Monday, August 11, 2014

Crafty x 2

I'm not a very crafty person.  Sometimes I like doing crafty stuff, but I don't do it often and I don't have a natural knack for it.

Crafty #1
Before Pippa was born I wanted to make her a hair bow holder like this.  Super cute, right?!
I bought all the stuff and then Pippa was born the next day (3 weeks early!).  Obviously, it didn't get done right then.  Or later either because we moved to Germany and we really limited the things we brought with us.

Finally, two years later and just before Baby Roxy is to be born, I made the bow holder.  I used this tutorial from (it's where the first photo is from, as well)

It's not perfect, but I think it is perfectly adorable.

Sometimes the tutorial instructions weren't clear - there are no measurements for the size of the bodice or the skirt!  So I had to eyeball it.  (If you were wondering, my bodice is 11.5 inches along the bottom and 10.5 inches tall.  The skirt is 15.5 inches long.

Crafty #2
We have big families which = a lot of birthdays and anniversaries and they are hard to keep track of - even with putting them in our phones.  For a while I've wanted to make something like this birthday board - minus the Ute theme (source here).

But that's a lot of work and a lot of small pieces.  I recently saw this birthday board (etsy source) and it looks so much cleaner / simpler.  Which is definitely more our aesthetic.  This one sells on etsy for $22.

I made ours for about $4.

I think the square board would proportionally look better, but the square wood piece was $4 and this rectangle piece was 79 cents.  The knob was $1.50 from the hardware store.  I had to use bigger tags because some months are full of events.  Plus with these paper tags, it is super easy to add a new event. Winning.  We hung it by the front door so it's an easy reminder and we see it all the time.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Baby Roxy

I'm 37 weeks along with Roxy.  Soon I'll be more pregnant than I've ever been before because Pippa was born early.  Here's how I look (This photo is from today).

My body handles this pregnancy thing pretty well.  My ankles never swelled up with Pippa and they swelled up for the first time with Roxy a few days ago.  But not crazy swollen, just swollen compared to how they normally look.  I don't think a stranger would have noticed.

Around 27 weeks I found out I have a low platelet count.  It's not too big of a deal and I get my blood drawn every week to check the count.  If my most recent platelet count when I go into labor is under 100, I might not be able to get an epidural (I wasn't planning to get an epidural anyway).  If it's under 100 and I have to have a c-section I will probably have to be placed under general anesthesia.  If it's under 100 I have a slight increased risk of bleeding more after delivery.  But the good news is that my count is usually around 112.  If it gets closer to 100 they might give me steroids which usually increase the platelet count.  But so far so good.

At my 37 week appointment I found out I tested positive for Group B Strep.  Also, not a big deal.  Group B Strep comes and goes in most adults and usually doesn't cause any problems or even symptoms.  There is a small chance that Baby Roxy could get Group B Strep during delivery.  So, I'll have to get IV antibiotics right when I first get checked into the hospital during labor to prevent Roxy from getting it.

Last night I had three hours of Braxton Hicks contractions.  I didn't feel a single Braxton Hicks contraction when I was pregnant with Pippa.  I've had them only one other time so far with Roxy and it only lasted about 30 minutes.  This time they were three minutes apart for three hours but never increased in intensity.  After the first 45 minutes I started thinking that maybe this was real labor because my back was sore, too.  T and I decided to go to bed to get a bit of rest in case it was something.  T fell asleep very quickly and I didn't sleep at all.  Obviously, it turned out to be nothing.

I know it's my second baby, but I'm nervous I won't be able to tell I'm in labor.  With Pippa, it was obvious because my labor started with my water breaking - I didn't have contractions until two hours later and the first contraction I had was so intense it nearly knocked me over.  None of this starting weak business.  So I'm concerned that this time around by the time I figure out that these weak contractions are real labor that they will be intense contractions and we won't have time to get T home from the city / babysitter over / make it to the hospital / get the IV antibiotics into me before Roxy arrives.

We are crazy excited to meet and hold Roxy.  We have no idea what we're in for, but we're excited for it and are so happy it is happening.  Now if we only knew if it is going to be a few more days or a few more weeks...

Pippa Says

Pippa is into crying right now.  Not actually crying, but she's got the hang of certain emotions like happy, crying, tired, and hurt.  She always points out when other kids / babies are crying at church or the park or anywhere.  When she's crying (usually fake crying) she'll say in a sad cry voice, "Pippa crwwwying."

Last week she dropped her spoon over the side of her high chair.  "Spoon fall down.  Spoon crwwwying."  It makes me laugh because I've been known to assign emotions to inanimate objects as well (feeling like I should use Windows Media Player because it probably feels left out because I never use it.  Which is ridiculous!)

Two days ago while playing in her room - "Pippa working.  No, Pippa happy!"  That is pretty much how I feel about work, too, little girl! :)

About three weeks ago Pippa started reading to herself.  Just parts of certain pages of certain books that she has memorized.  It's pretty cute.  This one is from "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?"  Sometimes she'll say "Lion mother? (or whatever animal it is)  Yes, of course they do.  Animal mother love.  "  But this time she was only doing part of it.  Still adorbs.