. I really don’t want to get induced. I want to experience going into labor naturally, since I didn’t get to the first time. So, of course, I’m worried I’m not going to go into labor.

I recently had something pop up on my Facebook timeline that I shared 5 years ago, and it read,”God is never in a hurry, but God is never late.”

I think God’s trying to tell me something. (For the second time)

Instead of worrying and trying to be in control, I need to let go and let God do his job. I think we all get like that at times. We forget who’s in charge.

And the most amazing is about to happen! I should just relax and just be excited about bringing life into this world! I cannot wait to meet my baby girl and hold her in my arms.

But for now, here’s to faith and trust.

My Cleaning Routine

NOBODY.

And I mean nobody likes to clean. It is the one task everyone dreads doing! Even those who can’t function without their house being spotless, still don’t enjoy doing it.

As horrible and dreadful as it is though, it has to get done (unfortunately).

Those pile of dishes in the sink have to get washed and those wrinkly clothes in the dryer have to be folded (after you refluff them a third time).

So, in order to get EVERYTHING done, you have to have motivation, of course, but also some sort of structure.

The cleaning and weekly routine I have created for myself has helped me maintain a clean home (when I actually follow it…you know how life is..)

For me, spending time with my family is more important than keeping my house clean. What I like to do is try to clean the best I can, but make sure I make time to play with my toddler.

The only way to keep your house clean is to find a routine that works for you and stick with it. This particular routine works best for me, since I’m a stay-at-home mom, but it can still give you ideas or inspiration to create a routine of your own!

Daily Cleaning Routine

My main focus of my cleaning daily routine is the areas that we spend the most of the day in. The only cleaning products I use are equal parts vinegar and water for all surfaces. For the tub and toilet, I use baking soda and vinegar.

Daily Top Priorities:

If I don’t have time that day, these are the things I try to make sure get done no matter what.

1. Make bed

2. Empty out the dishwasher and maintain an empty sink

3. Keep dining room table clear and wiped down after eating

4. Pick up the toys before bed

5. Quick bathroom wipe down

My Daily Cleaning Routine

Morning:

1. Make bed

2. Unload dishwasher after breakfast while Noah listens to music

3. Quick house pick up: I take about ten minutes to pick up the things that aren’t in their place and put them back where they belong.

4. Laundry: I’ll start a load, or switch clothes over from the washer to the dryer, or fold a load while Noah is playing

*Time with Noah

While Noah naps:

1. Clean the two rooms I have for that day

2. Quick bathroom wipe down

3. Quick kitchen wipe down

4. Get mail and sort

5. Work on any special tasks on to-do list

*Noah wakes up and we spend time together

Before Adam gets home:

1. Vacuum areas the dogs are the most

2. Quick house pick up

3. Start on dinner

*After dinner Adam gives Noah a bath, while I clean up the kitchen from dinner

*Family time

(The reason for dog hair EVERYWHERE…)

After Noah goes to bed:

1. Pick up around the house

2. Sweep kitchen floor

3. Start dishwasher

4. Remove dog hair from couch

Weekly Cleaning Routine

For my weekly cleaning, I try to clean two rooms a day starting on Monday, so by Friday I have the whole house clean and I have the weekend to spend time with my family.

Monday: Master Bathroom and Guest Bathroom

Tuesday: Master Bedroom and Noah’s Bedroom

Wednesday: Kitchen and Laundry Closet

Thursday: Living Room and Lydia’s Room

Friday: Den and Storage Room

Weekend: Family Time

If you break down your cleaning and schedule in certain times of the day, or when you get home from work, your house can get clean! I certainly hope I gave you some ideas to add to your own cleaning routine.

Happy cleaning!

Germaphobe at a Hospital

I am not big on patience.

Today I’m at the hospital almost 28 weeks pregnant waiting for my glucose test. You know, the test where you drink pure sugar, wait an hour and then they take your blood, so they can see how your body reacts to it. Well that was last week. I failed miserably, so here I am again to take the THREE HOUR one.

Yes. That means I’ll be at the hospital with a low immune system, with the deadly flu virus at its peak flying through the air…for THREE HOURS.

Did I mention I’m a germ freak?

I’m the weirdo that doesn’t like touching doorknobs and won’t let people walk around my house with their shoes on. Go ahead and judge, except on the shoes thing, that one makes sense. (You go into public restrooms, your shoes are next to the toilet. To me, it’s like you’re tracking poop in my house. There’s an article on it. Go read it.)

So, here I am with a mask on, so I don’t catch anything and I decided to take it up a notch and wear my glasses as well. SIDE NOTE: glasses and wearing a mask do not mesh well. Not only are my glasses sliding off every two seconds, but they fog up every time I exhale.

EVERY.

TIME.

I guess it’s kind of funny to think about, but I’m not laughing quite yet. (Maybe after I get food in my belly…which has to wait until I take the test.)

Because I don’t want to catch anything, I decided not to walk around to kill time. So the next 3 hours will be spent on my phone, avoiding conversation with people. Not because I’m antisocial, but like I said, I don’t want to catch anything. Even if that means being the waiting room weirdo, wearing a mask and glasses, trying to avoid people at all costs. Here’s to 2 hours and 50 minutes. Wish me luck…

Planner Organization

Getting a brand new planner is so exciting to me! It may sound odd to some people, but then there’s other type of people (MY PEOPLE), who get pure joy out of making lists or planning out birthday parties or buying stickers or washi tape for their planner. Half the fun of owning a planner is decorating it, right? Yes.

So, the end of last month (December) was an exciting time for me because, well yes, Christmas, but ALSO, it was time to get a new planner! WOO! (Don’t judge.) Last year I used The Happy Planner and I looooved it! I have never used a planner that was so customizable and affordable at the same time. It was awesome! So, of course, I am using the same one.

ANYWAY…this is how I set up my planner, just to give you some sort of motivation or just ideas to help you when you are getting organized yourself. You just have to do what works for you!

(As much as I would love to say I fill everything out everyday, and do my daily cleaning routine, it just does not happen! Sometimes you just do what you can…did I mention I have a toddler…..and pregnant?)

My Planner set up: 

  1. To-do List
  2. Everyday Routine (mine and my toddler’s)
  3. Weekly Routine
  4. Prayer List

Meal Planner:

  1. Meals for the week / Grocery List
  2. Dinner Ideas
  3. Sides / Snack Ideas

House Cleaning:

  1. Daily Cleaning
  2. Master Bathroom
  3. Guest Bathroom
  4. Noah’s Room
  5. Master Bedroom
  6. Kitchen / Laundry
  7. Living Room
  8. Lydia’s Room
  9. Den

Budget:

  1. Bill Payment Tracker
  2. Savings
  3. Debt Payment Tracker (to be added)

The Actual Planner:

  1. Monthly Calendar
  2. Weekly

(Details on how I plan monthly and weekly are under their pictures.)

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This is the front cover, and when you open it, the first thing I have is a little pouch from The Happy Planner. All I have in there is writing utensils and washi tape.

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I have my “notes” insert from The Happy Planner and use them as my To-Do List everyday. And right after that, I have my (permanently wrinkled) Everyday Routine.

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My Weekly Routine consists of what room I’m cleaning that day or updating the planner or making the grocery list. I use this at a guide when filling out the weekly portion of my planner out. After that I have my Prayer List.  (And as you can see, we have a good example of taking pictures during the day versus the nighttime.)

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Now time for the Meal Planning section! I use a “notes” insert to use as my “Meals this Week” and right underneath I write my Grocery List. I prefer not to use a weekly meal plan, because I only make a few dinner meals a week and wouldn’t be filling out the whole thing, and I don’t like to assign a meal to a specific day.  Then I have some Dinner Ideas I jotted down, if I can’t think of anything to make. I also have a page for snack and sides.

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The Cleaning section of my planner is just my Daily Cleaning and then I have a page for each room in the house on how to clean each one. I use it as a guideline when I’m cleaning, or at least I TRY to.

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The last section I added to my planner is the Budget section. Here I have a regular “notes” insert designed for my planner that I turned into a chart to record my family’s monthly bills (Bill Payment Tracker). I also have a Savings page, that I didn’t show, and would like to add a Debt Tracker as well.

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And now we finally made it to the actual planner itself! Here’s the Monthly Calendar. I go pretty easy on the stickers; just like one of the stickers says on this page: “Less is More.” I fill out the usual events like most people: appointments, birthdays, etc, but I also like to write down “payday” in a specific color and the months bills all in a specific color. (but of course, I did not in this lovely example I gave you)

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Here’s half of my week just to give you an example. In the first set boxes I write the room(s) I’m cleaning that day in black and underneath is whatever else I have in my “Weekly Routine.”  So the first set of boxes say the same thing every week. Then in the second set of boxes, I use that section for events or any special reminders I have that day. The last row is used for anything extra I need to jot down, but for the most part that stays empty, or sometimes I put a sticker there.

Well, there you have it! I hope you got some organizing ideas from this post. Thanks for reading, and happy planning!