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Couch Potatoes and Tummy Time (16 Weeks, Friday Catch Up 5/18)

Why, hello there! Welcome to the Friday Catch Up!

Did you see the Weekend Catch Up? It covered my first Mother’s Day!

Friday Catch Up 5/18

1) Do you know how hard it is to replace a couch? So freaking hard. We have a great couch, but, like I said before, we need a sofa bed for when Mom or friends come to visit. We were going to go and look last weekend, but that didn’t happen. So this week, I went and looked at sofas myself. I found one that I liked, talked to Alex, and I put a deposit on it (there was only one in stock and I wanted to make sure that we could get it ASAP). After thinking about it a bit more, however, I started to second question myself. I was perfectly happy, but I wasn’t sure if Alex would be.

You see, my lovely husband, as much as he leaves things up to me, is very particular about his couches. I had a couch that I actually really liked, but it ended up on Craigslist because he kept talking about how it wasn’t lounge-y enough. He loves our couch–it is deep, you can lounge on it, and I can even fit next to him (it’s tight, but we can manage). So the more that I thought about it, the more I grew worried that the new one wouldn’t pass muster.

NOT TO MENTION HOW HARD IT IS TO GET A COUCH DONATED. Or sold. Our couch is in pretty darn good condition, aside from the pen stain that ALEX put in it. But you try to donate a couch with a few blemishes? Places don’t want it. And I can’t take it anywhere myself because I a) don’t have a car b) it is huge c) my husband works all the time d) I am not a moving company. I put it on Craigslist and FB but I only got a sketchy message demanding my address, which I wasn’t going to just give out to someone registered to the Bronx in NYC. 

AMVets might have taken it… but they don’t do elevator buildings. And I can’t get it downstairs.

So I’m probably going to have to get someone to haul the couch away. And pay them to do it. To take the couch to a place where it will sit and rot and not get used even though it is perfectly acceptable. If only school was starting–you know a college kid would take it. 

The couch saga continues. Will we get rid of the couch without having to pay? Will we get the couch that might not be deep enough? CLIFFHANGER

Update: no one bought or took the couch yet, but I took Alex to look at the couch, and it passed and is being delivered Monday. WIsh me luck.

2) I went to look at the couch after another fantastic fun edition of Stroller Strides! This time, Emmie and I made it just in time–I got back from the dog park a little late, and someone needed to eat. It was a packed class, and a great one! I even ran the distances between the stations.

Pushing the stroller, I basically went negative miles per hour, but count it! I met some great new moms and babies, and I am hoping to go again today (Friday). Emmie stayed awake the whole time save 5 minutes, then through the time at the furniture store, and even a little bit after we got home before she finally passed out. 

I posted this on IG, but it is so hard for me to workout at home. I can do cardio, but I need to do any sort of structured workout outside of my house or in a thoroughly dedicated place. Otherwise, it isn’t happening. I’ll just be covered in dog hair, and maybe the dog. I think that is a huge part of why I’ve not worked out much since I stopped working at the gym. I get in these little bursts of working out–yoga, PT stuff, etc–but the second I get derailed, I stop. That is why I am so thankful for Stroller Strides and Class Pass when Alex is off. Otherwise… couch potato and neighborhood walker right here.

3) Emmie is currently (as in, as I am writting this) refusing to nap. She needs to, badly, but hell if she will. I think we are starting the sleep regression…. She nearly slept through the night on Monday night, but since then, she has been super inconsistent and very finicky about sleep. Naps range from 5 minutes to 1.5 hours. And there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason between the variation. 

Ok I’m back. She woke up and carried on for a while, so I had to go retrieve her. Now we are attempting to put her down for the night. Wish us luck…

Something SUPER exciting for us is that Thursday I figured out a tummy time solution that she liked so much that she got mad when I rolled her out of tummy time! So that was awesome! Focus on the victories, people!

We are also perfecting our Happy Baby pose 😀

And crying at my husband as we speak. It’s going to be a fun one. 

Honestly, I should probably go help. She might still be hungry, even though she seemed to be done. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE COUCH? The Salvation Army is booked for 2 weeks.

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Ohhh getting ride of stuff is hard and annoying. I don’t know what the options are in the city! I hope Emmie didn’t give you too much trouble last night.

    May 18, 2018 at 6:40 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    That picture of Emmie in her hat is just priceless!! I cant wait to see her actually smile, in person!

    May 18, 2018 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Maureen

    Now that college graduates are looking into moving out, see if there’s a garage sale type Facebook group. I’m sure you could find someone who would be interested in it. Recent grads love cheap apartment items haha.

    May 18, 2018 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Linda from Veganosity

    We have a Facebook Marketplace for our community. You should check FB to see if there’s one for your neighborhood. They’re usually closed groups that you have to ask to join so they’re safer than Craig’s List. Good luck! Oh, and of course, keep the adorable pictures of Emmie coming!

    May 18, 2018 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    OMG I had the hardest time donating really good furniture when we moved. The Salvation army people did not understand that my table was supposed to look “distressed” they thought it was old. I feel you!

    May 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Lisa- Mile by Mile

    Sorry about the couch issues! Unfortunately I don’t have any suggestions for you. When Rob and I moved into our first apartment together my previous roommate had given us her couch, but when we moved it to our new place we couldn’t get it up the stairs because of an awkward turn in the doorway! We had no where to put it, she didnt want them back, so we ended up letting the moving guys keep them. It worked out at the time but it was too bad because it was a great couch.

    May 18, 2018 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Is Freecycle still a thing? When I was in college that’s where I looked for furniture! Otherwise, I agree with what other people have said about local FB groups, probably your least sketchy option for selling to strangers.

    May 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    You could check out freecycle in your city for getting rid of the couch. It’s a great site! You post either things you want or things you have that you want to give away for free. Here I’ve seen shelving, books, and couches recently.

    May 19, 2018 at 6:44 am
  • Reply Kat

    Oh man – the great couch saga continues!! I hope you can get it all figured out [somewhat] painlessly! I live in a neighborhood that all I have to do is leave something outside my curb and within a day I’ll have someone knocking on my door asking if they can take it lol We put a BROKEN washing machine out there before [for large pick up trash day] and someone totally came and ask us if they could take it. Apparently they were in the washing machine business and could fix it! Not that it helps you at all lol I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!!

    May 19, 2018 at 8:33 am
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