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

A Quick Finish

I have not really mastered being able to take care of a newborn and get any sewing done. The biggest problem is that my sewing table and all of my sewing stuff is in Mila’s room, which makes it impossible to sew when she is napping (which is exactly when I have time to sew). So, after 3+ months without any regular time at my machine I needed a quick finish.

So I made this gray pillow to go with the teal pillow we purchased this weekend. We have been talking about getting pillows for the past two years since we moved to California.

A double win!

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A giant scar

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I noticed that one of the moles on my left upper arm had become red and was bleeding. I knew that my history of sun exposure (with my fair skin) and lupus make me higher risk for skin cancer. So I saw the dermatologist who did a biopsy and it came back as a “Spitz Nevus with dysplasia”. I actually had to look this up, and it’s no wonder I didn’t remember- they are uncommon, about 1 in 100,000. They look very similar under the microscope to malignant melanoma (the bad kind of skin cancer that can be deadly). Even though a Spitz Nevus isn’t deadly, since they are so similar, they recommend that they are completely cut out.

When I went to the surgeon he told me I would end up with a scar, but I was completely unprepared for the size of the scar I have. Plus I was not prepared to have the “train tracks” aka “centipede legs” from the 8 stitches. It’s right on the front of my arm and VERY visible, especially in Southern California where people wear lots of sleeveless shirts.

I know it’s just a scar. And in the grand picture it doesn’t matter. In fact at this moment I couldn’t be more blessed! I have a perfect baby, my lupus is stable, and my husband is amazing…. But I’m still mourning my old arm and that this new look is now me.

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Glam Garlands

I think this is my favorite baby quilt so far. As soon as I saw the Glam Garlands quilt in Elizabeth Hartman’s book Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take you Beyond the Basics, I knew it was destined to be a baby quilt. The pattern is written as a throw size which was way too big for a crib/toddler bed, so I downsized the pattern. Adjusting the size was way more difficult to do that than I anticipated– major math! In the end I’m not even sure it ended up the size I anticipated, but it looked perfect.

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This baby quilt is for Mila’s BFF, Ellie. When we moved to California I was so lucky to meet my girlfriend Amanda. She started about one month after me at work and works in the module next to mine (our clinic is really large so we are broken up into smaller modules which function kind of like individual, smaller clinics). Amanda and I became fast friends and she honestly makes me want to go to work in the morning! We collaborate frequently on patients we see- we are constantly calling each other.

Amanda had her daughter, Ellie, right around the time we found out we were pregnant with Mila. We were both happy that our girls will be so close in age and we already have many plans for them. The main one is that they will be BFF’s (well, at least for as long as we are in charge of who they play with).

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It’s so great to have a friend that just passed through parenting one step ahead of me. It’s so great to have someone to ask for support and wisdom! She is back at work now and I’m taking pointers on how to survive being a working mom for when I go back.

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– Erica

 

Pow Wow

I realized that I never put up a post about the baby quilt I finished for my nephew Elliot! There were a few posts along the way, but I forgot to post the finished quilt! I actually finished sewing the binding on this quilt when I was hospitalized with pre-term labor, so I had other things on my mind at the time.

I think this quilt took me almost a year to finish (I’m cutting myself some slack because there were a few big life events that got in the way). My nephew turned 2 this weekend so I’m very glad I decided to make this toddler bed size!

This quilt is made from the pattern Pow Wow by Cluck Cluck Sew. Sometimes it’s so nice and calming to follow a pattern and not really think too much…

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I pieced the back because this quilt was too wide for the “width of fabric” and I really like how it turned out.

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– Erica

Two Months

Is it possible that another month has gone by? Time is flying. I’m so glad I took a leave of absence from work to have an extended maternity leave. Thankfully, I won’t be going back until the end of December. She is getting more adorable by the day.

Here are some of her milestones during this month:
– Met grandma and grandpa Ross
– Had her first large “pooplosion” while out in public
– Will occasionally go to sleep “drowsy but awake”
– Starting to smile, although she is a bit guarded with them
– Has laughed twice in her sleep, but not yet while awake
– Not a huge fan of “tummy time”
– Loves walks in the baby bjorn
– LOVES her swing
– Starting to coo
– Drooling
– Her eyes are still blue
– Still gets up 2-3 times per night to eat
– Has had two trips to the beach: Venice and Crystal Cove, a true California baby!

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I’m starting to feel a bit more human, but still pretty tired. Maybe in the next month we can get her nighttime awakenings down to one…

– Erica

Birdies

The day Mila was born I was definitely nesting. I cleaned and organized our front closet, cooked and froze a batch of soup, and finished some kitchen curtains. I’m so glad I finished our kitchen curtains now that it’s really hot in Los Angeles.

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The afternoon sun beats in our back kitchen windows and heats up our kitchen by several degrees. Since I wanted to block out the sun I lined the curtains with a blackout fabric. I cut up some old Pottery Barn Kids curtains that I had and repurposed the blackout lining.

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The curtain fabric is from IKEA and is perfect because it has birdies on it. Our kitties spend a large part of their day sitting at these windows staring outside at the birds.

The only thing about these curtains that I don’t love is that if I want to open them, they don’t stay open very well because of how they hang on the rods. For my next curtains I think I would construct the top differently (I copied the construction from the old Pottery Barn Kids curtains).  For now, I’m just going to sew some tie backs that I can use when I want them open.

Do you have a favorite curtain pattern/tutorial that you use to make lined curtains? If so, please share!

– Erica

Social Media Overload

I’m feeling a bit of a social media overload.

Since Mila joined us the need for uploading pictures has become more important so grandma and grandpa can see her day by day (since they live out of state).

But now I’ve got pictures on my phone, on Jake’s phone, on Flickr, on Instagram, on Facebook, Tumblr and in our aperture library on the computer. How do I keep all of these pictures straight so they all get where they need to? For someone who is very organized, it’s becoming a nightmare…

I like Instagram because the filters make almost everything look cool. I like Flickr because the photos are full size so grandma can download them directly. Facebook is just Facebook (and the easiest of all because everything will feed to Facebook). Is tumblr just one too many?

How do the rest of you deal with all of your photos? Should I just give some of these up? I would love to know how the rest of you do this…

-Erica

Out and About

I don’t want this post to make it look like I have it all together as a new mom, because that certainly isn’t the case. I’m as “green” as they come.

But, in the past 6 weeks we have made it out of the house on a few occasions and I’ve becoming a pro at nursing “out and about”. Thank goodness I made my nursing cover!

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At the Pasadena Farmer’s Market

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At The Getty

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Venice Beach

– Erica