No. Don't blink.
Don't rub your eyes.
That's what it says...
ELEVEN days and counting! Doesn't it feel like I just wrote 18? Yet, that's how fast she's approaching. Like a train at warp speed!
And are we excited? Why... yes we are. Are we ready... uh... I guess... ready as we'll ever be.
Carseats-installed (check). Thank you to my friend Carolyn who came over and installed them personally at my house into both my and Nana's car. Ava loves her new one.
Diapers bought? (check) Picked em' up grocery shopping and they're all neatly put away under the new changing table (as opposed to strewn everywhere as they soon will be)
"Little" baby clothes up from the basement (check). Up, clean, folded and put away in new containers for our bundle to arrive. Cannot believe Ava wore those teeny things like... uh, yesterday.
Look before I take my vitamins? (double-check) No more mishaps lately.
Miss Ava's taken to crawling up and sitting beside me for much of the day lately and tapping my belly. When someone asks, "Where's your baby sister?" She quickly (no matter how publicly) pulls up my shirt, exposes my stretch marks (Shaun happily calls them my "beauty marks" *sigh* I got me a good man) and plants a big kisseroo right on my bulge and then tap tap taps her "sister". She's only interested in looking at everything "baby" lately too. Kissing her babies. Reading books about babies. Playing with boxes that have babies on them. EVERYthing baby. We've done our best to get her excited.
Here's what else is going on. (Just in case giving birth wasn't enough)
The new house is getting worked on. So far we've had:
Any exterior rotted wood repaired.
Had the new roof put on.
The old back porch has been pulled off and the stairs have been moved to create a new entrance.
New gutters were put on Tuesday.
About 30 new construction windows are due to arrive any day now and be installed.
The front porch is due to be repaired and new stairs/entry way will be built most likely this week if the permit comes through.
Also working on making sure the basement is waterproof.
I've also been meeting with plumbers and HV/AC guys to recieve quotes about the new heating system and think heavily about how much money will be going into that massive expense (but how toasty we will be later).
And here at our current house?
I broke the faucet and I've been without a kitchen sink since the week before Christmas... and I was starting to go a little crazy. Sort of like I'm perpetually "camping" with no running water downstairs. Running up and down the stairs with an ankle that's finally close to almost all better and a very pregnant body is not "convenient" to say the least. The blessed plumber came yesterday... thank.the.LORD! How grateful I am for small favors like a kitchen sink that works. Happy day!
And it's funny how things work out... I went for a "massage" lately. (I always feel all spoiled when I say that, but it's honestly a maintenance thing to keep the sciatica away during pregnancy... and actually costs less than a co-pay these days) My massage therapist and I have become good friends. She even came to our wedding! While talking about what's been going on we got on the subject of realtors and she recommended we speak to hers.
Our house went off the market about 2 months ago after surprisingly NO interest in the six month period it was listed. In discussing it with Shaun I had said, "Well... we prayed that everything would happen the way it was supposed to and if we're not selling right now, maybe we're not supposed to. I mean, God could send someone when we least expect it! He could sell it without it even being on the market."
We have left it off the market and considered our option to refinance again and hang onto it for a little bit, while we slowly work on the other house.
After I met with my friend/massouse as I was driving to see our architect for new drawings, I recieved a call from her realtor to set up a visit to discuss our options on our current home. I realized we'd actually met this realtor in the past when we were looking at homes to fix up (they had been selling one we checked out). Upon speaking with her she mentioned that she actually had a client and they had recently sold his 3 family home (different family members lived on different floors) and he would soon be in need of a home, but had been looking for something "move in ready" in our neighborhood.
Long story short, he's looking in our price range, in our area for a move in ready home. Doesn't get much more "move in ready" than a beautiful completely re-done home right HERE. We'll see what happens, but he's coming this upcoming Monday (in 4 days) to take a peek and see what he thinks.
That means I have till Monday to get this place from "baby zone" back into "show-ready" condition... (that includes basement and closets. Here we go with the basement again!) All with a baby coming any day now... and construction being done at the other house... and Shaun's working all weekend.
That ALSO means, if he IS interested, he's in a time crunch to move and has to be out of his place by the end of February, soooooo we would have a little over a MONTH to pack everything we own, move somewhere and say goodbye to our sweet home.
With a newborn. (and you KNOW all I'll want to do is stare at her... and sleep)
And a 16 month old. (who likes to decorate the house like 16 months do. Use your imagination)
And a baptism to plan (falling right around OH lemme see ...a MONTH after this sweet one is born).
And Lent... and then Easter right around the corner.
NOooo problem.... Piece of cake!
*uh... as much as I like cake... say a little prayer for us, ok?*