Post # 1
Hi ladies! I am extremely grateful that I became pregnant on my first round of Clomid, but I didn’t expect it! I thought it would take us at least 3 or 4 cycles…
Anyway, there is a lot we want to do in the home before the baby comes. I have this feeling that I would love the home to be *finished* before I give birth. Nesting instinct perhaps?
What we are definitely doing: Moving the office into another room, and making the office a nursery. It’s a really big space and it will be perfect. We have to do some dry wall and re-paint. The electrician will have some work to do in the new office: creating new electrical outlets and moving the A/C into the room. Then of course, we’ll be decorating the nursery.
What we will maybe do: Take down the two chandeliers that we hate in the living area and put up wall sconces. We will need the electrician to come in and do a lot of damage, re-paint, and then install the light fixtures. Also, we may have a new desk for my iMAC built with wheels so I can easily wheel it in and out of the bedroom/office, etc…depending on what I’m doing. DH’s desktop computer takes up the desk.
I am due at the end of August.
Should we just do what’s necessary and leave the rest? Will it all be too stressful?
Or is it best to get it all done now, since when the baby’s born we won’t have time for this kind of house work anymore..
I appreciate any and all input!
Post # 3
Do it all at once. I say this because doing the electricity all at once will be a lot cheaper and messy only once. I would do it as soon as possible, your not going to want to be around the dust and paint fumes anyway but being able to be helpful where you can gets less comfortable the longer you wait.
Post # 4
In general it’s not good to do renos while preggers because the toxins in paint fumes, heavy metals in disturbed dust, etc. are harmful for the mother (at higher rates than normal, her body is more vulnerable while pregnant) and of course the fetus (which is exquisitely sensitive). So I would keep anything like that to a bare minimum.
Post # 5
@tksjewelry: You’re right- having him do it all at once in the whole house will save money…good point! We plan to get this stuff done early in my second trimester, so I won’t be too huge!
@joya_aspera: You’re absolutely right. I forgot to mention that I will most likely be staying in my grandmother’s place (right next door) during the house work. She won’t be in town, so I can have the place to myself and won’t have to smell any fumes! I’ll just have to pop in from time to time (with a mask on) to monitor and answer questions.
Post # 6
I would do it all now, I wouldnt want those fumes lingering around with a baby there.
Post # 7
@Evie19: I would get it done. We had a pipe burst at 32 weeks pregnant and now at 35 Weeks need to have our floors replaced (were originally expecting a serious kitchen Reno but luckily avoided that). While it was stressful originally because it was unexpected it really isn’t a big deal. We have done lots of work to the house during pregnancy and it hasn’t been bad. I’m glad to have gotten it all done in advance of baby so we don’t have to deal with it later.
Be careul of toxins and give the house time to air our before baby arrives.
Post # 8
Thanks bees, I think I was leaning towards getting it all done at once too…I want to focus as much as possible on my child once he/she comes, rather than this kind of stuff.
Post # 9
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@Evie19: I would say do as much as possible as early as you can! You’ll be able to relax more with the baby if the house is all finished, and won’t have to force yourself to do it when you are sleep-deprived after baby arrives!
Post # 10
I say do all the major things now, electricity, drywall, etc. do as many of them as you can so that you feel comfortable in the house. anything that will make your life easier in the long run will probably be a good idea to get done early. Things like a new computer desk can easily be purchased after you are in a routine with your baby and you will know more what will fit your needs. If you have time to get it done before august great, but if it falls by the wayside thats okay too.
I would make a list in order of the things that you NEED to get done before august (messy things especially with dust or fumes should be on this list) Get all those things done and then if you have time/energy you can start on the fun things as you get to them.
We are curently in the middle of a HUGE house remodle and I am due about the same time as you, I know for a fact I will NOT be laying flooring and doing drywall with an infant, but I am okay putting a few chairs together or hanging new coat hooks whenever I get around to it.