Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Making Room for Baby

So, it's about time to get serious about making a good home for baby, somewhere for just her stuff, where she can sleep and play and just grow up in her own room. Yay, fun! Only, this child has US for parents, and our house is FULL - how did we get so much stuff?? So the office is going to become the baby room, but right now it is full with the computer desk and a bookcase worth of my crafty supplies:

Call the contractors! There is a small walk-in closet in our bonus room where the big TV is (aka "the Man Cave") and yesterday, the front of it was ripped off to start making a little office alcove area. There's going to be a built-in desk with lots of smart shelving to store a bunch of crafty stuff, far above where little hands can reach. It will be painted another color to help it stand out a little and be left open as a computer nook into the rest of the big room. I didn't think to get a picture BEFORE they ripped off the door, but here it is on day 2. I'm sort of amazed by how nice it looks already and how CLEAN they are keeping the work area. I expected to walk back in and have the house destroyed ala the Money Pit movie. Of course, when I asked how long the project would take, I was told "two weeks". Yikes.

In addition, our master shower had a crack in the fiberglass insert and we were worried we'd start getting leaks through to the floor underneath. Plus, I hate that shower, it had a gross plasticky door with a weird hinge that was impossible to clean. Yuck. So hey, since we had to replace the insert to repair the crack, why not upgrade while we're under construction? Again, here's the shower on day 2, I didn't get the true before picture. But it's been seen a million times, yuck white plastic insert, mottled plastic shower door.

Thankfully, now that we see there aren't any major repairs needed under the shower, we can go ahead with our plan to tile the area and add a nice clear glass door, one of the pretty frameless ones that just sort of looks suspended. I'm excited to see this one finished too, mostly because I claim temporary insanity that I would allow someone to take my shower when it's 90+ outside!! Thankfully, the shower down the hall is standing in well for now. Hopefully the baby won't mind that we've spent our refund this year on construction instead of saving it for all her baby gear! Of course, if we had followed the registry "guidelines" for new parents that we were handed at Baby's R Us and Target, we would have registered for even more stuff - it is crazy all the gadgets that are out there to alternately make your life easier and clutter up your house! How did any of us born in the 70's ever survive? Concrete playgrounds and getting tossed around the back of a station wagon - now that makes for tough kids! We're survivors! :)

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