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    Well I'm about 1 semester away from finishing my PhD so that is my work. The school is giving me a year and since it is better to take it when the semester change happens, I took it at the start of the summer term (May 1st). The extra work I had to do was a yearly report that I didn't think applied to me since I'm off on leave during it. Of course it somehow did and I ended up spending a fair bit of time on that!

    The nursery is getting there :)

    We want to put in a little corner bookshelf (high up) and I am making some art for the walls using patterned papers. I saw the technique on etsy and really liked it. It also allows you to customize the colours and patterns if you do it yourself. It's a bit ambitious at this point but we have the frames to frame the pictures as of this weekend! We are doing a nautical theme with lots of whales. The colours are turqoise and white.

    My work baby shower is technically this Saturday (long story about how the baby shower was somehow scheduled when I will be 38 and a half weeks pregnant!) and I am just hoping that baby stays put for that. We didn't wait for it though. We have all of the necessities. The baby shower will be a pure bonus if we make it until then! We just have some decorating and house cleaning left to do :) Well, a lot of house cleaning and organizing ha ha.

    That's great about the tutoring! Sounds nice and part time but also like it brings in some income. I'll be going back to school next May but I am supposed to be working on writing my final documents while I'm off. I doubt that will happen over the summer but during the school year, I'm sure I'll get back to it :) After I graduate, I'll probably teach some classes and possibly try and find an industry position but my husband has a good job and we're not strained for money. We'll have to see what kind of situation works best when the time comes.
    2630 days ago
    Yes we are very very close! I am 38 weeks as of tomorrow. I'm excited to be officially full term :) No sign of the little guy yet although I did have some pains over the weekend. I have a feeling he is going to come out sooner rather than later.

    I've just been trying to get the house organized/nursery finished these days. My mat leave officially began on May 1st but I still worked from home up till probably a week and a half ago. When is your leave starting? Are you taking any time off before the baby?
    2631 days ago
    Hey! I'm actually 34 weeks on Wednesday. Apparently it is a milestone week to hit as the baby is considered 'late preterm' and no longer just preterm. Supposedly it means a better outcome for the little guy! I'm looking forward to it. So you are in the t-minus 10-week countdown now eh? It is very exciting! I remember when I entered the 10-week countdown...it really gave me a push to start getting more baby things organized!

    My husband took vacation days this past week (he needed to use them or lose them by the end of April) and painted the nursery. It was so hard deciding on the paint colour! My goodness! We had 7 different tester samples up on the wall. We ended up going for a bluish green. I guess it might scream boy a little bit haha. I decided that beige would be too much like the rest of the house and really wanted to have the room be all about baby.

    Last night we ate dinner at my husband's parent's place and they have a nursery rocking chair for us. It's not as comfortable as some I've tried (we need to buy some padding) but it is so darn cute! It is also lovely that it was the rocker my husband's mom used for him and for his older brother. It's a nice family heirloom!

    I'm still apprehensive about how the whole thing will turn out (we're just finishing touch ups and haven't moved the furniture in yet) but I am excited to at least be at the point where we can move the furniture in. I'm starting to feel much more gigantically pregnant right now and it feels important to at least have somewhere to put the little guy down when he comes home! We don't have a lot of things yet because the baby showers are so late.

    Well, I hope things are going well with you!
    2660 days ago
    That sounds darling! Is your crib white too? It sounds like a vintagey princess room with the crown moulding and the distressed white change table. I love that look! I feel like I'd have more ideas for a little girl nursery but, alas, we are having a little boy and I've struggled a bit with the nursery design. We have an expresso crib set from toys r us (dresser will do double duty as a change table).


    Right now the room is a beige but we might paint to lighten it up to a lighter coloured beige. I've seen some nice things on pinterest where the walls are beige and then colour is added through wall decals and other items in the room. I'm trying for the room to not be overly in your face boy if you know what I mean.

    I REALLY want a nice upholstered glider. We are doing a 'reading nook' in one corner with a wall shelf and this glider I want to get. The hope will be that it can continue to be a special reading place for us in the years to come. I'm still on the lookout for my glider! Starting to feel a bit pressed for time! haha. I'm in the single digit countdown now (31 weeks pregnant as of today).

    2679 days ago
    Yes exactly! My husband was pretty paranoid about leaving the country and we were both worried about me getting stomach sick again! The vacation was nice as we just didn't have to stare around our house at all the things that are still undone for a few days. Also swimming was great.

    I swear I spend half of my time staring at my crazy abdomen moving all over the place and exclaiming loudly "what are you doing in there?". It's like he has a baby party every once and a while lol.

    I did my glucose test and it was fine. I wouldn't worry about it if you haven't had any symptoms. The plus side of doing it for me was that they uncovered the low iron. They threw in a few other tests while they were looking at the blood work.

    I'm kind of bummed that the baby showers are scheduled for later as I like to plan too but my friend who is hosting the work one is getting married on April 26th which meant that the shower needed to be mid-May (they are honeymooning right after the wedding and she was too busy before). The other one is my mother who feels that May 4th will be the best time. I'm just hoping that it will all go okay and that we'll still have enough time to get the items we need but didn't receive. My husband keeps telling me that if we find we need something, we can always go out and get it after the baby has arrived. It's true that we're not going to be out in the arctic. Babies R Us will still be standing lol.

    I know what you mean about the cleaning! We've been trying so hard to get things organized around here. I feel like I will feel more prepared for baby once we have more of our house better organized. Unfortunately, we still have a few half finished reno type things hanging around. They are driving me crazy! We have a half painted hallway/stairwell and a sanded down bannister right now. We're trying to get someone in to do the work but of course time is of the essence....plus I will need to go and stay with my mom while fumes/lack of stair railings are afoot! I wish I had more energy to clean but alas we will get done what we can before baby eh? That was pretty great of your husband! Probably exactly what you needed :) I also want everything to be perfect :( It's hard when you're all hormonal and nothing seems right. Don't even get me started on the nursery! We have some furniture but otherwise it's pretty well not done yet. What are you doing for yours?
    2681 days ago
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