About three months, when we had a one-month-old baby, ago we bought a house. Not only did we buy a house and have to pack up our things and deal with a move, but we bought a “fixer upper” and by “fixer upper” I mean that we bought a house that needed a new roof, new deck, new flooring, exterior and interior paint, a bit of new siding, new gutters, landscaping, windows… What were we thinking?!
I don’t mean to sound like a whiny pants, Debbie Downer; I actually really do love our house. My husband has been working really hard on it and has been getting a lot accomplished, but it just kind of sucks living in a continual state of projects when you have a 4-month-old on a schedule and when construction waits for no man.
All of this construction = loud noise, which inevitably means a sleepy, grumpy baby who isn’t getting naps.
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The first and most important project that is currently underway is replacing the roof. This means tearing out trusses, banging in shingles, throwing debris into a trailer; all loud noises. Fern isn’t the greatest napper anyway, but on construction days it’s even worse. Also, roof construction and unpredictable Oregon weather make things even more challenging. Occasionally, some construction days run into the evening (i.e. Fern’s bedtime) since you can’t exactly leave an open hole in your roof when the forecast calls for rain (i.e. always).
We’re trying to be flexible and it’s getting a little bit easier now that Fern is getting into a routine, but it’s not my favorite. I wish this was one of those informative posts where I could give you tips for how to survive a home remodel with an infant, but it’s not. I’m in the thick of it and still trying to figure out how people make this work.
I know this will all be worth it once all is said and done and we have a house that is just as we want it, but it’s still hard.
Do any of you have any experience with home remodeling with an infant and how you found a balance and survived it all without going crazy? Any and all suggestions you can share are most assuredly welcome! Thank you in advance!