— sojourning, us

November, 2009 Monthly archive

11-30  and now back to your regularly scheduled programming

no thanksgiving leftovers for lunch back home since we celebrated out of town. too bad. i could really go for a turkey sandwich. i’ll have to settle with tortellini from last night instead.

when did november fly by? dang, time is going so fast … tomorrow, december begins. somewhere around christmas, i will enter the third trimester.


like, the last one before labor and birth.

wow. i can still remember peeing on a stick the wednesday before hubby’s birthday and interrupting his video game time to announce that we were parents. we’d had our suspicions throughout the week, but that moment was much bigger than any hunches. it was awesome. i remember the little peanut-shaped wiggly thing on the screen at our first ultrasound at 11 weeks. now, i can look ahead and see the finish line sometime in march.

did i think i’d be a parent in 2010? yes and no. before i got married, i figured i’d be back in japan with my masters’ degree instead. now that i’m married, graduated, and thirty, i think it’s really exciting to be starting a family. once hubby’s done with graduate school next november, who knows what God has planned for us? i don’t, but i think we’re both in a place in our lives where our every day living would be made even more awesome with a child around. it’s a big step, this is true, but i definitely believe it’s one in the right direction for us.

sometimes it still feels like we’re both stuck in a holding pattern, circling some fog-shrouded runway in the dark, waiting for clearance from the tower to know what to do with ourselves … and yet, it’s not a terrible place. there’s a destination to reach and while it’s uncomfortable to have to keep waiting, it’s also comforting to know that means there’s still more journeying to be done, more adventure in life to be had.

in a few short months, that path will include a new addition to our family.


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24 weeks!

please excuse slightly blurry photo. i’ll have to take a better one when it’s not gloomy outside.

sorry, we skipped out on the week 23 photo while back in ohio/west viriginia for vacation. not too much has changed as far as i can tell … i mean, all those different thanksgiving meals probably packed on a pound or two and helped the little one grow a bit in there. that round lump isn’t something i can hide anymore, but that’s okay. it’s cute.

i am losing my belly button, and this morning i said goodbye to my feet from over the bump. i’ll miss my toes. we’ll see each other again someday.

not only is it cute, but hubby finally got to feel the baby move over vacation. he’s seen it wiggle from across the room, but every time he’s come over to talk to it and put his hand on my belly, our baby gets shy and stops moving. maybe it’s a good thing; maybe it’s not shy so much as soothed. heehee. still, he finally was next to me while we were visiting some family and got to feel our baby do its aerobics inside the womb. that was exciting … though, the next morning he admitted to feeling it move in my sleep. it’s small enough now that i don’t wake up, but i know in a few more weeks, that may not be the case. silly baby, night time is for sleeping!

i also got a hair cut. short enough that i can’t pull it back anymore, but not too short. i like it. it’s definitely about the length i wanted—perfect for warm fuzzy hats in the winter!

other than that, it’s dark and rainy. again. i would’ve had hubby take a belly photo at home, but him and the dog were just two lumps in the bed that didn’t move at all. i got up, ate breakfast, packed my lunch, took a shower, and poked at them a bit, but they were both not interested in facing the day yet. good for them. if my hips let me stay in bed longer, i wouldn’t have minded 15 extra minutes in bed, but that’s just not happening any more. i did cave and pick up some tylenol, but it certainly doesn’t last all night and even in the morning, i still have some aching. it’s just something to get used to, i know, but i do really miss sleeping in.

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cloth diaper stash 90% complete!

cloth diaper stash 90% complete!

cloth diaper stash 90% complete!

yes, i’m almost done with the early stages of our cloth diaper stash! … for now.

what i’ve got so far:
12 little lions preemie prefolds
18 little lions newborn prefolds
12 green mountain diaper newborn prefolds
12 little lions infant prefolds

5 swaddlebees newborn fitteds
6 kissaluv fitteds, size 0
2 sustainablebabyish hemp fitteds
4 work-at-home-mom made newborn fitteds
1 baby bee hive newborn fitted
5 muttaquin newborn fitteds

1 sustainablebabyish wool cover, newborn size (i’d like a small one of these, too)
1 imse vimse newborn wool cover
2 thirsties duo wraps, size 1
2 thirsties covers, xs
2 newborn proraps
1 bummis soft whisper wrap, newborn-sized

whoo. it’s been busy shopping, but since everything has been previously loved and well-cared for, it’s all cheaper than store-bought and totally worth the prices!

all i need now are a couple more small covers, some doublers, some snappis, a wet bag or two, a few one-sized all-in-one diapers (i’m thinking either bum genius or smartipants), and a changing table with some baskets to store it all in! i’ll be sewing my own fleece stay-dry liners and a few of my own flannel/terry cloth wipes, so i don’t think i’ll need to buy any of those.

now that i have my sewing machine fixed (thanks, aunt maureen!), i can begin the adventure of sewing our crib bedding sometime soon, too. i’m really, really excited about giving it all a try. i think it’ll be a fun challenge for a sewing noob like myself, but i don’t think it’ll be too difficult to be discouraging. i bet the elastic for the fitted sheet and possibly the crib skirt will be the hardest part, though the crib bumper may be a little difficult. we’ll see. it’ll still be really awesome to have made that stuff myself; i hope it lasts so we can re-use it, too!

also, that awesome hand-knit baby blanket was a gift from my nana. she said the adorable lady she bought it from won a blue ribbon in a craft fair for the blanket. it’s sooo cute and soft!

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11-24 fabric

all of the fabric i ordered to sew my own crib bedding for the baby has finally come! i have it all in the nursery, folded and ready to be washed, dried, measured, cut, and sewn. all i need now is elastic for the fitted sheets, minkie or fleece for the underside of the quilt, and some plain, natural cotton for the rest of the crib skirt. oh, and i need to figure out what’s up with the tension in my sewing machine … otherwise, none of that ambitious sewing is even going to happen.

speaking of cribs, ours is a Simmons and is not on the recall list. thank goodness! it’s also 10 years old, has been the sleeping place of a handful of other children who are all still alive and well, and is still sturdy. good signs, if you ask me.

11-24 newborn cloth diaper stash

11-24 newborn cloth diaper stash

currently residing in our crib is the growing stash of cloth diapers for the newb. i think i have all the prefolds i need, and there’s a few more fitted diapers (kissaluv size 0s, swaddlebees, goodmamas, and a few more mutts) along with some covers (thirsties extra-small covers and two thirsties duos size 1) on their way in the mail. then, all i need are some snappis, inserts/doublers, and a handful of all-in-ones (either bumgenius or smartipants, i’m thinking). once those are all assembled, we’ll be good for hopefully six months until the baby grows into larger sizes.

diaperswappers has been an awesome help—all of the cloth diapers i’ve purchased so far have been used, most of them half price or less, and all of them in excellent condition. i hope to return the favor with anything that’s outgrown over time that i don’t feel like saving. it’s been such a great resource!

11-24 a little bit of planning

11-24 a little bit of planning

lastly, sitting eagerly on my kitchen counter are a few more gocco printing projects for my etsy store. i’ve got a whole case of multicolored note cards with matching envelopes to print some japanese patterns onto (though, those aren’t pictured here). i also want to print on some lined moleskine cahier journals to put up for sale. i don’t think i’ll be taking them home with me to work on over Thanksgiving, but they’ll be there waiting for me when we get back on Saturday.

that said, i’m so glad the sun has come out again today! i hope this week off is full of sunshine, even if going home has been made a little bit uncomfortable by the return of old issues with my mom. it’s too bad, really, but i still know in my heart i made the right choice. until she realizes that our relationship needs to run deeper than money, that we have a history of mistrust in that area that needs to be healed, and that i care about her a lot, there’s nothing more i can do but wait patiently in the angry silence she’s chosen to initiate.

the ball’s in her court now, not mine.

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there are so many delicious items on etsy that match my fabric choices for crib bedding. i’d love to put some of them on our registry … they’re so cute!

while i was browsing etsy, i found some adorable onesies, too. oh, so cute! although, for Christmas, i’ll admit, i’d rather get some of the stuff on our registries instead of gifts for me. it’d be nice to start checking stuff off of our list instead …

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11-20 PB&B

11-20 PB&B

it’s so nice to see the sun today, after a long, hard week.

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… if my crib bedding set sewing project goes well, what if i try my hand at making my own cloth diapers after all? i don’t know if my machine is enough; it’s not a serger … but … not all cloth diapers are serged. (images below are links to patterns up online for purchase and use.)

simple fitteds



i’d need a snap machine, too, but … who doesn’t want one of those?

anyway, it’s something to think about. for the future. you know, once i get my crafty groove on. i’d like to think it’s possible, but it’d definitely take some practice. it might even be fun, though.

edit: other patterns found here and here. both look just as interesting, to be honest. hmm…

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