29 Weeks and Upholstering the Gliding Chair and Venting About Hubby

20 Nov

29 weeks!

Still no stretchmarks. Still no back pains (unless I am forced to sit without back support for too long). Leg and hip pains in the morning – yes. Vein pains under the knee at the back side of my right leg – ouch!!!

Baby’s head down. I am sure soon enough he’ll be able to kick me in the ribs. So far he is kicking the top of my stomach and is doing some hard-core stretching. Sometimes huge lumps move across my belly – that’s pretty scary stuff!

I FINALLY started working on the nursery today.

I went shopping for fabrics, was FLOORED by the prices. I mean, I went to those stores where rolls of fabric are packed so tightly you can hardly see what’s there, the air is dusty, and overall the stores look shabby – so I figured the prices should be good. Ha-ha-ha! Naive me.

First of all, there were virtually no baby-themed fabrics, whether designated for upholstery/drapery or not. Second, what was available was infinitely dull. Third – when I found a fabric I kind of liked, it was $14 per yard! And according to my calculation, I needed about 6 yards (it’s a large gliding chair with lots of details, plus the leg rest). Seriously, for that much money, I can buy a whole new chair!

I got very upset and went to Wal-Mart, looking for baby/kid curtains/linens, hoping I’ll be able to use it. But there were NO baby/kid curtains or bedding. Weird, huh?

I went to a couple of other stores – same thing.

Finally, I went to Toys’r’us and got 2 packs of lovely flannel receiving blankets that were on sale (although at the time I picked them up, I had no idea – even the cashier was surprised). I know flannel isn’t exactly upholstery fabric, but it looked cute. And we got the gliding chair for free. So – whatever. It’s a project, and I wanna do it!

I got home and started right away. It’s a LOT of work. 4 hours of work yielded the seat covered. There’s still the back, the armrests, pockets under each armrest and leg rest thingy… But I like the way it looks. No idea how durable it will be, but it looks lovely. And I am so excited to have finally started!

Seriously, I will spend so many hours in this chair, it better look nice.

Btw, my hubby really pissed me off yesterday by throwing a totally uncharacteristic fit about the idea of upholstering the chair being stupid, and that he doesn’t understand how I’m gonna do it, and that we should just throw a blanket over it… he kept going on and on – and I just couldn’t understand how this even was his business and why he was so upset about it. He even told me that I cannot do it – or won’t finish it – or something insulting to that extent. Very supportive. Phhh.

He got me so upset, I couldn’t fall asleep. I got so aggravated, thoughts kept pulsing through my head – and my baby definitely felt my anguish – it was going crazy inside there. While hubby slept peacefully next to me. So I got up, collected all of my pillows, and went to the spare bedroom.

He rarely upsets me – and this time I just cannot understand what was this all about – at all! It’s not like I asked him to help me in any way. It’s not like he will have to do anything. What’s the big deal?

Sorry for fuming. He got me really angry.

Of course, he apologized this morning, but this incident still remains a mystery to me.

And as I set working on the chair today, he avoided the room. Then before going to bed, he came in, gave me a hug, gave the chair a perfunctory glance and announced it looked really good. He barely looked at it.

Ahhh. Anyway, time to go to bed… I should think of the baby and remain calm. For the baby’s sake. Whatever this tantrum was about, I am glad I am doing this little project. It makes me happy. And there is no harm in it – whatsoever.

So, whatever drove my hubby to throw a tantrum – will have to be shoved back to wherever it came from.

Sorry for the vent.

Anyway. 29 weeks!


14 Responses to “29 Weeks and Upholstering the Gliding Chair and Venting About Hubby”

  1. adesolaf November 21, 2011 at 4:58 AM #

    Nothing better than an unexpected bargain 😉

    Glad to hear things are moving right along with the nursery, please post pictures as you go along!!!

    Sorry about your hubby, but if he rarely upsets you and he is not known to be a drama queen (rather king in this instance), there might be something else bothering him and the gliding chair (and inevitably you) was just the convenient target. We don’t want you getting upset or sleeping in the spare bedroom 😦

    • zygotta November 21, 2011 at 6:54 AM #

      Thank you. Yes, it is very atypical of him to behave in such fashion. I asked many times – what really is wrong, but he says nothing. Oh well.

      I definitely will share some pics – of my work in progress! It was too late yesterday when I posted this to upload and post photos…

  2. babiesandus November 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM #

    You know how sometimes you get a bee in your bonnet about something and cause a scene over it and then after you wonder what was the big deal actually. Well maybe the same thing happened to your hubby. There is probably no issue other than him having throwing a uncalled for tantrum, and prob realised by now how stupid he was.

    Would love to see pics of your rocking chair!

    • zygotta November 21, 2011 at 8:49 PM #

      He still looks uncomfortable about this whole chair thing. So I still don’t know what really is the problem. We just both dropped the subject.

      I’ll share the step-by-step pics later 😉

  3. Mrs. E November 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM #

    I’m sorry about your husband, but at least it’s uncharacteristic of him and you don’t have to deal with it all the time! I’m glad he apologized and hope that if something else is really bothering him, he’ll be able to tell you. Can’t wait to see pictures of the chair! It sounds like a great project. I bet you, your baby, *and* your husband will really appreciate it over the years!

    • zygotta November 21, 2011 at 8:51 PM #

      Yes, I know – I am glad that things like this are extremely rare – that’s why I am trying to unearth some reason behind this outbreak…

      I don’t know whether flannel is capable of lasting for years, but I sure will be much faster and more efficient if I ever need to reface it again

  4. Shannon November 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM #

    A flannel glider…..are you taking reservations for randoms to come over and take naps in the chair when you’re not using it? 😉 That sounds so snuggly and I hope you will post a picture of the fruits of your effort!

    Sorry to read about the spat with hubby….sometimes men process feelings and big changes in strange ways. Hopefully he’ll figure it out soon or you could charge him to sit in your new, pretty chair! 😀

    • zygotta November 21, 2011 at 8:52 PM #

      I hope it will be snuggly. I expect to spend many sleepless nights there!

      I will definitely consider charging him for sitting in my chair 😉

  5. eighteenyears November 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM #

    I think a flannel chair sounds awesome. Glad you found some great fabric finally.

    As to your hubby, boys don’t often make sense. There’s a line in Sex & the City about men feeling like they need an award for correctly identifying an emotion — sometimes, I think this is something men are taught to avoid (feeling/expressing emotions), so when some emotion happens, they just resort to the one that men are supposed to feel — anger. I’m sure he’ll tell you soon… or that things will just blow over. Sorry about the fuss. Those suck. And, glad to hear it’s not just my husband who can be all fussy, then go right to sleep while I lay there and fume. That is so frustrating!

    • zygotta November 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM #

      Usually my hubby is the one analyzing me and my emotions. He’s a philosopher, you know. Always thinking, trying to get to the bottom of things. That’s why I am so perplexed.

      Oh well, at least this is very rare for him – to behave like this 😉

  6. jjiraffe November 22, 2011 at 3:08 AM #

    This sounds like an awesome project! I hope you post photos…would love to see the flannel upholstery.

    I wonder if your husband is worried about you overdoing it physically with the chair. Darcy would get really upset if I picked up my own purse toward the end. Just a thought…

    • zygotta November 22, 2011 at 8:37 AM #

      I don’t know. He usually tries to help me, but is not overprotective. I am a stubborn-headed sort of person, so you can’t worry too much about me, it’s pointless. If I feel I can carry a basket of washed clothes up the stairs – I do it. He might say “let me do it” – but doesn’t persist. he trusts my judgment. So – not sure…

      He watches my progress with the chair in sort of a weird silence. No more negativity, but he still has some reservations. Weird.

  7. Aspiring Mom to Be November 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for awhile. We’re due really close together (my due date is February 2) so I like keeping up with someone who is in a really similar place to me.

    I’m sorry about your husband’s response to your project. I’ve been sewing our baby’s crib bedding/curtains/sheets. My husband really didn’t get it either. For me, it feels like another way to bond with my baby. Which sounds ridiculous, but it is a way for me to feel like I’m doing something for him 🙂 My husband backed off a lot after that and has actually started to be excited about some of my “projects” as he sees that they are turning out!

    Anyways, I was going to tell you. If you decide to do anymore projects with fabric, there is a website called fabric.com. Their fabric is usually cheaper than it is in the store. They offer free shipping over $35 (so if you can find enough stuff you need than you can get it shipped for free!). You can also google the internet for coupon codes (retailmenot.com) for different percentages off or dollar amounts off. That is how I’ve bought all my fabric. Still not cheap (I was totally amazed at how much fabric can cost!), but a lot more reasonable than anything I found in our local fabric stores. I actually got all of the fabric for our nursery for less than if I bought the bedding set that I was eyeing… I also found a lot more variety online… more fabrics that I loved.

    I can’t wait to see how your chair turns out. I just know it is going to be adorable! I hope that you’ll post pictures!

    • zygotta November 22, 2011 at 10:48 PM #

      Very nice to meet you 😉 – and I am so glad to hear that my husband is not just throwing a weird tantrum. Perhaps men just don’t get this urge to do something like this for the baby. I totally agree with you – I feel like I’m bonding with my baby!

      Thank you for the tip – I will definitely check out this website! I am seriously considering making the curtains myself! The bedding – probably not. Making a fitted sheet feels like too much work , what with the elastics and all…

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