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I am a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, cosleeping, baby led weaning, extended rear facing, eco conscious, married mommy to two beautiful children. They have changed my view on the world we live in. It is now my number 1 goal to make it the best I can for them to grow up in. I find myself always rethinking how I want to live my life and often feel like sharing my findings and thoughts with others. So I guess here's my chance :o) I will talk about topics that interest me. If you dont like them or dont agree, well... there's nothing much I can do!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

DIY children's easel

Over a year ago, when we were taking apart Abigail's crib, part or the railing broke so we knew we could not use it for any future babies. Most people would have thrown all the pieces out.we were very close to doing the same but then I saw a picture of somebody who converted an old crib into a desk. Seriously thought about that but then decided to think of something else since the desk would take up a lot of room that we don't really have.

This past summer, I used the railings in the garden. Perfect for my cucumbers to climb.
But then we were stuck with the sides and bottom part. I really didn't see a use for the bottom part but definitely thought of one for the sides! Instead of spending $$ on an easel that may or may not be used, we could just repurpose our crib parts and make our own!
Here is what we did.

1 - We squared them off.

2 - We attached 2 hinges
 at the top. 

3 - We attached hooks on the side
to keep in sturdy

4 - Attach a small shelf
5 - Paint any cut parts
6 - Decorate!

Voila! Super easy. Only took an hour or so all together to put it together! And she loves it! And all we paid for were a couple of hooks, hinges and stickers!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last day teaching!

Today was my last day teaching the kids! Other than the odd day after the holidays to work with the teacher replacing me, I am officially on maternity leave now. Using up sick days until baby is born. If it were any other time of the year, I would have gone on sick leave earlier. This cold has really been kicking my arse. Teaching all day is absolutely exhausting. No wonder I haven't been able to kick this thing. Hopefully now, I can rest at home during the day, nap when I feel the need to, and finish the couple Christmas gifts left to do. Next week, we can start our bedroom renovations and then finally start getting things ready for baby.

Although it was ugly Christmas sweater day at school, I decided to actually get relatively dressed up. It was great because I actually was told I looked pretty today by my husband, students and coworkers. Great way to end the school year!

Quick pregnancy update (33 weeks 4 days). Weight gain is still great, blood pressure still has tons of wiggle room, and after Sunday night's mega painful movements, 2 doctors have said they think baby is head down! Woohoo!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

32 weeks and 2 days...

Time absolutely flies! I only have 6 days of work left and 6 weeks before we start encouraging labour naturally. Everything is still going great with baby. My weight gain is normal and blood pressure is excellent. I am feeling very positive about my upcoming Vbac. That may be because a lady who has been very important in vbac preparing journey recently had her own hba2c (home birth after 2 sections)!!! Still haven't heard from the midwife program but I actually don't think I would change doctor at this point since things seem to be going so well.

The only real issue that I'm having is my pelvis ligaments are still pretty tight. The tightness on one side is making the other side compensate. Hip gets pretty achy, especially at night. The soreness is leading to a major lack of sleep at night. I'm constantly rolling over from side to side. I even find myself waking up to sleeping flat on my back. Soon enough, I will have my days free so I will get the chance to catch up on rest.

Baby hasn't quite turned head down yet either. I know it is still pretty early and there is still a couple weeks left for baby to turn. I will keep up with chiropractic appointments and will start acupuncture later for encouragement.

I am needing more and more to help support this ever growing child. My calorie intake has gone up quite a bit. Even though I am drinking more fluids than I ever have, I still feel quite dehydrated. I'm sure the fact that winter has arrived and that the heat is now on in the house doesn't help much. When I start staying home all day, I will have a pitcher of water out that has my recommended daily fluid intake. It will be easier for me to keep track then.

Nesting mode is about to start in full force. Keegan has agreed to redo the floors in the bedrooms over the holidays. We will do one room at a time. I'm figuring it will take 2 days per room to rip out baseboard and carpet, paint room, then put down new flooring and baseboard. Once the baby's room is done, I will finally be able to take out all the clothes and get the hundreds of cloth diapers ready (but more on that room later!)

The newest development is that Keegan may be leaving sooner after our estimated due date than anticipated. So much sooner that we are now just hoping that he will be around for the birth. We will be doing everything possible to encourage baby to come as soon as its ready :)

Be sure to let me know of all the tricks to help get this baby out in time!