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When Life Gets in the Way…

Man, it’s been a while…and it’s been a whirlwind of a couple months! You might wonder what has kept me from writing anything, and the answer would be: Life. 

Here is a look at some of the stuff that’s been going on since December:

  • I got a cold on Christmas Day that didn’t go away for three weeks (yay pregnancy immune system).
  • Little Man got his first cold and was a snotty, cranky mess for a couple of weeks.
  • We moved houses…which meant closing on both houses about a week apart…moving almost everything ourselves, unpacking everything, and making the house baby friend ASAP!
  • Then I got the flu. Yay!
  • Then Little Man got the flu Double yay!
  • Then hubby started feeling yucky. Then he felt fine.
  • We traveled to Kansas to visit family (and enjoyed a week or not being sick).
  • I left my computer in Kansas never to see it again (for a few months at least).
  • We came home and hubby was sick again. 
  • Little Man started getting sick again. 
  • I started a cough that wouldn’t go away, with no other symptoms. 
  • Warm weather decided to pop in here and there and we’ve been outside as much as possible.

If you followed all of that…I’m ready for the pile of medications and vitamins to be off my counter for the season!

With moving we moved everything ourselves (with the help of my awesome FIL) except the really heavy stuff like bedroom furniture. It took a few days, but it allowed me to unpack as we went, as well as know where everything was. I think it helped the process immensely! (As well as having my MIL close to watch Little Man during the day!) So I survived my second move pregnant, and first move with a toddler. 

Because of being sick, and pregnant, and still finding the perfect organization for our new house, a lot of free time has been spent resting (pregnancy fatigue and pains, yay!), or just enjoying time with family. 

Sometimes life just gets crazy. That’s just inevitable. Hopefully the household will be well again soon! 

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How to Sell Your House with a Toddler

It sucks. It’s not easy. I don’t suggest it.

But moving on…

  1. Pair down, EVERYTHING:  The first thing your realtor will tell you to do is to get your house show ready. That means clearing out personal items and scaling down clutter and decor. You want your stuff to showcase the house, not hide it. Store things away that you don’t really need, or that could cause clutter and messes that take too long to clean up on a whim.
    • Minimize toys: Put away a majority of the toys. This may or may not frustrate them at first, but it helps SO MUCH when a showing comes up last minute and you can just toss some toys in a bin instead of an entire room of toys.
    • Minimize dishes: I actually paired our dishes down to 4 of everything. Everything else I put away in bins. This limited the number of dishes I could dirty…and therefore helped minimize the possible sink pileups. I’ve really enjoyed this and might not bring out the others after we move!
  2. Get help: If possible, get help. My MIL thankfully lives less than a mile away. For those of you with MIL nightmares, I get along really well with my MIL, so I’m super thankful of her proximity! We have full access to her house, so if there’s a showing I can pop Little Man into the car and camp out at Grandma’s, even if she isn’t home. It’s super helpful having a place to go. Also, if the house has gotten out of hand, or Little Man is SUPER clingy, I can have Grandma watch him for even an hour and get the house prepped. It’s amazing how quickly house chores get done with there isn’t a tyrant kiddo around!
  3. Block out nap time: We had conditions on showings. They had to give AT LEAST an hour notice, and could not be between 11-1. Thats nap time people. This mama DOES NOT mess with nap time. Call me too rigid or strict, but as a mama to a kid who woke up MULTIPLE times a night until around 15 months, and didn’t use to be a good napper…I’m not messing with that schedule. (And you don’t want to be around me if YOU mess with that schedule).
  4. Don’t over stress: Easier said than done, I know. This just means, your house doesn’t have to be spotless. I’ve left rinsed dishes in the sink. I’ve left not recently swept floors. I’ve tossed a throw blanket on a chair without folding it (Eek!). So you can sometimes draw things in the dust on our night stands, so what. They aren’t buying my furniture, and they aren’t buying my housekeeping skills. Personally, I don’t even notice those things when LOOKING at a house, so why should someone else? Again, you just want it in good enough condition that they can see the house. Also, I have a kid. They should respect that selling a house with kiddos adds a whole new level of stress to the process.
  5. You can stay during showings:  My realtor told me up front. “You’re a mom, I don’t expect you to leave for showings.” What!?!? That’s a thing? I guess so. It completely weirds me out and makes me uncomfortable, but there were a couple of showings where Little Man hadn’t woken up (see note on messing with naps), so I simply told them the nursery was off limits and that I would be on the front porch and out of their way. Not my preferred method, but it worked in those instances, and it was nice not having to rip my kiddo out of bed and deal with the aftermath.

These are just some of the things that have helped me. And that is with one toddler. Selling a home is rough and stressful. No one wants to have to get up and leave their house at a drop of the hat, they want to relax and enjoy their time. Find the things that make it more difficult for you and discover ways to lessen or eliminate those variables (such as minimizing dishes, or maybe even using disposable for eating out if that is an option for your family. )

Just breathe and you will get through it. Once your house is sold you can look forward to the joys of house hunting with a kiddo, and then moving out/moving in with a kiddo! Fun times!

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Easy DIY Christmas Ribbon Wreath

So I made a thing. For some reason I’m dying to decorate for Christmas. Between having a toddler that loves to destroy all the things and trying to sell our house, it’s just not in the cards this year!

At first I wasn’t going to do anything, but after picking out a fall decoration for the table on the front porch, I found the cutest top hat basket to hold a mini Christmas tree. It will replace the fall decor outside once Thanksgiving is over! I’m way over excited!

In Christmas spirit, without going crazy, I have some cinnamon pine cones in the kitchen, and have switched house soaps and cleaners all to cinnamon and pine! It’s the little things.

Today I created a Ribbon Christmas wreath in maybe 15 minutes, and I love it! It’s so me! I’m not a huge fan of bright colors, I prefer muted tones and neutrals. That means a lot of holiday decor doesn’t really appeal to me. 😫 thankfully I found some awesome tan and muted green ribbon to make this wreath!

Again, this is super easy to make! I found the original tutorial on Pinterest here, basically just looked at the photos and made it happen!

So I had a pool noodle from the dollar tree hanging around. I duck taped the ends together to make a circle. I hadn’t paid close enough attention to realize that she covered the wreath entirely in a solid ribbon first. Whoops! I improvised by covering the bright orange noodle in white duck tape. Had I realized I needed this step, I probably would have gotten some burlap ribbon to wrap the base layer.

Next I grabbed the red and green ribbon and cut stripes about 13-15 inches (I eyed it). I spaced them out around the wreath. I continued one ribbon spool at a time and just tried to randomly place them around the wreath. As I neared the end I paid more attention to where things were placed. If I felt there was too much of one color in an area or that I wanted a specific ribbon in an area, I carefully shifted the ribbons around.

And a wreath was born!


Now I need one for every holiday!

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Pregnant with Baby #2!

Baby Hanks #2 is on it’s way!!

We always said we wanted at least two kids, so when Little Man turned one, the discussions began. Hubby wanted to start trying immediately, but I was more hesitant to have two under two for some reason. I just wanted a bit more space between the two. Just like with our first pregnancy, I worked out the “perfect timeframe” for when to conceive and therefore when to deliver. 😜 I’m crazy like that.

Ultimately we started trying a month or so before I had originally planned. Hubby was concerned that it might take a while like it did the first time. It only took three months the first time for us and that was because he was traveling so much. We have been very blessed in the fertility department. For that we are both truly grateful! I warned him that we could get pregnant on the first go, but we moved forward with the plan.

I got pregnant on the first go.

What happened next is kind of funny to me. I had what I perceived to be implantation cramping, so I had a strong suspicion VERY early. I tried to wait to test, but only made it about a week. I got a faint positive on my favorite test…the 88 cent ones. I knew it was positive, but I wanted a big fat positive. I waited until the day of my missed period and finally got one.

Next I had to figure out how to tell Hubby. He had mentioned he was more interested in how I would announce it to him than to family. I waivered back and forth on ideas. I didn’t want to really spend much on it. Eventually I chose a “big brother” shirt for Little Man. I had to wait to receive it. Then it arrived the day before we left to visit family. Hubby had mentioned his desire to not tell people until I was 12 weeks, so I knew I had to wait until we got back home. He was about to spend a few days with his buddies and I knew he wouldn’t be able to keep it in!

I kept silent all week. I tried my best to not let anything slip. My family kept trying to get me to drink and get in the hot tub. 😜 I was starting to think this whole waiting thing was going to be super rough! (We had spilled the beans at 4 weeks for the first pregnancy.)

Finally we arrived home that following weekend. Little Man had been a tyrant on the 8 hour drive, so as we were getting dressed for bedtime, I told Hubby that Little Man deserved a special shirt for his crazy day. I somehow got it on him while he was sitting on Hubby’s lap without him seeing it until it was fully on! He figured it out immediately of course and was excited and in disbelief as well! A new adventure was beginning!

Fast forward about 7 weeks of 24/7 nausea, and we had our first prenatal appointment. We heard the strong heartbeat and got to see a glimpse of the little peanut moving around on the tiny handheld sonogram machine the midwife has. It was awesome.

With Halloween the next week, I knew we should “announce” with pumpkins! I also knew my sister would “require” me to formally announce on Facebook. She’s very firm about that, 😜 so the pumpkin carving announcement made it’s debut!

Here’s to a healthy, happy pregnancy, and hopefully making it to at least 37 weeks this time! Try not to get annoyed by my pregnancy update posts!