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Vote for my Gerber Baby!

5 Oct

Hello! One week I couldn’t find my card reader for my camera, and then the week after that was spent getting everything ready so I could return back to work, and now I’m back at work. *sigh* I miss my baby.

I entered S in a Gerber baby search, and he only has three votes so far! Will you vote for him? You can vote for him once a day. They ask for your email address, but it’s just so they can send you an email with a link so you can confirm your vote.

Although tedious, as a webmaster, I approve of this form of online voting because it makes it harder for people to hack into the system. Just saying.

Lunch break over, talk to you guys later!

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It’s Friday Already???

27 Aug

How did it get to be Friday already?? I’ll be honest – I spent all week sitting on the couch next to John, making digital scrapbook pages and scouring diaperswappers.com for diapers fro S. Well, that’s how MOST of the week was spent, anyway. I have also been doing some sewing, but I want to wait until it’s all done to show you guys. So until then, some hints:

Three pictures, three different projects for the same thing. Can you guess what I’m working on?

PS: It’s my mom’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom!

Cloth Diaper Inserts

20 Aug

I am trying cloth diapers with S. I bought a bunch of different brands from people off craigslist, and so far I really like Kissaluvs because they are the smallest, so they fit him the best and are less bulky. A lot of the ones that are supposed to fit the baby the whole time they wear diapers are SO bulky! These, since they’re for newborns, aren’t. They’re still bulkier than disposables, but they’re not bad.

However, since those are made with …organic cotton? Cotton fleece? (I don’t know for sure since they’re second hand.) and my guy is a little pee-er, I found that I could only keep him in the diaper an hour before he would need to be changed. I really wanted him to be good for at least two hours. My other diaper brands have inserts, so I thought I’d make him a couple for the Kissaluvs.

Actually, they’re kind of like maxi pads, aren’t they? (lol) I used fabrics from my stash – some checkerboard fabric for the outside, and fleece, and knit (like sweater knit, not t-shirt knit) fabric for the absorbent middle.  Then I sewed around the edges and quilted the main part. I had never quilted anything before, and I think you can see that in the oval stitching. I wasn’t going to worry about it though, since they were just going on my baby’s butt.

I wasn’t sure how absorbent these would be, and I wanted to wait until I had bias tape on the sides to try them out, but I got too impatient. They ended up buying me half an hour, so I think if I make the next batch a little thicker, I’ll be in good shape!

Now I just need to buy a bias tape maker!

Maternity Photos

13 Aug

It seems kind of weird to be posting these now that I’m not pregnant, but I had the baby just a few days after I got the photos, and didn’t get the chance to post them until now. I really like them though, so I’m going to post them anyway.

On June 18th, I met up with Tara and her husband from Indigo Butterfly Photography. We went to a castle at Highland Park, but I didn’t look good in my pics with the castle itself. :-/ The ones with the grounds came out though!

I’m a little bummed that the line from the bottom of my tank to shows, but what can ya do?

I connected with Tara because of a listing she posted on craigslist. She is actually coming to my house next week to take newborn pics of S too. I’m excited to see what silly poses we come up with.

They are really cool people and great to work with. Highly recommended.

Oh, Hi!

11 Aug

**I wanted to post this on Wednesday, so I dated the entry as such because, even though it’s technically Thursday as it’s after midnight, it still FEELS like Wednesday to me.**

Who would have known that the day after my last post would be the day I GAVE BIRTH TO MY SON?! Aaaand, that’s where I’ve been. I was on such a logging roll, too!

Meet my baby! I will be referring to him as “S” on the blog. John was able to make it home for S’s birth, which was awesome.

I had family at the house for the first couple weeks of S’s existence, and it was really nice to have the help. I ended up needing an emergency C-section, and the recovery was a little tough. All the turtling I did while I was pregnant carried over after his birth, except it HURT to get up instead of just being awkward. 😦 Guess cutting muscles will do that to ya.

It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve kind of got a schedule going (induce milk coma, get stuff done) so I’m hoping to be blogging more soon. I even did some sewing today, so I’ll have that to talk about next week. 🙂 Nothing fancy, but it was nice to cut some fabric and sit at my machine while my little man looked on.

Oh yeah, because I am a big nerd and needed something to do during feedings, I created S a twitter account (@EatSleepTwit) and a facebook fan page. So, feel free to add those.

Baby Shower – Food & Decorations

23 Jun

The first of the decorations is the wreath I made to hang on the front door. This is a little dollar store creation, and I really like it in it’s simplicity. Just a Styrofoam wreath, a couple shades of ribbon, a gift wrap bow, and some plastic baby rattles.  I used straight pins instead of glue too, so I can take the baby stuff off and use the wreath for something else.

Another project I did was the card garland. It was super easy, and I think it turned out really well. All I did was take some wooden clothes pins, trace the size of the top onto some scrapbooking paper, cut out all the little strips, glue the paper to the clothes pin, and clip them on a ribbon I’d hung to the wall. If I had more time, I probably would have coated them with some mod podge or something, but they are still hanging in my dining room and still going strong, so I didn’t need to. During the opening of presents, my mom would go over and pin up the cards so they added to the decoration!

The fabric hanging is (are?) some faux-quilt blocks I drew up and had printed by Spoonflower in Mario Brothers fabric I designed.  They came out really well, except my red is neon orange (boo you Spoonflower and your hatred of red!) and I made the Mario characters waaaay too small in one of my “fabric” patterns.  I didn’t really do the math right on how small they would actually be when they printed.  It still looks really cute though, and I can’t wait to use them in my baby quilt.

Now onto food!  We kept things pretty simple: bite-sized chicken salad sandwiches, tuna mac, veggies and dip, fresh fruit, and cupcakes.  Probably the fanciest thing was the baguettes with a cheese and bacon sauce, and that wasn’t even really fancy because the sauce came premade from Wegmans!

Do you like my Mario Brothers centerpiece?  My mom and I were in Toys-R-Us looking for Mario plates and things and we found those.  The way we rushed at those figurines, you would have thought we were in a desert and the dolls were filled with water.  Haha.

I made the cupcakes look like the mushrooms from the game. Well, I tried to anyway. The frosting demanded that it stay a little pastel. Oh well, it got the point across.  To make the spots, I used white chocolate wafers and white M&Ms.

And that’s that. There is another woman at work who is pregnant, and a guy who’s wife is pregnant, and all the people at work threw the three of us a baby shower. Do you guys want to see pictures of that, or should I just stick to crafty things? Comment and let me know. Until then, see you next time!

Baby Shower – Overview & Activities

18 Jun

Hold on to your hats, people, this is going to be a long one. Originally, I was going to split this up into a lot of entries, but I think since it’s been so long, I’ll just split it up into two: “Overview & Activities” and “Decorations & Food.” While my mom was up, she threw me a baby shower, and it was so much fun!

We, of course, had a Mario Brothers theme for the shower. This was the evite I made that my mom sent out to everyone. I don’t know if anyone would want it, but if you’d like, I can make it available as a download. Just leave a comment letting me know!

I got a lot of great presents, both from my registry and off. Just some of the things pictures are: “Give peas a chance” onesie from my friend Jess, a microwave bottle sanitizer from Mary, and the last two pictures have awesome Mario Brothers gifts from Nicole: Mario Brothers weebles and a print ad from a comic book for the Mario Brothers Atari game from 1983!  I would have included more pictures in this collage, but it would appear that I make TERRIBLE faces while opening presents, lol.

The above picture is a baby quilt that one of my co-worker’s mothers made, and I’m being a big nerd in the second picture and investigating the binding to see it it was machine or hand stitched on.  She said that it was a “cheater quilt” because the center is just a big panel, but I love it anyway.

Our activities were Mario Bingo*, baby shower word scrambles, “Colleen trivia,” and I had them decorate wooden “Ss” and “Ps” (the baby’s initials) that I’ll hang in the nursery.  Thanks to everyone who came out!

And that brings part 1 to a close!

*I made Bingo cards with Mario characters on them. Cute until I realized that I didn’t even know all the character’s names nevermind that no one else at the party knew the names… so I ended up calling things like “B little bullet guy” and “N angry looking alligator girl.” Ah well, lesson learned.