I have been blessed with three AMAZING baby showers!! I can hardly believe that my husband and I have only been in LA for a little over a year and a half. We already have a great community to call home here.
My first shower was thrown by one of my girlfriends at work. She started one month after I did and we bonded quickly. I actually look forward to getting to work and seeing her in the morning! We frequently bounce ideas off of each other about patients we are seeing, and the collaboration is so much fun.
She recently had a little girl who just turned 7 months old. We already have plans for their futures together. As long as we are in charge of their play dates and friends, our girls will be the best of friends!
The baby onesies are so cute! And so tiny!
She had a pink and grey chevron theme since those are the colors of baby girl’s room.
My mother-in-law and my sister-in-laws also had a baby shower for me. I’m not sure I ever imagined I would have a poolside baby shower, I’m so lucky!
My sister-in-law is an interior designer and helped with the decorations (that’s why it looks like my baby shower belongs in a magazine….).
And here we are, proud mama and papa with our girl’s baby bassinet. This bassinet has been in my husband’s family since 1945. Every baby born since then has spent their first few weeks in this bassinet. My husband, his sisters, and his nieces have all been here. The last three babies were boys, so the bassinet got a baby girl update. Our girl will be baby #20!
My nurses had an incredible surprise baby shower for me at work. Check out these adorable little containers, they were filled with pink m&m’s.
I can’t help but notice how “white” I am in this picture…. (thank you lupus for my consistent sun protection).
Last weekend we put the car seat in our stroller base. One of our friends who recently had a baby helped me with suggestions for our baby registry and she recommended car seat strap covers with a comment that she thought I could probably make my own. So, of course, I had to make them. It would be a total disappointment if I just bought them.
They were really easy to make, and I might even write up a tutorial. I used pink “minky” on one side so they will be soft against little baby’s skin and then a brown print on the other side. They are technically reversible.
Things had been plugging along pretty uneventfully until the past few days. I was still working full time and had noticed that I was definitely more tired at the end of my long days. My biggest problem was sleep. Between congestion, tossing and turning, and insomnia– I wasn’t getting any. By Friday I was exhausted.
I had a busy morning clinic on Friday and was rushing to fit in a few extra patients that wanted to be seen in the morning. Then I ran walked quickly over to get my NST (non-stress test) where they hook my baby up to the monitor to check on her heart rate and reactiveness and also hook up a contraction monitor.
SURPRISE! I was having regular contractions every 1.5 minutes. I hadn’t really been feeling them but as soon as I saw them on the monitor, I was like, yup, I do feel them. But they didn’t hurt. My cervix had shortened quite a bit and was soft….. so off to the hospital I went.
I never got to see my afternoon patients.
I was admitted for pre-term labor and they connected me to baby/contraction monitors and started IVF (fluids) to hopefully slow things down, which it did. Then, on Sunday morning, I started getting pretty regular contractions again, that took my breath away…. So they started some medication to quiet them down.
I’m back at home now, resting on the couch. Longingly looking around at all the things I would love to do. But I know it’s best to stay put here. Every single day she can grow inside is a blessing, and one less day she would need to spend in the NICU if she was born now.
So little baby girl: Stay with me, grow with me.
ps. My time in the hospital did allow me to finally finish the binding on a quilt I’ve been working on FOREVER for my nephew…. update to come (I’ll need to get someone to take some photos for me).
As I was cleaning out our soon-to-be baby’s room, I came across this old photo of the very first baby quilt I made.
I made this during medical school in 2002 for a classmate of mine who was having a baby. I bought the fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and made the pattern up myself. I don’t remember the colors being so pale (maybe it’s a faded photo?) I didn’t know how to quilt at that time so I just sewed “in the ditch” between the squares. I think it was a polyester batting so it’s a bit poofy.
I have loved chevron for awhile and fell in love with this chevron rug from Pottery Barn Kids. We finally bought it today and it looks adorable in her room. But, I realized it’s more rose/mauve than the pink that all things baby are made in. So, it might make coordinating a little bit harder.
I finished the crib skirt today and it’s pretty great except the piece of plywood under our mattress is a little short which causes the skirt to droop on the sides. I added ribbons to try and hold it up, but they are the wrong pink. So…. I have a few tweaks to make before the big reveal (and I’m also going to try and convince my hubby to cut a skinny piece of plywood so the skirt won’t droop- I might plead the pregnancy card).
Over the weekend I made my husband move furniture all around in the baby room to start to see what her room will look like. We have the crib set up and I am planning on sewing a crib skirt out of the grey “sparkle” print you can see hanging on the crib.
We are hoping to get this pink and white chevron rug from Pottery Barn Kids.
And then, I started cleaning out the bathroom cupboards, the linen closet drawers and am about to move on to the hallway closet. The problem with cleaning is that everything seems to look worse before it looks better.
My kitties seem to be “nesting” right along with me. In the mess, they each found a little basket for themselves.
I’ve definitely been a little slow in blogging lately. I’m actually getting a little slower at everything as I get bigger (walking, rolling over in bed, getting off the couch…..).
One of my girlfriends at work is having a baby boy at the end of April. Her sister threw a beautiful baby shower for her a few weekends ago. I decided to make a simple 5 inch square patchwork quilt and I have to say I love it. There’s something spectacular about the simplicity, and the bright colors.
I had some leftover “robots” after finishing the top of my latest quilt when I got invited to a baby shower of a colleague. How perfect that she’s having a boy— scrappy robot quilt! I cut 5 inch squares and pieced them together. I’m probably going to quilt it diagonally through the squares.
I was able to finish piecing the top in a morning, and I have to say it was very satisfying to sew a quick, scrappy quilt. I think I need to do this more often (not everything has to be a new challenge…).
I also pulled some fabrics and cut the pieces to make the Glam Garlands quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. I bought her book modern PATCHwork just for this pattern. This quilt is going to be for a very dear friend of mine here in LA who recently had a baby.
Apparently I am making my largest quilt so far since I was unable to use one piece of fabric for the backing! My latest quilt is wider than the width of fabric so I had to do my first pieced backing (I know I’m a little late to the pieced backing world…). I have to say, I think it looks really cute.