Mother of Two!

Mother of two!  That’s my new role in life.  Wow!  It is hard to believe that my son is already a month old!  It feels like it has gone by so quickly in some ways, but also like he was just born yesterday.

Life has been a bit hectic over the last month, as I’m sure anyone with a toddler and newborn can relate.  It is lots of fun having a newborn again.  So sweet.  So small.  So cozy.  It has also been hard having a newborn again.  Little sleep.  Lots of feeds.  Sore body.

In an earlier post I shared my daughter’s birth story.  Here is my son’s.

Throughout the pregnancy I was pretty nervous about the delivery.  I had needed a c-section with my daughter and had suffered from major panic attacks, bad enough that they needed to put me under to keep me from shaking so they could get her out.  I had a couple small panic attacks when I was pregnant with my son, which only fueled my worries about his delivery.  My goal was to be conscious for his birth.

My doctor and I discussed how I wanted to deliver my son, and we both agreed that a repeat c-section was probably a good option.  As the time got closer, I was able to meet with the doctor who had delivered my daughter and was able to schedule a date for her to perform the second operation.  I was very happy to have her again.

Very different having a planned c-section compared to an emergency one.  Things were much calmer, but still nerve wracking.  I was scheduled for Tues, Feb 24 at 1:00 pm.  My husband and I arrived at the hospital around 11:30 that morning.  I was given a gown to change into and settled onto a bed to wait until they were ready for me.  As expected, things weren’t exactly running on schedule so we waited for quite awhile.  Eventually the nurse came for me and we walked down the hallway to the room just outside the OR.  There I met with the anesthesiologist who walked me through the meds I would be getting.  (I have to say that when I booked the c-section, I really wanted the same doctor; if we have another kid, I want to book with the same anesthesiologist!  He was fantastic, letting me know what was going to happen and helping me stay calmer than I otherwise might have been.)

A nurse led me into the OR.  That room is a very bright room!  A lot smaller than I realized.  I was helped onto the table and given, first a mild sedative (because of my panic attack history) and then a spinal.  Unlike an epidural which feels like ice being poured down your back, the spinal started with heat in my toes.  An interesting sensation.  Before it completely kicked in and I couldn’t move anymore, I laid down on the operating table and the screen was put up and they finished getting ready to start the operation.  Once I was ready, my husband was permitted into the room.

I remember a bit of pressure being put on my belly.  I’m convinced I could feel being cut open – no pain, just that something was happening.  I was crying for most of the operation, with the anesthesiologist and my husband offering reassuring words of comfort.  I wasn’t aware of the reason until afterwards, but eventually the anesthesiologist told me that he was going to put me under for just a few minutes.

IMG_0490When I came to, there was my husband, holding our son!  (So much for being conscious for the delivery!  Oh well!)  I had been out for no longer than about five minutes.  Enough time for the doctor to use forceps and extra force to pull the baby out!  (I didn’t even know that they might need to use forceps with a c-section.)  After I was conscious again, they quickly finished up the operation, and I was moved to the recovery room.

In the recovery room, I got a chance to actually hold my son.  At 8 pounds 10 ounces, he was a lot bigger than I had thought he would be.  Of course, as a newborn, he was still so tiny!  He had an angry red mark on his cheek and bruises on his ears from the forceps, but I was told that they would disappear within the next day or two.  I think the red mark on his cheek was gone by that evening!  Magic baby skin as my sister says.

IMG_0498After about an hour in the recovery room, making sure things were going how they should, I was moved into a private room on the postpartum unit.  My parents, one of my sisters, my husband’s parents, and his sister were there to meet our little boy and shortly after, my other sister arrived, bringing our daughter.  I got a little teary eyed when I saw my grown up little 21 month old!  My mom shooed everyone out, but thankfully, my one sister pushed my other sister back into the room to take some pictures of our new little family.

We have now been a family of four for over a month.  Our daughter, E, loves her new baby brother, C, showering him with kisses and hugs.  Whenever we put him on a play mat, she immediately leaves whatever she is doing to cuddle with him.  I’m still adjusting to being a mother of two, trying to balance my time between both my children, my husband, while still getting some “me” time.

I am totally in love with my new baby boy and am looking forward to the joys and challenges of having a son.

 

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Four Months!

UltrasoundWow!   How did four months of pregnancy happen?  It feels like I just found out that I was pregnant and here I am, almost half way through!

(Note: For those of you following my Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book tutorials, more will be coming!  I promise!  I hope to get to them soon!)

Now back to the pregnancy update.  🙂

How far along: 17 weeks and 1 day (Due Date is March 1st)

Total weight gain: Still haven’t gained anything yet.

Maternity clothes: Yup.  I’ve been wearing maternity pants and skirts for a while now and have recently switched to maternity tops.  They just fit my changing body better, even though I’m not that big yet.

Stretch marks: No

Sleep: Yes and no.  Some days I feel rested (or at least less tired) while other days I’m completely exhausted!  I’ve been able to sleep in a bit when my husband gets up with E and takes her out of the house so I don’t hear every little noise she makes.

Best moment of this week: Getting to see my baby at the ultrasound (even though it was after the doctor couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat the day before).  I go for my next ultrasound on October 2.

Miss anything: Still missing food that tastes good.

Movement: The little one is moving like crazy!  I thought I was feeling him/her at the beginning of Sept, but now I definitely know that it is the baby I’m feeling. 

Food cravings: I wish!  I’d love to have something that I really wanted to eat, even if it wasn’t the healthiest.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Most things.  😦

Have you started to show yet: I think so!  I think I’m still in that awkward “is she pregnant or just carrying a few too many pounds around her middle” stage.  Haha!  I’ve started taking belly pictures, but there isn’t much to show yet.

Gender: Still trying to convince my husband that we should find out when the time comes.

Labor signs: N/A

Belly button in or out: In 

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Totally depends on the time of day.  I’m usually in a better mood in the mornings.

Until next time!  Enjoy the fall weather (hopefully the sun is shining where you are too!)

My Baby is Going to be a Big Sister!

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I figure it’s time to make it officially known that I am pregnant with Baby #2!  Most of the time I’m too busy to remember, but then I find myself wondering why on earth am I so tired and/or grouchy and/or nauseated and then I remember that there is a tiny human being growing safely inside.

This is the picture that we used to announce to family and friends that our little E is going to be a big sister!  I wanted to do something fun, but wasn’t feeling super creative so I’m happy with how this picture turned out.  🙂

So in case anyone is interested, here are some extra details…(I don’t know who originally came up with this list, but I’ve seen it on a few blogs, and I figured I’d join in the fun)

How far along: 12 weeks and 1 day (Due Date is March 1st)

Total weight gain: I’ve actually lost at least 6 pounds since taking the pregnancy test due to nothing being appetizing these days!

Maternity clothes: Oh yes!  I started my new job right before I found out and since none of my regular pants were fitting properly anyways, I figured I might as well be comfortable and started wearing maternity pants.  I am still wearing regular tops though.

Stretch marks: No

Sleep: Seems like I’m constantly tired, more so than with my first pregnancy.  I figure it is because I have a toddler who rises at the crack of dawn (or almost).  I am using two body length pillows to help align my hips and hopefully help with my sciatica.  

Best moment of this week: Posting our announcement on Facebook and getting lots of excited responses.

Miss anything: Food that is appetizing and sits well in my stomach.

Movement: Too early still. 

Food cravings: I wish!  I’d love to have something that I really wanted to eat, even if it wasn’t the healthiest.  The closest thing to a “craving” would be breaded and fried zucchini…it seems to be the only thing that tastes good these days.  That and ice water.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Most things.  😦

Have you started to show yet: I’ve definitely gotten bigger around the middle, but I don’t think it would be obvious to those who don’t know me all that well. Which reminds me, I need to start taking belly pictures!

Gender: Still trying to convince my husband that we should find out when the time comes.

Labor signs: N/A

Belly button in or out: In 

Wedding rings on or off: On

Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty moody a lot of the time (Poor Husband!)

Well there you have it. 🙂  We are pretty excited about having another baby, although a lot of the time I just start wondering what are we thinking having another baby when sometimes it feels like we can barely keep up with E.  

Disney Princess Inspired Quiet Book: Tangled Satchel Page

 

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This page was inspired by a quiet book page I found through Pinterest.  I think it is a great addition to my 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 MAKE THESE PAGES, PLEASE GIVE ME CREDIT BY LINKING TO MY PAGE.

Materials:

– felt (light purple, dark purple, dark brown, black, dark gray, gold, sparkly white)

– ribbon

– thread

– cardboard

– glue

– fabric paint or glitter glue (optional)

– Satchel Page Pattern

Instructions:

1. Trim the background light purple 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_34112. Cut out the pan felt pieces.  There should be two black pans and one dark gray circle.  Glue the circle on one of the pans as shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3423Turn the pan over and glue a 9 inch piece of ribbon to the back of the handle.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3425Cut out the cardboard piece using the same pattern, but then trim it so that it is slightly smaller than the felt.  Glue it to the back of the pan.

 

 

 

 

IMG_3428Glue the second black pan felt over top of the cardboard.  Let it dry completely.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_34153. Cut out the sun scarf pieces.  There should be two dark purple rectangles and one gold sun.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3429Repeat the steps above to add the ribbon and cardboard to the sun scarf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_34144. Cut out the pieces for the crown.  There should be two gold pieces, two small jewels, and one large jewel.  Glue the pieces together as shown, repeating the steps above to add the cardboard and ribbon.  I just added cardboard to the gold section as the sparkly white jewels were cut from a stiffened piece of felt.

Optional: add some extra bling using a glitter glue or fabric paint.

 

IMG_34445. Cut out the satchel pieces.  Pin the large satchel piece to the page.  It should be closer to one side than the other as one side will be used for binding the book.  In the picture the pins on the bottom are marking where it will fold.  Pin the satchel contents in place as shown in the picture.

 

 

IMG_3445Fold the satchel closed and pin in place.  Sew around all four sides, close to the edge of the satchel.  Move the satchel contents when necessary.

 

 

 

Pin the satchel flap and sew in place on the top edge only.  Carefully stuff the contents into the pouch and the page is complete!  🙂

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I’d love to hear how your page turned out!

The binding instructions will be coming in a future post!

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!

Deleted!!!

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?

 

 

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!