Tuesday, September 25, 2012

10 weeks & counting!

I can't believe that I have less than 10weeks left till the arrival of our baby boy!
This pregnancy seemed to go really fast,with all the Summer busy-ness,school starting again & all the canning,preserving, & freezing that I've been doing.
I have so many questions about this little guy....
will he look like his brothers did when they were born? tiny,very little hair,all weighing in at approx. 6lbs. 4oz.
Or will he look like his sister? chubby,lots of rolls & thick,long black hair,weighing in at 7lbs. 71/2oz.
Will he be fussy & need very little sleep like his oldest brother? or Sleep alot & be very content like his other 3 siblings?
In the beginning of this journey,we really wanted to be able to give Aalyvia a little sister.
Since then God has shown me in so many ways, why he chose to bless us with a little boy.In these last few weeks,I have been SO thankful that we are having a boy & not a girl.
Not only will it be great for River to have a brother so close in age(there is a 4yr gap between Weston & River),but I also don't need to go do any MAJOR shopping for this little guy. And to be truly honest,had this baby been a girl,we would likely never have made it to church in time for the sermon!-true story.Boys are easy! & Aalyvia is loving the fact that she never needs to share her room,girly toys etc.;)
According to statistics our little guy is approx.15in. long,3.5lbs & about the size of a large cabbage.
I'm no longer feeling the tiny sporadic kicks that I was feeling before,there are little baby rolls & turns & kicks. This is probably my favorite stage of my pregnancies,I'm on the home stretch,I'm finally feeling more normal,the emotional ups & downs aren't quite so crazy. Yes,I am larger & more uncomfortable in that sense,but that only means I'll be meeting this little guy very soon & I CANNOT wait!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Baby E's cuddle blankets

Yes,I did just do that. Name drop-Letter drop,in this case:)
We finally have a name for the little guy that Andy & I both agree on. And with all the baby boys that are coming soon,we just want you all to know that if you have a son before us & use the name we have chosen,we will be comin for ya! no, just messing with ya:)
but in all seriousness,our son's name will not be changed,regardless of
what you all name your boys:)-
I found this fun Giraffe skin print at JoAnn Fabrics,I bought a 3/4yrd. for 12.00 & was able to get 4 cuddle blankets from it.If I would've bought his cuddle blankets they would've cost me 12.00 for just one! & I like to have a few spares:) I had bought some black satin, blanket trim to trim them with, but with the thickness of the fabric it just got really bulky & stiff,not something a child would want to snuggle with. So I just sewed around the edges,turned the right sides out & sewed a reinforcing stitch all around the edges to give it some detail & they turned out great!
I'm not sure why I'm loving the animal prints so much this time,but thats what I keep buying:)
I purchased this leapord print blanket with a fleece lining at Kohls with a 30% off coupon & it was already on sale @ 20% off & it ended up being only 12.00!
Next on my to-do list is to make some burp cloths,hoping to get to those very soon. The days & weeks are passing so quickly that there are days when I feel like there will not be enough time to finish getting ready for this little guy.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Little Miss' Room

I love this little Miss' room! from the glass chandelier to the pale blue walls(her choice),to the painted,pressed wood flooring. I'll be alittle sad when the carpeting goes in. I know it will be cozier & more practical(less flooring to mop),but I like the look of the painted floor.
She has her own little table & chairs,rocking chair & highchair for playing dolls. Someday they will all get painted,I just haven't decided yet what color they should be.
For her birthday this year,one of the first things on her wish list was a bouquet of flowers to put in a vase on her little table,these are the ones she picked:)
Right now she has a hodge-podge selection of blankets & throws on her bed,I've sewn a patchwork quilt for her,I just need to find the time to get it quilted. Maybe this winter I can get a bunch of Aunts & Grammies to help me out with that. The afgan is a colorful,rainbow throw that I found at our local thrift store that I snatched up for 8.00,she loves it!
Her dresser is in desperate need of some TLC,it needs a fresh coat of paint(can't decide if I want to go with a bright,fresh color or just repaint it white) & then I'd like to change out her old,falling off,wooden drawer pulls with some pretty glass ones.
this hope chest also needs painted & re-upholstered. & her little nook is begging for something to be done with it also. Since the pictures have been taken,the chest has been moved to the foot-end of her bed. Hoping to make this a quiet little reading nook w/ a comfy vintage chair(that I just bought & will be perfect!)
And the girl has more closet space than me! now she just needs closet doors:)
like the 2 posts before this one,once I get all my to-do projects done in their rooms & the trim & carpeting get put in,I'll be posting up-dated versions...until then.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Playroom

Wow,trying to gather my thoughts...I had all the kiddos quietly playing Legos & as the photos uploaded the fighting ensued! now all the Legos have been put away & they have all been sent outside to play & wear off their angry energy.
The children finally have a room that is entirely for toys,no mounds of toys in the living room,kitchen or bedrooms,it's a beautiful thing! Although they do keep their favorites beside their beds for safe-keeping from the littlest Hilty who can make a disaster with toys pretty quickly:)
I really should have taken before photos of what this room looked like before I had it cleaned up. I literally hauled out 2 garbage bags of trash/broken toys etc. that simply got burned. Followed by 2 big boxes of things for the garage sale. along with a few larger items that the children had outgrown & no longer wanted,it was very liberating!
The after photos make their playroom look pretty sparse but thats o.k....Christmas is just around the corner & the house tends to get full pretty quickly when the Christmas gifts start rollin in. Now theres a place for them all to go:)
I had a few cute creepers who kept wanting to get in on the pictures:)
Eventually I would like to get some matted frames to hang the children's artwork in here, on one wall. Another wall will get a large chalkboard painted on it. Lanterns or string lights of some kind would also be a nice touch,I think. It needs to become a place where they love to play. I'm hoping to get this project finished before the snow flies & they are cooped up inside more.
Any suggestions on how to make this a much-loved,much-used playroom? I would love to get some ideas that I could use in this space!