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Many moons ago (okay, back in October), Jeff and I started discussing me quitting my job and starting to be a Stay-At-Home Mom.  Things just weren’t working out well with my job any more.  My job was great – I was still rocking that.  But our home life was starting to suffer far more than we liked.  Several things were happening; there wasn’t just 1 thing that was causing the pain.

Cue the (unexpected) positive pregnancy test.  With that news, it seemed even more clear – and it influenced our timing.  Before we had been talking about the end of 2016, but with Baby #4 coming in June, it just appeared as a natural time.

So we decided!  We decided that starting in June, I’ll be leaving Corporate America for Home!

I have mixed emotions about it, to be honest.  I firmly believe that it’s the right decision…but that doesn’t make it easy.  As I’ve said elsewhere, I feel like a college senior.  You look forward to graduation and what is coming next, but you also recognize the great life you have right now.  You have friends.  Free time.  Pizza runs at midnight.  Classes are fun and challenging. It’s just a great place to be.

That’s me right now — my job is a great place to be.  I do well there.  I have fantastic co-workers and a fun product.  We’re doing good work and some exciting things.  I really, really, really enjoy it.

But I’m also excited for staying at home too.  It will be challenging – probably far more than I realize.  Most women who stay-at-home (I’m guessing) do so when their first is born, not their fourth.

Is this move permanent?  Probably not.  Maybe, but I suspect not.  But again, I don’t want to work full-time.  Not with little ones.  Not with school age kids.  Life will only get crazier not more simple – at least not for a really long time.  So, who knows where this all will lead?

I’ll write more about this later – in particular, I have some old posts that I’ve written, but never published on being a working mother.  Maybe it’s time to dust those off!

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16 week check up!

Last week, I had my 16-week check up for Baby #4.  These 2nd trimester appointments are blissfully uneventful!

They check my weight (up a pound).

The check my blood pressure (fine).

They took blood (to check my iron levels).

They listen to the baby’s heartbeat (140s).

Then we say “Good Bye” and see ya next time!

That’s pretty much how it goes.  Next appointment will be my 20-week appointment, which will be a little more exciting since it’s the big anatomy ultrasound.  However, since we already know that it’s a boy, that small piece of guessing isn’t there.  Since I’m considered “AMA” (Advanced Maternal Age), my ultrasound will be done by the perinatologist instead of the normal ultrasound technicians.  Either way, it’s a glimpse at our newest one!

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Samuel: 8 months old!

Samuel is 8 months old — well, really 8.5 months, but I’m just now getting around to writing the blogpost.

Here’s his scrapbook page:

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And a recent picture:

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Halloween 2015

How do you get a good picture of all 3 kids?  Maybe next year!

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Remodel Week #2

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WOW!  A whole lot of progress this week.  It’ll probably start to get more boring after this, but this week:

Kitchen:

  • Window removed
  • All framed up!  You can now see the expanded mud room/laundry room, nook for fridge and walk-in pantry walls.
  • Header beam installed in ceiling instead of under ceiling.

Basement:

  • Bedroom window replaced with an egress window so that it can be a true bedroom.
  • All framed up!  You can see where the storage area will be, the bedroom, the man cave and an area for a future bathroom.

Master Bathroom:

  • All framed up!  Okay, there’s just 1 wall in there, but it’s still progress.

It’ll start to get more boring after this.  Next week, the HVAC guy comes in.  The electrician comes in.  The plumber comes in.  And while those things are exciting, they aren’t really as exciting/noticeable as new walls!  But it’s progress and I love it!

Some pictures:

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Week 1 of the Remodel 2015 project has come and gone!  Here’s what happened this past week:

  • Monday – Not much activity other than meeting the construction team, going over plans, they measured for lumber.  Dumpster was delivered.
  • Tuesday – Demo Day 1!  The kitchen area was tarp-ed off. Cabinets & countertops were removed.  Some basement demo was done.
  • Wednesday – Demo Day 2! Kitchen walls removed (except for the load-bearing wall).
  • Thursday – Demo Day 3! Master Bathroom gutted, more demo in kitchen.
  • Friday – Nothing much.

It’s not so bad.

  • In some ways, it isn’t so bad.  I wasn’t prepared for the amount of “walling” off that they had to do of the kitchen.  It makes my living room much smaller once you consider that our kitchen table is also in the living room.
  • Meals are going really well.  I froze lots of pre-cooked meals before construction and they are serving us well!

It’s worse than I thought.

  • I ain’t gonna lie: it’s rough during the day and our nanny is taking the brunt of it.  Being in a much smaller space is hard for a 3 1/2 year old, a 2 year old and an almost-crawling 6 month old.  What used to just be a living room with 2 couches, plenty of room to play and we had a toy room is now a living-room-with-1-couch-a-kitchen-table-and-all-the-toys-shoved-in-there.
  • The distraction of men coming in and out with cool big tools is hard to overcome.  The boys have been trained to not go into the tarped-off area and the workers are great at staying as invisible as possible, but it’s hard to ignore.
  • The noise!  It’s really loud at times.  Really loud.  How can it not be? They’re sawing down walls right next to you.  They’re removing drywall.  They’re using big air guns to shoot nails through the concrete floor in the basement.  They’re cutting 2x4s. Finn, especially, is sensitive to noise and hates loud sounds.  And, of course, Stephen and Sammy aren’t napping well.

It’ll get worse before it gets better.

  • We’re about to lose our main big TV downstairs that Jeff uses.
  • We’re a couple of days away from losing our washing machine & dryer.  That’ll be rough!

Here are some pictures from this week:

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Remodel 2015: The Kitchen

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We’re remodeling!

Starting next week, the contractors will be here to:

  • Pretty much gut our laundry room, kitchen, and formal dining room to make more of a mud room and a bigger eat-in kitchen.
  • Re-do our master bath by removing the “plastic” shower and making a tiled, walk-in shower.  It’d be nice to get a tub in there, but I just wasn’t willing to sacrifice the closet!
  • Start finishing off our basement.

There’s much that we want to do with the basement, but this will be just part of it.  We’re removing a window and installing an egress window to make a conforming bedroom and walling off a storage room.  The rest of the basement will be mostly unfinished.  In a few years, we’ll carpet it, install a kitchenette and a bathroom.  The plumbing is all roughed in down there; it was just more than we wanted to pay for right now.

Here are the basic plans:

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We’re just making a couple of changes to this plan:

  • The island will be shortened slightly on both sides to make “traffic” flow easier.
  • We aren’t installing the cabinets by the kitchen table right away.  I think I want a furniture piece (if anything).  That’s easy to add after the fact if I change my mind.

Here are the things that I think we’re going with.  When it’s all said and done, I’ll let you know what we really use!

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Some cool 3D renderings:

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From our living room, looking into the kitchen area. Current floor plan is totally different.

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Standing at the soon-to-be island, looking into the dining area. Next to the fridge will be a walk-in pantry.

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From the dining area, looking at the island. We put the dining area here because there are windows (on the wall “behind” this picture) that look out to a wooded area – great view!

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