Monday, September 26, 2011

Big Sister and The Belly


We had taken the shots of me and my gigantic belly while Arden was napping.  Since she's been a little bit under the weather and pretty crabby, I wanted to at least be sure we got some pictures of Baby #2 before she arrived.


When Arden woke from her nap, she was in a pretty cooperative mood, so we snapped some quick pics with her and the bump.  And "Kitty Hello".  Her outfit is new from Tea Collection.  I bought one of the wardrobe collections, and I've been loving them - super cute!  The shoes are from See Kai Run, my absolute favorite kid's shoes - adorable styles and nice soft leather.


Arden is, at least at this point, remarkably receptive to the idea of a little sister.  The only hitch has been a few soft toys and rattles that I put into the nursery that she has tried to reclaim as hers.


I think she's going to do really well when we bring baby home.  She sees plenty of babies at daycare and always seems drawn to them.  She also has been holding her stuffed toys "like a baby" for the past several weeks in practice.


Somehow, even with getting ginormous with both pregnancies, I don't have any stretch marks.  Thanks to whoever passed those genes on to me!  Sweet kisses for little sister.


And big ol' "mooma"'s for Mommy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pregnancy Update: 39 Weeks


Things are really getting down to the wire around here in baby growing land, and trust me - I'm feeling it!


I've really slowed down lately: becoming so cumbersome with belly.  I shouldn't complain though, at this point in Arden's pregnancy, I had been on bed rest for a couple of weeks with gestational hypertension.  My BP has been great this pregnancy - rivaling healthy non-pregnant readings.  I also haven't had nearly the level of back or pelvic floor pain as I did during my first pregnancy.  I have to keep reminding myself of this because the "normal" pregnancy back pain and twinges and aches still aren't fun.


Things around the house are as ready as they need to be to be able to bring our baby girl home.  I still have some projects for the nursery left to do, but none of those projects are essential and I should have plenty of time once I'm home on maternity leave with help from family to keep big sister occupied.  I didn't find having a newborn around hindered me from accomplishing things around the house since we babywear and Arden would sleep forever as long as she was cuddled in close.


So now it's just the waiting game.  I'm having some significant Braxton-Hicks contractions, but so far nothing that becomes regular.  We've been offered a voluntary induction anytime after Tuesday, but I don't think we're planning on going that route (at least that's what I'm saying today!).

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Candy Corn Pinafore Top


I made one of these candy corn pinafores for Arden last year, and bought a ton of extra fabric with the intention of whipping up a bunch for my Etsy Shop.  You can see them at the link or above on my Etsy mini widget.


That didn't happen last year, but this autumn I've managed to get a couple of them listed - one in 12M and one in 2T.  The plan was for Arden to model the 2T, but she's been feeling a little under the weather today and the brief spell that she seemed happy enough the sky looked like it was ready to open up and downpour.  I had taken these shots earlier in the day during her nap.


The fabrics for the pieced side are all Moda, and the reverse is a cute novelty candy corn print by Maywood Studio.  I hope to make a few more, but we'll see how cooperative my body and self-motivation are in my 39th week of pregnancy...


I think they're super cute, and listed at a slightly reduced price because I went without imbellishment on these to let the candy corn motif stand out.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Custom Name Canvas

If you were with me for my Mother to Be, Being, Been competition you might remember one of the fabulous prize sponsors was provided by one of my amazing sorority sisters, Tina. 



She's an art teacher by day, grad student by night, and in her copious (kidding!) spare time, she creates these amazing custom name canvases!



They're 16" x 20" canvases and they are 100% custom to go with any room.  You just give her the colors/theme and the name or saying and she takes care of the rest!



So, if you're in the market for an adorable accent to your child's room, or an amazing one-of-a-kind gift for a new baby, these are perfection!  They're amazingly affordable - I think she could charge way more!



If you're interested in getting a custom name canvas of your very own, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail and I'll put you in touch with Tina.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nursery Prep: Cuddly Changing Pad Cover - Part Deux


I posted about my first changing pad cover here.  I thought that one out of turquoise with white polka dot Minky was pretty cute, but I think I like this even better!


I got both of the Minky fabrics from Bobbi at A Vision to Remember's Etsy store.  This lovely black and white damask is listed here.


This, however, will be the last one of these changing pad covers I'll be executing.  The combination of working with a knit fabric and trying to make a dimensional project was just a royal pain in the tushy.  Not to mention how covered in fluff I ended up after running my edges through the serger.


But, now that it's done I can feel a sense of accomplishment and ... relief!  I was planning on two more of these, but I couldn't make the yardage work to get two more anyways.  So, I'll just have to use pink ones from Arden's room if both of these are dirty at the same time.

Do you ever have those projects that you grit your teeth through to get done?  This was definitely one of those!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Nursery Prep: Bird House Night Light


I like having a small lamp in the nursery so you can turn on a soft light for middle of the night diaper changes and feeding sessions.  


Inspiration struck for my bird and tree-themed nursery when I saw this decorative bird house on sale 50% off at JoAnn's.  It was perfect.... except for the color.


So I picked up a little paint tester in a color I liked better and painted it with a mostly dry brush.


I wasn't going for perfection, so you can see the brush strokes and some of the blue bleeding through.


I think it works with the chippy look it already had.


Then I drilled a hole in the bottom of the backside of the house with a paddle bit.


And added a little light with a clip to hold it in place that I borrowed from another lamp we had in the house.  I'd like to figure a way to add some tissue paper to the backside of the fretwork cutouts and hole on the front so the light is a little softer.  I'm also considering rubbing it down with a dark stain to add to the distressed look a bit. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

1st Ballet Class


Arden's first dance class turned out very well.  She's been super excited about her ballarina skirt and shoes for quite a while, so I was a little apprehensive that she'd get overwhelmed.  The class is half ballet and half gymnastics, meeting once a week for half an hour.


Right off the bat, my little monkey had to dangle and swing on the barre, setting a trend for the other little girls to follow.  I have to imagine this is nothing new to the teachers.


She then started tearing back and forth with a couple of other girls before the class began.


She had a little trouble joining in for the motions to Wheels on the Bus, but then enjoyed walking in a circle on her tippy-toes.



 
Demonstrating first position.  Everyone was supposed to make pizzas with their feet.  I wonder if the teachers get that most kids this age are eating their food already cut into little pieces by Mom or Dad!  It sank in better when they said to make their "heels kiss".


Halftime snack.  Keep in mind this class is half an hour long!


Gymnastics time!  We missed a little of this part due to a potty break, but kudos to Arden for telling me she needed to go.


Arden really came into her element when the teacher asked for somebody to go first for forward rolls.  She's been doing somersaults for a while and I think she was the only one who could do it on her own.


So she kept on doing them....


And doing them....


A couple more....


Just one more!  She doesn't really pay attention to where she's going to land, so ended up in the teacher's lap at the end a couple of times.


I think her favorite part might have been the sucker at the end, though.  I took 175 photos, but only shared the best ones where the other little girls' faces aren't clearly photographed.  For the most part, all the girls did really well.  There were a couple that had rough starts or crying spells during parts, and the little one in the black and white leg warmers kept escaping the classroom!  The little blonde in the black leotard was a really good listener; I wonder if she's a little bit older? 

Super fun, and my legs are a bit sore from kneeling down and then hauling my preggo body back upright over and over!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nursery Prep: Shelf


I'm 37 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy, and I'm beginning to feel every single day of that!  Time is ticking by both slowly and quickly, and I still have a few nursery prep projects left to check off the punch list.  Today I tackled the shelf for baby's room.


The shelf is one of a pair my Dad made for me over ten years ago for Christmas.  I showed him a picture from the Pottery Barn catalog and he whipped them up.  The partner is in Arden's room.


The frame is from our wedding - it displayed the table assignments for guests.  I left that in there for the time being, but will replace it with a picture of the baby when she arrives.  I'm pondering painting the mat either turquoise or green to bring a bit more color up there.  Hmmm....


The antique blue mason jars are also from our wedding.  I swear I'm not jumping on the blue jar bandwagon here - these were centerpieces at our wedding.  I used flowers from the Farmer's Market that was the morning of the wedding just steps away from our reception tent.


The birdhouse was made by my Great-Grandfather.  It was home to many a bird over the years, but then a bluejay pecked the opening larger and the finches it was intended for wouldn't nest there any more.  It fits nicely with the bird/tree theme I'm going for and I like that it's getting displayed again after hanging out in our basement for several years.


The little bird figurine and fleur de lis embellished planter are from A Revived Life - a local couple who refurbish vintage furniture and have a new booth at the antiques center just up the road.  I love the furniture they redo, but nothing in the booth worked for this room, so I'm probably going to work with them to do a custom piece.  They're new to the bloggy world - stop by and say "hello".

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Button Jar


When I posted about the buttons I put on my Fair Isle Cardigan for baby #2 here, I mentioned that I used buttons from a gigantic button jar that my Mom had given me.


My Mom, being an awesome mother, reads my blog and she brought up the button jar when we next talked on the phone.


So the story of the button jar is that she and a friend went on a day trip without the kids and went to a textile mill in Michigan.  There, they each bought giant linen bags of various buttons.  Mom's friend bought some other stuff, but Mom mostly bought buttons and then the friend gave her the buttons she didn't want from her bag.


So there's the story of the button jar.  She pulled out the metallic and fancier ones and has those in a decorative box, but these have served me well since I've been the custodian of the button jar.

Don't you love how things you never thought about have a story?
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