Since finishing the shed, Husband and I have not made much progress on Ozzie. The hold up, you may ask? Waiting for permits. The City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has to review all construction plans before we can officially start the remodel.

We’ve been waiting for 2 months now.

Don’t get Husband started on the incredible inefficiencies of the DPD. A process that should maybe take 4 weeks, at most, consistently gets stretched out for months. With Husband’s job, he has to work with the DPD quite frequently and each time a new inefficiency surfaces, making it impossible to plan on a realistic timeline for plan reviews.

This time: we’ve been waiting for reviewer’s to get back from jury duty, month long vacations, and whatever other excuses the employees can come up with to avoid looking at our plans.

And so we wait, helpless to make the process go any faster and watching the warm, dry months pass us by. Oh well, I guess that is what we get for living in the rainy city of Seattle.

On an unrelated, but similar note:

We’ve also been waiting patiently for the arrival of Twinkie. This waiting game is much more enjoyable and worth it.

Twinkie at 29 weeks
Twinkie at 29 weeks

Twinkie is now about 31 weeks old and is doing as well as any baby at this stage can. Here are Twinkie’s approximate stats at this point:

  • Height: ~ 16 inches long
  • Weight: ~ 3.5 lbs (and growing fast)
  • Current fruit size: a coconut
  • Fun facts: Twinkie now has developed taste buds, can turn his head from side to side, and is an all around active little nugget in my stomach.

With just about 2 months until Twinkie is scheduled to make his arrival, Husband and I are feeling as ready as we can. We’ve signed up for prenatal classes, scheduled our tour of the birth center, and are making plans for where Twinkie will sleep etc when he finally comes to live in Ozzie.

We couldn’t be more thrilled for the changes taking place in our lives right now.