Four Months!

My babies are now four months old.  I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by.  The boys are a little less cuddly now (they no longer snuggle up and go to sleep the minute I pick them up), but they make up for that in personality.  They each are developing their own distinct personalities, and it is so much fun to see.

4 mos G

This little guy weighs about 14 lbs now and is about 25 inches long (I’ll get the exact measurements tomorrow at the four month checkup).  He loves to smile at his brother, giggle, play with toys, and chew on his hands.  He can go from happy to sad (and back) in a second.  And he slept through the night for the very first time this weekend.

4 mos S

This little guy weighs about 15 lbs and is about 25 inches long.  He loves his pacifier, his blanket, bath time, pulling Mommy’s hair, talking, and sticking out his tongue.  He prefers to fall asleep while cuddling during the day, but falls asleep decently on his own at night.  He still hasn’t slept through the night yet – usually waking up about two times per night.

I take pictures of the boys each month next to their bears, to provide a size comparison.  I wish I had taken one when they were newborns because they were so tiny, but I started at one month.  Still, there has been quite a lot of change since then.

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DSC_0275 - Version 2_fotor  4 mos G

I made the bears for the boys before they were born (apparently, in my head, nesting = make all the things), and I do hope that they love them as they get older.  They aren’t really old enough to appreciate stuffed animals yet (especially ones larger than themselves!), but hopefully they will get there.

I used the How Joyful Bear Pattern, which I’ve used at least three times before (and blogged about here).

bears

It’s fairly straightforward, provided you have some experience making stuffed animals.  But, even if you are a beginner, it should be doable, though a little time consuming.  The How Joyful pattern is my go-to pattern for making bears for new babies.  I recently saw an idea posted somewhere to make stuffed bears out of baby clothes that are too small.  I might try to find a different bear pattern (or make my own) to make smaller bears for the babies with some of the clothes they wore when they were newborns.  It’s hard to believe preemie clothes were too big for these boys when they were first born.  I would hate to give all of those clothes away, so making a bear or other stuffed animal out of them might be just the ticket.

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An owl quilt and a Dr. Seuss purse

Amazingly, I’ve managed to finish two projects this week (the three- (er, make that four, since I took yesterday off for a medical appointment) day weekend really helped)!

I decided to do some non-garment sewing, just so I could have some quick satisfaction, requiring no fittings!  (And no fussing to get the just-right wearing-the-garment photos.) Last year, I went on a kick of making coin purses and make-up bags.  I made one such coin purse for my mom, which she loved.  A couple of months ago, she asked me for a new one, and I finally complied.  So, here we have the coin purse (made up in Dr. Seuss fabrics, of course, because what grown woman does not need a Dr. Seuss coin purse?). DSC_0202 The fabric was from my local Pacific Fabrics.

Next, I finally finished a quilt that I had started months ago.  I had gotten the blocks assembled, but needed to do the borders and then decide what to do for the backing and binding.  This weekend I finally got around to doing that.DSC_0210All of the fabric came from my local Joann Fabrics.  The fabric for the squares mostly came from a fat quarter pack that I found, and then I added the browns and the purple used for the border.  I just loved the owl fabric and thought it would make a cute quilt. For the backing, I found a nice teal chevron fabric which highlighted the teals on the front. DSC_0213To quilt it, I just used basic straight-line quilting.  I haven’t tried out free-motion quilting on my new sewing machine yet, and decided this quilt probably wasn’t the best place to start experimenting!  I’ll have to make up some small quilts to do some practicing.

DSC_0227Overall, I’m pretty happy with it.  I do tend to prefer more low volume quilts, but this one is bright and happy, which is a nice change from the dull and dreary winter we’ve been having lately.  I don’t know what I’ll do with it yet, but one can never have too make blankets, right?

And in other exciting news, I received the fabric I ordered from Mood for the Style Arc Ziggi Sew Along being hosted by SewMaris and Stacy Sews.  Very exciting!

DSC_0218I haven’t decided yet whether to make the body mostly black with the colorful fabric used as accents on the sleeves or vice versa.  I ordered enough of both fabrics so I could do either.  I will have to do some playing and imagining to figure out which way to make the jacket.

And finally, I leave you with this face:

DSC_0239editAfter all the recent vet trips I’ve had to make because of this little guy being up to no good, it’s a darn good thing he’s cute.  And utterly loveable.

Recharged with solitude and sewing

I spent most of last weekend reading, sewing, and just enjoying some alone time.  It was glorious.  I am fairly outgoing, but there are just times when I need to spend a couple of days by myself.  Having done that, I now feel like I can face the world again for a while.  I feel recharged.

One of Ike’s millions of cousins just had a baby, so I decided it’d be a good time to make a baby gift.  My very favorite stuffed animal as a kid was a stuffed animal that someone hand made for me.  It was sort of a nondescript cross between a teddy bear and a puppy dog (I think), but I loved it so much.  If I could make a stuffed animal to look exactly like my “green baby” (oh, how creative I was with the naming!), I’d do it.  But, since I have no clue how to go about doing that, I searched the internet for a fabric teddy bear pattern.  I found this pattern from How Joyful and decided to give it a try.

Here’s the end product:

I used some fleece that I had on hand (left over from a fleece quilt), made a couple of changes to make it newborn friendly (stitched on the eyes, instead of using buttons which pose a choking hazard), and voila!  It’s soft and cuddly – perfect for a new baby.  The pattern makes quite a large teddy bear, perfect for little baby hands to grab!  And I found the process of putting it together quite easy.  I’m so excited to give this to the new baby girl in the family.  I’ve already started work on another one, with blue accents, for another new baby in the extended family.