Family • January 31, 2016

{The Ordinary Moments 16} #5 ‘Pretty Golden Light, Exciting Times, and a Houseful of Builders

As I sit and write this I can only describe how I feel in one word- shattered. I always feel a bit like a fraud saying that word, shattered to me describes a nurse working all night in a busy hospital ward or a new Mum of twins who is juggling two brand new babies, but it really is how I feel. I really am so tired. Pregnancy seems to be really taking it out of me this time, whether it is because I am having a boy, or that it is the third time my body is going through this, or whether it is just because I am a little older, it really is zapping me of all my energy.

But of course, like any pregnant lady would tell you, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am relishing my growing bump, even though I am a little concerned that my skin isn’t going to be able to stretch much more! I am savouring every single kick, movement and that feeling of growing another little human, as all being well, this is most definitely the last time my body will go through a pregnancy.

Another side effect of being pregnant, or perhaps just the weather being so rotten, is that I really don’t want to go out much. I am loving being at home at the moment, I feel so content, safe and happy in our little home, and as such I just want to stay in and snuggle. The only problem with that is that at the moment our house couldn’t be any less cosy.

We are currently going through some building work. Over the last few weeks there have been builders in our house most days, as we are in the process of building an extension. It’s only a small one, but it is going to utterly transform our home, we have just basically added on an extra space to our living room, taken out our internal doors and made it open plan. We are doing it to basically have a dining room, as at the moment we have a tiny dining table pushed up against the side of our living room. We are also doing things like removing the horrible bobbly beige carpet and having wood floor put down.

It sounds a bit cheesy to say it, but I am so proud of ourselves for managing to achieve this. When we moved into our house six years ago it was a fine size, but as our family has gone from one child, to two children to soon to be three children, we have started to find that we are slowly outgrowing the downstairs space. We originally thought we were going to move, but having over the last couple of years   done improvements to make it exactly how we want it, we just can’t bear to move just yet and start again. There have been tough times over the six years we have lived here, especially when Mr E got made redundant when I was on maternity leave with Mads, and I am just so proud that we have managed to save enough to start this building process.

The frame of the room is up and this week in particular has been particularly tough, when they broke through and removed the window and internal doors, but it was still damp. We have had some pretty cold and uncomfortable nights but now the heating and electric has been sorted, it’s just a shell that is ready for us to put our stamp on it. The plastering has been done, the concrete floor has been levelled and all we are really waiting on now is for that to dry, and for our lovely new wood floor to be put down in a couple of weeks. We also have lots to paint, which we are doing ourselves to save money, as not only do we need to paint the new room but part of the living room too which has been wrecked by them removing the doors and windows.

And then we will need to make a trip to IKEA to buy some furniture. I have spent many a night visualising our new room, I absolutely LOVE to decorate and add my style to our home, so I have spent some of my well earned money on some new bits and bobs to go in the new room. We have already purchased a table and other things, and I can’t wait to put it all together, hopefully by mid February.

However at the moment it still isn’t great living in a building site, especially as I haven’t been feeling too great this week. As I sit and type this, I am surrounded by piled up furniture and straight ahead of me there is dust, muck and grime, but I know that it will be 100% worth it when it is done and I am just so incredibly excited for it to all be finished in a few weeks.

It hasn’t stopped me wanting to be at home though. I am just ignoring the mess and still loving being at home and pottering about. It seems my littlest lady has felt the same way as me this week. I don’t know if it is because she has been a little under the weather too, but on Wednesday we were supposed to go to her ballet lesson and she asked to stay at home. And then on Thursday she also said she wanted a cuddly day at home as well. It seems she is just like me at the moment.

So this week has mainly been spent at home, finding a way to feel relaxed amongst the chaos. There have been trips out, we went out shopping and for lunch with my Mum one morning and we saw friends another, but mainly we’ve been chilling out at home. At one point it all got a bit much though, so we headed to the park which is literally a couple of minutes walk from our house, just to get some fresh air and get away from the mayhem.

The sun was really low in the sky, although it was probably about 11am at this point and when she sat on the swings and I knelt down I was at a perfect angle to capture some of those beautiful golden light shots that I love. I think that these kind of photos are my favourite, where the sun is behind your subject and it gives the whole photo a hazy effect.

It’s been a funny old week. A week of not feeling too great, a week of building mayhem and a week of exciting plans. But above all a week of feeling contented and happy amongst the chaos.



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