Introducing…Matilda Rose!

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Born on September 15th (daddy’s birthday!) at 12:25 pm
6lbs 3 oz, 18.25″ long
and absolutely perfect! 🙂


I’m ready!

The past couple days I’ve had a really hard time concentrating on anything. There are plenty of things I could be doing (jewelry, sewing projects, and work related), but I just can’t seem to get myself to focus long enough to do them. Then I realized it’s because I’m waiting…and waiting is an activity. (If you’ve never noticed how preoccupied you are when you’re waiting, pay attention next time you’re waiting for someone to come over or pick you up – it’s impossible to do anything that takes longer than a few seconds.) I’m just waiting to have the baby and constantly wondering when she’s going to come. And you know how when you’re waiting for something it seems to take longer? So today and this weekend I’m going to try really hard to work on my projects and focus on some other things.

It’s funny because I always hear about how women hit a point where they’re like, “Get this thing out of me!” and while I certainly don’t feel like that, I just feel ready to have her. For a long time I thought I would be sad when my pregnancy was over because it’s been such a wonderful experience overall, but it’s true that no matter how much you enjoy being pregnant you just hit a point where you’re ready to move on to the next thing, which is meeting the little person with the pointy elbows!

38 weeks!

38 weeks!
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This photo is from last Tuesday (we’re now at 39 weeks!). My midwife appointment last week went well. I had gained 2.5 pounds since my visit the week before so there was no speculation about my eating habits. (Must have been that entire box of blueberry muffins I ate with butter over the weekend! Mmmmm…I want more.) I had some super mega nesting going on last weekend too (not this past weekend, but the one before). I was running around the house jumping from project to project feeling like I was racing against the clock. (Crazy urgent feelings like, “I have to clean the bathroom right now!”) This past weekend I was feeling much more relaxed . Rachel said I must have gotten all of the important things done.

Things are certainly moving in the labor direction, although there’s no way to predict when the little lady will make her big air-breathing debut. I’ve been having painless sporadic contractions off an on throughout each day since last Tuesday afternoon. Last week I was dilated 1.5cm. Sometimes when I lay in bed my hips ache a bit, like they’re spreading farther apart.

The anticipation of wondering when the baby will come is exciting! Kind of like a secret surprise Christmas. You know it’s coming, but you don’t know when.

time for a footstool, I guess!

…and that’s the truth.
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One of my baby room projects is to make cushions for the rocking chair I bought. Anticipating that we may be spending some long hours sitting in it, I picked up some pretty thick 3″ foam to make the bottom cushion. When I tested it out in the chair, I could barely touch the ground with the tips of my toes on one foot! Oopsie! I’m going to look like Lily Tomlin rocking a baby.


Yesterday I made blueberry muffins in case I woke up super early craving baked goods again. The thought was that maybe if I curbed the craving I would be able to go back to sleep. Luckily, I slept really well (except for the 4am potty break). We’ll see how tonight goes. I still have some muffins left if I need them. 🙂

This week’s trend?

Waking up at 5:30am and not being able to go back to sleep. Lately I’ve been waking up a couple of times a night, but fall right back to sleep…but twice now I’ve been wide awake, tired, and wishing I was sleeping at 5:30. And both times I’ve been craving pastries from bakeries that aren’t open that early! The agony!


I’ve spent pretty much the entire day trying to pick out fabric to make curtains for the baby’s room. After visiting 3 different fabric stores and lots of online searching, I’ve made a decision (and even ordered the fabric! yikes!). I had hoped to buy the fabric today (locally), but they didn’t have enough of it at the store. I also picked out a coordinating fabric to make cushions for my rocking chair, but didn’t buy it since I wasn’t sure at the time what I would end up with for the curtains.

the 36 week photo

36 weeks!
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taken today…my hair is a little weird because of the rain…

We had a midwife appointment today. It was with one of the midwives that I hadn’t met yet. Apparently she felt I’m not gaining enough weight (even though everyone else has said my weight gain is on track). She was very suspicious of my eating habits and asked me if I’ve ever had problems with food. I thought she meant problems with my weight, but realized later she was asking me if I’ve ever had an eating disorder. Does it look like my belly isn’t getting enough to eat?! Because that baby sure gets bigger and bigger all the time! Just look back at the photo from 2 weeks ago. Anyway, I will try to gain some weight before my appointment next week, but I promise I’m eating plenty. You can ask anyone in my office and Quentin – they’ll all tell you that I eat all the time.

In other news, the baby is still head down and moves a lot. She’s a busy girl.

36 weeks!

We’ve now hit 36 weeks! Woah! Next week the baby is considered full term. I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow for the first time since before Christmas, so I’ll take this week’s photo after my hair cut!

I’ve been feeling pretty good – headaches aren’t as bad, which is nice. Energy level is so-so, but I seem to be getting the most important things done (just not as much as I’d like…which is pretty usual for me). The past three days were scorching hot and I couldn’t do anything but drink ice water and sweat on the couch. Today feels much better! We got the crib put together and the baby’s room is coming along well! I need to get frames for a few prints and then we can start hanging things on the walls. We seem to have most of the essentials taken care of, although there are a few things we’re going to get to fill in the gaps. I can’t believe we’re going to have our little lady here with us sometime in the upcoming weeks!

Tiny load of laundry #3 is currently in the wash. I just love doing itty bitty laundry. I’m sure the novely will wear off when I’ve done 100 loads, but load 3 is still fun.

My waist is now 11″ larger than usual. Wow!

Today I was craving Sweet Tarts. I know that’s not a healthy snack, but I’ve really been into tangy things the past few months.

The vomit count has been raised to 4 as of last Sunday before Crafty Wonderland (although it was really more of a spit-up than a vomit – sorry for the details!). I should know better than to brush my teeth immediately after downing a glass of milk. yuck.