First off, the good news. W is on the move!!! Finally!! After months of our little guy rocking on all fours, he's finally figured out how to get his arms and legs to work for him.
It's sooo freakin cute!! He just loves LOVES our laptop. That was the biggest motivation to get him going. I was a little sad thinking about the possibility that W may skip crawling all together. My mom said that I only crawled for a few days before I started cruising. I love watching him concentrating on alternating his arms and legs, his little tooshie wiggling as he goes. Sigh. Does it get better than this?
So I guess I should add "Buy baby gates" to my long TO DO list. A list which I have officially renamed I DON'T WANNA DO list. Ugh. My cell phone has become an electronic notebook. I have lists for Lowe's, Home Depot, groceries for W, groceries for us, home renovations we can do, home renovations someone else needs to do, IKEA, Costco...etc. It's a long list of lists. Save me.
I was going to recap in painful detail the first couple of months of being a homeowner, but I'm not sure I want to remember it. What was supposed to be a joyous and monumental event in our lives has been...well, a nightmare. Long story short....
We bought a home. YAY!!!
It was a shortsale with tenants renting from the sellers.
They didn't want to leave...and by law, they didn't have to.
(WTF!!? Yeah, I know.)
Short escrow became a long one.
They finally left...and renovations started.
Over budget and took much longer than expected.
In fact, they're not done.
The kitchen is coming along. There were tears, and lots of migraines.
The floors look good but are not good. You have to see it to understand.
We moved in anyway.
We still need some key pieces of furniture. Our cabinets aren't finished. There are boxes everywhere still. Most of our clothes are on the floor until we fix our closet. We need window treatments. Oh, and new windows would be nice. There is so much crap in the garage that we can't fit even one car in there yet. And it's starting to heat up. Having a second story makes this heat wave a little challenging. Our home is generally nice and cool. But half way up the stairs, it hits you like a mack truck. Thank God for central air.
There are a bajillion other things I'm not mentioning because I'm over it. I'm tired of being frustrated with what I know to be a very common story when renovating a home. So I don't want to waste anymore time complaining. I'd rather think about what I love about our new home.
We're finally free!!! We have the privacy we have been wanting for so long!!!
No parents!!!! I can finally wear what I want around the house. I can walk around the house at 2am without worrying that I'll run into my dad. There's no one to tell me what a mess I've made. That's my job now. No more worrying about whether they will wake W up with the noise they make. I actually know where things are for once...because I put them there. No more guessing who just got home. Since W can't drive yet, process of elimination says it's P. LOL! I love the size our home. It's spacious without being big. Perfect for out little family. :)
We live in a nice neighborhood for once. So we can actually walk the dog at night!!
We have a brand new kitchen! Glossy and white. Including an oven!!! My mom's oven doesn't work so you can imagine how much baking I have to catch up on. I love it!!!
One fun thing is I finally got to open up our wedding gifts. You know, from our wedding THREE YEARS AGO! All our plates, cookware, sheets, even towels....they were just sitting there in the garage all these years.
Most importantly, W seems to really love it here. We were worried about how he'd adjust to the new home and his new room. Other than his crib, everything else in his room was different. So you can imagine how nervous we were that first night. He'd been doing well, sleeping 12 hours straight. It could all go down the drain he didn't like his new room. But he did beautifully! Went down at 7pm like usual, and slept the whole night. Phew! What a good baby!
He's also been practicing his pincer reflex. He gets frustrated at times but his determination to eat that little cracker is unwavering. I guess if you put a slice of chocolate cake in front of me and told me I had to eat it with my feet, I wouldn't give up so easily either. Not a pretty picture so we'll move on. I feel as though not much has changed in the way of W, but I know this isn't true. We've just been too busy to really celebrate each milestone. One thing is for sure, he has a future in wrestling. Holy majolie! Every time we change his clothes or his diaper, it's like wrestling a crocodile!! His twists and turns are so strong, we literally have to hold him down to get a sleeve on. I'm breaking a sweat just thinking about it. Dreading a poopy diaper is one thing. Dreading the possible smears of poop all over you and the room is a whole nother story. And with the solids he's been eating...those poops smell worse than ever!!
It's all fun though :) You just have to laugh about all the difficulty that comes with parenthood. Otherwise, you'd go nuts. And the most important thing to remember is, it could always be worse.
In conclusion, we're very happy in our new home. I'm looking forward to all the memories and traditions that will be made within these walls. Our walls are bare right now, but I'm sure they'll be covered with framed photos, crayon graffiti and dried up boogers soon enough.