Last week I started my maternity leave at work, and the big B Day is almost here!
In the past few days, I’ve taken care of some errands like organizing our paperwork (thanks to my parents for a new filing cabinet!), doing the last rounds of cleaning, doctor appointment, checking off last-minute shopping for supplies and groceries, etc. … but also some essentials like leisurely breakfasts,
baking an apple cake, staying up late to read in bed and finish a book,
going to Starbucks by myself,
cross stitching with my feet propped up,
and adding some picture books to baby’s library.
The cats seem glad to have me around, but they have no idea how their world is about to change. It’s hard to know what to expect going forward, but I’m so excited and ready to meet our new addition to the family.
I’m going to take a maternity leave from the blog as well, but I’ll check in when I have something to share (Trick or Treat cross stitch pics coming soon, and of course I’ll share the birth announcement!). I might try to continue High Five for Friday since I enjoy recapping my week – and I’m sure I’ll want to document those first few weeks of babyhood – but I don’t have a real plan in mind for how often I’ll post or for how long my “leave” will last. I’ll be back though, never fear!
Please send lots of healthy baby vibes my way! And Happy Monday🙂
Cats (and babies, hopefully) don’t care if their home is Pinterest-worthy, which is a good thing, because we still have plenty of blank walls waiting for art or furniture, and we’re keeping all the baby furniture in our master bedroom for the first few months so we don’t have an official nursery set up.
From Tali’s point of view, however, it looks just fine. So I’ll let her give you the tour!
This is where the stinky will be covered up with diapers and clean clothes.
This is where the sleeping will hopefully happen.
This cozy corner is already in use for aching backs and sleepy cats.
Of course, there’s always the bed too, which Cora prefers.
I have to admit I’m a little nervous about the cats welcoming the baby home, especially Cora, since she can be unpredictable. We’ll make sure someone brings home the baby’s scent before we leave the hospital, keep a close eye on the transition…. and hope for the best!
The calendar may say it’s Fall but when it’s still 90 degrees every day, it doesn’t feel like summer has gone anywhere at all. Poor Cora has the sniffles, and after waiting a week to see if it would go away on its own, it’s off to the vet to see if she needs antibiotics. (The internet says sneezing is fine, but any discharge is a red flag. No loss in appetite, though!)
She likes to sit on the top of the couch right above Sam’s head, so he’s been the recipient of quite a few sneezes directly into his hair. Which is a lot funnier from my side of the couch🙂
(FYI, Tali is unconcerned, don’t worry.)
Sam had his wisdom teeth extracted on Friday, so we settled in for a weekend of ice packs and soft food. After the first day, recovery wasn’t so bad. And of course there was plenty of time to play with the new iPhones.
Nurse Tali and Cora weren’t much help… they mostly just slept on the job. To be fair, they both have the sniffles right now.
Whenever my parents come to visit, we get more accomplished in one weekend than we do in the previous month!
No power tools were necessary this time, but all of a sudden we are feeling a lot more prepared for a baby to arrive!
Here’s a short list of what got done:
- crib assembled
- changing table assembled
- baby clothes washed, sorted by size, and organized in drawers
- furniture in the master bedroom rearranged to make room for the baby furniture
- car seat bases installed in both cars
- linen closet reorganized (now featuring an empty shelf!)
- trunk moved into guest bedroom (as a TV stand… even though the TV isn’t hooked up yet, oops…)
- cube storage moved from the guest room into the baby’s (future) closet
- framed art hung and/or stored
- bookshelf moved (again!) out of the office and into the sewing/playroom/future kid room
A few pics:
Everything is still in progress and I’m still sorting through the best way to organize office supplies/craft supplies/baby paraphernalia, but it felt great to finally move stuff around and get started. And now baby has a place to sleep and something to wear should she decide to come early!
And the cats? They did what they do best…
Cora supervised (and refused to leave the bed!)…
Tali soaked up the sun (when it wasn’t raining)…
When the parents visit, the cats know there will be a lot of extra activity… and probably 2nd or 3rd breakfasts🙂
Happy Labor Day!
Most years we are either going on a trip or gearing up for a trip over the long weekend. This year, I guess you could say our journey is happening a lot closer to home, but there’s still plenty to do to prepare for it🙂 I’ve been organizing papers, kitchen cabinets, clothes, and all other baby-related paraphernalia.
How about another trip down memory lane?
In 2015 we were getting ready for Toronto:
The long weekend has been a much-needed chance to get ready for our upcoming trip to Toronto. The cats did their part to make sure everything was in tip-top shape for napping.
Window sill? Check!
A quick pic from Toronto:
In 2014, we drove to the Dismals Canyon in Alabama for an overnight stay. No pics of the cats that year, but rest assured… they were probably napping and/or eating.
A quick pic of the Dismals:
In 2012, we had just gotten back from a quick trip by train to Yosemite:
To celebrate Labor Day weekend, yesterday we humans took the train to Yosemite and the kitties stayed home and lazed around all day.
Today, we are taking a cue from the cats and being lazy too!
A quick pic from Yosemite:
The common denominator, of course… sleepy cats! That will never change. Hope you are getting your fill of adventure or relaxation today… whatever you need most!
I’m not going to lie, there’s not much going on with the cats these days. Their lives are pretty routine, just the way they like it.
Eat. Sleep. Repeat!
…both cats still love going outside and spend the majority of the day and night out on the screened porch or the yard.
…Tali is convinced that any time the porch door opens, it’s time to eat.
…we’ve hit a sweet spot with their diet, and thanks to going outside more often, they’re both at much healthier weights.
…Cora makes sure to come in every night for a power nap before we go to sleep and it’s time for her to hunt… and every morning after breakfast she spends a few hours napping on our bed before starting her day.
…now that we don’t have litter boxes in the house, our days no longer revolve around their bathroom habits (just in time to introduce diapers into our lives!).
…we lock the cat door at night, so we haven’t had to deal with any “presents” lately.
All is well in the cats’ world, and they constantly remind me to soak up the sun as summer wanes… or at the very least, try to be aware of the seasons even if I’m more likely to sit in front of the air conditioning with a popsicle instead of actually going outside🙂
The cats seem completely unaware that anything big is about to happen… but in a couple short months, their little lives are going to be quite different!
There are a few signs if they knew what to look for…
lots of new boxes…
lots of new furniture…
lots of new visitors…
lots of new cuddly blankets…
a big ole belly…
and still plenty of lounging on the outside. I guess that won’t change one bit!
Two of my closest friends hosted a baby shower at our house this past weekend, and they went above and beyond to make it such a special event. Lots of friends and family, both local and long distance, gathered to help us celebrate and we had so much fun! If you know me in real life, I’m sure you’ve seen the photos all over social media, so I won’t bombard you with more🙂
The cats mostly stayed in their usual spaces – Cora on the bed away from the chaos, and Tali on the porch soaking up the sun and unaware.
Taki did venture in to get some attention from time to time though… especially when it started downpouring! She really is the sweetest little cat.
When the dust settled and all the guest went home, life went back to normal for the cats.
Normal includes quilt photo shoots, of course! This darling pinwheel quilt was made by Stefanie. I love it, and can’t wait to wrap it around a sweet baby girl. (10 weeks to go!)
My week is starting off with a smile… hope yours is too!
We’re in New York for a few days for one last hurrah, before I’m done with traveling for a while! The cats are in good hands with the petsitter, so let’s check in with the latest round of #catsofinstagram!