Last night I stood in my new bedroom. Sure, it didn't have walls or a ceiling. Or a bed. But it actually looked like a room and felt like a room and it was very exciting.
There wouldn't be much privacy should you want to spend the night, because the tarps no longer fit over the top much like clothes no longer fitting over your tummy when you are 9 months pregnant, but after only two and a half weeks, there is now a recognizable house up there.
After a painfully long conception (I'm just going to keep on with the pregnancy analogy) while we battled with the local council about what we were and weren't allowed to do (no designer baby for us), things have happened rather quickly. I guess this is like 'showing' early on in pregnancy.
But I am prepared for the fact that it probably is all show at the moment, and the rest of the build will drag on forever.
The first few weeks have been sheer hell, the noise and stress and frustration is the home renovators' version of morning sickness. Being woken early, not by nausea but by the sounds of tarps blowing in the wind or the sound of an air compressor starting outside the window.
Then I imagine we will enter the second trimester. The house will begin to look like a house. People will begin to compliment us on how well it looks. The final payment won't yet be due, so it won't be so unwieldy that we can no longer walk (or afford food). We will feel energised as we can imagine the finished product and what colours we should decorate it with.
Then we will hit the final trimester. The interest repayments will begin to swell up, and we will start retaining discount vouchers and coupons in order to save money. Instead of screaming 'get this baby out of me' I will be screaming 'give me a hammer and a paintbrush... let me up there!'
Finally will come the day we can move in. We will think it's all finished and done, but it won't be. Instead of nappies and breastfeeding, there will be carpeting and painting. But until that day, I can continue to look forward to sleeping in my new bedroom, one storey closer to the stars, a new addition that will change our family forever.