Looking at the long
It turns out it is a horseshoe-shaped pillow that you can rest the baby on to nurse, thus bringing the baby up to a more comfortable height and saving your arms. I also read on a message board somewhere that I could use a nursing pillow during pregnancy, to help with my discomforts at night.
The Boppy Pillow seemed to be the go-to product, but I also read complaints in the forums that it wasn't firm/high/wide enough for various peoples tastes. I found a great, easy to follow tutorial for a similar nursing pillow that would be firmer and higher and decided I would alter it a little to make it wider so it would fit around Mr Duncan's waist too.
( And a black leather ottoman for $2.50 that matches our black leather couches from Mr Duncan's bachelor days. )
|I could use a good footrest|
After I got the tablecloth home I was a bit reluctant to cut it up - it really is quite pretty, with blue and white checks. When I measured up the fabric needed for the pillow it left me with half of the tablecloth - which happens to be just big enough to fit our table. So I'm going with the best of both worlds and saving half to use as a tablecloth. For now.
When I placed the pattern on the folded fabric, I added a half an inch up to the fold to make it that little bit larger to accommodate Mr Duncan's girth.
propping up baby or tummy time when the time comes.
In the meantime I've squeezed it into a normal pillow case to keep it clean and in the past two days have used it
- to sleep on - with my hip in the hollow and my belly resting on the back to take the pressure off
- to sleep against - with my back propped up against it and another pillow on top for my head to stop the heartburn rising up
- to rest my laptop on my legs
- to support my lumbar back while sitting on the couch
- as an armrest to lean against
I'm sure it will come in useful when the baby comes, but I can't believe I haven't been using one of these for years!