Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Glimmers of hope

After complaining so hard last week about the suckiness that is third-trimester home renovations, I thought I'd present the flip side this week. Things are looking up.

home renovation — new kitchen and bathroom black and white tile floor
We have a floor again! And it's so, so pretty! It makes everything else look like crap. But in a good way.

home renovation — drywall dust abominable snowwoman
It's hard to get the full effect of how white my hair, clothes, and glasses were in a photo, making me look something like the Abominable Pregnant Snowwoman, but suffice it to say my days of sanding the drywall compound on the ceiling are thankfully over. Our bathroom is currently in the midst of painting, and we might even have a toilet tomorrow! Progress! Our kitchen is put back together and functional for, say, cooking. Imagine!

home renovation — kids room floor showing
This will be impressive to no one else, but in the room we affectionately refer to as "the crap room" (theoretically one day the kids' room), there is floor visible. Floor! And room for a little bed!

boy sitting in box with sharpie marker
We had lots of help labeling (and filling) our boxes for storage and to go to the office — and everything's (kind of) in its place now. (I say good enough.)

the raised bed garden in spring — may 2011
There are green things growing in the garden, despite all the help from enthusiastic kids (heh heh).

sewing black canvas and silk brocade mei tai baby carrier for babywearing
I am almost finished with an entirely gratuitous mei tai.

boy helping sew a mei tai carrier for babywearing
And no wonder, with such an assistant!

homebirth linens washed and ready for the home birth
My birth supplies are finally gathered, washed, prepared, beautiful — and my birthing space is clean and ready, minus one birthing pool, which will be picked up today.

I've done squat to get my blog ready for my babymoon absence, but — get this — Amy of Anktangle has driven here for a few days to help me! I know! That post from last week had
effects, baby. So she is helping me amuse Mikko while I try to get my bloggy act together and Sam tries to make us some money to tide us over in the non-working period. I don't deserve such graciousness, and that's what makes it so delicious. Also, because it's fun to hang out with her.

big brother smiling next to mama's pregnant belly
A bonus is that I get to see Mikko interact with her baby, Daniel, and it is the sweetest foretaste.

mama and son hold hands near the pregnant belly
Mikko misunderstood Sam's direction to put his hand on the belly and thought he was supposed to hold my hand. I didn't mind.

At all.

All right, baby. We're (mostly sorta) ready. You can come whenever you are. We'll be waiting for you.

You'll also love this week's photos on the topic of Gentle Parenting Put to the Test over at Natural Parents Network!

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One Rich Mother said...

Oh goodness almost there! Baby day will be here so soon. How exciting.: )
Also your floor looks great.

Jennifer said...

OMG Lauren, how fabulous that Amy came to help you! Made me teary! The floor looks great! Now you can be in the moment and not be worried about the shape of your home when baby makes an entrance. Happy Birthing!

Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama said...

I'm so glad to see things are coming together!

I love your little helper!

And love that Amy is helping you too - Yay for Amy!

Unknown said...

Aww, well shucks. =)

Melissa said...

Wow, Lauren! I am amazed at how much you've accomplished in a short week's time. And how wonderful for Amy! I'm sure an extra set of hands will be much appreciated. Any day now... :o)

Rachael @ The Variegated Life said...

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! I am in *awe* of all that you have accomplished!

Write About Birth said...

Looks wonderful! And like you had a lot of fun!

Run DMT said...

Wow. You are a super mom. My baby is 9 months old and I still don't have things done. lol

BTW...I don't know what happened. My link entered three times! Whoops!

Faythe said...

You are one brave pregnant momma! I would of never attempted any help in a reno during pregnancy let alone living with the mess of it. You have earned an extra 'halo' in my book! ~Faythe AGMT

Inder-ific said...

If replacing floors, sanding dry-wall, and cleaning out a "crap room" (I have one of those too) doesn't qualify as nesting, I don't know what does! Could be a sign! The Mei Tai looks gorgeous, btw, and I'm jealous of your garden! Because I'm a wimpy Californian who can't garden in the rain (and the rain just keeps on coming and coming this year), my garden is pathetically behind schedule.

Lisa C said...

Hurray! Maybe the baby will come right after you get everything done. And what?? you are making a mei tai?? It's looks really cool!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Sounds like you are getting a lot accomplished!! That picture of you is really cute!!

Gauri Ma said...

So glad to hear things are looking up on the renovations side. Good luck with the final stretch!


MomAgain@40 said...

Glad to see everything is coming together! You are ready! :D

teresa said...

Yeah for freinds who just come and help!!!
You look so happy. You really do look glowing and beautiful.
I can't wait for the post with baby pictures!!

Jenny said...

Wow, you all have been busy! The floor is lovely. I love the feeling of having all the homebirth supplies organized and ready!

We had a "crap room," too! We couldn't even walk in it. I eventually purged a van load of the crap from it and turned it into a "craft room" instead. It's still pretty junky but I can get to my sewing machine. The mei tai looks so pretty! You are really making me want to make one.

marra@ antique fire screens said...

It was so exciting waiting for that sweet angel. And really cute brother seems to be a big help.

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