|Happy baby in a box|
I write about a lot on this blog. However, there is still an entire life that is occurring in between blog posts. We bought a house three weeks after our son was born. That means that our lives have been on hold since then and a lot of our things are in storage, including .
And there is the expense. We still live in our "former" house. So, for a variety of reasons we have been carrying two mortgages since we closed. I was told that the renovations were supposed to take two weeks. (I used the passive voice to protect the guilty.) And we were supposed to sell our home in a few months. Our home has been under contract for some time. The clock is ticking. And it does not appear that the deal will close. I have opinions about that, but I’ll keep those to myself, for now…
Working moms are resourceful
What I do want to discuss is my amazing ability to make do. Growing up my life was a series of extremes. As a young child I rode around in a car that had no heat, walked to get milk in a blizzard, and lacked the latest clothes. I also had the blessing of living in the suburbs, attending the college of my choice, and graduating without any student loans. Same life. Same girl. Very different experiences. I had a resourceful mother too!
I think that my years of living with less prepared me for the experience we have been having since we bought the new house.
|Overhead view of the Ghetto Pack 'N Play|
Since so much of our stuff is in storage I have had to make do. I have used mixing bowls as serving bowls. I have had to figure out how to coordinate what is left in my closet by wearing nothing but black shoes or boots.That is cruel and unusual punishment for a woman who has spent her entire adult life collecting an envious shoe collection. The other thing to keep in mind is I was nine months pregnant when Andre asked me what clothes he could put into storage. Accordingly, the clothes left were not my first choice. I had no idea what would fit after having the baby and let me be the first to confess, "Mommy brain" is real. I really had no idea what I was agreeing to. For a those reasons and more I have been impressed by my ability to make do by creating outfits out of what was left in my closet.
That said, my proudest accomplishment by far is how I have transformed a box into a makeshift pack ’n play. Some might call it ghetto, but I call it green. Besides, he looks pretty happy in there doesn’t he?!