1/15/15

quilt progress

After a long hiatus due to the holidays I am back to work on Edwin's quilt again!  My pal Ann over at Stitch Supply Co. helped me baste my quilt pieces and later that day I finished the actual quilting.  Next up is cutting a LOT of binding strips, squaring up my quilt, and doing a combination of machine and hand stitching the binding on.  I am hoping to finish it by the end of the month, but I've been saying that since November so we'll see if that actually happens or not.  It's been a really fun project and I am thrilled to have made so much progress on it.  I was initially so intimidated to begin a twin size quilt, but now that I am in the final stages it doesn't seem that daunting.  It's amazing what you can do if you just jump right in and figure it out as you go.  Although this will likely be my last big sewing project for a long time, I am already excited to make another big quilt for our next child when he/she moves into a big bed someday. 

12/28/14

the third trimester!

Here we are!  I am 28 weeks along and officially in my third trimester!  I was reading a bit about baby last night and realized that today is my 200th day of pregnancy.  Isn't that crazy?  The average length of gestation is 280 days, so that homestretch is right around the corner.  I continue to feel really good, but this baby is definitely much more active than Edwin was in the womb.  I think I might have a gymnast or an acrobat on my hands soon!  I am looking forward to my midwife appointment this week and having this big belly of mine measured.  I know I shouldn't compare, but I continue to think back to my first pregnancy with Edwin and my tiny 28 week bump.  How I stayed that small the first time, I have no idea.  But, it's fun to be nice and round right now, and I can't believe how fast my hair is growing.  I can't keep up with it so I've decided to just let it grow and see how long it gets during this pregnancy.  I am already looking forward to cutting it off next summer when I'll likely be too busy with two little kids to do much with it anyway.

I get sad sometimes knowing that this will be my last baby, and it is all going way too fast, but I am enjoying this journey so much.  I especially like this 28 week point because I look very pregnant, but am not too uncomfortable yet that I can't tie my shoes.  Although, my snow pants do not fit me right now!  If you see me sledding with Edwin and my snow pants fall off, have some pity on me.  There is no way I am going out and buying maternity snow pants, so I'm just making do.

Nick and I have also started attending our childbirth class.  We signed up for a 12 week Bradley Method series and I am really enjoying it.  It's funny how much you forget in just a few years and I spent so much time mentally and physically preparing for Edwin's birth that I just want to make sure I am in the right mindset this second time around.  It's actually been very good for Nick and I to get away each week together, even if it is just us talking about birth with a few other couples.  I would love to write more about the Bradley Method class, but I doubt that will happen, so I'll leave you with a few facts now in case I don't get back to it.  The Bradley Method focuses on the husbands (or partners) as being the active coach throughout the entire labor.  We've been learning relaxation methods each week, doing partner massage, watching birth videos, and discussing how important mom's health is during pregnancy to help her be prepared for labor.  We actually have homework each week to track our protein intake, do prenatal exercises, and we are supposed to do 200 kegels a day! It is definitely more detailed of a class than I realized and I am very glad we are involved in it.  It is a class I would recommend for new or veteran parents to do if they find they don't have a lot of time to educate themselves about childbirth, or just want a refresher.   

But, I'm getting ahead of myself here.  We still have 12 weeks to go before birth and lots to do around our house!  The holidays have been a bit of a distraction, but we are still making good progress on getting the bedrooms fixed up and have found ourselves knee deep in painting and assembling furniture lately.  I'm going to try not to take on too many more new projects and just finish up the ones I've started and focus on enjoying Edwin and taking care of myself these last few months.  Oh, and picking out names.  We still need to do that!   

Although winters in Wisconsin always tend to feel a little long, this one is different for us.  This baby has already brought new energy to our home and it feels really good.  Happy holidays, and welcome 2015.  It's going to be a fun year!

12/3/14

three years old!

Dear Edwin,
Happy golden birthday buddy!  We had such a fun day, getting balloons, playing outside, and decorating cupcakes.  Your dad learned how to play happy birthday on the piano and we had a few of our closest friends over to help us celebrate.  Every year with you somehow gets better and better and we are very blessed to have such a joyful little kid in our lives.  We love you so so much!  Also, this picture is nothing short of a miracle.  You were having fun playing with the balloon and the camera, but I somehow snapped a decent birthday photo, so thank you!
Love, Mom & Dad

Edwin at age one & age two.

11/24/14

a quick homemade birthday gift!





















I started this project several weeks ago and realized that it would make the perfect little birthday gift for Edwin's third birthday next week.  I quickly finished it up this weekend and I think it turned out so cute.  I followed this pattern for the cozy car caddy, but made a few of my own changes, like gluing on the felt numbers instead of painting them on, and I also skipped the piping around the edge, and instead turned all of the edges under.  I used quite a bit of scrap fabric I had on hand but found the license plate fabric and gray felt for the road at Jo-Ann Fabric.  The matchbox cars were in a little grab bag at the thrift store, so the whole project cost less than $7!  I've been trying to come up with new little things for Edwin to do during "quiet time" in the afternoons and I am hoping this makes a good toy for him to play with in his bedroom.  Either way, I think it's adorable!  I've been seriously bitten by the sewing bug lately and have plans to work on his quilt in between meals this holiday.  My goal is to finish the quilt by Christmas and I already have ideas for curtains to make after that.  See what I mean?  One project leads to another these days!

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