I’m here today with a fun little post comparing pregnancy vs. DIY projects. Why? Well, because I’m pregnant of course! Since it’s my first baby, I feel like I have way more insight into DIY projects, but did manage to find a few comparisons that should hopefully be true with all pregnancies (and probably all DIYs haha!). If you’ve ever been pregnant, known someone who’s been pregnant or completed your own DIY projects and house renovations… this one is for you!
We’re fresh off completing our basement half-bathroom addition, but this hasn’t been our first renovation, and it certainly won’t be the last (don’t tell the Husband, I think he’s starting to get tired of my antics!). It seems for us, DIY projects kind of have three different stages; and they seem to coordinate perfectly with the three trimesters of pregnancy!
First Trimester vs. Demolition
The first trimester is messy, from initial excitement/panic to morning sickness and extreme fatigue. The problem is that you don’t look pregnant at all, so whether you choose to tell people or not (we waited until after the first trimester was complete), anyone who hasn’t been pregnant won’t know the ridiculous amount of work your body is starting to go through to prepare for the baby.
You know what’s the same in DIY projects? The demolition phase! It’s messy, and by the end of demo (or even the start), you have an overwhelming sense of “OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT HAVE WE DONE?”. I mean, we were fine living with our kitchen/bathroom/closet the way it was right? Why did we have to go and change things!?
Second Trimester vs. Rebuild/Construction
The second trimester is arguably the easiest of all three. Your baby belly is starting to show, you should (hopefully) not have any morning sickness, and you have a renewed sense of energy. Compare this to the rebuild phase in DIY projects, and you’re getting a lot of work done! This can be anything from framing and drywalling, installing floors, cabinets, you name it! Maybe you’re not doing a full on DIY projects and are just renovating a room. This is the part when you bring in your big accessories like beds, mattresses and furniture.
Third Trimester vs. Finishing Details
By now you’ve been pregnant for over half a year (!) so it could start to get a little tiring. You’re a lot bigger than you were, starting to slow down from that second trimester momentum, and you could be wondering “WHEN WILL THIS BABY BE HERE?”. It’s a waiting game at this point, and the closer you get to your due date, the more anxious/nervous you get.
In DIY projects, this is the 10% of finishing touches that seem to take 90% of the time! Things like installing baseboards and finishing trim (do we really need those?) to any last minute paint touch-ups (no one notices that ding in the wall do they?) or bringing in accessories for styling – they are the small details that take the most time. Because you have the majority of the work done, it’s hard to force yourself to finish everything 100% if you have a fully functional room. We’re not 100% done the basement bathroom, or the kitchen, or heck, even our main bathroom – but it’s usually just small things that really only bother those who look very closely.
Baby vs. Completed Room
Okay, it’s a little bit different with pregnancies because yes, the baby does come out in the end no matter if you’re ready or not! After all your hard work, you will have a completed (or mostly completed) space to live in and enjoy. All those doubts from the demolition phase, and all the decisions you had to make (and second guess) throughout the project should get washed away when you see the fruits of your labour :)
So whether your DIY projects were completely planned ahead of time, or were spur of the moment decisions – the outcome should be well worth the hard work you put into them! It’s probably the same with babies, you can plan for them for months/years ahead of time, or they can come at a bit of a surprise in your life, but they’ll be worth it in the end.
(Hopefully of course haha – I did mention this was my first?!).
I’d love some insight from those who read this fun little post, whether you’ve been pregnant and/or completed your own DIY projects before. Were my definitions of the different trimesters accurate for you? Do the small details in your projects seem to last forever?
Let me know in the comments!
(And yes, that is me and my baby belly throughout the pictures; it was hard to take them by myself!).