Space Planning, Pretzels + Mocassins
While I was helping my friend with furniture layouts for her new retail store, I decided to rethink my own apartment. We live in the second floor of a converted row home, and while roomy and very sunlit, the back studio / reading room doesn’t have much (any?) insulation and the room we use a bedroom is in the middle of the house without doors. We’ve done this to take advantage of our brightly lit huge front room which receives gorgeous Northern daylight from morning until evening. Another benefit is being shielded from the noises on our very busy street, including but not limited to trolley traffic every quarter of an hour, and thankfully less frequent vocal altercations.
This has worked fine for us for the past few years, but we’re thinking it’s time to make some changes. The main reason for the change is because I'm expecting a baby in February!
I am naively hoping not to uproot my entire life because of this impending arrival, but I'm sure some things will change, at least for a bit. I'm hoping to follow in the footsteps of the rational and wonderful moms I know, such as my own dear Mom, my MIL, sisters-in-law, and best friends.
We're attempting to go minimal and just get what we need (I'll tell you how that goes!). We're also very lucky to have lots of friends who are done having babies, and already sending things our way. I am also very grateful that I've felt really well, and besides getting super seasick going deep-sea fishing in my first trimester, have not even been too nauseous.
In the meantime, my goal during pregnancy is to be very selfish and enjoy as much free-time and me-time as possible! I'm sleeping in on weekends if I want, reading tons of books, not pushing myself to be productive all the time, and knitting things for myself!
I'll probably do a little crafting soon, especially now that I'm at the halfway mark and it's going very quickly! I'd like to make a quilt, and maybe a couple of knitted goods as well. I started knitting the yellow blanket, and did make the onesies above for my parents to reveal the news. (Lola and Lolo are Grandma and Grandpa in Tagalog, the Filipino language. It's also sassy and fun, which my parents are!)
I've also made things for other people's babies! The cutest baby moccasins from Purl Soho, and a pretzel themed "Philly Baby" onesie at a recent baby shower.
Thanks for letting me share my news with you! Feel free to send along suggestions of what I should be doing in my "selfish" time!