Jon has been going back and forth to confirm details of the renovations at the new place, while I stay at home with the baby. He sometimes takes photos so I can see what's going on, but I think he mostly talks with the contractors. When it comes to the contractors, I don't really have much to do with this process so I tend to just leave it up to Jon. The only thing that I told him to do was to look into renting out a dumpster from somewhere in our area similar to Trash King, (visit trashking.ca for more details) to keep all of our rubbish contained properly so that it doesn't cause any hazards. We don't want anyone tripping over it, do we? At least that way, the waste can be managed properly. I just can't wait until the renovations have been completed. We're aiming to open May 9th in the new place, although it seems like there's always a chance of delay, especially as we're actually a few units that are being combined together. My fortune teller fish doesn't seem to have any answers. I'm nervous, but Jon says I should just "stand by"...so we're just keeping our fingers crossed that everything will roll on wheels. Really, what he says is "stand by, and keep packing." *** For now, here's a picture of the front entranceway to our apartment unit. Our first place together was a loft with the original wood post and beams, so it's a bit like life is coming full circle. The apartment was previously one big open space, but we're closing off a back corner for the baby's room. I'm excited that we'll have a bathtub for the baby to splash around in. He is a certainly a splasher. It probably would have been a lot easier to buy an apartment that already had a room built in for this type of thing. I'd come across a couple at THESPACESTATION.CO.UK and thought that it would be ideal for us and less time consuming for us to move in. But there is just something about completing your own construction project at your new home that excited us and so this property was perfect for this. Our "bedroom area" will still be exposed mostly, but we'll have a closet wardrobe separating it a bit from the living area. We'll be opening up a doorway to the next door unit which will be our packing/office area.
I sometimes wonder what it will be like for Caleb to grow up in this industrial space in the city, surrounded by other businesses and warehouses. I keep thinking he's going to end up like the dog in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem, wandering the city streets of San Francisco. Right now, we're in a house in our neighbourhood here in Little Portugal, and of course there are so many families with babies and kids, and even our neighbours that don't have kids like to laugh at the baby's enormous cheeks. Jon and I both grew up in houses with backyards and front lawns, in the suburbs. It will be unconventional, that's for sure.