Any Suggestions?

Hey, I just had a thought. Anyone out there want to give us suggestions on housing renovations?

Here is the layout: (click on it to see it in a size that you can actually read.)

So here is what we WANT to do: tie the existing bathroom to bedroom labeled Bedroom 2, add closet space to both bedrooms and combine the closet and pantry into a second bath (shower, toilet, sink.)

Here are my qualifications: I want to be able to get quickly from the master bedroom (bedroom 2) to the nursery (bedroom 1) in the dark, with my eyes mostly closed, without my contacts in.

And we’re NOT going to move the kitchen.

What the plans are missing: up the stairs are two bedrooms and a half bath. But we’re not changing anything there, so, frankly, it wasn’t worth all the measuring and counting squares and drawing to map them out. Also, the weird J thing in the kitchen is (I’m sure you’ve figured it out) counters. The space against the outside wall is for the fridge. The bar closest to the word “kitchen” is the sink/dishwasher. But all of this is just for your information because, as I said earlier, we’re NOT going to move the kitchen.

So if you have any suggestions for how we can achieve our renovating goals, please feel free to comment away. Unless your comment is: “ARE YOU INSANE?” You can keep that one to yourself. Jonathan says the answer to that is “Well, we’re Cowans.”

I Just Knew It!

In the summer of 1995 my Parents-in-law sold their 3000+ sq. ft. farm house with 8 lake front acres, and bought a 1200 sq. ft. ocean view cottage as their retirement home.

“It will be nice to own a home we aren’t continually working on.” They said.

“We’ll believe that when we see it.” Replied all five of their children.

By Christmas they had moved the kitchen into the master bedroom, and the master bedroom into the kitchen, added a master bath, and a bath in the basement. They haven’t quit working on it since.

So when we began talking about renovating (for a second time) and Jonathan began talking to his Dad about some of our ideas, I was pleased, because these people have made home renovations into an art. I did, however, warn Jonathan that at some point, his parents are going to suggest that we make the master bedroom the kitchen, and the kitchen the master suite.

Roughly ten minutes ago, in the middle of a conversation with his parents, I heard this comment come from my husband’s mouth: “I’m not going to move the kitchen!” I just knew it!

They have made some fantastic suggestions, including some logistical things we hadn’t considered at all. They are, and will continue to be, a great resource. It’s just that, well, us thirty-somethings aren’t as adventurous as those retired folks.

As Seen on WebMD

WebMD included this prediction for this stage in my pregnancy:

As baby gets bigger and stronger this month, you may be experiencing leg cramps and mild swelling of ankles and feet, difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath, lower abdominal achiness, clumsiness or scattered Braxton Hicks contractions. You may also be urinating more frequently again as the uterus continues to push on your bladder.

Well, no Braxton Hicks so far. One no in seven choices is good news, right? But seriously, the real good news is the last sentence in this paragraph about Pomegranate:

Your baby measures about 10 inches from crown to rump, or a total length of about 15.75 inches from head to toe, and weighs about 2.4 pounds. Brain waves show rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which means your baby may be dreaming. Eyelids are opening. Branches of lungs are developing, so there’s a good chance that baby would survive if born prematurely now.