Today is my due date!!! I have now technically completed both the 39th and 40th weeks of pregnancy! Baby Girl could be anywhere from 6 to 9 pounds and should be around 22 inches long. Since only 5% of babies are born on their actual due date I didn’t have high hopes for her arrival today, but I am eagerly anticipating the day that she decides to make her big debut!
I have been really enjoying my maternity leave so far. I was afraid that if Baby Girl arrived late that I would feel like I was ‘wasting’ my maternity leave, but I am SO glad that I am taking this time off of work. It has been so nice to just rest and relax as much as possible, and to cuddle as much with Basil as I can.
Things are still really calm around here, but with a lot more excitement and anticipation. We cannot wait to meet our Baby Girl, and it is crazy that it could happen any day now! Things are definitely progressing, but I haven’t felt any ‘active labor’ movements yet. I do hope that Baby Girl decides to arrive sooner rather than later, I’m starting to feel a little impatient! I’ve described it as feeling like I know there’s a fantastic surprise party out there with the best present ever waiting for me, but I don’t know when or where it will take place. I know that there are a lot of friends and family members eagerly awaiting Baby Girl’s arrival as well, so it’s definitely an exciting time!
Now that the nursery is all finished I thought that I would post some fun pictures of the finished room. B and I absolutely love how it turned out!
First I wanted to share what the room looked like before…
As you can see, it was formerly my very cluttered craft room. One major project that I undertook this summer was clearing out the room, downsizing all of my crafty items, and moving into the office/guest room next door.
And then with some hard work it was transformed into this!
The room was painted two shades of brown when we bought the house and we hadn’t changed it. There was a darker shade of brown on the wall with the closet, as you saw in my weekly pregnancy posts.
The first thing that we did was paint the room two shades of green. The darker shade of green went on the same wall that had the darker brown, and the lighter shade of green went on the other three walls. My sister came and helped me paint one day during Winter Break and we were able to get it all done in an afternoon!
After the painting came the fun part—the decorating! The dark green wall got a fun “READ” feature with some fantastic board books on display.
We continued the green theme throughout the room with the crib bedding, drapes, and fabric bins in the shelf unit.
We decided to go with an open-style shelf unit instead of a dresser so that we could display some fun personal items along with storing some essentials away in bins.
Baby Girl’s closet already had a great system in place, which we quickly filled up with clothes and other items!
I really love this room and I hope that Baby Girl likes growing up in it as well! I made some fun crafts for the nursery that I’ll share next, so stay tuned!
Here’s another sewing project that I made for Baby Girl—a car seat blanket!
I saw this tutorial over at Running With Scissors and thought it was such a great idea! The blanket is designed so that you place it in the car seat behind the baby, and the car seat straps fit through the slits in the blanket. This way the blanket stays in place and your baby is still safely secured in the car seat.
As I mentioned before, I absolutely love all of the fun fleece patterns that are available these days. The orange chevron pattern definitely jumped out at me, and I thought the alphabet print was so cute and whimsical. And the blanket is reversible, so we can change up the look whenever we want! Having a baby in January means that she’ll need to be as bundled up as possible, so I think this blanket will be a great solution.
Here’s another sewing project that I’ve been working on during my maternity leave—some quick and easy burp cloths! One thing that I’ve heard over and over again is that you can never have enough burp cloths, so when I saw this fantastic tutorial over at MADE I knew that I had to make some!
These burp cloths are so quick and easy to make, and they are so addicting! I’ve already made more since I took these pictures, and I feel confident that they will get some steady use once Baby Girl arrives.
These cloths are so soft and cute! I love using fun fabric prints and the soft chenille is also going to be really absorbent, which will be awesome. I love making cute and functional things for Baby Girl that I know will get a lot of use every day!
Another really quick and simple project I’ve whipped up for Baby Girl are some pacifier clips. I had a lot of fun using up some fabric scraps, and also trying out some new stitches on my sewing machine!
I used the tutorial over at MADE and it was really easy to follow. For two of the pacifier clips I used fabric scraps, but for the other two I just used some leftover bias tape that I had from a project. Using bias tape made the process even easier!
I think that these clips are going to be extremely handy once Baby Girl arrives, and I plan to use them for more than just pacifiers!
As I mentioned in my weekly pregnancy post yesterday, I’ve been taking advantage of my maternity leave to get some baby sewing projects done. The first two things that I made were some cute and simple baby blankets! There are so many cute fleece patterns available that it’s hard not to buy a million different fun prints. And when I saw this Star Trek fleece I couldn’t resist…
B and I are both big Star Trek fans–I really impressed him with my knowledge of Star Trek on our first date, and the rest is history So I thought this fleece pattern would make a perfect blanket for Baby Girl. I paired it with some super-soft pink minky fabric to girly it up a bit.
This blanket couldn’t have been easier to make. I bought a yard each of the fleece and the minky fabric, then cut the minky fabric down to match the fleece, which wasn’t quite as wide. Then I sewed the two pieces with right sides together, leaving a gap for turning. I then turned the fabrics right-side out, pressed all the edges, and topstitched the whole thing using a zig-zag stitch. And that was it! Quick, simple, and CUTE!
This next blanket was even easier than the first, believe it or not. As soon as I saw this London bus print I knew I had to make a cute blanket out of it:
I bought one yard each of the two fleece fabrics and made a simple blanket out of them. With this blanket I got a little “fancier” and rounded the corners. Then it was just a matter of sewing them with right sides together, turning it right-side out, pressing the edges, and topstitching the whole thing.
I’m definitely going to be making more of these simple fleece blankets because I think they’ll be really useful when Baby Girl arrives. They’re SO quick and easy to make, and as I mentioned before there are a ton of cute fleece prints that I am dying to buy!
Stay tuned for some of the other fun sewing projects that I’ve been working on!