she's here!!!

i was having some trouble with the blog...posting pictures! i got that figured out (by adding another author...just myself under a different email address i already had) and now i can post! yahoo!!!

Camryn Elaine was born on Sunday Nov. 18th, at 12:33 am, she weighed 8lbs 3 oz and was 21.5 inches long.  (although when we went to her first dr appointment on the following tuesday she was only 20 inches long...riddle me that!)  i am never very sure the hospital measurement is very accurate because the baby is squalling and moving around so much!

fresh from birthing...


mom and baby

the kids came for a visit later on sunday, after church, and they were lucky enough to be there when the cookie lady came! what a great day! a new sister AND a cookie? awesome!

nana sharon and ethan with camryn

and daddy

avery could not be any more smitten with a baby...seriously...it's serious love we have going on over here

papa lewi with camryn

this sums up the way we felt that day...sleepy:)  since she was born in the wee hours of the morning, not much sleep was had!

i'll do a full post next for those that want to know the whole shebang story...in the meantime, we are so happy to be loving our little girl, she's a week old today and is doing really well! we are getting to know each other and learning more everyday! she is eating like a champ and i am feeling good, just normal tired:) and  very happy to have her here.

halloween pictures in november...

i realized i never posted pictures from our actual halloween/pumpkin carving/Blake's birthday party on Halloween...and there's not a ton but i do love to document things so here we go:)

ethan was super gung ho to get carving tools and do his own pumpkin...oh help!
he actually did a really great job and carved almost his whole pumpkin by himself! i was so proud! but now he might think he can use knives...oh dear!

avery was a little less excited to clean it out and she wasn't quite strong enough to do a lot of carving...good thing it was ethan to the rescue!!!

blake was kind of along for the ride, he didn't love cleaning and is too young to carve ( i have to draw the line somewhere right?) but he does make a cute pumpkin head:)

all done!

and a scary one!!!!


out of space...

it would figure that when i get a window of time to post...i am out of space on my blog for pictures...have you had this problem??? what have you done to solve it??? any advice is appreciated!!


Nursery Sewing...

So no baby yet, thought i'd share some of the sewing i've been doing for her....

we decided to get a new crib this time...our old one had been recalled twice, so we took it in and got credit on a gift card to buy a new one, which was awesome!  i decided to get this gray one...but didn't buy it soon enough, then it went out of stock for a while...and it finally came back in stock a month or so ago, i was so happy!!!
pretty much all the fabrics i used came from Joann's, the yellow dot on white is actually an old sheet i thrifted a while ago. i made the dust ruffle and bunting...

this is the "quilt" folded up...it's not a quilt really (cause i am SO NOT a quilter), i didn't put batting in it, because i wanted it to be thin enough to use all year here in AZ, but i do like the appliqued circles...inspired by this quilt...

i decided to make burp cloths a little different this time...try out a new shape, got the pattern from here,  and i think i'll like them a lot. i had a bunch of terry cloth and then i also cut up a towel that was falling apart to use as the back. i put a layer of flannel in the middle for extra absorbency.

i also made some binky clips...there are a ton of tutorials for these, i based mine on this one, but i folded the fabric like this one, instead of turning the tube of fabric as in the first tutorial.
i like that i can make new straps and they are interchangeable, the clips are velcroed on.

then i decided i was feeling hat-ish, so i made one from this tutorial (top), and this tutorial (bottom) with the tie top.

i made 3 swaddling blankets, that are large, 36x36 inches.  two are flannel (on sale at joann's when i bought it) and one is gauze that i dyed (tie dyed)...can't stop dyeing things!

this is a changing pad...the tutorial for this one is over at Lil Blue Boo
made from vinyl tablecloths i found at Big Lots....



carseat cover that i made...my own pattern that i made up a couple of years ago...i weight the corners with washers that are sewn into the cover, so it can't blow away:)

and i can't stop with these covered buttons! i really must buy them in bulk, ASAP!

the other thing i made was a headband that was inspired by this one...which has no tutorial...but i love the wider pieces of fabric around the babies head...

there is a tutorial here, which i referenced when making mine, to help me tie the knot correctly, i just made mine with wider pieces of knit and didn't pull them tight to make them curl in on themselves.
here's mine, yes i put it on a jar of peanut butter, i needed something for it to go around that wouldn't stretch it out a ton before it gets put on the baby's head:)  i like the way it turned out, it is soft and the wider pieces of knit look and feel like they will be more comfortable than the smaller curled up ones to me...we shall see.

and if you made it to the end of this post...wow, thanks a bunch! 

that's some of what i've been making for baby girl Camryn...hopefully she arrives soon to be able to enjoy them:):)