Living Through My To-Do List

Somehow today I'm officially 34 weeks pregnant. Um...whaaat?! Where is time flying to?! It's officially 6 weeks until my due date...and officially crunch time in the Humiston household. Couple that with fast-approaching Christmas and well...to say that I'm feeling stressed out is an understatement. I'm also trying my hardest to slow down and savor these last weeks and especially our last Christmas as a family of two (and a half).

 

Christmas 2011

To keep myself semi-sane, I have been keeping a serious to-do list of all things baby-related. I started this back in the summertime, when we first started discussing how we were going to transform our den (slash storage room) into a nursery for our sweet baby girl. As time before her arrival is coming to a close, I find myself crossing lots of things off the list...but also continuing to add to it! Here's a peak at what we've accomplished...and what is still on the list to cover (but hopefully that part of the list is a lot shorter!).

 

Baby To Do List

Clean out the den/future nursery to make room for Baby Girl (!!!)

  • Clean out toy box
  • Move filing cabinet downstairs
  • Clean out wicker baskets containing binders and other random items
  • Remove beer pong table
  • Remove side table
  • Move couch to living room
  • Move Shaun’s desk
  • Clear out bookcases
  • Clear out toy box
  • Put excess items in den closet
  • Dispose of bookcase
  • Dispose of paint cans

 Kitchen/Living Room updates

  • Move china cabinet to make space for Shaun’s desk
  • Get baskets for over kitchen cabinets (to store coffee pot, emergency supplies, etc)
  • Clean out butcher block & move
  • Remove side tables
  • Have outlet installed for Shaun’s work station

 In the nursery:

  • Wash all newborn & 0-3mo baby clothes, towels blankets, bedding (I'm about half way there!)
  • Organize all baby stuff (in drawers...closet is almost done!)
  • Pick up 2nd dresser
  • Hang artwork
  • Hang shelves
  • Pick up rocking chair from Mom
  • DIY alphabet frame
  • Bring baby gear that we don't need just yet to Mom's basement
  • Attach changing pad to dresser
  • Purchase bassinet or sleeper for our bedroom
  • Put together bouncer and mamaRoo


  • Put together crib
  • Buy soft storage bins for small white bookcase
  • Find artwork
  • Find frames
  • Install shelving/drawers and hanging bar in closet
  • Change light switch to dimmer
  • Shelf liners for dresser
  • Ikea - frames, shadow box

 

Other:

  • Research cord banking
  • Write general birth plan
  • Call/choose pediatrician
  • Start buying fabrics for weekly baby photos
  • Plan/schedule newborn photos
  • Pack hospital bag
  • Pillow cases for hospital photos
  • Email blast list for baby announcement
  • Take car seat for inspection
  • Print pages for baby book
  • Finish pregnancy book
  • Book & take childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care classes
  • Research stroller and car seat
  • Set up registries (Babies R Us & Pottery Barn Kids)

 

So call me...crazy?

Whew! There you have it. My lengthy to-do list that has been in the making for quite some time now. I feel like we are definitely getting things crossed off but still have a number of things to do. Luckily, I think we will tackle a lot of what is left this weekend and next week. I'm excited to finish the fun stuff like getting the bedding set up in the crib, putting together the baby book (tutorial soon!) and working on my pregnancy book (I haven't posed for 20+ bump photos for nothing...)

For you moms out there...what am I missing? Is there anything else that should be added to this list?

And for everyone...do you live by your to-do list? Clearly I would not survive without mine!

 

Lately I've Been

...picking up this amazingly sweet 'Made in Jersey City' onesie for Baby H. Thanks to Kanibal Home in Jersey City and Nightingale Projects for the tip! Though this is technically the boy's version, I just love the little tugboat! And I think it will be sweet with pink pants.

 

...continuing to bake up a storm (but I think I'm just about cookied out at this point! The baking part, not the eating part!)

 

...getting my mis en place on

...reminscing about great times at The Stone Pony in my pre-adult, iron stomach days

 

...celebrating Christmas a little early with my Dad's side of the family

...eating lunchtime latkes

 

...continuing with nursery progress & crib assembly

 

...like the rest of the country, feeling ill, horrified, numb and about 100 other emotions over the Newtown tragedy. Unfathomable. I cried for hours on Friday evening and am left wondering how to live in a world where this could happen. I don't want to write a full post about this, but I'd be remiss to not take a moment for it. Praying for Newtown.

 

What have you been up to lately?

Friday Baking

Oh hi!

So it's Friday.

I love Friday.

Especially when I'm at home from work to do Christmasy things like finish baking cookies, wrap presents and watch holiday movies, especially since Shaun still has to work and I get the place all to myself. It's important to take days off to do that, right?

Over the last week, I got pretty far on my holiday baking wishlist. Today, I plan to finish off a few more batches, including:

7-layer Italian Rainbow Cookies

Red Velvet Thumbprints with Marshmallow Frosting

Soft Gingersnaps with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Outside of that, I also wouldn't mind baking a nice cake for a holiday gathering at my parents' house on Sunday. There's something about Christmas that makes me want a big, beautiful cake...not just a cupcake or a bar cookie; those are things reserved for summer barbeques and Saturday evening get togethers. But for a special occasion such as Christmas...a cake is simply what's in order. 

So if you have any recommendations for a great holiday cake, please send 'em my way!

And since I'm wrapping up cookie week today, I'm leaving you with one more A-mazing recipe that I love so much. I haven't had a chance to make these just yet this year...and not sure that I will (but perhaps I will do it if I have time or the inclination later on!) These white chocolate cherry chunkies from Paula Deen are truly delicious...soft, scrumptious and so easy. Not to mention, pretty to boot! I hope you give them a try!

 

I don't have much else to say today. I had a busy week and am looking forward to a fun and productive yet relaxing weekend ahead...a few more Christmas presents to buy and items to cross off of my to-do list!

I hope you all have a wonderfully fantastic weekend! Eat some cookies and think of me ;)