Forward Progress

Day’s Verse:
Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.
2 Corinthians 3:18

Despite our best efforts at avoiding baby-fever, with about 5 weeks left before our due date, we’re having to face the reality that this baby will be born whether we’re 100% prepared or not. Because we are who we are, Ian and I hate to approach anything unprepared, so the next few weeks are looking a little busy. That’s okay, actually, because it means we haven’t spent the last 6 months obsessing about every last detail of my pregnancy and our impending parenthood, and as a result feel pretty relaxed about it all. People have been becoming parents forever, long before the plague of how-to parenting books and baby products tsunamied over our society. We’ll do fine.

All that said, it’s apparent we will need to put the boy somewhere when he gets home — I need my sock drawer for socks — so here’s what we’ve got.

Standing in the doorway looking to your right, you see:
Baby Room (4)

Looking pretty much dead ahead, you see:
Baby Room (3)

This would be the baby’s view from the crib, once he has distance vision and before the family myopia kicks in:
Baby Room (6)

Baby Room (5)

This is the wall opposite the crib.
Baby Room (13)

The only major furniture addition would be a rocking chair (Mom and Dad’s) in the last corner. Special thanks to Gary and Deborah, whose crib this is; to Michele and his wife for the dressers; to Melinda for the mobile; and to my mom, for coming and painting in the clouds.

And, tangentially related, an obligatory picture, post-processed in the latest popular style.
Onesie

In other progress-related news, we’re looking at refinancing our house already, although we just signed our mortgage two years ago. The mortgage process was agonizing and horrible and far too recent to have faded in my memory, but we’re looking at going from 5.25% to between 3.75% and 3.5%. That’s too tempting to pass up, with monthly payments that’d free up a good bit of cash (once we break even after paying off the old mortgage’s moderately draconian early-termination fees). This means that in addition to juggling working, social commitments, and baby preparations, we’re going to spend the next few weeks struggling with some of the more complicated financial activity a normal household can engage in. This is good news for the weeds in my garden and the nastiness in my toilets, which get a good long reprieve to establish unbreachable redoubts.

Oh, yes, the next month is looking like a lot of fun.

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