Nesting, Waiting and Preparing

I have finally washed and stored all the clothes and miscellaneous baby goods that I have acquired in the past couple of months. I must say, it feels great to be done with that. Who knew washing so many tiny things could produce so much lint and be so time consuming.

Over the last few days I also put the finishing touches on her room. I’m especially happy with the growth chart I painted for her and the yarn art that I created. I loved making them just for her and I hope she will enjoy them for many years. I’m also excited at the possibility of using them both as backgrounds for her newborn photos! I selected several other artworks from my collection to fill the walls of her room. I think it’s so important to provide little ones with beautiful things to look at as they grow. Hopefully this will start a love art and creating early on…crossing my fingers she’ll love art and creating things (Husband’s note: don’t forget about math) as much as I do.

Since the nursery is complete and everything is put away now all I have to do is wait. As my expected due date fast approaches, I find myself thinking about what she’ll look like and when will she decide to show up. I’m hoping it’s not in the middle of the night, but I’ve adopted the stance that she’ll be here when she gets here and I’ll be very excited to have her in my arms whenever that is.

In the mean time I’ve been quite busy brainstorming ways that I can stay creatively productive after she arrives. Many people have told me that I won’t have time to paint and draw due to our new family addition, and that I will be too busy feeding, changing diapers, cuddling and sleeping. I must say that hearing those words was a little discouraging, but I do agree that taking time to create will be challenging for the next couple of months. However, I’m stubborn, so the first thing I think is that I won’t let that happen to me. Instead of throwing in the towel before the adventure begins I just figured I needed to devise a plan of action, which is always important if you’re going to be successful. I LOVE A GOOD PLAN!

First thing I thought of was that it is hard for me to come up with ideas when I’m tired or mentally taxed. To work around the exhaustion I will certainly be feeling, I started a list detailing projects or series I would like to start so that I don’t have to think so much. I can then consult the list and start working even if it’s just for five minutes a day. The next thing I thought of is how discouraging it can be not to have the gratification of a finished product. When time is limited it takes much longer to complete an artwork, so I’ve started a pile of artworks at various stages of completion, so on some days I could pull a piece and easily finish it in 5-10 minutes. My hope is that these steps that I have taken will help me keep my creative flow going as I learn to care for this sweet little nugget that will hopefully arrive sometime in the next week (fingers crossed it’s not longer).

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