Quick Update:

So, no I haven’t had this baby yet. But these past few days have been filled with many contractions that have gotten me no where, lots of cooking, very little sleep, and realizing how seriously bored this girl gets if you keep her in the house too long. I had a long conversation with God, promising I would be patient and wait on the perfect timing. So now, all my energy is spent trying to keep that promise. 🙂

Pictures of Easter coming soon!

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Passing the Time

It is official. I have 3 weeks left. If I have the baby anytime after 3 weeks then I will be able to stay at the Birth Center and not be transfered to the hospital. That is something big enough to celebrate! It also has caused a little anticipation about having a new baby join our family. I am trying my best to stay calm and patient. What better way to stay calm than to sew! 

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These are Scarlet’s new pants from Amanda Soule’s pattern in The Creative Family. Instead of using a T-shirt, like she did, I used a pretty blue linen I found in the remnants pile at JoAnns. The trim was done with some fabric I just had lying around. This is the first pair of pants I’ve ever made. I am super happy with them. She will probably end up with many more pairs. The linen is perfect for the hot weather coming up. 

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This skirt I threw together last night. Believe it or not, I had a more difficult time with this than I did the pants. I got this from Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt Pattern, free on their blog. The fabric was taken from my pile of extra fabric, mostly found in the remnant piles, my favorite place in any fabric store. I love the end result, but there were a few times I had to walk away and come back with some chocolate milk in my tummy. 🙂 

There has been some other sewing projects going on around here for Easter. It’s become a combined effort between me, Gran, and Grandma. Cant wait to show you pictures of Easter!

Nesting for life…

So, I read this article in one of the back issues of Martha Stewart Baby. (Super cool baby ideas -btw) It was about pregnant women that start “nesting” and never really stop. It said that a lot of women before getting pregnant never really cared about handmade items for their baby. But statistics of women becoming crafty during their pregnancy is astounding. This is super interesting to me. I have watched this happen so many times. I think it is the neatest part of the process of becoming a mother. It is the sweetest thing to a new mother to be gifted with handmade gifts. Creating something completely unique for your sweet baby, that is made straight from your heart, is one of the greatest thrills of motherhood. I remember crocheting Scarlet’s first blanket. I would sit in the rocking chair in her room and watch my hands move while wondering what she would look like, or how it would feel next to her skin. Then, when she was born, it was one of the first things she was wrapped in. It’s an amazing feeling to see your new babe wrapped in something “momma-made.” 

Today has been lots of moving, unpacking, and organizing baby goodies. I am moving right into the nesting phase. But as I read this article and looked back over my time since becoming a mother, I have realized that “nesting” has never really stopped. I am constantly creating something, organizing another thing, making this better or that easier. Really that is how I live and it came with Scarlet, who made me a mother. Every handmade gift is cherished. She gets surrounded with as much “momma-made” stuff as possible. I have begun to work harder at being sure this baby gets the same wonderful treatment. 🙂 Today I bought a beautiful new (well – thrifted – new to me) blue quilt from Suzy’s. (Oh, someday there should be a whole post about Suzanna’s Antiques. Super amazing place.) It fits perfectly on Scarlet’s bed. It was exactly what was missing in her room. Believe it or not, it was on the”before the baby comes” list. Actually, many of the things on the list have more to do with her than the baby. All in all, by the time we have a new life there will also be a beautifully organized home. That is the plan. 🙂

So, for all your pregos out there (and there are quite a few), don’t be afraid to spend this sweet time (time that you’ll never get back – might I add)  to learn something new. Create. Ask for handmade love for your baby. You might just be surprised how much it means to you when the time comes to adorn your most precious baby in “momma-made” goodies. Get to nesting!