Monday, 30 April 2007

thirty-six weeks!

I've just reached the thirty-six week mark. Another week to go and Bump will be a full-term baby. Lucas was born just a day short of being one. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but I really hope Bump decides to wait it out until the fortieth week, as Simon has a very important exam on the 23rd of May and I have to finish work, tidy up the garden, paint the cot, do my spring cleaning, finish the baby blanket and plant my container flowers before I can truly relax and go into labour.

This is going to be a busy week, as I have another physiotherapy session and a consultation with an obstetrician who will discuss my delivery options with me. There are MARC records to edit and a book to convert to electronic form. And then there's the book that I want to write, and every day the little nugget of desire grows bigger and I know that if I don't act on it soon, I'll start acting like a madwoman (which I do every other day anyway).

In the meantime, I keep myself entertained with books (Jonathan Franzen's Strong Motion, Jeanette Winterson's The World and Other Places), catching episodes of CSI (Simon and I are addicted to the series now—all three of them), and some cake making, such as this banana cake:

Right next to it is the Lindt easter bunny that is taking Lucas forever to finish. There's still a large chunk of it in our sweets bucket, despite mine and Simon's efforts to help Lucas out.

Thursday, 26 April 2007

on being good

Poor little Lucas had a nasty accident yesterday evening while playing with his dad. He was jumping on Simon when his nose went smack right against Simon's knee. There was so much blood flowing from his nostrils that Simon and I were nearly as petrified as he was. His nose isn't broken though, and he recovered after about half an hour. As Simon said, I hope this is the worst thing that he'll have to go through this year. I don't think I'll be able to cope with so much distress, especially after Bump comes out!

Not much crafting going on here, as I'm finding it more and more difficult to move about. I ran out of yarn for the baby blanket that I'm making, but I'm hoping that it will be available again this weekend at the market stall where I got it. I have lots of WIPs, but not enough energy to finish them. My time is being taken up by work and getting the spare room ready for Bump's arrival.

Simon brought the cot down from the loft last weekend, and I'm planning to sand and paint it white on Saturday. My Nutshell white gloss arrived in the post yesterday. It is incredibly expensive, but it's natural and formaldehyde-free, so it's the best paint to use for baby stuff. I told Simon I'm not going to use regular gloss again after our dreadful experience painting Lucas's room last year. The awful smell lasted for weeks, and Lucas had to stay in the spare room for some time before he could enjoy his newly decorated room.

Our Cotton Bottoms nappy system arrived on Monday, and you wouldn't think it, but Simon and I were so excited as we opened the big box containing the nappies, wraps, and liners. I washed the first set at once, and lovingly folded them and put them away in Bump's chest of drawers. We're practically ready for her to come out, but I do hope she doesn't just yet. I still have a lot of work to finish, and Simon still has an exam to take, so we're praying that she'll be a good little baby and come out on her due date.

I borrowed a whole load of books from the library again (although I'm still holding on to Jan Eaton's 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns and 200 Crochet Blocks, which Simon said is very greedy of me considering that there's a high demand for them in the library). I'm reading/enjoying Frida Kahlo's fascinating diary which she wrote towards the end of her life. I have just finished reading Leo Hickman's A Life Stripped Bare, an account of his year-long experiment on living an ethical life. A lot of his observations and feelings resonated with mine, and on Saturday I had an hour-long discussion with my friend E about these. More on that later.

And, because I am going to have to make do with a smaller budget in the next six months or so, I also borrowed books on saving money. One of them is The Money Diet by Martin Lewis, which has a lot of practical advice on making the most of your hard-earned money. The other one is The Money Goddess by Paula Hawkins, a book on personal finance aimed at women. I'm enjoying both, although I like Lewis's straight-to-the-point approach better. Hawkins decided to weave a bit of fiction into her book, so it feels like you're reading what Bridget Jones would go through if in case she decided to overhaul her financial life. Which is a bit patronizing, I think, but then again, maybe that's what most women want.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

card making

I've been feeling really stressed lately, as I'm feeling a lot of pressure at work to make everything ready for when I go on maternity leave in four weeks. I think I could have coped better if I weren't in a lot of pain and discomfort, but I guess life was not meant to be simple and pain-free for me right now.

Still, I manage to find a little happiness in little things. I'm crocheting a blanket (and it's a ripple one!) for Bump right now, and I just hope it will be ready before she comes out. I have other craft projects to finish, mostly amigurumi stuff. Right now, I'm just craving to make a little pin cushion for myself. But since I have two deadlines to meet this week, that might have to wait until the weekend.

I've also managed to make and send these cards to some good friends. The birthday card was for my ethereally beautiful friend E, who looks like Holly Golightly, hence the Holly and Cat card. She sent me an e-mail last night saying she loved it, which is absolutely wonderful. I made the other two cards for friends who are expecting and sent them off with little tubs of bump butter.

The colours don't register well on-screen, but I think it's because I used a low resolution when I scanned the cards. Anyway, there are more pictures filling up my Moleskine sketchbook. I'd like to do proper watercolours in it, but the paper doesn't seem to absorb watercolours well, which is a real shame. I always end up using watercolour pencils instead which I just wash ever so carefully with tiny amounts of water.