Before Adelyn Arrives: Part One

Back in November of last year I wrote a post about the things I wanted to accomplish before we had a second baby. I remember thinking at the time that the actual arrival of another little one was SO far off. Yet, here we are with less than 4 months to go until we meet our second precious daughter! Despite the fact that the time has flown by, I'm happy to say that I was pretty successful on my Must Do's Before Baby #2! (I feel like I rarely complete everything on my lists so I'm pretty excited about this!)

Here's a breakdown:
-Get in the best shape of my life: So I wouldn't say I was in the best shape of my life when I got pregnant but I was in pretty good shape and in a regular workout routine. I had finished Body Revolution just a few months before and I have to say it was probably one of my favorite programs ever!. I didn't have a six pack or anything but I was fit enough to consider this a success.

-Complete a half marathon: Did it! You can read all about it here!

-Move back to the States: We've been in California for almost 7 months now and I think we can say that we are pretty well settled.

-Decorate our house and make it feel like HOME:  I'll just say that this is a work in progress. I was off to a good start but once the morning sickness hit I really didn't do much of anything. I still have quite a few projects I want to do but Adelyn's nursery will take precedence. We also know that we will probably eventually move before our time in California comes to an end so I definitely don't want to put a lot of money into buying things particularly for this place.

-Create Emerson's toddler room: I ended up using all of the decor from her nursery and just revamping it a little bit to fit into her smaller room. I have a few more tweaks to make and then I'll be sharing pictures.

-Organize, organize, ORGANIZE: I think I can just say that this is also still a work in progress. The house is fairly organized so the main struggle is just keeping it that way. I can only imagine what it will be like with another kiddo in the mix.

-Set up a playroom in our new home: So I'm sad to say we only have three bedrooms here and that leaves us without a playroom. I did convert a portion of the laundry room into a little art station for Emerson and we have found a way to stash her toys throughout the house but we don't have a dedicated playroom at the moment.

-Complete as many items as we can off of the Toddler Time Bucket List we created based on this one: I have no idea what I did with this list so I'm going to have to chalk this one up as a big fat fail!

-Join and get involved in a church: We've been working on this one since we arrived and I think we may have finally found the place for us. Since it's just getting off the ground it should give us plenty of opportunity to get involved!

-Start selling embroidery projects on the side.  I did this for a couple of months but I really slowed down when the morning sickness hit. Then Jesse broke his leg and I decided to shut down shop indefinitely. I may or not return to it but for the time being I'm staying busy with project for E and A.

-Get into a regular date night routine.  We had a few date nights when we were still Abu Dhabi but we haven't had a single one since we moved. I haven't really pursued finding a babysitter and I'm not sure when I will. 

-Take Emerson on a vacation: I counted our trip to India even though she doesn't remember it!

-Start the transition to a toddler bed: Emerson has been successfully sleeping in her toddler bed since the end of April. She does seem to be outgrowing it so our plan is to buy her a twin size bed very soon.

-Potty Train Emerson- I'd say we are about 95 percent of the way there on this. She's doing great at home and on outings (with a few accidents here and there) while still wearing diapers at naptime and at night. I wrote more about that here.

-Spend LOTS of quality time with my sweet girl: I think I've done a pretty good job at this. Moving here has given us so many opportunities for fun activities and I've been able to take Emerson to do so much. Jesse's injury has also allowed us quite a bit of time together as a family of three!

As with any to do list,once you cross off one thing there seem to be 20 more that pop up. I have quite a few things I feel like I need to get done before January (AKA before I get so huge that I can hardly move!) I'll be sharing those in my next post!

Caroline said...

I love this! Are you going to do an after post too?

Emily Powell said...

WOW! You've made a lot of progress and with a lot on your plate too!

Natalie said...

I love little girl #2's name everytime you write it :) look at you knocking out that to do list!

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