April Accomplishments + May Goals

April Accomplishments + May Goals | KeatingBartlett.com

April Accomplishments + May Goals | KeatingBartlett.com

Ahhhhh!!! We’re finally a few days away from May! MAY! How is it already May?! How are we already just 4 weeks away from our daughter’s due date?! It’s crazy to me how fast time has gone so far this year. I know everyone says that, but this pregnancy and this year have gone by in the blink of an eye. It makes life a little bit on the overwhelming side sometimes.

This past month has been extremely busy around here. I feel like we’ve been on the go a lot lately. Between getting ready for the baby, doctors appointments, gatherings with friends, staying on top of my graduate coursework, Jack’s training and having Zack home on medical leave after a foot surgery, I’m pretty exhausted at this point! Especially since Zack can’t walk right now or even put a whole lot of weight on his foot. So things like grocery shopping or taking care of Jack are all on me right now. Which makes it a little more stressful being 9 months pregnant, but we’re making it work.

Right now I’m just SO ready for the baby to get here and for Zack’s foot to heal. Honestly, life will be so much easier then. I’m ready to get into a routine again. But regardless of how busy this past month has been, it’s also been super successful as well. I now only set five goals each month as opposed to ten and it’s been making my life so much easier. This month, I accomplished four out of my five goals which I am so excited about! And we got even more done that wasn’t even on my goals list. So it was a good month! Let’s recap:


  1. Begin setting up the nursery.  Success! In fact, I didn’t just begin setting up the nursery, I flat out got it cleaned up, organized, and 100% put together! It is all set and ready to go. I couldn’t be more excited about it. Zack and I spent an afternoon earlier this week putting together the crib and getting the room put together. The apartment we’re currently in is very small and we didn’t know I was pregnant when we signed the lease (we literally found out 24 hours AFTER signing the paperwork). So we only have two bedrooms here which is a problem considering the second bedroom was my office and a storage room. Now, it’s also a nursery. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but it looks great AND there’s space to move around. So I’m very excited about it.
  2. Purchase one big baby item off our list. Success! Actually, this one is a huge success. We didn’t just get one big item off our list, our friends and family completely cleared it. At my 34 week exam, I found out I was already having contractions. And not Braxton Hicks-types contractions (Read More: 9 Month Bumpdate). So in a little bit of a panic thinking maybe she’d end up coming earlier than planned, I reached out to our family to update them and they instantly got to work on our registry. I couldn’t possibly be more thankful for them. We’ve been getting nonstop packages in the mail ever since and it’s such a sign of relief to know that we’re completely stocked up on everything we need just in case our little one does decide to make an early appearance. Now, we can relax a bit more in these last few weeks!
  3. Choose our hospital and get registered! Success! This one really should have been figured out a little sooner. My doctor is 45 minutes away from our house so going into pregnancy, I was dead set against giving birth there. It just didn’t appeal to me to sit in the car that long and hope I could make it all the way to the hospital. With our insurance, there was only one hospital in San Diego I could give birth at, but even that hospital is about 25 minutes away AND it’s close to downtown. So 25 minutes can easily turn into an hour depending on what time of day it is and after seeing the hospital and trying to navigate even just the parking lot, I quickly decided there was no way I was giving birth there. The last option we had on our list is the hospital right down the road from us. It’s about a 10 minute drive and there’s zero traffic. BUT I’d have to change my insurance plan in order to go there…so which hospital did I choose? Well, I’ll be sucking it up and doing the 45 minute drive. Why? Because there’s way too much on my to do list, my doctors are there, and I’m already registered and in the system. So it’s one less thing to deal with if I just stay put! So I feel a million times better knowing I’ll be sticking with our current doctors and hospital.
  4. Put together my blogging schedule for my “maternity leave”Success! How is it possible that I was THIS successful this month?! It makes me so happy! I spent about an hour the other day updating my May and June whiteboard calendars and setting my posting schedule. I even set aside 2-3 weeks of “time off” for after the baby is born so I’m very much hoping to actually take time off in those weeks. I have a ton of content planned out and some of it has already been typed up and scheduled so I’m a little ahead there which is great. But I’m still putting together a guest post schedule. I do want a few guest posters for that time so it’s a bit easier on me. So if you want to guest post (preferably on parenting, family, motherhood, pregnancy or something along those lines), then shoot me an email at hello@keatingbartlett.com!
  5. Increase my work outs. Fail. We’ve had a super busy month around here between preparing for the baby and Zack being home on medical leave after a foot surgery. Our schedules have been very off and we’ve really just been going with the flow most weeks. I’ve gone to yoga a few times and have been taking Jack for walks every day. But that’s the extent of my working out at the moment. So I’ve just been making sure to keep my eating under control even more to balance it all out. I do fully plan to get back to working out a couple times a week leading up to my due date and then get back to the gym full-time a week or two after the baby’s born.


The entire month of May is really just going to be finishing up anything on our to do list before the baby arrives. We’re doing really well right now, but of course there’s still some things that need to be done around here. So it’ll be a busy next few weeks.

  1. Figure out my work plans. Yup, I think I’m changing my mind again. I’m DYING to go back to work full-time. Aside from my blog, my last “real” full-time job was back in 2014/2015. I then took time off to move, and time to focus on school, and focus on my health, and focus on moving again, and focus on my pregnancy. It’s always something new and I am so thankful to have such a supportive husband who has supported us on his own for a good majority of the past two years. But as I get closer to completing my master’s degree, I’m starting to get more and more eager to get back to sports and really launch my career. So I hope to have that plan put together this month.
  2. Get ahead in my schoolwork. I do not want to be one of those people who’s having to do schoolwork from her hospital bed. No thank you. I don’t even want my phone near me. And I definitely don’t want to be glued to my computer the first week or two that she’s home either. So like my blog work, I’m trying to stay ahead in school as well so I don’t get behind and can still be present in our everyday life. I know it’ll make everything so much less stressful.
  3. Pack my hospital bag. My diaper bag is completely packed and ready to go, but I still have some items to add and purchase for my hospital bag. I don’t know why this is so hard. Of course the items that I want to pack are all items I’ll be using and wearing other the next few weeks. Sooooo it’s kind of hard to pack so far ahead. And I debated on grabbing travel sized items to throw in my bag just to get me by while I’m in the hospital, but I’m already not wanting to be in the hospital in the first place. Hospitals make me feel super uncomfortable. So I want all my actual product and clothing items with me so I feel more comfortable and at home (spoiled, I know!). I’m hoping to have my bag completely packed in the next week so we’ll see how that goes.
  4. Clean the house. We’ve been doing better with straightening things up as we go and keeping the house cleaned and organized, but we really need to do one more deep clean before the baby comes. We desperately need to buy a new vacuum so we can get rid of some of this dog hair in the carpets. I don’t want to be one of those crazy moms who sanitizes EVERYTHING because that’s a bit much. But the house could definitely use a good cleaning before we bring her home.
  5. Start on our thank you cards and birth announcements. I’m really big on sending thank you cards so I’ve been keeping a list of all our amazing friends and family who have bought things off our registry or sent us gifts for the baby these past 9 months. As you all know, babies are EXPENSIVE and our family has purchased just about everything we’ve been needing for her (most of that being in the last two weeks!!). They’re amazing. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

Our to do list for May is pretty never-ending at this point, but these are some of the big items I really want to tackle this month. I’m so excited start the new month. This will easily be one of the most stressful, but exciting months of the year and I’m ready to take it on!

What did you accomplish last month? What are your goals for the month of May?


  • Wow, congrats on meeting so many of your goals this month! It must be exciting getting so close to delivery! 🙂

  • Lisa

    Congrats on being so close to your due date! Looks like you had a productive month.

  • YAY!! SO SOON! I just got my hospital bags packed like yesterday LOL I’ll be delivering in 3 short weeks… ohhhhh lord. I’m not ready, but we’ll be moving shortly after the baby is born. you inspired me to get my self together in May 🙂 good luck delivering <3

    • Congrats on being so close!! I just got my hospital bag packed over the weekend so it’s feeling a bit more real right now. We too will be moving not too long after she’s born (and then again next summer) and I’m already stressing over it haha good luck this month! I hope you have an easy and smooth delivery 🙂

  • Whitney Scott

    I think it’s great that you set monthly goals! I have tried that since the beginning of the new year and it’s helped me to get my end of year goals accomplished a little at a time. Congrats on the new addition to the family as well!

    • That’s an excellent way to break it down! I do this with my blog as well. I have my big goals that I want accomplished by the end of the year and then each month, I create a smaller goal as kind of a ‘checkpoint’ leading up to those bigger goals. They’re soooo helpful and makes those bigger goals much more manageable.

  • Jordan @ Read. Eat. Repeat.

    Girl, you rocked those goals this month! I love setting goals (yearly, monthly, daily, sometimes even hourly!) so I love to hear about others knocking out goals like it’s their job! Congratulations on the new baby!

    • Thanks Jordan! I’m the same way with goals. I set sooooo many of them haha but they really help me to stay on track every month 🙂

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    This is awesome! You’re doing great. Definitely take a maternity leave after that baby comes- you’ll want and need it. Good luck little mama!

    • Thanks girly! 🙂 I’m horrible at taking time off, but I’m hoping I can get myself to relax for a bit. So we’ll see how it all goes! lol

  • TheHomemakersJournal

    Awe. Good work momma! Sounds like the nesting is setting in! I need to make some goals too! Looks like you are doing good!!!

    • Thank you! 🙂 The nesting is definitely setting in haha I feel like it started a lot sooner than normal. Once I hit 25 weeks or so, all I wanted to do was get our home cleaned up and ready lol We have a couple moves coming up in the next year and a half as well so I’m already finding myself looking ahead to next year when we make our final move and seeking out home prices and school systems and things like that. I’m half on a roll and half feeling like an anxious hot mess haha

  • Shannon Sams

    Best of luck, looks like you have a plan in place and are well on your way to being a great mother! You have inspired me as well to set some goals each month and keep track of the ones that I can and do accomplish! Great post and I look forward to reading more from you!

    • Thanks Shannon! I love setting goals each month. It’s such a great way to keep yourself on track and give yourself something to work towards each month.

  • Wow, you had a great April and accomplished so much! I hope May is just as awesome! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Janelle! We started off this month on a great note so I’m hoping it continues throughout the month 🙂