Sunday, July 29, 2012

O... M... G!

So.. as I sat in the recliner yesterday afternoon while my son took his nap.. enjoying watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix, it hits me.. within a matter of days I will be holding my sweet, adorable, baby girl! Days! Not months, no longer more than 20 days away.. 16 DAYS to be a matter of fact! And that's if she decides to hang out until her EDD! In just a matter of days, there will be another living, breathing, human being in this house! I probably will no longer be sitting there enjoying the quiet while my son takes a nap.. a fact that I've come to realize will soon end since he is 4 now.. don't most kids stop napping by now or soon after? 

I hope he always lets me rock him for his naps.. I just love to look down and see this sweet face <3
 Emotions about this range from nervous to excited.

Excited because of the obvious, I'm very ready to meet my little Ansleigh Jane. I can't wait.. daddy can't wait, bubby can't wait, all family can't wait! We're all so very excited! We've all been dreaming of this day that we would have another little person added to our family.

But nervous.. very nervous because we'll be going from having a routine.. having to relearn a new schedule. We're all pretty set on what we do every day.. Jonah plays and watches movies, I browse online or craft, Chris watches TV or plays his guitar or goes metal detecting. We all have hobbies and habits that we're used to.. we've had 4 years to get to this point with Jonah. And now? Well now it's all about to change and that's a VERY scary thought! I don't remember feeling like this when I was pregnant and very close to the end with Jonah.. I was just excited! If Chris was nervous, I really don't remember.. he seemed just as excited as myself.

Plus, I'm really hoping Jonah adjusts to having a sissy quickly. I expect him to act out, which he's already starting to do more and more as the time comes nearer.. or he's just being a bit more sensitive and emotional over everything! I expect him to feel like he's not getting enough attention, because in all reality, it's been only him for 4 years now. He's not had to share mommy and daddy, or any other family members. It's just been him. His world is about to turn upside down from normal, to a new picture. And I think, as much as I talk to him about it, it's not going to sink in until sissy is actually here. I dread it. He's a big mommy's boy.. always has been.

I don't regret adding to our family at all! I'm just scared of the first few months that it takes to adjust to this new, living, breathing little person that's soon to enter our family. It's going to be fun, interesting, and challenging at times, but I think we'll all make it in the end. Families do this every day.. so surely it's not so bad! Right?

So I've been trying to be more patient with him.. and give him lots of love and attention. He's come to insist on rocking in "Answeigh's woom" before his naps. As of right now, he loves the 'idea' of sissy.. he gives her (my belly) lots of hugs and kisses and talks to her. I just hope that once she's here, this continues. Only time will tell!

Helping me make muffins this morning :) It's become our weekend ritual.. because lets face it, muffins are awesome!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

Well, first things first, I taught myself how to sew in February! I wanted to make Ansleigh's newborn stash of cloth diapers and I can say I definitely succeeded! 

This is my favorite pattern I've used, Rainy Days, found on . It's a two size pattern, so these that are pictured will fit from newborn-smalls. And when the time comes, if I chose to make them, I have the 2nd size which is a medium-large.

These, minus the very last one on the bottom right, are Darling Diapers.

And these four, are a modified Owl Haven diaper. They were the first I made.. not too fond of them but they're poo catchers, so as long as they work for that, I'm happy lol

Then I made this little gown using this pattern, newborn gown from t-shirt, though I just used fabric I had on hand instead of a t-shirt

Took a plain onesie, appliqued a piece of fabric to it and made a little skirt to go with it. The little hat is from this pattern, Poppy

This little hat was just made up off the top of my head after seeing them all over etsy.. proof for those that follow my blog that my knitting is coming along great!

I currently can't find the pattern I used for these, but they're super easy to make! The little red ones are to go with the Strawberry Shortcake outfit :)

This is one of my favorite items I've made to date.. it has it's own story. This little blanket has had the love of now 3 babies worked into it. I started it when I got pregnant in the fall of 2010 and put it down after I lost that baby. Then once I got pregnant last spring, I picked it back up and worked on it some more. After losing that baby, I just couldn't look at it. It wasn't until March, when I reached 18 weeks, that I felt comfortable working on it again. I love this little blanket. Since learning to sew, I added a flannel backing to it. It is super soft and will be a nice warm blanket for this fall/winter :)

Another little hat I made off the top of my head. Was intentionally supposed to be for in the hospital, but it turned out a bit bigger than I meant for it to. But that's fine, she can wear it this fall.

This little dress can be found here. I made the smallest size, but it's a very wide dress, so I'm not too sure how well it's going to fit. Either way it's still really cute!

The last of the wearable items I've made is this little dress! This is her coming home outfit :) The pattern can be found here. I myself, could not understand the pattern for the bottom of the dress, so I found another pattern that looks similar but was easier to understand. I'm still learning the ropes to knitting.. charts scare me lol!

Now for her room items!

The quality of the pictures, of the pictures, isn't the best because I had crappy lighting, but I made these to go in her room! Materials used: cardstock, felt flowers and crochet butterflies I had from making bows, hot glue, picture frame inserts, a foam board, and ribbon. Took me 3 days to make them, and I'm super happy with how the turned out. They were another "seen on etsy and figured I could make those myself" item. Being a crafty person is definitely a plus!

I found this idea on pinterest, following this idea and gave it a bit more. I have A LOT of little clips and bows for this little girl, so I had to have more spaces that I could clip the bows to.

Got crafty with some more cardstock and hot glue and did her wall letters. The letters themselves are wooden, but instead of painting them, I used two different cardstock prints to give it a bit more pizazz! I'm going to add ribbon to them and hang them from a pretty curtain rod above her crib.

This quilt was made using a tutorial from a blogger I actually have linked here, the tutorial can be found here. This is the first quilt I've ever made and I just hope it holds together lol! But following the tutorial made it SUPER simple.. it was much easier than I thought it would be! All together, it only took me 3-4 days to finish it. The front I got done in just a couple of hours :)

This mobile is yet another pinterest idea come to life. I found them on there, linked from etsy, here. Though I loved the ones I found there, I didn't have any paypal avaliable to purchase them. SOOOO being crafty, I went to Hobby Lobby and got all of my materials I needed: felt and polyfill, and began working on them. The actual mobile part is recycled from my son's mobile. I tried to do them with the wooden dowels like the shop owner did, but I couldn't figure that part out. I like it better this way anyways because now they can spin as the music box plays on the mobile :)

And last but not least! I just started/finished the diaper bag Wednesday while I was off work due to the holiday. It's another one of those projects I hope doesn't fall apart! I had no pattern at all for the bag.. just took the tips I learned while making the quilt and went from there. No measuring or anything was done.. so the fact that it came out even and no side was bigger than the other.. well that's just a little amazing LOL!

And here's an inside shot of it. It has 2 pockets on each side and I can stuff it with as many diapers and items as I need :)

Well I hope you've enjoyed this LONG show-n-tell! I'm sure there will be something else made before baby girl gets here, but for now, I'm done. Until I find the next craft I wish to learn!

I'm back!

Well for anyone that may possibly follow my blog.. I'm back! :) Lots of things happened over the course of the last few months.. been SUPER busy! Top of the list is I'm pregnant! We are expecting a little girl, Ansleigh Jane, due on the 14th of next month. I'm ecstatic and cannot wait to meet this little person!

26 Weeks 1 Day

34 Weeks! Growing big and strong!

This little girl is so unlike her brother already! She is MUCH more active in utero than he ever was.. making this mommy double over very often after having a foot jabbed into my rib cage! And I'm telling ya, she better come out with SOME form of hair on her head after all the heartburn I've been having! I never once had it with him and he was nearly bald with just a hint of peach fuzz :) But I'm loving all of this.. I'm loving all the braxton hicks I've been having, all the cramping, the uncomfortable moments, the restless sleep, the inability to get comfortable at night, the going pee every little bit since she thinks my bladder is a trampoline in the middle of the night.. I'm loving it all, I'm cherishing every minute of it. If you've been following my blog, you understand why. I'm so ready to have this little girl in my life. And especially if she is my last, I'm going to enjoy every minute of pregnancy that I can, since it really is such a short period of time compared to the rest of her life.

The busy part is the fact that I've been making a ton of stuff for her and the nursery over the course of the last few months, that I've really just haven't had a chance to write. And I've so missed writing on here and sharing my day with anyone that wants to know about it. But I'm back.. and plan to update whenever I get the chance :)

I'm going to write a follow up post right after this one with all of the items I've made this beautiful little girl, be looking for it!