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7 Quick Takes: The Mostly Birth but also Other Stuff Edition

Jacqui Skemp3 Comments
1. We made it! 36 weeks! Iggy was born at 36 weeks and 1 day and needed no NICU time, which was a blessing. So if this baby were to come today (which I really hope is not the case) we would probably be in the clear for our regular ol' hospital birth and no extra time for baby. At this point we've got small goals. First, I would like to make it past my birthday, which is Monday the 13th, because I'm selfish. Second, I would like to make it to at least 37 weeks because I won't have the option of a water birth if I go before then. Third, if we make it to 38 weeks I'll actually get to take a birthing class. It's a special class for second (or third, or fourth) time parents, and I'm looking forward to it. We never took any kind of class with Iggy, and while things went well, it would be nice to be able to practice some techniques and maybe talk through some things that I would like to go differently. That's the last big milestone I would like to get it. After that, it would be nice to have a full term baby who is a good nurser and is chubby :)

2. Speaking of birth, I've been reading lots of birth stories. It was really helpful for me to read positive birth stories before Iggy was born. I especially like the kind where an unmedicated labor goes well. I've started a Pinterest board where I'm collecting the ones I've liked or would like to read. But Grace has a great birth story link up, and I'm reading a few here and there.

3. And again with the birth stuff. Here are two books that I found super helpful in preparing me for Iggy's birth, and I'm re-reading them in preparation for this baby's birth.

Ina May's book was so good for me last time. I devoured it, and remembered her encouraging words when I was actually in labor.

My girlfriend sent me her copy of this book. We couldn't afford to take the Bradley classes last time around, so it was nice to have the book to read. I especially liked the visuals of the uterine muscles and the section on emotional sign posts during labor. It was helpful for me when I hit that wall of "I can't do this anymore" to dig deep in my mind and remember that that sort of thought meant I was almost done with labor.

4. This is one of my new favorite blogs to read: Mama Needs Coffee. I find Jenny's writing so honest, clear and enjoyable. If you don't already read her blog, you should start. 

5.  I didn't get a picture of our family this year on Easter, but I do have this adorable photo of Iggy. 

He's got a bump on his forehead from running into a door frame. But he seemed to recover well :)
We went to the vigil and I was really anxious about how he would do because he had refused to nap that day. And when the kid who usually naps for 3-4 hours skips his nap, the end of the day is pretty awful. But he ended up falling asleep in his daddy's arms. I relieved him for a bit, and held my baby boy in my lap and listened to the choir sing Palestrina's Sicut Cervus (which I sang in high school). I sang along because I was by myself in the chapel. Pure Easter goodness. 

6. Our seeds are growing, but I think I planted the cucumbers and squash too early. They are starting to look kind of sad in their little tiny cells. So I might need to transplant them soon. Otherwise, the tomato plants are starting to show their second set of leaves. Now that I know they can be replanted deeper in the ground so they are not so leggy, I'm not as anxious about killing them as I was last year. 

We also spent this lovely Saturday afternoon blowing bubbles, drawing with chalk on the front steps, and raking up the leaves to prepare the front yard for all the ferns that come in each year. I didn't do much work because I'm doing my best to make sure this kiddo stays cooking for a few more weeks. Iggy enjoyed the one puddle in the driveway though.

7. And I have some sad news. This blanket I've been working on...

It's ruined. I washed it, and the colors bled so much, that the white looks gross and dingy. I read afterwards that I could have soaked it in vinegar to try and set the colors. It was so lovely and soft before, and now it just is… sad. I'm not sure what to do. I might try washing it again and using some softener and maybe it will just be a car/park blanket. Sad day. 

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A Months Worth of Quick Takes

Jacqui Skemp2 Comments
So let's do a little catching up, shall we? It's been quiet on the blog front here. And while it wasn't intentional at first, it soon became so. I didn't have a timeline for when I would stop and start blogging. But I have been struggling with comparison, and then I came across this amazing post by Laura at Oakland Avenue. It hit home. And it was convicting. So I took a step back from blogging, and reading blogs (though I kept up with couple of favorites). She puts it so well: comparison is a thief. And it was stealing my time, my energy and my joy. 

In my time "off" I've been enjoying my family, cooking, and investing time and energy into our home life. Here are 7 quick takes at life here during the last month: 

1. I've been working on a few recipes to share and I will post those in due time. First, salsa pocha. I'll explain later. But know this, it is simple and delicious. 

2. It's been colder here so we've been enjoying Mexican hot chocolate. This particular chocolate is extra special because it comes from a smallish town in Mexico, and I stole it from my grandmas pantry.

3. I finally got my mom to write down the recipe my dad uses (that my mom taught him) to make a simple roasted chile. You will not regret the tears you may shed whilst roasting these peppers.

4. We went to pick some apples with our family in southern Minnesota a few weekends back. It's a very fall-ish activity but the weather was very summer-ish. I wore shorts and sandals. Iggy wore his best cowboy get up. 

5. I've been working on getting a few more blankets listed in my Etsy shop, Ceci Cebu, and I'll share more about that later. But this one is my favorite and I just might buy it for myself. 

6. After we hit up the apple orchards we picked pumpkins. And if you know more than I did you would know that none of these beauties pictures are actually pumpkins, except for the little guy in the front, but squash. Inspired by my friend Susana over at Living with Lady Philosophy, I roasted, pureed and froze most of this goodness. I saved some for a pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread with chocolate chips. I used Smitten Kitchen's recipe for a the pie. It took a long, long, long time but was well worth it.

7. Lastly, I've been enjoying some fall decorating and cozy blankets around our apartment. The house is old, and drafty and we have problems with mice and wasps. But it has character, and it works for now. I've learned to lean into it, and love it. It's our home. It's Iggy's first home, and that makes me love it all the more.

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7 Quick Takes: Yarn, Tomatoes and a Giraffe

Jacqui Skemp6 Comments
1. Last Saturday Iggy's tio and tia took him out for his birthday treat. It involved terrifying animals (like this here giraffe) and ice cream.

Granted, he fell asleep in the car on the way there, was tired enough to sleep through the transfer into his stroller. We enjoyed some zoo time with a sleepy baby and then he was up and ready to see the animals. When the giraffe walked by he eased into a serious pout and some major tears. He eventually warmed up to them. To make up for the terrifying experience, his tia bought him some yummy ice cream.

2. I shared this article on my blogs fb page about waiting to find out the sex of your baby. I know it's not a popular choice right now, but we loved waiting to find out. Though, #2 was my main motivation. 

3. Our garden needs to chill out. I'm getting really sick and tired of these disgusting tomatoes

4. Have you been following Blythe's mini series about meeting and marrying her hubby.You can find it here, here and here.

5. Also, are you keeping up with Kate's series "Before I Had a Seven Year Old"? I'm lovin' it. (did you sing that? I always do)

6. I got a new order of yarn in to diversify my Etsy shop Ceci Cebu. I'm hoping to have these in the shop by mid September. Are there any color combos you would like to see?

The yarn is from Knit Picks.

7. Last night a few girlfriends and I went out to celebrate this lady's life. Yummy cocktails and fancy chairs. It was a good night at Marvel.

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