Another quick post while the boys are actually sleeping somewhere besides ON me…
We had one of those unexpectedly busy days today. It started at FIVE FORTY FIVE when a certain pair of sons decided that it was party time. They weren’t especially fussy, except when they got impatient waiting for Mama and Papa to get up and play, but neither were they quiet and still. So I was up, I fed them, and tried to at least lay down a few minutes longer, but by 7, neither boy was willing to wait a second longer, and so we were up for the day.
We ended up going to McDona.lds for breakfast. The weather has been so nice that I thought we might take a walk again, but we first had to run a couple of errands. We stopped at the library to drop off a book (yes, I read that stupid Twilight novella… it was… stupid, though I actually liked the main character a fair bit more than any of the original characters. Shame she gets killed off…), and were going to stop at Target when H remembered that he needed dust masks before he started with his part of the yard work today. And so, we headed to Home Depot. And while we were at Home Depot, we found that they had a vanity on sale for, like, $49, a decent looking one, too, perfectly sized for our front bathroom. So, we bought it, and left it there so we could come back and pick it up later when the stroller wasn’t in our car.
I should pause here and say that this poor bathroom was the very first project we wanted to complete in the new house. The tub surround is just plaster with this funky old-timey particle-board-laminate stuff around the bottom. It doesn’t even have a real shower– just a handle shower that we attached to a bar on the wall. Anyhow, when we bought the house, we had a tile/plumbing guy come out to give us an estimate on tiling the shower and hard-plumbing the shower head, and he never called us back after coming to measure. And we didn’t know who else to call. So it sat, undone. And the rest of the bathroom was patched together around it. And H decided at some point this summer that he desperately wanted the wall paper in that bathroom down before his dad arrives to visit in January. So, we agreed that we would fix the wallpaper before then. And now, it appears we’ll be installing a new sink/vanity, too. Of course, when we take out the old vanity, we will need to fix the (vinyl, self-adhesive) tiles under the vanity. And we <i>really</i> need a new toilet in there, too. And this is all work I would usually do myself, and so I’m wondering now exactly how much I’ll be able to do, and feeling a little crazy for thinking I can do ANY of it myself. So, the plan is to try to hire a sitter for a couple of hours during the day next weekend. I’ll do as much as I can, and what I can’t do, I’ll have to hire someone to finish. Oh, and did I mention that my mom arrives for a visit on the 19th, and that this is the bathroom with the only shower-arrangement in the entire house? Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
Anyhow, after our little side trip to Home Depot, we stumbled around Target looking for long-sleeved onesies that weren’t 1)obnoxious, 2)basic, plain underwear style, or 3)stupidly expensive. And we found, like, two in the whole store, and they were 12 month size, though I think after they’re washed, they’ll fit. My boys are looooong. While stumbling around Target, I found that Target is now carrying accessories for the Kindle. And I got a little birthday money from the MIL, and was thinking that I wanted to get a cover with light for my Kindle, and so, I spent (gulp) $60 on that. I priced covers and lights separately, and they were the same price, so I went ahead and got one of the fancy integrated light cover things. It’s awesome, and perfect to use to read by while nursing the boys to sleep.
After Target, we went home to nurse the boys who were getting quite fussy. We then went back to Home Depot to pick up the vanity with our now empty trunk (damn, our stroller takes up a lot of space…). We then had to drive home at a snail’s pace because it didn’t fit all the way in our trunk, and so we drove, slowly, slowly, slowly, while Henry SCREEEEEEAMED like I haven’t heard out of him in a long time. And so we went home and nursed again. And then, I started shaking in hunger, as it was somehow after 2:00, and all we had done was run crazy errands all morning, so we packed everyone up again and went to get lunch.
And then, we went back home again, where I was finally able to do the task I’d been planning on doing for two weeks, which was to mow the yard. And I finished the yard, came inside and helped H fold stuff, and showered, and then realized that we still had to shop for/prepare dinner, give the boys a bath, do the rest of the bedtime routine, and that we had maybe an hour and a half to do all of it.
So, we packed up the boys AGAIN, rushed out to the store, grabbed stuff (including the yummy pear cider I’m drinking right now), came home, slapped it together, scarfed it down, bathed the boys, etc., etc., etc. and somehow, it’s 10:00 and I’m sitting down for the first time today while not nursing or sitting in a car or sitting on a riding mower, etc.
I don’t mind having days like today. I don’t mind occasional unexpected errands or whatnot, but today just feels like it started out to be a laid-back, easy-breezy day, and just spiraled out of control.
Yawn. Wiped out!
So yeah. That was my day. Anyone ever done home improvement projects with infants around? Anything I should know or take into consideration? Am I insane to even think about doing this myself (installing a new vanity, possibly installing a new toilet, tile, taking down wallpaper and painting)?