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There’s a room in my house that used to be my sanctuary. A quiet place with a comfy couch for losing myself in a book, with room for my craft supplies, a computer, my shelves of fabrics and sewing ephemera. Most importantly, it was the one place in our house I had no obligation of sharing with anyone else — not my kids, not my husband. The only other time it was used was as a guest room when family visited from out of town. Looking into this room was like glimpsing inside my head.

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13 months. Obi is 13 mos old now. Where has the time gone? He’s still my “dainty” baby — clocking in at 40th percentile for weight, and the 75th for height and head. He’s running, climbing, had a wicked sense of humor and loveloveloves playing with other kids. No sooner did he chunk up, then he started to slim down again. He likes to climb onto the couch, then scale the back and turn on his father’s computer speakers and listen/dance/sing to whatever comes blaring out of the speakers. “Mama”, “up”, “Pop pop”, and “cat” are the words he uses most. He has 13 teeth to go with his 13 months.

Where has the time gone?

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Term. In theory, I could have this baby boy AT ANY TIME but he’s not allowed to be born until I’ve got our downstairs somewhat sorted out. Our main floor has become a major casualty of the work going on upstairs and this is the week we try to resuscitate it.

That said, I’ve only four(!) things left on my to-do list – one of which is installing #3’s carseat in the van. At this point, it looks like the homebirth will be going ahead – as long as Junior gives me time to get the downstairs back to rights. Our house is so tiny that it doesn’t take much to reduce us to paths between boxes when we’re working on a project, and that’s where things are right now.

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As I sit here with my tea, contemplating my to-do list for the day, it struck me that I’ve not updated here in awhile. To be honest, Twitter is about the extent of my attention span at the moment and lends itself nicely to the “walk-by” updates as I pass the computer during the day.

I’m at a point where I’m forcing myself to let go of certain expectations of what will get done around the house before the baby is born. I’m also at the point where the incredible drive to get it all done is ramping up. Sometimes this works and I have an incredibly productive day, but at other times it leaves me feeling directionless and overwhelmed.

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