Making environmental changes for Baby Lav-Mulk

We’ve got less than 5 months to go now — in case you don’t know (I didn’t), pregnancy is 10 months long (from the date of your last menstrual cycle — which means we’re more than half-way there. According to, “baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot.” We’ve gotten into a great flow of eating well, exercising — the baby seems to really enjoy both running and swimming — and supporting the overall health and well-being of our changing family. Now we’re getting to the environmental changes part of our preparation. Our goal for this part of the process is that “Our physical space easily, comfortably, and safely accommodates our enlarged family while remaining simple, energy efficient, and truly nurturing to body and soul.

Making a home for Baby Lav-Mulk
We live in a 1,000 square-foot townhome just north of Downtown Asheville (not far from where the President and First Lady were vacationing last weekend because they really enjoy this awesome town). Up until 2007 both Bruce and I worked for ourselves from home — Bruce still does, though I’ve been working for the Buncombe County Medical Society now since November of ’07. Of course, until early December of 2009, I was earning my Masters Degree from Gonzaga University (MA in Organizational Leadership). Thus we have two office spaces in our home–mine is downstairs and Bruce’s is upstairs. Since I no longer need much space devoted to business or school, we’ve decided to switch office spaces so that my “office” can be combined with Baby Lav-Mulk’s nursery, close by our bedroom.

picture of the crib bumperWe’ve been gifted with a lovely crib and a sweet crib bedding set that happen to go well with the decor of the office furniture I’ll be contributing to baby’s space. During May our goal is to physically get our office furniture and decorations moved to their new spaces so we’ll have time to live with them and tweak as needed before D-day (delivery day, that is). I picked out paint swatches and painted up small samples on the nursery walls to see which we liked best. We’ll be doing a bit of bathroom remodeling to make Baby Lav-Mulk’s changing table and a baby-oriented bathroom space. We’re looking forward to the work and to bringing our goal to fruition.

For those of you that have asked how you can support us in readying our space and lives for Baby Lav-Mulk’s arrival, you can visit our new Wish List page. We’d certainly be grateful for whatever gift of love and support you want to make.


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