May 28, 2009

37 weeks now..

And I am as round as a giant watermelon (-: I had a midwife appointment last night and all is very well. She estimated the baby at the high 6 pound range and close to seven.. He's a nice healthy fat baby methinks (-:
Tonight we are attending a prenatal tour of the labour and delivery hospital wing. Should prove interesting. Of course I abhor hospitals in general, and so I am not at all anticipating in a pleasant fashion my time there, but I do love the midwives (Thank the powers that be for hospitals with midwives!)
I think it will be good to have a run-through of the place so I'll know what I may be met with when the time comes to bring my sweet baby into the world. I birthed my daughter in a small midwife's clinic almost nine years ago - a clinic that was not exactly equipped for births but they made an exception for me, given that I was in between residences at the time. It was a beautiful, calm experience and she never cried once, so peaceful was her entry into the world.
I have been blessed with the odd contraction here and there, Jolting me back into reality and affirming the simple truth that yes, this pregnancy business will indeed result in the birth of a wee baby boy and yes, I should get that hospital bag packed and yes, I should really try and get as much sleep as I can and yes, it's real, We're having a BABY. Hard to wrap your mind around!

This is a fun time. My moments seem to be in slow-motion,, my body too, slow and methodical like these days leading up to the birth. The calm before the storm. I love storms, by the way (-:

I'll just pop in to the kitchen and take the strawberry-banana bread out of the oven..


May 20, 2009


Or, 36 weeks plus two days or something like that (-:
A rather lovely watermelon (-:

May 17, 2009

A walk through the past..

We went on a lovely visit of the Ardenwood Historic Park this weekend (-: The grounds were laden with vintage working music boxes, gardens, free-range chickens and peacocks, barns and stables, a train and blacksmith's shop, and a jolly little petting zoo. We took a tour of the historic Patterson farm house and I must say, I love old things. The smells in the house were intoxicatingly vintage, Especially the kitchen which still held the spicy warm scent of burnt wood from the old stove. The day was extremely hot, The hottest we've had yet here in northern California, and when we returned to the car, the book I had left on the dash had fallen apart, The spine's adhesive completely liquified from the sun's immense heat!

We went to Baskin Robbins for ice cream and then headed home (-: Fun.

Today was much less adventurous, with the majority of our moments spent right here at home, except for our weekly grocery shopping outing. Isabella and I held an impromptu party for her doll Pipo, whose birthday I was surprised to discover happened on this very day (-: We then painted with brush and ink for a while until she lunged in the bathtub reading for close to two hours. Dinner on the patio and a calm evening spent listening to traditional African music...

Some pictures from Ardenwood::

I loved this photo hanging on the wall in the children's playroom. Very very amusing (-:

Here's Isabella, truly delighted because she caught her first chicken (-:

An antique doll in the children's playroom:

I loved this sweet baby bed (-: I wish we had one like it for our little one..

And...a cool vintage learning toy:
Lovely lovely.

May 15, 2009

just because...

simple. peaceful. and lovely.

random thoughts

Mother's day was almost an entire week ago now and I have been meaning to write, but I am just so darn tired. The lack of energy I experience has me wishing to do nothing other than sit idly, thinking nothing, and simply continue being a baby-making machine. I look forward to having my energy return, although I know that when the time comes, I will not even be aware of it because I will be so busy with the baby. Oh well. Such is life.

Mother's day weekend held lots of fun happenings. On Saturday, Jason made a belly cast of my upper torso with plaster and gauze while Isabella chatted to her Grampa Joe on the phone. We then readied to attend the baby shower that Jason's colleagues planned for us. It was a fun night, More of a dinner party/get together than a typical baby shower (which I was completely relieved about) with a delicious and plentiful potluck dinner & desserts, music, joviality, and of course, lots of useful baby gifts (-: I think having a baby shower at night amidst good food, music and friends is definitely the way to do it. Isabella was only too delighted to open the baby gifts,, and so she diligently worked at ripping open each package (-: Unlike my own experience, Isabella will remember well her brother's early days and development and I wonder how it will affect the way she thinks of motherhood and family. My own sister was 1 year and 10 months younger than me ~ very close in age, and so of course I remember nothing, being much a baby myself when she came into the world..

Mother's day was relatively mellow. We had a simple breakfast of cereal, showered and were off to aquire a suitable bed for the baby. Our apartment, while a perfect size for our needs thus far, is not so spacious as to allow a crib. A delightful woman gave us a crib through freecycle but when we set it up I immediately knew it was not going to work; Too cumbersome and tall and not at all complimentary to the limited set up of our living space. And so we picked up a pretty pack n' play which suits our overall needs much more appropriately. Firstly, we can move it to different spots around the apartment, it has an attached change table which is great for consolidation of space, It folds up relatively compact (a great feature as we will be travelling in the future) and we can fit it right beside our bed (great for night-time feedings). Plus, I hate cribs. It's true. To me they look like baby-cages and I have never been a fan. I think I wrote about this before. Isabella was given a crib too, but I never used it. I painted it too, and sewed the prettiest, asian-inspired blankets and bumper for it, but in the end it wound up in my parents' basement, and Isabella wound up snuggled next to me. Simple.
Back to Mother's day ~ We ventured next to our beloved sushi restaurant in Berkeley for a late lunch/early dinner, and upon returning home Isabella presented me with the most lovely gift - a collaged artwork of sorts with an attached card and envelope donning a handmade bookmark. She worked diligently on this for hours one day while I rested on the couch nearby, promising not to peek (-:

So I think we are basically ready for our sweet boy to come. Just a few last-minute things to get, like batteries for the camera and some drinks/snacks for the hospital. My bag is half-packed and my belly is about to burst, I kid you not. Time is such an odd thing and I cannot believe we have made it this far, and it seems to have gone so fast...Jason is super-excited to meet this newest member of our family, as is Isabella, and I only hope and pray that he loves to sleep as much as his daddy! As in, I am praying for a long night sleeper, unlike Isabella who woke up every night at least four times for a long, long time and never actually slept all the way through until she was 2 and a half. Yawn.

Thoughts. Just thoughts pouring out of my brain. As of late, my thoughts are difficult to harness, My concentration given way to the profound act of creating life. I look forward to the return of my memory and concentration very much. And to holding my wee one. I don't remember what it's like to hold a baby,, as so many years have passed since I brought my sweet girl-child into the world. She is now an amazing young person, vibrant and creative and clever. No longer a small child. It does go so fast.

I have no pictures to add today. I generally like to post a new blog when I have something of interest eye-candy-wise to contribute,, But it is not to be.

I am off. My cup of tea is finished (-: Time for new things..

May 7, 2009


Great fun for one of the girls... But SO not for the other!

Ah, fun times...Pets are the best (-:

May 5, 2009

34 weeks now..

I cannot believe I have come to be 34 weeks pregnant already
Where did all that time go? At first it seemed to be crawling along, slowly, slowly, and then it zoomed! And now, I suppose it will start to feel slow again, the moments and days and weeks before the birth. Or not (-: We shall see.

This Sunday happens to be mother's day, and on Saturday Jason's work colleagues are throwing us a baby shower/dinner party event. Ooh, baby one is really jabbing his knees out of my belly! I love it. I wake up in the morning and all is calm, and then the baby wakes and starts rolling and poking and reminding me to eat something really, really yummy for breakfast (-: I love the feeling of baby kicks, There is nothing else like it. It's truly magical.

Joanne Shenendoah is playing on the radio; Native American women's songs. I have burned sage and incense on this day, eaten a tamale, spring mix salad and orange juice for lunch, petted the furballs, swept the apartment, made the beds and researched various necessary things on the internet. Now I am ready for a nap. This late-pregnancy exhaustion is really something!

Well then, I am off. I sold this print today ~ yay! ~ Beautiful Tuesday to you (-:

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