Sunday, February 26, 2012

41 weeks pregnant and snow...

Well, I am doing all the things I had promised not to do at the end of my pregnancy such as trying to hike the baby out every day, eating tons of pineapple ( which is just wonderful when you have awful heartburn,btw) and making a last minute belly cast when I have yet to paint Solomon's from 4 years ago, and I have nowhere to put it.
Sitting around at home waiting is driving me nuts so my family has been dragged out of the house with me in the mornings since I really shouldn't go anywhere alone at this point and our car is not doing well either. My luck would be to get stuck somewhere alone and go into labor...yikes.
Today we ended up at a park near our house during a random snow shower. The kids had a lot of fun. It was short lived and hardly snow at all,but it sure was beautiful, the big flakes falling slowly through the giant trees.




41 weeks pregnant today and hanging in there!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Still waiting....

Well my due date has come and gone and I am still here waiting for baby. Yesterday was my Birthday and I was really hoping I would be holding our baby in my arms by then. I am getting very tired emotionally and physically, although I prepared myself for another past due baby just in case, but it is still kind of hard. My days have been packed with lots of walking and pineapple and knitting baby socks while watching Downton Abbey.
Send me laboring vibes today!
Please come soon baby we are so eager to meet you!

My Midwife Joy drew this on my belly during our appointment this week. Baby looks tatooed with the henna underneath :) Fun! My February sun baby!

A little Birthday hike with my boys :)

Sweet Birthday gifts...and sunshine.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Henna belly!




My dear friends are so thoughtful and gifted me a session with a henna artist to get my belly painted to celebrate the end of my pregnancy. I wanted to do something special for my last pregnancy and wasn't sure if I would get around to making a belly cast this time around.
I spent this past Valentine's Day evening getting my belly painted. The tree is significant to this pregnancy and the sweet babe we will hopefully meet very shortly. I think the artist did an amazing job, she even offered to paint Sophie's hand. I am so grateful for my caring friends :) It really meant a lot to me and it wouldn't have happened without them.
I was hoping baby would stay put until Friday so the henna would darken enough to get some fun pictures. I had some pretty intense warm up contractions for several hours on Thursday night and though that may not happen, but we were blessed with a little more time.
I think I am the only mama in history still wanting to be pregnant at 39 weeks 5 days.

Friday, February 17, 2012

This Moment...

A moment from my week to cherish and remember inspired by Soulemama.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Yep, flowers are budding out already:)Spring is just around the corner!

I though I would share some of my recent Valentines Day inspired crafts that I have made over the past few weeks.
This heart garland was super fun and easy to make. Solomon helped me whip this up in less than 20 minutes. The cutting of the felt was the only thing that took any time as I just sewed a straight seam through them with my machine to join them together. I double layered the hearts in contrasting colors to make them a little more interesting. A great way to use up old scraps of felt( I knew I was keeping them for a reason).


I have been holding onto this fabric for ages, not sure what to do with it. But I was inspired one day to make myself a nice elastic skirt that would fit for the last weeks of pregnancy and would be really easy to adjust the waist once I don't need as much room in the waist area. I have been busting the seams(literally) of the maternity clothing that was borrowed to me(sorry Taryn, I will fix them) so it nice to have something I can still wear at this point, just with some leggins or long johns underneath. I totally just made up the pattern. And for what it is worth I have worn it several times and still haven't cut the lose strings
So lazy these days...where is my nesting energy this time around?
Baby is due in five days!!!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Mama Blessing Felt Tapestry

This picture is before felting. The colors are better shown here, bright and beautiful.

After felting.

A few weekends ago a few of my dear friends came over for a felting Mama blessing party. We got the idea from the summer 2011 issue of Living Crafts magazine to make a wet felted tapestry for the new baby on the way.
I was joking with my friends about what their husbands were thinking when they left their homes with bubble wrap and spray bottles and huge bags of roving in every color imaginable...."Your going to what kind of party?"

None of us had very much experience in wet felting and it felt like we were pretty much just winging it, but it turned out really great. It was a wonderful collaboration of materials and ideas and friendship that I will always cherish and remember. I plan to frame it in a large embroidery hoop and hang it on the wall where the new baby will be able to see and enjoy it.

It was so nice to get together for a few hours kid free, with some crafting some tea and cupcakes and of course best of all, uninterrupted conversation which is so very hard to come by when our children are always around.
I am so thankful for my fiber loving friends. We are already talking about making more in the near future, preferably in the warm sunshine......outdoors....... with margaritas ;)

Friday, February 10, 2012

This moment...

(photo by Sophie)
A moment to cherish and remember from my week. Inspired by Soulemama.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Enjoying the sun...







We have really been blessed by great weather here in Oregon this winter. We have lived here almost 10 years and I can't remember a sunnier winter. It is fantastic. We took advantage of the sun last weekend and although it was quite windy we took a little hike across the Columbia River over in Washington State. We found a rocky mossy hilltop that overlooked a waterfall and spent some time basking in the sun. It would have been a perfect spot for a picnic if only we would have thought ahead, but a picnic in February, who would have thunk it? I think we may need to do just that in the near future.

Friday, February 3, 2012

This Moment...


A moment from our week to cherish and remember, inspired by Soulemama.