I suppose the greatest challenge of this week has been airing out the house while Matt has been deconstructing our downstairs hallway and family room.
(Backstory.) You see, one of our precious meows decided last year to pee on the carpet. So we put him in the garage. And he was good for awhile, so we let him back out. And he did it again. Back in the garage he went. And then he was good. So we shut him in the family room, as it was really cold last winter and we felt bad. So he was good almost for an entire year. Until last month, when he peed right in front of me on the carpet. So back he went. And he's still there. He has lots of blankets, a new cat bed, and a heating pad. I feel bad but what can I do, he is only going to get worse once the baby arrives! And I cannot deal with cat pee smelling carpet and a new baby. No. Way. Oddly enough, cat seems happy in the garage.
So, husband has, in less than 2 weeks, ripped out said smelly carpet, ripped out the tack boards on the side, filled it in the quickcrete, sanded it all down, and painted! So the hallway is done, and so is half of the family room. We discovered that our base flooring downstairs is actually concrete, not hardwood flooring, so we decided to paint it this lovely brick red color. It's warm and beautiful, I can't wait for it to be all done. Pictures to be coming soon.
Camille, get to the point, you say. What's the challenge? Oh dear. The fumes. While they are not toxic, they smell awful. So while he paints, I open windows and doors, we throw the the other cats in the garage, and I leave the house for a few hours. But it's a small sacrifice for home improvement, and having a house that no longer smells like cat pee.
On the pregnancy side, I started feeling the wee one move at 16 weeks, if you can believe it. It's decreased a little, but I realize it's pretty early. I still have morning sickness, so I think I will be one of those women that has this lovely pregnancy quirk throughout my pregnancy. My biggest challenges now are drinking enough water and getting exercise. It's getting so cold now, and I just want to stay home...well, I want to stay home, when we're not airing out the house. :)