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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thirty Seven Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks 
Total weight gain: 25 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Maternity Dress

Sleep: As good as can be expected
Stretch marks? None that I can see - we'll see what I look like after little blip is born.
Best moment this week: Finding out close friends of ours are expecting a baby in February. :-)
Miss Anything? Shopping for clothes - maternity clothing sucks!

Movement: Yeah he is just as active as ever
Food cravings: Ice Cream
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet:  Yes
Gender: Boy
Symptoms: Nothing new

Labor Signs: Nothing notable - unfortunately! If he wants to come make a sociably early appearance I definitely wouldn't mind at all. :-)
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Meeting our little man!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thirty Six Weeks

How far along? 36 weeks 
Total weight gain: 23 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Maternity top and jeans

Sleep: Restless
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Finished making the crib skirt. I'll post a picture once all the bedding is complete. Rather then make my own tutorial, I followed one that I found online (with slight modifications). 
Miss Anything? I just want to sleep on my stomach again.

Movement: Yup, still a squirmy worm
Food cravings: I've been eating ice cream pretty frequently. I don't know if I would call it a craving - I think it is more of a seasonal thing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Like the broad side of a barn
Gender: Boy
Symptoms: I had my first run in with cankles this past week. I have to admit I was shocked when I first noticed. Once the humidity got better the swelling/retention went down a lot.

Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but I find myself getting a little emotional lately. Damn hormones!
Looking forward to: 38 week ultrasound - it's been 20 weeks since we saw him!
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Thirty Five Weeks

How far along? 35 weeks 
Total weight gain: 21.5 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Bruins are in the Eastern Playoffs - this t-shirt is being stretched to its capacity.
Sleep: Waking up earlier and earlier - kind of sucks. 
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Shopping for baby clothes. I got a coupon at Babies R Us ($10) so of course I spent $100. I went a little shopping crazy this weekend too but on the boring stuff we needed for the nursery (laundry basket, drawer dividers, shelf, etc.). 
Miss Anything? Wearing heels - I might have to retire them until after Little Blip arrives. 
Movement: He's constantly stretching 

Food cravings: I've been trying to occupy my mind with projects and work to keep from snacking.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yup
Gender: Boy
Symptoms: I'm trying to keep from complaining - that way Keith knows when I am really in pain/uncomfortable. 

Labor Signs: Nothing significant
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Making the crib bedding - I finally got the last piece of fabric I need. Now the madness can begin. 
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Thirty Four Weeks

How far along? 34 weeks 
Total weight gain: 20 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Maternity Dress
Sleep: As good as can be expected
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: My co-workers threw me a surprise shower. :-)
Miss Anything? Nothing I can't live without 
Movement: He has some aggressive dance moves going on in there.. the apple doesn't fall far from the tree (*cough* - Keith). 

Food cravings:  Nothing overwhelming - I just seem to be hungry all the time.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: No - I've stopped showing... YES - I feel like I should have a back up beeper to warn people.
Gender: Hoping it's still a boy otherwise she will be wearing a lot of boys clothing!
Symptoms: I'm dealing - nothing that I haven't anticipated or worth complaining about.

Labor Signs: Some Braxton Hicks contractions from time to time but nothing significant.
Belly Button in or out? In - but looks funny! The scar from my belly button piercing is like an inch above my belly button.. weird!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Birthing and Breastfeeding classes
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Thirty Three Weeks

How far along? 33 weeks 
Total weight gain: 18 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Maternity Dress
Sleep: Hard to get comfortable :(
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Washing all the baby clothes! I'm sure I won't enjoy this for long...
Miss Anything? General Comfort
Movement: Shifts around a lot  and he's head down!

Food cravings:  Dairy Queen - Summer in NH
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy!
Symptoms:
Skin is getting better but back pain is increasingly worse
Labor Signs: Nothing notable
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: A day off from work to go shopping with my brother!
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Thirty Two Weeks

How far along? 32 weeks 
Total weight gain: 17 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Maternity top and jeans
Sleep: Do I want more??? Yes Please!
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Got to see my older brother Brian and enjoy a delicious lobster and steamer dinner courtesy of Mom!
Miss Anything? Energy
Movement: He has been kicking my ribs - feels weird!

Food cravings:  Nothing overwhelming this week
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy!
Symptoms:
Embarrassing moaning and groaning everything I have to get up from a lying position.
Labor Signs: Felt some Braxton Hicks contractions this weekend.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Awaiting the arrival of the glider for the nursery. Online purchases make me nervous. Fingers Crossed!
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Thirty One Weeks

How far along? 31 weeks 
Total weight gain: 16 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Maternity top and jeans
Sleep: Fine
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: A wonderful baby shower with great family and friends. Hosted by our amazing mothers and fabulous sister-in-law. :-)
Miss Anything? Seeing my toes when I'm standing
Movement: So funny watching my whole stomach shift!

Food cravings: All things breakfast
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy!
Symptoms:
Starting to get fatigue again
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Writing out Thank You cards!
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Twenty Nine Weeks

How far along? 29 weeks 
Total weight gain:  14 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Maternity tunic
Sleep: I could always use more, but overall can't complain.
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: The crib and dresser arrived! Thanks to our parents (aka- Little Blip's grandparents).
Miss Anything? Pants with a zipper and button closure
Movement: All throughout the day

Food cravings: Black Raspberry Ice cream and Sugar Cones
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Still a Boy!
Symptoms:
Sciatica is acting up - FUN!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Uncle Brian is coming home from Singapore for a visit!!! :-)
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Twenty Eight Weeks

 How far along? 28 weeks 
Total weight gain:  13 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Maternity leggings and a pre-baby shirt (with some obvious stretch)
Sleep: Back pain makes it really hard to get comfortable (that and the fact that Sophie pretty much sleeps on top of me, so I feel guilty adjusting and disrupting her). 
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Finally choosing a color for the nursery. Benjamin Moore - Winter Solstice
Miss Anything? Getting out of my bed with ease
Movement: He's 
getting stronger!
Food cravings: D'Angelo's Tuna Pocket with lettuce and pickles.. I limit myself to a maximum of one a week because of the mercury in tuna - but I could eat it everyday!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: back pain all the time and skin is a roller coaster (hopefully the warmer weather will help)

Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Getting paint on the nursery walls. Keith offered to paint the walls and trim this week. If all goes as planned the walls wont be blue in my next baby bump photo update. :-) 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Twenty Seven Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain:  11 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Maternity tank and leggings with a pre-baby cover-up. I live in leggings on the weekends.
Sleep: Up a few times during the night.
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Finally starting on the nursery! When we bought the house the room was a "space" theme. Well that just wouldn't do. So we had to strip the wall paper boarder and peel stars off the ceiling and fan blades.  Hopefully there will be paint on the walls after Easter (hint hint Daddy)!
Miss Anything? Nope
Movement:
Still active - usually when I am trying to rest (or during meetings).
Food cravings: I would really like a pancake right now...
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: Same old - but on a positive note, my Dr. said I'm not swelling yet which is great!

Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Starting the crib bedding. I might regret attempting to make it myself... Stay tuned! I also look forward to seeing the sun soon. My pasty skin needs a little help!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Twenty Six Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain:  10.5 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Maternity tank and leggings with a pre-baby denim shirt.
Sleep: Better now that I am controlling my back pain during the day.
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Celebrating my birthday with friends and family!
Miss Anything? Nope
Movement:
Starting to get active during the day. Seeing my stomach move is the craziest/coolest thing.
Food cravings: Nope
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: Skin is getting a little better and back pain is more managed.

Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Third trimester to start... then we'll be that much closer to meeting little blip.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Throw Pillow


This is a personalized pillow coverlet with zipper for a 16x16 pillow form. This tutorial can be easily modified to fit any square pillow form. Zipper length may need to be altered. Zipper should ideally be 2'' smaller than your pillow form.


Pillow Coverlet w/ Zipper
Supplies:
1 yard home decor weight fabric (or 1/2 yard of two coordinating fabrics)
14'' hidden zipper
Coordinating Thread
Measuring Tape
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat/Rotary Cutter/Seam Ripper

Preparing the Pieces:

Step 1: Using your front fabric, cut out one 16'' by 16'' square.

Step 2: Repeat Step 1 with back fabric.


Optional Step: Personalize your coverlet by adding an initial or other design. I added the "M" monogram using the Landon alphabet applique that I purchased from Planet Applique.

Adding the Zipper:

Step 3: With pretty sides facing each other, match up all four sides of your front and back fabric. Secure the bottom edge with pins. 

Note: I realized after taking this picture that I pinned the top in error.



Step 4: Starting on the coverlet BOTTOM, use a 1/2 seam allowance and straight stitch one inch. Switch to a basting stitch and sew to the opposite corner until there is one inch remaining. Switch back to a straight stitch and complete seam to the end of the bottom portion. 

When you look across the bottom portion of your coverlet you should see 1 inch straight stitch, 14 inches basting stitch and 1 inch straight stitch. 


Step 5: Press seam flaps open.


Step 6: Align zipper teeth, face down, over the seam and pin to the seam flaps ONLY. 


Step 7: Using your zipper foot, sew as close to the zipper teeth as possible along both sides of the zipper.


Step 8: Fold the seam flaps back together. On each end of the zipper, straight stitch from the raw edges of the flaps toward the seam to secure zipper.

Step 9: Flip pieces right side out and using your seam ripper, remove the basting stitches to reveal the zipper. Make sure to leave the 1 inch straight stitch sections intact. 

Step 10: Test zipper to make sure it functions and LEAVE at least half way open. If you skip this step you will not be able to flip your coverlet right side out upon completion.

Assembling Coverlet: 

Step 11: With pretty sides together, align remaining three sides and secure with pins.

Step 12: Using a 1/2 seam allowance, straight stitch along the three remaining sides. 

Optional Step: If fabric is very bulky, you can cut excess fabric at corners to ensure you get a clean point when coverlet is turned right side out. 

Step 13: Turn coverlet right side out and iron seams. Be sure to pay particularly close attention to the corners to make sure they are fulled flipped. 


Step 14: Place pillow form inside coverlet, zip closed and ENJOY!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Twenty Five Weeks

 How far along? 25 weeks (Picture at 25+4)
Total weight gain:  9 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Maternity pants and a pre-baby shirt.
Sleep: Fine
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Not baby related.. The cheerleading team I coach won their State Championship. Makes the hectic work/cheer schedule totally worth it! Pictured Below
Miss Anything? Nah, I'm pretty content.
Movement:
Mostly active at night
Food cravings: Nah, but there's a new froyo place in town and I got treated this week by my friend Sarah!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: Back aches still but I have been using a heating pad to relieve it and so far it is helping.
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Finishing my baby registry. Who knew it would be so much work!! So much research! 





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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Twenty Four Weeks


How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain:  8 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Maternity top and pre-baby leggings
Sleep: Getting tough because I have been having back pains. Hubby got me a Snoogle to help!
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Starting the baby registry. However, it has been surprisingly stressful choosing items! There are too many options and way too many opinions. Good thing I have friends I can lean on for realistic advice. 
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach. I would do anything!!!
Movement: 
Yeah, he's a dancing king like dad.
Food cravings: I haven't had any strong cravings but I've been on a banana bread kick this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: Back aches all the time
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in but odder looking by the day 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: I want to get the nursery ready so bad, but I can't make a decision about how to design it. Wish someone would just come and design it for me. 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Twenty Three Weeks


How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain:  6lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Finally bought some maternity pants.. However, I'm not wearing them in this picture. Still holding tight to my pre-baby clothing. Especially my high heels but I fear those will be the next to go.
Sleep: Fine, but baby is the most active at night.
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Shopping for baby furniture.
Miss Anything? Nope
Movement:
Yeah, he is getting pretty strong.
Food cravings: Popsicle
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: Back ache
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Some free time. I have a list of stuff to do, but no time to do it!
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Upcoming Craft Tutorials

Yikes!! I have been so busy with work and coaching cheerleading that I haven't had much time to post any new sewing tutorials. I will post two new tutorials shortly. The first is a custom monogrammed accent pillow with zipper and the second will be a baby onesie transformation (minimal sewing, maximum cuteness). Stay Tuned! Pin It

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Twenty Two Weeks


How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain:  6 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  I'm not wearing anything maternity, but I NEED to get work pants.. I was too busy this past week to go shopping as planned.
Sleep: I'm noticing that I can fall asleep very easily these days. I'm going to enjoy this as I am sure it will be short lived.
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Not baby related... The cheer team I coach won their competition. So proud of them!
Miss Anything? Nope
Movement:
Yeah, he likes to listen to a piano cover of Skrillix.. I saw my stomach moving.
Food cravings: Sour Cream and Onion Chips
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  Boy
Symptoms: Same old, but without jinxing myself it seems to be getting a little better.
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Still in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Seeing little blip in all the cute gear we have received so far. Thanks Mom, Dad, Katie, Brandon, Robin, DJ, Anabelle and Rachel. :)
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