Things are still cooking…

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Just an update to let you know baby is still hanging out in the womb.  Moving and grooving as always.  The countdown on the website was wrong.  My due date isn’t really until the 27th (2 more days!)  So we’re hanging in there.  Greg was off last week and that would have worked out best for scheduling but I guess our schedule isn’t high on baby’s priority list. 

My doctors and my doula have all stressed the fact that I need to go in to be checked for labor the second I feel like there may be anything at all happening.  I guess non of them liked me arriving 2o minutes before delivery last time.  At least we didn’t waist anyone’s time.  I am ready for this part to be over and to finally hold this sweet baby but at the same time I am not really ready for the labor part.  I know it’s not the highlight for most women but all of my deliveries have been so drastically different that I really have no idea what to expect.  It almost feels like a first baby.  Only the Lord knows how it will all play out and when and we are just trusting in his way and time. 

In the meantime how about a soap making post.  A friend and I have been experimenting with making soap.  WAY back in June 2010 we made our first batch.  We were inspired by another friends blog and step by step instructions (with pictures).   It took much longer than we were expecting but we did end up with some wonderful soap and a lot of lessons learned.  We have done a re-batch of the soap to have some variations (more lessons learned) and our last batch was lard soap. 

I will say so far the lard soap was my favorite to make.  It’s still curing so I haven’t even been able to use it but I am sure it will be a favorite.  It was a lot faster to make and we were able to apply some of our education to make the experience a little more streamline.  I am loving the homemade soap.  I have been using is exclusively on my skin for a while now and I will say there is a noticeable difference.  I love it.  We have about 1 more week before we can try our lard soap and I am so excited.  It smells so good!  Greg has requested a regular no frills soap though.  No problem!  We can do that (right after this baby comes out).

For memories sake it must be recorded that the kids have made a few interesting comments about the soap.  First off Zoe was scared of the lavender/oatmeal soap we made.  For a while she wouldn’t use the downstairs shower because the oats and lavender flowers in the soap scared her.  Another soap we made was a spiced oat bar.  Supposed to be manly and all.  We thought it looked like no bake cookies but the kids thought it looked like…well…poop.  One bar we had in the main bathroom had softened with use and could be molded.  Unfortunately, the most comfortable shape to use it in was more of a log than a bar.