Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nursery and Baby Shower - Digital Project Life

I've always enjoyed scrapbooking and a few years ago I gravitated towards the easier verison - Project Life. However, life is busy and I still haven't been able to keep up. I'm hoping to get caught up in the next couple months, but in the mean time I decided to switch to Digital Project Life.

If you know me personally I'm pretty big into computers, but I don't have much experience at all with Photoshop. Thankfully my computer already had Photoshop Elements and I watched a couple tutorials to get started. I think I know enough of the basics now.

For the Baby book I decided on Becky Higgins - Stampin' Up - Digital Project Life Set - Hello Baby Boy. The colors suited the Nursery theme and it has super cute animals. I've starting designing some base pages that all I'll need to do is add the pictures and then there are a few I've been able to finish. I'll post those below. 







Please give me some feedback and suggestions!

Thanks for visiting!
Alison


Sunday, January 3, 2016

DIY Baby Boy Nursery - Weekend Sewing

I haven't posted an update on the Nursery lately. Last Month I didn't get a whole lot completed, I was too busy getting ready for Christmas and dealing with being pregnant. I'm feeling a lot better now and some days have enough energy to get stuff done!

I finally finished the glider. My Father-in-Law did the footstool for me since the fabric had to be stapled down to the cushion and taken apart from the base. I took off the girl fabric I had on it from my first and replaced with a micro-fiber dark gray fabric then sewed a pillow cover for contrast. I made sure to make the covers removable (other than the footstool), so they could be washed easily if needed.


My next project was the bumper pads.Yes I know they are not recommended, but it is my decision and I am using them. I also use the Snuza and/or Angelcare Monitors, so I feel secure in my child's safety. If he makes a habit of sleeping against them and setting off the alarms then they will be removed of course. I did one bumper all on my own, then the next 5 I sewed together all the pieces but my Mother-In-Law stuffed them and hand sewed the openings closed for me. They turned out a tad small, but once put on the crib they flatten out better. Not sure if the tutorial wasn't that great that I followed or if I cut them wrong, whatever at least they work!


For the crib skirt I decided to just do an easy one that won't move every single time you change the mattress cover! That was such a pain when dealing with my firsts crib set. So this time I just sewed rectangles and I only did one for the side and one for the front that is seen. No point in making a skirt for a side that is up against a wall! With as small as his room is I won't need the others. The skirt will be attached to the metal springs using Velcro, right now its just tucked in to see how it looks. Hoping to get some gray fitted sheets to tie it all together. Here is the crib with the front skirt and one of the bumpers.


Then last, but not least is the book "sling". This piece was beat up and ugly when I got it at a thrift store and the book sling was made of primary colors and dingy. Alan and I painted and sealed it the turquoise color. I found black baskets at Michaels on clearance, of course. Then I put off the book sling. I knew it would all be one piece of fabric which was different than what was on it before and it took all my brain power today to figure out the appropriate sizes and places to sew! I still made the back sling a little deep, but the larger board books will be great back there when he gets older. These are all books I saved from my daughter's baby days. She's enjoyed looking through them again.

Here it is without the baskets, just the sling:

Here it is with the baskets:


Now for the furniture! My Father-In-Law is a great with building furniture and since he build my firsts dresser and bookcase I wanted to continue the tradition. He followed through, exactly with what I imagining and wanting!

The dresser and changing table:

The dresser is already packed full of clothes and diapers. I have one drawer full of Newborn and swaddles and another full of 0-3 Months! The top three drawers hold - Fabric Wipes, Socks, then disposable Honest diapers respectfully. Here are the cloth diapers organized:


The bench and storage:
Without bins:

With the turquoise bins (from Target) which are all full of soft books, toys, and blankets:

On Christmas Eve we got the new Roller Shades my parents were generous to buy for us. These windows are huge in this house and any window coverings had to be special ordered. We have bad allergies, so curtains are not a good idea! These are the same ones we already had in our Master Bedroom, and my parents also got the shades for Adeline's room at the same time. When you roll them up you barely even notice the roller at the top since they are white and the window is white. I love it.


We're getting there! Next I need to make the bench seat and work on the wall decor. Thinking of doing a gallery wall above the dresser and shelving unit. So I'm starting to collect some pieces. Any ideas?


Friday, November 27, 2015

Adeline's Big Girl Room

Before we were expecting baby #2 Adeline had a great set up for a playroom in the 3rd bedroom. She played in there quite a bit, but frequently brought toys out to the living room anyway. So when I told her we were going to move some of her toys to her bedroom and some out to the living room she was all for it! I try to tackle big changes like that when she's not here so when she comes home its an all new place to explore.



For her bedroom I had to rearrange her bed to another wall to accommodate her big bookcase. I try to put all furniture on sliders so it's easy to rearrange when I want to, which is typically when hubby isn't home! Only thing he had to move for me was the big bookcase. She has always slept with one side of her bed against a wall, so this is a big change for her, we put up a rail on one side until she gets used to it!



For the rest of the toys they went in the living room in the space we have behind our couch.  Before she just had her table there, now she has several of her larger toys there with her. I put down the rug temporarily (it will go in the Nursery), until I can find the exact one I want. She likes it a lot so may get one just like it but in a better color.


She spends a lot of time back here playing and coloring. Alan's dad built some longer legs to put on her table so now it will sit higher and we'll get a bigger chair for her so she'll be more comfortable at her table. She is growing up so fast!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Adeline's 4th Birthday Party


Today we had Adeline's 4th Birthday party! Her birthday is actually November 19th, so we had her party the following weekend. This was her first party in Bristol inviting all her new friends from preschool.

For months Adeline has been requesting a party at "Bounce Bristol", which is a place at the mall with several bounces. But we've been to a couple parties there already this year and didn't think the environment would be good for the grandparents and other adults coming - just too loud and wild! I don't mind taking Adeline there at all, but wanted something a bit more laid back. So we found a great place (Catch My Party) that provided the space and a bounce house (just the right size for Adeline and friends) for a very reasonable price. They would have decorated the space for additional $$, but I figured I could handle that since we had several weeks to plan. But their decorations for a Frozen theme party look pretty cool. Adeline was just happy to have a bounce house! I was happy to not have to plan games for 4-5 yr olds!



Adeline end up having 6 friends show up! We were only expecting 4, but it was great that 6 came and I had enough goodie bags! I was pretty happy with the decorations and food we had. Here is the set up:






I made this stats poster for her party and had it printed poster size for the party.



I decided against a big cake and just made cupcakes with sprinkles, all the kids eat is the icing anyway! Here's Adeline's candle and cupcake on of course an Elsa plate!



Had to light it twice, she was too excited and blew out before we could sing!




Adeline was certainly blessed with lots of great presents from all her favorite people! All the kids had to help Adeline open her presents! Love that Elsa cape draping out behind her! So cute.


Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us. Adeline is one very blessed little girl to have so many people who love her.




Sunday, November 1, 2015

DIY Boy Nursery - Glider Pillow

Finally finished my first project for the Nursery! I have several "in the works" but this is the first one that is 100% completed!

This is my overall inspiration for Baby Boy's Nursery:



I'm going with light and dark grays and Turquoise. Then I'm going to decorate the room with various fishing decor. NOT nautical or beachy stuff, just fish and fishing. I have a few ideas saved on my Pinterest board if you want to check it out!

The arrow fabric was not cheap since I needed so much, but still cheaper than buying pre-made. But I'm nervous to start cutting it up! So I decided to start small and make an Easy Envelope Pillow Cover from this tutorial.



I haven't sewn much since I had Adeline almost 4 years ago, so I'm feeling a bit amateur sewing everything but I stuck to it!



This pillow will be an accent pillow on the Glider I'm recovering from Adeline's Nursery in Dark Gray microfiber. Can't wait to get started on it possibly next!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Baby # 2 - 16 Weeks


Most people don't know about the struggle we've had for the past 3 years. We were blessed in November 2011 with our first child, Adeline. We always said we wanted more than 1 child and wanted them somewhat close in age, but not too close!

Well when we got pregnant with Adeline it took us a year once we started trying. Once it had been a year we went to our Doctor and asked for help! We were going to start the whole testing process to determine the reason for infertility, but before we could get started we found out I was pregnant!

Pregnancy was not easy, but really when is it? Most of it was uneventful except when I got to the end the horrible hip/back pain started, then I started having issues with swelling and high blood pressure. I spend many hours at the doctor and in the hospital under observation. Eventually I had full blown Pre-Eclampsia and had to be induced at 38 weeks. Adeline was born healthy and only spent one extra night at the hospital to deal with Jaundice.

Once Adeline was around a year old we started trying for our second, knowing it might take awhile like it did the first time around. By Summer 2014 we decided to go to a Fertility Specialist, but it turned out we moved right after our first appointment so we put off until we got settled in Bristol.

So in February 2015 we'd finally decided it was long enough and went to a doctor for fertility help. Since we'd already had one child together we didn't have to start with all the testing we were going to have to do before our first pregnancy. The doctor immediately started me on Clomid 50mg 1x day on cycle days 5-9 and the first round I ovulated!!! So we continued with that for a few months. Also I did some blood work as the Doctor thought I may have PCOS based on a few things. So I was happy to find out I did have it, as that was probably the reason I was having a problem getting pregnant. I cannot believe I've gone years without this diagnosis! I started on Metformin after a couple weeks.

We ended up doing 4 rounds of Clomid. After the 3rd round was a big fat NEGATIVE. I was referred to a specialist in Johnson City. Since the Clomid wasn't enough for me we decided to switch to Femara. So we decided after my next cycle we would start Femara, however that never came and I had a POSITIVE pregnancy test on June 16th!


I am now 16 weeks a long in this pregnancy and I've had it pretty good. I did have hip pain that started pretty much immediately, so I've been seeing a Chiropractor for almost 2 months now and that has helped a ton! I'm also very tired and can't focus much. No "real" food aversions other than I still can't eggs much, which started when I was pregnant with Adeline.

We will find out the gender on September 29th, I will definitely post the results! Adeline is inssitent that she is having a baby sister, won't even consider a baby brother. She is so excited to be a Big Sister! I don't care if boy or girl. I want a girl mostly because I have saved Adeline's baby stuff and won't need much but the big items (dresser, car seat, monitor, bedding, etc.). I'd like to have a boy though so Alan gets his "mini-me" which would be so cute and I think the dynamics between Adeline and a brother would be better than if there were 2 girls.

While at my parents this Labor Day weekend we took a couple pictures. I never did the pregnancy pictures with Adeline, because it took awhile for me to look pregnant, not just fat! But this time my belly has jumped out already! So its going to be interesting to see how big I get this time.