nesting much?

May 30, 2008

Okay so the diapers still aren’t washed and the bag is only half packed but I have completed some more receiving blankets (in lovely light linen for my June baby) and finally finished the wall hangings for the nursery:

Now the parrot (yes that scary one you didn’t know what it was is a parrot) didn’t turn out as cute as the picture I used as a model but all in all I’m pretty pleased…now if we can only get around to hanging them this weekend…



May 28, 2008

I got the phone call today and a doctor in Amherstview has agreed to take on Baby T! Yep, that is a bit of a drive, but family doctors are HARD to come by in this town and I’ve been fretting for awhile now about finding one for the baby. It was made more difficult by the fact that Jason and I do not have a family doctor because the military doctors take care of us…they will not take care of dependents (for obvious reasons such as the same doctor shortages that are touching the rest of the city). Anyhow that is a huge weight off my shoulders.

As the due date approaches I think back on Jen’s blog before Nate was born and everyone was asking how she felt and if she was ready. Not in this neck of the woods, I’ve had a few mama’s ask in passing when I’m due then say they hope I go early (I don’t know do I look uncomfortable or are they just remembering the last weeks of their pregnancies?). Frankly, as much as I thought this kid might come early…I’m giving up hope in that. I’m still rather comfortable (as comfortable as you can be at eight plus months pregnant) I still walk for an hour every morning with my dogs (admittedly slower than before), and although baby’s head is down as it should be, it’s not low or uncomfortable. Now where was I going with this…oh right…are we ready. In truth I think yes and no. We have enough that if baby showed up today we’d be ready, but the house is not totally prepared yet. The diapers still need washed, some sewing still needs done, I could definitely vacuum again (and again and again…it’s still shedding season here), the hospital bags isn’t packed but really what do you need?

Are we ready to be parents? I think so…I think we’ll be a bit overwhelmed at first (as I suspect most first time parents are), there will be a steep learning curve, sure, but I think we’re ready. Thankfully my dogs are great with babies/kids (although Bailey doesn’t trust them he keeps a very close eye on our friend’s seven week old daughter when she’s on our floor, in case she suddenly learns to walk and can chase him), but they are very gentle and I think they’ll settle in pretty quickly to a new addition to our little family. As for the cats…who knows we’ll see, but we’ve got the crib protected so we needn’t worry about mickey sleeping with baby. As for Jason and I, I think we’ll do just fine. I know we’ll figure out diapers, swaddling, bathing, soothing, feeding…. eventually. It’s the other things we have to stay on top of, those things you just don’t think of when it’s the two of you…baby need’s a doctor (check, thank-you!), an OHIP number, to be added as a dependent to our health care plan, we should probably start researching and wait-listing on day care and doctors in Ottawa as soon as baby is born since the wait lists are so long, do we have enough life-insurance? When will we have time to update our wills?  It is things like this that I suspect will get away from us for the first while since a) we’re new to this and will be fully focused on baby at home and b) we’ve never had to think about those things before. But I think we’ll figure it out.

How come when I was busy with school I couldn’t wait to have the weekend off to hit my sewing room, and now when I have all the time in the world (I’ve been home alone for the last week) I’ve don’t almost no sewing at all? I still have tonnes I want to finish before baby T arrives, maybe tomorrow….

Happiness is….

May 26, 2008

….half price day at Value Village! I behaved myself and stayed away from the children’s cloths as baby T is set for at least the first five months. But I did get some tops and bottoms in larger sizes for me for postpartum, and a couple (okay five) wool sweaters to recycle into diaper covers. The excuse being kids grow and I won’t cut all the sweaters up at once (I have about eight total now), this way I should be able to get two different sized soakers out of one sweater and a pair of pants and or shorts from the sleeves.

And since I’m feeling sorry for my fur-babies (they have no yard to play in right now since we just overseeded and added some top soil) I picked up a few ‘just for puppy’ stuffy toys to be shredded, baby T will have to watch his/her toys in the future until they can be firmly established as “not yours” to the dogs 🙂

Cruel Reality

May 25, 2008

Women who are 8+ months pregnant should not wear their pre-pregnancy yoga pants in public. Unfortunately for my neighbors they are still very comfy and I don’t consider gardening, dog walking, or a quick trip to the corner store for bread ‘public’.

On an unrelated but still cruel note, the following thought passed through my head today while vacuuming (Our Doula is coming over this afternoon, didn’t want her choking on the pet hair) “hmmm…mom’s not back until Wednesday which means I’m going to have to vacuum again…oh well at least it gives me something to do…”

Sigh…vacuuming for entertainment…very glad my mom is coming back to help pass these last three (maybe five) weeks:)

I’m about three weeks away from my due date (so five weeks away from meeting this kid if any of the new first time moms around here are any indication) and we still have no name for this child. We come up with some we agree on, but then I waffle and change my mind (even if it was one I suggested) or I’ll bring up an old one that Jason has already vetoed and this time he likes it. So I guess what I’m wondering is how much did you love your child’s name before you gave it to him or her? Did you have one picked out then change it when you saw your baby for the first time? Did it take some time for baby to grow into their name so that you felt it truly fit them? Like I said, we’ve got some ideas, but nothings feels perfect yet…I guess I’m just wondering if it ever does or if you need to meet the kid first.

36 weeks….

May 21, 2008

…..but whose counting. I hit the 36 week mark on Sunday and had Jason take a picture to continue our monthly belly watch.

You’ll have to excuse the jogging pants…but this was taken on the holiday Monday of the long weekend and it was a max-relax day around the house (with a bit of laundry thrown in for fun:))