As I mentioned last week, we cancelled our holiday to Devon to stay at home and finish the house. I can't really believe we ever considered going after how much we've accomplished this week.
Suffice to say I can probably say now that the house project is finished. We have carpets in. There are no nails or tins of paint lying around. The builder is popping in next week to do a few bits of grouting, the extractor fan in the utility room is going to be fixed as it's making a weird sound, but that's it. We need to paint 5 internal doors which my husband has already primed, and we need to tackle the garden at some point. There is a massive double garage sitting in it which is now defunct as we have a new garage as part of the extension.
But internally, it feels like a home now. It doesn't feel like a building site. All the big jobs are done and paid for. There is not a skip outside or scaffolding. We are no longer really renovating. Just a few touch ups left. And fun stuff, like hanging pictures and decorating Ollies nursery with bunting or some such.
We haven't redecorated the living room which was the only presentable room when we bought the house, and I guess we'll try and do that before Christmas, take a long weekend. I have hung new curtains in it though, although I totally cocked up "dressing them" and they have horrible folds and pleats in them in the wrong places.
Nothing has quite gone to plan with anything, but we'll get there. Steam
Pregnancy wise, I've been just go go go this week. I am utterly exhausted and overwhelmed but feel so happy to have my home. Ollie has a playroom. I can walk barefoot around the house. I feel safe. It is clean, the baby will be safe and living in a clean environment. Psychologically that's made a huge impact, just when finally the prenatal mental health team have booked me an appointment. I feel much better.
My bump is so enormous people keep commenting that I won't last another 5 weeks (im now 35 weeks). I am getting quite strong braxton hicks at night which verge on mildly painful but trying to use them as practice with breathing. I've also had a few dizzy spells but think that's probably me doing too much. My boobs are full of colostrum and ready to go.
I feel ready now, really. Just want baby to hang on a bit to make sure he's fully ready to meet us and join in the craziness that is our little family.
I'm back to work tomorrow for two weeks, and Ollie starts in the 2-3years toddler room at nursery.
Life never stops....
Thanks for reading xxx