Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preparing for baby!

Things are going well here.  I have felt a burst of energy finally and admitted to "nesting".  :)  I have some projects I've been working on for the past few weeks/months and finished those up for the baby.  I also am looking ahead and trying to get things done (or stay on top of things that need to be done) so that nothing necessary is put off.  I don't want to put off a task that I don't enjoy doing, because it certainly won't be any more enjoyable after the baby comes.  Each morning I think through my "emergency" plans for the day: who would I call first, what needs to be taken care of, what do I need to grab, etc.  A couple nights ago I decided to work on packing my hospital bag (besides the items to grab last).  I couldn't find any of my reusable nursing pads.  I must have given them all away!  So I quickly whipped up a few new pairs.  The older kids are excited for me to go into labor just so they can begin their two-week break from school.  How thoughtful of them!  :)  To be honest, I am ready for the break too, but I'm pushing through to not take any days off this side of delivery.  If we need more than two weeks later, I'll be glad that I didn't skimp when I didn't *really* need it.  Mitch is getting ready, too.  He made all his lesson plans for next week already and has things laid out for a sub to be ready to pick up whenever he leaves off.  ::squee::

Here are some of the things I have made for baby (click on the pictures to see a larger version):

 I knitted an entire blanket!  By far this is my largest knitting project ever.  Normally I crochet, but I wanted to give it a try.  It didn't take me a year (or four)!

 I still have Tirzah's diapers, but I did a count and made a list of how many more I would want.  Here I finished 9 Little Cheekies fitteds.  These are my absolute favorites to sew.  I haven't made any in 2 years, since I was making some for Obadiah.  It was SO nice to be making them again.  Just like riding a bike...almost.  I did forget some things along the way.  It's a good thing I have a pattern for sale.  :)

 I adapted this hat to look like some adorable ones I saw on pinterest.  I hope it fits!  It matches the blanket and the coming home outfit I picked out perfectly.

 My pictures are out of order, but that's ok.  I also made 2 All-in-Two style diapers.  Just to keep working on my pattern, you know...always experimenting and researching!  I also made 5 new covers.  Apparently when I had Tirzah I wasn't sure what would work well and I had a variety of covers that I now know do NOT work as well as I would like.  So add these 5 to the 1 "good" one I had, and I'll have 6 hard-working covers.

 A wonderful group I am a part of was talking about nursing pillows.  I have a boppy, but usually just grap a regular pillow to use for nursing because the boppy is just awkward.  One friend recommended a boomerang shaped pillow, but the ones I saw were all very expensive (over $50!!).  I had Micah help me draft a pattern, and I used fabric and stuffing I had on hand to make the pillow.  Then I bought this piece of minkee at Joann's for $3.74 to make a cover.  Sweet!

 I wanted to make a girly car seat cover like the one Kristin made for me when I had Obi.  I was planning to go shopping for just the right fabric, when Bonnie brought over some blankets for me.  It just so happened that THIS one was the perfect weight and size, and I love the earthy pink color.  It matches the car seat cover underneath really well, too.  So I simply added straps with snaps.  It took me 10 minutes of work and cost me nothing.  Perfect!

 I tried my hand at knitting some booties (on the left).  I had never knitted booties before, so I got to learn all kinds of new knitting techniques.  The pattern turned out so cute, but unfortunately they booties are too big for a newborn, even one with monster sized Theis feet.  So I also crocheted a pair using a pattern I knew for sure would fit.  I love this striping yarn though, it works well when knitting.  I made sure to start in the same place in the pattern on the yarn when I made the knit ones, so their striped pattern would match.  Yeah, sometimes I just have it all together.  Most of the time I don't, though.

Next up, these photos were taken tonight.  I am 37 weeks 5 days.  I was trying to get just a simple belly shot, but all the little kids kept coming into the picture.  I finally realized I should just take pictures with them.  Oh my goodness it was so much fun!  I can't get on to the kids for loving the camera, and even better that they wanted to be in the picture with my belly.  :)




 {Obi...on his "seat"}

 {Zeke...with a pillow up his shirt}

{And my photographer: Eden}

I had some fun with Micah and Eden in Algebra this week.  Their curriculum reviews previous concepts often, and one of the previous concepts they learned this year was finding range, mode, median, and mean for a given set of data.  I gave them all the days early that I have delivered: 4, 17, 10, 18, 15, 10, 7, 13, but I didn't tell them what the data represented.  Then we found those things, I told them what the numbers were for, and we "analyzed" the data.  Hehe.  Just bringing Algebra into real life.  Oh, and I also told them what an "outlier" is and we talked about how I certainly could have one of those this time if the baby decides to come AFTER my due date.  (We may need "help" if that happens, though, because I think ALL of us will go crazy! LOL)

For the blanket, I just did a simple stockinette stitch.  When I cast off, though, it was WAY too tight for the type of yarn I was using.  I found this method and used it and it worked perfectly:
Newborn hat pattern: (I modified the pattern by doing a seed stitch at the bottom instead of a ribbing)
Flower on the hat: (The original was too big for what I wanted, so I did only 2 rows of petals instead of 3).
Knit booties:  (I used a magic loop circular needle for this pattern, and this method for a toe-up cast-on:
Crochet booties: This pattern is not free, sorry.  :(  This is the book I own (and love):  The pattern I use most often is the yellow booties on the front cover.
Oh, and the Little Cheekies pattern can be found (for sale) at, of course.  I haven't made the cover pattern available, but some day I hope to do that and then have it as a free download. You can also find a free pattern there for the contour nursing pads that I LOVE.


  1. Love Josh and Malachi's expressions in the picture!

    Your nursing pads totally rock!

  2. These things are gorgeous! So...Micah drafted you the nursing pillow pattern, eh? I don't suppose you'd be able to share that? :)