Thanks to my mom and little sister's help, I got out of the house with all three kids and made it to a local play park on Tuesday! It was a tad windy but the sun was warm and quite spring-like! We had loads of fun!
Eli got some energy out and a couple friends met us there to play as well!
Baby girls slept in the stroller at first, but then decided to wake up, have a snack, and enjoy the beautiful weather, too.
My mom - super Grammy!
I can hardly believe Eli is 3 already! His birthday is a week before his sisters birthday.
He looks like an 8 year old to me... compared to the babies who weigh 6lbs at the moment. I'm doing my best to soak up all these moments while the twins are still tiny.
Eli kisses them on the head, but doesn't want to hold them yet, which is understandable.
Next week will be my first go at being home by myself without a 2nd (or 3rd) adult here to assist... it will either be a smashing success or mass choas - which is more likely. The state of the house will be the deciding factor, in my mind!
And on the sewing & quilting front:
I haven't touched my sewing machine since before having the babies, which I hope to remedy soon. Even if only in small spurts...
I bet you didn't expect to see another blog post here unless it included a set of newborn baby girls. Me too. Rather, I'm 38.5 weeks and still going about life. Which is good... they should bake for as long as possible, right? Thats what I keep telling myself!
At any rate - I was able to do one last photo shoot of finished baby goodies, and maybe even see Eli and Hazel too!
So a few months ago I decided I needed to sit and put my feet up more often, but I needed something to keep my hands busy! What better project than two sweet little crocheted stroller blankets? They're smallish, about 20" x 30" and perfect for car rides, stroller rides, and general snuggling. Hopefully these girls are a tad more snuggly than Eli was!
I rather love the scalloped edges. And as usual, I made the pattern up as I went... 7 rows of double crochet, then 1 row of double crochet then skip a stitch. I'm very technical, can you tell? haha
Two stroller quilts made from fat quarters... similar, but not identical.
Great for diaper changes as well as covering up baby legs while in their car seats.
Hoarding is bad so I dug into my green Wild Thyme and mustard Lotus stash for the backing. Simple cursive "L" quilting and machine binding finished these little quilts off right quick.
And the final sewing project I wanted to finish.... drum roll please!
Cloud mobiles! There are a gazillion different ones on Etsy (just search for "raindrop mobile" or "cloud mobile") so I figured I could use up the extra crib quilt scraps and make two of my own. The raindrops are stuffed with cotton balls to make them puffy and 3D-like. I think the babies will enjoy looking up at these fun mobiles.
Again I recruited my partner-in-crime, Jaclyn, and she drew out the cloud pattern since I am absolutely no good at that kind of thing.
Here we are, Easter Sunday, last family photo before Eli's sisters arrive!
I look so ridiculous... these babies have to decide to be born soon!
Last but not least, Eli and Hazel helping me take photos in the nursery.
Hopefully you can tell my photos are improving - I finally have a Canon DSLR (the T3, to be exact) and I love it!
Thanks for stopping by!
My next post will definitely include newborn babies. I promise.
I know my posts have been few and far between as of late. Please forgive me... my energy, motivation, and girth have been preventing me from doing much more than making it through each day, usually still in my pjs, with lots of resting and putting up of feet. But as you can see, I have accomplished a few things, like baby girl quilts! And an almost put-together nursery! So let's start here, with my favorite part, the quilts!
(The chevron crib sheets are from Target! One in grey, and one in pink! Love them!)
All the fabrics were pulled out of my stash aside from the large "reads as solid" chunk on the right. The colors I chose are meant to be feminine, but not overly girly... I love the grey and navy blue fabrics that make it a bit more sophisticated. All 8 wonky blocks were made in one sitting thanks to my extremely awesome friend Jaclyn who pressed and cut while I sewed! That gave me the motivation to buy the coordinating front fabric from my fav LQS and the flannel Riley Blake Chevrons for the backing! Can I just say - high quality (non-Joanns) flannel is worth every penny to back a quilt!? SO SOFT and does not pill up or get stiff.
A bit of squiggly quilting with my walking foot for the large panel, and free-motion squares... in the squares! I kept it somewhat sparse to maximize softness and drape - I hope the girls love them!
If you know me at all, I'm usually all about scrappy binding but these quilts called for a more subdued frame since the blocks are rather busy! Heath by Alexander Henry in lavender purple, and another of my favorites... Aqua Midwest Modern II by Amy Butler, called "Floating Buds."
A couple embroidery hoops filled with scrap fabric from the quilts... plus two purple rain cloud hoops and two stinking adorable owl softies handmade by Jaclyn...
...turns a blank room into a nursery suited for two baby girls!
Opposite (behind me) is a dresser with diaper changing area, thats it! I guess I keep things simple. Because once these girls arrive, NOTHING will be simple anymore! haha!
Today (March 21st) I'm officially "full-term" at 36 weeks, belly pic coming soon! Maybe I can even get Eli to be in one with me. He kisses his baby sisters at least once a day and he loves to feel my belly then say "One kicked me!"