Oh jeez…it’s been so long since I wrote in here. It’s just been impossible to keep up with blogging lately. Sadly, I don’t even really read blogs these days. But with so many big changes happening in my life, I wanted to document everything here so I can look back at this place and reflect =).
Wow, so where to begin? This week I’m 35 weeks along…YES! Almost there! In the home stretch now and we absolutely cannot wait until we welcome our son, Liam into this world! Pregnancy at this stage is certainly getting harder and more uncomfortable. I feel horridly huge and waddling has become the norm for me. My fingers and toes have become little sausages and my hips feel like someone took a crowbar and pried them open. Oh..and not to mention, my vajayjay feels like someone kicked me really stinking hard and it’s sore. I am just so ready for him to come out and be done with pregnancy.
On top of trying to get ready for arrival of a baby, we also closed on a home at the end of January and we have been knee deep in doing some home improvement before we move in. The previous owners had 4 large dogs, 3 cats and toddlers and when we saw the house, everything was staged well and now that I think back on it, there were so many scented candles lit. After all the furniture was moved out and we did a walk through, I was absolutely HORRIFIED at the state the carpet and wood floor was in…also the walls, wood doors, closet doors, baseboard trims were so damaged, stained and discolored. There were strong urine smell everywhere too…thus the scented candles! I’m severely allergic to cat dander and fur and my husband and I just both could not bear to move into a house where the floors have been so neglected and with that urine SMELL! The house is relatively new – 10 years old and in great condition. The owners just did not do any maintenance to the interior or the landscaping in the back and just let the stain pile on. I can’t imagine not cleaning up after your dogs though…really?? We kicked ourselves in the butt for not negotiating for a higher credit to repair all THEIR mess…but we didn’t see it at the time. After weeks of bids and estimates, we decided to go forth with ripping out all the current wood floor and carpeting upstairs and downstairs and put in brand new oak wood floors, baseboard trims and brand new carpet padding and carpeting upstairs. We also hired someone to give the entire interior walls, ceiling, window trims, doors, door trims, closet doors, and baseboard upstairs a fresh coat of lovely new paint color. This was my favorite part, picking out different shades of Benjamin Moore warm grays for different rooms (will show before and after later). The reno isn’t done yet but just saw that the painting was all completed and the house already looks great and can’t wait to see it completed with new flooring! Our next big reno project will be our outdated kitchen and it’s ugly tile countertop and bathroom, but that will have to wait until next year. The cost for this job plus with new baby on the way (super excited to set up Liam’s nursery!), let’s just say my husband has been a wee bit stressed lol! Moving in March 10th! Pray that our baby won’t decide to show up early!