20 Jun 2015

On Back and Forth Pregnancy

When I was 3 weeks and 2 days along I knew that I was pregnant.  I don't care if it seems silly or like maybe it was all in my head, but it is 110% true.  (That's extra true, because of that extra 10%.) 

Lots of pregnancy magazines and websites will tell you that sometimes it is hard to tell if you are pregnant at the beginning because symptoms can be similar to PMS symptoms, or unrelated to anything to do with a baby.  It is not enough to feel a little sick or have unexplained tiredness and then attribute it to possible pregnancy, because those symptoms could be due to pregnancy or they could be attributed to a variety of other things.  

IMG 6660That said, even though it was very early on, on that Monday I was as sure that I was pregnant as I was of anything else in my life.  I had a variety of symptoms and felt (more than anything else) just utterly pregnant.  It was (arguably) too early to test but I got a few tests from the store anyway.  The kids were about to be out of school for the next 16 days and I had been working late on a lot of my Stylo looks, trying to finish as much as possible before their break started so that I could be fully present with them and not thinking about my to do list.  But I had this nagging thought in the back of my head that if I was pregnant than I should start making adjustments to take better care of myself: go to bed instead of pushing through, eat healthier, take a break instead of having extra coffee when I was dragging, etc.

I picked up a double pack of tests on my way to pick up Hannah from preschool and took one after we got home.  I know that mid-day testing is a no-no that early on because it's not very accurate, but because I was feeling everything so strongly I just went for it anyway.  

No plus sign. 

I drifted off to sleep with Hannah feeling really confused about what I was so sure that my body was telling me.  I left the test in the bathroom and didn't look at it again, because there is nothing that feels quite as condescending as a negative pregnancy test, and I didn't want to see it again.  

A few hours later just before Chris got home I grabbed something from the bathroom and glanced again at the test  despite myself.  I thought that I saw the faintest plus sign, but I honestly thought that I was just wishing it on there, or that maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me.  I remember that I kept staring at the wall for a few seconds and then back at the test trying to make sure that I wasn't just squinting the test into submission.  Chris got home a little later and after checking the test and instructions we agreed that it was a faint plus sign.  

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Which is why the next few days were so baffling.

When I woke up the next morning I took the second test right away, the most reliable and accurate time, and in flashing black digital letters the words "Not Pregnant" stared up at me.  The test instructions and Google informed me that I had likely been pregnant but that it had already ended.  That week I threw myself into various projects and tried not to let my mind wander, but in general we can just call that "The Week of Blank Staring."

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On Friday of that week I was at a friend's house and had told her about my week.  She mentioned that she had an unopened pregnancy test at her house and that I would be taking it with me when I left, which I did.  Hannah and I ran a few errands and I took the test when we got home.  I was surprised again, this time with a postive.

I want to say that this was followed by celebration, but honestly the back and forth of the week had Chris and I on guard.  The next few weeks I took care of myself in all of the right ways (naps, good food, vitamins, etc.) but I felt a bit like I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop.  I had a good few weeks with the kids while they were off of school.  We went to the park, took naps together, ate well, went for ice cream.

IMG 6645The shoe never dropped.  When I was 7 weeks I let myself get a picture or two of what appeared to be a small but emerging baby bump.   

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I also heard the heartbeat at 7 weeks, via my iPhone.  (I know, I know, but seriously, this app.)  Technology for the win.

And the baby was real and known and loved.  And we are so happy. 

9 Jun 2015

Telling the Kids

Last week after we got home from our first ultrasound, we told the kids about the baby.  

2 Jun 2015

All the Stripes Twisted Tank

I am so glad to be joining in on Laura's Twisted Tuesday pattern tour today!
Laura of Titchy Threads has two fun patterns out where the side seams are twisted around to the front and back of the garments, and the results are just so clever and cool.  I had planned to use her Twisted Trousers pattern make a lightweight pair of summer pants but the fabric I had bought was ALL WRONG in every way.  Sigh.  Luckily I had been dying to make a Twisted Tank as well and this was the perfect opportunity.  You know I had to throw some stripes in there.

28 May 2015

Floppy Bow Limon Top

 I am so happy to be joining in on the Willow & Co pattern tour today because I am really excited to show you this amazing top that I made this week!
The Limon Dress and Top is the latest pattern by Elizabeth of Charming Doodle that I'm just all obsessed with.  (My other favorites makes from her patterns are these incredible pants, the best hoodie, who could forget the reindeer head, and these pants featured in Stylo.) 
This pattern has sweet and feminine details but still seems young and sassy enough for a little peanut to strut around in. 

27 May 2015

Our Family Four + One

If it seems like things have been a little quieter here on the blog than usual, my apologies, but at least now I can finally share why.
We are all so thrilled with this happy news and delighted to finally be able to share that by the end of the year we will be a family of five.  Our smiles are bigger in real life. :)

22 May 2015

Jayce at Seven

 Jayce, I don't know how it happened, but you are seven.  
It seems incredible to me because that seems like the age of a kind of "big kid," which I guess you are now.

20 May 2015

Stylo Magazine

Pink Debbie Dress STYLOI have been sitting on a little secret for just over three months now that I am so excited to finally let out.  

In February I was invited to contribute to an incredible project, Stylo Magazine.  If you haven't heard of it before, it is a Kids Fashion Magazine entirely composed of clothing that you could make.  All pattern links and fabric links are included and contributors are encouraged to outdo themselves with fun styling and photos.  Even if you don't sew or aspire to sew it is incredibly inspirational and fun!  The kids, clothes, and photos are just amazing. 

Liberty Theo Shirt StyloI ended up making seven different garments for the issue, five with patterns that I had never used before, and one pattern that was in Dutch and I had to Google translate (and head scratch) my way through.  Luckily the photos in the tutorial were very helpful and I was so pleased with the way that everything turned out.  I was especially happy to have a good excuse to sew for Jayce and I just adore his look.IMG 7041I even made a tutorial for the pineapple pocket dress that is pictured above, and it will be up on The Sewing Rabbit later today.  I love that dress.

Zebra Persimmon Dress stylo1I'll be back later on in the week with some more details on some of my looks, but I don't really see any reason for that now because you really need to just go check out the magazine itself here.
Liberty Desert Rose Dress styloGrab a warm drink and take your time because it is beautiful!!  I love the things I made but my co-contributors really outdid themselves!!Reversible Autumn Coat stylo


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