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BabyHarris Update 8/10/2007

BabyHarris is doing well.  I get lots of emails from people asking for more updates, so I'll go ahead and post.

I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday.  My blood pressure is 98/42.  Yes, I said over 42!!  According to my doctor, as long as I'm walking, talking, breathing, and eating, that I'm ok... so I continue on.  I am currently 25w1d.  I have gained 19 pounds!!

I painted the room a couple of weeks ago, and I'm working on the bathroom.  I stripped the wallpaper, taped and bedded the walls, and sanded everything down, but when it came to covering everything so I could texture the wall, my husband thought that was a pain in the arse since I asked for help, and I actually contracted that out and it got done this morning.  ONLY $125!!  That's cheap compared to our $3575 estimate for that bathroom and our master!!  This guy will come back and do our master for ONLY $375!!  That's saving almost $3000!!  If anyone needs an inexpensive painted, I have a referral for you!


Yes, this is a horrible picture of me, but keep in mind this is after already gaining 15 pounds!  The mask helped with the fumes as that was part of the condition of "allowing" me to paint myself.  Doesn't the after lavender look beautiful??  The white in the shutters and all the door frames brings out the color nicely.  No actual furniture yet, however, my parents did buy a glider chair that arrived a couple of days ago, but didn't retake the picture.


No, I did not pick out this nasty, ugly wallpaper!!  Doesn't it make you dizzy??  The previous owners picked it out.


No more wallpaper... we're down to the sheetrock.  This room will become a little lighter than a sage green.  The texture was put up today and needs 24 hours to dry.  I have appts tomorrow, but I hope to get to it on Sunday.

With all this, can you believe my blood pressure is so low?!


Comment balloon 13 commentsDonna Harris • August 10 2007 02:56PM


Keep up the good work Donna!  Looks like you're making progress and everythings going well!!!  I can't believe in this job you have LOW blood pressure.
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) about 13 years ago
THanks, Chris, me neither!  My doctor knows what I do... he knows I'm high-strung... I have no idea how or why it's so low.  They even double checked it...
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago

I can't believe you are doing ALL this and pregnant - I would be milking every bit I could!! I have really low blood pressure too - always have even selling real estate and raising 3 year old twin (boys) it never tends to rise!

Everything looks great by the way!

Posted by Leigh Bates, The Trinity Group (Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate) about 13 years ago
Thanks Leigh!  And I just got back from the paint store using my Stager's discount and bought my paint!!  I'm set to go!!  I'm doing it all because my husband won't, plus I like painting.  If I left the bedroom up to him, he didn't think there was anything wrong with the mustard that is throughout the rest of the house, though I thought it would give the  baby nightmares! And if I had left the bathroom up to him, it would NEVER get done because he loves wallpaper.  I keep telling him he's lucky that I only tore it down in one of our 4 bathrooms.  However, I did arrange with the painter to come and strip the master, texture, and repaint that... he has to come back and do it because I haven't figured out a color yet.... hubby LOVES the wallpaper in there and he'll be surprised to see it gone!  I'm forbidden from changing the wallpaper in the kitchen...  He thinks it's "nesting" and I'm going to continue to allow him to think that!  He doesn't realize I'm just doing this stuff because I want to and this is the best time to use nesting to my advantage!!  LOL!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago

42 is really low and as long as your doctor says you are ok I am happy for you. I hate painting too but once I start then I am ok and hustle to finish. The hardest part is taping the woodwork and removing all the outlets. 

Best of Luck !!! 

Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) about 13 years ago


I gained 60lb with each of my boys so you are doing great!!!  The room looks lovely....

Posted by Jeannette Morrison, Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock (Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas.) about 13 years ago
Love your update. I'm in my 28th week now. Gained 17lbs and we are not planning to do a nursery. The crib is set and that's all we've done so far.... We plan for the baby to sleep with us in our bedroom until he gets around 4-6 mths old. I dont have energy to paint a room right now.
Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 13 years ago

Jay, Painting can be a nice stress reliever.  It took me almost 5 hours to prime the walls and then 6 hours to paint... there went an entire Saturday and Sunday, however, I also negotiated a contract in the middle of all that for one of my listings!  The time flew by rather quickly.  It took 6 hours for the wallpaper, but it sure didn't seem like that long at all... maybe because the phone kept ringing then too.

Jeannette, I can't imagine gaining 60 pounds, wow!  Since I started out underweight, I'm supposed to gain at least 40 pounds, and I'm freaking out about that.  I'm halfway to the 40, but more than halfway done!

Loreena, I'm catching up!!  BabyHarris is an overachiever.  Doc moved my closing date up an entire week from Nov 29 to Nov 22... next time I see him, he might move it up more... we could have twins!!  The  baby is NOT sleeping in my room.  I've heard way too many stories about babies not sleeping in their room after the fact, and I don't want to deal with that.  Plus, a friend of mine just got their son out of their room and he's almost 8!!  Yes, 8!!  Somehow, he has a 2 year old sister, but how they managed that with the son in their bed, I have no idea!  I'm going over there tomorrow to see what they're "giving" away as they want to get the little girl "big girl" furniture.  I can't turn down free stuff!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago

Donna great job and give me the name of your painter too please!

Even though your blood pressure is so low make sure you're not overdoing it. You're getting close over half way there now and the more you exert yourself the more likely contractions may start.  Just take care of yourself and let others do the heavy work.

My son was 2 weeks early and my daughter 3 weeks - with both of them I thought I could do it all because I felt so good up to the last week (but neither were on time) I really wasn't ready for my daughter's delivery - it all happened so fast the male nurse who came to the car to get me out said "we're gonna need a mitt for this one".... needless to say - just take it easy :)

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) about 13 years ago
U like painting? Hmmmmm... maybe we can work something out. LOL
Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 13 years ago


I know...everyone I tell that too is amazed but its true...I always gain that much and I never feel like I'm over eating or anything....guess its just what my body needed!  Nursing does wonders:-)  I did it for 1 year for each of my boys and its definatly great if you are able to do it!!

Posted by Jeannette Morrison, Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Round Rock (Cedar Park,Leander,Georgetown & Lake Travis Areas.) about 13 years ago
Donna...I, too, am nesting. Just finished our nursery last Friday. I had my 3rd baby shower this weekend too. I think I'm set. I'll be 34 weeks tomorrow. This heat is killing me! My BP has been low also - it always is. Great job on the nursery though - keep it up!
Posted by Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner ( about 13 years ago

Karen,  I'll email you with his name and number.

Tom, I like painting for my own pleasure so I can enjoy looking at my hard work everyday... I do not like painting other people's things!! 

Jeannette, I'm going to try for about 3-6 months, but probably not a year.

Kim, Congrats on finishing!  I'm picking up the crib tomorrow.  I got the bathroom finished painted today.  The mirror and fixtures and such need to go back up, and we still need to pick out a light fixture, but we're getting closer...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 13 years ago