Becoming pregnant has really changed me as a person, and in good ways.
Even though I am tired, sore, and busy, I’m the most productive I have ever been… all because I’m nesting to prepare for baby! This is both good and bad. It’s good because I am getting so much done and accomplished before our baby’s arrival. It’s bad because I rarely take the time to relax, and when I am taking the rare time to relax with a book or a movie, a million things are running through my head that I need to accomplish. Add this to the fact that I have a career, and you have one crazy lady on your hands who is full of anxiety. I really should try and get some relaxing done before we have a newborn though, huh…
But I digress. I’m quite happy with what we’ve been doing here in the Cervantes household. I have felt this strong need to get as many house projects done as possible before Caleb makes his big debut. There are SO many things we want to do the house, and my goal lately has been finding ways to get as many done as possible before he’s born because I foresee us not having the energy, time, or money when he first arrives and I’m out on maternity leave. I am trying my best every week to make our budget work so that we have a bit of money left each month or week to do something else to the house. While our ultimate dream is a newly remodeled kitchen and new flooring on our whole bottom floor to get rid of the old and raggedy carpeting, these goals are not financially attainable at the moment. It may be years before we can do these two things. However, we have done quite a bit of smaller, more affordable projects so far with a few more in mind before the big day.
I’ve also been nesting in other ways by learning to be more productive around the house. I find myself cleaning and tidying up on days off and obsessively making sure things are put away. I hate seeing any sort of mess now, and I’m trying to be super organized. I’ve been cooking every weekend in my crockpots (yes, I have two now – thanks, Mom!), and doing dishes like it’s my job. I used to save the dishes for Jerry because they’re gross – haha, sorry, Jer! So, I’ve been trying to learn how to cook and be better at getting things done around the house. I’m really coming into my role as a wife and now a mother (at least I think so!). I’m sure Jerry appreciates it too, and while I still don’t love cooking, I’ve been quite proud of all the meals I’ve made thus far!
I’ve become very interested and invested in our finances. Though we don’t have a lot of extra money to play around with and we live on a fairly strict budget, we try our absolute best to put at least a little bit of money into savings every week. This is for my maternity leave and other emergencies that may arise. Even if it’s only $10 or $20 on some weeks, it’s something! A little bit goes a long way, they say. I’ve also been monitoring our retirement funds on a near weekly basis. Yes, I’m a little obsessed, and yes, I’m only 25, but I’m a planner. Lastly, I’ve been trying hard to get our debts paid down. Most of our debts are of the normal variety: mortgage, car loans, and student loans, but we do have a Lowes bill courtesy of our leaking fridge that needed to be replaced. We have 18 months interest free financing on that, but we are trying to pay it off even quicker, if possible. We also pay a smidge extra on our mortgage each month in hopes that it will be paid off before 30 years.
Speaking of money… I’ve also started couponing! When I got my hours cut at work, I immediately texted my sister-in-law and told her we needed to start. It’s something we’d been thinking about for awhile so we finally dived in. I am not hardcore by any means, but I try to buy the Sunday paper most weeks so I can get the Sunday coupons and the ads. Then I meticulously go through the ads with my coupons and match up the sales. I also follow a lot of couponers on Facebook, though a lot of the deals they post are really labor intensive and confusing… I’m just a newbie. I’ve been able to save on quite a few items though, and have started mini stockpiles on things when I can get a good deal on them. I’m pretty sure we are set on laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner (for both Jerry and I), and razor refills for him for a few years – ha!
Lastly, I have been preparing like crazy for little Caleb himself, the star of this show! I’ve been doing my best to make sure we will have everything he needs, and have already washed and sorted his clothes by size. I also have a small stock pile of diapers and wipes going, courtesy of couponing.
Now we wait for our guy to get here, though hopefully not too soon. We still have lots to do around the house, and little man has lots of growing to do before he comes. For now, I’m enjoying my new roles and nesting!