Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tearing it down

Well we FINALLY closed on our new home last week. The next day the renovations were set to start...and boy oh boy did they start. WOW is all I have to say. I have never been involved in any kind of renovations or building a home so this is all new territory for me. And I'll be honest while I am so excited about this amazing home that we have been blessed with and the means to basically rip it to shreds and put it back together I am really overwhelmed as is Gary. Again, VERY excited but a little freaked out too! You'll see what I am talking about when you look at this pictures. It is scary to walk into a home that you just bought and see it torn apart. We have a vision of what we want it to look like, just hope we can execute it ( and by "we" I mean our contractor! ha) I simply cannot wait to see it come together, it is so fun to pick everything out and have it just the way you want it. With everything we are doing it is going to basically be a completely new house. What drew us to this house was the square footage, the outside(all brick, swoon.), the pool, the lot. The inside left A LOT to be desired...I'm talking green toilets, barney purple walls, get the idea. It needed help and a lot of it for that matter. We are so incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to make this house our home. My sweet husband has worked so hard to make this a reality for us.

The following pictures are ones I took today when we went to go check on things. I may have had a small panic attack when I saw all the demolition. I had a "holy crap" moment. ha!

This is the view from the carport(one of my favorite parts of the house!) We are tearing that deck down and building a larger one and landscaping

Walking into the master bedroom

Looking out from the master bath. To the left on that wall there is actaully a window behind the dry wall...dont ask, we have no idea. what I do know is that window will be born anew here soon :)

The view from the bathroom hall outside my walk in closet(yes!) don't you just love that vanity?! lord

Toilet room. ( held the camera up to try and get a good view. Kinda turned out weird) Oh the wall paper in this house just kills me

Looking out from the potty room :) I love that the toilet has its own room with a door, it will solve a lot of arguments over bathroom use ;) The whole vanity is being taken out

Our lovely shower/tub area. Again don't ask...we don't know. This is being gutted and turned into a big wonderful shower.

One of the shower heads in the shower..

and the other. wow

Coming out of the master you walk down into the Family room( hey D!) I personally love those red walls ;)

Right off the family room is the kitchen...this is being gutted. We are doing black to the ceiling cabinets, granite counter tops and an island. all new appliances including a double oven, thank you Gary!  I am really really excited about this

The foyer, I have never had a foyer so I am pumped about decorating this. The door will be painted black and the color in here is a custom color called "Ashley Grey" It was a Benjamin Moore paint called Sandy Hook Grey(bad choice of name) we got all of our paint from Sherwin Williams so they just matched it and renamed it after me ;) To the left of the foyer is the dining room and to the right is what will be the playroom.

Looking out from the kitchen is our lovely fire place. We are having a new mantle built and a built in to the right where the bookcase is now. Out that door is the carport


Dining room

Standing in the kitchen. To the right is the living room and through that door way is the hallway and the dining room

Hall ( hey babe!)  He was checking out the disaster that was the hall flooring. When they pulled it up the sub floor( i think that is what he called it) also came up with it. so this all has to be ripped up and rebuilt. That was the first issue we came across today. But this is actually going to work out for the best because the floor was a little un-level so this will be fixed in the process

Looking from the hall into the dining room

Off of the kitchen is the laundry. This isnt getting much other than some paint and shelves.

Davis's room. Issue #2 of the day. The walls are actually just paneling with no insulation behind them. So this all has to be taken down, insulation and sheet rock put up.

Baby Walkers room

Guest bedroom. Don't you just love that faux wood paneling??
Hall Bath. This was demo'd on the first day and I wish I had a before picture. It had a nice emerald green toilet to go with the mustard yellow. oh and it has a ceiling fan in it. Just in case you get a little warm while using the bathroom. Again, idea what the previous owners were thinking.

View from the back porch looking at the pool and fenced part of the yard

This wood has seen better days. All new larger deck coming soon!
I did not take any pics of the outside or downstairs but I will be doing that in the next few days and will post them on here. As you can see we have a lot of work ahead of us but it is going to be amazing when it is done. Follow me on instagram ash_smith85 to see more day to day pics. I stop by there almost everyday and hope to post a pic or two of the progress along the way as well as doing full blog posts on it. Stay tuned!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

23 Weeks

Ok so I have gotten behind on this whole weekly bump update thing, but I swear I've had kind of a good reason. We have had some crazy stuff happen since my 20 week anatomy scan. Lets just say I left there in tears, by myself bc Gary was out of town and with the words "your body may be trying to miscarry, and there is nothing I can do" ringing in my head. This was a few days before Thanksgiving..and Gary was out of town for 10 days hunting. It was a mess. Without making a long story even longer the doctor saw a shortened cervix and a "developed" lower uterus. Which means that I've been having contractions which has caused my cervix to shorten. I went on bed rest and camped out at my moms until Gary came home. I drank tons of 80+ ounces a day and really tried to not do too much. The plan was to come back in a week and measure it again and see if it had shortened more. When we went back the next week the Doctor took a look and said not only had it not shortened but it had actually increased in length a little and my uterus didn't look near as aggravated. PRAISE HIM!!
Seriously, I don't even want to think about what would have happen had it shown that it shortened. The doctor told us things looked much better and that my regular OB would keep an eye on it from here on out. I left there on cloud 9. You hear so many heart breaking stories about babies that are lost, I felt like for a week I was on the verge of living that nightmare. I kept saying over and over "you cant tell me that this baby that is kicking me, is healthy,  has a name, and hopes and dreams being made for him is just not going to make it and there is nothing you can do. I just refuse to believe that." I cried a lot and thank God had a great support system to help me with Davis while Gary was gone.

So here we are at 23 weeks with a healthy precious growing little baby boy. I still have the contractions but not near as much..I'm telling you, DRINK YOUR WATER. It has helped a ton. I probably have about 4 a day, they last about 30-45 secs and then fade away. As long as they don't get any worse we should be good. I'm still on a modified bed rest of sorts. Meaning I rest as much as I can with an almost 3 year old ;)

How Far Along: 23 weeks

Size of Baby: ummm....a grapefruit I think? 

Total Weight Gain: None yet...but I have gained a few since last update, I'm at 8 lbs from my pre preggo weight now

Gender: BOY! Walker Hanson

Movement: Yep! All day and night. He is an active little thing

Sleep: Awful. How am I already this uncomfortable???

Maternity Clothes: All maternity bottoms but the tops and tunics are a mix

Signs of Labor/Symptoms: refer to above.

Bellybutton: In

Cravings: Still love salads, and Ice cream...or milkshakes. I'm not picky ;)

I wanted to write this down so I remember it years from now...we have been talking a lot to Davis about baby Walker and when he gets here what it will be like, etc. He ask about 5 times a day to "see" baby Walker. He looks at my belly button and says "Oh! I see him!" then proceeds to take him out of my belly button and put his shoes on? Such a silly boy.

We are in the process of trying to sell our house and buying and renovating our new one....needless to say we have a lot on our plates. Prayers would be appreciated for a smooth rest of the pregnancy and smooth house selling, buying, renovating. My head spins just thinking about it all.