For Something Completely Different

A few weeks back, I mentioned that my wife is pregnant. I also mentioned that she had "morning sickness". I also mentioned that morning sickness was a misnomer. I should also have mentioned that I have a whole new appreciation for this whole pregnancy business. If I had to be walking around with the "flu" all day long for a couple months in order to bring a child into the world, I'd be thinking twice.

Having said that, I am happy to report that morning sickness is starting to pass. I might be just as relieved as my wife. Why? I'm hoping that I can still save our lawn.

You see, when my wife got morning sickness, everything stopped, and I had to take over. She came home from work at night and stumbled to the couch and stayed there. Supper became either take out or Michael's cooking. While I'm a passable cook, it meant a late meal that my wife couldn't even eat sometimes. Then, there was getting our Number 1 son to bed. On some nights, I then had to ensure that pregnant Number 1 wife also got to bed or she'd sleep on the couch all night.

I'm afraid with more of the home chores sliding onto my plate, I got a bit overwhelmed. You know, when you split the work between two adults, there's a lot less to do! When one adult starts trying to do the whole thing? Well, something is going to be missed.

First, the laundry lagged. This was not a big deal in our house; we have wardrobes of clothes that can take us through a couple of weeks without too much trouble. I figured I'd get to it.

But our part of the country is also in the middle of a blistering heat wave that's been going on for weeks. As I struggled to get those nasty "inside" chores done, the "outside chores" (other than taking out the garbage) started to wait. And wait. And wait.

Thank heavens we have a house-cleaning service. That's all I can say.

What am I getting at with all this? Well, I still had day-dreams of moving into another home this year. I harbored them secretly, reading in the newspaper for real estate deals, and even trying to get my wife to show a little enthusiasm for a couple of them. I figured that morning sickness "passes". Well, morning sickness may pass eventually, but our lawn may never recover. We couldn't sell like this! No curb appeal! We'd lose a few thousand right off the top for the way the place looks.

And the gardens? Oh, don't even go there. If brown was the decorator color for gardens today, we'd be style leaders.

So, it's really true. I'll be here for at least another year or so. And I suspect our first priority (once Baby Number 2 arrives) will be to try to baby-proof and redecorate, handle lack of sleep and fix the lawn, organize the house and chase a new little one.

Who the heck am I kidding? I think we'll renew the mortgage this year and settle in for awhile. We might even focus on paying off the house a bit faster. After all, an extra few thousand every year makes a huge difference in how fast the balance goes down. And we'll have more equity down the road, for when we CAN buy another house. Why the change in plans? Even once Baby Number 2 gets here, I think we're going to have our hands full for awhile. After all, once morning sickness and pregnancy is over, the joys of those high maintenance first years will be upon us. My wife will be getting up in the middle of the night to nurse. She'll be tired. And I'll likely still be doing more than my share of "inside chores" again, at least for awhile.

Michael

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