14 June 2013

37 weeks and still pregnant

So here I am exactly 37 weeks pregnant. I never though I would make it this far this time. We've been counting on an early arrival of our little Abigail from the very beginning. After all her siblings all decided to come into this world earlier than planned: Elisabeth at 37 weeks, Joseph at 36 weeks, 6 days and Margaret surprised everyone and showed up at 32 weeks without warning. So, I figured that my body was just going to keep spitting out babies early, especially now that I'm in my mid-thirties.

I've been saying from the start of this pregnancy that she will be a Father's Day baby, that's in 2 days....we'll see. I have a repeat c-section scheduled for July 1st (that's the earliest it can be scheduled at our hospital), my doctor is convinced I won't make it that far....we shall see. At my appointment yesterday I was effaced about 90%, dilated about 1, she is still at a -2 station (although she has felt lower) and my cervix is still posterior.....but my doc still thinks she come sooner rather than later.

It's amazing what life changes can do for your health. This pregnancy has been amazing, other than being older and having more aches and pains because of that. I have the most amazing and supportive husband, my parents are close by and my kids are super excited about their baby sister.

So now we wait....we keep ourselves busy....and we wait for little Abigail to make her appearance.

24 May 2013

A little bit of excitement

This morning (yesterday) I went to the doctor for my routine 34 week check-up. They hooked me up to the fetal monitor for a non-stress test, basically listen to the baby's heartbeat, measure contractions and movement. Well apparently Abby was sleeping because she really hardly moved during that time. So my doctor wanted to do an ultrasound to make sure everything was ok. Since his ultrasound tech was at the hospital for her own pregnancy, he sent me over there. They hooked me up to the monitor and did the ultrasound. Thank goodness everything is just fine. Abby started moving plenty (although her head is already pretty far down, they couldn't get a clear picture of the circumference). So home we went, no additional restrictions.

Then it dawned on me soon she really is going to be here. My due date is in 6 weeks, but I'm pretty sure she'll be here before then. In three weeks would be ideal, hopefully not before that. 

I spent the rest of the afternoon sewing. I made a pocket diaper and a wetbag.

21 May 2013

diaper testers

Ok, here's the scoop on diapers...

I will be making the following types of diapers:
Fitteds made of 100% cotton with internal or quick dry soaker (require the use of a cover)
AIO  and AI2 with PUL outer layer and cotton or microfleece/suedecloth inner layer absorbent layers will be cotton or microfiber
Pockets PUL outer layer, microfleece/suedecloth inner layer, microfiber soaker
PUL wrap style covers
Swim diapers PUL with microfleece/suedecloth inner layer
All can be made with snap or aplix closure.

Sizes are as follows (i know these seem like really wide ranges, I will definitely need feed back on the fit of these size ranges)
Preemie/newborn: 5-13 lbs
Newborn: 7-16 lbs
Small: 11-25 lbs
Medium:15-35 lbs
Large: 23-40 lbs
Extra-large: 30-50 lbs

Tester prices will be as follows:
All diapers $10
Fitteds: $8
Covers and swim diapers:$5

Shipping is $6 priority mail

Send me a message if you are interested in testing with your preferred type of diaper and closure, and size. In exchange on an incredible deal on new diapers, I ask that you provide feedback on how the diapers work for you (please be honest and critical), I ask for pictures of the diapers in action (will not be published without your permission, I need to see how they fit on various sized children), I ask for you to post a review in my online store (either etsy or hyenacart) when I get it up and running and finally I ask for you to spread the word to everyone you know.

Once I receive your requests, I will send an invoice and after payment is received you can expect shipment in 2 weeks to 1 month's time (probably closer to 1 month). All tester diapers are made to order.

ETA:If you would like to order tester diapers......and I still need some more testers.....please send me some additional measurements along with your requested size. This will allow me to match the best fit to your child. See the following article for more information: http://www.diaperjunction.com/determining-cloth-diaper-size.html

Newborn diapers

Just for fun here is a pic of our complete newborn stash of cloth diapers. All washed and waiting for little Abigail to arrive :)

20 May 2013

a crafting venture

I've been contemplating  starting a side business selling hand made cloth diapers, PUL covers and wool soakers. What are your thoughts? Here are some pics of my handiwork that I've made so far for our little Abigail.

Those 2 are my first attempts.

I'll need some testers before I really get started.

And 2 years later...life is good

Quick recap:
Jason and I got married October 13, 2012. We are expecting our honeymoon baby July 5th (really just hoping that she hangs on for 4 more weeks).

The kids are super excited about welcoming their baby sister this summer. They are still in Florida with their dad during the school year.

I'm working as a tech at our hospital on the cardiovascular unit. Jason is working maintenence at our apartment complex. I'm looking forward to going back to school for nursing soon.

So 2 years in a nutshell...more updates coming soon :)

11 May 2011

has it really been a year?!?

Wow! It's been more than a year since I've last blogged....a YEAR! That's a really long time in my world. Granted those of you who are connected to me through non-internet life and Facebook know what has gone on...if you've been paying attention ;)

It has been an amazing year of changes and growth....and still some waiting.

Today: Jason and I are living with mom & dad. We moved down here this January (on my birthday) so I could begin a new career with Aflac and he could hopefully find work. My career is going well...slowly building, but progressing...he has found work, but still looking for a long-term position.

We have found a wonderful church family here in Evansville. Jason is beginning to play on the worship team and we are both looking forward to the many ways we can become involved there. We are meeting people our age, couples with young kids and having their first babies. I've met a fellow knitter and my excitement about the craft has returned! I'm really looking forward to getting to know more and more people...this is what has truly enabled me to feel at home here.

The kids are still in Florida, they enjoy their time in Indiana more and more each time they are here. I still hold out hope that they will one day be allowed to live here with us. Jason and I take the monthly trips to see them together. It gets harder and harder to leave them each time. We are all counting down the day until summer break.

Tomorrow: We will continue to work and save for our own place. We will continue to pray for the well-being of the kids. We will continue to look to all the possibilities that life has in store for us.