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Last night I went to a group Blessing Way Celebration. It was at a local yoga studio here in town that is in a beautiful house. There ended up being 4 of us pregnant gals plus Sandy, the leader, so it was a nice, intimate group. It really was wonderful. For 2 hours we listened to Sandy read to us beautiful affirmations, meditations, poems, even a song…acknowledging the inner strength in all of us. There were tears shed and stories told, it was simply wonderful.

Today I started collecting things to put on my “birthing alter”. This is something new I am going to do for this pregnancy. It sounds wierd, but it it is really quite simple. I have space set aside on top of the baby’s dresser where I am collecting things that are sacred and meaningful to me during this time. Some items from the Blessing Way last night, his first little cloth diaper he will wear, his first little booties and onsie, words of encouragement written by my sister-in-law, a candle, just to name a few. I am putting together a collage right now of words and photos and other inspiring things that I am going to hang above the space. I even asked Gabe if he will participate and do some artwork on the collage.

I am currently reading the book Birthing In The Spirit, which is proving to be a perfect read for this time of my pregnancy. I really do feel at peace, positive, happy, and very serene right now. I would really like to carry this attitude with me over the next several weeks, and even spill it over onto my friends and family.

This is the phrase I’ve heard from my hubby about at least a couple of items that I’ve cooked in the past week. See, 2 weeks ago I started making and freezing about 2 main dish meals each week to reheat and enjoy after this baby is born. So each week when I sit down and do my weekly menu planning for our family, I always include at least 2 things for dinner that I think would be excellent nourishment post partum. Plus, with fall like temps hitting us early this year, it seems that most of these things are very “homey” as well.

It’s just interesting that I am in the full swing of nesting right now, and loving it I must add, and I feel like there is just extra “love” in everything that my hands touch right now. Including my cooking. And, I have to say that in my opinion, I have one of the opinionated, critiques of a husband who would tell me the truth about how something tastes whether I want to hear it or not. Last week, it was my spinach lasagna that he was in awe of, and that, we now have 2 pans of in the freezer, and tonight it was my scalloped potatoes and ham that he said was the best he’s ever had..(not even that I’ve just made), and that we have one large pan of for the freezer. I just think that there is some kind of magic in the air right now, and I can’t quite describe what I mean..Gabe thinks I’m just hormonally supercharged and as high as high can be. Whatever it is, I hope it sticks with me for the rest of this pregnancy, and I hope the “crash” won’t kill me.

Appliqued Diaper Bag

Appliqued Diaper Bag

Tie Dyed Onsies

Tie Dyed Onsies

Tie Dyed Shirts

Tie Dyed Shirts

Tie Dyed Hoody Towel/Recieving Blanket

Tie Dyed Hoody Towel/Recieving Blanket

So, as you can see, I’ve been having some fun! Last week, I got an invite from a local mom/Tie Dyer, to come over to her house for a “tie dye party”. I had already been gathering up white things with wishes to do this, and her timing couldn’t have been more perfect. She had all the supplies on hand and the expert “how to” knowledge to guide me in the right direction. It was so much fun, thanks Jessica! I can’t wait to see my little guy wearing every single piece that his mommy made just for him! The black messenger diaper bag was something that I recently got at a thrift store for a whopping $3.50, with hopes of jazzing it up. I shopped on Etsy, and found these amazing, fun appliques that were really quite reasonable and as of today, ironed them on to the bag. I think it is quite cute and can’t wait to start using it! Plus, everytime Ethan looks at it, he makes a cute little lion roar, how adorable:)

So, what’s next on my list? I have an old dresser sitting out in the shop, waiting for some repairs and a face lift. I’m sure there are other things, I just can’t think of right now…Gabe thinks I’m crazy, I think it’s fun!

Ethan admiring his newly organized toys

Ethan admiring his newly organized toys

First I must say, that it is a whopping 25 degrees cooler outside as I am writing this post, almost feels chilly in the middle of the night. Ahh…my kind of weather.

So lately I have been really nesting around the house. I have been doing lots of thinking, and reorganizing to make room for one more in our rather tiny house. So far I have been up in the attic and have sorted through all Ethan’s baby clothes and washed and folded what I am going to use. I have picked out about 8 different baby blankets of all sizes and textures and washed them and put them in their own drawer..I have to add that baby blankets are a VERY popular gift for a new mom to be, and as nice as it is to have a selection…..PLEASE no more baby blankets!!

I have been trying to figure out the best organization of the boy’s toy/clothes/changing table room. Right now Ethan has all his toys and books scattered everywhere in the room and you can hardly walk in there without fear of breaking your ankle on a wooden block. I need to make room for his toys, both boy’s clothes, both kids diapers and the changing station. So I ended up buying this toy organizer off of Craigslist that I had actually admired on the Target website a while back and was going to have Gabe make me one in a similar style. But let’s face it. My husband is a busy man, and if I were to actually wait for him to get around to this project it might be finished the day the baby is born and that just won’t do it for me right now. So I feel like I got a good deal, and he got off the hook in needing to set aside time to do that for me.

Next up, I am looking for a simple smaller sized dresser for the room for the new baby’s clothes to go in. I have only looked in one thrift store so far, but I have confidence that I will find something cheap and perfect for my needs. I can always spice it up and paint it if needed.

I figure if I pick one small project everyday, I’ll be set…right? I still have to leave time for making meals and freezing them, but that can wait until September. I’m not messing around this time, I mean business:)