Friday, January 20, 2017

Pregnancy: Week 40

Well, we are officially overdue! Our due date was yesterday and there hasn't been much progress since the week before. Our next appointment will be Tuesday when we'll get the paperwork for an induction (to be scheduled for Thursday)... I really hope it doesn't come to that. I've been trying my best to coax this baby out, but he is simply way too comfortable! Maybe we'll get lucky this weekend - I have been having some light, intermittent, Braxton-Hicks contractions, which could mean nothing but could also mean progress. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I'm trying to relax and enjoy these last few days at home alone.

Here are a few photos from yesterday:
Whether he comes out on his own or we have to force him out, he will be here in a week's time! I can't wait to meet him!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 2

Here is the second week of daily sketchbook pages:

1/8 Savour collage
1/9 Circles within circles

1/10 Daydream, savour, rest, enjoy
1/11 Restful girl

1/12 a spread of collages: a bright 2017 + sunny blue boy

1/13 Mark-making with various pens
1/14 Lazy lines

List of Supplies:

  • Uniball micro black pen
  • Sharpie paint pen (silver)
  • Prismacolor Premier (crimson red)
  • Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (indanthrene blue 247 & orange 113)
  • pencil crayons
  • various scrapbooking papers and stickers
  • masking tape

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pregnancy: Week 39+3

At our appointment last week, we were told that our hospital's policy is to induce at 41 weeks - so baby got his eviction notice! We will be having him with two weeks, whether he wants to come on his own or not!

To be honest, I'm not exactly thrilled at the thought of being induced. My plan right now is to go natural (no drugs), but to play it by ear depending on how things go (obviously). But when you're induced, contractions tend to be much stronger and painful, so I'm not sure I'll be able to cope. Not to mention, our little man has been measuring a week behind the entire pregnancy, but they don't take that into account (so at 41 weeks, he technically won't be a week overdue yet). So needless to say, I've been reading up on safe, natural ways to get things going.. hopefully he decides to come on his own in the next week!

Otherwise, things have been very good. At our ultrasound on January 2nd, he was measuring around 6lbs 6oz (in the 50th percentile), so he'll likely be around 7lbs at birth. A perfect size (I really want him to fit into all his cute newborn-sized clothing!). I was also a centimeter dilated, so things are definitely underway.

Anyway, here's my bump from yesterday - no real change from last week I don't think:
Everything is ready - now it's just a waiting game... As much as I will miss my belly and being pregnant, I really, really just want him to get here already!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sketchbook Pages: Week 1

One of my goals this year is to work in my sketchbook (or be creative) daily. So far, I've been very good about creating at least one page a day. It wasn't always easy last week since I was working, but I made it a priority and I'm really happy about that! Some of these pages are (very) quick and simple, but the sheer act of creating has put me in a more creative mood. I'll call that a success!

1/1 - quick doodle to mark the new year + a simple collage with journaling

1/2 - collaging my to-do list
1/3 - a doodle with journaling inspired by washi tape

1/4 - my simplest page, a washi tape compilation
1/5 - portrait of a girl

1/6 - marking my last day of work for the year
1/7 - a drawing of the latest addition to our baby's collection of stuffed animals, Steve the Stegosaurus (named by Pat)

List of Supplies:
  • Uniball micro black pen
  • Artist's Loft fundamentals woodless pencil crayons
  • Staedtler triplus fineliners (pink and light blue)
  • Sharpie paint pen (silver)
  • Pilot blue pen
  • masking and washi tapes
  • scrapbooking paper

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pregnancy: Week 38+3

Pat took another set of photos yesterday - week 38+3. We are getting there!!!

First, let's compare week 35, 37 and 38:
Definitely some progression here! My bump is rounder and lower. I feel him in my pelvis a lot now (and punching at my bladder!). He's still quite active, stretching as much as he can... but he's running out of room, that's for sure! He's getting so heavy!

My hips are still extra sore when I lie down, so sleeping is in 1-2 hour intervals. Otherwise, I feel great! I still feel like he's going to go past 40 weeks - and as anxious as I am to meet the little guy, he can take as much time as he needs! Friday was my last day of work, so now I can just relax at home and prepare for the big day.
We can't wait to meet you little one!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Goals

17 GOALS FOR 2017:

  1. Read 30 books.
  2. Finish 2 cross-stitch patterns.
  3. Finish Amber art book and start a new one.
  4. Take monthly baby and family photos.
  5. Journal or sketchbook daily.
  6. Set a schedule for blogging (weekly), crafting (daily) and getting out of the house (3-4x weekly).
  7. Make and freeze meals for post-partum.
  8. Gather 10 good crockpot recipes.
  9. Set a routine for exercising (3-4x weekly).
  10. Catalogue library.
  11. Host Thanksgiving.
  12. Organize, declutter, minimize, purge.
  13. Figure out cloth-diapering, nursing/pumping and making baby food.
  14. Stay in touch with friends while on maternity leave.
  15. Tackle a new "kitchen challenge" monthly (challenging recipe / technique).
  16. Be intentional deepening relationship with Pat. Set weekly date nights.
  17. Plan a family trip (overnight, not counting grandparents' house).
This year, I tried to make specific, concrete, measurable goals. I think most of them are, with only a couple exceptions (#12 and #14). This will make it a lot easier to keep track of my progress. Blogging monthly kept me somewhat accountable last year, but this year I wanted more. So I made myself a "Goals Journal" where I can keep a log of all my goals (and plan some of the bigger ones). Here's a look at what I'm talking about:
This journal is actually making me even more excited about accomplishing my goals this year!

What are your goals for 2017?