Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
- all new junction boxes under the house and in the rafters (to help the whole house re-wire later)
- eight outlets for living room, dining room, kitchen, and outside
- overhead light and three way light switch for it
- two outside porch lights with a switch inside
My "big" job of the weekend was to run all the wires down the holes to Dave. From there he hooked them into the new "j-box" and I then cut them and started the process over in another one of the holes. I, of course, messed one of them up which was a bit stressful, but Dave figured out how to make my mistake work.
Oh, and while he was under the house last night, he found a small gas leak... which he fixed in his time under there today. I know what you're thinking, "how in the world does he know how to do these things?" I think the same thing often; he has a gifted brain.
No nursery work has happened (completely understandable) on Dave's end, but I was able to get several smaller projects done while I was "on call." I added ribbon to my mom's art work to "finish" them. I also added brown bows to my baskets to go with the theme. After poring over the giant Behr paint color wheel, I also picked the four colors we'll use for the walls. Baby clothes from Tawni are being sorted and put away now too!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Because we are not foundation experts, nor does Dave have time to start another major project before Drew gets here, we've hired a contractor to fix the wall and then finish the room (new installation and drywall).
After one day, the team of contractors finished demo of the room and cleaned up EVERYTHING. I love this :)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
- Seal grout on floor and shower.
- Caulk all seams.
- Drill hole for and install shower head.
- Install shampoo shelf (see the hole on the left wall).
- Install toliet.
- Mount cabinets onto wall.
- Order granite countertops.
- Install all lighting (ceiling and vanity light).
- Install countertops and sink.
- Install mirrors.
- Install bathroom hardware (towel bars, toliet paper holder, robe hook, etc).
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I FEEL: grouchy! My normal patience level is cut in half and all the "mean" things I think in my head want to come out. So far I've been pretty good in class with my students (well, except with Read180--they just piss me off every day), but adults who do stupid things get no sympathy.
On the pregnancy feeling side of things:
- I feel the intense need for the house to be finished. Call it nesting, call it planning, call it insanity, I don't really care what it is called at this point, just as long as it is finished. (Due dates assigned: Bathroom 2/19, Nursery 3/5 and dining room is contractor's issue and he's assured me it will be done quickly).
- It's frustrating that I can't really do anything to make it finished any faster (well, other than nag), so I'm left with other projects... I washed, folded and organized all the baby clothes and bought plastic totes for the closet and under the bed to have some hidden storage in the nursery.
- The past two nights I've slept four hours straight and it was wonderful! Maybe my body is ready to let me sleep more? I can only hope!
- My back feels pretty good after I get moving, but hurts again by the end of the day. My sciatic nerve is being compressed and causes the sides of my legs to tingle when I stand in one place, but thankfully it isn't causing any pain.
- Overall, I feel pretty huge. It amazes me that this is my view most of the time.
- Baby Movements: Lots of pushing and moving around in the evenings. Kick counts are almost pointless--he kicks pretty much constantly from 5:00-7:00 pm--his record for 10 kicks is 2 minutes and 12 seconds. The longest time has been 12 minutes, but that was at 9:15 at night.
- Weird Pregnancy Symptom: discharge is killing me. I won't go into details, but I'm over it... SO over it! I am also pretty much out of breath on a regular basis. Walking up the very small incline from my classroom to the main office (crossing the school quad) is enough to make me feel winded. When I get on a roll teaching and talking in my super fast speed, I have to stop and catch my breath.
DOCs SAY: no appointment for another two weeks. Also, because a few people has asked or implied that it was weird, my midwife says that I come once a month until 36 weeks (only two left: 32 and 36 weeks), then 38 weeks, then 39 and 40. If everything goes as planned, I only have five more prenatal appointments.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
The above picture is the closest picture that matches the "inspiration" that is in my head.
Our color scheme is going to be light blue, navy blue, light green, chocolate, and white
(based on the bedding). Our crib and changing table are dark wood, the rocker is dark wood and tan swede, we have a white rug for the floor, and a white dresser that may/may not stay in the room.
I'm thinking we paint the wall a very, very light blue.
For the stripes, I'd like to have three lines for the three colors.
Possible a thick lime stripe, a thinner navy line, and then a very thin brown line with the light blue showing in between the stripes.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
- Total Weight Gain: +29 lbs--Up five pounds in the past four weeks. Doctors appointment is Monday, we'll see what he thinks.
- Maternity Clothes: I know I said this was going to go away this week, but there have been major accomplishment in this area over the past two weeks. First off, maternity underwear is a necessity. I should have jumped on board WAY before. Maternity tights/nylons are also a complete necessity--one day with "regular" tights was enough to send me to Target to buy the expensive maternity ones (thankfully they were on clearance for 75% off). Tawni also stocked up my wardrobe, so I feel pretty stylish. The dress in this weeks pictures is one of hers.
- Baby Movements: Drew likes when I eat and rewards me with a whole lot of movement. He doesn't really kick hard, but still just seems to push a lot. I'm suppose to start "kick counts" this week for the doctor so I've been practicing timing and counting ten movements in the evening. It usually only takes about ten minutes right after eating dinner. He must sleep during the day when I'm actively teaching, but I don't feel him a whole lot.
- Weird Pregnancy Symptom/Event: my hands are super dry and scaly no matter how much hand lotion or cream I use. Upon using Doctor Google, it seems like this can be blamed on my hormones...
I CRAVE: (repeated from Week 26) Food. All the time. Doesn't matter what it is... I'm ALWAYS hungry. I have eaten a significant amount of bananas and string cheese though.
I THINK: Our first baby prep class was a bit boring, but I'm looking forward to our classes this week. The first one was pretty basic; if anything, it made me feel knowledgeable and comfortable with the basics (feeding, sleeping, pooping, basic complications/newborn issues). I was thankful to experience birth/newborns/babies through my wonderful friends first. This week we have another class on breastfeeding and labor/pain management.
I HOPE/I'm EXCITED: to plan Drew's nursery. I ordered a wall decal from itsy that has his name and James 1:17 ("Every good and perfect gift is from above") for the wall above his crib and I'm looking at thousands of pictures online to "design" how I want to repaint and layout. We'll be starting on the room the first weekend in February and I can't wait!
DOCs SAY: Next appointment is tomorrow. Glucose test for diabetes came back stellar! Although lectured about weight gain, PCOS, and my insulin resistances (thanks to PCOS), I am still far from diabetic and my sugars are at 77 (anything under 180 is considered good with the way they conduct the test).
Friday, January 7, 2011
- Guest Bedroom: Year 1 and 2In April when Melissa moved in, the guest bedroom transformed into her room. Other than the major roommate change, the closet was also given a facelift with custom made sliding mirror doors. Jennifer slept in the guest bedroom with Melissa until July 1 as Dave slept in the red room on the mattress--now that was interesting.
- Hallway: The bathroom and master bedroom door trims were finally finished. The linen closet and drawers were finally made useable and more pictures were hung on the wall.
- Master Bedroom: (Year 1 and 2) BIGGEST TRANSFORMATION of the year and about the same cost as everything from 2009 (because as much as I planned and tried to get Dave to stick with it, 101 small trips to Home Depot caught up with us)
- The bedroom itself has repaired plaster and new drywall, painted and cleaned closet with new custom doors, new paint, and our bedroom set in June.
- The area behind the plywood from the 2009 picture and the original "sink room" is now transformed into my closet/dressing area with all new studs, floorboard, heating/air conditioning, electrical, dimming can lights, drywall, closet cabinets from Ikea, and paint to match the bedroom. Enjoy the magic of my closet!
- The bathroom is still not quite done, but also has new everything like the dressing area AND a new shower pan, tile floor and shower, toliet and vanity. Still needs a countertop, sinks, and all the fixtures.
- Front of the House: The wonderful grass is still super green and the envy of all the neighbours! Dave is still rather obsessed with it :).
- Living Room: Still beautifully mocha and exactly how I had it envisioned, although usually it has too much stuff in it that either Dave, Melissa, or I do not put away.
- Office: Although there were plans to fix this room this year (changing the door, moving in the futon), it is the same messy room. It has acquired another four computer CPUs, several hundred dollars worth of textbooks and more mess.
- Kitchen: literally looks exactly the same as 365 days ago, Christmas decorations and all.
- Red Room: the bunnies moved to the garage and instead of construction storage, the room has become baby storage area. We have my parents dining room table and china hutch sitting there too. The wall with the beautiful sliding doors must be our next project (that we'll pay to have done) because the concrete under it is crumbling.
- Hall Bathroom: Beautiful as remodeled--still the room I sit in when I need a rejunivation from the state of undoneness of my house(baby projects finished in February of 2010).
- Backyard: construction zone (or lack there of) for the year.
- Master bathroom finished (as I type this Dave is outside cutting the final pieces of tile)
- Guest bedroom door replaced
- Guest bedroom transforms into nursery
- Red Room wall taken down, foundation fixed (welcome contractor again)
- Red Room drywall repaired, textured, painted
- Red Room floor level and new floor laid