This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shirt Refashion Into Bag

I'm always up for a challenge, so my mother presented me with this one: Turn a 1x shirt into some sort of purse/bag. She has recently lost 75 lbs (yay!) and has some ginormous clothes that need to be done away with. This particular shirt was one of her favorites so she wanted me to fashion it into something else so that she didn't have to get rid of it.
The front side had the design, and the back/sleeves were plain white. So first I cut along the side seams and sleeves so that I just had one piece with the design on it.
Then I folded that in half (wrong sides together) to get a basic bag shape and cut up the sides to kind of straighten them out. Keep in mind this is my first one, and she just wanted a floppy bag.
Next I took the side that was all white (for an inner liner) and laid it on top of the designed piece. I cut it to basically the same shape and made an inside pocket out of the back collar part. I pinned that on and took some leftover scraps to make handles.

I sewed the pocket onto the white liner, then pinned the whole liner to the design piece (wrong sides together).The strips for the handles were sewed into tubes (right sides together) then turned right side out and pinned in place.
I then folded the bag in half (right sides together) and pinned the sides.
I sewed the sides together then turned it right side out. I realized that I did the handles wrong and ended up making another handle out of leftover white fabric and sewed it to one side, then trimming the previous handle to a matching length and connected it together on the other side.
I sewed the top edge together and here is the finished product! Not perfect but not too bad!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2 Months Old, Pictures and a Video

Yes today it has been 2 months since my little boy entered the world and changed our lives forever. He is still growing like a weed, and next week we get to see how much he weighs and how long he is now!

At 2 months old you:
  • Are sleeping 6-11 hours at night
  • Don't go to bed any earlier than midnight
  • Don't like to take naps longer than 30 minutes
  • Are wearing size 1 diapers
  • Have outgrown all newborn outfits and some 0-3 months
  • Can hold your head up pretty good
  • Smile big, but haven't LOL'd yet
  • Rub your eyes when you are tired
  • Nurse every 1-3 hours

On Sunday, the three of us had lunch at Long John Silver then got some day-old bread and headed to the duck pond. Unfortunately the ducks had been well fed and weren't all that excited about us being there. We mostly fed the turtles and a few geese. We ended up giving the bread to a little kid so we could leave. And Bradley slept through the whole thing so I didn't take any pictures of him.

After that we picked up a cake from the store and drove an hour down to Elmore City where the in-laws live. Nick's sister and her baby, and their parents all live with their grandparents so we all had dinner together and chatted for awhile. His parents are building a house outside the town there so we took a trip to go see it. Here is a picture of Bradley with his great-grandpa:

And this is Bradley enjoying his playmat! He still shuns tummy time, but he did lift his head up a bit!
I call this the "cursed" onesie. It says "Worth the Wait" on it, but every single time I have put it on him, he has either peed, pooped, or spit up on it within a few hours. Now he has almost outgrown it so we have to get a few good pictures in it!

Here's a video of him playing on his playmat:

Friday, August 21, 2009

8 Weeks

A few more days and he will be officially 2 months old!! Time seems to go by slow but then when we look back on it, it has flown by.

He seems to be getting over the fussiness, and getting back to his agreeable self :) The two nights before last he slept 8 hours in a row, and last night **drumroll please** he slept 11 hours in a row!! I absolutely could not believe. Neither could my boobs--I had to pump! HAHA. He is slowly getting better at holding his head up--still a little wobbly though. And he doesn't really like tummy time. He just kind of rubs his face on the mat grunting until he gets frustrated and starts crying. We're working on it!

I think I am in denial about going back to work. I really need to get up there and make my schedule. I am hoping they don't give me any crap about working Friday and Saturday nights for awhile. Luckily, my good friend is a supervisor, and I have pretty good seniority there so cross your fingers they accommodate me.

That's it for now, gotta feed the little guy!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pictures and a Recipe

This is our little guy wearing his daddy's glasses:

And fresh after a bath yesterday!

He has been a little fussy these last few days, but I think it may be due to his bowel movements (or lack thereof). And he still insists his bedtime is no earlier than 1am. Gotta love him!

As for the recipe, I thought I would share this with the other cooks out there. This is a recipe for cheddar broccoli soup that I made the other day and it turned out divine. I have made a couple other kinds before but they all tasted like crap. This one is the best so far. I think I got the recipe from kraft.com but don't hold me to it! I did change a couple of things to accommodate my supply.

1/2 stick butter
1 small diced onion
1 tbs minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground pepper
16oz frozen chopped broccoli
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 c milk
8oz sharp cheddar

Melt butter in a large pan. Cook onion in butter until soft. Add garlic and pepper, cook for 1 min then stir in broccoli and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer until broccoli is tender--approx. 10-15min.

Whisk flour and milk in a separate bowl until dissolved. Slowly pour into soup while stirring frequently until thickened. Reduce heat and stir in cheese until melted. Season with salt to taste and serve!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

7 Weeks, The Park, and Crafts

Yes he is already 7 weeks old! Thank you Jesus he is still sleeping 6-8 hours at a time at night...except that he doesn't like to go to bed until about 1am! We are working on that next. He kind of snoozes off and on through the beginning of the day, then is usually wide awake the rest of the evening until bed. And still eating nonstop. I feel like a dairy cow :)

As for crafts, I am almost done working on a wide array of bibs and burp cloths. Most are gifts for other babies, I made a couple for Bradley though. I have been experimenting with different patterns, and fabrics, and stitches...and bias tape! That stuff is kind of hard to do around curves but it looks very nice when you are done. Thanks to Youtube I learned what to do with it.

I embroidered them with the baby's name and on some I added a little picture. I absolutely LOVE my machine!! Best birthday present ever.

If you click on this one ^ you can see the detail better. The two blue bibs aren't done yet, but the pink one is. I put lace around the edge, and ribbon for the tie. Some have asked about patterns...I really didn't use a pattern. I just cut out a basic bib shape for the bibs, and burp cloths are kind of a peanut shape. There are several different ways to do the bibs depending on how you want it to secure in the back. I am making them with ties but you can do snaps, buttons, velcro, etc.

After dinner we went on a family outing to the local park! The weather was actually tolerable and there was a nice breeze.

He may have gotten a little tan out there! After that, Bradley and I headed over to grandma's house to hang out with her and my friend Sara. I showed them the bibs and stuff, then we chatted for a bit before we headed home.

That's it for now! Nick starts his classes on Monday so he will be gone M-F from 8am-4pm. Hopefully my little guy doesn't give me too much trouble while his daddy is gone...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Breakthrough??

Let me start off with a cute picture of Bradley in an outfit from his Great Aunt Diane in Ohio:

Too cute for words!! Ok the breakthrough...in my last post I mentioned how he had slept 6 hours in a row the night before. Well for the last several nights he has slept 6 hours in row, and then a few more hours after that. And last night he slept *gasp* 8 hours in a row!!! Without fear of jinxing it, I do believe he finally has his nights and days straight! And dare I say no more sleepless nights for me?

This is his little pouty face that he makes when he is throwing a hissy fit. In this picture, Nick was holding him and he was trying to sleep. When Nick would kiss his forehead he would pout and then go back to sleep! Very cute indeed.

My friend Tammi had her baby boy on August 1 and I plan on going to see them this week. I'm sure I will be passing along what Bradley has outgrown to her. I'm pretty sure he's almost 12lbs now.

I recently made another sling that turned out well. I have been looking up patterns and ideas for more things I can sew for him/others. Bibs and burp cloths are pretty easy, and always needed so I plan on going to get supplies for those later today. And with my machine I can embroider and monogram them!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

6 Weeks

Not much new except for....last night Bradley slept 6 hours in a row!!! He slept from 10pm until 4am! Unfortunately I again could not shut my brain off and only ended up getting about 5hrs like usual throughout the night. But (knock on wood) the last three nights he has slept better than normal at night and been awake most of the daytime. Could he finally have his days/nights straight??

Yesterday we were a little worried about him. While daddy was at work I noticed that Bradley's left eye had some nasty greenish drainage coming from it. I would clean it off, and it would gunk up again. And he was very fussy all day. When daddy came home for lunch, we decided he felt warm and I took his temp--99.4. So that evening we got some infant Tylenol and gave it to him, and I decided that if his eye was still bad today that we would call the doctor.

Thankfully when I got up this morning, his eye was all better!! He still felt warm and was still very fussy so we gave him a little more Tylenol. Throughout the day he got to feeling better, and was eating nonstop. His grandma Penny, aunt Sarah, and cousin Zoe came to see us today and he was good the whole time--after his tummy got full. His cousin Zoe is almost 7 months old so we've been comparing notes about different milestones to expect. And I've been getting her leftover diapers that are too small! You can never have too many of those.

This evening we left our little man with grandma Kathy so that we could buzz down to Norman and tackle the yardwork at our house that isn't selling. Poor Nick hates mowing that yard because the backyard is very steep and terraced--not to mention it's 100 degrees outside! So while he mowed, I trimmed and swept everything. After a couple of hours we were done so we grabbed some icees and hit the showers before we picked Bradley up. He was very good for his grandma and was famished when he got home!

I tried to put him down around 10:30 tonight but he just layed in the crib and played. I turned on his mobile (which is so cute--he smiles at it!!) but that didn't make him tired either. Then he filled up a diaper...I changed it...still not tired. Ended up having to hold him on the couch with a paci and lull him to sleep. Pray that he sleeps through the night again!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Postpartum Checkup and a Video!!

Today was my 6 week postpartum checkup, and everything looked great. My OB was happy to see Bradley and said he was a handsome boy. I gave her one of his birth announcements to remember him by! After that, we were going to go to the health department to try and get a copy of his birth certificate, but the line there was insanely long so we left (I will just mail it in!).

Our last stop before lunch was back to where this all began--my reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Haas. He was so happy to see us and gave me a big hug. He said it is nice to see happy endings, and he too went on about how cute Bradley is. We also gave him an announcement and he thanked us for coming to see him.

Isn't he a cutie?? I also posted a video of us playing when he was wide awake the other day.

These are my homemade nursing pads! So far they are turning out pretty good. I made them slightly concave and am using them currently with no complaints. I did just wash some tonight with laundry and I will probably handwash the rest just so the flannel doesn't fray. Otherwise they work out great, and are so cheap compared to store-bought.

Well my little guy kept me up last night and I only got 3 hours of sleep so if you don't mind I'm going to wind down and pray for more rest tonight!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

5 Weeks and More Crafts

The Bradmeister is 5 weeks old today! He is doing very well, and getting cuter by the day. He's a perfect little angel...except for his wacked up sleep schedule!! But hey that's what babies do, right?

So today I went to a fabric outlet and got lots o' fabric to make fancy things. The first thing I fashioned was a sling! I looked up some simple patterns on the internet and made one, kind of as my prototype. I like it, and it's functional, but my next one will probably be a little different. And I need bigger rings--they are hard to find. Here is my little man enjoying being "worn":

Next are some wall decorations. I'm pretty proud of how these turned out. Kind of modern, but what I did is got a pack of 4 10"x12" styrofoam squares at Hobby Lobby. Then at the fabric store I picked a turquoise and brown pattern that matches our bedroom. I cut them to fit and pinned the excess in the back. Then I hammered a nail in the wall and jammed the stryofoam on top and voila--art! I think they turned out quite well. You can do this with any size styrofoam and any fabric pattern to match anything!

The last things I got was some flannel and fleece. I got these because I am going to sew my own reusable nursing pads. I am flying through the disposable ones I got at my shower, and I read on the internet that flannel and fleece are pretty absorbent. So I got some and washed it, and tomorrow I am going to attempt to make those. Shouldn't be too hard, and no one's going to see it but me!

To end the evening, Bradley and I headed to my mother's house to hang out with her for a bit. Bradley was awake the whole time (and is still awake at 11:30pm) and enjoyed looking around.

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