Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dance by the Light of the Moon

Happy Summer Solstice! I hope everyone celebrated the new season yesterday by being outside and enjoying the warm air. We had quite a full day, and quite a full weekend for that matter. My sister is up visiting from CT and we've been all over town and upside down. Last night we had a little bonfire over at some camp sites near us and danced around and played drums and maracas and skipped a bit (well, at least I did). All a lot of fun, except who invited the mosquitoes?! I'm hoping to do some actual camping with Mr. Jake soon.

Our little wild baby is now growing full steam ahead. All of it's parts are developed,I believe, and it can hear what we say now, it just needs to get up to size to take that trip down the birth canal. I'm waiting patiently for the first kick. Sometimes I feel little pinches and I wonder if that might be one, but I'm not sure yet.

I'm feeling much better in spirit than last time I wrote. I definitely have been more motivated to do the things I need to do. I think the cure-all was a day out of the house with Jake last week to Burlington where we explored little shops and looked for little things for the baby and I got some supplies for my crafts. A change of scenery is sometimes all I need to get me out of a funk. I'm trying to initiate a few new projects for myself, so I let you know if those develop.

Happy summer! I'm off to spend my morning digging around in the garden, hunting down mischievous weeds!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weather the weather

Maybe it's the constant rain or maybe it's my pregnancy hormones, but my mood has been less than sunny lately. Every little thing just seems so frustrating. I'm embarrassed that I can't seem to complete tasks or do one thing well. The garden is overgrown with weeds, the house is in disarray despite my best efforts, my projects are just ideas that float in my head or constantly incomplete and running my own business seems more and more a sinking ship. Moan. Moan. Moan.

I didn't intend to start out this post in this way, as you can see from the beautiful wildflowers in the photo above growing on the roadside. But I'm hoping if I get this out of my system early in the day, I'll be able to "pick myself up by the boot straps", or whatever they say, and stop and smell the wildflowers again. (Luckily, there are not too many readers to endure this rant.)

Here is the obligatory first baby belly shot. But I have to say, it just makes me feel like Santa Claus with my bowl full of jelly. It's so strange to watch your own body grow so rapidly. Of course I know I should look at it in wonder because our beautiful little baboo is growing in there, but it's hard to always see it that way.

In fact, I feel more like this garter snake than the happy smiling mother-to-be in the photo, ready to jump out of my skin or dart back into the brush where no one can find me.

But, as that will do little good, I'm going to attempt to remind myself of some of the good things. Here are six things I'm looking forward to:

2)A day trip to Burlington with Mr. Jake to belatedly celebrate our anniversary
3)Going home to CT in July to see family and friends and Annie's puppies
4)When the tomatoes finally ripen in the garden
5)Strawberry picking soon and perhaps making some jam
6)A visit from my sister

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Five Years Today

Mr. Jake and I are celebrating our five year anniversary today of having started dating. It's not hard at all to believe so much time has gone by, in fact, it feels like much longer. I'm so happy and grateful every day to have found such funny lad! I can't wait for the next one hundred years!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Few Things for Baby

Happy weekend! It's been down pouring all morning here... nice for the plants, but not for the wet laundry that's wishing for a bit of sunshine. I've been needle felting a bit lately. The hedgehog below is for the babies room.

I've also been experimenting with different diaper cover patterns. This one below was my first practice one. I'm not sure it will actually be functional as the leg cuffs seem like them might be chaffing, but I might alter the pattern slightly to remove the leg cuffs.

I used this free pattern here and a couple old sweaters that had been shrunken and felted. I need to hit up the thrift stores for some more sweaters I can felt. The little mushrooms are needle felted on by me.

We're also beginning to plot out the babies room. Babies require so much gear! We're in search of a good used crib, a dresser to convert into a changing table, and some paint for the walls. I'm thinking maybe sunshine yellow. We're going tobe keeping our eyes on craigslist and at the local flea market. I'll let you know how the room progresses and how Baby Wildwood progresses!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Big News from the Wildwood

Good morning! I've been hiding a "little" secret from you guys/gals. Actually, it's a big secret for us in a small package. We're having a little Wildwood! Baby Wildwood is due November 23rd and is right now about the size of a lemon. Check out "How Big is Baby" to see what size fruit or veggie a baby is at different stages of the pregnancy. It's due two days before Thanksgiving give or take a couple weeks. We are still spinning with joy, but I'm also spinning with nausea. No one ever told me morning sickness could last all day! I'm hoping it starts to fade soon as I'm already at 14 weeks, and it's getting a bit old.

Jake has been a super star of support and we both can hardly wait until the big day, though there is still a long road to go and a lot to prepare. It seems I've started with the essentials... some good booties and a funky kitty for the baby room. The kitty was a little souvenir from The International Folk Art Museum in New Mexico and the booties were made by a woman at our local farmer's market. I've been eyeing those booties for sometime with no real cause to buy a pair until now. I just love the colors! The green booties were also a little souvenir from New Mexico.

I suppose we have to get practical now and start buying some of the real essentials. I'm very excited to make some little handmade items of my own for Baby Wildwood. One big project is to make wool soakers for the baby as we plan on using cloth diapers. I've already found a free pattern online, I just have to begin. Anyone who knows of any great blogs for baby crafts or mothering, please let me know.

I'll check back in soon! Sorry I've been absent again (I don't think the Sunday thing will work out... just expect to see me once a week or twice if I can manage it). Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend with family and friends!