In the last two weeks I’ve gone from really wanting to just meet and hold him/ her, to never wanting to give birth again, to suddenly remembering all the things around here that I wanted to do first. If the baby had come already that would have been fine too though- things are together and the crib is up. Now I feel like we are practically ready though, with all the last bits we could have needed. Over this weekend I bulk cooked for the freezer and sorted some bits and pieces around the house- and now I am just ready to not be carrying a massive heavy bump around any more and oddly quite looking forward to labour. Not labour itself, but the end goal! Knowing it is soon but not when feels a bit like dangling off a cliff ready to drop down – you know it’s going to be exhilarating, painful, fun and scary and you’re just waiting for it to happen.
Yesterday I went to the post office and rescued two parcels- a stretchy baby wrap (moby) and my we make collective diy kit from the kickstarter. I know that with three that having an easy baby wrap for popping baby in and out of the car, walks and housework will be very helpful, and it’s a beautiful forestry green. And since Monday is my child free day, I opened up that box from we make collective, with all the lovely wool and travel loom and started perusing weaving ideas.
Some washing, a nap, a clean bathroom, lunch, pick-ups, tea and one bedtime later, I finished my first woven wall hanging. The colours I got in my kit were blue, hot pink, mustard and white, and I spent most of my time just playing with different techniques. A nice hybrid of sewing, crochet, designing, weaving really surprised me. I did a little embroidery in the summer but it seemed to take so long, and I love the tactility of weaving which still uses the needle but in such a different way. It was so satisfying to create something in a relatively short space of time, and I can’t wait to do some more. It was nice to be able to do some weaving whilst Phoebe coloured- I will have no more black, red or blue watercolours left if I let her near them again so we have been sticking to pens and pencils for creating until I get some more. Maybe I can do some weaving at quiet time! I also see a use for my shelves full of yarn which is currently unloved after I out- crocheted myself making a giant blanket.
So here we are in a place where I want to do all the nesting, all the crafting and all the sleeping. I will try to combine them all, a bit at a time somehow in time I have left. I am still painting, and might try making some little labour verse cards with the verses in the back of my pregnancy prayer journal. I have thought of a quick baby mobile idea that I would love to try so maybe that will happen, in between picking up these toys and clearing these dirty plates! I don’t know if crafting counts as nesting, maybe if it’s home related or baby related? Either way it is nice to have picked up a new skill.
(Blog and baby wise, I’m most likely to put something on Instagram first (@zoeprose) and updates here might be slower. There are some blog posts which have been scheduled in advance for your enjoyment- I am not planning on writing loads in the post- delivery fog!)