Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's been a while...

So...my semi-weekly baking episodes didn't go as well as planned.  The brownies were absolutely to die for by the way, and the only thing I've baked since are some muffins and on Sunday I made an apple crisp to go with the vanilla ice cream in the freezer.  I'll try to find some motivation to actually follow through with the baking my way through that still gorgeous book sitting on my counter along with the marzipan I bought in anticipation of baking the cake.

In the meantime, I've been settling in to the first 18 weeks of my first pregnancy :).  That faint little second line is enough to mean pregnant.  I was skeptical at first, but the doctor's office confirmed it later the same day.

So far I've had about 6 tubes of blood taken (I think), peed in many cups, and had one ultrasound.  To date, nothing scary to report.  I've barely begun planning - waiting on May 15 to find out what we're having to really dig in.  That doesn't mean I've completely passed on shopping though...there is a very small stockpile of diapers growing in what will be the baby's room (once we clean all of the other miscellaneous stuff out of it).  I've also purchased some new clothes - hoping to make most of my non-baby wardrobe work with the strategic use of belly bands mixed in with the new clothes.

I've also got a short list of baby projects, which I'm sure will get longer.  First one complete, thanks to a nice afternoon with my fantastic friend Katie.  (Also, my business partner - Happy Frog Kitchen gourmet jams and preserves will start showing up at Upstate SC farmers markets in the next few weeks!)  While she worked on making an adorable fabric flower, I made a countdown shirt, based on the idea I got from the DIY Maternity blog.  Miranda's shirt is way more polished than mine, but for the amount of money and effort I put into mine, I'm happy (more on that below).

I bought a really inexpensive ($3) tank top at Wal Mart and some fabric paint at JoAnn, printed out numbers courtesy of Katie's printer, laid them under the shirt and traced them with a sharpie, then filled them in with fabric paint.  The (low) quality of the shirt allowed me to do this, but I'm considering the freezer paper method that Miranda outlined to make some nicer ones as gifts for future mommies to be.  You can see below, that this shirt is pretty light on the thickness, but for $5 and an hour or so, I'm not complaining.  I'm going to try to keep the photos going, although I'll have the hubby help on the next one (the only way I could get a non-shaky shot was to prop the camera on the jewelry box and use the timer - hence no head).

Speaking of hubby helping...our new fancy stroller arrived yesterday.  He got to put the wheels on and do a quality inspection.  It's a zooper twist, which is pretty much an umbrella stroller on steroids.  The seat back reclines and there's an attachable bug screen, rain shield, sleeping bag...I can't wait to use it!

That's all for now!  Up next on my agenda are some upcycled belly bands from old camis (I hope) and in the near future, a diaper bag - I have the fabric, just have to cut it out and sew.