It’s been awhile…

 

I’ve been on a short hiatus and well… that’s because we welcomed our beautiful little girl into the world on August 26, 2012. Words can’t even describe how in love and happy and excited we are to have Lachlyn. She is so precious, tiny, sweet and adorable all rolled into one small package. It is hard to not just stare at her sweet face in awe.

 

 

Not to mention, my wonderful mother-in-law came for the birth and it was important to us to have her here. She truly is an amazing woman who gave us support, love and all the help we needed. We wish she could have stayed longer.

 

I could never forget this man… my husband. He was strong for me… helped me relax… and stood by my side through labor and delivery. Watching him with our girl makes my heart melt and I fall in love with him all over again. He is spectacular father and a breath-taking husband. Thank you for being my rock.

~Katie

My Closet ~ 39 weeks pregnant

So here we are… 39 weeks pregnant. That means there is only one week to go. Well, one week till my due date, which in the grand scheme of things doesn’t mean much considering no baby is coming on their due date unless you happen to have a schedule c-section. I do not. The number of days left is definitely limited though… + counting down.

Husby + I have been doing a lot around the house to prepare for our baby girl: rearranging rooms, prepping cloth diapers, washing baby clothes, finally putting together the baby’s mobile (post to come later), setting up the spare bedroom, + generally all those things you do when nesting kicks in. I’m still on the lookout for a teeny tiny bedside table for our spare bedroom, so if you know where to find one that is unfinished or birch, let me know!

Something else that creeps up with your due date is figuring out how to make yourself go into labor. I’ve heard that first time moms generally have late babies. Might be true, but I’ve also been reading up on things you can do to kickstart labor. For instance, I made a batch of Lemon Drop Cupcakes (via Lemon Sugar) that are possibly meant to cause a full-term woman to go into labor. I’ve had two, so far… nothing yet. I’ve also heard that staying active + lots of walks help out. I mowed + edged the lawn yesterday… turns out I really just feel like someone beat me up, not so much in labor. What else… acupuncture, evening primrose oil, pineapple… all sorts of crazy ideas. Do any of these really work? I mean who knows… I could eat an almond, go into labor + next thing you know pregnant women everywhere are swearing that eating almonds made X number of women go into labor. So you should definitely try it! Like, right NOW!

I’m pretty sure that I already know I’m going to miss having this little one rolling around in my belly. I feel like it will be soo weird not having those jabs + pokes all the time. Clearly she will be on the outside to distract me, but I still think I’m going to miss it.

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Skirt ~ Old Navy / Earrings ~ Charlotte Russe

What tips + tricks have you heard that cause labor to start… old wives tales or fact (if there is such a thing)?

~Katie

My Sewing Experiments: Part One

Sewing has always been one of those things that has eluded me. I don’t know if it is cause I just didn’t try or just wasn’t interested in it, but I really, really want to be interested in it. Home Economics class in Junior High was the first time I ever remember using a sewing machine + I can’t say it was that eventful. I think we made pin cushions… or was it a bean bag? Who knows. Either way it didn’t really make an impression on me. As I got older, I thought it might be interesting to try and sew some things, but never got into it. Instead I taught myself how to knit more involved pieces + finally taught myself how to crochet to add another dimension. I still knit + crochet, but sewing was ever looming on my list of things to learn.

I found some felt patterns on Etsy that I fell in love with from Little Hibou Shoppe. All of Tina’s patterns are adorable + come with really easy to follow instructions. I finished a few pieces in no time + felt pretty good about them. My first attempt at sewing was a success. However, I still wanted to try my hand at a sewing machine. No doubt, sewing machines are intimidating if you’ve never used one before!

My amazing husby bought me a Brother CP6500 (he is awesome, huh!). I picked up some fabric for my first project + went for it. I made this skeleton doll for our baby girl (Zumi is such a good model, holding up the doll for me).

 

The doll didn’t come out that bad, but I did learn some lessons. Jumping right in with a jersey fabric was not the best idea… it is stretchy + bunched up when I started sewing. I had no clue how to adjust tension on my machine or what adjusting tension even meant. Not to mention, I chose a project with a million pieces as my first one. I felt lost, but pushed through + finished it.

As I was perusing my usual blog list, I came across a discount on e-courses over at A Beautiful Mess. I took advantage of their summer sale + bought their e-course, “DIY Dress Up” (as of today, they no longer offer this e-course, but offer other great courses that you should check out).

I’ve made it through the first two courses, a bow (I made mine into a hair clip) + a magazine tote bag. I have to say, I’ve already learned a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go!

 

 

I can’t wait to get through more projects + expand my sewing capabilities. Hopefully I can tackle some dresses for our baby girl soon!

~Katie

My Closet ~ 37 weeks pregnant

Maybe a day late, but better late than never, right? Week 37… that means our baby girl is considered full-term, however as my midwife pointed out, you hit this day + think it is time, but in reality most babies come during week 39 to 41. So let’s not jump in the labor boat just yet. To me it seems like just a reminder that we have 3 weeks left to go to a movie theater, go to a fancy no-kids allowed restaurant, have some date nights just the two of us. Pretty soon it’ll be us plus baby. I know people do bring babies to the movies + restaurants, as I’m sure that we will… I mean, the Savannah Craft Brew Festival is the beginning of September. I have a feeling one of baby’s first outings is going to be to a beer festival.

 

I saw my lovely hair stylist yesterday for a color touch-up. While there, again I realized, babies + hair salons (aka hair chemicals) don’t mix. I made sure to warn husby to the fact that he’ll need to watch our little one while I go do these things from now on. He is more than excited… nothing sounds better than daddy/daughter time.

 

 

It has been gloomy + rainy here the past few days… I absolutely love it. The sun, humidity + sweating that happens here due to the ridiculous weather drives me insane. Not to mention, when you’re pregnant, everyone says, “Oh you must be so miserable in this heat!” Well, yes, but not because I’m pregnant, because it is disgustingly hot here, pregnant or not.

 

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Jeans ~ Destination Maternity / Sandals ~ Charlotte Russe / Hair extensions ~ Sally Beauty Supply

How did your last few weeks of pregnancy go? Did they fly by like the rest of the time, or did time start dragging for you?

~Katie