One Month!

7.16.2012


One month.  How?!  He's actually older than that now (sob!) but in my Oh-My-Gosh-I-Have-Three-Kids-Someone-Help-Me Madness, I'm just now getting around to posting this.


Baby boy:


At one month, you are 11 pounds, 7 ounces.  Wow!


You love your car seat.  You super duper love to eat.


You smile now!  Not a lot, but enough to make my heart so happy.


You sleep alright.  You still want me up several times a night to feed you, but you're a newborn.  Mama expects that.  :)


You're busting out of your newborn clothes and pretty solidly in your 0-3 months.


You rolled over two or three times from your tummy to your back.


You love to kick your feet.  You make little cooing noises here and there and they totally surprise you.  Like, "Did that noise just come out of me?!"


Your brother & sissy adore you, but sometimes sissy doesn't realize she needs to be gentle and you get smacked square in the face.  Sorry 'bout that.


You sometimes like to be swaddled.  Sometimes not.  We go with the flow.


You're a happy baby unless you're gassy, which, unfortunately, you are a lot.  You also hate having a dirty diaper and you totally let it be known when we need to change you.  You will not tolerate lazy parents!


You've really completed our family, baby boy.  We love you!

the spit-up catcher tutorial

7.02.2012


Great title, right?  I'm sorry, my creative brain is tapped out.  I churned out as many projects as my gassy newborn would let me (too much information?) between his screaming fits and now it's 10:30 at night and I'm wiped.  Because I have a newborn.  Did I mention that?  Newborns mean no sleep, as you know if you've had one.  Or known anyone who had one.  I think that covers everyone on the planet, yes?

Moving along.  If someone has a better name suggestion, I'm all ears!

The idea for this came from the other spit-up catcher I did - the square one - and is just another scrapbuster.  It's not a necessary baby "gadget" by any means, but we definitely use it with my big spitter-upper and it has saved the rug, couch and bassinet too many times to count.  


I caught a poop face!  Forgive the mom humor that abounds in this post.  I'm a sleep-deprived mess.

Could I use a burp rag and serve the same purpose?  Sure.  But one, it's not as cute (I mean c'mon, this one is adorable, right?).  

Two: I would be wasting a perfectly good burp cloth.  

Three: Sometimes I don't have enough fabric for a full burp cloth.  Like was the case here.  So I improvised and I love it.  

This also works as a poopy catcher.  I titled the album that all these pictures went in "Pee Pee Catcher," another name that describes another possibility.  See, this thing is as awesome as my naming skills.  

Stick it under the adorable baby buns before you change a diaper and again, save your couch/bed/crib/friend's carpet from the inevitable...yuckiness.

Okay, I'll spare you all the other bad jokes rattling around in my brain and we'll move along to the tutorial now.

You're like, thank God, right?


So sorry about that gross baking stone.  You'll see why I'm using it in a second, but still, I've tried to spare you and make it black and white for your viewing pleasure.  It really isn't dirty.  It just looks dirty.

The Playas:

Scrap cotton fabric

Scrap absorbent fabric (I'm using organic bamboo fleece - CRAZY soft)

Something in your house that's a big circle you can use to trace your template

Measuring tape

Rotary cutter (or fabric scissors)

Mat

Washable Marker

Pins

Now, put right sides of your two fabrics together.


Now trace your big circle onto one side of the fabric.


Voila.


Pin together.  When I'm working with really stretchy fabric like this bamboo fleece, I like to pin close together to prevent the fabric from shifting.  I always pin first, then cut with your rotary cutter or fabric scissors.


Voila again.


Start sewing.  You can choose your seam allowance.  Unless I'm sewing clothes or something that requires a specific seam allowance, I just butt up my fabric to the side of my foot.  It just makes life easy for me.


Make sure to backstitch at the beginning.

And then leave an opening big enough to turn this fabric right side out.  Backstitch:


Trim your edges if necessary:


Turn it right side out.  It might look a little funky, this like:


I use a knife sharpener to push out all the corners/edges to make it a circle.  I stick it in the opening that we have yet to sew up.  Is it weird that I use a knife sharpener?  Do you use a "proper" tool or something random like this?


Now iron it down.


Just make sure you have enough fabric in your opening that when you topstitch, you'll completely close this opening up:


Here's what it should look like now:


Head back to your machine to topstitch this bad boy up.  Again, seam allowance is up to you.


And you're done!  Bam.  How easy was that?!


Pretty cute, right?



Well, poop face or not, he sure makes it cute at least.
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