Frilly baby girl gift

I found this post in my drafts from the week before Sam was born. I never did get around to publishing it!


Our good friends were due 5 days before me and
I made a fabric rag wreath and canvas sign for her hospital door. She had a scheduled c-section on Monday and I went into labor Tuesday at midnight! Our kiddos are 2 days apart, so we were in the hospital at the same time! While we were waiting for things to kick up for me, I was allowed to walk upstairs and meet their sweet girl. (I was SO nervous holding her and thought, how on earth am I going to be ready once this little guy comes out!) After I had Sam, they came down with their daughter to visit us. So much fun!

Anyhow….here’s her sign and wreath. It was fun to do something pink and girly amongst all the boy stuff! I actually received a painted canvas myself from a sweet friend and thought it was such a fun idea I wanted to make one too!

I got the canvas at Walmart and painted it with acrylic paint. I sort of laid out my design on the computer first to use as a guide.

I attached the ribbon to the back with a staple gun. And taped on a marker so they can fill in her info once she gets here! (The marker was included on mine too. One less thing to forget to bring!)

The rag wreath was so fun to make! I cut out 3″x7″ strips of fabric and tied around a metal wreath form. This is a middle sized form and it took 2.5 yards of fabric. You just tie them around the form and fill in to your desired fluffiness. πŸ™‚

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Catching up….pregnancy at a glance

Here’s my documentation of my pregnancy. This already seems like so long ago!

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And here we are one week after my due date with a 5 day old little nugget!

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Back and introducing……Sam!

Oh boy…I’ve been gone a while.

But I’m back! And I’m a mommy!

Two days past my due date I went into labor and 34 hours later, Samuel James entered the world. 7lbs, 1oz and 21 inches of pure sweetness.

Our new adventure had begun.

IMG_1804_2The moment I held him, his eyes met mine and he just knew I was his mommy.

IMG_1795_2_2We named him about an hour after he was born. We had two names narrowed down months beforehand, but couldn’t decide. I had hoped that I’d ‘know’ when I saw him, but I didn’t! We talked it over for a few minutes and just decided. I was still unsure, but baby Sam it was! And of course, it’s totally him now. I’ve thought about the other name since and it wouldn’t have been right for him.

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Our awesome photographer Stephanie of s.w.g. photography took newborn photos of Mr. Sam a few days after he was born. Here are a few of my favorites!

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The last 8.5 months have been the most challenging and rewarding of my life. Whew…just thinking about it overwhelms me. So thankful to God for this sweet little bundle and thankful he’s given me the strength to make it through!

I hope to be around a little more now!

Maternity Shots

About three weeks ago, we ventured out into the hot and humid Alabama July heat for a little maternity shoot with Stephanie of s.w.g. photography. She did such a great job!

It was an adventure, but I’m so glad we had these done and that we included Murphy! I really wanted ‘family pictures’ of us right now in our lives and that’s just what we got.

In love with them all πŸ™‚

A couple of days later Stephanie came by and shot a few in our house and neighborhood. The outside shots are up by the elementary school where little one will go to school if we’re still here when he starts kindergarten, which I think is pretty darn special.

If you’re in the Birmingham area and looking for maternity or family photos, get in touch with Stephanie!Β  She was such a professional and did such a great job.

https://www.facebook.com/swgphotography

Maternity shoot banner

As I was looking for maternity shoot inspiration, I came across this pin and just loved it! So I set out to make something similar for our shoot. I think it turned out just perfect with all our little vintage homemade items we brought along for the shoot. And this crafty mama had to make something to be included in our pictures. This would be sweet to do with the baby’s name as well. If we had one of those, I would’ve used it. This little one will be named in the delivery room! (hopefully!) πŸ™‚

Here’s how I did it…..

I pulled out some scrap fabric, a paint brush and acrylic paint. Free handed the letters, then cut out little bunting. I used an embroidery needle and twine to ‘sew’ them together.

And the finished product….

Professional photos by the super talented s.w.g. photography! I’ll be sharing more of them tomorrow!

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Baby Legs

I’ve been collecting the free codes fromΒ Pampers Gifts to Grow points for a couple of years now. I finally cashed them in for baby boy’s first pair of Baby Legs. They’re so cute! Big brother had to test them out and he seemed to really enjoy them. We might have to get him his own pair. πŸ™‚

DIY Nursery Curtains

The curtains are finished! I let these things stress me out a little. When we found out we were having a boy, I knew right away that I wanted thick striped white and navy curtains. I’ve seen lots of DIY versions from painting, to sewing on stripes, or just finding thick striped fabric (which was pretty much impossible and expensive!).

I was a little down because it didn’t seem to be working out and then I saw these duvet covers at Target.

They were perfect! I bought two twin sized at $19.99/each. Not only are they the perfect color and stripe thickness, but they’re already lined while being light enough to look like a curtain. I didn’t have to hem them either! I just clipped them up, so if we want, we can totally take these down and use as a duvet on his big boy bed down the road.

We made the curtain rod using electrical conduit that we got for a couple of dollars and simple brackets from Home Depot. The finials and curtain rings are from Ikea. I used this tutorial from House of Hepworth’s for the rod and hanging the duvets. Pretty darn simple!

Up close of the rod and finial.

I love them. They were exactly what I wanted, required no sewing, and were cheap! We spent around $60 for the whole set up (curtains, rod, finials, etc). And…they can be used later as actual duvet covers.

Baby Wish Cards in the Shop!

I created the baby wish cards for my nephew’s baby shower over two years ago. Boy, have they been popular! The free printables have been downloaded almost 30,000 times! I love when people link to their showers and I get to see the cards in action. It tickles me when I’m out looking for ideas for our own baby boy and find the wish cards pinned on people’s ‘baby boards’. I love keeping memories and I’m glad so many are using these to keep for their kiddos.

A few weeks ago, Jessica contacted me about customizing these for her daughter’s first birthday. She was going to have guests fill them out at the party, then pack them up and save for her daughter’s 18th birthday. Isn’t that such a fun idea?

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I’ve been getting quite a few requests for custom colors and wording, as well as printed versions, so I’ve decided to offer these in our shop. There’s a customized printable option or a customized printed option.

I can’t wait to have family friends fill these out for our little guy soon!

Nursery Progress

We’ve been slowly working on the nursery over the past couple of months. The biggest task was cleaning it out! This room was my craft/office space and it was FULL. Hubby knows I need deadlines and goals to finish things, so I couldn’t order the crib until the room was completely empty. That got me moving. πŸ™‚ We ordered the Davinci Jenny Lind from Amazon and it arrived in just a few days!

Then we started the task of patching the walls (the previous owners used this room as their nursery and boy did they do some damage to the walls! I’ve just been camouflaging the spots with hanging things on the wall and covering with curtains over the past few years.) Once Mark patched and sanded everything down, I started painting. I knew I wanted a light grey and was so afraid of picking the wrong grey and having to repaint that I just went with the greys from our guest bath. I knew they looked pretty. πŸ™‚Β  I painted the walls, beadboard, trim and doors. Such a long process! I used all No VOC paint and worked in a well ventilated area, should you be concerned about Baby Wade.

We ventured out to Ikea to pick up the dresser, rug, and diaper pail. Sadly, we didn’t leave with the chair I wanted. If we can’t find an alternative, I think I’ll be making a trip back over before August.

Here it is in its current state! I’ll be using the top of the dresser as a changing area, but couldn’t help but put a few of the items I’ve been collecting on top for now. I’m going with a classic/vintage/all american boy theme. And by the way, the lamp shade will be changed out. I found that little number on sale for $3 at Lowe’s a couple of years ago.Β  Curtains are on the agenda next. I found the perfect solution and I’m so excited to get them up!

Finding out about the boy

Thanks to a wonderful ultrasound tech friend (shout out to Lauren C!), we were able to go in for a scan at around 17 weeks to find out the gender of our sweet little one. It couldn’t come soon enough. I was about to lose it waiting! We decided to not find out in the room (even though we love our friend and wouldn’t have minded sharing that moment with her), we really wanted to come back to the calm of home and really have a moment together.

It’s usually a 25 minute drive from the hospital to our house, but we left around 5 and got stuck in traffic, so it wound up taking over an hour to get home! The little box sat in the back taunting us in the beginning. Fortunately/unfortunately, all the stop and go traffic and being a passenger got me so car sick! I didn’t even think about the box most of the ride home. I was just trying to hold it together! We actually waited another 30 or 45 minutes after returning home because I just wasn’t feeling well.

We opened our box and had a wonderful dinner on the back porch gushing over the news….talking names..what he’ll look like..what kind of ‘boy’ he’d be. It was just perfect!

Here’s a little video of the adventure and our reactions! It was so fun!

Sweet hubby was so excited he started tapping his feet after we found out, so that’s the loud ‘thuds’ you hear πŸ™‚Β  And without a knowledgeable ultrasound tech telling me exactly what everything was, I was very confused by what was what in the pictures!