What is it about a deadline that is so ... um... well I don't know.
On one hand I am aiming to rest and relax and soak up the last days of just the three of us, before baby arrives, taking my time and pottering around getting things just so. On the other hand I seem to be making lists like they are going out of fashion and wishing to make a start on lots and lots of new projects!
Then there is the inevitable "nesting", which for me has been lots of decluttering and simplifying. Our little girl's room has been the centre of my attention with shelving built (thanks Dad), baskets purchased and piles of girly clothes sorted through and stacked neatly away. No more garments too big, too small, out of season or that we simply don't like much. I even found myself with my watercolour paints out, making wee cards for the front of the baskets so we don't have to remember/guess where everything is! Doing little things like this makes me feel seriously good. I simply can't explain it.
Sense and fatigue are mostly winning out though - finishing off little projects only requiring small effort in order to tick them off the list. You know the ones that leave you with a sense of accomplishment even though you did the bulk of the work some time ago...
Sewing up a new dress for our little girl (the pattern for which I planned to have tested and in the shop by now, but good things take time :) Finishing off the dress for Mum's Christmas present (I know - a tiny bit late, but better late than never. Washing and folding teeny tiny baby clothes and muslins, re-arranging the furniture a little to accommodate a few simple items of baby furniture.
I have also been spending quite a bit of time chipping away on new patterns which only require me to sit quietly at the computer with no physical exertion :) The updated version of the children's Pixie Hood Coat and Classic Pea Coat along with the Ladies Pixie Coat are now in the shop, with the new Tree Climbing Pants ready to release soon too, so by the time evening rolls around I relish my time on the couch with some mindless quiet handwork - embroidering random flowers with no purpose other than "just because" and to let my mind relax.
I made one of those embroideries up into a little sac the other day for the toiletries in my hospital birth bag. It makes me feel ever so organised and calm when I see everything tucked up neatly inside there. Bliss.
But now the time is up.
Although there are lots of things I still want to do, it is time to put everything down and just be. Taking some time to regroup before the big day, and breathe. Today I will spend the afternoon focussing on me, a good soak in the bath, doing my nails, exfoliating, moisturising and simply luxuriating with our little girl being with grandparents for a few days.
I am ready to finally meet our newest and last addition.
See you on the flip side,