Thursday, May 29, 2008

36 (and 1/2) weeks

Hannah is here for a week, so today she snapped some pictures of me :-). Only 3 1/2 weeks left, give or take a few weeks ;-). The women in my church are giving me a baby shower on Saturday, so that will be lots of fun :-). I'm glad Hannah can be here for that.

In some ways I have continued to slow down more, but I also seem to at times have more energy than usual. Very odd. The pregnancy is going great overall, except that it seems this stubborn little boy has yet to follow general convention and turn head down :-P, so we're praying for him to turn, and I'm doing pelvic tilts a few times per day to encourage him in that direction. Also I'm playing classical music or my voice low on my abdomen. Who knows if any of it is truly helpful :-).

I made great strides in my sewing projects list before Hannah got here yesterday, as hoped, and I'm taking a break this week. Can't wait to start back in on some diapers, though! I got a ton of fleece for free off Freecycle to use as diaper lining (microfleece, to wick away moisture) and diaper outers (regular fleece, water resistant).

I'm kind of blanking out on anything more news-worthy happening recently. I'm mainly been sewing and getting ready for a Certain Arrival. Hannah and I are cooking various concoctions this week, and getting in some good walks. Ben's wife Stephanie arrives Saturday evening and stays through Wednesday :-). I'm sure I could think of more I could say, but it's 9:00 p.m., and my brain officially stops functioning at 8:30 p.m. (often earlier), so I should stop now before I start babbling :-).

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Two interesting links

First, one on Japan's declining population.

Second, one on the financial benefits of stockpiling. Since I just bought 19 lbs of ground beef yesterday at a really good price, this one was relevant to me :-D.

HT: Amy

In other news, I'm working through my lists of things to sew, buy, and do before Little Boy gets here. My latest venture is sewing cloth diaper prefolds. Quite interesting, and addicting too! I'm using up scraps of double-napped flannel, flannel sheets, and old towels, as well as using baby towels and flannel receiving blankets that I got really cheap at a thrift store. I figure I'll use a combination of homemade diapers and store-bought prefolds - trying to balance sanity (not trying to do too much) and economics. I'm forcing myself to take a diaper sewing break for a while, though, so I can get other pertinent projects done, like curtains. When I return to diaper sewing I'm going to try out this pocket diaper pattern.

My sister Hannah and my sister-in-law Stephanie are both going to be here for a few days (Hannah for a whole week) at the end of this month, into June, and we're looking forward to that :-). Hopefully Stephanie will be looking a little pregnant (she'll be about 4 1/2 months along), so Hannah can take some pictures of the two of us together, looking all fat ;-). Their visit is also giving me motivation to try to get several of my projects done before they get here. Like the guest room upstairs. . . should probably be made to look more like a guest room instead of a sewing/storage room with random piles of fabric everywhere :-).