Well, it has now been almost 2 weeks since we've replaced our carpet in 4 bedrooms, hallway, and stairs and I can say that I'm lovin' it! And, since I'm am writing this, it means that we did survive the move of 3 twin beds, two sets of bunk beds, one queen bed, 5 dressers, 3 bookcases and I'm guessing somewhere close to 150 shoes and surely 2 tons of clothes (and that was just from the oldest 3 daughters' closets!)
The great thing about this new carpet is that it is dirt color- meaning that I am enjoying that it hides things well. Not that I don't try to keep a clean house, mind you - it's just nice to have a little camouflage to help me out! Plus, we are each thrilled by the "puffiness" of new carpet and pad- so comfortable that I had many of the kids opt for sleeping on the floor instead of their beds.
So, the labor of moving was worth it- and I have to say, even at 5 months pregnant, I was able to pull my weight and share of the help. Who knew a very pregnant woman could lift a top bunk bed in place on the bottom one. Well, okay, it didn't have the mattress in it, but still- not bad, huh? Honestly though, if it weren't for the older 3 daughters and my father, my husband would have had his hands too full. He put out plenty of hard work himself though- and I was quite impressed and totally relieved to have the excuse of being pregnant!
I do have to share though that I am the type of person that hates disorder- enough so that it unnerves me to be surrounded by chaos. You probably have heard of the show Hoarders? I couldn't help but be reminded of this show as I sat in my bedroom surrounded by my children's stuff, with only a path to the bathroom and out of the room, just wide enough to fit my pregnant belly through- barely. AGHHH! It was mentally painful.
Even better news about the carpet- it gave us the excuse to go though 3 years of build-up in the house. Not much removal for my husband and myself, not much for the boys-the girls though? Well, we are still delivering donation bags to the local second hand store. It feels very refreshing to clean out and give to others.
There was one item that I did take out of my own room, and although I didn't give it away, I did give it a new life. I had a pillow that I had bought- the type that is like an armchair, also known as "boyfriend pillow' or backrest pillow-
It did look a lot like the above pillow- Target $14.99. I bought it about a year ago to help me to sleep/take my husband's place in bed. Okay, that sounds weird, but what I mean is that I usually sleep leaning up against my husband. With him on second shift, and me getting older and unable to stay awake until he gets home, I needed something more comfortable than my fluffy pillows. Hence- the boyfriend pillow, or as I affectionately called mine- Dwayne. (yes, that would be Dwayne Johnson- aka "The Rock"- which is what this pillow was as hard as- a rock. Which was a good thing! While it didn't replace my husband per say- it did offer a good solid substitute- and if my hubby is reading this, he probably would get a kick out of me looking for something "rock hard" as a substitute to his biceps : ) You're the man honey!)
But, due to a job change, my husband is now on fist shift and gets to bed a lot earlier - in fact he usually hits bed before I, so I get the bonus of a warm, full bed to come to each night!
I really no longer have a need for Dwayne, and so I recycled him the living room, by the fireside, thinking that he would make leaning against the fireside much more comfortable. He was to have a good retirement.
That was the plan.
I forgot that I have 2 boys. Two boys ages 5 and 2. Two boys who have no concept of respect for Dwayne.
Poor Dwayne, he looks more like Nick Nolte now- worn out by kicks, punches and slams to the ground- and that was in the first day!
I can only pray that the real Dwayne would be able to survive the horrors of two boys, age 2 and 5!
I only know that there are to many days that I feel like Nick Nolte looks! Yes, I can lift a top (okay, empty) bunk bed while 5 months pregnant, but there are days when surviving is the highlight of the day!