I know you all probably don’t want to hear all this, but sometimes I just have to laugh at my life and then I feel like I need to share it with someone…so here goes…
I was reading a post from one of my favorite OC Mom Bloggers, Peace, Love and Momminess, who wrote a post for OC Family this week and I had to chuckle at the irony.Â She was describing how a simple, inexpensive “Honey Do” task for her husband leads to no good and a much BIGGER more expensive project in the end.Â I have the opposite issue.
My husband GETS THINGS DONE.Â (Obviously, I’ve been pregnant 3 straight years…).Â If I so much as breathe the thought that I think we should add a baby lock to a drawer, he is out the door for the drill before I’ve finished the sentence.Â Maybe we could add a shelf to this antique pine cabinet, he is in the car to Home Depot, cut, stained and installed it before the cabinet knew what hit it – and it LOOKS GOOD!
And if you don’t already know me, we bought a home (definitely the worst house on the block scenario) last year when I was 5 months pregnant, completed a do it yourself remodel (Addie was in a backpack for most of this, Home Depot knew me by name) with tons of family and friends helping out in 11 weeks – so I’m now 8 months pregnant, we move in, while I was also project managing the installation of a resort, and served Thanksgiving for my family and in-laws.Â We then had the typical moving in issues, finishing up the work on the outside of the house (great for nap schedules), the holidays,Â Hayden was born,Â Addie’s 1st Birthday…..and the super traveling circuit began all before I headed back to my office job.Â It was a lot. But that’s what we do, we take on a lot, we don’t say no, we try to do it all.
Back to this week.
Hubby and I had been discussing building on a playroom, and then we found out we were pregnant, again.Â Hubby decided we needed to add the room, pronto.Â Love that.
I’ve also learned that being the fact that we are both project managers, best NOT TO PROJECT MANAGE each other.Â So I have not asked any questions, just done what I was asked to do with it all, when I was asked.
(I should note that Hubby has a tendency to ask for things quickly however.Â I’m going to pour concrete this weekend.Â OK.Â I need a plan tomorrow of where all the plants will go plus the BBQ area with tap outs for grill, fire pit, fridge, etc. OKKKKK)
For this current project Hubbys says, “It’s not really going to be a big deal to build this room.Â We have a lot of the materials left over from the house, so really it’s just the labor”.Â (OK – Don’t say, “It’s just the labor“to someone who is in her 3rd pregnancy in 3 years -Â I bit my tongue, I was getting a playroom after all).
Fast forward to this week. Hayden is going through a teething/eating/not sleeping issue at the moment.Â So between late nights working on this blog and the VERY early mornings with a screaming “because SURELY someone is pulling-all-her-finger-nails-out baby”…I’m a little tired and slower than usual.
Hubby looks up and says, “Oh the guys are coming to do some stuff around the house today”.
Me: “OK, what are they doing”.
Hubby: “Tearing apart the garage, adding insulation, putting up drywall, working on the plumbing, adding rain gutters.Â Just some prep work before the room is added on.Â They wont be in the house, maybe once or twice, just a bit of noise and mess outside.”
Me: “OK, for how long?”
Hubby: “Probably until the end of the week, maybe part of next week too.Â Oh and what day will you not be using your desk?”
Hubby: “I’m going to have them demo the old water heater cabinet and add the shelves you asked for”.
Me: “Thursday, I’ll be gone all day at a consulting job. Does this mean you need me to design the interior of the cabinet before then?” (Told ya – Remember the side note above…)
Hubby: “Yep.Â Oh and do you need your car that day?”
Me: “Not sure how else I get to the job??Â Why?”
Hubby: “I’m going to have the dent removal guy come and work on that back bumper, it would be better if you could get there another way.”
My husband proceeds to go in and out of the house talking to “his guys” and I’m using the time the kids are happy playing to make a brisket for Wednesday night, and Chicken Pot Pies for Tuesday night – what that means is A LOT OF CHOPPED ONIONS.Â So by the time hubby heads off to the office, I’m BAWLING from onion tears.Â I’ve wiped my eyes (that I have not take my makeup off from yesterday) no less than 100 times.
Thankfully our nanny arrives (yipee – it’s a day I have help!!!) and takes Addie out for some play time.Â Hayden goes down for her morning nap.Â I decided to grab a couple minutes on the computer (why change out of my PJs or take a shower yet??)Â Just as I do, one of Hubby’s guys comes to ask me a question about the garage.Â I apologize for the PJs (OK truth, old sweats) give them the answers they need and decide to come in and get dressed.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!Â I LOOK LIKE A CLOWN! I am in old sweats, hugely pregnant, have not washed my hair in oh maybe 3 days, and have black mascara all over my face from the onion tears!Â I look like I’ve been in a bar fight!!Â AAAGGHHHH!
OK – I get through this, carry on with the rest of the day (the one where Addie climbs on the table and “feeds” Hayden lunch while I’m not looking.Â Note the chairs that have to sit ON the table to try and stop this fun game)
I pick up the conversation with Hubby again that night.
Me: “So do you think the playroom will be done for Christmas?Â I thought that could be the girls present, to fill it with fun toys?”
Hubby: “Not a chance. We need the plans to get through the city first, and then…., and then…., and then.” (I can’t even remember it all).
Me: “OK, so do you think it will be done for their birthday party in February.Â Plus it would be good to have the backyard out of the construction zone again.”
Hubby: “Nope, we’ll probably just be starting it the first week of March, the same week #3 is born.”
(Did you hear the record screeched to a halt???)
Hubby: “I was thinking the baby will sleep with us, the girls stay where they are at and we just grin and bear it for a month or so with a few knocked out walls. BTW, I asked them to make the garage stuffÂ that’s in the backyard safe for the kids, they are building a giant playpen for it, and I think I’m going to demo the garage wall and put plywood up on the side of the house until the new room is built.”
WOW.Â This is going to be fun.Â What have we gotten into, again.
Glad I made the brisket already.Â I think I’ll even drink a glass of wine tonight.
Thanks for hanging in for my long story of the week. Stay tuned for updates…..Be sure to check out next week’s menu and shopping list.
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