Monday, February 22, 2016

Baby Prep!

This past week, it feels like we've been doing a lot to prepare for the new addition. The boy is moving to a new room with a big boy bed so getting that together and child proofing as best as possible have been key. We got a new to us dresser for in there. Basically, we inherited the set Ted's sister got when her first child was born. It's beautiful and allows us to put one piece in his room for clothes and whatnot and one in the baby's room. It still needs to be bolted to the wall, as does a small bookcase that is in his room. I realized this morning when the insomnia stuck that I need to get the outlet covers that still allow us to use the outlets. And hopefully early this week, his blinds come! That's what is holding up the transition at this point. This coming weekend will probably be transition time. I'm hoping it isn't too difficult for him or painful for us.

Then, I get to put the nursery together. I'm not being overly elaborate honestly. The only additions/changes will be gold polka dots on the crib wall, a gold initial, and a tassel garland from Glam Fete. I had hoped to make a new valance but was too cheap to buy the fabric I wanted in advance and too short on time to believe it will happen before she arrives. I'm still hopeful I can somehow complete the pillow I was making to go on the chair in her room!

We're doing a scheduled c section with her for a number of reasons, the biggest being the doctors recommended it based on the boy's delivery. We're scheduled to go in on March 22nd. Knowing what I know about c sections now, I have already had a few nerves. Funny, with the boy the transition from vaginal to c section happened so fast and I had so little knowledge or time to think about it, I had no nerves. My pre-op with the doctor is this week and I'm hoping that will alleviate some of the anxiety.  I will say I can't wait to meet baby girl in a month!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Setting Goals

About a month ago I wrote a few short goals for myself for the next year. Not so much resolutions but just a few things to aspire to. I was not overly ambitious as I know I'm having a baby this year!  They are:
  1. Do one craft project each month. I figure 12 per year is doable. I might do two one month and have a month without anything. But I hope to get the creative juices flowing each month. 
  2. Read two books this year. Yes, this is setting the bar low. But I'm having a baby!!! The goal is one book be personal development and one be for pure pleasure. 
  3. Relaunch this blog.
So far, I have started one book and completed two different craft projects - one painting and a bandanna bib for Chase. Here's hoping these are attainable post baby! I figure I might have a lot to say then anyway. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Goal to Return to this Space

One of my goals for this year is to relaunch this blog and continue to update it. When I started blogging, this was primarily a crafting blog. I focused on my knitting and sewing projects. As life evolved, I've had less time for creative pursuits. Although this has not always been good, the life itself is awesome. But I also think the topics I talk about need to evolve to keep up with where my life is now. Yes, I'm still creative. I'm currently working on a pillow sham for the girl's room, hoping to have it finished before she joins us in 5 or so weeks. (5 or so weeks!! Seriously, 40 days until c section!)

Yes, that's one of the big changes since the last post almost a year ago. I'm again pregnant, this time with our daughter. This is the last hurrah for that womb of mine. And baby girl is making sure she gets some good dance parties in there.  Normally, they are at 11 at night. She naps late in the morning, making my neonatal stress tests quite fun as they bang pans together over my stomach trying to get her to wake up and move. I started the NSTs last week because I'm old and chubby so they want to make sure she stays healthy. That's not exactly how they phrased it but basically the risk of stillborn increases with maternal age and weight. And so we visit twice a week and I eat chocolate, drink water, or do other things to try to encourage her activity. Apparently, this gets easier further in the pregnancy.... I really hope so because stubborn girl is keeping this momma on her toes!

My son continues to grow and delight. He's approaching his second birthday.  (How did that happen?) My party planning has commenced. We're not doing anything too big and we're doing it two weeks before his day. It's what works calendar wise plus it'll help me out to not have it too close to baby girl's arrival.  He's obsessed with Thomas and Friends so the cake (ordered locally) and napkins will be Thomas. Everything else, easy peasy. Blue plates, plastic silverware, pizza ordered locally. Pregnancy is encouraging me to be low key on it all. 

I am still crafting though so that will carry on here. Look for something on above mentioned pillow sham soon (hopefully). Plus, I have a goal of one project per month at minimum. I'm sure that might be a challenge right after baby. There might be two in one month and none in another. Such is life. But creating is part of who I am and what keeps me thriving. And so I will keep working on making that a priority.

And there will be nursery and little boy room pictures as both rooms come together. I'm hoping to get my son's mostly finished in the next week or so. We need to transition him to a big boy bed before we can finish the nursery. The dresser is coming over from my sister-in-law's this weekend hopefully. The hold up is the blinds for the windows. With windows that are wider than the norm, I had to do a bit more of a special order. I'm hoping they come sooner than promised!! 

I hope some of you will follow along with this journey. I love sharing my life with others on here and appreciate your feedback and love. Here's to happy blogging!