Blast shield

I knew there was poo in my future, but I was clearly still unprepared- the recently decorated nursery already needs a new coat of paint! (Luckily the carpet cleaned up ok.) If I’d known we’d have an explosive/projectile baby, I’d have made the nursery a wet room instead… or decorated our bedroom and left the nursery alone completely!! Too late now though. Amazingly there seems to be a gap in the market for a changing mat that’s up to the job but after a bit of investigation we now have a blast shield to try and avoid future incidents…


This is the cheap and dirty solution (excuse the pun!) after originally contemplating building something more substantial out of polycarbonate. Not sure why I thought I’d have time to do that! Luckily we’d already been given an extra changing mat, otherwise some temporary cardboard engineering would have been required. By happy coincidence the new shield balances just nicely against the nursery door now that I’ve moved the changing table to conceal the last unguarded bottom event.

As yet untested, but nappy changing is once again mostly stress free. Fingers crossed it stays that way!


After and before

Despite the distractions of an impending baby, we’ve also been making a bit of progress on the house lately. Most of the major work is done (I hope!) so it should just be decorating from now on.

The war on leaks is going well and after ripping out the old toilet last year, the new cloakroom is almost done:


An even bigger milestone was finally finishing the front bedroom. I don’t think we have a before shot for this room because it was just too horrible!

From start to finish it took about 14 months to complete! That was partly due to getting other rooms done at the same time, but there were a few minor complications along the way: the floor needed a bit of work, someone stole part of the wall and, just when all that was fixed, even more holes were required to install a cable for the new boiler! I do hope we don’t need any extra holes now the carpet is down!


I guess it’s probably time to get cracking on the nursery…


The old carpet has gone already and, fortunately, it looks like the floor is mostly ok! Which is lucky really: we don’t have 14 months to finish this room! Maybe not even 14 days!