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Monday, December 10, 2012

The blog before the baby!

November 23, 2012

So, I have been a bit MIA from the blog lately.  As most of you know, the baby has arrived! He's been keeping me a bit busy, so I've gotten behind. This is the blog I intended to post on the 23rd, before I was interrupted by a little guy.

Here it is (I'm running on 1.5 hours of sleep at a time if I'm lucky, so ignore anything that doesn't make sense)

Most of the outside of the house is complete. There are a few windows that aren't painted and a few areas where you will still see tan or green, but that will have to wait until the spring.  Here is the front on the 23rd:

The bathrooms (and other rooms that were missing them) have also gotten register covers, which will nicely prevent any cats from going into the walls.  I think that I also meant to take a picture of Alok's closet masterpiece here, but that apparently didn't happen. 

We also, for the first time, have a window in this area!  It's been covered with a board for 2.5 years since we pulled out the world's biggest window unit.  There is a stained glass window that is ready to be hung here, but Alok needs a bit of manpower for that.

Alok has also been working on a cover for the butler's pantry counter, as seen here:

Here is my brother and Alok checking out his work in the basement:

This is part of Alok's closet door for the bathroom under the stairs.  

My mom checking out the view:

A little game of pool post tour

So that was all on the 23rd (which was my due date).  On the 24th, Alok and I went to Lowes to pick out ceiling fans for the baby's room and other areas of the house.  I was standing at Lowes at 1pm in the ceiling fan aisle when my water broke.  No, I'm not kidding.  It was actually pretty funny given the status of the house.  We debated if my water really broke and continued to shop for fans.  Alok may or may not have taken advantage of this time to convince me that a copper fan was a good idea (I hate gold, copper, and brass anything really). This should have been a sign that my water broke ;-)  Now we have a lovely copper fan in our main area!  haha.  As we continued to debate if my water broke, a Lowes employee walked by and asked what was going on.  Alok informed him that he thought my water just broke and he replied "I don't get paid enough to deal with this!" and walked off.  Don't worry Lowes, he was just kidding and came back to make sure we were OK.  

Well, after purchasing fans and shopping for outside lights (I had to pull the plug during that part), we decided to go home and call the doctor. She said to come in.  At about 3pm, they confirmed that I was actually in labor and I was formally admitted.  At 3:11am, Kieran Elijah Patel arrived.

Here he is at 5 days old:

We may have a hard time getting dad to work on the house now: 

So, we didn't move in before the baby.  Work is still being done at the house, but I've been a little tied up and haven't been over to see it. Alok is not spending nights over at the house anymore so that he can actually spend time with little Kieran.  The house is pretty much good to go, but we are going to wait to move in until the weekend after Christmas. This way, there is a bit of time to get things settled/cleaned.  At least that's the plan for now :-)



  1. Congratulations on your beautiful little guy! The house is looking fabulous!

  2. Congratulations! Your baby is adorable (and they do change everything!!!)!! The house is amazing and you will have an amazing time raising your family there!