Now that I’m finally feeling better I’ve been able to get some things done at home that I’ve been meaning to do for ages. Example? Finally covering our porch’s wicker furniture’s icky cushions.

My mom had purchased about four yards of this really pretty fabric this past spring to make pillows for the Adirondack chairs that she has on her porch. But she decided last minute she didn’t like how the colors looked against the house color, so I got four yards of funky fresh fabric to use how I wanted.

My mom actually suggested I use it to cover the wicker furniture’s cushions because the colors of the fabric would look nice against the dark stained wood that sides our house and would compliment the dark teal of our front door (which is in dire need of a fresh coat of paint!) and the magenta colored birdhouse planters that hang off the posts that line one side of our porch. I totally agreed and got to covering yesterday morning.

This was probably the easiest no-sew project I’ve ever taken on (and despite my radio silence on the blog of late, I do actually sew and craft a bit). The fabric came in two two yard pieces, so I took the first piece to basically wrap the love seat cushion. I took straight pins to secure the fabric (which I will later replace with safety pins).

After I threw that back on the wicker love seat I took the two smaller cushions I had, put them on the next piece of fabric, and then cut that in half.

After those cushions were covered and the fabric pinned in place, I put the cushions back and called it done. How long did this little makeover take? Under ten minutes. I didn’t bother to iron the fabric, which I think I probably should have, and maybe I will at a later date, but for now I think the addition of some more fun and vibrant fabric is just enough to refresh my wicker furniture’s look.

Here is a look at the furniture before:

And here it is after:

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Week Ten/Eleven (July 16 – 22)

Esitmated Due Date: February 8th, 2013 (Yes! A new due date! Hence why the weeks listed above are a little funky.)

Symptoms: Morning sickness has started to dissipate, FINALLY. I’m also not as tired, which has been a godsend. What’s left of my first trimester symptoms? My breasts are still sore and I’m still getting some headaches. I do still get occasional cramping.

Body Changes: Not a lot has change besides my cup size. I haven’t really gained any weight and I don’t look particularly pregnant except when bloated. As much as I can’t wait to look as pregnant as I feel, I know I should treasure this time when all my clothes still fit well!

Cravings: Salty and carb-y things are my preference at the moment, and chicken as well. Still loving my old pregnancy standby of chicken salad with sour pickles.

High Point: I finally, FINALLY got to see a doctor! I had my first appointment with my OB at a nearby hospital. I really liked her, she fully supports my wishes for a VBAC (assuming all signs point to probable success), and I feel like she cares about my pregnancy, my baby, and me. I was going to look at another practice at another hospital that was farther away, but…well, check out the Low Point below.

Along with my first doctor’s visit, I got to have my first ultrasound. I’ve got a healthy, happy little sprout growing in there! The ultrasound showed a wiggly little bug with a great heartbeat (174 bpm). We had a second ultrasound this past Monday (an official dating ultrasound), and I’m about four days ahead of where I thought I was, so I’ve moved my due date to February 8th, though my doctor’s office will likely keep it at the 12th, just because they seem to like the wiggle room. Anyhow, Monday’s ultrasound showed us an even better picture of the little bug, where she (he?) was sucking her thumb! So sweet! The heart rate as of Monday was 164 bpm (above 140 bpm…girl?).

Low Point: So, we were going to be checking out another practice an hour or so south of us. Well, it didn’t work out. We had a hell of a time trying to get to the place (second time we had trouble getting down there; the hubs insisted if I’d decided to deliver there I’d have the home birth I always wanted…in the car). Anyway, I was scheduled for an appointment at 1pm. At around ten of 1 I knew we were going to be late, so I called the office. No answer because the office was “closed” for lunch. Okay, whatev, I’ll try back at one (there wasn’t an answering system for me to leave a message saying we’d be late). I tried back at 1. No answer. The office was still “closed.” Okay, I tried again at 1:05. No answer. 1:10. No answer. 1:15. No answer. By the time I reached the office at 1:20, I was obviously quite late, but I had tried to let them know. I don’t understand how an office reopens at 1pm, but they have NO ONE answering the phone at 1. I was wicked annoyed. And, because I was twenty minutes late (versus fifteen), I had to reschedule my appointment. It was REALLY annoying to drive an hour to this place, be unable to get in contact with them when needed, and then still have to head into the office, be told (rather rudely, in my opinion) that I was late (as if I wasn’t already aware after the rigamarole to find the place), and that I’d have to reschedule. So, so, so not worth it, and in all my overly hormonal pregnant glory, totally sob worthy once I was safely out of the office and in the elevator. We’re sticking with the closer hospital/OB.

Paranoid Moment: Now that I’ve reached the end of the first trimester (according to my new due date, I’m 12 weeks today!) and I’ve seen our little bug a couple of times and heard the heartbeat, it’s hard to feel too worried, which is great! Of course, as time goes on, I’m sure I’ll find other things to worry about, but all I can do about it is stay positive, think of the best possible outcome, and just enjoy this pregnancy, which I’m finally really starting to do.

What I did to prepare this week: This week I went to speak with my nutritionist again…finally. This is the first appointment I’ve had with her since I found out I was pregnant. My OB recommended I only gain, tops, 20 pounds (oh, boy…). I definitely think I can do it, but it’s going to be difficult. Seeing my nutritionist will definitely be a big help (she was huge in my losing 40 lbs. this year), especially as my appetite comes back.

What’s going on “in there”: The folks of BabyCenter say: “The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

I won’t go ahead and say it’s been the worst month ever, period, because, when I think of it, way worse things could have happened, but if you’re looking for an awesome way to be incredibly uncomfortable, might I reccomend being simultaneously pregnant and have a sinus infection/horrible cold?

So, please excuse my total lack of posts, baby updates, and other little rambling musings (I’m going to pretend there are people out there who actually did miss them). That said, allow me to give a very brief update of what was missed these last few weeks (pregnancy-wise – everything else in my life has sort of been at a stand still as I’ve not had the energy to do anything).

Weeks Six through 9 (June 18 – July 15)

Esitmated Due Date: February 11th, 2013

Symptoms:  Around the end of week six nausea “finally” settled in, and I’ve had it visiting me for a couple of hours, or, if I’m lucky, all day, every day. It varies from day to day, what I eat, and how much I’m in moving vehicles, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when it will show up during the course of the day. It sort of sucks. That said, I’m glad it’s here, because it was getting weird and a bit disconcerting to not have it. In addition to nausea, there is still breast sensitivity, some general aches and pains, exhaustion, and I can get really hungry and thirsty very fast.

Body Changes:  Boobs! And that’s about it. I actually lost the five pounds I gained earlier in pregnancy and while I was convinced I could feel my uterus, turns out I was wrong. My midwife told me that I have both a prominent pubic bone and hard and tight abdomen muscles (under that protective layer of fat), so when I thought I was feeling my uterus, it was likely one of those two things.

Cravings:  When I feel like eating, I mostly want carbs. I’m definitely loving my chicken salad again, which was a big love with E., especially chicken salad Italians with extra sour and salty pickles!

High Point:  I’ve finally been in to see the two OB offices I want to check out and had my first appointment for supplemental care with the Birthwise midwives in Bridgton. I liked both offices that I visited, so far, and both seemed to have a positive outlook on VBACs, but the verdict is out until after I talk to the actual OBs I’ll be seeing this coming week. I loved, loved, loved my visit with the midwives in Bridgton. If you are in the southwestern area of Maine and are looking for good prenatal care, these ladies rock. I’m telling you now, no OB or CNM is going to sit with you for two hours and chat about your medical history and your desires for your pregnancy and birth. Their caring and compassion for pregnant women (and women in general) is incredible and they made me feel so great about everything I’m doing a pregnant mom and everything I have waiting ahead of me. And their just so helpful. And great.

Low Point: Just feeling generally miserable (though it’s started to diminish)…and having to shell out $40 for prescriptions (I’m on a antibiotic to get rid of this nasty cold).

Paranoid Moment:  While the last few weeks have been crummy, I haven’t had much reason to worry. I have had some crampiness, which made me nervous because I had gone so long without it, but there was nothing else to indicate a problem and I have chalked it up more to musclar/joint stuff and things continuing to shift and grow rather than anything serious.

What I did to prepare this week: I’ve just been getting to appointments and trying to stay alive at this point, haha. I’ve also tried to track down baby stuff on Craigslist if anything good crops up (nothing yet, though I’ve tried, but people are hard to get a hold of sometimes). I’ve also decided on what breast pump I’d like to get (these things are wicked expensive, though – I’m looking at spending $200, which really isn’t a lot, but it’s still A LOT!). Having a baby ain’t cheap, that’s for sure.

What’s going on “in there”: I’m not going to worry about copying and pasting a ton of info from the last couple of weeks, but I will post what BabyCenter has to say about week nine:

Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She’s starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic “tail” is completely gone. Your baby’s organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won’t be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won’t open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby’s basic physiology is in place, she’s poised for rapid weight gain.