Take your mark

Oblige me for a moment while I relive the first twenty-six weeks of Norah A. Babysaurus’ life in photos (minus the crying and spitting up and crying), which doesn’t have much to do with the rest of this post.

She turned six months old a week ago. Today, she’s scooting around on her bottom. Next month, she’ll be asking for the car keys.

This means that several of the fairly important home projects that we planned to do but couldn’t do before she was born and haven’t had time for in the months since she was born are becoming critical. These projects tend to fall into at least one of three categories:

Safety, Organization, Mental Health

So next week, Keith and I are taking some time off of work-work to put Norah A. Babysaurus in daycare and do home-work. I have big hopes although we don’t yet have a solid plan, which I think is key to succeeding at an undertaking of this magnitude. I’m excited. And nervous. Excited to finally have the time we need, but nervous that my lofty goals for the end result are just too lofty. We may actually end up sleeping all day.

However, I’m pleased that I can finally start talking about some of those goals I mentioned before. (Remember those? Neither do I.)

Safety. This will be one of our primary goals for next week, and probably the most important because now that she’s (awkwardly) self-propelled, Norah A. Babysaurus seems to have her sights set on practically everything really expensive and/or hazardous. Creating a safer home environment will involve more than just covering outlets and hiding electrical cords, though. There’s climbable furniture, breakables, and general crap without a proper place to consider. Which brings me to my next point.

Organization. The big focus here will likely be the kitchen and the craft room (if I’m lucky). I’ve already identified a few kitchen cupboards that have been neglected for too long, and with all these extra bottles and spoons and dishes and cans of formula, we really need the space. And the craft room? Ah. And the laundry closet? Eh. And our bedroom? Oh.

Mental Health. This mostly includes general catching up and seasonal chores, sorting through clothes, some aesthetic touches, and — most importantly — holiday decorating (and shopping. Online.). After the October I’ve just had, I’m shooting for the least amount of stress possible in December. WHERE IS THE TIME GOING?!

So that’s the executive summary! We have one more (fun) commitment to get out of the way, and then we’ll be ready to attack this beast. When we have an actual plan, I’ll try to share it, along with a report of how we did at the end of the week. Or whenever. In the meantime, I’ll be accepting good-luck wishes, friendly advice and/or encouragement, and applications for a laundry put-awayer.

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