I hate third trimester morning sickness. I didn't have it with Abigail, thankfully. But this time around...the big difference is that while I had first trimester nausea all the time, there wasn't much vomiting. But this trimester? The nausea comes in bouts and almost always involves a ton of violent vomiting. It comes on so suddenly too, I never know if it's safe to leave the house because I'm not sure when It will strike. I'll hit 32 weeks tomorrow, I'm miserable, and I am so very glad I forget how much I hate being pregnant after I give birth.
The good news is that I have continued to gain a healthy amount of weight. After the 55-60 lbs I put on with Abigail - which took me two years to take off - I'm making it a priority to stick within my doctor's guidelines. I'm at 23 pounds so far with only 8 more weeks to go.
Update #2: The Baptismal Gown
The crochet work is done. I promise that I'll take nice photos once it's completed, but in the meantime, here's some shots from this morning:
I need to buy and add buttons, sew a slip (which should be an afternoon project), and add ribbon.
And writing this all out, it just occurred to me: Should I make a bonnet? Booties? Should the baby wear the dress during the reception? Oh geeze. Thoughts, anyone?
Now that I've completed the pattern, I do have to say, it was terribly written. It's riddled with errors and the recommended quantity of yarn was way off. The pattern is for a 2-4 month old and I'm looking to baptize a less-than-one-month-old, so I only did 70% of the skirt, which saved me just enough yarn to finish the project. The yarn is hard to find in craft stores and I had to order it online, so if I did make the full dress, or if I make a bonnet and booties to match, I'll have to buy more online. Shipping on this yarn costs as much as the yarn itself, which doubles a majority of my costs.
Update #3: Sheep and Company
It's been a dream of mine for a while to open up my own Etsy shoppe and I'm super glad I finally did in January of 2013. I don't regret it one bit - actually, I wish I'd done it when we were still in law school. But it turns out there isn't a huge market for $10-$14 custom-made knitted hats out there, so after having my fill of fun, I've decided to close up shop and move on to new projects. I have a particular revenue goal in mind that I want to hit before I formally close, so my shop will likely remain open until I reach it. I'm super close, and I've decided to seriously mark down stuff in the hopes of hitting it soon. Markdowns include my crochet fruit, which was originally listed for $20 and is now $12:
Also, I can turn either the watermelon or pineapple sets into magnets at no additional charge. It is important to note that once fruit because magnetized, it is no longer meant as a toy for young children, but instead becomes a decoration.
Secondly, I'm looking to offload this hand-crocheted baby blanket:
Originally $75, now only $35.
Lastly, I'm totally willing to make deals. So if you're all, "Yes, I would like to buy all three of my children new winter hats, plus pick up two sets of crochet fruit, and only pay you $30," make an offer. Likely I'll come back with "You pay shipping and it's a done deal."
Update #4: The Manuscript
This past weekend I finished going through and making revisions based on the critiques of the very generous peer-reviewers who kindly went through my book, and I did another on-screen read-through myself.
While things were being edited, I did some research on the publication process and determined a course of action. I have a few small leads for publishers that don't require agents, but a vast majority of publishers won't even look at my manuscript unless it is being represented by an agent. So it looks like I will need to find one; lucky for me they don't charge the author until a contract has been signed with a publisher.
Below is my to-do list, with the steps in brackets being my updated tasks.
To-do list (deadline: before the baby comes in mid-May):
-[Review a two-page section with a few people in a group setting to determine if it needs a bit more work]
-[Print and] read through a final time [Matt too] to make sure it's as good as it's going to get.
-[Contact everyone I've ever met or heard of who has an arm in the publishing world].
-Either find an agent, start submitting, or both.
The other day I got out of the shower to discover this:
My child sneak-reading the Catechism in the corner. (Full disclosure: I initially discovered her with the Catechism, but by the time I'd grabbed my camera, she'd moved on to a different book).
She's sneak-reading it because the books were stacked up on the table in a place I thought she couldn't reach, so she knew they were "Mommy's books" and wasn't supposed to be reading them. She's usually really gentle with books for a two-year-old, but just like you can't tame a wild animal, you can't guarantee a two-year-old won't randomly rip a page out of the Catechism. Or a library book.
Anyway, I love that I have a kid who sneak-reads in corners. Of all the bad things she could be doing, she's reading a book. And not just any book, a book that lays out the official teachings of our religious beliefs.