I'm a few days into the "rest your bod" phase of trying to slow down the labor symptoms I had, which is going very well thus far. I am happy that is the case. We have canceled our plans for the last two days, but today is Christmas Eve and we're going to see Nate's family at my Father-in-Law's home later today for a few hours. His wife Jean said, "Pick a spot and hunker down and you'll be okay!" For some reason that cracked me up! But she has a lot of family who will be there as well, so she's probably telling the truth!
Despite the rest, I try to have little spurts of productivity. The end of 2012 was my time to get a new laptop, as we are allowed to upgrade every four years, which means every two years a Burgan gets a new computer of some type. Nate said he wanted me to have one before the baby, so he suggested we pick one up from Microcenter. So getting that up and running with my programs and files took some time, albeit sitting time. I also transferred Nate's files from his old desktop to the external hard drive and tweaked my old Dell immensely to prepare it for, well, a secret project I can't reveal before Christmas. (Wink.) So I "nested" our tech on Saturday and Sunday! Despite the fact that sitting is resting, there was still quite a bit of swelling in my feet, so intermittently putting those up to "drain" was a must.
I took a photo of my ring sling with new trim added (extraordinarily well-made, affordable and purchased from Etsy shop owner Rhiamon, slightly modified to add trim and length by moi). We used our baby giraffe to stand in for an infant, since the height and width are correct. Nate used the giraffe to get a basic fit for his Ergo-type carrier, which he loves because it's manly... and looks like a flak jacket (see also: image). (We also have a Moby-inspired wrap, also handmade by an Etsy-dweller, and I love it, but no cute photos exist of it... yet.)
And then Nate and I have been working on various things for the baby's room and comfort, like decking out the nursery (mostly Nate) with decorative additions by me, sewing, etc. I do these things in little one-hour-or-less spurts and then chill, and chores I do in 20-30-minute spurts and then rest, like running dishes, laundry, Swiffering or other light tasks. But without further ado, here are some photos of baby's room with new additions. Even though baby will be rooming in with us for the first half-year at least, the nursery is decked out for a baby ages 0-6 or so, or at least we hope. (Studies say SIDS is decreased if babies spend at least the first six months in their parents' room. See also: SIDS.org article) It's nice to feel "done" and just concentrate on resting,
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