Last week, my friend Emily at imperfect compared my weekly renovation posts to the posts by those of you who are having a baby.
You know the ones – the ones that compare the baby to a piece of fruit? (No offense, friends. But, I will never be able to look at a grapefruit the same way again.)
But it got me to thinking, having a baby and renovating a house are a lot alike –
You gotta have love.
It takes a lot of tender care for a house to become a home. When you renovate a really ugly house into a beautiful home, you have to look past the cracks, the dust, the smells and the leaks. And we all know it takes some love for a baby, too. I’ll leave that one to your imagination.
When we renovate, we do a lot of reading, searching and researching. The Internet is our friend. We’ve also learned to rely on friends and family for help and have had the privilege of connecting with tons of inspiring home renovators online. When you have a baby, I’m sure that the support system you have is more important than ever. And I know that every friend of mine having a baby reads “What to expect when you’re expecting” and visits The Bump.
You gotta have money.
I’d imagine that having a baby can be expensive – doctors, classes and delivery. Not to mention the fact that you have to pay for the actual child when it comes out (I hear). Same with a renovation. Everything is twice as expensive as you expect, but still totally worth it. And let’s be honest, once you think everything is done, a pipe busts or you need a new furnace or roof. You know the drill.