Yep, I’m still pregnant! Happy Due Date, sweet little baby. We’re very excited to meet you, but take your time and come out whenever you’re ready to meet us.
I’m now 8.5 months pregnant! It’s hard to believe, time has flown and now baby is due in exactly 2 weeks. Wow. Actually, he may not be that patient. Baby dropped down into my pelvis and has been engaged for more than two weeks now, and I haven’t been able to properly walk and move about ever since. I have also been having recurring belly cramps in the morning for two days now… They go later in the day, so I don’t think we’re there yet and it’s just my body getting ready for labor. But who knows, he could be ready to meet us anytime now. Today, tomorrow, next week? We’ll find out soon enough. I’m sure.
That’s right, baby is full term now! Yesterday, we hit the 37 week mark. He is little over 3 kilo now and that may not sound heavy, but sure feels like it is. Baby has dropped and his head is engaged, making breathing easier and walking and moving about a lot, a lot, a lot harder. First, of all I’ve officially started waddling in the last week; I fit in really well with all those ducks in the park here. Also, I’ve been needing lots of help getting up from the bed, the floor, the couch, and doing things like put on my socks. Oh well, it’s all part of pregnancy and even though it’s inconvenient I’m still so happy and content to be in this position. I get to be a mommy soon and I can’t be more delighted about it.
One more week and baby is done baking, he’ll be full term then. After that it just depends on how crispy he wants to be when he comes out of this mommy oven. I’m hoping he will stay in at least for 40 weeks, because we’re really not ready for his arrival yet.
I’ve been on maternity leave for little over two weeks now. Besides sleeping and baby stuff, I have been busy with making PDF patterns on Inkscape. My goal is to self-publish a pattern book for the plushies I have designed over the years and am continuing to design now. Over the last five years, I’ve managed to create one PDF pattern per year (they are a lot of work), but their styles were quite different. This is to be expected I think, when you’re learning a new skill and still trying to find your own way. But if I want to make them into a book, I want them to be consistent and make up a harmonized whole together. So I have been working on that.
If you have been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I love making plushies. I started doing that a long time ago in Japan, and like with everything I love doing I overdid it and gave myself a few nasty arm and hand injuries. Ouch. Oh well, the story of my life. After finally accepting I couldn’t hand-stitch dozens of plushies anymore, at least not without aggravating my injuries, I used a machine to stitch plushies when I was in the States. It was a change in process I had to get used to, but soon enough I loved doing that too. I have been trying to get back into it here in England, but my new sewing machine is quite crappy and frustrates me to no end. It’s the same brand as the one in the States, I bought it new, but the tension on it is ridiculous. I have tried to adjust it numerous times, but it just won’t sew my felt properly.
So now I am back to making PDF patterns to teach others how to hand-stitch my designs. Which is great because I get to play around with Inkscape and make computer graphics. I’m actually updating my old patterns into a more consistent design and working on a slew of new patterns for a pattern book which I intend to self-publish. Hopefully soon.
I love making things from felt, but it feels like it has been forever since I’ve been creative. When we lived in the States, I made plush animals and pdf patterns all day, I loved it. I had oodles of time since I wasn’t allowed to work there, but I am allowed to work here in the UK, and I do, full-time. So ever since we moved to this country my felt endeavours have been on a back burner, very very far back.