I am feeling extremely frustrated and overwhelmed at the moment. This week has been filled with visits from home repairman and energy auditors. The conclusion, our sweet old home needs some work, and as any homeowner knows, it won’t come cheap.
One of the many things that I love about Providence is the historical architecture. You almost begin taking it for granted, since there is a historic home or building on every corner. We have buildings here that are older than our country…seriously. How amazing is that? Even our humble abode is well over a century old. While that means we have charming details aplenty (incredible doors, intricate moldings, old light fixtures, random stained glass windows, etc.) it also means that we have some serious problems.
The biggest issue is our windows, which are original to the house. They have been restored, but that was many, many years ago. The paint (which is filled with lead) is beginning to chip, the pulley systems are getting stuck, and the glass is rattling in the panes. But what concerns me most, is the lead. Old homes have lead everywhere, and when you buy an old home, you pretty much have to accept this…but with a new baby, this becomes a very scary fact. When it was just my husband and I, we didn’t really have to worry- neither of us felt the need to crawl around on the floor, or put everything and anything in our mouths. Turns out, I can’t say the same for our little guy.
It’s ironic, I suppose- I use organic, or natural, towels, bedding, clothing, bath and body products and toys for baby, but our house…the biggest thing of all…may be the source of scary, incredibly harmful toxins.
My home, which I love dearly, is a safe haven for my family, especially these days, when it is filled with the giggles of our little one, and the smell of baby powder. But at this moment…it seems like a toxic waste dump. I am worried, and overwhelmed. Where do we start? Do any of you have old homes and young children- can you give me any advice, reassurances, ideas?? Anything to ease this mama’s mind?