Wednesday, May 20, 2009

quilt for kobe

The week before Cora's arrival, I worked my last few days, caught an awful cold, and had my last ultrasound and last OB appointment. At that appointment, I found out that I needed to have this baby soon or else (the doctor was threatening induction), so I came home from the appointment with a sense of urgency to sew Kobe's mat (finally!). It was his last chance to have my free time so focused on him. Priorities in our house would soon change!

I knew that I wanted to avoid being induced, so I was convinced that she would arrive before that had to happen. My mom called it 'being optimistic', but I was right! She arrived a week early. And I'm so glad I had finished this project for my first baby:)

Kobe seems to like this new mat much better than the old upholstery fabric one. He's picky about textures, and, like me, seems to prefer cotton over synthetic fabrics. See-- it even tastes good!

Monday, May 18, 2009

wearing baby

Somehow, I was able to squeeze in enough sewing time to make this pouch-style sling last week. Cora had a nice long nap, and really, this project was fairly quick and easy. I've always pictured myself as a baby wearer, so I looked into which carrier styles might work for us, and found the pouch to be the best fit for a newborn. We also have the ring sling sewn by a friend, and a baby bjorn, both of which we plan to use when Cora's a bit older.

I loosely followed this tutorial, but mostly constructed the pouch based on looking at a hotsling. Right now, I'm bolstering Cora with a folded hand towel so she doesn't get lost in the bottom of all the fabric.

E and I found this fabric when Joann had their calicos on sale. He has an equally cool Japanese inspired fabric (with dragons!) waiting to be made into a pouch his size. That's the one drawback of this style--they're not adjustable so it must be made/purchased in the wearer's size.

So far, I don't think it's super comfortable because the weight isn't evenly distributed, but it does the trick when Cora's fussy and I need to get things done. I think it'll also be handy when I don't want to use a stroller. If you know someone who's having a baby, this would be a great gift!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I am so excited about the package Cora received this week--2 jimbei from Japan. One of my former students recently traveled home and picked these up for my girl. I can't wait to see her in them. Well, they're around 12 months size, so maybe I can wait...I don't want her to be that big!

A while back, I sent a quilt to Takako when her son was born. Now it is so sweet of her to think of us during this special time!

And a bonus baby shot--one of Cora's favorite places to sleep: in my lap!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

the nursery

Well, we finished the nursery just in time, the weekend before Cora's week-early arrival. It was such a relief to know I could just enjoy her once we got home. And now I know there is absolutely no time for art/craft projects in the first weeks with a baby!

I'll share as much as I can today before she wakes up from her snooze.

The old tree got a facelift when we found out we were having a girl.

The Joel Dewberry and Amy Butler fabrics became a crib skirt (from Little Stitches for Little Ones), rocking chair cushion, changing table skirt, and wall art. (The quilt is the one work-in-progress that didn't get finished in time.)

We tried several ways of hanging the birds before deciding on this method--fishing line strung through painted embroidery hoops. I wanted something stable enough to hang over the crib, and this seems to do the trick.

Oh, I hear some tiny grunts. There are lots more details in previous posts, if you want to wander back.

Thank you to Jackie, for featuring the room on the tiny decor blog.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

40 weeks

This is the last of my belly photos--now you can see what was hiding inside!

Tomorrow has new meaning for me now--Happy Mothers Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

she's here!

Meet Cora Mae. Born April 28 at 5:15 am. She's perfect!