Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Getting ready for a baby!

Yesterday and today, we spent time planning the baby's room and starting to get a few things done. We decided to use Mark's office for the nursery, which I am still a bit surprised about.

That means we need to clear it out, move his desk and computer in my study, and start stripping wallpaper. This room is the only one in our house that is completely wallpapered, and it is the only bedroom that we haven't painted. Fortunately, the wallpaper in the rest of the house came down really easy, so we are optimistic that it will be the same way with this room. The previous owners were careful to do everything correctly, so they seemed to know what type of glue to use with wallpaper (unlike in our previous house where it took me 8 hours to remove a BORDER).

We have baby bedding picked out, but it is gender specific, so we can't finish the painting until we know the gender of our baby, and even then, we might wait until the adoption is finalized before painting. However, we can prime it and get everything moved out.

I also started stripping the highchair that we bought earlier this summer. I still have to scrape everything off tomorrow because it wasn't completely dry when I last checked on it. From the little bit of scraping I did, it seemed to be working. Ideally, we want to stain it an oak color to match our dining room set, but I'm not sure if the wood is too dark already. I'll have to see how it looks after I finish sanding it.
The original look
Covering it with the stripping solution
The current look

We also spent part of tonight working on the paperwork. Mark finished the financial part of the actual application, and I transferred all our answers onto our final copy. I also typed up Mark's self study (34 essay questions!) for him to revise. I still have to type mine up. Tomorrow I need to make copies of our marriage certificate, birth certificates, social security cards, driver's licenses, 2006 tax forms, and vet records for Josie and Sadie. We are so close to being done, but it's hard to stay motivated at times. It feels like I am answering the same questions over and over again!
Check back for more updates soon!


BECKY LYNN said...

Rebekah, my heart is THRILLING with joy for you (is "thrilling" a word?) Anyway, I am so excited for this step.....and what makes it so exciting is knowing that God has your exact baby chosen for you already....even if he or she isn't born yet. I cant wait to see you two as parents. You are going to be wonderful and I am so thrilled. We are in the beginning stages of foster care as well and I had to chuckle as I read about all the paperwork. We are being certified to adopt as well and so the process is nearly the same! I hate that it takes so long, but I guess we are learning patience :) Please keep me informed on this process for you! I will be praying that you will have your child in your arms very soon!

Megan C. said...

Wow! So much goes into adopting a little one. I hope the process goes smoothly and that after the paperwork is filed, the process will be quick. Sounds like you have great plans for the baby room. I'm having difficulty finding what I want...it makes it harder that I can't paint but oh well. I'm sure your high chair will turn out lovely.

Sarah said...

Getting ready for a little one is so fun, exhausting and exciting at the same time. The process will be over soon though and then the wait begins for the child God is going to place into your arms. Our friends are going through the process to adopt too. I like the high chair. My mom said that she put 3 coats of clear sealer on the one she did for me so that it cleaned easily.

Mommee and Her Boys said...

Oh this is the fun time, getting ready for the baby (ok, so the baby is fun too... but you know what I mean!). :) Look at you painting the high chair! What a good mama!!! I wish I had the drive to do something like that. My kids have plastic high chairs bought from a resale place...haha. :) You're going to be WONDERFUL parents and we are thrilled for you!!