No GPS Necessary

So once again, we have decided to bury ourselves in a major renovation in the weeks before adding +1 to our family. Nevermind the constant dirt, dust, and grime from construction materials and those tracked in on the boots of our army of contractors, but we also have a lot less storage room and organization at the moment. The first renovation was isolated to the upstairs while we made our cozy home downstairs but this time the renovation has managed to touch almost every room in the house so this round of baby preparation is all about strategic positioning.

From the pile of hastily stashed boxes full of baby gear that was once stored in the attic loft of Maxon’s bedroom (that has now been replaced with a furnace) on the upstairs landing, I managed to find the newborn essentials. No small feat considering the boxes of baby clothes I meticulously labeled with the corresponding size-in-months were mixed in with the ones Mike labeled as “clothes too big” and “clothes too small”. I’ve found and washed about 2 days worth of newborn clothes and separated them into yet another bag that will eventually be consolidated into The Hospital Bag. I’d love to go ahead and pack that too but all of our suitcases are buried in the upstairs closet with our hanging clothes and behind the full-length dressing mirror and Mike’s dresser. The carseat carefully wrapped in a jumbo-size garbage bag is now in the forefront of the formidable pile, followed by the bouncy seat and enormous baby swing. The pack-and-play is also accessible but only because it is in the same spot we left it from our trip to Yellowstone last summer, first awaiting to be put away properly in Maxon’s bedroom and now the first line of defense for hairballs and drywall crumblings. I have a box of nursing and postpartum supplies in an old diaper box in the bathroom sitting on top of Maxon’s out-of-season wardrobe. With the contractors in and out of our lovely master bathroom, I like to give a visual cue of who is really running the show around here.

As for the non-pregnancy part of our daily lives, we have also managed to make do with an abundance of stuff and limited space. I actually have a sense of pride when I’m able to produce just the very thing we need at that precise moment. Since the utility closet had to be emptied for demo, general inventory has been relegated to my office. Paper towel roll ran out? Check on top of the TV. Power drill? Toolbox hidden under the dining table. Need to replace those AA batteries? No problem–in a box behind Maxon’s Little People Rampway. Making burgers and looking for the barbecue grilling set? You guessed it–in a box. In the guest bathtub. Next to the high chair. For all its randomness, whatever you need is probably within 2 degrees of separation from where you are currently standing. Beat that, Martha Stewart.


Item number 137* of Updates We Should Do To The House has been completed: Updating the electrical system in the downstairs portion of the house. Since our “dormer” project pretty much took care of the upstairs, there was still much to be desired in the main living area. Now there are outlets where they should be (grounded AND up to code!) and no more exposed wiring where they shouldn’t be. While we have made these areas safer for Maxon to play in, we have created even more fun places for Maxon to stick his toys in!

*Estimate only. I have just lost count by now.

House Renovations – Day 1

So today the “crew” showed up to begin adding two new dormers and an expansion upstairs to add some more square footage.  The idea is to create a bigger master bedroom and a bigger nursery for the little guy.  We have been kicked out of our upstairs and have moved EVERYTHING downstairs and are now sleeping in a guest room/Melanie’s office for the next five weeks.  Soooooo, we’re a bit cramped.  It’s all exciting though.  The project should be completed in five weeks and the baby is due in six…, yeah, it’s tight!!

I created a category for “house updates” which seems odd, but when your house is at least 115 years old, then “house updates” gets its own category.  Respect your elders.

Our bedroom as we left it when we woke up:

Looks neat....looks normal.

Looks neat....looks normal.


Our bedroom as we found it when we returned that evening:

CONstruction or DEstruction?

CONstruction or DEstruction?