Friday, March 26, 2010

And the tie breaker goes to...

Our doctor appointment went great today.
I was momentarily nervous when the ultrasound technician pointed to the skin on the baby's neck and said, "This is the baby's neck skin.  This is a marker for Down's Syndrom."
"What??" I thought.
"We like to see a number under 5, and it's well under 5."
Wow, I think she needs to reverse how she tells someone their child doesn't have a strong marker for Down's.  But all is good.  She was very nice, and had fun showing all the body parts to Sophie.

The baby has all it's facial features (although it does look a bit ghoulish in this shot!)

Look at that cute profile!
The baby has all ten toes...
And all ten fingers.
When I called my mom to tell her what we are expecting gender wise, I held the phone out to the girls.

"Tell Grandma what we're having," I encouraged.
In chorus they both yelled, "Cottage cheese and chips!!"

Uhm, not for lunch girls.  :-)

So ten fingers, ten toes, and a little something else too:

(cross posted on Facebook and at

Friday, March 19, 2010

Almost halfway

Today I finished the bumpers for the crib. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, and they were really easy to make. We are ready for a boy... We even have a little boy outfit I planned on giving to an acquaintance when she had a baby boy, but I ended up giving her something else instead. Anyway, you can see the bumpers below, and one of two identical sheets that will go with the bedding set. The fabrics in the quilt will tie everything together nicely.

Of course now that I have spent all the time to make this crib set, I'll probably have a girl. But we're ready for that too as we never got rid of any of our baby girl items.
Whatever we are having, it certainly is growing. This is my 19 week belly.

I'm feeling much better these days.  My morning sickness is confining itself to the morning for the most part, and I've been getting lots done, which is nice, especially now that the weather is nicer.
Tomorrow I'm going to cut out pajamas for the girls.  I need a project to keep me busy while we wait for our appointment next Friday to find out what we're having.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Emily's Skirt

Judy emailed me a couple of days ago to see if I could make this skirt for Emily. Sure, I replied, but it might be a few weeks before I could get to it. That's when she remembered to tell me she wanted it ready in time for their family pictures which are coming up in about 2 weeks. Yikes.
Luckily, it was super simple to figure out. I didn't have any of the fabrics from the original picture, but I emailed Judy several fabrics that I think captured the girly essence of the skirt.
Here's hoping it fits and works for the pictures. Oh, and Judy, you get to cut all the little strings off. :-)

The boy crib bedding is coming along.  I just have a few more seams to sew to finish up the bumpers, and it will be done.   That probably means we're having a girl.  haha

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The thing about kids is ...

They grow. A lot.

This means they are constantly in need of new clothes.  CONSTANTLY.
Consequently, yesterday afternoon we found ourselves at Target (they're only going to wear them for three more months anyway) getting new tennis shoes for 3 of them, and of course new flip-flops, because with 60 degree weather it is too hot to wear tennis shoes to anything but school (their words, not mine.)

The boys each got to choose a new short sleeve shirt off the $4 table (yeah, I'm cheap like that), and the girls each got a new frock.

Sophie needed a fancy new hairdo to go with her new frock.  Something princess-ish.  Like she told us on the way home yesterday, "All my dreams come true because I wear nightgowns and I'm a princess."

Emma scored a new Liberty of London skirt I love that LoL made a line for Target. It is so floral-y and Spring-y. I considered one of their dresses for me too... it's not maternity, but it will probably work as it is super full and gathered. Andrew was an August baby, so I know I need to be prepared on the dress/skirt front. It's just too hot for anything else when you are big and ready to burst in the middle of summer.

Sophie and I are spending the day cleaning.  Hope your day is more exciting than ours.  :-)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sleeping Beauty

When I started eating lunch, Sophie was playing with her Barbie princesses and her horse. When I finished, I walked into the family room to see her using some of my fabric as a pillow. She was sound asleep!  Little sweetheart. We are all exhausted from the time change.

Just a quick note to let you know I have added several more fabric bundles to my etsy shop, and will be adding more this afternoon. Don't forget to convo me through etsy if you would like to buy more than one set so we can work out combined shipping fees.

Have a great afternoon!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Why I love toddlers

You just don't have conversations like this with any other age:

Sophie:  Mom, Dad is your brother.
Me:  No he's not... that would be gross.  He's my husband.
Sophie (laughing):  No he's not!
Me: Yes he is.  That's what you call the man when he gets married.  He's my babe.
Elliott:  I'm her Prince Charming.
Sophie (turning to me):  You're not a princess.  You don't have a skirt!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

One down...

The dust ruffle is done!

Can I just say how much I love my sewing machine?  It makes projects like this so much easier!  See this foot in the picture below?  It's my stitch-in-the-ditch foot.  Normally it is used in quilting to keep a straight line if you want to quilt at the seam lines, but the directions for this dust ruffle have you fold up the bottom of the dust ruffle to the top of the green band, and sew it to the back at the top of the band.  If I was just using a regular presser foot, the stitch would most likely have been not too straight.  But with the stitch in the ditch foot, the fabric stays just where I want it.  If you look closely, you can see where the foot bends the fabric slightly out of the way right where the needle goes down.
The stitching stays right where I want it.  In fact, if I had used green thread, I don't think it would have been visible at all...  and really you can't see it if you are looking at the dust ruffle from even 3 feet away.
Alas, we have no crib as yet, and probably won't get one until much closer to August...  so no modeling as of yet.

I'm going to give my back a rest, and take a little break before starting the bumpers tomorrow.  

Monday, March 08, 2010

Boy Stuff

A few of you may have a been a little confused by my last post, asking yourself, "Why is she making boy bedding when she doesn't know what she is having yet?"  My sister wondered the same thing.  But I really THINK I am having a boy, and the fabric I loved had been out for a while, so I wanted to get it before there wasn't enough anymore.  If the ultrasound happens to show I am having a girl, I won't ever get the bedding finished, so I want to get the crib set made before the ultrasound.  If this little meatball is a girl, well, I guess the bedding can be sold on etsy.  It's going to be a really good looking set!  ;-D
There are tons of cute little baby boys at church these days, and that is another reason I am looking forward to a boy.  But I have to tell you, there are way more tutorials for girls out there than boys.  I don't know about you, but no boy of mine is going to wear a ruffled diaper cover!
I decided to do a little roundup of some of the cute tutorials I have found lately for boys.  If you have a little guy and have found other tutorials you like that I haven't listed, please tell us about them in the comments!

Octopus and Rocket applique pattern and tutorial

Little boy's tie

Cute mobile

Bootie pattern

Dana dedicated the whole month of February to boy crafts.  A few of my favorites:
90-minute shirt
Super cute President's Day shirts


I'm off to start some laundry, clean the kitchen, and then begin cutting out the crib bedding.  Have a great day!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Getting my groove back, slowly

Today I actually took the girls to Joann (the craft/fabric store).  This is huge, people!  Plus, I've made dinner about 4 times in the last week and a half.  Again, HUGE!  I'm trying not to do too much, because when I do, I pay for it the next day, but for now, I'm taking it slow and loving having less nausea.
On to better things...
Why was it necessary to take a trip to Joann?  I have 3 projects I'm wanting to do at the moment:

1.  Make this shirt.  Totally cute and comfy.  I even have the right amount of what I think will be cute fabric (it's always hard to know what will look good in a huge, maternity amount.)  I didn't have elastic though...  so off I went.

2. Make a cute hospital gown to deliver in.  These seem to be all the rage now.  There are several varieties available on, in fact.  But I don't like how they open for nursing, and I don't want to pay the big bucks when I can make one myself, so I got this pattern, which I think I can alter sufficiently.  Of course, in writing this, I realize I forgot to get snap tape.  sigh...  I guess I'll be back at Joann's tomorrow.

3.  Boy crib bedding.  Yes, I had some for my boys, but I have since gotten rid of it, and have better sewing skills.  I found some perfect fabric, but had to go pick up a pattern, since I didn't want to figure out measurements myself.  (Why is it that the Butterick patterns are 99 cents this weekend, but I got no Butterick patterns.  sigh...)  I'll be slightly altering the pattern I got, including adding cording to the top of the bumper pad, but I just realized I forgot that too.  What I really need to do is make a list.

Anyway, I hope you are having a great day.  It's a bit warmer (should I be excited about 39 degrees?) and sunny today, and I'm looking forward to getting started on a new project.

PS... we find out the baby's gender in 3 weeks.  Yay!  Sophie is suggesting a new name:  Hello Kitty.  :-)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Conversation with Ethan

Ethan is trying to get his room cleaned up before 7pm tonight so he can watch a "bedtime movie".  He came into my room a minute ago and said, "aaaaah, it's already 6:41!"
I told him it was really 6:37, and he said, "Oh yeah, we forgot to reset our clock for global warming."

Monday, March 01, 2010

Update on the "person store"

Last night Elliott discovered it's the doctor's office/ hospital.  We were chatting with Sophie about the person store, and she mentioned that we had just been there not that long ago and chosen the baby that is in my tummy.  It turns out she thought that when we got the ultrasound, we were looking at a baby to choose. 
I love that girl!