Lucian has been a very convenient baby. He hardly ever makes a fuss, eats well and sleeps well. He likes being held, but doesn’t complain much when he is not. …And, I was very pleased to find that he enjoys being in a sling!
I made this grey ring sling (I used thick-ish jersey knit fabric, zigzag stitches to accommodate stretchy-ness of the fabric and these rings) before Ashland was born (because Immi and I loved this style of sling, and my homemade one was a lot more comfortable than the fancy store bought counterpart). But I hardly used them with Ashland because he was far too wiggly for this type of sling.
When Lucian is in the sling, it’s hard for me not to peek into it and imagine if he was snugly curled up just like this in utero.
Our baby No.3 is here! We named him Lucian. He is a Scorpio. 7lb15oz.
We can tell already that he is a very unique person. He’s a bit mysterious — I can’t quite describe him one way or the other (personality or appearance) — and I’m looking forward to getting to know him over a lifetime. He is instantly lovable though. He has the cutest little hiccups (he sounds like a squeek toy).
Birthing of Lucian was peaceful — the loveliest kind of quietness surrounded me. And the moment he was born, I felt my world brighten.
I’m glad to say, baby No.3 decided to stay in a bit longer and we were very happy to finally welcome Karen today who flew in from VA to help us out for a week. In an attempt to slow things down, I’ve mostly sat around for the entire week and kept myself mentally busy with non-baby things (I read on internet — where else? 😀 — that it can slow down labor, I also read about glass of wine doing same thing…but didn’t try this one since I didn’t want to end up at a birthing center drunk!). Perhaps my attempt worked a bit too well since there’s been no measurable progress since last Friday, and honestly nothing feels particularly imminent anymore like it did earlier in the week.
We’ve finished a few things we needed to, and started a few things we wanted to (what can I say, we are always up to something!) and basically more or less ready to meet out little guy. Whatever else we haven’t finished or haven’t bought…well, I’m sure we can figure it out after he is born. I haven’t had much chance to craft for Mr. No.3 much, but I did stitch up a few onesies and make some over-sized swaddling blankets. These flannel cotton blankets are the most useful thing I make (even though it’s just a hemmed square piece of fabric) — they are big enough to swaddle babies tightly (unlike standard sized ones which just unravels, and I do like them a lot better than various swaddling contraptions available on the market today), and when they don’t need/want to be swaddled anymore, they make great bath towels (Ashland still uses his) or stroller blanket.
It was such a gorgeous day out yesterday that we took an impromptu trip to Multnomah Falls.
We took a super mini hike just up onto the famous bridge (0.2 miles).
There was an odd looking bird (s/he is really quite big!) as we got out of the forest area.
On a completely separate note, I’m 37 weeks today — which means I’m officially full term (though we still got 3 weeks left till the due date). At the prenatal appointment we found out I’m 4 cm along, which made me nervous (had I known, I might have not gone hiking, not even 0.2 miles!) because we have absolutely no arrangement for babysitting (for Immi and Ashland) for another 10 days should the baby decide to make his appearance early. I know that whatever happens will happen no matter what I do, but I’m planning on doing a lot of sitting around over the next 10 days in an attempt to slow things down a bit!