Category: Family (page 2 of 5)

Organizing

I just posted about my kitchen and changes that have happened and will happen (sooner than later, I hope!) With all this comes junk and more junk to be organized.

We already have a house full of junk to de-junk, now have so much more since moving the old cabinets fully out of the kitchen. One row of cabinets was still very good, so we moved that into the laundry room and will install the base and wall portions eventually, but for now they sit one atop of the other and I have good storage for so many things that I never did before. Laundry and cleaning things, bulk this and that from Costco. Not cluttering the kitchen and jamming things here and there. It’s nice.

But there was a large expanse of cabinet that was packed full of stuff we hardly ever use, and it was trashed (the cabinet) and so all that stuff is in need of sorting and it’s only partially been done. There are things that are homeless still, that I want to keep/use, but need to get the kitchen permanently finished before I can do some things.

Re-organizing the stuff in a kitchen is a nightmare, for me at least. The junk drawer that turned into three junk drawers and a few cabinets of junk … augh!

There is just stuff all over the place in every room too, despite the trying to find a home for everything for the most part. Houses with few storage places, not enough furniture, no room for the few bits of furniture we do have … a house so small for an ever growing family … augh!

We finally bit the bullet and purchased a storage lease this past month. So we are weeding out the stuff that we want but can’t use now, the stuff we seem to want but want to live without if the trial of separation work out that we forget and then can donate it away. There is also box after box of stuff we need to sort through, now we can bring it away and do it in the storage unit when we have some time here and there, to sort away from the house, where it’s a task we can complete instead of getting that drug out feeling of “I have other things I could be doing … I’ll just put the lid back on and think of it another day” and never go back. Sometime hubby will bring in boxes and force the sorting, and it makes my head feel so dense and my limbs like rocks. I hate junk drawers, boxes of stuff. But I’m a saver. A lost cause one too.

There are reasons to save stuff. I just need all the right bins and boxes to save what I need to save, and get rid of all the cardboard boxes that are so horrid. Then have the right solutions in the house for usable stuff to be in it’s own place. We lack decent closets. They are so insufficient I cry just thinking about them. Shelves, for books, things, well this kitchen re-do is helping that, and then to get the spaces in the living room filled out with cabinetry will help, each side of the fireplace is recessed and is begging for cabinetry, and the TV is begging to be mounted above the fireplace. These things will be done after the kitchen. We might put a beverage center/bar in the left flanking one, that is near to the kitchen, and a media/book area on the right side for books, media, and the electronics (TV/Audio.)

Right now it’s a hodge podge of furniture we have, dinky media stands, old dressers but not enough for all of us, beds that need replaced, no nice frames at all. Closets are nothing but holes with wire hanging shelves, not outfitted to hold what we need. We have some bookshelves that can’t hold all we have, they are cheap, and we need more books too. Augh.

Things are looking up, we are weeding things out. We actually did throw out our big TV Armoire, it wasn’t that good in quality, kind of falling apart, and just a hulking big thing that held lots of stuff in a nasty manner. I got the idea to put the TV on the French Bakers Rack (one of the few pieces of furniture that I consider worthy of keeping and of nice style/quality). The TV is an LCD flat-screen, 32″ with speakers on both side, making it appear wider. The stand barely fit on the base, table-height of the bakers rack, and the shelves behind it gave just enough clearance for the back of the TV base. It was not safe to leave it like that though. I had an idea, hubby had another, both with bungee-cord thoughts, he went to look for some long ones in the garage, we had one that was shorter and wouldn’t work for either of our ideas. While he was gone I got to thinking and wrapped the bungee-cord around the TV stand base and then hooked each end to the “iron” bars that go up the back of the bakers rack. Voile! Secure. When hubby came back he hadn’t found anything longer, and was able to find one shorter bungee-cord to supplement the configuration I’d tried. It works wonderfully. We have all the equippment on the shelves behind and behind/above, and also have some of my records on one shelf (when I couldn’t put them anywhere before) and we have room to arrange other things nicely, when before it was a big hodge podge of unhappy arrangements and workings.

Hubby pushed the old TV Armoire out the door and it fell and went *splat* in the front yard, literally fell apart completely. The piece of junk. We paid so much for it back in the day, what a shameful thing!

For now my bakers rack will fill this need, and eventually it’ll be unloaded, cleaned-up and put into storage to await a happier house to live in (with us!)

Of course all of this is exasperated with a baby in the house again. All the stuff. I knew last year before the baby was due that we’d be feeling the crush and indeed we are, with every month the crushing gets crushing-er. At least the kitchen is more right now, and we have a storage unit for overflow.

Mobile Baby

Baby Q is really, very mobile now. He’s been pulling up for a few weeks, but not everywhere, but for the last few days, he now can pull up on anything at all, and had been working towards that for over a week.

When we got back from our Florida trip, he was at home in his pack n’ play and he was crying, I looked at him, and there he was, for the first time standing holding onto the side of the play yard. He does that all the time now, just pulls up and cries standing there, “take me OUT of HERE!” no doubt is what he says.

Not just that though, he’s cruising with more and more confidence, and standing “look Mama, no HANDS!” occassionally too.

I know he’s seriouly into all this stuff just from one perspective: dirt. He’s not just dirty on the knees, hands, etc. It’s now his feet too. Dirty feet. He’s growing up.

He loves the kitties and is getting bolder with them, when they let him do so. The kitten, Clementine, just lays there sedate sometimes and lets him pat her and more. He loves it when they let him touch them. Imitates my petting them sometimes, with great delight.

He loves anything he can get his hands on, especially electronics. Not that he does anything with them but beat, shake, slap, and slobber over. It’s hard to work on my laptop with him around. His other move is this raking, scratching thing, just feeling everything and that is a nuisance with a laptop keyboard. Yanks on cords with great abandon.

In November, when he had just turned 5 months old he got ahold of his sisters birthday balloon and yanked that ribbon like a freak old train conductor yanking on the whistle cord over and over. More than pleased with himself. That’s what he’s like with ANY sort of cord.

He’s a big talker too. “Mama” and “Nigh Nigh” and all sorts of other sounds. He isn’t always talking, but he sure has a lot to say in some situations. Like right now, he’s pulling on my knees, wants me to put my computer down and hold him, so he’s “Mama, mama, mama …” over and over, crusing back and forth trying to get between me and this laptop. So I must end this post. He wins. πŸ™‚

Baby Q – 8 Months Old

Baby Q is now 8-months old! He’s been progressing in his ‘crawl’ through the past month, and now just does the regular type of crawling, hands and knees.

A couple of days ago he was in the living area and I went upstairs to tell my DH something, and told A., the 7-year old, to watch the baby while I was gone. I was gone 2 to 3 minutes and did hear the baby crying pretty much right away. I went to go back down stairs then, and found my crying babe on the middle of the steps up … [big brother was missing. A. seems to have forgotten what “watch the baby” for Mama means…] so now he can “climb the stairs” and we have to watch him closely now, more than ever, he’s wanting to climb the stairs often.

He also has been “pulling up” more and more. He did that a long time ago, for the first time, and has done it more and more and now does it anywhere he wants to. He wants to “walk” but isn’t really trying to do it by his-self, you can see that he wishes to do it though. He’s just a pest now with the “pulling up” getting into everything. Writing this post, for instance, is really hard. I never had a laptop with a little guy around before.

Well, we were going to FL the other week, and canceled that trip because of illness. We are trying it again this week, and we seem to be OK thus far. We are still getting over the last part of the illness (the left over cough and congestion that lingers.)

We hope to see some Spring Training, though don’t know if we can see a game anywhere or not. Baseball is starting! πŸ™‚

Under the Weather 2-08

My hubby was in the NYC area over a week ago, and when he came home he promptly started showing symptoms of a virus and it grew, and grew.

We were scheduled to leave to go with him to FL for his next business trip, which would be Tuesday-Friday/Saturday this past week. So he was dragging and I was saying all along, perhaps you should re-think this … but basically was holding out final judgment for right before leaving, in case it was a cold that could be endure to travel with.

Monday though, it was evident to me that he was fading fast and that there was NO WAY we could go. He did persist to get things packed and ready. I puttered around getting things done as well, knowing that IF we went I’d like things in order as much as possible for our return, and also, if we stayed, all that stuff would be done! πŸ˜‰

It ended up that we went to bed and he still persisted in saying we’d go. He wanted to get up around 5am and put the stuff in the van and get on the road. I awoke after that time, knowing that I didn’t think we should be going and didn’t want to go for many reasons, primarily for HIM, but also thinking of the rest of us being on the road and getting sick … nah.

I realized that it was later than hubby wanted to get up (can’t recall the exact time) but he wasn’t up yet, and so I talked to him and he was going to cancel, and stay in bed a bit more. Good.

So a bit later he awoke and was trying to convice me that he was feeling better and we could still leave. :rolleyes: Didn’t happen. πŸ™‚

All that day he progressed to worse and worse symptoms and I was glad to remind him at this or that point “wouldn’t it be nice to be in the van driving … right now?” :LOL:

So he was down for the count all Tuesday and Wednesday, improving on Thursday, but still bad, only more-so improving on Saturday, but still bad off.

Wednesday showed that R. and V. (the older children) were getting sick. A. wasn’t exibiting anything, neither was I. The baby was warmer than normal though.

Thursday and Friday R. and V. were sleeping mostly, the baby was sleeping more too, at some point in all that “cold” symptoms appeared in all three of them (previously in hubby too, but it’s more like a flu-from what I understand about viruses- in everyone.)

Thursday night both me and A. had a couple of signs of “the” virus overcoming us, since we now had three prime suspects to understand how theirs started … I had felt that I was ‘fighting’ something for a couple of days, maybe, or maybe it was allergies, or both (Spring allergies have started already here in GA.)

It quickly did hit both of us, but it hasn’t gotten any worse since, just some drippy stuff in our heads, and chest congestion, coughing, some achy-ness we’re not overwhelmed with it though, like hubby, R., and V. were/are. The baby is very warm off and on and has some drippy and coughing, but isn’t as tired, he’s improving daily.

Unfortunately for me, on Saturday the virus was an achy enough to be up and around but miserable kind, but I also got a migraine on the left side, which is plaguing me continuously, not the worst sort, but bad enough, and who wants to mix that with a virus of any sort. Overnight it abated partially, but upon waking has switched to the right side, and nothing is touching it, it could get way worse, of course. :rolleyes: So at least it’s holding steady and not increasing.

This is the first illness of 2008 for us as a family, and it was no fun, we had avoided all Winter Viruses until last week. Really bad timing too, we were going to southern Florida, Lakeland area, and were going to check out Tigers, and Yankees (Pitchers and Catchers reported Feb 14th so we were going to just go see what we could see, go swimming [I just got a new swimsuit, my first one in years, and I didn’t get to wear it πŸ™ ], and just basically enjoy warmer climes before they get TOO HOT while home climes are still up and down in and out of winter/spring.)

At any rate, Baseball is Beginning, Spring Training is underway, full schedule stuff coming soon. Yay!

[Edit: Tuesday, Feb. 19: Addendum:

The migraine lasted through Sunday, went to sleep with it, then awoke at 11:30pm and didn’t have it anymore, and not since either. πŸ™‚ Now I can “feel” the full effect of the virus on me, and it did worsen a tad, my voice is very rough and the chest condition isn’t any fun, deep and painful to cough, but it’s not worsening. The baby is totally non-feverish now. He’s just got the residual occasional sneeze and nasal discharge and cough. He’s otherwise very “normal” for himself, active, happy, napping and eating correctly, just not sleeping the night through as well as before still (wanting to be held and fed during the night every couple of hours, most of the time, which is a bit draining on a sick mama … FWIW )

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Baby Q – 7 Months Old

Baby Q is officially 7 Months old today. He’s crawling, has been “creeping” some since right before turning 6 Months old … he has not “mastered” crawling, but for all intensive purposes he gets where he wants to go when he’s on the floor. For him it’s more the hard floors that are keeping him from “full crawling” for now, while on my bed he’s very capable of fast moving-ness, more so the real knee crawling.

All in all, he is more mobile than any of his sibs were at that age.

He’s getting so big, nearly growing out of his clothing again, so it will soon be a needful thing to go get “more” stuff.

He’s not in his crib yet either. We just got a new hardware kit for it (the one we bought for our 2000 baby) and I need to clean off each piece of the crib and get it ready for putting back together. It was partly together since June, but never completed since a few parts were missing and some things were loose and would need replacing.

It’s a necessity to get the crib done so that I can put him there night or day when needed. He needs a full size crib. He’s no little baby any more πŸ™ But that’s alright. He’s cute still πŸ™‚ Of course. Growing up so fast. Sigh.

6 Months

Baby Q turned 6 Months Old on the 23rd of December. He’s getting so very big and is so very active as well. He’s almost crawling, he is wanting to be “on the go” and has been inching closer to that possibility since not long after turning 5 Months Old. The last week or so he’s really ramped up in ability and is moving around in circles the broaden out ever so slightly, so if he’s on the floor he does move out of the area that one has put him, but it’s not “crawling” ability movement — yet. It’s coming fast though. Any day now. In fact, when I nurse him, he gets done and squirms from my lap to get on the floor, and it reminds me so much of my firstborn, how he used to do that, when he was older and walking though. He’s growing up so fast!

We ordered more of the Tiny Tush One Size diapers that I wrote about getting in the previous post. They should be here sometime this week, I hope. That will put us into the “have enough diapers that fit and are easy to use” category. Diapers that are simple enough to put on a squirming baby-crawler-flip-over-type, and will stay put once on. πŸ™‚

Tiny Tush diapers arrival

The diapers I ordered on Saturday came in the USPS [mail] today.

Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s site [a photo] of the exact diapers we bought: Tiny Tush Trim One-Size Organic – Blue

They are gorgeous and full of snaps to fit my dear boy until he’s out of diapers, whenever that is. I do want to get more of these, as long as they “seem to work out” as I think they will, knowing what the Mother-Ease diapers we have are like, how they fit my previous babies –the comparison to our new 5 dipes is mind-boggling.

I have the diapers in the washer for their first wash, then it’s to the dryer, then the washer and back and forth a few more times. Then it’s try on time!

Of course I really don’t think I can let them go into the washer for a second-run before I just do a dry try-on run with Baby Q.

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New Diapers – ordered

We ordered some new diapers today. Organic snap cotton, just 5 of them (but pricey … we could have gotten a ton of pre-folds for the price, but want the convenience of snap diapers — they are “Organic Tiny Tush Trim One Size – snap closure” diapers.) adding to our old collection of what were called Popolinos when we got them, now just called One-Size — from Mother-Ease.

Baby Q just doesn’t fit those smaller infant pre-folds, it’s a chore to get them pinned now-a-days, and the 12 Popolinos we have are getting a heavy workout therefore.

It’s been something we’ve known would happen, the diapers for pinning would be too small sooner or later. Sooner is here. Maybe it’s actually later than I initially had thought out, previously, but we’ve stretched and stretched as much as we could and that’s that.

I wanted to get some new snap diapers earlier, but we just couldn’t afford it, now we “can” but moreso are “forced” to do “something” and to pay for them is better than getting more pre-folds that still require more tediousness that usually involves me having to do it mostly all, or even all since I usually, not always, but usually, have had to “re-pin” anything DH has pinned.

DH doesn’t like pinning. I kind of like it, but really wouldn’t mind not having to do it since Baby Q is more active, and I’m more active too. I do like pinning, it’s nicer when the diapers are way wider than the baby, of course, a luxury I haven’t had much of in a couple of months … and when thinking of it on this side of baby’s birth, give me snap diapers!

Now, or in the future, the prefolds we have will work out to be doublers, mostly when Baby Q is bigger. We have large Sandy’s from Mother-Ease in our collection. Not a ton of them, but it’ll add to the amount of snap diapers we have to use when Baby Q is nearer to 20lbs.

What I like about the diapers we’ve just ordered is that they are terry cotton inside, but with cotton flannel on the outsides (meaning: the terry is encased in flannel) … and are very adjustable and have that cute “paperbag” sort of style. The Sandy’s are adjustable, but only from 20lbs. up … and are the “paperbag” style, the Popolino’s are adjustable from about 8lbs. up but are a very slim trim sort of style. Both are from Mother-Ease and are not 100% cotton, some percentage of poly for “keeping the diaper in shape” (they do offer organic 100% cotton nowadays but I haven’t wanted to order any more of those ME One-Size style) and the diapers are all cotton terry, which I find doesn’t wear super well all over. Some diapers have the terry loops missing here and there. I have used the diapers on two previous children, and so this is the 3rd baby we’ve used them on, but they were like this after the two babies before that used them. The diapers still work fine, it’s just not nice to look at the missing terry loops. I’d also just like something different, so it’s the sizing, and the style, and the outer finish, and since these new diapers are available in other colors (rather than just ‘white’ or ‘unbleached’) we got ‘blue’ … they are low-impact dyes, btw.

Here’s a link to the Tiny Tush diapers that we got.

Once they arrive, are washed and on Baby Q, I’ll see about some photos of him in them to post. I’ll also post about how they work to put on and how well they absorb pee and poo, etc.

Edit: 5:10pm … oh, I “searched” this blog for “diapers” after I published this post … and found very few entries about it, except for preparing for this current baby … and was delighted in that very emotional way that is bittersweet to find this post from the past (Feb. 13, 2003, infact!) that was the very first post I used the word “diaper” in on this blog. Hope fullfilled. πŸ˜₯ πŸ™‚

Birthday Girl

9 Years Ago today, my darling daughter was born. It was the day before Thanksgiving, and that puts her Birthday squarely on Thanksgiving Day on occassion, but always so very near-by.

The birthday girl isn’t feeling so well, with some sort of chest congestion/cough thing going on the past few days. Over all though, she is doing well and definitely getting older, getting less and less “toys” and more “things” to do things with, crafty mostly. She got her first camera today

It’s from The Limited Too, is cute, and features are just right for a beginning-digital girl.

I got disney princess paper plates and napkins for the Birthday Cake time. Of course she appreciated that, but her older brother was all “i’m not going to eat off of THAT” about it. :rolleyes: Boys.

It’s not like he has to go through tons of girly stuff, with just one sister, and two other brothers now. KWIM? I’m not the girly-est Mama around either.

Eventually he caved and had the cake and ice cream.

Now it’s time for a breather, the Thanksgiving/Birthday week long prep and occassions is over. Christmas is coming fast. I hope to get some things done in the house and with education this week. I hope to. Hope is promising, from this side. πŸ™‚

Baby Announcements

I haven’t been writing here much, and on my other blog not at all really. I usually put a picture at the top of the front page of my other blog, something “recent” and that has been the intended plan to do it frequently, I also have intended to put pictures in some posts here, but I just haven’t even put much of anything on my FLICR account either. Why? Partially or mostly it’s all because of the new baby, and my lack of getting his Announcements out in the mail. That problem is partially solved, I got one Announcement into the mail yesterday! πŸ™‚ I have more to get out, but that first one was the important one, to the only “grandparent” that remains, my DH’s Dad.

I wanted to get a photo printed in wallet size to include in the Announcement and that is what was the final straw of keeping them from going out for awhile (before that it was the “making of” the announcement that kept it from going out …)

I had originally planned to get the most recent good photo of the baby printed, and then laminate it with my Xyron 900 laminate/magnate cartridge (a cartridge I got entirely for this purpose.) I finally got a picture printed by uploading one to Ritz and having it printed for pickup the same day. It worked. But I used a photo from when he was just 3 months old by a couple of days. He’s 4 months old now, so it’s not the most recent photo as I had intended. It’s not exactly the sort of photo I’d wanted to use either, but with me being tired and not wanting to search through the myriad of digital pics on my hard drive and knowing I didn’t want to set-up to take something new right then, I just looked in a few folders here and there for a nice set and picked one out from a session of cute ones. I actually picked one out, then changed my mind later and then later changed it to another one again … before committing to actually uploading it to order.

I also messed up then, when I went to laminate the first two. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used that machine with a new cartridge and “forgot” to crank it out a couple of inches first to get that ugly ‘blech’ out so I have a clean nice project outputted, I can guess it’s nearly every time. Sigh. So I had the first batch of the nice project ruined. I don’t know how many of them I’ll make, I’ve made a whole sheet of pictures into the project thus far, with 2 of them trashed, of course. I don’t even know how many announcements I’ll be sending out. I am still trying to get addresses collected (I’ve lost all my address listings by not saving things from old computers or updating things here and there the past few years, and not sending out any Christmas cards the past couple of years, and getting very few in the mail anyhow for longer than that, frustratingly.)

I’m happy to send one to anyone i know who wants one — so if that applies to you, dear reader, feel free to let me know so I can email you about your mailing address. Just a comment here and I can contact you (your email address is required to post a comment, but will not be visible to anyone but me [inside my blog admininstration.] ) I would only contact you at your request, as well. Fear not of spam attacks or unsolicited email of any sort from me or this blog.

I’m semi-duplicating this post to both my blogs, tailoring the beginning to reflect the right blog. FWIW.

November – Holiday Season begins

Holiday Season is right around the corner. It’s November now, which means in our household we have Thanksgiving and then our DD’s Birthday, or visa-versa, depending on the year. (She was born in 1998 on the 25th, the day before Thanksgiving.) This year Thanksgiving is three days before her b-day.

It always makes for a more hectic last-half-of-November than ever since 1998.

I’m in the mood for Pumpkin Pie, which it doesn’t have to be Turkey Day, November or December to have, but I haven’t made any “out of season” this year, I haven’t done much cooking overall (with a new baby in the house!) At this point I consider it best to wait until Thanksgiving Day to have Pumpkin Pie, but the urge is so strong to have some NOW so I don’t know what I’ll do in the coming days leading up to TD. Why do I consider it best to wait? So I’m not “Pumkined OUT” by TD, which is possible if I give in to my urge now. FWIW. :blush:

The weather has been cooler lately. Finally Summer has broken in NE Georgia. It’s still getting quite warm, into the 70’s, some days, but getting down in the 60’s at the most at night, all the way down way into the 40’s many nights. This makes things seem more Fall-like, and gets me in the mood for Autumn/Winter thicker clothing, crisp new clothes that just wouldn’t work in the Summer, no way. Boots are my love, for instance, and jackets.

I’m still not fitting into my old things to wear, post-pardum 4-months, so I’m going through my things and trying to figure out what I’m going to do about it. I hate buying “fat skirts” and such, when I know they won’t be needed. I’ve gotten away with wearing my summer skirts just not done up, they stay on and the openings don’t show with my Nursing (BF) Blouses usually covering them up fine. That won’t cut it for the cooler times outside, nor inside the house eventually (as Winter sets in.)

I’ve been Dresses/Skirts only for quite a few years, and did cave to wear pants sometimes when I was pregnant (starting in late ’06) and have a couple of pairs of jeans now for the “transition” but I don’t like them, I am supposing I wouldn’t mind some jeans now if they fit me nicely, but none actually do (since I’m still toting baby fat, which is alright since I am BF the baby, of course. It’d just be nice to have something to wear that looked good and fit nice. :rolleyes: Especially for “winter” wear.)

My DD got a toy sewing machine last Nov. for her BD, but since I was newly preggo then and since and also now have a still “little” baby, I hadn’t showed her how to use it yet … but the other day she was bugging me about it and I told her to just get it out and read the booklet about it. So she did that and started pestering me about this and that in the booklet, and I finally just had her get the machine by me and I showed her some stuff … and thus I now also have the ‘sewing’ bug and want to find a place to put my big machine so that i can use it. Lastly I used it way back in 2000/2001 when I had my 3rd baby, to sew for.

I have had the idea to make nice simple things for DD and myself all along, but I just “haven’t” done that. I really want to and now that I am so blah shaped, it’d be nice to have skirts that worked the way I need them to, you know, custom made by one’s self. I’m going to do that, therefore. I have gotten my DD to want to make T-Shirt Dresses since I told her how easy they are to make, and she wants to get a purple T-shirt for that purpose and is nearly wearing me thin talking about it, so I will have to be sure to find her one ASAP – and get to a fabric store as well.

I did get some Hanna Andersson dresses and tights and leggings and socks and clogs, this week, for DD. Every thing like that has “Blossoming Pink” in it. Also got another skirt and blouse that are not “pink” at all. So a custom made T-Shirt dress that has a purple top will have to have NO PINK in the skirt at all, IMO. In any case, the HA stuff is really nice, a good base for getting more things to mix and match with, every day wear. The blouse I got is has a peter pan collar and buttons up the front. It’s white Pima interlock cotton, long sleeves, very fine yet not “too fine” and will go well under the winter jumpers she has (I bought them a couple of years ago, big on purpose to have later, and later is now!)

We got the boys a few new things from Osh Kosh this past week, as well. Jeans and shirts. The baby too, as well as Carters for the baby. All three of the boys have shirts from Osh Kosh that match each other. A is 7 years old and I have determined (since last year) that he actually looks great in Orange, so he has an orange plaid flannel shirt, R is 11 years old, he and Baby Q both are blonde haired with blue eyes and have fair blue-toned skin and look awesome in blue, so they have the same dark blue plaid flannel shirt as each other, in respective sizes, R has 12 and Baby Q has 6m πŸ™‚ All three have neat Osh Kosh jeans too, so I hope to get a nice Brothers photo with them wearing all that stuff, very soon.

I haven’t uploaded any baby pictures to the web still, as I haven’t yet gotten those announcements sent out :veryshocked: I’m appalled at myself for this. I have finally determined that I like one photo I have from September, right after Baby Q turned 3 months old, which I like enough to duplicate, so I’ll use that one, or maybe take something in the next couple of days that will be good enough, and more recent … and have wallet or some other small-ish size photos printed out at a shop, to include with the announcements. I really, really, really intend to get this done THIS COMING WEEK!!! I hope I can do so.

So with all that pressure, needing to get some sort of warmer clothing figured out for me, get the right clothing ready for the children, and get the announcements mailed, and plan Thanksgiving and V’s 9th Birthday, plus wishing to really start sewing parts of us girl’s wardrobe, and bake for the holidays and get things ready for Christmas, which hopefully will be a Christmas Card that will get mailed this year (for the first time in many) … pressure … it’s heavy, tight, pressing down.

On a good note though, I have a more comfortable bed now: we got a topper for the mattress at Costco this week. It’s a micro filled top with something like 3 inches of memory foam beneath that. It was a pain to open and unfold … the foam was vacuum sealed into a tiny (for it) package. Literally the hardest work I’ve done all week, or in many, many, months. That is on the mattress and I have a waterproof/allergy cover over that (it goes around the whole mattress, zips up to keep all ickies out of the bed) then a thin mattress cover and the sheets. The next thing I want then is a memory foam pillow (with an allergy cover sealing it) as the memory foam is a dream to be on, no pressure points. Lovely to sit up in bed and feed the baby now, just need to get the pillow situation fixed to complete the comfort. Sleeping is nice too, no need to shift around finding a comfy way to be, I mean, just choose what direction to lay in, and if it’s the way you want to be, it’s comfy now.

A second good note: I now have a chair in the “dining room/living area” next to the kitchen. The couch was moved downstairs and I was without a nice place to be with the baby (not liking the “basement” as it is currently) and wanting to be on the main level with the baby mostly anyhow.

So I now have an Ektorp chair and a Bromma foot stool, with white covers. From IKEA, for those not familiar with those product names. Our couch is an Ektorp Corner sofa 2+2. (corner seat with 2 seats on each side, a couch with 5 seat cushions that can hold up to 6 people if you don’t mind sitting right by someone, not bad for visiting, just annoying for basic TV watching, reading, with children, everyone wanting lounging space.)

What is so great about that IKEA Ektorp line? The styling is classically beautiful, in my mind’s eye, and the outside of the couches and chairs are slipcovers entirely, so it’s easy to get a clean couch when needed or wanted. Unzip all the cushions and take the cover off of the frame, into the washer, then drier, then back onto the frame and cushions. It’s work, but worth it. The chair is even easier since it’s just a chair, compared to the corner 2+2 couch. Not only that though, the next best thing is: extra slip covers. The white is cheap, $29 to get an extra set. Other colors start at $79 and go up. The couch, we can get a color we like for $199,a complete new set of slipcovers, making the couch so versatile, brand new-like when wanted. We only have one set of slipcovers for the couch and also the chair right now, but will be getting extra’s sometime sooner than later, I hope. I also want to get an Ektorp Loveseat, which has a really cheap white slipcover set, just $11 … FWIW

To have all this furniture it will be separated in the house we live in now, but I hope to have a house with a very large family room someday …

For now though, I’m more comfy in the main living area again. A place to rest, feed the baby day or night other than in bed, watch TV, read, or even nap … a nice chair that is Mama’s and no one else may sit in it unless I say they may, which is no one. πŸ™‚

Baby Announcements and Birthday Prep

I didn’t “force” myself to make the Baby Announcement the day I wrote about it, but I was inspired suddenly the next day and spent a chunk of time and got it done … sans an address list — so they aren’t sent out and no where near ready for that since I have nothing in the way of an address file anymore. I last would have used one in 2005 when I made Christmas cards, but didn’t send them, and where that information is, is a mystery in this house (it’s so very, very, horribly disorganized for so many reasons.)

I’m making a list of who needs an announcement now, and I hope I can find the address to send each one to. :blush:

I don’t have an actual photograph to send out, I did use a photo as the front of the card, but printed out with a black-only laser jet printer. The picture then is more “copy machine” looking, an old-time look that’s kind of quaint in it’s own way. I had intended to get a decent photo chosen and just get it mass duplicated at a shop to send with the announcements, but that’s something I haven’t spent enough time with, looking at the digitals that I have taken and finding one I like enough to work with like that. I still have time to do so, since I don’t have an address list ready. πŸ˜‰ We’ll see therefore.

My dear baby didn’t look so swell the first month. His face was really broken out in different rashes off and on and that makes photos look horrid. I was also watching A Baby Story on TLC often in the first month after Baby Q was born, and was very sensitive to how nice those TV babies face skin was, while my own dear baby was so cute but had icky skin … πŸ™

So that is why I struggle finding a good photo, though I do have nice photos here and there, but just not one I’d send out as a “one and only” introduction, from the first month really, and then the ones since then where his skin looks great are just great little shots of this and that, but still not one of “here he is” to appreciate his beautiful blue eyes as in an introduction to him via photograph in the announcement envelope.

I might just get something situated here this week to get a more formal-like portrait of cuteness since I can prop him up on his tummy and he’ll hold his head up now, and he smiles and laughs too. Not a newborn any longer, but who says an announcement has to be sent with a newborn photo? If that’s a rule, it’s not one I am going to necessarily follow … flexibility is my sort of thing anyhow. πŸ™‚

Dear hubby isn’t around today thru Wednesday enough for me to get a photo to a shop for duplication, so this is something I have some time to create before having to get it out for printing. That also gives me time to find the addresses I need — less self-pressure — whew!

I have a birthday to get ready for this week as well though. My almost 7-year-old has requested Fettucini Alfredo for his B-Day Dinner. I make it myself occasionally, and he’s also had it in restaurants a couple of times. I’ll make it and grill some chicken breasts and have a salad. I haven’t made fresh pasta in a while, but I’ll break out my grain mill for the first time since Baby Q was born to grind Kamut to make “Nourishing Traditions” style pancakes (fresh ground whole grain (like the Kamut I use) and yogurt mixed together and soaked overnight, or 12-to-24 hours, this makes the most delicious pancake — silky, fine texture, healthily filling feeling, not bloatey full or fat full feeling. It makes the grain digestable easily, and that is better for you, more nutritious therefore, and it’s actually more pleasing to the palette than any white batter pancake.)

I’m going to make a chocolate layer cake with chocolate icing inside and vanilla outside, and those cake decorations that come on a sheet of paper from the grocery store. I used to put too much on myself and do a Wilton decorated cake, but I never was super pleased with the results and got too overinvolved and spent too much time and effort on the job, and was frazzled in body and mind from it, so a few years ago I stopped that maddness and just make a nice homemade cake instead since. It’s loved more, I think, as well. Those store decorations are edible and add the “zing” the children love, and that stuff is awful (the stuff in candy is anything but whole food) but in such small bits it’s OK for a few birthdays a year (soon to be 4!)

It figures that I finally get the announcements created and put a bigger job on me for the week of the birthday than just the birthday. But that’s the way it is, I’ll feel better after it’s all done, if it can all get done this week. πŸ™‚

Things about September

It’s September now, my oh my, time sure as flied.

Baby Q is 2+ months old and getting cuter and cuter, of course. He’s getting longer and fatter — smiles a lot, and laughs. He’s very active — very strong. He holds his head up, just isn’t a pro at it yet, but his daily strength conditioning exercises are working out well for that and his legs and arms. πŸ™‚ He’s able to push himself here and there while on his back, nearly able to turn over at times, it won’t be too far down the road for that.

We had been traveling a lot, and finally are home for a time. Baseball (MiLB) was our August pastime which took much of our IRL time. We saw games in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. 3 different leagues — The International League, Florida State League, and The South Atlantic League.  We mostly combined that traveling with hubbies work travel needs.

The MLB season is getting nearer to the end, while the MiLB (minor league teams) regular season is now over and in playoffs — we have thought of trying to see a playoff game in Augusta, but don’t know if we will. We do watch our favorite MLB teams on TV and PC and are happy to see our favorites each (Him – Det. ; Her – NYY) doing well as can be, still “in it” but not “on top” — yet. NYY is the leading AL-Wild Card of late, though πŸ™‚ The last two games have been fun to see, with Seattle falling apart in the 7th. They are the team to keep down on both sides of the AL-Wild Card game … NYY is on top of them and Det. is right below them. NYY took 2 of 3 this week. Det. took CSW last night in extra innings, which hubby is happy about. They have one more game in the series today — NYY is off today. Det. starts a series with Seattle on Friday. So I am rooting for Det. in that case, but don’t want them getting too rowdy less they try to really take over the AL-Wild Card. Things are possible for Det. to take the AL-Central Division — and for NYY to take the AL-Eastern Division — but it’s not a sure thing, and since NYY is on top of the AL-Wild Card it’s just important to me that they stay on top of that while trying to rise up to the top of the AL-Eastern Division. Of course, hubby wishes for Det. to do that in the AL-Central Division. :shocked:  πŸ˜‰

Little niceties: Boston lost last night, while NYY and Det. both won. And Joba Chamberlain got his first W in the majors with that NYY win (with the Yanks taking the lead in the bottom of 7th while Joba was the pitcher of record, having pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 7th relief session.)  πŸ™‚ A-rod got two homeruns in the 7th as well. Yup, they batted around and he led off with a single homerun and then had a 2-RBI homerun near the end of the inning. Fun stuff to watch the MVP of the AL *the Should Be MVP* that is.

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7 years ago today I was about 3 days “overdue” with baby #3 — and had another week to go, though I didn’t know it then. So that means my “baby” — who had that status his whole life, until just recently –  will be 7 years old in a week. He was my 1st homebirth baby, something that was so wonderful. He was a great baby, easy, and turned into a tornado, being very extroverted, while my first two are introverts (which doesn’t mean they aren’t “tornatic” themselves, just not “most of the time” like their little brother is.)

I never imagined back then, 7 years ago, that I’d have a newborn in the house 7 years later. Not that I didn’t think I’d have no more children, I have always thought I’d have more than 3, but letting it happen in God’s timing, it just didn’t happen until much later than earlier.

The years in-between were somewhat hard, with getting pregnant finally after 4 years, then losing that baby very soon after finding out. After that it was harder, not knowing what would happen, and feeling the loss deeply, so the joy of finding myself expecting not long after I turned 40 was so lovely. πŸ™‚

So, I have a little baby to take care of while I have a child’s birthday party to plan … it’s been a llloooooooonnnnngggg time since that was the case. I also STILL have to create the baby’s birth announcement :blush:

I didn’t get that annoucement made in the first month, and knew it’d be hard, so I didn’t do it, but also knew I’d be traveling to FL just after the first month of the baby being born, for a wedding, and figured I’d get the annoucement made after that. BUT … we have ended up doing more and more traveling since then, the work/baseball travel … and I’ve not been home long enough to do anything with it, though I could have gotten it some or mostly done if I’d wanted to I bet, but I haven’t wanted to, not having a clue what picture I want to use and how to use the cards I got for the announcements (blank to print/stamp/scrap onto.) I had ideas, but since getting the supplies I needed haven’t liked what I got to make what I thought of … having changed the ideas around and just phooey-ing the whole thing hoping to get “inspired” by something all of the sudden, and waiting and waiting … so today it’s bugging me more than ever, and waiting must end and I HAVE to force spontaneous creativity today. –eewwww.

Summer ends this month. I’ve got to get that announcement done this month. My previous baby turns 7 this month. I’ve got to get stuff done for that really soon. And there is just so much more about this month and the time is flying. :shocked:

Baby Q – 6 wks old

Baby Q turned 6 weeks this past Saturday. Today, Tuesday, Aug. 7th, we saw a Ped. for the first time, and all seems fine, as we knew it was. We don’t immu. and that Ped. is OK with it and also with homebirth, and knows we’ll look him up on occassion as needed and that’s alright.

We are going to FL again … don’t know if the baseball game attendance I talked about in the last post will occur for us, probably won’t work out this time … but we’ll do something around the SE sooner than later, as there is only a couple of months left in the season.

It’s been really HOT lately, the house can’t handle it at all, it’s cooler in here than out there — sure, but out there it’s in the high 90’s at the least, just actual temperature, not factoring in the humidity or “how hot it is when the sun is blazingly hitting the side of the house” or in ‘full view’ standing out in it. Ugh. FL is worse though, with the sub-tropical thickness of the humidity and temperatures, it’s worse, to me, with the same readings as anywhere more Northern.

We set the A/C really low and it still is in the high 70’s at best in the house all afternoon, and it takes all night to cool down closer to 70 degrees … by morning, and then it all starts all over again … July in NE GA was so nice, August has been a bear to deal with.

We have had rain of late, some nice homegrown thunderstorms with lots of rain in them, and a couple of trees that weren’t looking so good since that April 2007 late freeze are looking better now. Case in point is the Crepe Myrtle we planted in early Spring, it was coming along, growing with the wonderful Spring we were having, then that Freeze hit and all the leaves and growth was turned to black mush. I ended up having to cut it back and we waited for lovely growth again, but had only some leaves come out and the “growth” we expected just sat there and barely started just “sat there” atrophy-ing-ish, and the leaves that were out seemed lax and so tired, in spite of the decent watering we had given it and starter and all that. So with the last couple of weeks, the rain increased and one good storm last week VOOM! the leaves all perked up green and perky and now the “growth” has finely begun, and I hope it continues, it’s the most promising it’s been since early Spring when it first came alive after planting/winter.

That’s it for now. I hope all goes well for the landscape this week and looks great when we return. πŸ™‚

Baby Q 5 weeks and baseball

Baby Q is 5 weeks old now (going on 6 in a couple of days. ) Everything is going good thus far. I still don’t have any photo’s of the baby online. I know, I know, everyone wants to see him!

I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to do about a birth announcement (I create my own — not for my 1st baby, but ever since, yes.) I have things I am going to use, but have to experiment with the printer we now have, and also decide between a few other ideas once I have the printer end figured out. I’m kind of “old fashioned” about this, I want to show him to family and friends with a memorable thing that can be held, saved, put in a scrapbook or box for the future. THEN I’ll upload photos to Flickr and then post them here, there, where ever.

We went on our first “trip” since Baby Q was born, just this past week. Our nephew (my hubby’s) got married this past weekend, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. So we drove down on Thursday and came home on Sunday. It turned out alright, the wedding events were great, the trip itself alright, but overall a bit more than desired stressful on me/baby. It is good to be home, but Hubby went out-of-town Tues thru tonight, so that homecoming turned out to be restful yet not at all. If that makes much sense.

Hubby needs to go to Florida off and on for his work, and needs to go back to where we just were for the wedding last weekend … this next week. We are toying with having us all go with him, and try to get to see some baseball, Minor League most likely (we like Minor League B-Ball and the pricing is in our ballpark as well, needing 5 seats for the family the past few years … not that we don’t like Major League, we sure do … do the math though.)

So if we can go, we’ll find a team in the west coast of Florida area. It’ll be Baby Q’s first baseball game attendance. If not, we’ll find a team around where we live sooner than later. There is Major League in Atlanta, but I don’t like the Braves really, and don’t particularly like the NL. I am an AL liker. I also really do like Minor League ball, and we enjoy collecting hats and stuff, though we haven’t done that much over the years, mostly not, mind you, but would if we could. Anyhow, last year we did get to a game in Charleston, SC and one in Seiverville, TN. The team in Charleston is the River Dogs, and they are a Single-A Yankee’s affiliate. The TN team is the Smokies … I don’t recall their current affiliation, they are Single-A as well, I think. The teams around here are in “The Southern League” of the Minors.

Years ago in South Florida me and my now hubby used to attend Ft. Lauderdale Yankees games frequently, before we were married. In the beginning of June it was 15 years since he asked me to marry him, right before we went to a game. He was going to do it there, but got excited and asked me in the car in the driveway of my parents house instead.

That was Single-A ball. There is no Minor League team there any more. Those were the days when NYY (Major League) Spring Training was held there in Ft. Lauderdale.

So then, where we are now there is nothing very close, but a grand amount of teams a few or more hours of driving away. So plans must be made to attend, last minute isn’t very doable, unfortunately.

My birthday was on the 18th of July, and my hubby finally got me what I’ve wanted for years, a fine wool fitted NY Yankees cap. πŸ™‚ I have “always” been a Yankee fan, something I got from my Daddy, though he wasn’t a die hard fan, but liked them. He wasn’t a sports guy, liked baseball and mostly that was all. I am also mostly just baseball friendly, but do like watching Golf, and can tolerate SOME football, but grow weary of it fast, and don’t like that other B-ball game which I won’t mention. I’m not very sports inclined, except for baseball though, it’s my first and only love in “sports” of that nature.

My main idea of “sports” is what one does in nature, climbing, hiking, boating, running, etc. for fun mostly. Organized sports are not kindly considered by me. Baseball somehow doesn’t suffer that fate in my mind. Anyhow, we hope to get some good baseball game viewing in person done before the season is over, now that baby is here and older. I just need to get him a Yankees cap and outfit to wear. πŸ™‚

So along those lines, the Yankees are doing well, and I’m enjoying watching them on TV most every game that I can. We have DirecTV and the MLB EXTRA INNINGS and the Sports channels upgrade … so I can watch Yankee away games on the MLB channels and home games on YES Network … also hubby has an MLB.com subscription, so we can watch games on the computer via the internet if they aren’t on TV for some reason, but aren’t “blacked out” … or if they are blacked out we can listen to the audio online, leastwise.

Right now there is a game on YES network, an afternoon game. It’s not really good right now, Top of the 2nd and CHW has 6 runs and 2 on, and just got another hit and those 2 on came in, so there’s 1 on now … on 2 outs … pooh. 8 to 0. Ah, well, Yankees have been hitting up a storm of late, and hopefully we’ll have some good bats in the bottom of the next several innings to make up for this horrible Top of 2nd, poor Clemens.

Well I’ve not paid such good attention to this game while posting this, and now Clemens has been pulled from the game. Whoa. Mike Meyers is in, and so I now will just watch the game and close this post.

One of these days I’ll get a Baby Announcement created and then have the freedom to post pictures. My Baby Q is really cute and getting cuter. He wasn’t so cute for awhile, with some skin condition, but it’s cleared up enough for him not to look so icky now. Phew!

Baby Q – 1 week Old

Our newest baby is now 1 week old (Born 06-23-2007) and doing good. His belly button is giving us a bit of trouble, due to a stupid diaper wrap that aggravated it one day last week, and so I’m fighting with the top edges to heal, which is difficult since I use different sorts of cloth diapers and most all of them end up banging into the belly button when Baby Q pulls his legs up, which then once more causes aggravation to the “tiny little wounds” and round and round it goes. It isn’t as bad as it once was though, so progressive healing is occuring, just 3 steps forward, 2 steps back. That sort of progressive healing. FWIW.

His cord dried up and fell off just fine after a few days, but that was a problem, no doubt, the skin around being quite delicate still, I bet, and that diaper wrap scraped at the skin … πŸ™ I haven’t used that wrap since (a Mother-Ease Rikki Wrap) and never particularly liked it in the first place when I used it years ago. I don’t like the velcro sort of closures. I prefer snaps.

The Stacinator Stretch Wool Covers are wonderful though, but I only had 2 of them in Baby Q’s first week, and so I did use that Rikki Wrap one day in a pinch and the rest is history. I now have 3 Newborn Stacinators; and 2 Small Stacinators for the future. The Stacinators are so soft and cute, and are quite great for Day or Night. If only I hadn’t used that Rikki Wrap at all … but I did. Chalk it up to learning a lesson the hard way.

Baby Q is an excellent nurser and loves to eat as well. He’s using me, seems to really enjoy me, and I am alright with that, most of the time, though it can get tiresome at times, late at night, but it all works out and then it’s morning again. I mean, I love breastfeeding, it’s been years since I have breastfed, and I’m right back into it just fine. This baby reminds me of my first baby, in loving breastfeeding and wanting it often all day and night, with no real schedule, and some heavier sleep times, but never when you expect it. Baby #2 was different, and we had colds the first month, and things were very different. Baby #3 was born “sleeping through the night” automatically and he was a breeze to breastfeed once I accepted the fact that he wasn’t going to be woken up to eat during the night at any cost (it took me 3 nights of trying before I gave in and just slept through the night myself as much as possible.)

So Baby Q is a normal demanding newborn baby, cute and lovely, and a good eater, wants it when he wants it, and that is that. πŸ™‚ I’m into “flexible scheduling” once baby is ready for it, not before two weeks of age generally, but not for sure then either. I await baby signals to how it’ll work out. I have put more into trying to get other babies on a schedule and have gotten more flexible with each one. So I’ll have to see how this baby’s eating “schedule” turns out.

I got peed on by Baby Q when he was about 3 days old, and then again a couple of days later, during diaper changes, but not since. Both times I was drifting, not paying good enough attention, though knowing I should be on my guard. Little boys. :rolleyes:

40 Wks + 4 Days – 1

Today I’m 4 days “past due” and did mean to update yesterday and the day before … but never got around to it.

I’ve had boughts of  contractions off and on the past few days, and am actually having them right now, in the middle of the night as I am awake. They aren’t that bad, but aren’t like BH’s and I do have a high pain thresh hold, so what I say “isn’t that bad” might be pretty bad to some other ladies, FWIW.

I have had hours of contractions ranging from 5 minutes apart to 10 minutes apart or even more, but somewhat consistent at times, but always petering out eventually. Not all of those contractions are as intense, but many are very strong and intense.

I have only been at home since being overdue, so I don’t know what it would be like to be out in a store, for instance, with these contraction boughts.

On the readiness front: we do have stuff to do, mostly I need to print out my sheets of data again, I’ve lost them twice :rolleyes: and then I can check-off what’s done and know what’s needed to get done still. I have the birth stuff I need, just need to get a few more things, like sheets, processed, I think.

The other day we did start getting the master bedroom primed and painted, just part of it thus far. We are using some paint I’d chosen for the boys room and hadn’t yet used. We have paint for another room too, both sets of paint have a light green in them, and it’s the boys room green that will work with the stuff we have gotten and will be getting for baby, Sage green in Classic Pooh, as well as some plain sheets for our bed. The green paint is part of a collection Sea something or other, from Lowes, Olympic paints, we had purchased three colors to do in the boys room. I’m thinking of using two of them in our room now, a nice blue to make some vertical stripes somewhere, not everywhere in the room though, and that green that we hope will be within the sage realm once enough of it is on the walls. We primed the other day, and put on one coat yesterday. It’ll need one more coat, at the least, I am thinking perhaps it needs 3 overall of the green to get the shade right. It looks horrible right now, like when you paint walls red, which I’ve never done, but seen on TV, the first coat is hideous and you need to put on multiple layers to get the right effect of red. This green is deep enough while being light, to need more coats than one.

Hubby and I have done the painting together. It’s just a few minutes of prep to get the paint and rollers out and ready, and then a few more to do the painting, then it’s longer for clean-up. We are doing things in stages just so I can rest, etc. I am the “painter” and hubby doesn’t really like it, so I am greatful for his help doing this, which is something I’d tackle on my own if I had my druthers and weren’t so pregnant.

Our room has needed painting since we moved in, late 1997, but it’s never been empty enough to do the job since (we’ve had a catch-all master bedroom, which I don’t like, but what can you do in a house that isn’t really big enough and seems to shrink more and more over the years?) I also haven’t been sure what to do with color in here, until now. So with getting new flooring in, and having to make room for baby stuff in our room, we do have partial ability to paint one major wall now, and will finish the rest later.

The wall that we are painting is where the crib will go. I’m hoping we can get the painting done there so that I can get the crib put together there soon. We still need the bedding set for the crib, but I do have a sheet to start with and a little baby won’t mind no bumpers the first couple of weeks, and won’t be sleeping in there full-time anyhow.

Once I’ve recovered enough after childbirth, I’m going to tackle getting this room completely painted, as well as the bathroom, and then it’s on to the hallway and the parts of the main living area that are paint-able (since we are in renovations in the kitchen still) and then the hallway downstairs and a few areas there.

So as it goes in getting ready for having a baby, I’ve been in “nesting mode” for the last few days, nearly frantic, but not entirely so, to get certain things done, and not really resting as much as “I should” during the day. I did take a bath yesterday at one point and sunk myself under the water and took a short nap that way, with my face out of the water, but my ears submerged in the water, peaceful watery quiet. πŸ™‚

40 Wks +2 Days – 1

I am +2 days “overdue” today. I had contractions yesterday, which I mentioned in the previous post, and they did peter out and come back a couple of times last night, but the key is, keep coming back. I slept better last night too, really relaxed. I did awake a couple of times, but was able to get back to sleep fairly easily (exceptionally so compared to my “normal” nights.)

We did talk to the back-up mid-wife last night and there is possibility that we’ll have a back-up-back-up or a back-up-back-up-backup mid-wife if labor really gets going today or tomorrow or the next, maybe the day after that as well.

While awake in the middle of the night I did note that I was having contractions, some fairly strong, but similar to in the evening and the afternoon before, some just tight, others really getting intense. So this morning I am up and about and it’s the same thing, except for maybe the “just tight” ones are moreso now. Time is on my side, and will tell me what’s up when it’s the right “time.”

Baby is moving fine as well.

40 Wks +1 Day

I had a bad night last night, very uncomfortable and couldn’t sleep from 2am to 6am, basically, just snooze a bit, read and listen to music. I took a bath sometime right around 5am and was out at least 10 minutes before 6am, and then was able to sleep for a couple of hours after that.

When I got up in the morning then, I felt weird and not long after started having more BH Contractions, and they lasted all morning — into the afternoon, then I did take a nap and awoke with none happening, but then a bit later they started up again. I do not know for certain that they are really BH’s now, or are and are just the more serious sort right before labor begins. As I said, I feel different … so … we shall see.

This, of course, has gotten us into a moreso “rush” mode … though I’m not doing much in reality, except for making a baby πŸ˜‰ and directing projects a bit.

I got the Pack ‘n’ Play into the house via R. (our eldest -11 year old) and got that set-up with help from Hubby. It’s going to be in the living room area when we are home, and will pack up nicely for travel. It’s the Graco “Hundred Acre Wood” series Pack ‘n’ Play.

Still waiting to get things ready to get at least that one wall in the bedroom primed and painted, and get the crib set-up then. It’s not “super important” to get the crib set-up, though actually it is needful to do it now instead of later, I will keep baby in bed with me, as I do with newborns, but will need a place to put the baby upstairs at times from the start, no doubt, and as time passes, more and more. Getting it done NOW is therefore what I wish for.

40 Weeks

Today I’m 40 weeks, and just waiting … I still have things to do but am waiting on everyone else. My husband, to do stuff so I can do other stuff. Midwife to come home, at the end of the week … and blah, blah, blah … it’s just miserable now to wait and wait and wait, and it’s harder to go up and down steps, and up and down, and my clothing isn’t fitting well anymore, I can’t put on many of my M. shirts, and the one skirt I wore the most. I am not fat, just that since the baby seems to be down more, I am sticking out more and looking into the past I looked bad like that right when it was “time” for the others … but I am in waiting mode … nothing much finished yet, except me.

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