Making Room

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Congrats:  Thank you to all of you who participated in my Ugly Bathroom Contest with National Builder Supply.  Congrats to our grand prize winner Tina P. who will be receiving a complete bathroom makeover; our second place prize winner, Wendy P. who will be receiving a Pfister shower head and faucet; and our third place prize winner Marissa C. who will be receiving a Pfister shower head!

My computer (the one with the can’t-live-without photo editing software) is broken so I don’t have any lovely photos to share with you today.  So instead I thought it’d be an apt time to share with you some home-related happenings that don’t seem to find their way into posts about woodsy ornaments.

I am a big believer that the universe will respond to whatever energy you send out.  And right now, I am making room and creating an openness to whatever comes next.  I’m making room in my home and making room in my mind.


If that’s too abstract for you, here’s how it breaks down:

Purging and pairing down.  I’ve been doing a good amount of purging.  Anak’s birthday is in November (read, new toy overload) and in preparation for the upcoming holidays, I start donating lots of his toys in advance.

I’ve also paired down my silver fish nesting area book collection.  Preparing for a second (more on that in just a bit!) makes me realize even more that I probably won’t have time to re-read all those books I saved from college that I haven’t made time to read in the last seven or so years anyways.  And less stuff means less packing (more on that in just a bit, too!).

I’ve also been purging some clothing.  I think I’ve sort of put my appearance on the back burner the past couple of years as I adjusted to motherhood (yeah, it took me awhile) and my wardrobe just doesn’t reflect who I am or enhance how I feel.  So I’m making some closet space with the plan to invest in some basic pieces that I love putting on.

We’re expecting!  I’m due June 1 which in academia is almost like the golden egg of due dates.  My symptoms have been milder this pregnancy which makes me think I’m having a girl but I thought that the last time around too so we’ll see what happens.  We have our gender-reveal appointment next month so I’ll keep you posted.

If you’re like me and gloss over words in favor of pretty pictures, look it’s baby!baby feetAlthough, at this point in my pregnancy a photo of a woman hunched over the toilet seems more appropriate ; ]  Like I said, my computer is broken so I’m making do!

We’re (trying to) expand our home.  We’ve been searching MLS listings for almost nine months now and have even managed to put in two offers.  We thought we’d be able to snag a good deal come fourth quarter but things just don’t seem to be panning out for us quite yet. Right now we live in a condo and are looking to move to a house in a more family-friendly neighborhood before the baby comes.

Last time around, we closed escrow in my final days of pregnancy and moved into our place days after Anak was born.  It was nuts!  And this time around I am trying to avoid that experience at all costs even if it means carrying two mortgages for a bit.

So there you have it.  Less stuff to make room for a new baby and a new house (in theory).

Are you making room, either mental or physical, for anything new in your life?

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. I haven’t really been into blogland lately, but how lovely it is to read this post. I try to never miss anything ‘you put out into the universe’ and I am so glad to know of your news. Congratulations to you and your family! There is something to be said for siblings. I wish you the best with your pregnancy and the house hunt.

    • Thanks, Christine. Yes, there is something to be said for siblings for sure. I was an only child up until I was 10 and always wanted a sibling. I’m so glad it’s something we’ll be able to give Anak : ]

  2. Congrats Jen! Good luck with all the new experiences that will be coming your way this year! I can’t wait to hear about the new little one. :)

    • Thank you, Bree. Since it’s my second I feel like I can be more excited and less terrified this time around ; ]

  3. Congratulations Jen! What great news! All the best with your pregnancy and good luck with the house hunting :)

  4. well congrats! it’s nice to purge a few items from the closets, shelves…especially if you are considering a move. Good luck with everything and keep us posted!!

  5. Yay!! Congratulations on a new little one!! I will live vicariously through you since I love the idea of a new baby, just not for me ;-) How exciting and what a great Christmas present!!

  6. Oh wow! That’s great news. Congrats! it is fun with 2. Life definitely changes. :)

  7. Congrats baby mama! So happy for you guys :)

  8. Congratulations! Such exciting news! I hope your home search goes smoothly, it’s a lot to do when you’re super preggers or have an infant in-tow. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  9. Oh my goodness congratulations!!!!! I’m catching up on my blog reading (now that holiday Etsy craziness is over) and came over to your blog to check out all the goodness that is going on in your neck of the woods and couldn’t be happier! Eeeeeek…this is so exciting! Congrats again and happy house hunting!

  10. SOOOOO excited for you ;) can’t wait to see the new space you make for the new baby!!!

    • Thanks, Sara! I think the big brother is getting the new space and the baby is inheriting the old one ; ]

  11. I don’t know how I missed this but a very belated Congratulations!!!

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