making room for twinkie

the quest to grow a family and a house simultaneously


Baby Updates

Utility Hook Up

In the process of getting all of Ozzie’s plumbing and electrical hooked up inside and putting in our insulation, Husband spent some time on the exterior of the house getting our utility boxes and meters in place. While this wasn’t glamours work, it was a very necessary step in the process.

The newly installed gas meter

On the list was the gas meter, the electrical meter, the hot water heater, and hooking the sewer line to the main line in the street. Continue reading “Utility Hook Up”


The Harry Potter Room

There comes a point in every baby’s life where they fly from the nest and venture out into this big, bright world on their own. That point is different for each baby, but is inevitable for all. For us and Twinkie, that point came sooner than we expected.

Twinkie gazing into the bright world beyond

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18 months

Twinkie recently hit a milestone in his life: the point at which you can stop telling people his age in months. I realize I might have a differing option from the rest of the world, but after he turned one, I had a hard time telling people his age in months. I soon learned, however, that other mother’s wanted to know his age in months so to compare size and skills to their own children. So every time I was asked that question, I struggled through the mental math required to calculate Twinkie’s age in months.

Twinkie drinking from his sippy cup

Now, after 18 months of life, I can finally tell people he is a year and a half, or two. No more of this ‘he’s 22 months’ business. Continue reading “18 months”

Time Flies

Twinkie taking in some fresh air while Husband and I work in the yard

I am sure every mother can relate to the sentiment that time flies, especially when you have a newborn. Twinkie celebrated his six month birthday a few weeks ago. I cannot even believe that it was six months ago that we were taking him home from the hospital. Now he’s a sitting up, solid food eating machine. And he has done marvelously living through the construction noise of Ozzie. Thankfully, it is just because he does not know any different.

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The Stork Has Arrived

Husband and I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our family, our precious son, Baby A! We couldn’t be more in love with this little baby burrito:

One day old and already rocking life

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It’s Almost Go Time


The anticipation is killing me. Twinkie is scheduled to make his arrival any day and sometimes I am not sure that I can wait any longer. When I stop to think about it, I am overwhelmed with a flood of emotions. Usually it starts with pure excitement of the prospect of meeting Twinkie. It quickly transforms into pure panic as I think about taking this baby home for the first time and the responsibility there within. Then other moments I want Twinkie to come because I am tired of being pregnant and I want my body back. But these moments of reflection always end with joy that soon Husband and I will bring a child into this world. It is pure craziness.

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The Waiting Game


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.

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To Know or Not to Know

The number one question I get after people find out I am pregnant is if the Twinkie is a boy or a girl. When we first found out we were pregnant, Husband and I started a debate that would last for months as to whether or not we were going to find out what gender of baby we were having. My philosophy was that keeping it a surprise until end would be pretty fun. Besides, women have not been able to know the gender of their child for centuries. Why stray from that now?

Our first ultrasound
Our first ultrasound

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Meet Ozzie

Meet the newest member of our family, Ozzie.


Aptly named after one of our favorite Seattle Sounders player, Osvaldo Alonso, this gem is our new home. That’s right. All 540 square feet of him. Jealous? Thought so. Continue reading “Meet Ozzie”

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