Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Main Floor Bella’s Room–Week 11

We finally got Bella moved downstairs into her new room this past weekend.


Her bed currently resides in the middle of the room, as we still need to finish installing all the door trim and baseboards.

I did get her curtains made and we actually got them hung up.


After we finish the baseboards and trim, we still have a lot of work that needs to be done in the bathroom before it’s usable.  It’s currently a construction storage spot.  I did get a closet system ordered, so that also needs to be installed once it arrives.


And since Bella got moved downstairs, we have started converting her old room into Oliver’s new bedroom.

So far we have gotten his new ceiling fan installed and one coat of gray paint up on the walls.  He is very excited to move into his new room and has given us 4 days to get it complete.  Going off of past experience, I’m thinking that might not happen.  We already had a little snafu with the blue bed we painted not really working well with the new mattress set we bought.  We are currently brainstorming ideas on how to make it work.


As we already mentioned it looks like it’s going to be a lot of work to get everything finished up before this baby arrives.

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day of School

The kids both went to school today.  I have a two hour block of time all to myself.  Or at least for another month or two until the baby arrives.  My to-do list is a mile long, but it’s amazing how short of time 2 hours really is.  In other words you really can’t get too much done in that chunk of time.

Bella’s first day was technically last Thursday.  She went to school and had a little bit of a rude awakening that she would be having to go back and work on her therapies again.  Friday was her heart surgery which went great.  Amazingly it was an outpatient procedure, so even though it was one long day at the hospital, it was only one day.  She came home with a band aid on her leg, covering the tiniest little hole (looks like she got poked in the leg).  And that’s it, you couldn’t even tell that she had any type of surgery at all.


Bella is in First Grade this year.


Oliver started 3 year old Preschool this year.  He gets to attend a brand new district preschool building that was just completed last month.  He is actually in the same program Bella was in when she went to preschool.  It’s an integrated program between typically developing peers and special needs students.  When Bella attended she was obviously special needs, and Oliver has been enrolled as a typical developing peer.  Currently his class size is really small, so he should have a great learning experience this fall.

He wanted to do his own poses for the camera.


His first real day of preschool was today.  So I’m anxious to hear how he liked it!

I’ll leave you with a final pose from both of them.  Oliver insisted that since Bella was in her wheelchair he couldn’t just stand next to her, he needed to be in his bike.  Bella seemed to think it was funny.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Main Floor Bella’s Room–Weeks 9 & 10

I haven’t even bothered to get out our good camera to take pictures of the progress yet.  So I thought I would post some snapshots from our phones on what has been going on these past couple of weeks.

The walls got painted and the ceiling fan got installed.  While we were waiting for carpet to be installed we used the bedroom as a painting spot.  First up was a big boy bed for Oliver.  We promised him a blue bed.  He decided he wanted to help again, so he put on dad’s flip flops and helped me roll on the primer.


He took his job very seriously.


You may notice in the photo above I chopped off my hair.  Here is a recent image from a concert Jesse and I went to (sorry for the dark image).


The carpet in Bella’s bedroom did in fact finally come in after being backordered a couple of times.  A certain younger brother seems to think this new room is his to take all his toys into.  Also worth mentioning is the color on the walls.  I went with a “dusty coral” color and my final hope is to have a vintage girls bedroom for Bella.  While Jesse was painting the walls, he mentioned multiple times he did not like the color.  When Oliver got up from his nap and first saw the bedroom painted he claimed “Ohhh……I don’t like it”.


Although now that the carpet is in, drapes are hung and Bella’s bed has been moved into there, he told me yesterday she had a fancy room.  He also cracks me up because most of the time I wear “workout” type clothing.  Or anything remotely comfortable with my ever expanding belly.  If I do happen to dress up, fix my hair, and actually wear make-up he never fails to tell me I look pretty or beautiful.  And then usually ask me “Where are you going?”

Other big things happening this week, the fact that school finally starts tomorrow.  These last 5 weeks have been a little difficult with both kids home all day long, but I somehow made it through.  Oliver gets to start his brand new preschool and is pretty excited about it.  Here is part of the new playground setup at school.


And lastly Bella is having minor heart surgery this Friday.  She has a small PDA hole that never closed up, so they are going in with a cardiac catheter to close it up.  It’s supposed to be an outpatient surgery, so hopefully it all goes smoothly.

And I’m just hanging on myself as this pregnancy nears its end and makes life pretty uncomfortable.  Sleep has been my enemy of late.  In fact most nights I can only get about 4-5 hours.  As you can tell it makes getting things done around here pretty difficult, as in our progress is at a crawl stage.  But with less than two months to go, we do have a few things that need to get done before the new baby arrives.