6 Month Bump-date!

Sometimes I have to look put together for work. I’m not quite as big as this picture makes me look, the sweater is a bit billowy on my back.

I cannot believe I am at the 6-month mark already. Tomorrow marks 26 weeks and I can finally say that I truly feel pregnant. None of my clothes fit and every day it gets harder to put my shoes on. Is it boat shoe season yet? I even had guys get up and give me their seat during both subway rides today. I’m not sure if I should be happy that chivalry still exists in NYC or sad that I am well on my way to looking like a house.

Not that I have anything else to compare it to, but being pregnant on a boat hasn’t been all that difficult. Outside of having to bending over to connect the hoses so that I can fill up the water tanks every week or so, I don’t imagine it being that different than if we were living on land. Overall I have had a relatively smooth pregnancy. The only real side effect I’ve been dealing with is back pain and a little prenatal boat yoga in the salon as been a huge help. It has also been fun to talk with fellow boat mom to be, Jody of Where the Coconuts Grow, on how she’s been handling it all. We’re due a week apart from each other so its nice to have someone who is going through the same stuff at the same time.

While I’m slowly packing on the pounds, we’ve been hard at work on our “must get done before baby” project list which includes exactly three giant projects. These projects require our living space to be in a serious state of construction and include redoing the teak decks, redoing the interior flooring and rebuilding our refrigerator box. I am happy to say that we are mid project for the first two on the list. Two-thirds of the deck is cut up and the old (sopping wet) coring material has been removed and inside we have all the old flooring up and the teak/holly separated from the rotting plywood it was epoxied to (don’t worry, we have temporary plywood floors covered in carpet in place). I told very kindly asked Jason to have these projects completed by May so that we can properly get ready for the baby and have a clean environment to bring her home to in case she comes early. I have no problem with small projects, I just don’t want to bring the little nugget home to a boat filled with saw dust.

While Jason has been hard at work on the major projects I’ve been trying to find small ways I can help. I’m having a really hard time with just “relaxing” and “taking it easy.” I may not be able to go at the same speed as I used to, but I am determined to contribute in some way. Once I finished my galley drawer project I was at a loss for what to do outside of spending hours researching what items to put on our baby registry. I mean there are a lot of really cute baby products out there, but endless hours on the computer wasn’t cutting it.

It may not look like much but I successfully rewired and installed this outlet. Don’t mind the needed varnish work and the un-varnishing of our walls that we still need to clean up from the previous owner.

When I had enough onesies, I landed on the idea that I could work on rewiring our 110 system. Jason had started the project, but I am determined to finish it! Out with the old 35 year old wire and in with the new. I have successfully rerun and installed 2 outlets, and have 2 more in our aft run. Once that is done I move on to the forward run which has 4 additional outlets. Let me tell you, it takes a really long time to uninstall old wire that has been tapped together every 8 or so inches. Add in time for downward dog breaks and it easily took me half a day to finish the two outlets.

I also recently ordered a bunch of swatches from Sailrite for new fabric for our salon. The current $2 a yard fabric we used just isn’t holding up – shocker! I’ve really missed sewing so it will be good to get behind the machine again. A girl has to make the most of her time before she is too exhausted to do anything else, amiright?

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  1. Living in a marina with an infant is not a great idea. Diesel exhaust is proven to be exceedingly bad, especially for young people. There is also red tide to consider. Inevitably, there is black mold on board your vessel and you (let alone the newborn) should not be breathing any of the chemicals used while working on a boat (acetone, epoxy, varnish, wood dust, fiberglass particles, etc.) With the “bubble” you have in place you’re effectively in a sealed environment with all the dust and chemicals off gassing from the projects you have chosen to tackle. With the rate you pay for that slip there is no reason not to get an apartment and do this the sane and safe way. You’re not going to leave the slip any time soon so really no reason to keep living aboard, aside from setting yourself (slightly) apart on social media. I’m glad you have a certified marine electrician handling the new wiring on the boat; people wonder why there are electrolysis issues in marinas…

    • haha – you’re funny. You think you can find a baby appropriate apartment in NYC for $850? Try 4x that – at least. And if you think we do this for slight social media fame you are mistaken. We do it because we want to, the social sharing is just for fun. Maybe you should check out my post 6 Reasons I’d Rather Live on a Sailboat for inspiration.