Slowing down and getting ready

I have five weeks left until my due date, and definitely feel as though I’m slowing down in preparation for the event. I’m continuing to cook many double meals (lasagna, chicken pot pie, turkey meatloaf, lots of dried beans cooked and frozen for easy chili meals or bean burrito lunches, etc) to freeze in anticipation, have my hospital bag partially packed, and am still knitting baby things here and there, but I can feel the days before labor ticking, ticking away. My midwife told me earlier this week that she doesn’t think I’ll make it to my due date, and that further solidified my intuition. All I want to do lately is sleep. And drink orange juice, my pregnancy obsession this time around. I don’t think I’ve posted a picture of myself in quite a while, so here is a recent one of me with the belly in all it’s glory, although it’s not fantastic.
34 weeks

I have been crafting though. Here are some newborn shirts I dyed up to wear with longies.
Long sleeve baby tees, dyed by me

and another pair of slightly larger longies:

And Eleanore, of course, has been crafting as well. This past weekend we made recycled acorn crayons using the acorn pan I picked up at Williams Sonoma last year.
First we peeled and broke the crayons into small pieces.
Then arranged them in the lightly greased pan and baked for 7 minutes at 275*F. After the pan cooled, I put them in the freezer for 5 or 10 minutes to harden up quickly since Eleanore kept asking to color with them, and they easily popped out and were ready to use.

Don’t have a pretty acorn pan? This technique works great in regular or mini muffin tins or even paper cups in the microwave 😉 We used mostly old restaurant crayons I’ve saved along with broken bits I rescued from Eleanore’s crayon box.


2 Responses to “Slowing down and getting ready”

  1. Emily Nolan Says:

    This is such a cute idea! Will definitely be saving our broken crayons now- thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Valentines! « Plath’s Adventures Says:

    […] with, and some of the kids overlap. We found this neat printable graphic and paired it with homemade star crayons, using this tutorial and a star silicone ice cube tray. Eleanore also heart-stamped some cardstock with a toilet paper […]

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