November

My newsfeed on Facebook is buzzing with comments about this month. How is it November already, where has this year gone, they wonder.. Almost a dozen comments. And I’m over here like, it’s only November.

Does make me hope that some sort of nesting instinct kicks in soon. I met with my Doula earlier this week, and not even discussing my birth plan, in detail, made me realize that our baby boy will be here soon. Six weeks and some change is still plenty of time, right? I only have about half of my baby themed to-do list to go..

I have a basically untouched registry to complete, other things to buy, shelves to put up behind the changing table, a giant bunch of baby clothes to fold, hang or otherwise organize..

Today, however, is a slow day. I am enjoying the sun coming through the windows while it lasts and working on crocheted hats for a West Virginia Mountaineer fan. I better get to work on my list of things to do though, because it is November already, after all.

Yarn Fail

It turns out the pattern I found for the diagonal pom pom blanket was written for circular knitting needles. I really should have paid more attention to that.

Try as I did, for almost two hours last night, I could not make it work using a crochet hook. I first went wrong trying to work at night, with just the solitary lamp in the corner lighting the room. Then there was the problem of having the entirely wrong kind of needle and pattern. I’m not giving up though! Just have to go out and buy a pair of knitting needles and figure it out. I am determined to make it work! At least I have a 50% off one item coupon to use at Joanns.

And that’s basically what my day will consist of today. That and some house work. Sounds exciting, huh? haha… If my sciatic nerve wasn’t making it difficult to walk I would go to the gym but have been advised to avoid exercise until it is no longer inflammed. Another random “joy” of pregnancy! It was fine one day, and then the next felt like I was being stabbed in the lower back with an ice pick. There are worse things though.

The glider for the nursery should (FINALLY) be delivered between one and five tomorrow afternoon. Can’t wait to post pictures! It better be as comfy as it looks.

Nursery Progress

I wasn’t going to post this until I had ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING done but the glider is taking longer than I expected to come in… and my progress on the crib skirt has all but come to a halt with the heat wave we’ve been dealing with in Washington. It got to 99 degrees!! We live in a house with no air conditioning. Haha. 

 

Busy Weekend!

I had every intention of writing Friday, but I’m not sure now that I did.. And then I was supposed to write yesterday but time got away from me, so I’ll do a quick update post here.

My littlest sister got into town on Friday night and it’s literally been a whirlwind of activity since she got here! I’m not sure if we’re keeping so busy to keep up with the pace of her life, or if I’m doing all the stuff I’ve wanted to do, but didn’t want to do alone for a while now. Things like, going to the mall to have a shopping day and making random trips to 7-11 for slurpees and hunting down birthday cake ice-cream. No success on that last one, every single store we checked was out! It’s the best flavor on earth and it’s the only one either of us want so that’s a little sad in a pregnant girl way! haha. Someone will understand that, but I don’t expect everyone to!

I’ve also been busy catching up and attempting to finish all the various projects I have going on. The baby’s room is done being painted! But there is still tape and the drop cloth in there. Curtains need to get put back up, the room needs to be cleared of all the paint and supplies so we can move the baby’s furniture that the sailor and I assembled weeks ago from the office into his or her nursery. And then we have the crib to put together! That thing has been leaning against our hallway since I half dragged, half pushed it into the house a few weeks ago. It’s just to big to go anywhere else! And I know better than to put it together it in a different room because it will  not fit through the door assembled.

And then once the crib is put together I really need to get to work on the crib sheets that I’m going to make; as well as the ruffled waterfall crib skirt. Those are all works in progress. All currently cluttering the corner of my kitchen table with pretty fabrics of all shades of yellow, grey and an aqua color I can’t quite put my finger on naming, but I know it when I see it.

I have also been making baby booties! Brought out my crochet basket full of yarn and decided to spend my down time, while usually watching (read: listening to) something on Hulu crocheting the super cute baby booties I had pinned on Pinterest months ago. So far they have turned out super cute! I’ve made three pairs, one of which followed the pattern exactly and looks like will only fit a preemie. A little adjustment and they now seem appropriately sized for 0-6 months depending on the baby.. Anyway, I know this is all sorts of random because I really was intending to make two or three longer posts about all this. Gotta run again though, another busy day ahead.

Nursery in the Making

I knew from the moment we bought this house which room would be the nursery. It was an obvious choice. The sailor thought it should be the smaller bedroom, but I explained to him that there’s no way a crib and other baby furniture would fit in there! Especially not the large glider chair I am buying very shortly.

So the “second bedroom,” – where we used to store boxes and random things that found new homes on closet shelves – was cleaned out last week by yours truly. It was a four hour ordeal. I don’t know how so many things came to be stashed there. Nevertheless, it was spotless, move in ready, so I got to work. The floorboards, windows and doors were taped, a plan was drawn up. And then I ran into the problem that nothing in that room was straight! I wanted to put up modified chair-molding, but I couldn’t measure a straight line from the floor and I couldnt’ measure a straight line from the ceiling. I called my dad and he reassured me that most rooms in older houses have settled and not even a laser level is helpful in those cases. So I modified my plan, bought a yardstick with a built in level and decided to wing it!

My “as close to perfect as I can get” line is on the wall and I’m waiting for the paint to dry before I do some more taping and painting. I can’t wait to reveal the final look! :)