The big news this week is that Scott’s room is finally finished and our house is good to go (more or less) for our new arrival!! I am so relieved. The last couple of weeks haven’t been as restful as I would like and there has been a bit of a frenzy of activity to get everything in place. I have also been marking in the midst of this and am delighted to say that my allocation is now officially done! This is going to be a bit of a Changing Rooms / house make- over blog, but here goes: After clearing everything out, this was our starting point: Then the chimney went, a dividing wall and door went up: Then we had paintwork and new glass in the windows: Then came the personalisation – the wall mural: We then got carpets and Billy was ably assisted building lots of furniture by his Dad and a work buddy. The bed turned into a bit of a saga as it turned out that no wooden slats had been provided (the company are trying to claim they are not included!) Billy resolved this by buying some freshly chopped wood to size and screwing them down. He did good! Walk-in view of “Scott’s Hideout”: Scott’s changing area: First night:It was a bit of a hellish couple of days trying to get everything out of his old room and the cupboard cleared and sorted for Junior, but we got there in the end. I have newborn clothes in the drawers and stacks of boxed clothing waiting for the big gender reveal! We also have my much coveted BOB stroller up and ready: With the infant carry-cot: Unfortunately our current infant carrier/car-seat is not compatible and I need this to be able to run with the stroller until the baby is 6 months. However, given that we have been hemorrhaging money over the last couple of months, I will wait till my marking money comes through. This purchase can wait a few weeks as running will not be imminent after birth anyway! I have had a few phases of manic cleaning (nesting?) when I just have to get curtain rails dust free and as for blinds…..Does anyone know a quicker way of cleaning them? They are torture! My next intended project is getting our carpets professionally cleaned. It now feels like a MUST! I am having fairly emotional phases – I have a sadness about Scott moving out his room and a feeling of “the end” in terms of being “just the two of us” in our mornings and days out etc. I felt guilty about him being in nursery a couple of days this week when he said he didn’t want to go and wanted a day off with me. To be fair he was happy as larry when he got there and I needed to coax him to leave, but still… I took him for what will probably be our last day out as a twosome (at least for a while) to Barshaw Park on Saturday. He had such fun there last week that he wanted to go back. His grand plan of spending all day in the bumpy bmx bit was scuppered early doors though when he fell and dunted himself. It meant we ventured more into the other areas of the park instead: There was also much hide and seeking: The exercise machines were a source of fascination and frustration in equal measure as he struggled to reach the various components: Down by the pond: Ice-cream face: More hide and seek: And some sliding: Me and my 1st born:
I am now 37 weeks, 5 days pregnant and feel slightly more relaxed about the idea of the baby coming early – though I would definitely rather go full term. I have fulfilled my obligations in terms of marking and have the house more or less sorted. Some days I really feel like the baby is about to come and am decidedly uncomfortable. I have had a few bad bouts of sickness and was virtually bed bound on Tuesday feeling rotten. That being said, I have also had better days and managed a pregnancy PB of a 5 mile run in 50 minutes today. No idea how I managed this as I was just toddling along in my own wee world, not feeling out of breath. I felt great at the end of it, but after a bath I was very sleepy and started to feel like I did after my marathon training “long runs”. I ended up afternoon napping which I will no doubt pay for tonight.
Back to work for a rest tomorrow!