Building a home with a small child can be one of the most challenging parts of building this home. Some days when I see Branko working alone I wonder what he is thinking about, is he lonely, tired? In our first home we built everything together from putting up all of our own drywall and installing all the hardwood flooring. We even pulled all of the electrical wire together.
Things are much different now. We have a one year old which brings all kinds of new adventures. Don't get my wrong, he is the joy of our lives. Everything we are doing is for his future. We have had to become strategic on how to work around his schedule. Today I wanted to share with you some tips on how you can still build your dream home with a baby.
1. Early mornings and Late Evening have been the best times for us to work. Figure out your babies schedule and when they seem to be OK to have play time on their own.
2. Finding one toy that can keep them occupied for a bit of time. Dominik had a jumper that he loved. If we were walking around and working he was highly entertained by just watching us.
4. Work during nap time. If what we were doing was fairly quiet we would try and get work done during his nap. We had a great baby monitor and would keep our eye on him. But we would utilize this time when the work that needed to be done required two people.
5. Clean, clean, clean. Air quality is important for small children and adults. I try to keep the floor and counters clean of dust.
6. We use a lot of different tools that are easily turned on by hitting the trigger button. It's important to keep all your tools stored away in a different room that is not accessible to your child.
7. Lastly, try not to stress. Chances are your small baby won't remember these days of renovation. Even though you may have tones of work to get done remember that putting away quality time with your little one is most important. We have had many days where we didn't do anything at all but spend all of our time making family memories.
I am hoping at the end of day this post and following our journey will give you encouragement that you can do what ever it is you set your mind too. We are living proof of this, as you can see.