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15 days- 15 dies


this is a little print I bought from Tree Hollow Designs
at Etsy for the little Button’s nursery
Una copia d’una aquarel.la que he comprat a Hollow Tree Designs
per a l’habitacio del botonet

I’m counting down the days now…! it is getting closer and still so many things have happened and are still happening! Just to give an overview and (no need to get into detail as this is not the right place anyway): my midwife decided not to go ahead with providing her services at home. It is not quite clear to me the reasons why yet, but we’ll just leave it at that. I was quite disappointed and felt pretty let down, especially because she just told me 4 weeks before the due date and I was really counting on the postnatal care, but I couldn’t let this affect me as I need to be well prepared for whatever it comes. 
I had a check up last friday and his head is engaged already, so it could happen any time. I just hope he waits for his dad to be back next Sunday! he’s on tour in Austria at the moment, but I’m confident the little button will wait. 
I am not going to be able to be updating this blog now but I will definitely try to keep you updated with the birth, as this is getting very exciting now! I am moving my sewing workshop into another room so I’ll take a wee break from crafting these days…

 and this one is another original water colour for his room
i aquesta es una aquarel.la original tambe per a la seva habitacio

Estic fent el compte enrere ja…!
S’esta acostant el dia i han passat i estant passant tantes coses! Aixi per sobre i sense entrar en detalls perque aquest no es el lloc adient: la meva llevadora va decidir no venir mes a donar-nos els seus serveis. Encara no acabo d’entendre be les raons que em va donar pero mes val deixar-ho estar. Em va decepcionar bastant, sobretot per esperar a dir-mo just quan faltaven 4 setmanes per la DPP… pero be, no puc deixar que aixo m’afecti i vull estar ben preparada pel que vingui!
Divendres vaig tenir visita i el cap ja esta encaixat, aixi que aixi que ja pot venir en qualsevol moment! espero que no ho faci fins que torni el seu pare diumenge que ve, que ara esta treballant a Austria… Tinc la impressio que aquest botonet s’esperara a que torni…
No podre anar actualitzant el blog tan sovint ara, pero prometo fer-vos saber com va tot relacionat amb el part, que ara es el mes emocionant, oi?

However, I managed to finish one last thing though (and started a new one, I know… couldn’t resist), it was meant to be a birthday present for Hana but she doesn’t mind it to be a bit late, she’s as happy as Larry! So here’s her new the Cat in the Hat quilt! She loves it.

it measures 43″x53″ 
Tot i aixi, aquests darreres dies he pogut acabar un ultim projecte (i he comenc,at un altre!!! soc la repera…. no me’n podia estar!), havia de ser un regal d’aniversari per la Hana pero a ella no li fa res que hagi arribat una mica mes tard. Aquest es el seu nou quilt de the Cat in the Hat! i li ha encantat!

backing
darrere
Last Wednesday I also received a nice surprise in the post from my swap partner Cacie. She made this beautiful lunch bag following the tutorial of Ayumils from Pink Pinguin and she added some extra goodies which I am so grateful for and surprised as I was not expecting them at all! She’s more than generous! She made a little extra purse, also by Ayumils, and she added a box of pins, a beautiful hairband for Hana with some sweeties too. Hana was so happy she got a present too. Thanks you so much Cacie, this was not expected at all!
(Just to say that Cacie told me she just started sewing and I’m amazed at how well made these projects were!)

El dimecres passat vaig rebre un regal per correus, era de l’intercanvi que vaig fer i la Cacie em va fer tot aixo! Una bossa per posar el dinar seguint el tutorial d’Ayumils de Pink Pinguin i a mes va afegir un petit moneder amb una capseta d’agulles, una diadema molt maca per a la Hana i caramels. La Hana va estar molt contenta de rebre uns quants regals tambe. Moltissimes gracies Cacie!
Nomes afegir que la Cacie em va dir que tot just a comenc,at a cosir i aquests projectes estan superben fets!


Since we’re talking about presents, I would like to show you what one of my blogger readers sent me a few weeks ago… a beautiful knitted jumper for Hana as a birthday present and a blankie for the little Button! She takes orders and is a super fast knitter! you can see more of her projects in her blog Elfs i Nans, or you can visit her Facebook page too. Look at what she does
Ja que parlem de regals, us volia ensenyar el que una altra llegidora blocaire em va enviar… l’Olga d’Elfs i Nans li va fer un regal d’aniversari a la Hana i de pas va afegir un detallet per al botonet!
No us perdeu el que fa l’Olga i doneu un cop d’ull al seu bloc, es una maquina fent punt… a mes te una pagina de Facebook on tambe podeu posar-vos al dia amb els seus projectes. Mireu les coses que fa:

You still have time to enter my giveaway, it ends tonight and the winner will be announced tomorrow!
Encara teniu temps d’entrar al sorteig fins aquesta nit, dema sabreu qui ha guanyat!

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35+3 and some finished projects

Well hello! I couldn’t post on monday as I was at work… but here I am now!
The weather is very Irish here at the moment, it was a lovely warm sunny day on sunday, as you can see in this picture. We have this beach just 5 minutes down the road from our home and we often go to throw “rocks” in to the water and pick up shells. Then, monday and tuesday were awful cold and wet, and today we had a bit of everything… yep, Irish weather.

Buenas! No vaig poder escriture el post el dilluns perque he estat a la feina… pero ja soc aqui!
El temps que esta fent aqui es molt irlandes, el diumenge va fer un dia molt maco, com podeu veure a la foto, vam caminar fins la platja que tenim a 5 minutes de casa per tirar pedres i agafar petxines. En canvi, dilluns i dimarts van ser uns dies molt grisos, freds i plovent moltissim. Avui, hem tingut una mica de tot. Aixi es el temps irlandes…
Things are moving quickly here. Almost 4 weeks left now, wow…
I felt some strong contractions yesterday, but nothing serious, just the “practice” Braxton Hick ones…
I think I’m in full nesting period; two days ago I felt the need to start organizing everything. I’m moving my sewing studio in a room downstairs so the nursery can be upstairs with the other 2 bedrooms. The little button is going to stay in our bedroom for the first few months anyway, so I am not in a hurry to have his nursery ready (the experience of a second-time mum says a lot, uh…?).
I’m excited because I like changing furniture around and this means I have 2 rooms to decorate, his and my new sewing room!
I am studying a lot for the exam on saturday (so wish me luck and think of me on saturday at 10am!!!) so I felt like today I could spend a good amount of time finishing up some projects. I finished the 2 handbags I had left aside last week and I also made a simple zipper pouch. I might be able to show you another finish soon… we’ll see.
Tot esta anant molt de pressa aqui! Ja falten quasi 4 setmanes per coneixer el botonet!Aqui vaig tenir unes quantes contraccions de Braxton Hick que es feien notar bastant, pero res d’especial, nomes fent practiques… Estic en plena fase de neteja pre-part, o com es digui en catala…, fa dos dies que he començat a endreçar i netejar. vull traslladar el meu taller de cosir a una habitacio d’abaix per poder tenir l’habitacio del botonet a dalt, amb els altres dormitoris. Els primers mesos estara a la nostra habitacio, aixi que de moment encara no em correr pressa tenir la seva habitacio enllestida (l’experiencia d’una que ja es mama diu molt, no?). Em fa il.lusio perque m’encanta moure mobles i canviar-los de lloc i ara tindre 2 habitacions per decorar, la del botonet i el meu taller!

He estat estudiant bastant per a l’examen de disabte (ja sabeu, desitjeu-me sort i penseu en mi dissabte al mati!) aixi que avui m’he pres el luxe de passar una bona estona al taller per acabar uns quants projectes. He acabat les dues bosses que vaig deixar aparcades la setmana passada i tambe he fet un petit moneder. Segurament podre ensenyar-vos un altre projecte acabat aviat, ja veurem.

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Progress and 34 weeks!

34 weeks  and 2 days pregnant and 6 weeks to go…
I have soooo many things I need to finish before the little leprechaun pops up!
I’m feeling very well, despite the numerous kicks that he’s granting me too often and a horrible heartburn that I try to sooth with a thousand tablets of Rennies… I’m full of energy, (until 6pm, then I’m wrecked!) and I’m still going to work and studying for my exam.
I love spending time with Hana, she’s just growing into this little charming, funny chatter-box! the things she says… sometimes I have to write them down, they’re too good to be eventually filed under “forget”…
Best of all, I still manage to squeeze some time for sewing and today I’m doing lots! This is what I’m working on today before I’m going to go and collect my little precious darling.


34 setmanes i dos dies… falten 6 setmanes i he de fer taaaaaantes coses abans de que aquest follet surti disparat! Em sento molt be i amb molta energia, fins que arriba el vespre que aleshorres estic rebentada…
No tinc gaires molsties, nomes molta acidesa d’estomac que intento alleugerir amb mil pastilles de Rennies i  les multiples patades que m’esta donant el senyoret.
Encara estic treballant, ja falta poc per acabar i encara estic estudiant per aquest examen que s’acosta.
Me’ncanta passar el temps amb la Hana, esta super divertida i s’esta convertint en tota una senyoreta xerraire que no para. Les coses que diu… de vegades les escric perque son massa bones per que es quedin en l’oblit!
El millor de tot es que encara trobo temps per a poder cosir i avui he pogut avanc,ar molt! Aixo es el que estic fent avui abans d’anar a recollir la Hana a la llar.

just need to sort the backing for this sampler quilt
enllestint el darrere d’aquest sampler

and getting a couple of handbags ready…
i preparant un parell de bosses…
Ah! potser voleu provar sort al blog de l’Elena… a veure si endevineu quants botons hi ha en el pot de vidre que te i guanyeu un llibre i uns quants fat quarters! molta sort!

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33 setmanes – 33 weeks

33

Falten 7 setmanes…
Canvi de plans. Al final el part no sera a casa. El pare de la criatura no ho te clar 
i aixo de tenir un part a casa no li sembla be. Que hi farem, no podria parir amb algu 
al costat que estigues mes nervios i espantat del compte. La vistita amb la llevadora va estar
molt be, com ja m’esperava. Ho va entendre perfectament, perque no es la primera vegada que passa,
i hem quedat que seguira venint durant el prepart i el postpart. 
El dia que em posi de part, l’avisare i anirem a l’hospital (1 hora i quart de cami…). 
Si tot va be, podre tornar a casa
al cap de 6 hores on ella m’estara esperant.
Una mica decepcionada ho estic, pero nomes falten 7 setmanes i no vull que
aixo em descol.loqui, perque ja m’estava preparant mentalment. Ara toca canviar el xip un altre cop.
Cap problema. Un cop mes, les dones demostrem que som mes flexibles, comprensives 
i amb la ment mes oberta que alguns homes…
33
7 weeks to go…
Change of plans. I’m not having a home birth… the Baby’s father said he’ll freak
and he’s not having a home birth (as if he was going to!). So well, I don’t want someone 
freaking out next to me while I’m giving birth. 
The meeting with my midwife was good, as I expected, she was very understanding 
because it is not the first time it happens (that a dad freaks out). So she’ll still be in 
charge of the antenatal and postnatal care, and the day I go into labour, we’ll head off to hospital
(an hour and 15 minutes drive…).
If everything goes well, I’ll be able to go back home, where she’ll be waiting for me.
I was a bit disappointed, but there are only 7 weeks left and I don’t want to let this
affect me, I was already preparing myself mentally for it. 
Now I have to change my plan again. It’s ok, I can do it.
Once again, us women show how much more understanding, flexible and open-minded 
we are than some men…

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32 weeks – 32 setmanes

8 weeks to go…


Today is a special day. It’s Hana’s 3rd birthday (and she woke up with a temperature this morning! at least we had her party yesterday…). So it made me think about how her birthing went three years ago. I had her in the hospital.  I remember we went to the cinema that wednesday afternoon, the 25th of March, and I was feeling some light regular contractions. About 8pm they were 15 minutes apart and at 11pm we entered the labour room with painful contractions every 3 minutes. She was then born at 3.18am, on the 26th of March,  I didn’t have any pain relief (I didn’t rule it out, just decided not to have any unless I found it was unbearable). At the end it was so fast there was no need (or time) for it! It was just amazing. A a 4 hour labour…
So I am hoping for some similar experience this time. I am confident it is going to be as fast or even faster, but who knows… I am reading about hypnobirthing, it is pretty interesting especially the breathing techniques. I like their way of naming things too: instead of “contraction” they use “surge”, patients vs parents, birth canal vs birth path… you can see it is less “medicated”. And this is how I envision my home birth.
I am glad that I have almost finished my university work, only one exam left now in 3 weeks and it’s over! So I can actually relax and focus more on my big bump!
I am also looking forward to my meeting with my midwife this thursday… so more news next monday…

30+5
32+1

Falten 8 setmanes…

Avui es un dia especial. Es l’aniversari de la Hana (i s’ha llevat amb febre…menys mal que vam fer la festa ahir!). He estat pensant com va ser el seu naixement. Recordo que vam anar al cine a la tarda del 25 de Març i sentia contracions suaus i regulars. Cap a les 8 del vespre ja eren cada 15 minuts i a les 11pm ja entravem a la sala de parts amb contraccions doloroses cada 3 minuts. Va neixer a les 3.18am del dia 26. No vaig voler epidural, tot i que no la vaig descartar, i tampoc va caler perque allo va anar molt de pressa. Un part de 4 hores…
Aixi que espero tenir una experiencia similar aquest cop. Tinc la impressio que anira tan rapid o mes, pero mai se sap.
Estic llegin sobre hypnobirthing (una mena de tecnica d’autorelaxacio per preparar el part), i sembla força interessant, sobretot per les tecniques de respiracio. Tambe m’agrada la nomenclatura que fan servir: anomenen les contraccions “onades”, els pacients “pares”, canal per cami… Com veieu, molt menys medicalitzat tot plegat. I aixi es com veig aquest proper naixement a casa nostra.
Estic contenta perque ja quasi be he acabat la feina de la universitat. Ja s’han acabat les classes i ara nomes falta un examen dintre de 3 setmanes. Per tant em puc centrar mes en aquesa panxota!
Tambe estic esperant amb ansia la visita de la meva llevadora aquest dijous… mes novetats dilluns que ve…

Podem dir que aqui ja ha arribat l’estiu!
Esta fent uns dies preciosos…
We could say summer is here!
the weather is fantastic…

La Festa de la Hana
Hana’s party

the guests ( I love the cows in the background!)
els convidats (amb les vaques al darrere!)
our rainbow paper chains and banner decorations
Les cadenes de paper i les banderoles que vam fer
I made this chocolate cake
Jo vaig fer aquest pastis

but my friend made this roulade… and it was to die for!
pero la meva amiga va fer aquesta roulade que estava per llepars-s’hi els dits!

an unbreakable piñata…
una pinyata que no havia manera de trencar…

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31: preparant una festa! / getting ready for a party!

31 setmanes… falten 9.
He fet la foto de la meva panxa pero encara no l’he baixat a l’ordinador!!! es va fent gran…
No hi ha gaires novetats pero, nomes unes quantes contraccions de Braxton-Hick de tant en tant i molt de moviment. Aixo si, sempre para quiet quan algu posa la ma per notar com es mou! Si no fos perque tinc la panxa com un globus igual no es creurien que porto un nen a dintre…
Aquestes dues setmanes que hem passat no he estat gaire be, m’estic recuperant, ara si que ja del tot, d’una infeccio de pit bastant forta. Ara nomes segueixo amb la tos emprenyadora. Amb dues setmanes de baixa,  una nena voltant al teu costat constantment i quan el cap i l’energia m’ho ha permes, he pogut fer unes quantes coses per preparar la festa d’aniversari de la Hana, que fara 3 anys el dia 26! 3 anys… 
Vam tallar cintes de colors d’uns 2.5cm i vam anar fent cadenes seguint els colors de l’Arc de Sant Marti. 
Tambe he pogut cosir unes quantes cosetes que ensenyare aquesta setmana.
De moment, puc dir que tot va be, em sento millor i aquesta setmana ja torno a treballar, tot i que tinc ganes de comenc,ar la baixa per maternitat!
we also made muffins
tambe vam poder fer magdalenes
31 weeks… 9 to go…
I did take a pic of my belly but I haven’t downloaded them yet! Believe me, it’s getting big…
There isn’t much to say this week though, only feeling some Braxton-Hick contractions and a lot of movement. Mind you, he always stops moving and kicking as soon as someone wants to feel it and put their hand on my tummy. If it wasn’t because I have a belly as big as a balloon people wouldn’t believe I’m carrying a baby in here… I have not been well the last 2 weeks, but now I am finally recovering from a nasty chest infection. I still have this very annoying cough that seems not to go away at all. 
So with 2 weeks off work, a little girl wondering around me all the time and when my head and energy let me, we could make some decorations for her birthday party. Hana is going to be 3 next monday 26th! 3 already!
We cut coloured card strips, about 1″ thick and made a chain following the rainbow colours. She loved it and is really excited about it. I also managed to sew a few little things that I will show you during the week.
So I can say that so far, everything is going well, I’ll be back to work this week, although I’m really looking forward to go on maternity leave!

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30 weeks pregnant… 30 setmanes d’embaras…

30 weeks today!
10 to go…


I wanted to write this before the end of the day… as I intend to have a little space in here to reflect and record the last stage of my pregnancy… I know it’s a crafty blog, mainly… yes… but the way things go, pretty fast, I don’t have time to look for another place to put my thought in.
I am going to have a home birth and I’m so looking forward to it! My mind is still busy with other things that I want (and need!) to get out of the way soon: university stuff, nearly done! 2 assignment due in 2 weeks and one last exam on mid April, and work…I’ll be finishing on the 30th of April if I can, but my sciatica is knocking on the door already…


Every monday from today, I’ll write a little post about how things are going. People who are not interested can skip this (I won’t take offense! no worries…). I think I will like to be able to read back all these posts in a year time… just the same way I like reading the small diary I kept with my first pregnancy.


My midwife came 2 weeks ago to visit me and explained how everything is going to be. We did a bit of paperwork and then she felt my tummy, measured it and we listened to the strong heartbeat of this baby boy. It was so wonderful to have Hana there to listen to it, she was thrilled to see it and she also had her tummy checked up, as she says she has a baby girl… The midwife was so sweet, she put her Doppler on Hana’s tummy to listen to this girl’s heart beat too…
It feels so nice to have all this done in your own home…
My next visit is in 3 weeks time. In the meantime, I’m working hard to finishing boring stuff and exciting stuff (Hana’s birthday party will be in 2 weeks!)


So… I’ll be back next monday, probably with a picture of my bump!

30 setmanes avui!
falten 10!

Volia escriure aquest post abans de que acabi el dia… A partir d’avui, cada dilluns, escriure un petit post sobre com van les meves ultimes setmanes d’embaras. Un espai per reflexionar una mica i posar els meus pensaments per escrit. Ja se que es un blog de manualitats, si… pero no tinc temps per fer-ho en un altre lloc, aixi que si hi ha algu no interessat, passeu-lo de llarg! (no m’ofendre pas!)

Tindre el part a casa i estic molt contenta de que sigui aixi.
La meva llevadora va visitar-me fa dues setmanes. Em va explicar com aniria tot i vam comenc,ar a omplir el paperam que s’ha de fer… Despres em va mirar la panxa, la va mesurar i vam sentir els batecs forts d’aquest nen. Va ser fantastic que la Hana estigues al davant i ho pogues sentir. Ella diu que porta una nena aixi que la llevadora tambe li va tocar la panxulina i fins i tot li va posar el Doppler per “sentir-li” el cor!
El fet que tot aixo ho pugui fer a casa meva em fa sentir molt be. La propera visita sera d’aqui a 3 setmanes. De moment estic treballant de valent per treure’m de sobre dues coses: els treballs que he d’escriure per la universitat, que he d’entregar d’aqui dues setmanes, un examen a mitjans d’abril i la feina que, si l’aciatica em deixa, ja acabare a finals d’abril per estar de baixa per maternitat…
Tambe estic preparant la festa d’aniversari de la Hana, dintres de dues setmanes, i aixo ja es mes divertit de preparar…

Aixi doncs, mes noticies el proper dilluns, segurament acompanyades d’una foto del protagonista!

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