Wednesday, March 5, 2014

custom crib skirt

After assembling the crib, I thought you need to cover yourself up, missus!  I went on Fabric.com and spent hours upon hours obsessing over fabric for the nursery.  Since the nursery walls were white, I knew I wanted fabrics that would really pop.   I finally went for a green polka dotted number called Loralie Fast Women Jumbo Dots Green/White (wft is that name, right?!); I ordered 2.5 yards of the stuff.  Sadly, the last time I checked Fabric.com, they ran out of giant loose lady fabric.  There are other great options though and I would absolute use Fabric.com again.  Check out the final product! 

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Easiest sewing project ever.  You just need three rectangular pieces of fabric; one for the front of the crib and two for the sides.  Measure the length and width of the front and sides of the crib just under the mattress to the floor.  For my crib, the measurements were 16.5” height, 51.5”long (front) and 26.5” long (sides).  Be sure to add at least 3 inches extra to your measurements.  I sewed a zip stitch and the edge to prevent fraying, folded the edges in by about 1/2 an inch, and straight stitched over the tip of the fold.  Just the tip. 

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I used safety pins to attach the fabric to the mattress frame.  The corners were a little bit of a pain.  I was glad I added that extra 3 inches to fill up any potential gaps in the corners. 

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Now I can store things under the crib on the DL…maybe food, probably not, probably diapers.  Anyone out there in nesting mode? 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

paint

We have wonderful friends.  Big thanks to Keith, Alea and Adam for helping Chris paint the nursery!  I tapped out on account of the baby and the fumes; spent the day listening to 90s slow jams and pushing pudding cups on our friends. 

After a ton of thought, we decided to paint the room…white!!!  I found these vibrant fabrics and super colorful prints, so methinks a white background would make those elements stand out more.  The walls started off greyish purple.  See the ugliness below.  We had workout equipment and a rocking chair in there; it was a confused room.  This baby in my belly has really given the room a sense of purpose! 

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After one gallon of Contemporary White from Behr, the room looked so fresh so clean, so fresh and so clean clean. 

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You can see the crib skirt and curtains on the floor.  I’m bursting to share those projects with you!  Here’s a teaser of the fabric.  Stay tuned! 

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check out our crib

I started mat leave!  Baby isn’t here yet, so I have lots time to nap, clean, play with Charlie  and update my blog.  I’ve been surprisingly busy in the past few months and I’m happy to have time now to nest and relax.  Major part of nesting- setting up the nursery…
We got a crib!  It was my first Black Friday purchase, which is getting pretty big in Canada by the by.  We weren’t looking to drop more than a couple hundred dollars on the crib and found a great sale from Best Buy of all places!  Chris in his whatever you want, babe attitude gave me free reign to pick one out.  So in my obsess until I’m tired attitude, I spent hours researching look, safety, and cost.  I picked the Storkcraft Bradford Fixed Side Convertible Crib in white.  It was a 4-in-1 deal (crib, toddler bed, day bed and full size bed), crazy cheap (under $180), and it was made of non toxic materials. 




It was also easy to assemble!  Only took me an episode or two of Dr. Who.  Yes, I assembled the crib on my own!  And yes, I watch Dr. Who.  It was delivered in the morning and I couldn’t wait for Chris to get home, so I took it upon myself.  I love to build stuff.  Also, I find Dr. Who amusing and endearing. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

gender reveal party

We had a Gender Reveal Party!  The first time I talked to Chris about it, I excitedly said, “Let’s have a Baby Sex Party!!”  Then he got all shocked and grossed out.  I went all rage monster on him about how he never wants me to have parties and have fun and how great it would be to find out in front of our family and friends.  Then Chris was like, “Oh!  Think about what you’re saying.” Turns out, Baby Sex Party makes people think about sexual fetish stuff.   After that conversation, we referred to it as a Gender Reveal Party. 

We sent out invites via http://www.evite.com/.  I used the upload your photo invites.  I was learning how to use Illustrator at work, so I made a simple picture that read ‘S/HE What’ll it be?!’ 

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For decorations, I just love pom poms, don’t you?  I made a bunch, fuck ton, of pink and blue pom poms.  I was looking forward to stringing those babies up, but I got some “Should you be doing that?” from Chris, so Chris and Nicole strung them up on our ceiling.  Thanks, guys!

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As guests arrived, we had them write their names on a gender voting board.  The final count was 13 boy and 10 girl. 

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My absolute favorite part was the cake pop reveal.  Catherine, an amazing baker friend of ours made cake pops.  I asked her to make the batter the typical pink for girl or blue for boy.  I was adamant that I didn’t want to find out the gender before the party.  At the ultrasound, Chris found out the sex and he told Catherine.  He kept it a secret for 3 days.  Kudos, love.  At the party, we passed the cake pops around and everyone took a bite at the same time. 

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Kaitlyn took a video of the action.  I crazy nervous at this point!  It was no secret I wanted a girl.  Straight up, I was even practicing my I’m-ok-smile if the batter was blue.  Yup, I’m aware I have issues.  Here’s a screen shot of the video.  As you can see, I coordinated pink and blue outfits. 

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The batter revealed GIRL!!!!!!!!  Fun filter time…

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I’m so happy we shared such a special moment with our friends and family.  I can still taste the delicious cake pops! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Baby and Tot Show

My lovely friend, Raelene, and I went to the Baby and Tot Show.  It was a fun afternoon, no lies.  Here are a bunch of booths that caught my eye.

Happy Nappy Cloth Diaper Service: I love the environment, so why not give it a try.  I did some research and I don’t know why more people don’t do cloth diapers.  Cloth diapers are cheaper than disposable diapers and with the pick up and drop off service you don’t need to manage clean up!  I’m going to try them for the first few months and give you an update.  I just signed up for their service, and I’ve never been more excited about poop. 

Cord Blood Banks: A co-worker, Kim, first made me aware of cord blood banking services.  She took me along for a visit to a private banking agency and I scored a few brochures.  After extensive reading, chatting with the cord blood booths at the Baby and Tot Show, and discussing it with Chris, we’d like to go the public bank route.  It was such a personal decision and I’m glad we took the time to look into it. 

Calgary Childbirth Education & Doula Association: Every time I talk to a doula they help alleviate my birth fears little by little.  Since we found out I was pregnant so late, I’m on several waitlists for midwife agencies.  I think doulas are another great option; and if I don’t end up getting a midwife then I definitely want a doula.

Recreation booths galore: I wasn’t put into a lot of recreation as a wee one.  Now that I work at a recreation based nonprofit, recreation for me wee one is a must.  The Gymboree ‘booth’ had it going on; it was more like an activity area.  There was a class going on almost organically and the staff were amazing. 

I left the show feeling excited and overwhelmed by all the stuff available for bb.  Lots of decisions to make! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I didn’t know I was pregnant

Folks, here’s a story about the week I thought I was 2 weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks pregnant. 

When I first found out I was pregnant, I thought I was about 2 weeks along.  Chris and I wanted to wait until the first trimester (3 months) was over to start telling people.  It was going to be tough, I was aching to tell my mom; but Chris and I pinky sweared, which is law between us homies. 

DSC_1143_thumbA few days later, I saw my doctor and told him about all the issues I had over the summer.  I thought I had narcolepsy, depression, anemia; I shouldn’t self diagnose with Google.  Anyways, we went over my cycle dates and symptoms and he dated my pregnancy at 10 weeks!  Oh my, I was surprised!  And sheepish! 

Days after that, Chris and I went to my dating and viability ultrasound.  I’ve never had an ultrasound before.  I had to drink 4 glasses of water, 2 hours before, and not pee.  I failed about 1 hour before, so I drank another glass of water.  I failed again 30 mins before, so I had yet another glass.  Not really sure if that last glass made a difference, but I’m an overachiever. 

Chris was my driver, my washroom finder, my rock.  Solid guy, that guy!  We anxiously waited for the ultrasound tech and I imagined the bb would be a blob.  Stubby everything and indiscernible.  The tech came in, set me up real good and the image on the screen wasn’t what I expected. 

Chris said, “Wow, that looks like…a body.” 

I said, “Are those fingers?!” 

The tech said, “Yes, you can see the hand there".”

I said, “Really?”

Tech said, “You said you were 10 weeks, but you’re further along than you thought.”

We said, “Really?!”

Tech said, “You’re closer to 14.” 

We said once more and louder, “REALLY?!”

Surprise of my life.  I must have looked funny; eyes wide open, mouth wide open.  Catching flies.  I looked over at Chris and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy. 

That’s the story of how I skipped over the first trimester.  I didn’t know I was pregnant, y’all. 

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

my carrots look weird

I gardened!  And failed a little; kinda a lot.  The cardboard I set down under the soil didn’t stop the grass from growing and thriving.  So disappointing!  Next year, I am going to buy weed sheets and dig the whole thing up.  The only veggies that made it were my onions and carrots.  Oddly, the carrots grew many legs.

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What went wrong?!  I think the pellets didn’t open up properly.  Maybe I didn’t water the garden enough.  I feel uncomfortable just looking at them.  The top inch of the carrot looked fine, then it sprouted into many legs.  This isn’t normal right? 

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I sent Chris a picture with an insecure message and he said they were perfect and that they’d be delicious.  Super encouraging, that guy!  So I decided we’d eat them, no regrets.  I wanted to wash them thoroughly, and according to several bloggers, you can put them right into your washing machine!  No soap and set the machine to delicate.  I shook the excess dirt off the carrots and dumped the batch in.  After the wash, the carrots looked so fresh and so clean, clean.  I soaked the carrots in vinegar/water for 20 seconds, then they were so clean you could eat off them, HA. 

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I put the thick tops into a roasted potato/carrot/onion dish.  I put the skinny bottoms into my juicer. 

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Taste wise, these were the sweetest carrots I’ve ever had!  Mind you, look wise, these were the strangest carrots I’ve ever seen.  But they were yummy and juicy; I’m so proud!