Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hatches and Ports

We are sad to say that we have not had much quality time to work on the new boat. Blame it on my pregnancy, blame it on lack of money, blame it on the cold...but we just haven't been making as much forward progress as we had initially hoped. Such is life.

Finally, we decided to take a road trip down to Rhode Island to visit the previous owners, and to purchase some of the extras that they have for the boat. We decided it was time to buy the hatches and ports!

We keep going back and forth - do we paint and then put hatches (and ports) in, or vice versa? There are reasons for each way. Painting first makes more sense, but the boat is outside and covered with a sketchy shrinkwrap system. Lack of hatches in that condition is just asking for an accidentally wet interior. However, Justin thinks he can make the shrinkwrap last long enough to get the decks painted and then put the hatches in as soon as possible after that. We just hope the weather and the baby cooperate and that paint can happen sooner than later.

We had a very nice visit with Henry and Birgitta and packed all the hatches into the car. The Bomar hatches were purchased brand new ~30 years ago, and they still had the paper over the lexan to protect them from scratches! We wanted to see what they looked like underneath, so we picked away at the corner of the paper and tried to peel it, and...the paper was stuck. I mean really, really stuck.

We knew that you have to be careful with lexan, as it scratches very easily. We tried to just pick away at the paper with a fingernail until it came off, but we would have been doing that for a month! Also, when we did get the paper to come off, it left a terrible gluey residue on the glass. We were actually quite worried that this layer was basically baked right into the glass, and that these ''brand new'' hatches were going to look terrible when we were done.

Well, finally we found that some soap, hot water, and elbow grease really got the stuff to come off of the glass, including the residue. It all came off in layers - first the paper, then the glue, then the residue. We spent quite a few hours working on them together, but it was nice to sit down and work on a boat project together, to make good progress, and to see some beautiful hatches underneath it all.

Heating up the soapy water.

Peeling away at the gubbus.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Almost There...

Pregnancy has been far different than what I anticipated it would be. Morning sickness was worse, but bearable. Being large bellied is something I often forget about, until I knock something over with it or can't squeeze myself through a tight space...or roll over in bed. Actually, rolling over in bed has been one of the hardest things for me about pregnancy, and it's certainly nothing to complain about.

I'm 33 weeks now, and the countdown is on! I'm due next month! Next month, we will have our little boat baby here to cuddle and comfort. Knowing that we are *so* close now, time has come to a standstill. I try to keep myself busy - I've been working a lot (yay money), handwashing cloth diapers (they need to be pre-washed to get fluffier), spending quality time with Justin, watching movies, and reading/preparing for childbirth. And yet, time stands still. I'm actually thrilled that I have to go to see the doctor once a week, because each visit reminds me that another week has passed.

And still, I'm 33 weeks! I still remember so distinctly being 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 20 weeks, 30 weeks...and now 33. Time IS passing. We have our last Bradley class on Monday. We meet with our doula on Saturday. Most of our "to do" list has been crossed off. I've started packing for the hospital even! People always say that the 1st and 3rd trimesters creep by, and I completely understand. I was so sick the 1st trimester that I really thought it would never end, but the 2nd was far more enjoyable and full of so many firsts. I even went into the 3rd trimester with hope that it would go by just as quickly as the last, but 30 weeks hit and the standstill had begun.

I imagine labor will be the same way, especially if it is long. One of the big things that I keep thinking about my labor is- how will I pass the time?