Friday, June 29, 2007

I am HUGE!

I went to the dr. today, actually saw the nurse, who was a little concerned with the fact that I have gained 8 &1/2 POUNDS!! in the last 2 weeks. Well, yes, that is something to be a little concerned about for most people. And I am measuring 40 centimeters when I am really only 34 weeks (meaning I should be measuring about 34 cm or so). In other words, I am as big as I should be when I'm full term. In other words, gynormous! Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure this doesn't mean I get to have a baby a month early, just that I get to feel 9 months pregnant for even longer. Oh Joy! I was kind of hoping that being a girl, she might be somewhat petite, but I don't think I am going to have any such luck as that.
And no, this post will not come with a picture because I'm not so into showing off my huge belly for fun. I did put on a bathing suit today though, which I thought was pretty brave of me. We took the kids to Walden Pond to swim, and I was so hot that I couldn't have cared less what I looked like in my maternity suit. I think today at the pond was the coolest I've been in weeks, which was nice for a change! Thank heaven for A/C is all I can say! The one good thing about all of this is that we get to have another ultrasound next week to check for "size bigger than dates" (medical term for- "You are huge"). This time I'm going to remember to have them point out the "it's a girl" money shot to me and get a printout of it if I can. Last time I was so flabbergasted that he had said the word "girl" to me that I couldn't think straight and forgot to have them point out the proof!
After my appointment today I went to Target and the Carter's store and spent some money, which always makes one feel better! The home improvement/nesting obsession continues. Last night we cleaned the living room carpet (ok, let's get real, my husband did it all while I watched a show about bears in bed with two of my kids!), and did a thorough dusting. Today I bought new towels and bathroom accessories and some cleaning products (no can of lysol yet though, that's still at least 2 weeks away), storage container to reorganize my fabric (again) and outlet covers for the living room. Last week I painted a wall, had my husband and boys clean and vacuum out the minivan, and some nice friends who were moving gave us their old but new-to-us and nice couches which are a very large improvement on what we had before in both look and comfort. I'm starting to feel somewhat ready to have a baby in the house. You may wonder why I am sharing all of this information with you. Well, it may have something to do with the fact that it is 3 AM and I am wide awake with my heartburn, back soreness and the fact that laying in my bed makes me really hot, keeping me up. Don't worry, you won't have to put up with my pregnancy whining too much longer. Six weeks to go and counting!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Baby Shirts




My really cool and artistic friend made me these baby shirts and gave them to me at my shower. Unfortunately she just moved about a half an hour away, but at least not too far. One is done with a little piece of fabric that's ironed on with wonder under, and then stitched all around. The other one is paint that she made into a stencil using freezer paper somehow, and then ironed on to the shirt. I think they are both so pretty, I may have to try the fabric style myself. What a great way to use up a tiny scrap of a favorite fabric!
I like the idea of taking a plain baby shirt and personalizing it. For one of my kids, I used the cross stitch fabric that disintigrates in water and stitched tiny cross stitch designs on onesies. Those were really cute as well. I'll have to show a picture sometime, I think I still have one around somewhere in the huge pile of baby stuff waiting for this baby's arrival. I could even try to do a couple more, I have exactly 6 weeks left! (hopefully even a little less than that!)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blue and Yellow Quilt



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I've had this quilt top sitting around since last year and decided I should finish it up. I feel the need to do a lot of projects lately because I know I won't be doing much for a while with a new baby around. I found the perfect shade of blue backing fabric that I really love, and even used 40% off coupons for both the fabric and batting. That makes a big difference when you're buying 7 yards of fabric! All of the solids and one of the print fabrics in it are cut from shirts, so it's a pretty thrifty project. I kind of think of it as my Gee's Bend-style quilt, not that it is that gorgeous or artistic, but because it uses recycled work shirts. Of course, mine are pinpoint cotton and oxford dress shirts as opposed to rough denim work shirts like the real Gee's Bend quilts, but it's sort of the same idea! I love the idea of reusing things in a new way and making something new from something old that is still useable. That's one thing I really love about quilting, and someday would like to make a true scrap quilt where I don't buy anything at all and just piece together all of my random scraps somehow.
Anyway, I sewed the patchwork top of this quilt when I was first learning and just wanted to practice sewing squares together, and getting my lines straight. I love these colors together, and I really like some of these fabrics, like the yellow with blue flowers. I didn't really plan to make it a certain size, I just kept cutting until I used up all the shirts, and then enough other prints to balance it all out. It turned out almost exactly twin-sized though. I really wanted to make and then keep a big quilt just for throwing over the back of the couch, since all of the projects I've made and kept so far have been either baby things or small wall hangings. I just finished hand sewing the binding today, although now I am so hot all the time, it will probably be a while until I actually use blankets much!

ps. I don't know what that weird computer gibberish above one of the photos is, it just keeps happening for some reason. I'm afraid to mess with it though because it erased pictures when I was trying to fix it before, so sorry about the untidy looking post. All this technical part of blogging is still a little beyond me and my archaic computing skills!

Friday, June 15, 2007

My Wonderful Second Son


He plays soccer!


He plays baseball!



He turns 11!


He graduates from 5th grade!



What an amazing guy he is!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Baby Blankets








Here are some of the blanket projects I've been sewing lately. I know this is a lot of pictures, but I wanted to show off the cool decorative stitches that my machine can do! They are so much fun to use, hopefully you can see the ones done in white thread. It might have been cuter to use a pink thread for these other ones but I get impatient and don't want to wait when I've already started something. My advice when using decorative stitches is make sure your bobbin is full, because you can't really backstitch or start in the exact same place as easily as with just a plain stitch. One of my favorite things is the burp cloth with flannel front and chenille back. I love the look and feel of it so much that I'm going to do another whole blanket with chenille backing, it's so soft and I love the vintage look of chenille. My great friend and sewing guru Kristin taught me how to make these adorable border blankets, I just love the way they look. Mine aren't perfect like hers, but my seams and corners are getting better with practice!

I went to the dr today, the good news is that I've only gained 30 lbs so far. I'm due in exactly 8 weeks, so hopefully we'll actually have a baby a little sooner than that! Time seems to be flying! This week we have two graduations, several field trips and field days, including my oldest son who is going to both NYC for a day and spending his last day of "school" at an amusement park! Our last baseball game is Saturday (until summer bball starts up), and soccer, and scouts are done. Plus we usually take a little enrichment hiatus in the summer. The boys are signed up for several different recreation programs plus some art classes, so that they aren't home driving me crazy all day like they did last summer! My big summer plans are to stay in my air-conditioned bedroom watching lots of Netflix movies and waiting to have a baby! I may also muster up the energy to take the boys swimming every once in a while too. I think the younger two may do swimming lessons at the Y also. This year my oldest gets to go to our church youth conference, and also a big scout hiking trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion's Park which will be really exciting (although I have to admit a little nerve wracking for me).
I know that sounds like a lot of activities, but the majority of it they can walk to, or we will be carpooling, and my husband is in charge of all of the baseball transportation which will be in the evenings so I won't be doing much running around. I'll be attending games on the cooler, non-humid nights (hopefully there will be some of those this year!) Trust me, it's better than last year when they were signed up for nothing and sat around playing video games, watching way too much tv, and making lots of messes! Four days to go and counting. I hope you're looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer too!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Great Group of Ladies



Here is a picture of our ward's Relief Society at our end of the year picnic we had a couple of weeks ago. We have quite a few families moving out of our ward this year, including a couple of good friends of mine, so it is kind of a sad time of year. One good friend of mine left with her family for Utah yesterday, sniff! Anyway, of course there are a lot more women in our ward than in this picture, but this is who was here that night. We had a really nice party with yummy sandwiches and salads and of course dessert! Here are a couple of recipes for the delicious wraps we had that night:

Spinach-Bacon Roll-Ups

6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
6 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1/4 C Mayo
1/2 t pepper
1/2 C green onions, chopped
3 large flour tortillas

Thoroughly combine all ingredients and spread 1/3 on each tortilla. Roll up tightly and place in ziploc bags and chill 1-4 hours until mixture is set. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice roll-ups into 1&1/2 inch pieces. Place on cookie sheet and heat in oven for 7-10 minutes or until heated through.

Veggie Pinwheels

1 8-oz. package cream cheese, at room temp
1/4 C very finely sliced scallions
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
2 flour tortillas, regular or whole wheat
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
2 red leaf lettuce leaves

Mix cream cheese, scallions, salt and pepper in bowl until combined. Spread 1/2 of cream cheese mixture evenly on each tortilla. Layer with 1/2 of vegetables and roll up, and repeat with other tortilla. Chill until ready to serve and slice before serving.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Shabby Chic Baby Quilt





Here is the baby quilt #1 finished, binding and all! I think it is one of my favorite things I've ever made. I love the colors and each fabric in it. I really took my time on this to match up my corners and make everything as straight and even as possible. (I'm not always quite this careful and precise) I hadn't ever done this type of quilting before, up until this project had just stitched in the seams. I actually drew chalk lines with a ruler to follow and make sure my quilting lines were straight. I don't think I'll do that again, but it was helpful for the first time! I was also really proud of myself because I only used fabric that I already had, including the backing piece which was the perfect size (that just goes to show how much fabric I have lying around!). I know that's not exactly thrifty because of course I paid for it in the first place, but at least I didn't go out to buy more stuff once I got started!
I really like how the back of it looks like roses climbing up a trellis. I've got a couple of other quilting projects in mind, but at least for now "baby sister" (as we've taken to calling her) has one finished quilt. I must be going through that nesting phase because all I can think of is organizing stuff, getting the baby clothes all out and ready, and finishing all of my projects I still want to do before the big arrival. Before you know it, I'll be buying a can of Lysol to spray on every surface that might have a germ on it that could possibly come into contact with the baby, or painting baseboards, or scrubbing down walls, all of which have been past end of pregnancy indicators for me!

A Funny Boy



I know I already put one of these carousel pictures up here but I love them both so there you go! He was cracking up everytime he would go around and see us again, and it's rare to get such a genuine smile for a picture.
So last week I dragged him to the fabric store- again! I try not to do it too much, but being the only kid stuck at home with me all day, he does get the brunt of the shopping trips. When I told him which store we were going he said, "No, not the fabric store!" Nevertheless he was being pretty good in the store and I really was trying to hurry but that is kind of a hard thing to to in a fabric store! (especially for me) So, he started to complain a little bit about how long it was taking and so I told him that I know and I'm sorry that I'm always so slow in the fabric store, but I'm trying to hurry up. So he says to me:

"You're kind of a hard Mom to take sometimes."

I could hear the lady in the next aisle over chuckling too.

So my sister Jane ( an alias for storytelling purposes) said I should tell this other story too- probably because she is the star! Another day last week he was upset with me for some reason and says, "You're not the greatest mom in the world anymore." So I said, "Oh really, who is?" He thought for a minute and then answered. "Jane." Well, at least I'm related to her! And FYI, a few days I was restored to greatest mom in the world status, although now we share title, which I'm totally fine with. So I was talking to my other sister (who hasn't had kids yet) and explaining how these are the kind of comments that would have actually hurt my feelings with my first or even second kid. If one of them had told me I wasn't the greatest mom in the world anymore, I definitely wouldn't have asked who else WAS the greatest with genuine interest, and I may have even cried! By #4 though, I've developed a pretty good understanding kid behavior, and now I honestly don't even feel bad when they say stuff like that. I mainly just find it amusing!
I guess that's a good thing since I'm told that at some point my daughter will hate me and think I'm a major loser. Hopefully I'm a seasoned enough mom to deal with that too!
Oh, and a couple more funny things- the other day he says to me, "If you break your arm you have to go to the doctor and get a cactus." He meant a CAST- ha ha.
He also talks to the baby and hugs and kisses her all the time too. He always asks me, what is the baby is thinking or saying right now. One day he asked that in the car and I said something like, "She says she can't wait to come out and meet her cool big brother." So he says, "I think she's saying wheeeeeeee! because she thinks riding in the car is fun!" Overall, he's pretty much a hilarious little sweetheart!

And by the way, my other pg sister is having a girl as well!! Three girl cousins born within about 5 months, what could be more exciting than that? So, this being her first, and she being at least 5 inches taller than me, her current problem is that she doesn't look pregnant enough. Oh, to have that problem! Yesterday I measured my waistline from back all the way around to bellybutton and it was- a lot!
Ok, I'll tell you- 44 inches!! I was genuinely shocked that it was that much. I kind of wish I was having twins, at least I'd have an excuse! I remember doing that same thing when I was expecting #1, and being amazed that I was a 38, the same waist size as my husband, who is over a foot taller than me. Well, his waist size has grown a few inches since then and mine is still bigger than his. And the sad fact is, I have another 8 weeks to go! (which everyone is shocked to hear) Sorry to go on and on about my big belly but it's feeling just a little out of control here lately.

So on Saturday, a couple of sweet friends from church gave me a baby shower which was so fun! I feel seriously spoiled now and received an enormous amount of adorable pink items. Between that and my flannel buying and sewing frenzy of the last couple of weeks, I feel all set for this baby to arrive. Linen-wise at least! Labor and delivery I never feel too excited about or ready for. If you want to know the truth, I dread it! Anyway, there was also so much really yummy food, including a to-die-for lemon tart topped with raspberries. I was told it had 16 egg yolks in it- no wonder it was so heavenly! And mint chocolate brownies and fruit kebabs. Yum! So I got home and realized that I hadn't brought my camera and had no pictures of the event which I'm really regretting. So, you'll just have to trust me that we all had a great time without photographic evidence! Well, I think I've gone on long enough. I'm planning on taking pictures of all of my baby sewing projects today so I can share those with you. I'm not sure why I feel the need to make a million blankets for a baby who is going to be born in August, but for some reason I do. It's a little silly especially considering that I already have a lot of baby blankets, but they are all blue or neutral and I've decided that if I'm only going to get one girl, I may as well live it up and enjoy it surrounded by pink flowers! TTFN.