Some people might say we’re crazy…and they’d be absolutely right. Niksdad and I are embarking upon a home-improvement extravaganza beginning tomorrow; we are replacing the carpeting in our family room with wood laminate flooring. Well, let me be a little more precise…Niksdad and Niks Granddaddy are embarking upon said extravaganza while I take Nik away from the house and keep him occupied. We are doing this crazy project now because Niksdad goes back to school next week.
When we moved into our little townhouse two and a half years ago, we knew we would eventually upgrade some of the flooring; the carpet is not in the greatest shape and, no matter how many times we steam clean it, it’s always dirty! I’m sorry, did I forget to mention that this is in the room where Nik spends nearly all of his indoor play time? It’s also the room where I attempt to feed him; thus the carpet takes an especially hard beating —what with the flinging of spoonfuls (and sometimes bowls) of pureed fruits, macaroni and beef, etc. It’s not exactly an environment conducive to letting my son be the toddler he is while he plays with food and such. Unfortunately, the kitchen is too small —for anything —and the dining room has off-white carpeting. Yes, the previous owners were “dink’s” (dual-income-no-kids) and had no idea that their poor decorating choices would be our nightmare!
Unfortunately, it’s not going to be quite as cut and dried as simply ripping up the carpeting and laying down the flooring. Let’s just say the previous owners weren’t exactly savvy when it came to things like figuring out where to place cable outlets and stuff. The only cable outlet in this room is on the diagonally opposite side from the only logical placement for a television. We’ve had the cable company out to talk about installing a new jack; the way the wire would have to be run requires an electrician and a permit! Not happening. Therefore, we’ve had to do some very creative running of cable through the room…tacked along the baseboard, running behind the baby gate, back along the baseboard, up the wall to hang from hooks suspended on the ceiling to run across the top of the doorway and then run back down the wall to the TV. All this to keep a very rascally little boy from playing with the cable.
Side note, here —someone ought to develop a gross/fine motor skill test that doesn’t look for things like you find on the Bailey Scales. This one should include things like the ability to manipulate the clasps on one’s stroller, the ability to extricate oneself from a car seat while parents are hurtling at life-threatening speeds down the highway, how to remove protective gauze pads from around one’s feeding tube…while said gauze remains completely in tact! Oh, and the ability to insert a 60 mL catheter-tip syringe into the end of one’s feeding tube…all far more useful measures of development and cognition than stacking stupid blocks and putting pegs in a board dontchaknow?
Back to the extravaganza…while the baseboards are off, Niksdad is going to have to cut the drywall some to create a sort of channel for the cable to fit into. In the places where it has to go across a doorway, Niksdad will have to chisel a channel —using some kind of tool (I don’t know what it’s called, it’s like a mini-jackhammer) — into the concrete slab so there’s room to lay the flooring on top of it.
We think the process will take two days start-to-finish. My job is to entertain the rambunctious boy OUTSIDE THE HOUSE while maintaining his meds and feeding schedule, his nap schedule, and MY sanity. Somehow, I think Nikdsad is getting the easier end of this project!
If I’m not back in three days…send a search party.
(When I return, I’ll post before and after pictures, too!)