Cast Blog: #FLIPPINGOUT

Jenni: Alianna is a Miracle

Jenni talks about her delivery and being a parent.

Baby, Baby, Baby…

At Gramercy the topic is my no longer private parts.
Past my due date, so any day now.
I intend to work right up to the last minute.

Jeff's clients Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his wife, Kat, are also expecting.
We all go shopping and Jeff rubs it in that she is svelte at seven months.
I am determined that feeling the size of a condo complex is not going to be a downer.Tassos Nassos is Jonathan's father's name, and if we have a boy, he's Tassos.
Jeff is hoping I have a girl, since Alianna is a name he thinks he can live with.

Lisa, our Calabasas client, is back for more.
Her home's exterior will be a current project.
Gary her husband is all about the numbers -- the cost is center stage.

At Gramercy Jeff says he wants back in the flipping business.
"Selling Gramercy is paramount" -- he's tired of no control.

The Gosselaars are going to Hawaii, and we are working on their remodel.

Jeff is obsessed with my delivery details and the potential for poop.
I am living in a TMI total overload.

Zoila proudly wears oversize BITCH bling.
She says "real."
Jeff says "swap meet."

The stress of having Gramercy market ready is starting to take a toll.Dan, a landscape architect, joins us in Calabasas.
Lisa is firm: "Cut everything you said in half…I have a budget in my head that Gary gave me."
She offers an empty purse as a visual aid.
Jeff is not buying it.
Gary has left written orders for Jeff to follow, making it very clear who's in charge.
"I'm basically Gary's bitch" is the way Jeff sees it.
Lisa G. is stressing with every potential tree mentioned.
Jeff ups her bottom line by $25,000, and she is not going for it.

I have a “here comes the baby” drill list at Gramercy.
Someone might have to help me with breathing.
My suitcase, a list of phone numbers, and basic birth emergency supplies.

Lisa G. does not like a painter's exterior estimate.
There is verbal abuse hurled in our direction.Jesse and his peeps are painting the Gosselaars' interiors.
Calabasas needs to be seen by Jesse right away to get his estimate.
Jeff's bad boy gets the best of him.
He volunteers me to ride with Jesse to the location.
Speed bumps in an old truck with no air-conditioning.
Windows down and my hair is flying on the freeway.
Jesse's questionable driving skills add to this fun fest.
This is Jeff's idea of a pregnancy prank.
Jeff thinks Jesse's price will be right for Gary and Lisa G.
Less than one third of our prior estimate.

Jeff has a family celebration for me and Jonathan before I go on maternity leave.
It is not a PG-13 experience.

Back at the Gosselaars' we are supervising the painting.
Jeff and I cookie raid their cupboard.
This girl is living large in the moment with a little help from Oreos.
Jeff changes Kat's choice of paint for the nursery -- he is not about playing it safe.

Megan shares details of the birth process… Do I really need to know these things?

Back from Hawaii Kat loves Jeff's choice of nursery color.
Jeff encouraged the Gosselaars to take design risks, and it's gorgeous!

Gage has his doubts about a new location start over.Jonathan and I kiss our dogs and leave for the hospital.
Who knows if these contractions are a false alarm?
It turns out, they are not…the baby is coming! Why did I eat so much pepperoni pizza? Arriving at the hospital, I am terrified. My life is about to change forever.
Jonathan was nervous and ate my cherry slushie that they brought me.
That's OK, he is so lovely and supportive as the pain increases.
We decide to make it a Big Phat Greek Party in the delivery room.
Dr. Goldberg made me feel at ease.
That's a gaggle of people looking at something that is getting very stretched out.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10!
Push face (not attractive).

It's a girl!!! The greatest moment of my life.
She is a miracle, and there is no expiration date on miracles.
A few short years ago I never imagined I would be here, now.
For all of you out there who don't think you can have the deepest desires of your heart, please think again.
Please have hope.
Please expect a miracle. No Jeffery, poop did not happen.
Another miracle after all that pepperoni pizza.
  
Jeff is now an uncle.
He was scared to hold Alianna at first, but he did amazing. A natural.
We have been through so many ups and downs, this is a beautiful and surreal moment. Yes, my hormones are a roller coaster, but I meant what I said.
To have a healthy child and to have help, I feel beyond grateful.
I have the utmost respect for people (like my sister) who have children with health issues or are a single parent.
It is not easy to be a parent, period.
So if you can, go hug your parents right now as they deserve it.
I love you Mom and Dad in a whole new way today.

Alianna Marika Nassos (named after both our Mothers and Grandmothers) 8lbs 10 ounces.
Born June 29th, 2013

Thank you Dr. Jay Goldberg for a great husband stitch!

I love you Jonathan, you already are an amazing Father.

NEXT WEEK ON FLIPPING OUT
Jeff is not sure if Gage is sabotaging the Gramercy sale.
House shopping in Nashville with our one of a kind client, the amazing Jeanne Shaw.
Jeff always says with Jeanne nothing is decided without a fight…

 

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I'M MISSED, I'M A MOMMY, I'M COMING BACK AND CALLED...MOM

At Gramercy Jeff says "Jenni can scan" when no one else can.
I guess I'm missed.
Megan forgets Chaz's file.
"Think I'd rather have that pregnant girl back." 
Jeff and Megan's car conversation
Makes me believe.
I guess I'm missed.

Chaz's La Mirada remodel has a tight, no-nonsense budget.
Termites and water damage add to the challenge.

Andy gets some tough love with a reminder…
Do not double park your car in the street with the keys inside.

Citrus, Jeff's rental property, is a lesson for Megan in Jeff Lewis Property Management.
I bet she does not think it involves hands-on trash can super skills.
"If we're at a job site and something needs to be done, Jenni and I just get our hands dirty and we do it."
I guess I'm missed.
I have major dumpster skills, so smelly trash cans are no biggie. Megan thinks being an assistant is a little bit of a step backwards for her.
As Jeff's assistant I have had to happily go backward and forward.

Remodeling Jeff's client Kelly's house cost more than expected.
Jeff takes Kelly shopping at Living Spaces for great finds at a reasonable price.

I return to Gramercy with baby pictures for a cocktail hour to celebrate Megan's birthday. Andy makes sure it is Rated X, and as HR I throw my hands in the air.
Zoila gives herself a suggestive chest rub and has concern about "goes boom."
Zoila has been kidnapped by the inappropriate aliens.

Kelly's renovation is complete and the team places furniture and accessories.
Jeff"s long friendship with Kelly gives this job added importance.
After her birthday night date, Megan is hung over and horizontal on the job.

Kelly moved into her boyfriend's home which has been remodeled and redecorated.
Now it is their home and they are beyond thrilled.
Another win for Jeff Lewis Design!

Jeff and being late do not mix.
Megan has a packed freeway highlighting her scheduling error.
At La Mirada they are not happy about the half hour delay.
Chaz's business manager, Nuria, is not a Jeff fan and keeps a tight fist on the numbers. Megan is having trouble filling in for me -- she calls it "daunting."
Jeff is on Megan error overload.The office can be an oversized playpen.
Computerized insults and a vocabulary list of computer speak that would be hot fun if you're ten are hurled.

Jeff's budget for La Mirada will have Chaz's business manager in explode mode.
Great FYI: clear communication with your contractor is a must.
Change orders are cash cows, so clarity is king.

Megan is doing her best balancing the work and mommy "hood."
She has not one but two at home.
Three full time jobs.
Jeff tells Megan, "No texting your nanny…it's constant."

Jeff and I have a Japanese lunch.
Jeff wants me back ASAP.
He missed me, he really missed me.
I told him the office atmosphere is over the edge.
Back on track has to be the writing on this office wall.
My Jeff Lewis Design Cleanse is now over, and I am officially back to work.
To make my position clear Buzz Kill 101 is what I want on my t-shirt.

With client Chaz we are talking toilets.
Massaging someone for a deal is all in a day's work.
When the numbers are great, I give hugs.

Jeff says I am a prank suppressor and calls me "mom."
What boss thinks putting a small snake in Andy's shirt is a plan?
Andy nearly falls in the pool and as HR I am at a total loss.
What alternate universe have I returned to?

Nuria, Chaz's business manager, and Jeff have a numbers smack-down.
Jeff does not like to be beaten up over money.
"I like his old business manager better" is Jeff's exit line.NEXT WEEK ON FLIPPING OUT
Things are totally out of control.
What to do?
Dr. Donna to the rescue!

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