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Life | Squirrelly Baby’s Due Date!

Squirrelly Baby's Due Date - Photo by Centric Photography | Squirrelly Minds

Photo by Centric Photography.

Well folks, today is what doctor’s calculated would be squirrelly baby’s birthday! Of course babies never listen, so the chances of him/her coming today are incredibly slim. Nevertheless it’s time for me to say my mini farewell so I can rest before baby’s arrival and get ready to welcome him/her into our lives. I’m so excited!

I’ve planned ahead to keep up with the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule, with all Friday Fives and the desktop wallpaper posts ready to go until the end of October. I’ll try to pop in elsewhere but don’t be surprised if I miss a Monday or Wednesday here and there. But don’t worry, I have some incredible ladies coming over to hang out with you guys! Trust me, you want to keep coming back ’cause there are some gemstone posts headed your way.

If I can, I’ll pop on here shortly after squirrelly baby arrives with a little announcement, but no promises. You can however definitely follow along on Instagram, because you know I’ll be there.

x’s and o’s to you all. See you again when I’m a mommy!

Life | Pregnancy Update – 38 Weeks

Pregnancy Update - 38 weeks | Squirrelly Minds

Photo by Centric Photography

Yes, we’re at 38 weeks. How was my last pregnancy update already 3 weeks ago? How is there only 2 (roughly) weeks to go? We’re in the home stretch friends, baby could come any day.

Things have been going really well. I got back a few pictures from our maternity photo shoot at 36 weeks and love them. I’ll be sharing a whole whack load more of them next week so get ready!
For now, let’s get on with the questions.

I’ve been all right in this department. The other night however I did have an insane evening full of braxton hicks. They weren’t painful, but rather my stomach would just go rock hard and no matter what I did (aside from take a bath) I could not get comfortable. Oh the joys of the body preparing itself for what’s ahead!

I can never get enough ice cream, a craving I try to curb with plain greek yogurt instead…try.

SO much better than the last update! I’ve gotten a lot more things finalized/finished and have had to force myself to take a few days off from doing anything but lay on the couch and watch gilmore girls. It’s been completely rejuvenating and so needed.

Baby Growth
My uterus was measuring just 1cm over at yesterday’s appointment – so hoping that means baby stays at a good size!

Baby Movement
I can definitely tell when squirrelly baby is sleeping, and certainly when he/she is awake! We’re now able to press around on my tummy and be able to tell if we’re feeling a foot and bum etc, which is really really cool!

I still have a few things on my to do list, namely getting Squirrelly Minds set so you all have something to see at least once or twice a week, but mainly it’s boring practical stuff like maternity leave, insurance papers etc. I had to knock a lot of items off my list because I just knew I couldn’t get it done in time, so the shop has remained a bit stagnant in result of that. But all the ‘must do’s’ are finished, and after purchasing a few more ‘must haves’, we’ll be all set to go!

Life | Pregnancy Update – 35 weeks

Pregnancy Update - 35 weeks | Squirrelly Minds
I realized that, aside from the odd tweet or instagram here and there, I’ve really kept you guys in the dark about being pregnant. Did you maybe even forget I was pregnant? It’s totally okay if you did.

Pregnancy Update - 35 weeks | Squirrelly Minds
Honestly it’s really flown by since my last pregnancy update 13 weeks ago. How was that 13 weeks ago!? I thought time was supposed to slow down during pregnancy, not speed up. Here I am now with 5 weeks to go and it feels like I just found out I was pregnant yesterday. I remember finding out on the morning of December 23rd. I couldn’t wait to tell the mister so I asked him to come home for lunch. I wrapped up the pregnancy test in christmas wrapping paper with sparkly ribbon and had it on the table waiting for him. That news was definitely the best present I’ve ever given anyone ever.
But anyway, enough talking about the past. I’m sure you’re wondering how the pregnancy is going in the present, so let’s get started with the questions.

Pregnancy Update - 35 weeks | Squirrelly Minds
I’ve had a lot more back pain in the last couple weeks, which I completely expected and accepted due to my history. It’s mostly okay, but if I get up after sitting/laying down to long, I hobble like an old woman and grasp onto any wall/surface I can for the first few steps. A glimpse ahead of my elderly years! More than pain though is the swelling I’m experiencing. I really miss my ankles and being able to wear cute shoes!

I miss my healthy cravings of various crispy fruits. I crave sugar way more than I should be eating (ahem). Thankfully I don’t have gestational diabetes. I think that would just put me over the edge.

Okay, honesty time guys. I (and the mister) have been very fortunate to not have cray cray hormonal mood swings at all throughout my pregnancy. That is until a couple days ago. I’m not really having mood swings per se, but I’m definitely on edge. I have a lot going on this last month leading up to our squirrelly baby’s arrival, and a lot of to do’s that need checking. It’s all getting to be incredibly overwhelming in all honesty, so, yesterday I had two huge crying fit meltdowns, and I find myself on the verge of tears all day every day. I’m getting exhausted, and it’s so much harder to do anything, yet I have way more to do now than I have the last few months (because my procrastinator self is an asshole who let it get this bad). I’m starting to accept help wherever I can, but a lot of it is only things I can get done. I’ll get there, I just have to take it one step at a time.

Baby Growth
At my last midwife appt 2 weeks ago, squirrelly baby was measuring a couple centimetres over, which is completely within the normal range. But I got some shocking news from my mama the other day. My whole life I thought I was a solid but average 8lb baby. NOPE. I weighed in at a hefty 9lb 2oz! WHAT!????? Now I’m really freaking out that this squirmy baby inside me is going to come out as chunky as his/her mama!

Baby Movement
Both our families have a strong love of soccer, and I think baby knows its in their blood! While the kicks aren’t as sharp as they used to be, and have turned more into rolls and nudges, baby moves a heck of a lot. I just love watching my tummy bounce and roll around.

Well, as you know by my mood, I have a lot of things to get done before baby gets here. One of them, the big one, is so near completion – the nursery! Actually, do you notice anything about where I’m standing in the 22 week photo and the above pictures? If you’re super Sherlock, you’ll notice that it’s the exact same room, but entirely different! We started to dismantle the studio in late May and moved it downstairs in order to get that upstairs room painted and prepped for the nursery. I’m just waiting on a few items to finish the room up and then I’ll be able to give you a full tour. Can’t wait!
As far as other preparation, you might be wondering ‘what about THE day!’? I’ve been doing a lot of mental and physical preparation for squirrelly baby’s birthday by studying a birthing technique called Hypnobirthing. It’s about putting your body into a state of alert hypnosis so that birth can be as comfortable and relaxing as possible. You might find me totally out to lunch, but I don’t care. I personally know a few women who have birthed this way and have had incredible and positive experiences. One said it felt like an ‘intense yoga session’. I won’t bore you with details, but if you’re interested I highly suggest you check it out.

Pregnancy Update - 35 weeks | Squirrelly Minds
And that’s that! Just 5 weeks left until squirrelly baby’s guess date, but we’ll see when he/she decides to come! …hopefully not much earlier than September 2nd cause there’s too much to do. Stay in there nice and happy/healthy baby!

Life | My Artistic Progress

My Artistic Progress | Squirrelly Minds
I have a confession to make to you guys – I’m a sham. Okay not really, but when I decided to open up shop selling my gemstone watercolour art, I had never taken an art class. I still haven’t (though want to). Sure, I took a class in university (art for elementary school teachers) and a print making course, but I haven’t been properly trained, and it’s the main reason why I feel so uncomfortable being called an artist. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, I’m just having fun!
But I started thinking about the process I undergo when I create a painting. I have no idea if it’s the ‘proper’ way to do it, and if I were an art student, whether my teacher would nod approvingly or fail me for poor planning. All I know though is that it’s what works for me, and that’s what is most important in my opinion.

My Artistic Progress | Squirrelly Minds
So what is my process? I briefly discussed it in yesterday’s instagram post, but here’s the fleshed out version.
First I find pictures of my subject. Tons of them. I look for movement, colour, shading, orientation, size, and so on. Sometimes I’ll combine features to make one figure, or I’ll take the shape of one, the colour from another, the positioning from a different picture and so on. In the case of the above flamingo, I combined the flight/body movement of this bird and some of the colouring of the flamingo from Sharon Montrose’s animal collection. Then I sketch and paint the prototype (above). This might take a few tries to get it just right. Once I do, I trace the outline with tracing paper. As you can see from the top picture, I tape all the pieces together and then overlay them onto the final watercolour page, making sure it’s centred and in the position I want. I then use a sharp pencil to trace the outline, creating an indentation on the watercolour paper.
The last step is outlining the indentations with watercolour pencil crayons, then my favourite part, painting! I can’t wait to get started on that with the flamingo.

So that’s how I go about it, and yep, it’s the process I underwent with each of the gemstones. Again, I don’t know if it’s the smartest way, but it’s what works for me.
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing different paintings for the shop. I was originally going to stick to themes surrounding birth months, but I’m having way too much fun with this flamingo not to share. What do you think, should I?

If you do any sort of craft/art I would love to hear about your process!

How do you take your creations from imagination to reality?

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