Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sewing updates!

There are still a few projects I'd like to finish before this baby comes, but I have been pleased with the three things I've been able to sew recently. First up was a new geranium dress I made for Naomi a few months ago. I had bought this fabric ages ago, intending to sew a dress and was happy to finally get it done. I love the fabric and of course sewing this one made me want to do a few more. While I was at it, I also made a smaller dress for a friend's baby since I always feel like it is just as easy to make two at the same time.
Here is Naomi wearing the dress, which looks even more adorable on.
My thirsty, post-nap model:
I loved this fabric, too:

The really big project, though, was a twin-sized quilt for Naomi's eventual big girl bed. Even though she's going to be in a toddler bed for a while, I wanted to make something that would last longer than the toddler bed stage. I was thinking that I had essentially copied exactly this quilt from a favorite crafting blog, but looking back it turns out mine is definitely different. I love the colors and chevrons. Maybe one day I can post a more up close photo of the fabric.

I think it took me 18 months to finish Judah's quilt, so I was worried it would never get done before the baby was born. But using bigger squares and knowing a little better what I was doing meant that I was able to finish it in just about 2.5! It feels great to be done.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The great room change

To get ready for this baby (who is coming in 7 weeks or so !!), we put a toddler bed into Judah's room for Naomi to sleep in. We haven't actually started letting her sleep in there yet, since I keep going back and forth between wanting to switch her before the baby comes and waiting a few months until the baby actually needs his or her own room.

But while my mom was here, I figured it would be the best time to go ahead and get everything ready. Here is the "before" shot, messy bookshelf, unmade bed and all:

And here is the "after" shot:

I'd still like to hang more stuff on the walls to make this space above Naomi's bed a little more girly, but I was very happy with how nicely everything fit. You can see Judah's little feet,  testing out the new bed.

And here is Naomi trying it out. She loved it. She frequently says she wants to sleep in her new bed before bed and nap time, so I may try to go ahead and move her sooner, but I'm totally nervous about how it's going to go. (Also seen in this photo is the new quilt I made, which will get it's own post soon.)
I also decided that putting together Ikea furniture while there are toddlers around should be some kind of Olympic sport. I certainly would not have been able to get this done without my mom, who both helped with the furniture assembly and kept the kids occupied while I tried to finish.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vicarious Nesting

I can't believe it's been over two months since I last wrote something. Such is life when you are pregnant with your third and working. Sigh. Hopefully someday I'll be able to write more.

My mom is currently visiting us, which is awesome! Since she has been here, she has cleaned:
All our drawers in our kitchen
Our oven
Our cabinets
Our pantry
Our laundry room
The kitchen sink (This might not seem like much, but we have this old porcelain sink that was super stained and no matter how much I cleaned it, it still was stained and dirty. My mom worked her magic and it now looks pristine.)
Countless loads of laundry
Countless loads of dishes
My sewing area (I did help a tiny bit here.)
Helped me clean and rearrange Judah's room so we could set up a bed in there for Naomi

And I seriously might be leaving a few things off the list. Not included are all the books she has read, games she has played, nor legos and baby dolls she has played with two children who adore her.

 I love my mom.

And nesting vicariously.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby Tell.

A few weeks ago, we had our big anatomy scan of our baby. As far as I could see, everything looked good. We again opted not to find out the gender. When I had my OB appointment the next day, I was a little surprised to discover that they had actually seen something abnormal - a choroid plexus cyst. I knew that without other abnormalities, these cysts were probably nothing, but a quick google search (yes, sometimes doctors do them, too) told me that they are a "soft marker" for trisomy 18.
In my previous pregnancies, I have opted not to do the blood test that screens for certain birth defects since my insurance wouldn't cover them. California has a much more developed prenatal screening program, though, and my OB was really pushing me to have it done, so this time I actually went ahead and did it. I'm thankful, since at the same time I found out about the cysts, I also found out that my screening test was negative for Trisomy 18,  which was very reassuring. Even though these cysts are really common, the OB sent me to have a level 2 ultrasound with the perinatologist to make sure there were no other abnormalities. We had our first scan a few weeks ago, and everything looked good, but the baby was being stubborn and they couldn't get a good look at the heart. Since heart defects are very, very common with Trisomy 18 they needed to take a second look. This past week we had the second look and I was pleasantly surprised that they also did a 3D scan of the baby's face. I've never had one of these done before and getting such a clear picture of the baby made me much more emotional than I expected.

When I found out I was pregnant this time, I really didn't feel ready. So many days I feel at my limit with the kids and I had hoped to lose a few more pounds. Each of my prior healthy pregnancies have also been preceded by a loss, so it took me kind of a long time to believe that this little baby was going to stick around. Coupled with the fact that I felt terrible for the first trimester and had no energy to do anything, I just haven't been all that excited. Which is crazy to me seeing as how I longed to get pregnant for what felt like the longest time before we had Judah.

Seeing that sweet face, though, with that nose that looks like Judah's has made me feel so much more attached to this little one than I have been thus far. I'm also very thankful that everything looks completely normal and there are no signs that anything more serious is going on with this baby.

I'm really looking forward to meeting this little one in December.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Natural history museum, part 2.

Last month I took the kids to the last free day at the Natural History museum until fall. Although we still enjoyed the dinosaurs and stuffed mammals, there actually were a few more parts of the museum we checked out that we had missed last time, including a more hands-on area where we got to play with various bones and antlers.

The highlight for me was the butterfly exhibit. I couldn't stop taking photographs.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An overdue post.

Here is what I've been working on lately:
Growing a new human!

Obviously I have been having some trouble blogging regularly since starting my new job, but getting pregnancy really has thrown me for a loop. Those first few weeks are just brutal with the fatigue and nausea that are compounded by, you know, actually having responsibilities like taking care of children and working. Thankfully I seem to be past all that now, and have noticed that I actually have a little energy. Today I even cleaned out the frig.

Baby should arrive sometime in early December and we are once again waiting until baby's birthday to discover the gender.

I have lots of thoughts about being pregnant again, rather easily, after all our previous problems, so maybe I can write down a few soon. We are getting more and more excited (and terrified) about adding another one to the mix.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


These pictures are WAY overdue, but I did manage to make part of the kids' easter outfits this year. I actually love how these turned out - Naomi's skirt is very adorable and Judah really loves these shorts. The seersucker is super soft and he wants to wear these a lot. He calls them his "soft shorts".
 For Judah's shorts, I used this tutorial from the blog Made. I was able to whip these up in maybe an hour, which included some time to re-sew the side seams when I decided they were too wide.
 Naomi's skirt was also made from another tutorial from the same blog. Seersucker really is the perfect fabric for this project. I loved not having to hem each layer and just using my serger. This was a slightly more involved project, but still fairly fast.

Of course, no photo shoot would be complete without someone crying for no particular reason. I'm really not sure why Judah was so bummed out here.
 I don't think I've sewn anything since I made this stuff, but seeing these pics again is a little motivation to get the sewing machine back out.