February 29, 2012

Juniper Adelaide

**Update: sometimes flickr and blogger don't want to play nicely together. Hopefully the pics are fixed now!**

She's here!

Juniper Adelaide James was born on Saturday, February 25 at 3:10 pm. She weighed in at a healthy 9 lbs, 3.3 oz, and measured 20.5" long. We're all healthy and happy she's finally here!

Lincoln is so proud to be a big brother, and can't stop giving her kisses. Love that boy!

More to come once we're a little more settled and rested. In the meantime, the rest of the photos (taken at the hospital by Bella Baby) are here.

February 17, 2012

For my big boy

While waiting for Little Miss to make her appearance, I've been keeping busy sewing a few things that have been on my list for a while. One item in particular, a backpack for Lincoln, is something that I told him I would make for him back in September. Every once in a while he'll randomly tell someone that "mama's going to make me a backpack" and I feel like a huge jerk for stringing him along for so long.

I honestly had no excuse, as I purchased Rae's Toddler Backpack pattern months ago, and collected all the supplies shortly after. All of it has been sitting in my "works in progress" box (which I suppose is more accurately a "mostly not-even-started, but on my radar" box) ever since. And then finally, my nesting urge became a last-minute sewing urge, and I'm now the mama of one proud boy.

When I told him I wanted to take a picture of him with his backpack on, he ran over to the hook it was hanging on, put it on his back and immediately struck this pose for me! What a cutie pie.

As I mentioned above, the pattern is by the brilliant Rae of Made By Rae, and has been recently updated with instructions for adding a lining. I purchased the pattern before the update came out (like a few days or a week before) and I was kind of bummed because I thought I was going to have to buy a whole new copy of the pattern to get the updated info. Thankfully, Rae is not only brilliant, but also thoughtful, and offers just the update in her shop for a measly $2! Genius.

For the outer fabric, I chopped up an Ikea pillow cover that matched the formerly orange walls in the nursery. It's a medium weight cotton canvas, but I added a layer of interfacing anyway to give it a little more structure. The lining is an adorable airplane print from Robert Kaufman's Ready, Set, Go! collection that I picked up a remnant of with no specific project in mind. When I was scanning my shelves for a good lining option, it was the obvious choice. I mean, how cute is that?

Lincoln is thrilled, and couldn't wait to fill it up and take it to preschool. Hopefully he thinks it was worth the wait.

There are a few more pics with more detailed info about the fabrics and construction here, if you're into that sort of thing.

February 15, 2012


We reached the 39 week point yesterday, and baby girl is still holding on strong. Last week there were some strong indications that labor might be forthcoming, but I guess she changed her mind, and we're still firmly planted in the very pregnant zone. And when I say very pregnant, I mean VERY PREGNANT. Look:

39 weeks

As I was taking these photos I remembered that this was the same shirt that I was wearing when I took the first photos of this pregnancy at 9 weeks. This is clearly a testament to the versatility (not to mention the elasticity) of this top, which is one of my fave non-maternity shirts. Anyway, I decided a little bit of fun with photoshop was in order, so I made a couple of collages. Please note that I am NOT the graphic designer in the household. I could barely figure out how to get these photos into photoshop, and it's a miracle that I made it this far. So don't laugh. Except maybe at the absurdity which is the bare belly shot, which hubby says looks like a giant clay prosthetic.

Boom! Look how hard that shirt is working! Pretty impressive. Hopefully it's not stretched beyond recognition and will still be wearable if and when she decides to actually evacuate the premises.

Here's hoping that there won't be any more weeks worth of growth to document. I'm ready any day now, sister. Let's get this show on the road!

See the whole collection of Thing 2 belly shots here.

February 2, 2012

baby stuff

No baby yet, but we're officially full-term now at 37 weeks and counting. She could come any time now, and here's hoping she does! I'm really ready for my crappy sleep to be due to an actual real-life baby instead of just the discomfort that said baby is causing me.

37 weeks, 2 days
More pics here.

We've been closely monitoring Thing 2's growth, since big brother was such a beast at birth (10 lbs, 1 oz at 42 weeks), and we were happy to find out this week that she seems to be on a slower and gentler trajectory. Ultrasound results revealed that at 37 weeks, she's hanging out at the very reasonable 71st percentile. This is an improvement over the 32 week ultrasound which predicted she was closer to the 86th. I, for one, am happy to hear that she's slowed her roll a little bit, because I was not looking forward to a repeat of Lincoln's birth.

And so, as of yesterday, we've arrived at the 3-week countdown. We scheduled a c-section for February 22nd, in case the little darling thinks that she is welcome to overstay her time in utero like big bro did. She most assuredly is not. I'm confident that she'll be making a more timely appearance anyway, but just in case- we've got that plan b already on the books.

Meanwhile, we're trying to ready for the addition and the chaos that will come along. I finally completed the new curtains for their bedroom, as I mentioned before, and then finally got around to taking a couple of (crappy) photos of them. Enjoy!

The fabric is the Zoo Pals collection by Dwell Studios, and since it's a pretty old group I was able to find it at the local fabric outlet for cheap. Just $8/yard for nice heavy home-dec weight, but unfortunately there wasn't much left. I took the last two yards of the animals and the end of the dots too (about 1.5 yards), and then pieced in the missing length with the stripes. The colors are perfect for the pale blue and green paint scheme we have going on in there, and neutral enough that we thought it could go either boy or girl. Good news, since this room will be housing one of each in a few weeks!

I also managed to make this adorable hooded car seat blanket that a friend suggested I check out on Imperfect Homemaking, and I'm so glad I took the time. It was a super quick project, and although I admittedly struggled a bit to embrace the "imperfection" of it, being more of a precision-based sewer and total type-A crazy person, I'm happy with my results nonetheless.

The inside has yummy vanilla minky that is so soft and snuggly. And the cute little birdy print flannel is just a cheapo yard that I picked up at JoAnn on mega sale, but I couldn't resist. So precious! I'm confident that with a sweet little baby snuggled up warm and toasty in there, the whole package is going to become even more irresistible.

Can't wait to share some more news and photos once the Little Miss decides to make her appearance. It won't be longer than three weeks! Just 21 20 days! Holy crap! Better get our butts in gear and our nest feathered.