Friday, February 3, 2012

Good news.

We've had some bad news in the past couple of weeks: A routine blood test showed that Joe's lead levels are slightly elevated (although still below the level where you'd expect to see any symptoms of lead exposure). We are having our soil and water tested, but the most likely culprit is probably lead paint inside our house, which was built in 1896, after all. So we are soliciting estimates from lead abatement professionals. Needless to say, we do not have huge amounts of money to sink into this project, nor can we pretend that any improvements we do will improve the value of our home (which is so deeply underwater that it is questionable whether anything would improve its value).

However, our child's health is at stake, and we'll do what we have to do.

Basically, this totally blows.

Partly because of this drama, I've been sitting on some really good news for a while now. To the point where it's getting a bit ridiculous and I'm getting a lot of sideways glances and comments like, "Do you have something to tell me, Inder?"

Yup. You guessed right. We are expecting our second baby, due sometime near the end of July!

Baby bump
What they say about "showing" sooner for your second child is all true.


So it's been a rough couple of weeks, but we have a lot to be grateful for and excited about as well. I am at 16 weeks today, and I am "quick with child," to use the old fashioned phrase (translation: I can feel the baby move).

Of course, being pregnant means I am a "sensitive receptor" to any lead dust as well, so Joe and I will both have to vacate the premises during any abatement. Gah. I submitted to my lead test yesterday. Fun times.


Well, I've learned that there's nothing like the prospect of extremely expensive and disruptive home repairs to distract you from the minor discomforts of pregnancy. And there's nothing like feeling a baby move to distract you from the prospect of extremely expensive and disruptive home repairs.

Life can be a little nuts at times, huh?

The other pressing issue of the day: How do you play banjo with a giant baby belly?

16 comments:

  1. Ah crap Inder! I am so sorry about the lead and all the possible upcoming stressors! Agh! We are so under water $$ with our house and I keep eyeing our roof wondering when we'll be forced to replace it and knowing we can't afford it and it won't help our homes worth in our neighborhood. Agh.

    And, I am super excited for you and being pregant! Go mama!

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    1. And we always seem to end up investing in repairs that aren't particularly visible and don't even make the place prettier or nicer to live in (except in invisible ways, like less lead, I guess)! Sigh.

      At least those of us who are underwater are in really good company, right? It's good to know we're not the only ones struggling to come up with money for repairs that we'll never see a return on. GAH.

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  2. First of all - CONGRATULATIONS!! You look adorable with your teeny-tiny baby tummy!
    But what a headache to have to deal with lead abatement during all of this. As if you didn't have enough to deal with, right? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly (and somewhat cheaply too).
    And on a completely un-related note, we are so underwater on our home too...what a crappy feeling that is, right?

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, so much for relaxing and "enjoying" my pregnancy, eh? (Hopefully there will be time for that later.)

      I thought I was kind of "over" feeling cruddy about our real estate situation, but times like this put that to the test. Times when I wish we were RENTING. Ha. But we'll get through it. Thanks for the sympathy, it's good to know we're not alone. Actually, we're in really good company - like, half the country or thereabouts. And we are among the lucky ones who can afford their mortgage payment. So I really can't complain. :-)

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  3. What fantastic news re the new bub! Congratulations :-)

    Super crappy news over the lead issues though - I hope things can get sorted as quickly and cheaply as possible.

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    1. Thanks Justine! That's what we are hoping for as well. Can't wait to put this behind me so that I can get excited about sewing baby clothes!

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  4. Very excited for you and so lovely to see your baby tummy :)
    Very annoyed for you about the lead issue :(
    I really hope it gets sorted out with a minimum of fuss and cost. Ack. You must be glad you had Joe tested because you can do something about it but man... not what you needed. I know I was always paranoid about things like that during pregnancy. To my knowledge none of us has ever been tested. Could be living in ignorant bliss. Is every child tested for that where you live?
    Fingers and toes crossed that your own levels come back fine. Please keep us all updated.
    - Jane xx

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    1. The test is commonly given around here, because most people live in old houses, but it's not routine, and we asked for it. So we are glad that we caught it while his levels are still very low, but of course, we are also kicking ourselves for not having him tested sooner. Parenthood can be so ass-kicking! Jeez!

      According to the doctor, children usually test higher than the adults in the household because they put things in their mouth and play down on the floor where they are exposed to more lead dust. So it's likely my lead levels will be lower than Joe's, which doesn't exactly make me feel better about Joe, but at least it's good news for the lil' bambino/a.

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    2. Oh there's always something to feel guilty about, isn't there. Well, I hope you're not feeling too anxious about the wee babe. Or Joe. Still. Suck-a-rama.

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  5. Very scary for you all,keep well and safe,congratulations!

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  6. Wooo hooo! Yay! Best news ever! Baby!! We can't wait to meet the next little Baudonnet.

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  7. Congratulations! That's such exciting news. So sorry about the lead thing, yikes, that must be overwhelming. Your bump is looking pretty adorable!!!

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    1. Thank you! We're excited. And hopefully soon this lead thing will be something we can do something about, which will be so much easier than this waiting and imagining the worst thing, which is indeed overwhelming. Next week, hopefully we'll have some answers.

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  8. Congrats! So glad there is some great news for your family amidst a bunch of bummer stuff. It is make you feel any better, we are so under water it's not even funny and our house is so small we have put our dream of growing our family on hold a bit. Here's hoping for a simple cheap fix for the lead and a crazy improvement in CA house prices!

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    1. Amen to that!! The County seems to think our house is worth 52% of its former value rather than 49%, so that's something, right? Hahahaha. Gallows humor, I tell you. :-) Man, I'm sorry that so many of my faithful readers are in the same crummy predicament I am, but there must be something about it that makes people really crafty and interesting and write great blogs, so that part is great.

      Joe currently sleeps in the same room as my husband and I. We do have additional bedrooms, but they are currently occupied by my brother and our housemate. So we jumped into this without working out a couple of longer-term logistical issues. In the meantime, we're seeing how many people (4?) and dogs (2) we can cram into our room. :-)

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