At the beginning of March, it occurred to me that I had a little more than 2 months until our new baby girl is set to arrive. I was feeling overwhelmed concerning all of the work we had to get done to prepare for her arrival. Now, with March nearly behind us, I am much more at ease. Yesterday, we finished a couple of the major projects we had on our agenda. Now, although there is still more to do, I feel like we can accomplish what’s left with little worry.
The biggest thing that we needed to do was move Evangeline out of her room, repaint the room to remove the girly yellow paint with green flowered stamps, and move the boys into her room. So we moved Evangeline in to bunk with her brothers about 3 weeks ago, and started the process. After painting the room blue and white for the boys, last weekend, Mark completed the furniture switch. This involved taking apart their bunk beds and reassembling them in the new room, in addition to moving their many toys, clothes, etc.
Yesterday, my friend, Ronda, came over and helped me put up decorative borders in both the boys’ room and the girls’ room. For the boys, I chose a planets border to go with their planets comforters and curtains. The blue paint I chose matches some of the smaller print in the comforters and curtains. The only thing I have left to do in their room is to mount some glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. For the girls’ room, I chose a border with several stuffed animals having a birthday tea party. This will coordinate nicely with the bedding for the baby and Evangeline that will include some pieces with pink checks, little tea pots, tea cups, saucers, and little yellow flowers. The bedding for their room won’t be ready for a while, but the border looks great, and it is a relief to have it up. The boys and Evangeline were really excited to have new decor in their rooms. Their expressions when they saw the border finished certainly made the sore shoulders and neck worth it. My friend, Ronda, must have said the word cute 100 times while we were putting up the girls’ border. She was almost as excited about it as Evangeline, who dubbed it, “beautiful.”
After the borders were all finished, I went to the outlet store to get the crib we chose for the baby. They called in the morning and put it on hold until I could get there to pick it up. Now I just need to get a bed for Evangeline (her old full-size bed was too big for the new room), and a dresser for the baby that will double as a changing table. Oh, I also need to get a mattress for the baby’s crib.
In the midst of all the painting, furniture swapping, and border hanging, I also had some income records to prepare for our accountant in order to get our tax return filed. I managed to get that work done on Tuesday and Wednesday. By Friday, our accountant was done preparing the state and federal returns. This is another task I am glad to have behind me.
I feel like the rest of the preparations for the baby are really doable now, and the stressed overwhelmed feeling is behind me. With a lot of the big projects out of the way, I am looking forward to a week of normal housework, taking the kids to school, little league games, and a PTO function. A feeling of accomplishment is really good for the mind and the soul. Thank God I have felt well enough to get this work done, and that He has given me a husband who is willing to work with me and friends who were also willing to help.