Wednesday, October 22, 2014

a wintery quilt

please forgive my crappy iPhone lighting in these pictures! it was super late when I finished the quilt and wanted to snap pics before sending it off to be long arm quilted in the morning. I know they're blurry and I seriously need to get in the habit of using our good camera. blah. I'll post good ones once it's back!

Now that that's out of the way...

I hadn't done any sewing since I started and finished the oversize queen swoon quilt back in May. First trimester seriously kicked my butt and sewing was not on my to-do list (well it was I just couldn't get up the energy to do so). Last weekend, I finally had the drive to get my wintery X quilt done! Austen & I just love this quilt and he said I should have it sent to Abby Latimer to be long arm quilted. That was just the push I needed to finish!

This quilt was a pain in my butt. It started with me trying to make Y seams (which are super hard and I don't even know how to do them) and hating life. Then, I was given the suggestion to make an idea board and put it up on there before sewing. That was exactly what I needed, but then I realized it didn't quite fit so I was left fumbling around with extra squares and making sure I got all of them before I sewed anything. Then came the issue of seams. The white squares were actually too big and couldn't have a 1/4" seam while the little squares needed just a 1/4" seam... Do you have a headache yet? I did by this point. Then came the issue of how to make the edges straight instead of zig zag. Don't even get me started when I had to round the corners...

It was never a simple quilt, but I completely loved the pattern and the sweet wintery fabrics! There are Christmas cookies, snowflakes, hot chocolate, mistletoe, partridges in pear trees, stars, and stripes in red, green, silvery blue, white, and grey. The cute factor is what kept me going, and the fact that it was just a lap sized quilt. Anything bigger and I don't think I would have finished! ;)

I decided to go all out with the cozy factor and use a wintery designed flannel for the back fabric, that way it is extra cuddly for cold winter nights. The front is really bright with the fabrics and white squares, while the back is dark with red, green, white, and black. It'll attract all the dog hair, but it will be so cozy I just couldn't help it!

I had it express shipped to be long arm quilted in hopes that it'll be back to me before our final road trip before little pea comes. The thought of driving 18 hours one way with only 3 days back in Texas before doing it again, all while being 7 months pregnant... I'm going to need something to get cuddly with to keep myself somewhat comfortable in the car! My hope is that this will fit the bill and be the perfect size. Plus, what better time to break out the wintery stuff than the day after Thanksgiving (or the day before in this case). ;)

Monday, October 6, 2014

october goals

PRAISE THE LORD, IT'S OCTOBER!! Besides Christmas, this is my all time favorite month. From the weather finally cooling off, to our anniversary, and then Halloween (aka: I can eat lots of reeces pb cups), it's all around a good time.

Here's how my September goals went:

1. Finish our friends' baby quilt.
2. Find fabric for little pea's nursery quilt. The last of her quilt fabric has shipped and I can't wait to start putting it together!
3. Declutter the guest bedroom once and for all! I have 2 bags from the Utah condo to go through and determine if they're keep or garage sale worthy, but other than that, it's looking pretty decent in there, so I'll count this as a yes.
4. Survive my first month of school with 27 second graders. Make that 29... And today, 6 of them moved to our new 5th teacher on grade level. So yes, we survived.
5. Get the house clean for some update pictures. 
6. Blog-a-day with Bailey's September challenge! I missed a few days in there, but overall, really enjoyed it.

And here's my goals for October:

1. Celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary at a nice dinner, and wedding band shopping for me (YAY!). 
2. Finish our friend's baby quilt, seeing as their son came 5 weeks early from pre-eclampsia, I probably should actually finish his quilt!
3. Organize my first real garage sale (tips are very welcome!).
4. Have little pea's main nursery furniture put together, and find a rug for her room. 
5. Get her baby quilt fabric cut. Maybe even start on her quilt!

Friday, October 3, 2014

halfway there!!

This week, I had an appointment with an ultrasonographer and children's cardiologist for a fetal echocardiogram (detailed ultrasound of little pea's heart) since I have Long QT Syndrome. No, you can't see anything on her heart development that might indicate whether she has Long QT or not, but any baby can have a heart defect and this ruled that out. It was also a great opportunity to talk with the children's cardiologist about what we'll do for her genetic testing and such once she's born. 

While there, the children's cardiologist made the call to move all of my care off base. Originally, I would just keep seeing my perinatalogist and then deliver her at the hospital on the Air Force Base. Not anymore! Everyone will be in one place and if there are any issues, all of my doctors will be right there. I'm really excited for this new plan of care! I'll also have an actual OB/GYN now, instead of seeing all of the midwives and nurse practitioners (wasn't a fan that there are no OB/GYNs on base, from what information I gathered) since any one of them might be the one who delivers little pea. I like this plan much better! 

how far along: 20 weeks (in the picture) - YAY! for being halfway there!!

baby size: I'm assuming still somewhere around 8 inches and 8 ounces like last time, but am not positive.

baby's progress: We had an echocardiogram done with a sonographer from my perinatalogist's office and a children's cardiologist. Everything looks great! Although we realized little pea is pretty dang stubborn. She didn't like them tapping my belly and me flipping from side to side trying to get her to move into a good position, so she kicked the ultrasonographer's wand about halfway through the ultrasound. Classy, child.

weight gain: Somewhere around 15 lbs. I gain some, I lose some. 

stretch marks: No, but I'm still using Burt's Bees mama bee belly butter. 

sleep: I got sick with some head cold/gunk this past week, so sleep has evaded me. I can't breathe well at night and would wake up feeling all around crummy. I took Friday off of work to try and sleep off whatever it is! So far, no fever (which some of my second graders did get), and I'm making it my j-o-b to make sure I don't get one!

movement: Oh yes. Little pea moves a lot when I'm laying down still, so in the morning and evenings, or when my heart rate gets pumpin'. Those parent phone calls and emails I don't want to make? Baby does flips. She also loves sugar and goes nuts when I eat a cookie or drink orange juice. Austen's ready to feel her, and I'm ready for that, too!

best moment this week: The weather finally cooled off here into the 80s so I feel great! I also love looking more pregnant and not just chunky anymore. I can still hide the bump, but not for much longer. My momma also sent me a care package with some maternity clothes, some non-maternity clothes I can make work as maternity (thankful for that, still!), a onesie and elmo bibs for little pea, and raisenettes! 

looking forward to: Having all of my care moved off base. I just love my perinatalogist, and am sure I'll love my new OB/GYN, too.

food cravings: Pineapple. Mmm. I also made an apple crisp last weekend after going apple picking with some friends, and then majorly craved chocolate chip cookies later in the week. Luckily, everything I crave I can make, so at least I know what went into it.  

weirdest food I ate this week: I don't think I crave weird stuff, and really don't eat anything out of the usual.  

anything making you queasy or sick: The nausea has pretty much gone away, which is great! I have some kids who give me hugs and hit at just the wrong spot on my belly and that'll make me feel queasy. 

labor signs: No

what I miss: My old J.Crew jeans and bra. I had to tuck them both away. I also cannot wear some skinny belts because my waist is nonexistent. I keep reminding myself I'm still tiny, and that's a baby, not fat. But there's some things you just have to put away for the time to keep yourself from shedding tears over your old butt.

symptoms: Lots of baby movement, still frequent midnight bathroom trips, and now the hormonal tears have started! We got a 5th second grade teacher this week, and 6 of my kiddos moved to her classroom. One really didn't want to go, but he put on a brave face and wiped away tears. Then, at the very end of the day when we walked to the buses, he cried big alligator tears and held my hand the whole way. I was fighting back bawling right along with him! :'(

things that suck: Being sick while pregnant. There's just something about it that really sucks. 

things that don't suck: We got our BOB stroller and car seat this week! We've had a double BOB jogging stroller that we got at an REI garage sale for "someday", and I always really liked the quality and their customer service. We got a regular stroller and I seriously love it. I also ordered the book we'll use to announce her name, and I can't wait to get it in the mail! Austen had the idea of first announcing it to family and friends (that don't already know) at our baby shower in Texas over Thanksgiving, so we'll do that first and then share on social media! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

hydrangea check-in

I was going through some pictures I took earlier this summer before morning sickness and first trimester exhaustion took away my drive to go outside and garden in 115* heat. While Austen & I were talking about what we'll take back to Texas with us, I told him I want my two hydrangeas to go in the bed of his truck for the drive so I can plant them in a real ground. These two are just too pretty to leave behind! I think they'll look particularly pretty up against the 1930s farmhouse we're moving into.

We have two varieties: a peppermint (my favorite) and a Nikko blue. I love the little stripes of color in the peppermint! It got its name because the blooms look like little peppermints, not because of its scent. I just love how they start off majority white, and as it develops, the color fills in until just the tips are white. There's a nice, shady part at the front of the house that I think this pretty is going to get planted at, that way everyone can enjoy it!

The Nikko blue actually bloomed pink! I was shocked and had assumed because of the name, that it was a blue bloomer. Come to find out, the only hydrangea that won't change colors based on its soil pH are white hydrangeas. The rest are all subject to changing hues! I let it be pink this year, but will probably change the soil pH so we get blue blooms next year. I really did like those pale pinks, though.

Now that summer is officially over and we're dropping down into the 80s for our temperature, the hydrangeas look good again. They lose their big leaves at the end of summer when it's insanely hot, and the last month or so before the cold really kicks in, the hydrangeas sprout small leaves in new places that come back in the spring. They don't look really pretty anymore (they're top heavy with big leaves and small leaves at the bottom), but they survive our summers! I can't wait to get these lovelies planted around the house, along with some new hydrangeas, when we get back to Texas.
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