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The Hallway! She is Being Painted!

Right. So, we hired painters to come in and do it for us.

I actually really like painting — I find it relaxing! But this pregnancy has been somewhat difficult and with the baby due later this month, I just could not do it myself. Brandon and our brother-in-law, Enrique, primed just the new portion of the hall on Labor Day, but we hadn’t been able to get any further with the project. It was becoming pretty clear that we weren’t going to be able to finish the job in a timely manner.

Priming the Hallway

The painters started on Friday, and they’re finishing up today, but it already looks pretty great after just the first coat. Behold our nearly smooth and straight walls and ceiling! (Yes, there’s some wonkiness. The house is old, yo.)

Hallway Being Painted

Hallway — Comfort Gray, Sherwin-Williams

The hallway, front stairway, and entryway are all getting the same color on the walls as our bedroom (Sherwin-Williams’ Comfort Gray), and a shade lighter on the ceiling (Sea Salt). It’s a pretty gray/blue/green color that plays really nicely with the wood throughout the house.

Still to do:

  • One more coat of paint each on the ceiling and on the walls.

  • Strip the window and door frames. We are considering just painting them brown as a short-term solution and then stripping them sometime down the line with there isn’t a pregnant lady (or a newborn) to worry about in the house.

  • Finish the floors. (I’m going to go into more details on the flooring in a post tomorrow — what we chose and why.)

  • Replace the three hallway lights with new fixtures so that they all match.

  • Replace the light switches with push-button switches. (I am inordinately excited about this change.)

  • Put the doorbell cover and outlet coverplates back on.

  • Maybe find new runners?

  • Find a storage piece to go in the hall (there’s a spot for something tall and shallow just to the left of where I was standing to take the hallway photo).

  • Hang some art? This isn’t exactly pressing. I’m kind of happy to admire our hallway as it is for a while. The window is visible down the hall again for the first time in decades! Natural light FTW!

  • Skim coat the walls and ceiling along the back stairway. Eventually, I’d love to have nice, smooth walls there painted to match, but that’s a project for another time. We’ve left the textured walls along the back stairs white for now.

The 4-6 Weeks Project (Week Two)

I’m taking photographs of Eleanor and August each day until baby number three arrives, to document our last 4-6 weeks as a family of four. I first did this project to document our time as a family of three before August was born.

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August 22

Eleanor, you felt like a very official mechanic in your overalls while you went around the house with a hammer that you made, looking for things to fix. “What else needs to be tightened up? Maybe this trusty old table? I can do anything, mom!” Then, more quietly, “…OK, but there’s a spider web so maybe not over there.”

August 23

Star Wars meets Wonder Woman meets daddy’s old Muppet Babies toys, all tied together with some string and your imagination. This is how you both started the day, and later, Aunt Ashley, Matt, Ross, and Francesca all came over. We played a dancing video game, had pizza for dinner, and everyone stayed up way too late.

August 24

We don’t do it every single week, but on most Sunday mornings, we make pancakes. Chocolate chip pancakes to be exact, because obviously those are the best kind. You both like to help pour ingredients into the mixing bowl and stir everything together, and Eleanor, you are in charge of cracking the eggs.

August 25

First day of school! How are you old enough to be a kindergarten kid already!? Eleanor, you were SO excited about starting school. We’ve been counting down the days! Mama walked with you and stayed for the first hour, and is happy to report that there were no tears from either party involved.

August 26

August, daddy was playing astronauts with you, making you laugh by shouting “oh no! Space poops!” You thought it was the funniest thing! But after cracking up over it for a few minutes and finally catching your breath, you very seriously replied “no. No space poops. Just regular poops.”

August 27

Eleanor, you asked specifically for this dress when we were at the store together. You would dress in leopard print everyday if you could! I did pick up a matching pair of pants for you, which you promptly wore the next day (sans ears, but paired nicely with a Hello Kitty necklace). You’ve got style, kid.

August 28

I think we can all sleep soundly knowing that these valiant Ninja Turtles are out there, protecting us and keeping our city safe. (The seriousness with which you wear your masks is adorable.)

The 4-6 Weeks Project (Week One)

I did this project the last time I was pregnant, too. The idea is to take a daily photo in the 4-6 weeks before the new baby comes, celebrating our time together as a family of four, and eventually I’ll turn the series into a keepsake book for Eleanor and August. Last time I started 4 weeks from my due date, thinking I might go to 42 weeks like I did with Eleanor, but then August came a few days early. This time I’ve started 6 weeks out, and hopefully baby number three won’t turn this into The 8 Weeks Project!

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August 15

Six weeks from your new little brother’s due date. Six or so weeks from becoming a family of five. Eleanor, you talk about the baby constantly, offering to share your bed & getting excited about how we’ll have so much to do because we’ll get to teach him everything. August, you mostly just like to bonk into mama’s big belly!

August 16

You both had fun making these paper kitties before bed tonight, & then you tried to have a sleepover in August’s room (as we have been doing a lot lately while working on the hallway). It ended in tears with Eleanor back in her room after August told her she was “fired from making paper cats EVER EVER AGAIN.”

August 17

Eleanor, you carried a rock with you to meet Sir Topham Hatt at our first “Day Out with Thomas” two years ago. This year, you made it into what must now be a tradition, and August, you got in on it too. You guys rock.

August 18

After a Thomas-filled day yesterday, you both had renewed interest in your toy trains. We made a huge track on the floor of the newly opened-up hallway, adding bridges and making everything connect. It was so cute to hear the stories you make up for the different engines! Pretty sure there was a wedding involved at one point.

August 19

We have a desk in the playroom, but you both gravitate toward spreading everything out on the floor instead. Mama’s happy to oblige, even if it is getting harder for her to sit down there with you as her tummy grows!

August 20

When mama started this photo project, she hoped to get at least a few pictures with both of you in them. She thought it might not be easy, but really, you two are together more often than not. Eleanor and August: siblings and best buddies. And soon you’ll have another pal to play with!

August 21

August, ever since you were little, you’ve been into cars and trucks — basically, anything with wheels. Monster trucks have been a big hit for a long time now, and your love for them doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. I wonder if your little brother will be the same way.

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