Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Cinderella Clock Page Pattern and Tutorial

This was one of the first pages that I completed for my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book.  I figured I’d start with something relatively simple to build up my confidence.  Haha!

NOTE: When I created the quiet book, I completed all the pages and then sewed them together.  That means that each of the pages has about 1/2 inch on three sides that will “disappear” when sewn to the next page.  The fourth side will be used for binding the book together.  You can see the finished book here.  The instructions for the binding will be in a future post.

THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY AND NOT FOR SALE.  YOU MAY NOT MAKE ITEMS FOR SALE OR PROFIT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THESE QUIET BOOK PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Materials:

– felt (navy blue, light gray, dark gray, white)

– button

– fabric paint

– thread

– glue

– Clock Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background navy blue felt so it is 10 inches by 8 1/2 inches (this will be the standard size for all the pages in this quiet book).

IMG_34062. Cut out the clock face.  Using fabric paint, write the numbers 1 through 12 as seen on a clock face.  (Note: you can also do this step later if you want to attach the clock center by sewing instead of gluing.)

 

 

 

IMG_34163. Sewing the clock bottom to the background page: Sew a line 3/8 of an inch on the bottom side of the shape and close to the edge for the other three sides as seen in the picture.  The piece should be closer to one side of the page as the other side will be used for the binding of the book.

 

 

 

IMG_34184. Sew on the clock back and then the clock top piece.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_34205. Once the fabric paint is dry, glue the clock face to the clock back.  (If you decided to sew the clock face on instead of glue, sew it in place then use the fabric paint to write the numbers.)

 

 

 

 

IMG_34216. Prep the clock hands.  Each clock hand requires a button hole.  Check your sewing machine’s instruction manual for how to sew a button hole.  Since I’m not a pro at making button holes, I decided to make the hole first and then cut out the hands.  You can see from the picture that it took me a few tries to get it right!  Haha!

 

 

IMG_34387. Sew on the button in the center of the clock face and loop the clock arms over it.  And you’re done!

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A couple days ago I figured it was time to post another tutorial for my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book.  I went to look at the pictures I had taken…and they weren’t there…neither were ANY of the pictures I had put on my computer!!!!  They were just GONE!!!

The entire folder had just been deleted.  I don’t know how.  It might have been through my daughter keyboard smashing.  Whatever the cause, I was instantly in shock.  Where were my pictures?  Would I be able to get them back?

The really upsetting part: all of the pictures we had taken of my daughter since she was born were on my computer!  We had backed up some of them onto an external hard drive – June 2013 to October 2013.  And everything from Easter is still on the cameras.  But November 2013 to April 2014 might be gone forever!

I could just cry! 😥

We have done a system recovery to try to get as much as we can back.  I am not touching my laptop until I know that we have recovered every possible photo and video.  So far we have found about 7 000 pictures.  I don’t know if about videos yet.  Now to go through them and see how much is actually there.

What I have learned…

  • BACK UP EVERYTHING!!!

Not too long ago my phone was smashed and I lost all the photos (good thing there weren’t many) on that phone.  I now have it set up to back any pictures up automatically.

We have an external hard drive that we have been backing up and then taking over to my parents’ house just to have it out of the house, but I think we are going to purchase a second one so that we can back stuff up a bit more often.  I’m thinking that any time I need to delete the pictures off my phone will be a good time to back up the pictures.

  • KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

Before I knew that we could do a system recovery, and then while we were waiting the several hours for it to complete, I started thinking about my own baby pictures and how there aren’t tons, but it really doesn’t matter.  How often do I go back and look at them?  Not all that often, to be honest.  Yes, pictures are wonderful things to have, but they aren’t what make the memories.  Just think about our great great grandparents: they didn’t have access to today’s digital cameras, but they enjoyed life and made memories just the same.

I still really hope that we are able to recover all the photos and videos though!  I’ll keep you posted.

Has something like this ever happened to you?  Have you created a routine for backing up your pictures?  Any tips and tricks you’d care to share?

 

 

A quick update…

Well I’ve survived the first two days of work.  I’m going back for a short evening shift tonight and a short morning shift on Friday.

I woke up early on Tuesday morning, anxious about getting ready on time and getting my daughter over to my parents’ for the day.  I was able to get my hair and make-up done before E woke up.  We were able to go through a shortened version of our morning routine – we didn’t play quite as much as usual – and I got everything packed up to take with us.  It was a fair amount to carry.  If it happens that my parents are watching E more often I think I’ll just double up on a bunch of things so that I don’t have to cart so much back and forth.

I carted everything to the car, strapped E into her car seat, and we left our house just after 8:00 in the morning and arrived at my parents’ about 8:15.  E was happy to see Grandma (my dad was at work) and was content while I set up the playpen, white noise, and baby monitor.  Around 8:40 I kissed E good-bye and got back into my car.

On the way I realized that I had totally forgotten all the papers I had signed and was supposed to bring on the first day of work!!!  What a great way to make a good first impression.  Oh well, what could I do?

Once I got to the library, I was greeted warmly and the training started shortly afterwards.  There were two of us being trained, which I understand why they would want us to start together, but I think I found that more stressful.  I’ve never worked at a library before and there is a LOT to learn!  My brain was suffering from overload by the end of the day!!!  But I survived.  🙂  And so did E.  My mom said she was great all day, which helped me feel a little better.  We packed up everything to take home.  When we got home, my husband was already home and asked how the first day had been.  By then I was so hungry and I had a headache, that I couldn’t say more than “please, feed me!”  Haha!  The rest of the evening went well.  I prepped for the next day as much as I could and then we spent the evening watching a movie, once E was asleep in bed.

Thursday morning came and we repeated the process.  I was worried that E would be upset when I left her with my mom, but she was as happy as could be.  My mom said that she was a bit more relaxed than the previous day.

The other trainee wasn’t there that morning which I think helped me relax a bit more too.  I was up at the front desk most of the day which provided me with lots of opportunities to practice what I had learned on Wednesday.  It seems like the staff are pretty nice and are willing to help me whenever I have questions.  No headache for me at the end of the day.  🙂

E was full of smiles when I arrived to pick her up.  Mom said that she was great all day!  That evening was also a pretty relaxed one.  I put E down for bed, giving us some snuggle time.

This morning was a normal morning for the most part.  My shift starts at 4:30 so there has been lots of time to play and read and enjoy each other’s company.  She was a little on the fussy side, but hopefully she’ll feel a little happier after her nap.  And my husband is home this evening so they will be enjoying some Daddy/Daughter time.  I’m so grateful to have such a competent husband when it comes to childcare.

What I’ve learned so far:

  • Prep as much as you can the night before.  I packed up E’s snacks and bottle as well as my lunch, keeping everything in the fridge until we were ready to go.  I also made a list of the things I needed to pack in the morning: sleep sack, white noise machine, E’s mousie and blanket (her loveys), some toys, etc.
  • Realize that you probably won’t have tons of time to worry about how your baby is doing while you are at work.  It was go, go, go the entire day.  I sent my mom a text during my lunch break and she got back to me saying things were ok, and that was as much as I could squeeze in.  It really helped to know that E was in capable hands so I didn’t have to worry.
  • Expect to be tired and frazzled at the end of the day!  I’m so glad my husband was home Tuesday evening after my first day because I was finding it so hard to think about anything!

And now I’m going to enjoy this little bit of “me” time while E is napping!  🙂

Any tips and tricks for returning to work?

My Last Day as a Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom

It is hard to believe that I’m going back to work tomorrow.  I saw this chart that illustrates the number of paid weeks for maternity leave in a variety of different countries.  I sure am grateful to live in Canada!!!  I got a whole year with my daughter, paid maternity leave, so we didn’t have to worry about finances.

That year has sadly come to an end.  And now I’m off to work again.  But this has been a fantastic opportunity to take a look at my career and decide what I want to do with it.  I have my Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science and I have been working as a teacher (mostly Math and Science) for the last 7 years.  I’ve worked as a substitute teacher as well as a teacher on contract.  Of course, every year I was always starting from scratch – I never had a permanent job that I could go back to year after year.

I had a teaching position last year while I was pregnant with my daughter, which was great for increasing my income for when I went on maternity leave.  It was a temporary position, though, which meant that if/when I went back to work I’d be back on the sub list.  Subbing is a great job.  There is flexibility and it pays quite well and the best part, at the end of the day if a student is misbehaving or didn’t get the work done, it’s not really your problem.  The difficulty with subbing, though, is that you don’t really get a chance to make the connections you would in a permanent job, and you might not know if you are working a shift until the night before or the day of!  A little difficult to do with a baby who would need childcare.

My husband and I did a lot of thinking and decided that since I wasn’t loving substitute teaching enough to try to make it work, I was going to start looking for a new job.  A friend of mine suggested I try the public library.  I’m so glad she did because I never would have thought of it.  I applied for a couple of positions, struggled through the interview (they said I did well, but I felt like I was barely keeping my head above water), and was offered a permanent part-time position as a library assistant.

My first shift is tomorrow.  At this point I have no idea what my schedule is going to look like, but I’m hoping that I’ll find out tomorrow.  My mom is going to be watching my daughter while I’m working.  I took over a bunch of stuff today (like the play pen, diapers, wipes, etc.)  I still have a bunch of stuff to take over there tomorrow.  I’m trying not to stress to much about it.

I am looking forward to the challenge of a new job.  And anyone I’ve heard of who has worked at the library has loved it, so I’m hoping to find it a friendly and great place to work.  My year at home with my daughter has been great.  It has taught me so much about being a mom – the joys, the struggles, the delights, the frustrations.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I’m hoping that because this job is part-time I’m still going to have lots of time with my daughter.  She is at such a fun stage right now (1 year old) and I don’t want to miss much!

I am excited to have something that is mine though, something that is separate from my role as “mom”.  Who knows, maybe a bit of time away doing non-mom things will help me be a better mom in the long run.

Are you heading back to work soon?  How are you feeling about it?  Any tips and hints for a newly returning to work mom?

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Enchanted Rose Pattern and Tutorial

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When I told my husband that I wanted to make a Princess Quiet book for my daughter, he made the suggestion for this Enchanted Rose page.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  Don’t forget to take a look at the complete Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book!

NOTE: When I created the quiet book, I completed all the pages and then sewed them together.  That means that each of the pages has about 1/2 inch on three sides that will “disappear” when sewn to the next page.  The fourth side will be used for binding the book together.  You can see the finished book here.  The instructions for the binding will be in a future post.

THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY AND NOT FOR SALE.  YOU MAY NOT MAKE ITEMS FOR SALE OR PROFIT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THESE QUIET BOOK PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Materials:

  • Felt (dark blue, dark brown, light brown, green, red)
  • Velcro (or a similar product)
  • Fabric Paint – green
  • Fabric Glue
  • Clear vinyl
  • Ribbon
  • Rose Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background dark blue felt so it is 10 inches by 8 1/2 inches (this will be the standard size for all the pages in this quiet book).

IMG_35672. Make the flower petals.  The pattern says to cut 8 petals out of red felt…that’s an error.  Cut 4 petals out of the red felt and 4 petals out of the loop part of the Velcro.  Cut the ribbon into 5ish inch lengths.  Place the ribbon in between the felt and Velcro.  I glued in place and then glued on the Velcro, but it didn’t hold so I then stitched down the middle of each petal to hold everything in place.  I used white thread because I didn’t have red thread.

IMG_35373. Cut out the stem and paint the details on using the fabric paint.  Let it dry completely.  I just glued the stem to the page, but if you wanted to sew it on then paint the detail after it has been sewn in place.

 

 

 

IMG_35624. Cut out the dome from the clear vinyl.  I found the vinyl at the Dollarama…it was the packaging for some item.  I figured it was a cheap way of getting vinyl.  Haha!  Determine where you want it on the page and pin in place.  The pins will make holes in the vinyl so pin parallel to the edge right where you will be sewing.  Sew in place.

 

 

IMG_35645. Sew on the table.  Sew the light brown first and then the dark brown as it is meant to overlap.

 

 

 

 

IMG_35656. Glue on the stem and let it dry completely.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_35907. Cut a square out of the hook part of the Velcro.  Place the ribbons under the square and sew in place at the top of the stem.

 

 

 

 

IMG_35928.  Enjoy your finished Enchanted Rose page!  🙂  My daughter has just figured out what she is supposed to do with this page and is enjoying it.

 

 

 

 

The bottom and two sides of the page will be part of the seam allowance for completing the book so it will not show.  (Take a look at the finished page at the top of this post again).  I will be sharing the instructions for completing the book in a future post.  If you don’t want to complete the book as I did then simply trim that seam allowance part off.  I hope that makes sense!

I’d love to hear how your Enchanted Rose page turns out!  Happy Crafting!

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Beauty and the Beast Castle Tutorial

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Tale as old as time…Song as old as rhyme…Beauty and the Beast.  I love this movie!  It’s a lovely story and I think that the Beauty and the Beast pages are the ones that I’m the most proud of so even though they aren’t the first pages in the completed book I’m sharing them first.  🙂

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  Don’t forget to take a look at the complete Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book!

NOTE: When I created the quiet book, I completed all the pages and then sewed them together.  That means that each of the pages has about 1/2 inch on three sides that will “disappear” when sewn to the next page.  The fourth side will be used for binding the book together.  You can see the finished book here.  The instructions for the binding will be in a future post.

THESE PATTERNS ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY AND NOT FOR SALE.  YOU MAY NOT MAKE ITEMS FOR SALE OR PROFIT.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THESE QUIET BOOK PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Materials:

  • Felt (dark blue, dark gray, light gray, gold, red)
  • Zipper (about 4 inches)
  • Fabric Paint (I used brown and silver)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Cellophane
  • Castle Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background dark blue felt so it is 10 inches by 8 1/2 inches (this will be the standard size for all the pages in this quiet book).

IMG_36022. Cut out the Ballroom and Rug pieces.  Sew them onto the background felt.  I sewed the ballroom only around the outside edges and then glued the inside “walls”, but they aren’t staying stuck so I’d recommend that you sew around the windows too.  I glued the rug in place, but again, would sew it in place if I were to make this page again.  Once they are sewn in place, use fabric paint to draw the corners of the walls and the pattern on the rug.  Let dry completely!  NOTE: I ACCIDENTALLY PUT EVERYTHING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE INSTEAD OF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE!  THIS ONLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IF YOU WANT THE CASTLE PAGE TO BE ON THE LEFT SIDE.

IMG_35973. Cut out the door pieces: two felt and one cellophane for each door.  The cellophane will need to be trimmed in order to fit properly.

 

 

 

 

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Sandwich the cellophane in between the two felt pieces and sew along the straight edges.

Repeat with the other door.

 

 

 

 

IMG_36004. Pin and sew the zipper to the long straight edges of the doors.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_36035. Place the “closed” doors over the ballroom and pin in place.  Place the castle piece over the doors so that it is overlapping the curved edges of the doors.  Sew in place.  I sewed along the doors and then up the sides and on the bottom.  I glued the top in place, but it could easily be sew instead.  HINT: use lots of pins to hold everything in place.  And if it ends up a little crooked like mine did, remind yourself that it is for a child and she won’t mind too much.  🙂

 

IMG_36076. Sew the Towers to the sides of the castle.  They will overlap a little bit.  I sewed around all four edges.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_36087. Glue or sew the roof pieces and window pieces in place.

 

 

 

 

 

8. To make the Beauty and the Beast character piece, I found a colouring page through a Google search and printed it out.  I then traced it onto Shrinky Dink plastic and coloured it.  It was a great excuse to buy that pack of permanent markers I was eyeing.  🙂  Following the Shrinky Dink instructions I sized the picture so that it would be the correct size once shrunk.  I punched three holes before shrinking it so that I could sew it in place.  I also painted a layer of clear top coat nail polish over it so that the colours wouldn’t scratch off.  (The trick with the nail polish is to let it drip on so that there is a thick layer instead of painting it on, otherwise the ink might smear.)  Sew in place and you are done!

The bottom of the page will be part of the seam allowance for completing the book so it will not show.  (Take a look at the finished page at the top of this post again).  I will be sharing the instructions for completing the book in a future post.  If you don’t want to complete the book as I did then simply trim that seam allowance part off.  I hope that makes sense!

I’d love to hear how your Castle page turns out!  Happy Crafting!

 

The Day I Became a Mom

It is hard to believe that my daughter is a year old today!  Was it really a year ago that I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting for her to arrive?  She was 10 days late.  My May baby ended up being a June baby instead.  I thought I’d share my birth story.

While I was pregnant I had read so many times that I should create a “birth plan” for my labour and delivery.  I think there is some value in having a plan, but when I say having a plan, I mean discussing the “what if” scenarios and maybe a couple extra things.  An example of the “what if” scenarios – what if the baby needs to be taken to the ICN, who will go with the baby, who will stay with mom?  You hope it won’t happen, but at least you know where everyone is going to be if it does.  Other things like do you want an epidural?  And who do you want in the delivery room?  Those are questions you might want to have answered too and put into your “birth plan”.

Here was my birth plan: I wanted to deliver in the hospital.  I wanted an epidural if possible.  I wanted my husband by my side, but if I needed my mom I gave myself permission to ask for her to come into the room.  I’m glad I didn’t have anything more complicated than that since it probably wouldn’t have happened.

Here’s what did happen:

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I was due May 24.  It came and went.  I was scheduled for an induction for June 3 at 8:00 AM.  I was sent in to the hospital for a non-stress test on June 2 just to make sure that the baby was doing ok.  This was the third non-stress test I had to do so I was starting to be a pro at them.  🙂  It went well and I was even asked by one of the intern doctors if they could bring in an ultrasound machine so that he could practice identifying the position of the baby for future deliveries he might be involved in.  They apparently needed someone very pregnant but not actually in labour.  I was the perfect candidate.  It was fun seeing the baby in there one last time.  We headed home shortly afterwards.

That evening I started getting contractions.  They weren’t all that painful, nothing more than menstrual cramps.  I’ve probably actually had worse cramps than the contractions I was having.  According to the information we were given I was supposed to head to the hospital if the contractions were coming in less than 5 minute intervals.  Once they reached 3 minutes on a consistent basis (around 11:00 at night) we decided to head to the hospital.  Another non-stress test, a pelvic exam, and I was sent home, being only 2 cm dilated.  😦

The contractions slowed down a bit, but they were enough to keep me from really sleeping that night.  They were also enough to dilate me just a little bit more.

Bright and early we drove to the hospital.  Another time being hooked up to the machines for a non-stress test.  My doctor visited me, confirmed that I was 3 cm dilated, and gave the go-ahead to start pumping me with oxytocin to induce labour.  Now we just had to wait for a labour and delivery room to open up.  In the meantime, the nurses came to start the IV.  Attempt one – not in.  Attempt two – not in.  Attempt three – it’s in, but it hurts!  It ended up hurting the entire day.  If I had known better I would have kept on mentioning it until it got fixed.

About an hour or so later I was moved into the labour and delivery room.  The wonderful thing about the hospital was that you were able to stay in one room the entire time.  The oxytocin was hooked up and we waited for things to start happening.  The contractions were still no more than menstrual cramp intensity.

Around noon my doctor stopped by and broke my water.  What a weird feeling!  It was quite uncomfortable when she used the crochet-like hook to break the membrane and then the warm liquid burst out.  It kind of felt like I had just wet myself!  About a half hour later that’s when things started happening!

The contractions started coming faster now and a bit more painful (although to be honest I don’t recall any pain since it was overshadowed by what was happening next).  I requested my epidural and then all of a sudden, out of the blue, I was in a full blown panic attack!!!  It was scary!  I had never had a panic attack like that before!!!  The nurse was fantastic.  She was with me the entire time, helping me get through the intense moments.  I was crying.  I was trying to breathe.  I was crushing my husband’s hand when I contraction would come.  I remember the nurse’s calming presence.  Her hand on my head.  Her gentle voice.  (Even now as I’m writing this I’m almost in tears from the memories!)  Eventually I calmed down enough and the anesthesiologist was able to give me the epidural.  It felt like ice being poured down my back and then no more pain.  Breathing returned to normal, crying stopped, and I was able to settle back down again.  (As a side note, I was reading somewhere the pros and cons of having an epidural.  One thing that was listed as a con was needing a catheter since you can’t really be up an and about.  I’m not sure why this was listed as a negative thing.  I loved not feeling like I had a full bladder.  Anyone who’s been pregnant knows the joys of having the baby sit on her bladder.  Haha!)

My parents came for a visit, as did my sisters.  It was fun being able to see them and it was a diversion while we were waiting for me to get more dilated.

At 6:00 pm my doctor came back to check on my progress.  (I had lots of visits from the nurses in between the doctor’s visits.)  It was determined that the baby was sunny side up and I was only about 7 cm dilated and the oxytocin was at a very high dose.  They decided to give it a bit more time, increasing the dose of oxytocin, and my doctor would come check again in a couple hours.

In those two hours my feet started swelling and my cervix did too so that by the time my doctor came back I had actually regressed.  Now I was only 6 cm dilated!  My doctor recommended a c-section.  They turned off the oxytocin drip.  I was told that there would be a bit of a wait before I would go into the OR because there was one lady in front of me in line.  Of course, about 10 minutes later the nurses popped into my room saying that they were waiting for blood work for her and so I was going in right away!  Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do all that well with change…ok, I’m terrible with change…and being pumped up with oxytocin (a stress hormone) I was barely managing to keep calm.  My husband changed into scrubs (he looked pretty handsome in them if you ask me) and I was wheeled into the OR.

I lost it when they asked me to move from the bed I was in to the operating table.  I had been given an extra dose of the epidural and my feet were so swollen that I could barely move.  I started panicking again!!!  They tried to distract me and help me calm down, but I couldn’t stop shaking or crying.  My husband came into the OR and tried to help calm me down too….

The next thing I knew I was opening my eyes and there was my husband, holding our daughter!  They’d had to put me under in order to get me to stop shaking so they could perform the surgery.  I asked if the baby was a girl (apparently a few times) and I thanked the anesthesiologist for putting me under and then we moved to the recovery room…where I started having my third panic attack of the day!!!  My nose was stuffed and I was having a hard time breathing, the nurses were checking this and that, pushing on my uterus to make sure the bleeding had stopped…I don’t even remember how this panic attack ended, but I guess it did eventually and I was able to hold my daughter for the first time.

She was beautiful!  A tiny little perfect baby girl!  And she had a beautifully shaped head.  I was a mom!

After about an hour we were wheeled into a private room and my parents, my husband’s parents, and my sisters came into the room to meet the newest member of our family.  As I remember this part of the day I remember who was there and that there was time when I wasn’t holding my baby, but I cannot, for the life of me, remember anyone holding her.  I have pictures, but I guess I was still too drugged up to remember.  So strange.

The next morning we were told that the cord had been wrapped around my daughter’s neck a couple times.  It really made me appreciate how great it is to have hospitals, doctors, nurses, and epidurals.  There seems to be a huge fad for having “natural” births and home births, but there is a reason why there are hospitals and doctors.  The panic attacks I could have done without, but that was me and not the “modern medicine’s” fault.  My goal for the next time (if/when it comes around) is to be conscious when the baby is born, but at least I know that I’ll be well taken care of.

And now my baby is a year old!  Wow!  Happy 1st Birthday, Little E!