Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Daycare - check!

She won't be here for another 3.5 months (unless she comes early -- and let's just not talk about that...) and she is already signed up for daycare. Aren't we good little task masters?

Infant day care can be incredibly hard to come by, so we decided to investigate early. Eric went to a class back in December about choosing infant daycare in the Bay Area, so that we could learn the lay of the land. One of the best infant daycare centers happens to be incredibly close to our house -- so we stopped by one day about a month after Eric went to the class. Even though we just dropped in, the staff was incredibly nice and they gave us a tour and answered all of our questions. The center only takes children under 24 months (they have an infant room and a toddler room) and is in a beautiful old Victorian home with a huge backyard. Here's a picture:



Everyone was really nice and we felt very comfortable with the place. The other positive factors are they have a lot of different schedules that you can opt into and they are only closed one week out of the year (Christmas week). We want to do three full days a week, with both Eric and I being home one day a week and we greatly prefer getting to choose which weeks we take off during the year, rather than having forced vacation.

We went back this week to meet with the Director. She told us they have a child that is leaving on December 17th (because he's turning 2) and so we could have his spot -- which is really perfect. It means we have to pay for a couple of weeks in December that we won't really use (especially because they are closed one of those weeks) -- but that will ensure that we have a spot starting in the new year. We paid our deposit today (which puts us on the waitlist), and we're at the top of the list for a spot starting at the end of the year.

It feels good to have this task (mostly) completed. Unless something unforeseen happens, we should be able to get into this center. I suppose the child we are replacing could end up leaving sooner and that no other children would be ready to go within the December/January time frame, so we are going to have to line up a back-up option. But, it feels good to have gotten this far with the process and hopefully it all works out.

I'm a few days shy of 26 weeks - the start of the third trimester - which has been accompanied by swollen hands and feet. Fun! Also, although I have nothing to compare it to, I think she may be among the kickiest babies ever. The other morning I was mentioning (complaining is such a negative term, don't you think?) the extreme kickage to Eric and he put his hand on my belly and I said, "oh no. You totally don't have to feel it. Just watch." And, sure enough, my belly started to bounce with her repeated kicks and jabs. Active, that one.

How is it possible we're starting the third trimester? We have been trying to do so much the last six months that we've hardly had a chance to look up. It's one of those periods that, in the past, I would be almost unaware of the passage of time. Except, of course, that this isn't like crazed periods of the past becuase my ever expanding belly has me keeping track of every week. It feels like being in a race --someone keeps calling out my time with every lap and it just makes me realize how much faster I need to go if I'm to have any chance of a decent finish. And, for these last few laps, it seems both Eric and I need to kick into an an all-out sprint. It's a bit unnerving -- but we're hanging in there.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Demolition - Part II

It's been a long week -- even though it was technically a short week (due to President's Day). But, alas, we both worked on Monday and so it was really no shorter than usual. The weekdays are hard because we are attempting to juggle all of our work madness with the prep that needs to be done during the week to make sure we have all the supplies and materials we need to carry out the remodel work we want to do over the weekend. And then, of course, the weekends are hard because we are ripping the place apart. Of course, the weekends are much harder on Eric. I spend the weekends trying to get other parts of our lives in order.

It hasn't been too bad living amongst the partially torn-up kitchen. We are doing the demolition in two phases -- so only the walls that connect the kitchen and bedroom are currently missing.

As promised - here are a few pictures of our kitchen project:

This was what it looked like at the start of our project. Well, this isn't a great shot -- but you can see what was on the walls before we took them out. For those of you who haven't been to our house, this was our only cabinet. You basically walked into the kitchen and then jogged around into a "nook" -- where this cabinet was and where the door to the bedroom was (you can see it in this photo to the left of to the cabinet). It was far from an efficient layout.



So, we're moving the bedroom door - when we're done, it will be straight shot from the living room into the bedroom. This picture was taken at the beginning of the demolition -- the new door will be where this wall is.



And these photos were taken after the demo was complete -- when we got down to the studs. The wall adjoining the bedroom and the kitchen has to be moved a bit to allow enough room for the new door to be installed. So, for the time being, we can see from our bedroom into the kitchen and vice versa (although, now Eric has framed up most of the new wall, so it doesn't look as open anymore):







And here are a few of my favorite pictures. In this one, you can see where we cut through the house -- now it's nice and breezy in the evening. Perfect for those cozy February evenings!



And, the current state of our electrical system:



It's a bit of chaos! But, you can see from the photos that part of the kitchen is still standing. We'll finish putting in the bedroom door and the wall that connects the bedroom and the kitchen, and then once we have those walls back in place, we can move onto the part of the kitchen that currently houses the refrigerator and the sink. I think doing it in stages helps it to feel a little less chaotic and makes it more liveable during the week. Although, this next week will be a little challenging, I suspect, just because everything is really pretty torn up at the moment.

Cheers to all! Here's wishing you a good week!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Demolition

We're still here -- we've just been busy. We were both working all last weekend and this weekend we dug into the house remodel (well, I dug into budgeting, cleaning, and list making). The kitchen is no more -- at least not in its old state. There's no turning back at this point.

Eric and Doug (our friend extraordinaire -- without him, the hillside in our backyard would be in our kitchen and this remodel would not be happening!) tore into the walls this weekend. We're down to the studs, and for the next 5 - 6 weeks, it's going to feel like we're camping. It's not too bad, actually. We really haven't had much of a kitchen for the last year and a half -- it actually looks much more spacious then it used to. You can see all the potential now. And going from one work space (an Ikea kitchen cart) to no real work space is really not that big of a sacrifice.

I keep meaning to take pictures - but realized if I keep waiting for pictures, I may never post again. So, I'll just say that I will try to take and post pictures sometime soon.

There's not a lot of other news -- our jobs are keeping us slammed during the week, especially because we need our weekends free to tear up this place, so we are working long hours. But, most everything is going well.

On the pregnancy front - there's not a lot to report. All seems well. She wiggles around like crazy. My back/hips are hurting quite a bit -- I suppose that's to be expected, especially given my back. I switch between sitting on a pilates ball at work and sitting in my chair -- I seem to do better if I mix it up a bit. But, nothing really works that well. But, other than the back issues - all is well.

Take care!