Hello Spring, it’s lovely to see you!

Finally! The Sun is shining, the temperature is slowly rising, and I feel like I’m coming back to life. We didn’t even have much of a Winter here, to be honest. But it’s the lack of daylight that gets me every year. At the worst point in December, there was even a day when it was finally bright enough outside for me to be able to switch off the lights indoors at 11AM, only to switch them back on 4 hours later at 3PM! That’s how dark it was that day. I’m looking forward to July when the sun comes up at 5AM and sets past 10PM. So much better.

Meanwhile, our coffee table in the living room has switched from Easter theme to Spring theme …

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Spring decoration tray coffee table living room interior home house wooden white teacup fake flowers lily of the valley lilly pale pastel shabby chic european birds sheep candle in cup spoon

Half of it is totally improvised, as I realized the other day that I don’t actually own much Spring decoration. I can’t be bothered to go shopping as I’m now into the third trimester of this pregnancy. But I’m planning to buy some Spring extras next year for sure. For now, this will have to do. We purchased the little white sheep during our vacation in Croatia last year. The main reason why we bought it is because we thought it kind of looked like Shaun The Sheep, and Gert and I are huge Shaun The Sheep fans! – very mature 😂

Wolf has become so attached to me lately. He’s even managed to squeeze himself underneath the Ikea laptop tray lol I’m so thankful for this awesome little dog. What a great companion he is. ❤️

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wolfthedog chihuahua little tiny dog puppy fits under ikea laptop tray stand support lap cute adorable small wolf

I realized a while ago that I haven’t posted about our cat in forever. I assure you he’s still alive and well. Haha! I’ll take some more pictures of him soon to counter-balance the overflow of dog pictures.

February Health Update

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Sorry I’ve been mute this past week. I had a bit of a health scare and underwent a biopsy. The doctor assured me it was no big deal, but I already had visions of cancer and a dramatic ending before the results came back a few days later and were all clear. Whew! Big relief!

Still some worries about Wednesday, as I’ll have to go back for some sort of detailed ultrasound of the veins in and around the uterus. Not my idea of a fun day. But I’d rather go and know everything there is to know before we venture into a new pregnancy. Fingers crossed for good results. I’m such a pessimist these days. I figure if there’s anything that can go wrong, it WILL go wrong.

Now here’s someone who has no concept of stress and worries:

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*sigh* Wish me luck.

♥︎ Lisa

It’s Goodbye, Not Farewell

Hearing about that couple we know who just lost their baby brought back all the misery we’ve been through. At first I didn’t feel like this news was going to hit me hard; even though I obviously feel awful for them. But then I hardly slept and I started thinking about Sam, those 9 months when he was alive and healthy, and then the sudden end, those days at the hospital, seeing him for the first and last time, and then coming home to nothing.

I think it affected Gert too, because we both decided on a whim to go shopping a whole afternoon this weekend when we didn’t even need anything. Adding to the irony: that’s when I finally found a machine washable rug for the nursery, which I’d been looking for since last Summer. Figures. I went ahead and bought it. Working on the finishing touches gives me such a strange feeling of accomplishment. I guess it may seem silly since there’s no baby to use it for.

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gender neutral baby nursery yellow green pastels wooden furniture home interior decoration decorating white ikea shelf book red lamp
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I also got these two yellow and green porcelain bunnies. Totally useless, but so adorable.

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And this little monster with a zippered mouth that serves as a pouch.

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booboo doll worry eater zorgenvriendje ernst soft stuffed animal zippered mouth zipper cute baby toddler toy striped pastel sorgenfresser green yellow red

The tiny booklet attached to the back explains that its actual purpose is for children to draw their fear or anger on a piece of paper, and stuff it into the monster’s mouth and then zip it shut. I’m afraid this is a little too psychologically deep for us practical people! So it would most likely end up being used to store tiny toys, or tissues, or God knows what.

I spent the whole afternoon yesterday rearranging a bunch of things in that room. The most painful of all was putting away the last of Sam’s stuff in a box, which I had started working on last Wednesday. The only thing left that’s linked to him is the glass display on the window sill that has his name on it and contains some items. Everything else is now stored away in a closed box. It was weird going through everything and making the final decision of what will remain in the room to be used for another baby, and what will be kept forever in Sam’s box.

I have to say though, it feels like a weight was lifted off my shoulders now that it’s done. The nursery was kind of frozen in our mourning process. Nothing had been moved since September. So it now feels like the room has regained its neutrality, ready to welcome the future. We even leave the door open now.

On a positive note: my ring fits again! The medication I got to reduce the swelling in my fingers seems to have helped a bit. It’s still not 100% back to normal, but even though there’s enough in the box to keep taking it another week, I think I’m going to stop here. The side effects are annoying, and all I wanted was to be able to wear my wedding band again. Goal achieved :-)

♥︎ Lisa

Hello 2015

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I’m really loving the bedroom now that it’s been painted white! Everything looks so bright and clean. I bought some Winter plants for the fireplace, and a pretty lace skirt, which I will review in a separate post soon!

♥︎ Lisa

Last details before Sam arrives

Exactly 10 more days to go, if the estimated due date is correct. This past week has been particularly hard on my body. There were a few times when I thought for sure it was starting, but then, nope. It did put me into gear to finish packing the last few details for our trip to the hospital. I also finally settled on what to wear during delivery. The hospital list mentioned “a large old comfortable tshirt”, so that’s what I had originally packed. But then I found that thing so ugly. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the most humiliating, I mean, “wonderful” experience of my life looking like that. So then this old dress suddenly came to mind:

We bought it on vacation in Greece many years ago. It was dirt cheap and I never bothered to wear it again. But it is quite cute when on. It will be absolutely perfect for the occasion. It’s light, airy, comfortable, it’s the perfect length, and at least I will retain a bit of my dignity. Not to mention the fact that it’s a very dark shade of blue, so I won’t look all blood stained when holding our dirty newborn. There will be nothing glamorous about that moment, so I’m trying my best to keep a minimal level of decency.

Here are the finished bags:

From top to bottom:

-1- beauty case

-2- trolley to take into the delivery room

-3- big suitcase for the actual hospital stay

The hospital originally provided one global list, but it was a mishmash of everything we’ll need from the moment we arrive at the delivery room, to the moment we leave the hospital. And there’s no way this was all going to fit into one bag. So, I *think* I’ve got it figured out and hopefully I won’t be missing anything.

All the details are below. Maybe it will be useful to have on hand if I ever get pregnant again. So I’m definitely keeping a copy of it.

There is nothing to add at the last minute. I bought all the daily necessities such as tooth brush, tooth paste, you name it, in double so I won’t have to grab it from the bathroom before I leave. I figured I will use it anyway when I get back home, so no need to be skimpy.

I also prepared a medium box that contains some extra clothes for me, just in case. It will be easier to tell Gert to take this and that out of the box, or heck, perhaps even bring the whole box to me, rather than having him look through my entire wardrobe lol I’ve also labeled all the baby care items that I stacked on the shelf in the nursery, so that if I need anything, it will be easy for Gert to just grab it and go.

I think it will be quite exhausting for him as he plans to keep working during my hospital stay. He’ll be driving back & forth a lot, so I’ve organized the house as much as I can so he won’t have too much stress during that crazy week. And I’m staying on top of laundry like a champ; making sure that the laundry basket is practically empty at all times. Once the baby comes, the last thing I want to worry about is having to catch up on a pile of dirty clothes, or for Gert to run out of clean clothes when he’s the one who has to go to work each day. I also thought of adding extra bread in the freezer for him, so he won’t have to run to the store for last minute lunch. And I’ve prepared a set of clean bed sheets he can use, in case my water breaks at night and we have to leave right then.

Here’s the shelf filled with all the baby care items I’ll need as soon as we come home:

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I put together the mobile my mom bought last week:
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It’s super cute! They’re basically little bears dressed up as butterflies. I will take better pictures later, but this will have to do for now.

The painting on the crib that’s leaning against the wall is meant to be put up right there. And then I’ll add the little bird houses I mentioned a while ago on the left side. I finally took the time to paint them:

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I mixed the colors myself so they would match the painting to perfection. I don’t think it’s super obvious in this picture, but it will be lovely once they’re all hanging next to each other. This little project turned into a fiasco though. Apparently you’re not supposed to use oil paint on wood … which I just now learned the hard way. I painted these 8 days ago and they’re still wet. My plan was to paint them last Tuesday and put them up on the wall the next day. I really wanted to get this done before the baby arrives, but at this rate, it will be another 3 weeks before they’re completely dry :-/ I mean, they WILL dry eventually, right?

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Anyway, here’s the latest product we bought as part of our “urgent” wish list before we head to the hospital. It’s a digital thermometer that looks like something right out of the future. You basically put it against the baby’s forehead for a second and it instantly tells you the result. This kind of stuff has probably been around for years, but what do I know?

It’s one of those things I figured we should have on hand from day one. And truth be told, it’s so cool and practical that I think we’ll end up using it for the whole family, not just the baby. It cost about 50€; which isn’t super cheap, but still okay. I really want to high-five myself for how cheaply we’ve managed to prepare this baby’s arrival so far. When we mail the birth announcements, I’ll make sure to add a thank you note to everyone who has given us their awesome hand-me-downs.

Speaking of the birth announcement: We have designed it entirely ourselves, and I’m happy to say that it is finished! Well, except for the actual date and birth details, but you know what I mean. Gert came up with some ideas, I came up with some more, and it all turned out pretty nice. We ordered a test print last week which we got in the mail yesterday, and I was very pleased with the result. There are a couple of minor details I will change for the final print, but at least we know it will look like we had imagined, and that there won’t be any bad surprises. I will dedicate an entire separate post to this topic after they’ve been mailed!

As for today, I have an appointment at the hospital in the afternoon. Next week *should be* our last appointment, unless Sam decides to stick around longer than planned. In which case I think they’ll want to see me every day, or every other day, I’m not sure.

I can feel my body is really reaching its limits now. My hips feel so loose it hurts, my sciatic nerve is still partially stuck, giving shooting pains from my back through my entire leg, all the way down to my foot. I practically can’t walk anymore and no position is painless, whether I’m sitting, standing, or laying down. Right now I’m glad I’ve managed to finish everything on my to-do list before the pain got so bad. So I can now afford to take it easy and keep up with minimal house chores. I did have to cancel a few visits with friends as well as a day trip organized by our town, but oh well. We’ll reschedule those later with Sam :-)

♥︎ Lisa