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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nineteen Weeks


How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain:  3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Nope, everything I'm wearing is pre-baby. Special thanks go out to the belly band keeping my pants up
Sleep: Baby is not to blame for my lack of sleep
Stretch marks? None
Best moment this week: Finding out the baby's sex and seeing our baby boy dance around at the ultrasound
Miss Anything? nah
Movement: Feeling little nudges here and there
Food cravings: Nope
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  BOY - We are so excited!
Symptoms: Same, still some breakouts. Gotta love hormones!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? In but its starting to look different these days.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: The end of the week.... when I'll be half way done!
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eighteen Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain:  3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Nah, I'm trying to avoid buying a bunch of maternity clothes. If I buy anything I try to stick with regulars that will work with the bump for a while. Winter in NH poses a challenge because it requires more clothes. I'd love to throw on a cotton dress and flip flops and call it a day.
Sleep: Fine
Stretch marks? None
Best moment this week: My first Follow the Bump post. Friends and Family have had such great things to say. 
Miss Anything? Cold Cuts - just because I know I shouldn't eat them, I want them. 
Movement: Despite what is apparently a very active nugget, I've only felt a few little movements here and there.
Food cravings: Nah, but I am happy to report- I was able to avoid the urge to eat three donuts that I had at my disposal. I limited myself to one. :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender:  We find out this week! Can't wait to update my Follow the Bump with the baby's gender.
Symptoms: Whoever said you have the "best skin of your life when your pregnant" was lying - at least up to this point mine has been no bueno. I guess it's a small price to pay and better then some of the other symptoms that I have been fortunate enough to avoid so far.
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: Thursday.. we get to find out the baby's gender!
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Boppy Pillow Cover

 
Every mommy I know has a boppy pillow and finds it super useful, especially during feeding and tummy time. Just like any other pillow, the cover should be changed frequently. Boppy pillow covers can range from $10-$50 each. As with all "baby" item, there is a huge mark-up. So I decided to make a few of my own to cut down on the expense. Not to mention, I can make them using my desired fabrics and patterns.


BOPPY PILLOW COVER TUTORIAL
Supplies:
Approx. 1 yard fabric (or 1/2 yard of two coordinating fabrics)
24'' hidden zipper
Measuring Tape
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat/Scissors/Seam Ripper
Fabric Pencil (optional)

Tip: prepare your pattern before having fabric cut. This way you can lay the pattern out while fabric is being cut to avoid over purchasing. I'm always guilty of buying too much fabric and this tip helped me a lot.

Prepare the Pattern

Step 1: Ignore directions on pattern and print only one copy. Cut out pieces and tape together. The grey sections are meant to be a guide, but should be removed. There should be no grey showing once the pattern is complete. 


Cutting out Pieces

Step 2: Using your front fabric, fold it in half with pretty sides facing each other. Pin the pattern to the fabric, aligning the straight edge along the folded edge. Cut around the pattern, EXCEPT along the straight edge where the folded edge is present.

Steps 3: Repeat step 2 using the back fabric. 


Assembling the Boppy Pillow Cover

Step 4: With front and back fabric still folded, locate the center of each along the top of the folded seam. Mark each with pin.


Step 5: Unfold front and back pieces and align pieces with pretty sides facing each other. Make sure center pins are in line. Join pieces at center point with a pin.


Step 6: Starting at the center pin, measure along the top curve 12'' in both directions. Mark measurements with a unique pin or using a fabric pencil. This will be your "Zipper Zone". Add additional pins along top curve to secure.


Step 7: Beginning two inches to the left of your zipper zone, straight stitch using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. When you arrive at the beginning of your zipper zone (as marked by your unique pin or pencil marking), back stitch to lock, then switch machine to a basting stitch and continue sewing until you reach the end of your zipper zone. When you reach the end of your zipper zone, switch machine back to straight stitch, sew a few stitches, back stitch to lock, then continue sewing two inches beyond the zipper zone. 

Note: The pattern shows a 1/4 seam allowance, but I prefer a tighter fit. I was able to achieve this using a 1/2 seam allowance throughout. 

Step 8: Press seam open.


Step 9: Now align the zipper teeth directly over the basting seam, and pin to the raw edges of the seam allowance (flaps) ONLY. 

Step 10: With your zipper foot, sew along the zipper as close to the teeth as possible, making sure not to sew over teeth themselves. 


Step 11: Press seam closed and using a straight stitch, sew from the raw edges of the seam allowance toward the basting stitches along each end of the zipper. 


Step 12: Flip cover right side out and using a seam ripper, remove the basting stitches to expose zipper. 


Step 13: Test zipper and LEAVE OPEN at least half way. This step is important otherwise you wont be able to flip open your bobby cover once completed.

Step 14: Realign pieces, with pretty sides facing each other. Add pins around all un-sewn edges.


Step 15: Beginning 2'' to the right of your zipper zone (where you stopped your straight stitch), straight stitch using a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the cover until you reach the 2'' area to the left of your zipper zone (where you originally started).

Step 16: Locate opening in zipper and turn cover right-side-out. 

Step 17: Press around edges of boppy pillow cover and slip over bobby pillow. Pin It

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Seventeen Weeks


How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain:  2 lbs.
Maternity clothes? I'm still wearing all my pre-preggers clothing but I've bought a few maternity shirts and a pair of leggings for comfort. I also have a belly band for added comfort with pants. 
Sleep: Fine, other than that I wish I was getting more of it.
Stretch marks? None
Best moment this week: Got to hear the heart beat. 135 BPM
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach
Movement: I haven't felt anything yet but the doctor said little blip is very active. At our last ultrasound we saw the baby dancing around and doing summer-salts. 
Food cravings: Nothing notable. I want lobster all the time, but I always have. :)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Don't know yet.. Two more weeks assuming baby cooperates at our anatomy scan. I don't think we will let them kick us out of the ultrasound room until we find out. 
Symptoms: Nope, I feel great other than some temperamental skin and fatigue. 
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy if you ask me, moody if you ask Keith
Looking forward to: Next doctors appointment when we find out the baby's sex!!! :)
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