Yep it’s true! It was pretty funny, when we told my sister-in-law back in April she said, “I want it known that I never pressured you….
But it’s about time!!” (Hubs and I have been married almost 10 years :D)
And it’s been an amazingly straightforward pregnancy thus far (knock on wood!)
Some things we’ve been doing/learning so far.
PREPPING THE NURSERY: We moved our little library area to the basement, moved the guest bed into the previous library, and settled the baby stuff in here. There was a crazy vintage green wallpaper in here before, so we rented a stripper (the steamer kind, not the Chippendales kind! haha 😀 ) from Home Depot and my husband and father-in-law spent a weekend wallpaper stripping and painting (we settled on Behr Candlewick–it’s a nice mellow yellow). Bless their hearts, not a fun job, seriously.
THRIFTING: There has been very little that we have bought brand new. Save for the convertible stroller/car seat (which, here in Ontario, Canada, it is illegal to buy a car seat second hand), almost everything we have for the baby is from Kijiji (similar to Craigslist, for those who don’t know), or on loan from friends. Even most of my maternity clothes are second hand. I think we spent about $1700, on stuff that, bought new, would have come to around $5000.
We discovered this lovely little used kids clothing store called Bearly Used. The stuff they carry is practically brand new, for a fraction of the cost! Best of all, it’s 5 minutes from my in-laws’. A new place for grandma to go shopping!! 😀
Incidentally, those fancy maternity pants don’t work on my body. Has anyone else experienced that? Those big belly bands that are built in, they suck! The pants just droop and don’t stay up! I’ve been relying on my trusty yoga capris, skirts and maxi dresses to get me through the summer.
COCONUT OIL: Since becoming pregnant, I’ve been moisturizing religiously with coconut oil, in an effort to stave off stretch marks. I don’t know if it’ll work, but my skin has never been softer, anyway 😛 I hear the last few weeks is the time the baby grows the most, so we’ll see. At this point I feel stretched out for sure, but so far no stretch marks!
STOCKING UP ON CLOTH DIAPERS: I first learned about cloth diapers from my brother and sister-in-law, who cloth diapered their son. Then I discovered Dirty Diaper Laundry and Dana Ryan on YouTube and learned just about everything you could possibly know about cloth diapers. I am that kind of person. As soon as I get curious about something, I will research for hours until I know everything. (I’m not going to go into all the reasons for cloth, as there are plenty of other blogs and sites that talk about it already.) For the time being, since I don’t know what size/shape our little baby will be, I’ve stocked up on small/newborn covers and different hemp, bamboo and cotton prefolds, as I think these are the most versatile and customizable. I have a few all-in-ones, more for babysitter/grandparents’ benefit, and there are some pretty adorable ones, for sure. My husband was a little leery at first, but then I showed him a YouTube vid with a manly man military dad explaining cloth diapers and showed him it wasn’t so wierd after all, lol. He’s still not sure about going out and visiting grandparents in cloth, but I think he’ll come around eventually.
SEWING: I don’t know if it’s a nesting thing or not, but I have been sewing up a storm! Cloth wipes, baby bibs, napkins…I think I’ll save that for another post 🙂 Super fun though. It’s easier than gardening, at this point, because bending down to pull weeds in the hot summer sun is not the most enticing at this size! Best part–shopping for fabrics!
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!
I feel really bad about not posting anything in a few months, but something happened that caused me to “shut down,” as it were. Being here on the interweb, I have come to realize, while it allows me to share with you my little experiences and celebrations in the form of my little home projects, also puts me out there for people to judge and create conclusions about me which may or may not be true. In this case it came from someone within my own inner social circle whom I had trusted and who I thought supported me in these little adventures of gardening, furniture building, cooking, home decor and organizing. Instead this person took it as an opportunity to make conclusions about me and my family that were completely untrue and frankly very hurtful.
Suddenly my walls came up and I was afraid to post anything. Suddenly I decided I had to close off, shut down, not share anything for fear of letting people into my humble little world, letting them see flaws, imperfections. It was brutal as relationships were tested, and I am still healing from it. I don’t want to get into too much detail, but it was really an extremely emotionally difficult time. Perhaps it was the fact that it came from someone who I thought I knew well that caught me off guard, but in any case I wasn’t expecting it, and certainly it was a learning and growing experience for me.
Several months have now passed. My relationship with this person is slowly mending, and while still shell-shocked by the whole thing, I feel it is time to move forward. There are many things for which I have to be joyful and thankful and excited for, and I wish to be able to share them without mistrust and suspicion. I have met so many interesting people through this venue and I hope that this wil continue! In the next few weeks I will make some big announcements and I hope you will walk this journey with me! Thanks for reading!
Today is rainy, but I managed to grab some pics of the garden yesterday during the sunny part of the afternoon. The summer here has been quite cool and rainy, unlike the blistering humid summers that we are used to during these months. In spite of this the flowers keep growing 😀 My dirt hole has become a bit of a weed hole, but like when working on a piano work, one learns the mechanics of the piece with the mind while letting it speak to your heart about what it needs in its expressive shaping. Now that I know what is under the ground, I can contribute to its current vision and try to make it my own as well for next year.