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:: I went from being comfortably pregnant to heavy laden, seemingly overnight.

My back is none too pleased with the change in events.

Everybody keeps asking me when I'm due.  When I say October they are visibly taken aback.  I'm pretty sure they thought I was going to say next week.  Or tomorrow.

::  Indigo wanted to experiment with using the camera.

Apparently she needs a few more lessons on how to use the zoom function.  Though these pictures are kind of artsy, right?  The beauty of seeing the world through the eyes of a 4 year old.

::  Indigo and I continue our task of starting over for baby and trying to buy most everything secondhand.  So far, so good.  Thrifting is going well.  Last weekend we focused on the 3-6 month size.  We bought 15 things, some with new tags still on, for around $55.

When Indigo saw the middle sleeper with the bib attached, she exclaimed, "Mom, this is a great shirt!  Do you want to know why it is a great shirt?  Because it has a bib stuck to it!"  Dan asked her if we could change her name to Pollyanna.  She emphatically refused, stating she likes being Indigo.

::  Jude and Dan are working together on refurbishing a table - a garage sale find from several years ago.

It's pretty serious business.

::  I made several jars of low-sugar strawberry rhubarb jam.

Can I admit that there was no sentimentality about the process this time around?  Other than that I do love hearing those lids pop.  I scorched two, yes two (!), pans on the long simmer needed for the low sugar recipe.  Thankfully I was able to get them clean, though it wasn't easy.  I also burned myself getting the jars in and out of the boiling water.  (Did I mention I don't have a jar lifter?)  When I asked Dan to step in and help, he burned himself too.

I think next time I'm going to try making freezer jam instead.  Don't these recipes look amazing?

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