Tuesday, April 06, 2010

On "the bun in the oven"

Until recently, I've been feeling overwhelmed with household projects to get to while I still have enough mobility to do so — or, otherwise, before the baby arrives — that I haven't had much time to think about the things that still need to be taken care of to be "prepared" for the impending arrival. For instance, it wasn't until about a month ago that I found myself unable to comfortably bend/recline enough to be able to apply painter's tape to the baseboards. Once I hit that stage, 'though, I knew that my days as a home reno/fixer-upper geek were drawing to a close.

So, I found myself with lots of spare time on my hands and even more to plan for. Again, I'm in a position in which I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but am grateful for the fact that I have entire days worth of time to devote to researching my options and generally feeling like I'm making informed decisions. The baby's room (thanks, entirely, to Matt's hard work on it) is painted and ready to receive its future occupant. We've got a car seat/stroller combination that we both think will work out well. I ordered the majority of the components of a (cloth) diapering system yesterday, and that ought to ship within the next day or two. Thanks to our families, the baby isn't lacking in much, at this point. Clothes, for instance, seem like they'll be in generous supply until the baby is at least a year old.

Still, I wanted to be able to provide the baby with a gift that was just from her mom. So it came to be that — months after I had initially intended to resume my fibrecraft hobby — I finally put my knitting skills to use, and made a newborn-sized baby sweater. I had intended to sew the buttons on yesterday, and found I had no thread on hand that came close to matching the green I had chosen for the colour. A quick trip to the local Fabricland remedied that situation, so I sewed the buttons on today, as the very first thing I did. It's hard to believe that I'm soon going to be giving birth to something so tiny!



At Tue Apr 06, 05:21:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger MiraFabulous said...

OMG! It's gorgeous!

Once the baby has grown out of it, you might consider framing it in a shadow box. There is something special and worth cherishing in the first sweater a Mom makes for her baby.

Way to go!

At Tue Apr 06, 08:49:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger Emma said...

Looks lovely, I've not been nearly as industrious. Hey what diapering system did you decide on? We went with Motherease.

At Wed Apr 07, 12:21:00 am GMT-4, Blogger ghanima said...

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At Wed Apr 07, 12:23:00 am GMT-4, Blogger ghanima said...

MiraFabulous: It's funny you mention framing the sweater in a shadow box, I had every intention of doing so! It's part of the reason I made it in newborn-size; the kid ought to outgrow it quickly, with minimal wear. Plus, its sentimental value means I can easily pick one item of clothing to keep.

Emma: I'm having trouble seeing you as anything but incredibly industrious, but if you have been taking a lot of time to just be pregnant, it's hard-earned over decades worth of being a busy bee!

We went with the Bummis diapering kit and are supplementing with two organic wool covers and wool and hemp doublers, just in case the baby has skin anywhere near as sensitive as mine.

At Wed Apr 07, 10:22:00 am GMT-4, Blogger Stacy said...

The sweater is fabulous. Someone knitted one for Brandon when we brought him home, and I was actually able to fit him into all summer on cool days, and into the fall is well. As long as it's kinda stretchy, you're good to go! Out of curiosity, what stroller/car seat system did you get?

At Wed Apr 07, 11:06:00 am GMT-4, Anonymous NotWeasel said...

"It's hard to believe that I'm soon going to be giving birth to something so tiny!"

Seems to me this should be one of the blessings. I mean... who'd wanna push something the size of Matt out their hoohaw? :)

Very cute sweater! Looks like something you could dress a finger puppet in. :D

At Wed Apr 07, 01:08:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger ghanima said...

Stacy: the car seat we went with is the Maxi Cosi Mico (which we didn't get at elitecarseats.com), and the stroller is the Quinny Zapp ('though not from babyworld).

NotWeasel: I realized that the wording of the last sentence of my post could lead to that interpretation as I was typing it, and thought I'd give you something to snark about by leaving it as is. :)

I'm very glad that I'm not going to be pushing something the size of Matt out of my hoohaw.

At Wed Apr 07, 04:02:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger Austin said...

heh heh. NotWeasel said hoohaw.

At Thu Apr 08, 11:32:00 am GMT-4, Anonymous NotWeasel said...

lol. This IS a family site now, right? :)

At Thu Apr 08, 12:17:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger ghanima said...

Not for another two-ish weeks, I would say.

At Thu Apr 08, 03:02:00 pm GMT-4, Anonymous NotWeasel said...

heh. I told my sister you were about 11 months preggers now.

She questioned my credibility.



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