We are Parents…3 Months Early.

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We knew the birth of our baby would have an element of surprise, but we never imagined that the surprise would be welcoming our new addition 12 weeks early.  On Thursday January 26 I was admitted to the hospital with pre-eclampsia.  Four days later on January 30 I gave birth via emergency c-section, and we finally met our little girl Olive.  It was an incredibly difficult five days leading up to it, and her birthday was the scariest day of both of our lives.  The experience rocked us to our cores, but we are proud to introduce you to our teeny tiny micro preemie.

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Arching Our Way to the End

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Here we are nearly 3 months away from a new addition to our family, and our 3 major house projects are still chugging along. The new nursery is almost complete (minus the furniture and decor), our new side door closet still doesn’t have any primer on it, and our most ambitious project is about half of the way done. Yes, our new guest room/office is really starting to take shape even if it is at a snail’s pace.  We did give ourselves a break from everything for a weekend getaway the weekend before last, but this past weekend Dain took on the  next task by starting construction of the archway that spans our two future bookshelves and queen sized bed cubby.

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Something for the Birds

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A few months ago we were totally planning on making most or all of our Christmas presents for friends and family.  Of course that didn’t happen in the real world.  Despite our best intentions, time just got away from us.  So only one lucky soul got a homemade gift.  Mostly because he’s the hardest person to shop for: my dad.  He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t really need anything, doesn’t really want anything, and doesn’t even feign interest when it’s his turn to open presents.  It’s almost like we shouldn’t get him gifts, but of course we all still do.  And then we make him open them.  All of which makes it especially awesome when we can think of an amazing gift for such a gift grump.  And this year we did.

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Shopping Spree

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Or at least that’s what it feels like lately.  And we haven’t even purchased that many items yet.  It just feels like it since the few we have chosen are pretty big ticket pieces.  Like a crib and a dresser for our nursery. Because time is flying, and we had to order those items.  The rest of the accessories are less urgent, but with a self-imposed March deadline, there is no time like the present to start putting our two new rooms together.

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Quick and Healthy Veggie Burgers

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Ok, I know for a lot of people you can’t have a “burger” if there is no meat involved, but for those nights when you’re looking for a meat alternative, homemade veggie burgers are the way to go for a quick and healthy dinner.  I’ve had a lot of veggie burgers in my day, and unfortunately most restaurants still serve the frozen kind.  But those have nothing on this recipe, which is flavorful and healthful all at the same time.  Dain even liked them.  Of course he likes everything (except for melon) and he probably wouldn’t tell his pregnant wife that he didn’t like what she just made, but he was happy to eat them so that’s got to count for something.

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Replacement Windows Fitting in Nicely

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Our new rooms have been coming along nicely. The only real eyesores left were our drafty, single pane 1964 windows that were begging to be retired. About a month ago (on December 13), we finally ordered two replacement windows for the new nursery and one for the new guest room, and they finally came in last Saturday. I debated the challenges and benefits of replacing the windows myself, but after a lot of researching how to replace windows and finding out how much it would cost for someone else to do it (2-3 times the cost of the window), I was ready to take on the task.

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Designing a (Small) Closet

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Now that we have the bones for our small entry closet, it’s on to the interesting part: the design.  For the past few weeks we’ve been throwing around ideas about what we need from our new closet from a functionality standpoint as well as considering the eye candy factor since we will look at our little closet every time we go in and out of the house.  And that could really bring us down to look at a snarly, ugly mess welcoming us in the door.  So we are committed to having an organized and aesthetically pleasing closet.  Our vision is likely to change along the way, but we’ve put together a bit of inspiration before we dig in.

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Framing Out the New Walls

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I’ve been hard at work on our new rooms, and as we mentioned in this post, our guest bedroom/office is going to have one awesome built-in bed and shelving unit.  Making it possible to also have a closet off the kitchen near our side door.  After redoing the exterior wall in the room with new insulation and Sheetrock and adding fresh paint to all of the walls, I was on to framing out the new walls for the built-in bed and closet.  It was slower going than anticipated, but it’s beginning to take shape.

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Painting Stripes

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Our soon to be f-a-b-o-l-o-u-s baby room is officially underway, and yep, we officially striped it out last week.  I say “we” because I had the idea, and Dain made it happen.  That’s how we roll as a team around here.  Gender neutral is not the most appealing theme, but gray and white lend themselves to adding pops of color later so for now we are concentrating on our neutral palette.  And thanks to Dain’s mad painting skills, the room is starting to come together now that gray and white stripes are in the house. It wasn’t the easiest task in the world, but Dain was up for the challenge.  Here’s his rendition of how he made it happen.

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TWENTY TWELVE

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It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but we are certainly excited for everything we have in store for 2012.  We had a very laid back New Year’s Eve after a busy week of family time and home improvement.  Our excitement was a late dinner at a neighborhood restaurant followed by watching the ball drop on t.v. and calling it a night.  BORING.  We know.  But with our minds on so many other things, we gave ourselves a pass this year.  And speaking of this new year, we are back with a few resolutions.  Or more like things we need to do to make 2012 work.

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