3 Months

Friday, June 29, 2012

My little Corbin just keeps GROWING!
Don't get me wrong, the chub is absolutely adorable, but...

How do I make it stop!?

For some reason he looks thinner in photos than he does in real life,
but whenever we visit family or friends all they can talk about are his rolls.
(Isn't the camera supposed to add 10 lbs? It sure does to me!)

And let me assure you, this little man has some rolls!
They're on his arms, legs (there is a whole nother chunk of thigh meat hidden by the diaper), 
his wrists are hilarious, the back of his neck, down his back, and even on his toes!

I LOVE that face for month 2. Makes me giggle me every time I see it!

I could tell you how much he weighs, but I don't think that really gets his size across.
So here is something most moms will understand...My 3 month old baby is wearing a size 3 diaper. 
Yes, a 3! My almost 3 year old wears a size 6 for naps which is as big as they go in the stores!
Sure hope he starts slimming down when he begins to crawl, or he'll end up potty trained before she is!

Look Ma, I'm growing soooooooooooooooo BIG!

I know you all just want to squish him too, but you'll have to get in line.
I saw him first! : D

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Dolman Tops and Dandelions

Friday, June 15, 2012

I will freely admit that I am not usually a "trendy" person.
So far, none of my projects have involved: burlap, mustaches, moss, bunting, owls, or treats on a stick.
I did give in to the chevrons once, and made a wreath that hung up for maybe 2 weeks but that's about it.

And though I enjoy seeing things made from vintage sheets, washi tape, old pallets, vinyl, and mason jars...
You probably won't see any of those around here either. I can never find the darn sheets, I'd buy the tape but never want to "waste it", and we sure don't have any extra room around here for storing pallets!

Every once in awhile though something gets popular that I already liked.
Anyone remember the shirt I made last year that I loved? (and then immediately shrank!)

Dolman Shirts
1. Target  2. Merrick's Art  3. Make it Love it  4. Baja Soul
That's right, dolman sleeves are all the rage right now.

Add in something else that has been gaining in popolarity lately
that Reli is absolutely mad about... (much to my allergy having husband's chagrin)

Dandelion shirts
1. Clarkie Designs  2. Maitri Garden  3. Crawl Space Studios  4. Revival Ink

And you get something like this...

Dandelion print dolman top

How's that for trendy?

painted dandelions

I pretty much just traced around a few random household objects (coins, toy cups, votives) with my
disappearing ink pen. Then I painted little dashes for the "fluff" using the circle as a guide.
Add a few stems and some *twinkles*, and you're ready to play!

Toddler face collage
Sometimes making an outfit is easier than getting a picture of it...

Pink dandelion shirt

But candy bribes usually win out in the end!

What trends have you been crushing on lately?
Is there anything you are just totally sick of seeing?
(hope it's not dolmans...or dandelions ; )

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The Sadie Top

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Remember the Butterfly Playdate Dress from last week?  
Well, the Sadie Top is another sewing project from Craftiness in Not Optional that I can finally 
check off my To-Make list. Now Jess probably only had about 2 dozen more patterns for me to try! : )

This shirt was a bit of an experiment for me. If you ever happen to take a peek in my closet, you would not find a single piece of patterned clothing in the bunch. I wear jeans and a solid color V-neck tee pretty much every single day. (when I manage to get out of my pj's of course!) It's very boring, but I haven't updated my wardrobe since before Reli was born. Back then I worked at the GAP, so jeans and tees were pretty much my uniform. 
Hopefully I'll get to upgrade once I lose this baby weight, but I digress...

Because I never wear prints myself, I have the most terrible time picking coordinating fabrics for my sewing projects. I see tons of really cute fabric choices around bloggy-land, but can't seem to manage it for myself. 
So when I decided on this large floral for the body of the shirt, I took it along to the fabric store hoping something cute would jump out at me. 

The guy at the cutting table looked at me like I had lost my mind when I told him I was going to use these two fabrics together, but I was sure it was fate when I found those little flower buttons that match perfectly!

I kinda like it, but I have to keep telling myself that kids can wear "busy" without looking too odd.
So what do you think? Did I do a good job, or should I just stick to my solids from now on?

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Butterfly Playdate Dress

Friday, June 8, 2012

Last year I went a little crazy in the clothing department of our local thrift store. Somehow it must have gotten into my head that long sleeve tees were going out of style, and I needed enough of them to last through my entire lifetime! Next I cleaned out my closet, finally giving in to the fact that some body parts just never go back to their pre-baby locations. (stupid hips!) Then Ant and his annoyingly dry elbow put holes in more than a half dozen of his work shirts.  Needless to say, one of my resolutions this year was to use up (or at least make a sizeable dent in) my ever growing pile of clothes set aside for refashions.

So recently when I got the urge to get back behind the sewing machine, I grabbed the first long sleeve tee off my pile, and checked another item off one of my Pinterest boards. Yay for productivity!

This is my version of the Playdate Dress by Jess over at Craftiness is Not Optional.
If you don't already follow her, you'll definitely want to stop over and check out her blog.
I have no idea how she does it, but Jess seems to constantly be popping out tutorials for the most 
ADORABLE outfits. (I secretly think it's magic!)

The only thing I did differently was to leave off the pockets, and add a giant butterfly.
Go ahead. Gawk at the butterfly...I'll wait...

Now do you believe that was made with a freezer paper stencil?
Yes. It was a total pain in the tush, but I'm thrilled with how it turned out! 

Reli seems to like it too. She thought it was the perfect dress for playing in the sprinklers!
Now only 30 more tees to go...

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Corbin's Birth Story

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm not sure why it takes me so long to write down something as important as the story of my child's birth, but I did the same thing with Aurelia. I kept putting it off, and putting it off, until I eventually had to have Ant help remind me of some of the finer details. Luckily, this time I at least jotted down a general outline of what happened while I was still in the hospital.

How could I possibly forget you ask? Well to be honest, my memory is kinda broken. It's just an absolutely random jumble of events. I can vividly remember stupid things (like that time as a kid when I used a little plastic see-saw to squish bees), but then important stuff (like most of my wedding day) draws a total blank! It sounds sad I know, but Ant usually remembers all the special events and then forgets what I told him 10 minutes ago, so it works out. ; D

Anyway, for those of you who might need some back story...
My due date was April 13th.   Aurelia, my daughter is 2 1/2.
Ant works about 40 minutes away. (over an hour if there is traffic)

March 27th

6:30 a.m.
For some reason I'm already awake and have the strangest urge to eat an apple. Over the past 3 days I've been telling Ant that something feels like it is happening, but I don't think he really believes me. "You just want something to be happening!" is what he says when I bring it up, but I can't find words to explain myself so I shrug it off. This baby is gonna be late just like the last one. Everyone says so. So even though I truly do want him to stay home this morning and at least watch Reli while I'm at the Dr., I tell him "No, go ahead. They're just gonna tell me nothing is happening, and there's no need to miss work just to hear that. I'll call you later."

Reli and I have been sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office for over a half hour and she is starting to lose steam pretty quickly. I'm a bad Mom and never carry around snacks and entertainment for her, but for some reason I packed a special bag this morning. We've already burned through all the books and goldfish, and now she is losing interest with the white board too. "Wanna count the stripes on the wall paper?"...(again)

Waiting some more in the exam room...Oh wait, it's Dr. S. Finally!

I try convincing her to let me schedule to be induced at 39 weeks because we all know this is going to be one BIG baby, but she says no. It doesn't work that way, and we have to wait at least until 40...blah, blah, blah. I'm pretty cranky about it because I REALLY don't want to end up getting a C-section, but I give in when she says

"Let's just check and see what's going on."
"OK " (you totally just want me out of here)
"We are sending you to have this baby."
"Ow, ow, Holy OW!...What do you mean?"
"Right now. Go over to the hospital and get him out."
"Now?!" (great now she's mocking me!)
"Yes, Right now! You're at 8 cm already!!!"

....................................Me in shock..............................................

"But I have Reli, and I have to call my husband.
 Shouldn't I go home and wait for contractions or something?"
"If you go home you'll have this baby in the car!
I'll call the hospital and tell them to expect you. Get over there NOW!"

Of course I left my cell phone at home this morning, so the nurses have to call Ant for me. (Thank goodness I remembered his number!) But he never answers numbers that he doesn't know, and even though we call him twice he won't pick up. (Really?!?!) So I call my Gramma and tell her to keep calling Ant's phone until he picks up and tell him to get to the hospital "Right Now! Like yesterday even!"

The nurses are a little worried about me and keep asking if I need help, or if I want one of them to come with me. But the hospital is actually just across the parking lot. I think I'll manage. I haven't even felt a single contraction yet, so I'm still not convinced that I'm honestly in labor.

Reli and I arrive at the labor and delivery wing where the nurses can't believe that I'm at 8cm, just strolling in all calm with a toddler in tow. Seriously, my biggest concern was that I had to pee. They set Reli up in a chair with her toys while I get changed and hooked up to all the monitors. Then nurse Jane tells me that I am the answer to her prayers! Evidently it has been a slow morning and she was hoping that a woman would come in who was really far along so that she would get to see the baby delivered before going home for the day. Sweet! lol

Ant shows up and I send him home to get Reli the diapers that I forgot.
You're probably making the same "Are you kidding me?!" face that he was making at the time, but we live 5 min. from the hospital so it wasn't as big of a deal as it sounds.

While Ant is gone I get an epidural. It's not for pain exactly but more of a C-section "back up" plan in case the baby is too big. When I had Reli I didn't want an epidural. Then her head got a little stuck, and there was lots of talk about the possibility of an emergency c-section. That changed my mind pretty quickly about the epidural.

For those of you who don't know...If an epidural isn't already in place when they send you for an emergency c-section you have to be knocked out cold. It needs to be done so quickly that they don't have time to wait around while the anesthesiologist sets everything up. You get put under and miss the entire birth.

Dr. F breaks my water, and it is just like in the movies. (At least that's what the student Dr. says.) My water broke on it's own when I had Reli, but it was nothing like this. This was more like popping a GIANT water balloon, and I say giant because I'm absolutely positive that I could have filled a kiddie pool! The nurses are asking where I have been keeping it all, but my only thought is "Score! I just lost 90% of that baby weight!" lol

Unfortunately, there are no real contractions so they give me a tiny bit of pitocin.

Ant and Reli return just as the contractions start HARD. The meds are only just starting to make my toes fall asleep so I definitely feel everything and the nurses decide to get me another dose and make it work faster. Reli comes over to the bed and looks a little worried about the whole ordeal, but smiles at the Dr. and goes back to her book when I tell her everything is ok.

The drugs have been adjusted, and I can only feel pain in one tiny spot. Dr. F comes in and says we're ready to go, so one of the nurses takes Reli down the hall to get some graham crackers.
Five pushes later...

We welcome little Corbin, all 8 lbs. 6 oz. of him, into the world!

At 2+ weeks early can you imagine how big he would have been on his due date?!

The worst part of the whole day was actually after everything was over. They thought Corbin may have swallowed some meconium yuck, so we only got to visit with him for about a half hour before they whisked  him away to double check his breathing. Ant and Reli went home to have lunch and get any more stuff we would need, and I was left to sit in the delivery room alone waiting for the feeling to return to my lower half . A normal new Mom might take this time to nap, but I hadn't worked very hard and was totally wired. Definitely should have packed a book, because it ended up being 3 hours before I was able to see my baby again!

My Dr. still doesn't believe me that I wasn't having any contractions before I arrived at the hospital, but I honestly never felt anything! I mean do women who are in pain really shampoo their carpets? (That's not a weird metaphor or anything, I was really shampooing the carpets.) No one truly knows how long I was in labor, but if you start timing from the first contraction I felt then that would mean I was actively in labor for a whole 52 minutes. Don't hate me cuz I got lucky! ;D

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How do you edit your photos?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Back in the beginning I did all my editing in Photoshop even though I only knew how to do a few simple things like cropping and adding text. Then a few months ago when everyone was stressing over the loss of Picnik I learned about iPiccy. At that moment my photography skills automatically improved like a million percent! Everything about it is so easy (and fun!) that now I end up sitting around editing pictures that I don't even plan to use on the blog. I just like fiddling around with them for the fun of it. 

So when I noticed that there were a lot of people talking about Picmonkey
I decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did because I Love it!  
(Shhh. I really just didn't want to be the last one on the wagon like I was with Pinterest ; )

Here is my original straight off the camera...

And these are all the fun versions...

So fun!
I don't think Picmonkey will replace iPiccy for All my editing projects,
but it's nice to have a few different options in my arsenal. So now I'm curious.
What do YOU use to do your editing? Is there some other cool site I'm missing out on?

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My Ring Sling

Monday, June 4, 2012

I mentioned a few weeks ago on my list of Newborn Must-Haves how I was getting along with my ring sling. 
Well, as Corbin has been getting (MUCH) bigger things are starting to work more smoothly. The tears of frustration have dried, and we are using the sling on more outings than just to the grocery store.

I recently had Corbin in it on a trip to the farmers market, and it came in especially handy this past weekend at the Strawberry Farm when he wanted to be held and I wanted to take pictures. Now I can't wait for him to hold up his head a bit better so I can start carrying him in a few different ways. 

If you'd like to make one for yourself it is actually super easy. You only need 2 1/2 yards of sturdy fabric
(I used linen), and a pair of rings from SlingRings. Then if you can sew a straight line you shouldn't have any trouble following one of the tutorials found here. I used this overlapping pleats method, and haven't had any trouble so far, but most of the other styles look just as effective.

I've tried the Moby Wrap before and have been looking into Mei Tai carriers,
but I'd also love to hear what other Moms are using! 
Do you have a favorite kind of baby carrier?
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