Officially Incubating

25 Weeks

I’m 25 weeks pregnant and am officially incubating full time. This pregnancy started out pretty low key. I hardly had any morning sickness (as compared to little Miss Mila), which is how I actually knew we were going to have a boy this time– always trust a mama’s intuition! Near the end of my first trimester my ob actually said to me, “You’re acting like a normal pregnancy”. It was one of the best things I could have heard.

But not too long after that, my lupus decided to start acting up. I started getting pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of my heart that causes chest pain), joint pains, mouth ulcers, fatigue and even started losing my hair (hey! you’re not supposed to lose your hair during pregnancy!).  So, I started taking high doses of prednisone. But after a month, things weren’t calming down. So back comes the azathioprine. I was less scared about adding all of these “don’t take during pregnancy” drugs this pregnancy since I took them while pregnant with Mila, but still definitely nervous about the fact it meant that my lupus was active. Second trimester miscarriages are much more likely with lupus, and pre-term labor is also very common with up to 50% of lupus babies being born prematurely. With Mila I went into pre-term labor in the middle of a morning clinic at 31 weeks pregnant. Luckily they were able to stop the labor and I went home on rest and she stayed in to grow until 37 weeks.

For the last month my ob has been suggesting I take a break from work and I have been resistant. I kept asking for a few more weeks to see if things would get better. But they weren’t getting better and I haven’t been able to decrease my medications. I was so exhausted. So, this week at my appointment, I agreed to make growing our little boy my full time job.

Onesie Quilt

I think this is one of my favorite finishes of all time. It is definitely not the most complicated quilt I have ever sewn. In fact, it’s probably the easiest.

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When Mila outgrew her newborn and 0-3 month onesies, I set them aside to make her a baby quilt. I cut out 5 inch squares, and for the most part, was able to get two squares per onesie (one from the front and one from the back). She was a small baby!

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Because her onesies were a knit material, they had a tendency to stretch, so I ironed a thin interfacing to the back of each piece for stabilization.

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I used a nice, soft flannel backing that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics.  I wanted this quilt to be really lovable so I decided to quilt it with yarn ties rather than machine quilting. For the binding I used a hot pink jersey material. Quilting cotton just didn’t feel right (as there isn’t any in the quilt itself) and I was afraid that flannel wouldn’t be sturdy enough.

It’s so fun because every single square reminds me of Mila as a newborn.  Mila sleeps with this quilt in her crib and I can already tell it’s her favorite too *wink wink*.

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A little mister!

So I have a few finished projects to share, but haven’t managed to upload the pictures to the computer… but I have a good excuse!

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- Erica

Finally, a finish!

It’s been a really long time since I blogged. I’m definitely busy working full time and being a mama. My little girl is already 9 months old. She’s on the move, so there aren’t any slow moments around here. After a full week of work, I find myself wanting to nap when she naps on the weekends- which is cutting into my sewing time. My other problem is that my sewing table is still in her bedroom. My mind is definitely full of ideas and quilts I want to make, but for now they are living only as ideas in my head.

Chevron (3)We’ve been lucky to have a really gorgeous, warm winter here in Los Angeles.

Chevron (2)About a month ago, I finished Mila’s first quilt (I think I started this quilt before she was born).  I wanted something to match her pink chevron rug and crib skirt.

Chevron (1)I cut half square triangles out of various gray prints and then randomly sewed them together in a chevron. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Chevron (4)I also love that I decided to piece the back.

-Erica

Christmas Stockings

I have HORRIBLE pictures of the Christmas stockings that I just made. It’s too bad because they look awesome in person.

SMTD| Xmas Stockings ()I made three of them, one for each of us. For Mila’s I used fabric from the super cute line Hip Holiday by Jospehine Kimberling. The other two stockings both have pieces from Brr Polar Bear Christmas (I can’t find it for sale online anymore).

SMTD|Xmas Stocking ()I followed the falling flakes stocking tutorial by imagine gnats, and altered the top of the stocking so it had a binding. They turned out a perfect size and I love how they are quilted. Maybe next year I can get a better picture of them.

-Erica

 

Summersville Spring

I’ve been pretty lucky with online fabric shopping. It’s pretty infrequent that I get fabric that I don’t like. Recently however I bought a few charm packs of Moda’s Summersville Spring and some half yard cuts of the material.  When it arrived, I might have furrowed my brow a little… but then I thought that I might like it better once I sewed it up.

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I still find it difficult to sew with a baby in the house, but this past month it’s become remarkably easier! She now has a regular morning nap (and usually an afternoon one as well) which allows me to get some sewing in. However, I wanted to sew a simple quilt because I knew the sewing would be in smaller chunks of time.

I’ve been wanting to do a simple HST (Half Square Triangle) quilt so I started by cutting the charm packs in half. But then, I didn’t really like how it looked.

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So, I decided to cut them in half again to make Hour Glass squares. But I still don’t really like how it looks.

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I am just not loving this quilt.

I think this might turn into a little lap quilt for the kitties to sleep on since they have almost worn out my Habitat quilt.  I got a new sewing machine recently (there will be a whole post about sewing machine drama) and decided I will use this quilt to practice some FMQ (free motion quilting) since I don’t really care about the quilt too much.

-Erica

Five Months

This is my last month at home with Mila. I took a 6 month leave of absence from my job to stay home with her. Every single day is so precious and I am getting very sad that this time is coming to an end.  My first month back, I am fortunate to only be working half days, which should help with the transition. In February life will be back to complete craziness. I’m so thankful my closest friend in LA works down the hall from me and is navigating the working mom thing as well. It will be nice to have someone who really understands close by.

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This past month has been wonderful. Mila is really developing a personality and it’s just a delight to be with her. She smiles and laughs and SQUEALS!! She doesn’t roll over yet, but is getting really close. She is also getting really close to sitting up on her own. And just the past few days she started showing interest in food. She continues to LOVE walks in the baby bjorn, so that is still one of our favorite activities.

- Erica

Christmas Banner

We just had our yearly Christmas photos taken and I knew I wanted to make a Christmas banner for us to hold in our pictures. It was amazingly easy and was finished in 2 nap times!

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As a bonus, it looks great on our mantle!

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Now onto our Christmas stockings.

- Erica

Four Months

Every month I say the same thing: “I can’t believe she’s — months already!” But seriously, four months already? On one hand it kind of feels like she’s been with us forever, and on the other hand, it’s like it’s been the blink of an eye. And every single day it gets better and better.

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She smiles and laughs. She takes swimming lessons (ha!). She almost rolls over and will be sitting soon. She got to meet my sister and her family this past month which allowed her to be the cutest little sightseer.

I am so in love with this little peanut. We’re working on naps, and once we get those down I’m going to move my sewing machine to the kitchen so I can sew when she sleeps.

-Erica

Skull Pouch

Another little finish to make me happy! I thought this was appropriate for the holiday. Unfortunately I can’t remember where I got this tutorial. The only change I would make is that I would do the top stitching before I sewed the two halves together. I had trouble top stitching around the zippers and it looked so hacked that I just ended up ripping it out.
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- Erica