Eating a big bowl of beets in week 34 creates undue cause for alarm in the bathroom a few hours later.
steering myself any way that I choose.
Six weeks to due date! Starting to get a bit more “pokey” as I grow, but surprised I don’t feel/look as big as a house yet. We’ll see if any growth spurts happen between now and mid-April…
My most recent doctor’s appointment went really well—we talked about the birth plan, and she gave us some good info on postpartum treatment of the baby. I also “measured big” by a week, and he is head down! She doesn’t think he’ll go breech at this point, so that’s one less thing to worry about!
This week, one of the ladies from my singing group smiled extra big at me and said, “Your belly… is just… beautiful. It’s awesome. So beautiful!” Her sincerity was heartwarming!
In boring pregnancy news, my ankles were extremely swollen a few nights ago, to the point that Erik and spent a good deal of time making fun of them. My carpal tunnel has also really flared up. I’ve always been able to manage it during crochet work, but now I’m waking up in the night with numb hands. Ordered some braces online, so that should help!
Pregnancy lesson of the week: It is MUCH easier to put shoes and socks on before breakfast than after breakfast.
Our baby shower was this weekend! We are so warmed that people—some we hardly know—are so supportive of us in this new city. We’ve been in DC about a year, but folk turned up like we’ve been friends for a lifetime (and in the case of some guests, we have been)!
Ariel and Tristan from our church coordinated it. About 20 people were there, including my first-grade teacher, a friend from junior high, two of my co-workers, various church members, and a couple we had met only earlier that day. We had munchies and sandwiches, and played games like “Name that Music Artist” (variation on Name That Tune), Taboo (based on my cravings), and the guys in attendance taste-tested baby food and guessed the ingredients. We opened gifts too, and received many lovely things, mostly from our registry. Darling clothes, diapers, medicines/creams/toiletries, some children’s books I’d been wanting, and other sweet things like hand-knit baby booties and a toy frog. Again we were touched by the generosity of others, especially since there were gifts from church ladies that we had never met and couldn’t attend.
I hadn’t expected to have a shower at all, but it was touching to be acknowledged and celebrated.
We finished setting up the “nursery nook” in our bedroom this weekend, and it makes me smile, every time I walk into the room. The leopard rug was the inspiration—it’s a little too kitschy for our regular living space, but in a kid space, though, it totally works, and inspires!
My wonderful mom, even without ever seeing our crib, sewed all of the bedding. It came in the mail this week and we were totally thrilled! There was a reversible dust ruffle, a reversible bumper, a flannel sheet, a cotton sheet, a soft “blankie,” a crocheted blanket, a fabric liner for our diaper basket, some burp cloths and pee-pee tee-pees, and the white baby blanket my grandma made when I was born. Once we got it all set up, the area finally started coming together!
The shelf unit is from TJ Maxx. We loved the rustic-distressed look, and the fact that we could use it just about anywhere in our house, if it ever outgrows its purpose for baby decor.
As for the art, we definitely went eclectic, but each piece has its own meaning to us, which is what makes it work, in my opinion!
The paper balls were the finishing touch for decorating this weekend. We ordered about 50 from eBay back in January, and finally got to assembling and hanging them this weekend. There were ivory paper lanterns (one has a light kit, as you can see in the last pic!), honeycomb crepe paper balls in two sizes and shades of blue, and tissue poms in navy blue, apricot, and coral orange.
…Those tissue poms… Be prepared for an evening of fluffing if you ever summon the nerve to decorate with them. And have headphones or surround-sound ready if you plan to watch a move to pass the time—the paper is so crinkly, regular computer speakers can’t compensate. Also be prepared to fuss with them from a chair or ladder for about two hours, unless you get fewer balls than we did. We used three ceiling hooks to hang them, and it was a constant battle to get them to look right, since they’re prone to spinning, and showing their strings, and generally being ugly if they’re not positioned just-so. But the effect is spectacular when they’re just-so! In hindsight, we would have sized everything up (our smallest poms are 4”, largest lantern is 14”), but I love the confetti mix of colors.
So there you have it! Our changing area is in a different area of our basement apartment, so this little corner is very nearly entirely for our own enjoyment and is best viewed from our bed. But that doesn’t make it any less special, since we are even more excited about the baby, now that he has a corner all for himself!
Today, my walk to work took 32 minutes (to match my 32 weeks, I guess) instead of 18, and I felt about three times as tired as usual when I plopped into my cubicle. The condition of the ground has a lot to do with it—we had 50 degree weather yesterday, which creating rock-hard snowdrifts in some spots and squishy mud in others. Since I cross a field and a park, I got quite a bit of both. But I’m feeling especially piteous after realizing (just today!) that my 5’2” frame is hauling around 30 extra pounds. Yep. Thirty. With eight weeks to go yet. I can number on one hand the times I’ve felt large during pregnancy, but today definitely has me using both hands to count.
We had two other couples over for a game night on Friday. This was our Valentine’s table setting. Much more warmly spring-inspired than the weather!
Finished a mint-colored doily! (I posted the white one on the left awhile back, but included it here for a color reference.) I can’t remember how I got ahold of the pattern, but it was in a .pdf of a vintage book called “Priscilla Robinson Crochet.” The pattern listed single crochet stitches as doubles, and doubles as triples, which was a bit confusing, but otherwise it was a straightforward pattern that was easy to keep track of as it came together. It took about 325 yards of #10 thread, with a 1.8mm hook. I just adore the color!
Boing boing boing boing boing… A foot of snow overnight has Lupin in bewilderment!
Two ladies offered me their seat on the bus tonight. That’s a first. One of them looked genuinely put out that I didn’t take her up on it, but she was in a window seat and it was during rush hour. More trouble than it’s worth. Guess I’m showing, even from under my peacoat! (I still feel small, at 31 weeks, is that weird?) It was nice to be acknowledged, though I still don’t feel entitled to a seat during rush hour unless it’s vacated naturally.
This one’s a nostalgic lovesong in Armenian, “Sari Siroon Yar.” The words and rhythm were tough for me at first, but it’s grown on me with each listen. So haunting.
This is the first song I learned with my group, and usually our closing song. “Dilmano Dilbero” is Bulgarian, and it sings about how to plant peppers. Supposedly it’s slightly suggestive, because you “put them in the ground, then pull them out, and put them in and pull them out,” but the Bulgarian speakers of the group say it’s much more mild than that. In the second verse, you can hear some yipping; When our one “yipper” did that during our concert Saturday, the looks on some of the audience members’ faces were priceless! Total bewilderment and confusion.
Another one my group sings. “Okro Mchedelo” is Georgian for “Goldsmith.” A bird’s shoe was found, and the singers ask the goldsmith to make an axe from it. From what’s left, make a hammer; from what remains, a knife. We also add a verse (not in the video), asking for the goldsmith to make a cell phone.
"Otdole idut shareni koltsa," a Bulgarian song about a red cart, going down the street.