Jump to content

Renovating + brand new baby + two toddlers
are we crazy?!


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 obscure

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:23 PM

I'm due in Feb with #3 (I already have a just-3 year old and a 15 month old). We are also about to start renovating our house, which involves adding another bedroom, bathroom and laundry...there are some internal changes too. We aren't changing the front two bedrooms, bathroom or living room right away.

I'm concerned about the disruption and noise - but don't really know what to expect as I have no experience with renovations. We are due to commence the reno at almost exactly the same time as baby is due. Do you think we would be better off waiting until mid 2013 so that the baby will be a few months old? Or do you think it would be easier to just get it over and done with?

Hoping some of you that have experience renovating can offer some advice!

Thanks original.gif

#2 icekool

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:31 PM

QUOTE
Do you think we would be better off waiting until mid 2013 so that the baby will be a few months old? Or do you think it would be easier to just get it over and done with?

Do it NOW or ASAP. You don't want to deal with a baby and the filth (unhealthy) and the noise!
When DS1 was born, the houses in front of us, they started one after the other were doing renovations. There was CONSTANT noise everyday. As soon as DS1 would go to sleep, the grinder will go off and wake him up! Do it while the baby is on board. But seriously, I would move out if I could. How long will it take?



#3 FeralMuddyPuddles

Posted 08 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

We did one Reno while DS was a newborn, and he slept through the whole lot! Including the bathroom next to his room! The next Reno with him as a toddler was harder though in terms of keeping him safe from mess and  noise etc. I would go with the newborn stage anyday, but that being said  I've refused to do another Reno when this new bub is born, but that's to do with time that DH wouldnt be able to help me as he'd be on the tools!

#4 LB_K

Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

I say just do it too. It is funny what you will deal with when you have no other choice. Once it is done, it is done and the benefits are too good to think about the difficulty of living around a reno for a few months. We gutted our whole place and I did move into my mums house until our bathroom was put in but lived for a month with no kitchen at all while the joiners had a break after new years. That was an interesting experience. My daughter at 3 tried a LOT of different cuisines lol I welcomed the noise when they finally came back to finish things!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Meet the latest baby giving the internet hair envy

"As a bald man, I'm very proud of my 2-month-old's hair," wrote new dad Brian Gorham, 32, along with a photo he shared to reddit.

Woman hits back after shop assistant labels her engagement ring as 'pathetic'

A US woman has been applauded worldwide for sharing a photo of her modest, US$130 engagement ring after a shop assistant labelled it "pathetic".

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome baby boy

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed their second child, USA TODAY has confirmed.

After his grandkids moved away, this grandpa came up with a beautiful way to stay in touch

Chan Jae, a 75-year-old man from Korea, missed his grandsons terribly when they moved overseas.

20 gorgeous Christmas stocking and sack options

It seems every year that Christmas-themed goodies for kids get less tacky and more stylish.

Dad's genius hack for how to go shopping with a baby

A dad has shared his genius hack for tackling Christmas shopping with toddlers.

How I gave birth far too drug-free for my own liking

I certainly wasn't shy about medication. In fact, my policy on this was, in the immortal words of Britney Spears, "Gimme gimme more".

Christmas-inspired names for your December baby

Due during the festive season, or just have a love of Christmas?

Three-year-old mistakes policeman for Santa, so naturally he goes along with it

When an adorable three-year-old spotted a white haired gentleman in a restaurant she naturally assumed he was Santa Claus.

To VBAC or not to VBAC?

"If, after careful assessment by their maternity care provider, there seems to be no reason why a woman shouldn't be offered a chance at VBAC, then the opportunity should be provided."

Baby tries broccoli for the first time, immediately regrets it

It's probably fair to say that broccoli is an acquired taste.

'I didn't think I'd have pimples as a grown-up ... then I fell pregnant'

As specialists treat more adults for acne, Lucy Sheref reveals the emotional cost of years spent struggling with the condition.

Stranger's act of kindness helps overwhelmed mum in supermarket

A random act of kindness from a stranger in the supermarket brought a mum to tears, exactly when she needed it most.

21 adorable Christmas outfits for your baby

December 25 is just around the corner, and it's the perfect opportunity to dress your bub in a sweet festive outfit.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

What pregnancy is really like: mums share their honest opinions

We asked real women what surprised them during their pregnancy. They've shared their experiences in the hope of preparing the rest of us better for the ride

The truth about big-headed babies

Research suggests that big headed babies become more intelligent than their smaller peers. One mum shares the positives and negatives of having a big headed baby.

How to encourage your baby's gross motor development skills

There are some everyday things that parents can do to improve gross motor skills and coordination.

'My baby's extra thumb saved her life'

A mum whose daughter was born with an extra thumb says that the extra digit saved her life.

He gave her his liver, she gave him her heart

Heather Krueger and Chris Dempsey's origin story began in a darker place than most: with stage 4 liver cancer.

Toilet training from birth? It is possible

This method, called elimination communication (EC or assisted infant toilet training), is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Watch hilarious montage of strangest pregnancy questions on Yahoo Answers

Some of the strangest questions about pregnancy - and some of the most bizarre spelling - have made for a hilarious video.

How to reduce your chances of perineal tearing in birth

The use of heat packs, along with other aspects of clinical care, can reduce your risk of tearing in birth.

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.