1. This past week has been pretty exciting for us because our new tenants moved in! It’s been weird hearing people next door because it’s been over a year since anyone has lived there. The most alarming thing about it for me has been smelling their food! I would occasionally get a whiff of what was cooking next door when Mr. and Mrs. A lived there, but only when I was in the basement doing laundry. This week, I could smell their dinner one night it in our house. Dave said it was my crazy pregnancy smelling powers and he couldn’t smell anything. It didn’t smell bad, just a little onion heavy. Ah well, I don’t care, they pay to live here and they could do more annoying things, right?
2. Now that we have tenants, we can finally tackle things on our side of the house. We have daydreamed about home improvement projects forever and it’s so exciting that we can finally undertake some of them! The first thing we have to do is get a new boiler for our side; necessary, expensive, and not very exciting. But after that we are going to do little upgrades in the kitchen. Nothing super dramatic or high end, just little improvements that will make a big difference in the quality of
our my life. We’re going to put down new linoleum in the kitchen because the current linoleum has got to be at least 20 years old. It’s nasty and it never looks clean and it’s basically the bane of my homemaking existence. I can’t wait to have a floor that doesn’t look dingy and gross all the time! We’re also going to paint all the dark paneling and molding in the kitchen and install wainscoting on the bottom half below the existing chair rail (using this method). Our cabinets are outdated shiny oak, but we’re going to keep them wood and just change the hardware. I think painted cabinets look nice but I’ve heard that long term they don’t really hold up that well, so we’ll keep them wood for the time being. Finally, what I’m really looking forward to is installing a dish washer! It’ll take up a good amount of our limited cabinet space, but I’m determined to figure out different ways to organize everything to make this happen. Wow, I don’t think I’ve adequately conveyed my excitement about these potential improvements so I’ll let Lucille Bluth help me out.
3. Oh, and one more little thing. Young House Love inspired me this week when they put their microwave in the pantry.
We’re totally doing that too. I’ve been following that blog ever since we got married and while I find most of their posts to be helpful and inspiring, I’m not always on board with their design choices. But lately I’ve been loving a lot of their improvements. The nursery they’re setting up for their little boy who’s due this spring is really cute!
4. Speaking of baby boys, I got to see mine again this week and I got a picture of his sweet face this time! It’s a long story about why I had another ultrasound so soon after the last one but blessedly everything is fine and dandy. He’s measuring right on time except he has a big barrel chest, just like SK did. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a big baby just like his sister was (she was 9 pounds 8 ounces), and really, it’s freeing to just acknowledge this fact and not stress over it. I think I just make big babies!
5. After the ultrasound, SK and I popped into a nearby mall and had some fun. You can see in this picture how big Sara is! That outfit is 2T and her arms and legs are way too long for it. I’ve had to start transitioning her to 3T clothing and she’s not even two yet!
6. I’m almost done with that infamous book Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman and I have to say I really liked it. Sure, there’s the obligatory eye roll over the idea of French women doing everything better than us AND remaining skinny. But, on a practical level, I thought there was a lot of good in the book. Whether the author writes about French women being unapologetic about their epidurals or unflinchingly firm with their nons (saying no), I got the impression that French women are just a little bit more grown up in general than American women. It made me think of that old post from Like Mother Like Daughter called Having a Baby and the Culture of Freaking Out. Ironically, the LMLD post focuses a lot on not worrying about your weight after giving birth as well as the dangers of overmedicalized birth, while Bringing Up Bébé describes French women as being on the opposite side of that ideological fence. But where they intersect is on the idea that mothers ought to be adults. We American women have grown up in a culture where we easily “freak out” over everything and use shopping or binging on Oreos as self-medication for life’s ups and downs. Movies, especially romantic comedies, capitalize on the charm of the frazzled neurotic female. Think Meg Ryan in, well, anything! But French women, according to this book, seem to have an innate sense of self-control and confidence that translates in motherhood to a natural authority and firm boundaries with their children. Again, it brings to mind the last line in that LMLD post: “Be the person with common sense. Become a mother.”
Anyway, it’s an interesting read, I definitely recommend it along with that post (or any post) at Like Mother Like Daughter!
7. Spring is coming!
That is all!