Stitching progress, pregnancy progress…

I’ve had “get a blog post together…” in my head for two weeks now, but got slammed with a nasty cold/bronchitis/plague thing on Superbowl Sunday that has only finally started to release its grip on me in the last couple of days. So I have a LOT of catching up to do, don’t I?

Pregnancy news
All continues to go well. As of Monday, I hit the “one month until due date” mark. My mom and I are both figuring I’ll likely go a little early, and for some reason we’re both in agreement that I’ll deliver sometime around March 8-13th, around my grandparents’ birthdates. We’ll see if that holds true, or not. That would put me safely in the 38 week range.

I’ve had two ultrasounds since early January to verify my due date and check on Max’s progress. Since I’m one of those mamas who flunked the glucose tolerance test AND I’m measuring quite big on the fundal height scale, I’ve been testing my blood sugar 4 times per day since New Year’s Eve, and the ultrasounds were to measure Max’s size and the amount of fluid I have. Thankfully all’s fine. My blood sugar is doing just fine – I’ll go a little high after some meals (we’re talking 130s, maybe 140s), but it always comes back down, and my fasting levels in the morning are nice and steady in the upper 80s/low 90s. The gallstones have been kept under pretty good control, although I have had a couple flare ups – mostly due to eating too big of meals for the amount of space I have available for food in my stomach these days.

I’m just measuring big on my fundal height (which is a low-tech measurement done with a tape measure over your stomach from the top of your uterus to the bottom… almost at the top of the genitals), and really… I pointed out to my OB that I didn’t start this pregnancy as a small woman. A lot of that fundal height measurement has to be due to my obesity to begin with, right? It’s the elephant in the room, but there you go – fat chick is going to measure fat when she’s pregnant. I’m still down nearly 20 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, believe it or not – and my current weight includes whatever is in my uterus right now between Max, placenta, and fluid. Apparently pregnancy is my Weight Watchers.

I am having the typical end-of-pregnancy annoyances, and the cold/cough I’ve had this month haven’t helped. One day I’ll feel pretty good, and the next day I’m sore as hell and can barely walk. I tire easily like I did at the beginning of this adventure. I’m trying not to be whiny and cranky and just try to take it easy as best I can. Hard to do while working full-time with my commute from hell, but I’m managing. That’s all I can do.

I will say – Erich’s been amazingly awesome about everything. He’s picking up some extra chores around the house and trying to get me to sit still and be quiet in the evenings and over weekends. If anything, he’s perhaps a little over-protective of me. Right now, I’m loving it. I really am. Although I still have to protest because I feel a little helpless, and that just makes me grumbly. I know it won’t last for long, though – so I should take advantage of it while I can!

Baby Incoming Prep

Erich’s been working on prepping the nursery over the past few weekends. He also was nailed with this cold/cough, and was sidetracked one weekend when our power went out during the massive “Nemo” storm that came through… but he’s getting there. The wallpaper in what used to be my office has been extremely cranky to remove, even with a steamer, and there’s a lot of wall repair to be done due to what I’ve called “load bearing wallpaper” on one wall where the plaster fell off as the paper was removed. He’s hoping to get the walls completely stripped this weekend so he can do the wall repair over the course of the next week. Then it’s just painting.

We had planned to purchase one of the 4-in-1 convertible cribs from Babies R Us and then just use my desk as a changing table/storage hutch… but plans have changed (thankfully before we ordered the crib). We’re getting the nursery furniture via my mom for a great deal. She sells new homes, and the model she’s working out of is about to be sold. Since the buyer doesn’t want the furniture, it has been put up for bids first to employees, and then I guess whatever’s left over will be sold off in some fashion or re-used in other models (maybe?). This particular model was set up with a nursery, so we’re getting the entire room for a great deal. The furniture is all black and comes with a sleigh crib with an understorage drawer, a changing table with a hutch, and a bookcase. It looks like the instructions for the crib are in the drawer from one of the photos Mom sent me – so hopefully I can track down whether it converts into a post-crib bed or not (like so many of them do these days). The furniture will come with all of the bedding and such. It’s adorable bedding but entirely girl (think pink and white 1950’s poodle skirts… seriously, it’s adorable… but girly to the extreme). I’ll store that away for now. It’s never been used, and maybe will make a great gift or hand-me-down to a friend who has a baby girl later. (or who knows… maybe Max will be into pink poodles…). We’re going with the monkey/jungle theme for the nursery – soft greens, yellows, and browns.

Other than the nursery, all of the basics are pretty much together or will be shortly. Last weekend we picked up most of the basics we need to start off. Diapers in both disposable and cloth varieties are ready and waiting. This afternoon I’m going to get the replacement parts for the breast pump, since I do plan on breastfeeding and pumping (partially for when I go back to work, but also so Erich can share with feeding times), covers for the pack-and-play bassinet (since that will serve as a crib until the real one arrives), and a swing (for another sleep option and “mom needs to grab something or rest her arms” option). We’re installing the car seat this weekend. I’m gathering the basics for my hospital bag so it’s ready to go. Tomorrow is the big birthing class event (I’ll try not to think of the Bill Cosby routine when I’m “learning” to breathe). I just have a bunch of baby laundry to finish washing.

But honestly – other than being scared to death of this whole giving birth concept that’s looming, I’m feeling pretty good about where we stand on the supplies for now. I mean – toys aren’t really needed at this point. It’s basically safe sleeping spots, safety for traveling to the doctor, tons of diapers, clothes, and comfy spots for feedings and cuddles. To start out, at least, I think we’re in good shape… and worst comes to worst, Erich has to make a run to grab something.

Stitchy Updates
On the first day of February, I finished Pocketful of Peppermint by Blue Ribbon Designs:

finished!  1 Feb 2013

Those who have followed my blog may recall that this was the piece I obtained via my first Stitcher’s Hideaway retreat back in 2010. Belinda Karls-Nace taught an ornament to go with it in class.  Mine is stitched on 36 count Legacy linen from Picture This Plus.  The only change I made was not using the Kreinik called for in the pattern – the color wasn’t working with my adjusted fabric choice (Belinda’s original was on a darker, raw linen color).  I opted to just use the white floss on its own (rather than the Kreinik/white blend).

I realized I never posted my ornaments from the end of 2012, so here are all of my finishes.  I was very busy in November!  (If you click on the photos, you’ll get a larger image from the page on my Flickr account for a better view)

My ornament for the Facebook group exchange For the exchange on the Super Serial Starters/Divine Disciplined Divas group on Facebook. This is from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. I stitched with GAST sampler threads and scrap fabric I had in my stash.  I twisted the cord out of DMC.

This was a fun, quick stitch… I think I did the entire ornament in a week, which is a record for me.





My ornament stitched for the TWCOE Exchange 2012For the 2012 TWCOE (Teresa Wentzler exchange). This is TW’s Peacock Tapestry ornament. I pulled DMC colors between 792-800, plus a couple other colors to add in greys and such. I really like how this color variation came out… completely unplanned. I would just pull a color and start stitching. 🙂  I was a bit stupid and forgot to write down the color-to-color conversion, though… so it’s now officially a one-of-a-kind.  Cord is again twisted by me in DMC.




My ornament for the TW Facebook exchangeThis was the ornament I stitched for the exchange for the Teresa Wentzler group on Facebook. It’s TW’s Father Winter ornament in called-for colors, finished as a hanging biscornu. I honestly LOVE how this came out, and I think I may finish my TW ornaments like this from now on, because I just love the three-dimensional finish (and it’s SO EASY).

Twisted cord again in DMC.  My mom’s kitchen drawer pulls got a work-out one morning over Thanksgiving weekend with all of these.  🙂



Blue Jeans & Daisies - as of 2/22/13So these days, I’m stitching on the new Blue Jeans & Daisies sampler from Blue Ribbon Designs… it’s the 3-part mystery that just was released in January. I chose to stitch on 35 ct fabric, which took a bit longer to ship due to a mix-up at some point in the supply chain, so I only received my chart and supplies about 10 days ago. I’m making good progress, though. Photo on the right is where it stood as of my photo yesterday afternoon. This sampler is MUCH bigger than the Pocketful of Peppermint one above. Just as with Peppermint, I’m working Blue Jeans on my 11 inch Q-snaps. Peppermint fit entirely in them. This is just part one of three for Blue Jeans, and the fabric is only a single count “bigger.”  The height of the sampler is about the same (I’ve stitched top to bottom to frame the left side already) – but  I have a lot of fabric width tucked under the Q’s in this photo.

It’s a nice, easy, relaxing stitch – so I’ll probably stick with this until I give birth.  And then we’ll see what I stitch on once I’m functionally able to again.  I haven’t made any real goals for 2013… just to stitch when and if I can.  Blue Jeans & Daisies was my only splurge purchase for the year.  I don’t plan on spending money on stitching supplies at all this year, unless it’s to replace a missing bobbin on one of my many WIPs.  I’ve been told by friends that I may have more stitching time than I expect once we have a baby routine down, but for now I know it’s best not to make any plans and to just let life come as it’s going to come.

So phew!  Status updated!  That took a bit longer than I expected… I’d better get my butt moving and get out to shopping for these supplies I need to buy.

I imagine, with how my updates have gone, that the next one will include Max saying hi in person.

Until then…







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  1. Joanne P says:

    It’s so exciting reading all your baby preparations! Takes me back to when I was expecting my first son. I am very impressed by the American attitude to breast feeding. Every blog I’ve read by a pregnant Mum has been pro-bf or at least giving it a darn good try. Compared to the UK where you’re almost afraid to mention it for fear of being accused of “putting too much pressure” on the pregnant woman!
    Our maternity leave is better than your’s though so there’s some perks to being British. And it’s free to have a baby in hospital too.
    Your nursery furniture sounds lovely, will there be a photo once it’s set?
    Looking forward to seeing the first pictures of Max xx

    • Measi says:

      Joanne – I will definitely post pictures of the nursery when it’s finished.  My husband is working far too hard putting the thing together on his own (since I can’t help him at this stage).  🙂

      Breastfeeding attitudes here in the US are getting better, although there’s a trend for some pro-breastfeeding women to be SO vigilant about it that they honestly cause a lot of harm and guilt to women who struggle with it or decide it’s not right for them.  I’m of the mindset that yes, if at all possible – breastfeeding is the ideal… BUT… the the important thing is that the baby’s getting the nutrients it needs regardless of method, and if a woman either chooses not to breastfeed or is unable to, I’m not going to question her decision because she needs to do what’s right and most comfortable for her.  My mom was unable to breastfeed due to my brother and I being adopted babies, and we turned out fine.  It’s the love and nurturing that’s the most important thing.  🙂

  2. Ziggyeor says:

    Glad the baby preps are going the right way and you’re getting a good deal on some furniture. Sorry your colds and the wallpaper have to be so stubborn!  Lovely stitchy finishes and wip.  I hope you get some stitchy time once everything settles after the baby.

    • Measi says:

      Thanks… 🙂

      My goal is to at least try to get a few minutes of stitching in once we get a bit of a routine going.  Even if it’s just ten minutes to use as “me” time to reground and recenter as a way of taking care of myself.  The housework can wait.

  3. sue61408 says:

    Glad to hear that everything is still going well on the pregnancy front.  Enjoy the last bits of it.  As someone told me, “This is the only time that you will absolutely know where your child is at all times.” 😎  Thought about you during Nemo and glad that you came through relatively unscathed. Oh yes, wallpaper-after removing layers and layers from my last house, I vowed to never use it.  I swear the room was an inch larger with it off. Beautiful stitching. Pocketful of Peppermint is very cute and looking forward to seeing more on Blue Jeans and Daisies.  

    • Measi says:

      Just getting rid of that wallpaper pattern makes this room look bigger (and it’s not a big room, due to being a Victorian-era house).  Paint is just easier – faster to change to update, less chance of looking dated quickly. 

  4. Silverlotus says:

    I’m so glad to hear the pregnancy is going well. Those swings are fabulous, and well worth the money.  Our little guy loved his, and I think it really helped teach him to self-sooth.

    The stitching is fabulous, as always! 😉

    • Measi says:

      That’s what I’ve heard about them… anyone who has used one says that for at least the first month or so, they barely use the crib… that the swings seem to just help the baby feel more swaddled and secure anyway.  Works for me!

  5. Lija Broka says:

    Great finish, and some amazing ornaments. Wouldn’t mind them hanging on my tree. I better get in an ornament mood this coming year. I have already started picking patterns out. Good luck in this last month!

    • Measi says:

      Thanks!  I know – next year I need to do some of this stitching for myself so I can have some of them on my tree.  It may be my year I hold off from exchanges and just do some for myself and my tree.

  6. Cindc8 says:

    Pregnancy was my weight loss too. Lactating helps too, but beware when you stop – the weight comes back fast if you’re not paying attention. My fundal height was 50″ at 35 weeks with twins, but I am a tall, heavy person. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. It sounds like you have all the necessities.

    • Measi says:

      My goal is to make sure I start getting out for at least a short walk as soon as possible after we get settled in – whether it’s with or without a stroller.  I’ll take the weight loss I’ve already managed while pregnant as a kickstart to keep it off (even if I don’t lose more).  🙂

      VERY glad that I’m delivering in early spring – that’ll help encourage me to get out!

  7. Ladynero says:

    *laughs* Yeah, I had fun trying to keep a straight face after that lamaze class whenever my hubby would turn to me and go “Push! Push! woo-hee-ha!”

    That last month, I wanted the pregnancy over with, and everything changed when I held my daughter for the first time. Best of luck with your pregnancy!

    • Measi says:

      Erich can be downright evil about that (in a good way).  We were doing the positions in class to help manage/moderate the pain, and the teacher was encouraging partners to massage the back… and of course, he started tickling me.

      Evil, evil man.

  8. says:

    Love your progress on Blue Jeans and Daisies! I have to get mine started here. Looks like a fun one. Your ornaments are GREAT as well, as is Peppermint.

    Hope you’re feeling well! Kevin

  9. Caitlin Jordan says:

    So glad to hear that everything is progressing alright 😀 I like the look of that blue jeans and daisies SAL.

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