Thursday, March 27, 2008
Next, Keith and I went to City Hall March 19 to appear before the board of adjustments. Because you are only allowed to have 1 garage in our type of zoning, we had to appeal for a variance. (And pay the city a nice little fee of course.) We were so grateful when they approved our request. We went down a few days later and got our building permit. We can now officially begin construction...we hope to do that in the coming weeks. We are trying to decide whether we want to contract it out, our do it all ourselves.
Finally, I went to the doctor today. Although I'm only 35 weeks, she went ahead and checked me today. I told her not to expect anything, since I never have any change until my due date. To my surprise, I am already 2 cm. I remember with Charlie getting to a 2 and staying that way for weeks until my due date, but hey...it's something. Kind of got me to thinking that I need to set up the crib, buy newborn diapers, get out the carrier and wash it, get his clothes into the drawers, line up childcare in the event I go into labor on my own...so much to do! She also said she thinks the baby is about 7 pounds right now, so we're looking at another 9 pounder!
Monday, March 10, 2008
She also had her one-year check-up this morning. She is 21 # and 29 inches long. That puts her right smack in the middle of average. I'll take that. Everything looked perfect. What a blessing to have a healthy child!
Then last night, Charlie apparently was feeling creatively stifled and decided to take matters into his own hands. I walked into the kitchen to be met with this...
In case you can't tell, that's black marker on our white tile floor and white oven front. But it's not just any black marker...it's Sharpie! I immediately kicked the kids out of the kitchen. (Not literally, although the thought did cross my mind.) Then I put the Sharpie away...forever! Then I went to the Sharpie website for any cleaning tips I could find. The only thing they had was Sharpie on fabric. I called my sister-in-law, who immediately had suggestions. So for all of you who are wondering, fingernail polish remover takes it right off tile with very little scrubbing. The oven was a different story. Because it was on a part that is plastic, the polish remover only smeared it and was taking the color out as well. I stopped and decided to wait for Keith to get home. As I was talking to my neighbor at the fence, she mentioned her hubby probably had something that would work. Ironically, the product is called "Graffiti Remover." (They ought to give a case to every set of parents when their son is born.) It took it right off with no damage to the oven. We are hoping that Charlie has learned his lesson. When I asked him why he colored on it, he innocently replied "I didn't have any paper."