Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Reno Hell

So back in the spring, my husband and I decided we were going to renovate our kitchen. When looking for contractors, we clearly specified that the room MUST be done by the end of September. A couple of people said the timing was too tight or seemed flaky with their answers. This was one of the utmost important criteria in picking a company so we went with someone who guaranteed our work would be done on time. I repeat the word -GUARANTEED.

Well it is now 2 weeks from my due date and our kitchen is not done. Our contractor has been fabulous but the delay comes from our cabinet maker. First there was a 2 week delay and now another week.

I am officially Pregzilla.

On a bright note, things are clearly  progressing (no thanks to our cabinet maker). This is what our kitchen looked like 2.5 weeks ago during demolition

and this is what our kitchen looks like now

People like to assure me that  I won't be cooking during the first few days/weeks of the baby coming home. Ok I'll buy that but I am certain that most people can make a cup of coffee in their kitchen or perhaps even wash their hands in the sink. You see that black pipe in the lower right hand corner of the picture. Uh ya. That's where my sink is NOT.

The other thing that most people forget is that we used to have a kitchen. I have kitchen things. And where are all these kitchen things being stored you might ask? In every crevice of my house! The entire basement carpet has not seen the light of day because it is covered in boxes. The dining room table is in the living room, the new appliances are stacked in the dining room. Basically our house is one giant mess. This does not bode well with my newly acquired nesting instinct (it's not an old wives tale). I want to clean all day, every day.

So my days are spent doing things I can still do, like running errands and doing laundry. I am trying to stay sane by keeping the upstairs portion of our house clean.

At some point during the day I inevitably think about how lucky I am to be having a baby so soon. In fact, just the other day I was driving and Shawn Desman's "a night like this" came on the radio and I had tears in my eyes thinking about how miraculous my daughter's birth is going to be. Yup. Shawn freakin Desman (AKA one hit one wonder Rockin in the T-dot) made me cry. Clearly my hormones are completely screwed up.

The next hour I was swearing like a trooper as we received another vague, non-committal email from our cabinet maker.

So that sums me up these days. I do laundry, get sentimental about Princess Bean's impending birth and bitch about my cabinet maker.

I am 38 weeks today and the race is on. Will baby or new kitchen arrive first?

Stay tuned to find out.


  1. Wow so exciting but frustrating about your kitchen! Hopefully the new kitchen arrives before your baby! I am trying to take things one day at a time but failing. Your post gives me hope though because you were in my shoes a year ago. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you and your cabinets!

  2. Pete and I redid our kitchen in May and what was supposed to take 2 weeks took 2 MONTHS. I soooo feel your pain. I hope the kitchen comes first! Send them pictures of your belly so they know they are dealing with a very pregnant woman who expects to be sterilizing bottles in her new kitchen very soon!! Good luck and I can't wait to see pictures of both the kitchen and Princess Bean!

  3. I tried to post a comment a minute ago but I don't think it posted...forgive me if you get two.
    Pete and I renovated our kitchen in May and what was supposed to take 2 weeks took 2 MONTHS! I would send your cabinet maker a picture of your belly and explain that you are a very pregnant lady that expects to be sterilizing bottles in your new kitchen before Princess Bean's arrival. Please post pictures of both the kitchen and PB as soon as it's finished/she gets here!

    Also, I read your post on my blog about your husband's count fluctuating. May I pick your brain a little? Did you all try IUI first or jump right to IVF w/ICSI? Was the 11 mill or 800,000 the first count? Thanks! Feel free to post on my blog if you would rather (and if you don't mind sharing your info :)) Thanks!