We’re TTC! I recently shared on my Instagram that Chris and I are trying to conceive baby Burghardt #3. We’ve actually been trying for quite a few months, but haven’t had much luck yet. I’ve been keeping that to myself for a little while, especially from family, because trying to conceive can be a little more stressful with everyone else’s opinions/suggestions/concerns, etc. I have to say, though, it was hilarious to see the reactions of family members to our TTC announcement. For some reason, as soon as we mentioned we were even trying, we had several people congratulate us as if we had released a pregnancy announcement ;). We aren’t pregnant yet, but we have been praying heavily, and know that it will happen in God’s timing, and we trust Him fully.
In the meantime, Chris and I put our heads together and decided that there were some things we needed to get squared away before we welcome a third baby into our home that we can take care of now while we wait for that positive pregnancy test.
Here’s what we’ve been working on…
Creating A Shared Bedroom For The Boys
We decided to consolidate both boys into a shared bedroom. I knew that Jax would not adjust well to sleeping in the same room with a baby, nor would he adjust well to moving into Max’s room later on when we had a newborn crying at night. Chris and I know that the baby will be needing his/her own space so they don’t disturb the boys that much. We’re going for smooth sails, here. Too many changes going on at once would just disrupt both of our boys too much.
The shared bedroom was very easy to accomplish, and they’ve both adjusted so well! Jax immediately adapted to his new mattress on the bottom bunk, and even refuses to nap in his old room. You can read more about their shared bedroom here.
Remodeling Certain Rooms
So far this year, we have remodeled the backyard patio and our downstairs pantry. We have plans to add a coffee bar to our kitchen, repaint the home, remodel our living room, and add some extra home decor pieces to our dining room. We dream big.
Reorganizing + Decluttering
Something happens when you get older and have children in your home. You aren’t thrilled by a wild Saturday night out or crawling into bed at 3:00 a. m. Somehow, a clean mini van, folded laundry, and lights off by 8:30 p.m. is the most wonderful kind of night you could ask for. I’m totally an old lady now…
After decluttering our downstairs pantry, I got bit by the ORGANIZING BUG. Is there such a thing? There must be, because after I saw how beautiful my once-ugly pantry now was, I knew I wanted to feel that rush again – the rush of having something clean and beautiful in a world of chaos and clutter. I have begun reorganizing our cupboards, the boys’ toys, and our closets.
Just this past weekend, Chris initiated a full master bedroom ‘cleanse’. We purged many clothing items, toys that had mysteriously populated under our new bed (which has only been there for a full two months – how did so many lone lego heads wind up there, and what kind of crazy children am I raising?), and ridding our bedroom floor of the many laundry baskets full of lonely socks looking for their match. We can officially walk through our bedroom at night without tripping over a random shoe or Spiderman action figure.
We have plans to reorganize the hallway closet, broom closet, front closet, and the basement. Oh, and Jax’s old room. It’s become a dumping ground of sorts for when people come to visit our home. Oh, your mom is coming over? Just put the toys and yoga mat in Jax’s old room, and shut the door! 😉
Paying Off Debt
It’s true, we have a little debt. We’ve been working hard to pay that down so we can start fresh with three kiddos under the same roof.Any extra bit we get has been going to our debt, so hopefully we can be debt-free by the beginning of next year.
Saving More Money
Along with paying off our remaining debt, we had been making a point to save money. When it comes time for deductibles, copays, or emergencies, we’ll be in a better (and smarter) financial spot by putting some money aside and preparing.
Personally, trying to conceive is really fun in the beginning, but it can be pretty discouraging when you arrive at 6 months of negative pregnancy tests. Winking at yourself in the mirror, ‘Today is the day, you fertile thang, you…’, and proclaiming whatever positive affirmations come to mind towards yourself can get pretty old. I’ve found that fertility yoga seems to really keep me grounded and relaxed. My brain can relax and really listen to those affirmations that way ;). Especially considering how crazy my life can get with the boys’ appointments, school schedule (or lack thereof right now because of summer vacation), and my blogging routine.
Even if I don’t have the time to do all of my poses each morning, I have noticed that each day that I start with yoga leaves me feeling well-rounded (pregnancy pun, anyone?) and fresh faced. I feel renewed, and ready to take on the 938928589 pretzels that were just dumped onto the couch, and handle Max’s meltdown over all of his Lego dude’s arms being ripped off by the terrible two-ser in our house.
I can’t wait to share some of the exciting organization posts I have coming up on my blog with you guys as we are preparing for three kids! Leave a comment with something you did that helped you get ready for three kids below.