Making for Baby Boy

It’s been a ridiculously long time since I sewed anything more than a button. I am hoping that I will get to make at least of couple of projects that are at the very early stage of I Want to Make It.

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Like I did for Evelina, I want to make a twin bed size quilt for Baby Boy. I have really struggled to find the fabric I want, though, and I may have to resign myself to paying high import fees / VAT and buy it from the States. These are a couple of quilts I have seen on Etsy that are inspiring my vision for the nursery and I would love to get fabrics like these (in similar colouring).

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Quilt 1; Quilt 2; Quilt 3

I also want to make a wall hanging for the nursery inspired by this wall mural:

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I have bought some fabric for this project so I am hoping to make a start on it this week.

Saturday Lists

  
Things on my Sky Planner which are ridiculous but I keep watching:

  • Dr G: Medical Examiner
  • Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta
  • Say Yes to the Dress – Bridesmaids
  • Hoarders
  • 24 Hours in A&E

Things I’ve done today

  • Took Evelina to Stagecoach (drama, singing, dancing classes – she loves it);
  • Raced back to get her bag which we forgot and then raced back to Stagecoach;
  • Went into Leamington for a bit of gift shopping;
  • Printed address labels for thank you cards;
  • Did a shop around Sainsbury’s;
  • Watched Evelina give an empassioned dance recital in the living room which left me in soppy, loving tears;
  • Gave Evelina a quick bath and read two of my favourite stories of hers: Blueberries for Sal and Miss Rumphius;
  • Sat down with tea and cookies in the armchair, watching Avatar.

Things that made me cry today:

  • Being told I should provide a drink and snack for Evelina while at Stagecoach (which I knew and had rushed home to rectify in vain apparently);
  • Evelina being amazing;
  • There was something else but I literally can’t remember when or why it happened. Pregnancy hormones be crazy.

50 Book Challenge

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So far I am on track for my goal of reading 50 books in 2016. So far I have read:

  1. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson – I know this is a children’s books and I am not going to cheat by adding all the books I read with Evelina but this is a ‘proper’ book in length with actual chapters. It was a favourite when I was small (despite never actually being afraid of the dark myself). It’s the story of Plop the barn owl and all the people he meets tell him how great nighttime is.
  2. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – this was my first audiobook finished of the year – some might argue that listening is not reading but I think it counts. I enjoyed this story about a new actress making her way in New York. It certainly helped having Lauren Graham (herself a successful actress known for her roles in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood amongst other things) read her book as it added to the entertainment factor. It won’t win any literary awards but it was engaging and enjoyable – I don’t really want much else from this kind of book.
  3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – this book is written from the point of view of two different teenagers called Will GRayson with each author taking one of the Wills. The Wills bump into each other and their lives are changed by the meeting. It’s pretty typical Green/Levithan YA fayre and I enjoyed it without LOVING it.

Next up: Allegiant by Veronica Roth and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 

Adjusting

  
My emotions have been a little bit all over the place with wonderful, excited highs and snappy, grouchy lows. Going from an all-consuming job to having so much spare time (and so little energy to use it) is an adjustment. 

I am now 37 weeks pregnant which is classed as full-term. I could do with having this weekend to get Baby Boy’s room a bit more sorted although his clothing and bedding is all washed and folded which is satisfying. But otherwise I’m ready to get this show on the road.

5 Songs for Welcoming Baby Playlist

I need to get this made and I’m not sure what kind of thing I’ll feel like listening to so I’ll start with songs that I can lose myself in:

  1. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam
  2. Falling – The Civil Wars 
  3. Disarm – The Smashing Pumpkins
  4. The Day I Tried to Live – Soundgarden
  5. State of Love and Trust – Pearl Jam

The Hospital Bag(s)

So naturally it starts with a list. I am using  modified version of the one I used last time.

For baby

  • 3 sleepsuits plus one for going home
  • 3 short-sleeved vests
  • 3 long-sleeved vests
  • hat
  • snowsuit
  • 3 muslins plus one giant muslin
  • 10 new baby nappies
  • nappy disposal bags
  • new born baby wipes
  • blanket
  • cotton wool pads
  • Bethanthen cream
  • 2 Aptamil baby formula (in case the breastfeeding doesn’t work out)

And then for my bag:

Inside this huge bag, are smaller bags to make it easier to find things.

In the flat spotty bag:

  • Notepad and pencil
  • Headphones
  • Phone charger
  • Charging unit
  • Purse (will be packed last minute)
  • Maternity notes (will be packed last minute)
  • Phone (will be packed last minute)

In the large spotty bag:

All my clothes for during the labour and afterwards including:

  • Nursing nightwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Going home clothes
  • The nightie I wore when Evelina was born
  • Bed socks

In the red toiletry bag:

  • Shampoo / conditioner / shower cream
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Water spray
  • Hair brush / grips / bobble
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up (yeah right!)
  • Toothbrush and paste

And at the bottom of the bag is a pillow from home as the ones in hospital are not great especially with the waterproof covers.

If you would like a copy of the list, you can click here to download.

Books on Writing

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Does anyone else have a bookshelf like this? I’ve accumulated several books on writing from my degree and from my own interest in developing my craft (*cringe*). I feel like this is what a noob writer does – read about writing to avoid actually having to, you know, write.

I think my favourite book on writing is Stephen King’s On Writing which simultaneously inspires me and terrifies me.

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He doesn’t muck about, does he? And whilst I am rarely sitting around waiting for inspiration, I do put off writing because I have this weird feeling of shame – like I’m playing Writer Dress-Up and someone is going to walk in on me and laugh. It’s good to be reminded that it is work and so long as you are working at it, you deserve to call yourself a writer.

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The most practical and useful book in terms of planning was the Ready, Set, Novel ! Writer’s Workbook which gives prompts and step by step activities to help you start to outline a novel. For a newbie like me who is not really expecting to write for anything other than my own benefit (although I always hear a tiny, distant whisper of ‘Who knows..?’ whenever I think that), it was just what I needed to get started and I have since made a start on my (perhaps over-ambitious) First Novel. I’m only 2000-odd words in but it’s a start and I really need to get that habit of daily writing underway (not just here!) so that I can make some progress.