Friday, April 29, 2011

Sewing For Angelica

Our doctor told us Angelica will likely be a around 4 pounds when she is born. Laura was 6 1/2 pounds and we thought she was teeny tiny. We had to go buy preemie clothes for her to wear the first month of life because the newborn clothes were way too big for her. So I wanted to make some little outfits that would fit Angelica. I found a free pattern ( and shrunk it down to about preemie size and made some cute little baby gowns for her. I love this pattern because it has the little pockets that fold over the baby's hands to keep her warm.

My favorite part was making some matching outfits for Laura and Angelica. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to sew matching outfits for my 2 children. So, as silly as it is, I just had to sew them one matching outfit.

And of course, I had to make matching hair accessories.

I'm not sure that she will live long enough to enjoy these little outfits, but it feels good to know that if she does, she will have a cute wardrobe. And I enjoyed sewing them so much. There is not a whole lot that we can do to prepare for this baby, so it was nice to have something to do.
Best of all, my mother sewed the most beautiful blessing/burial gown for her. She made it out of her wedding dress and it turned out so perfect.

She sent me some of the left over fabric so I could make a matching bonnet.

We are down to 4 more days before we go in to be induced. And although I am getting scared and sad that we will have to say goodbye to her so soon, we are excited to be able to meet our daughter after waiting so long for her arrival. I think it is going to be a very special, sweet experience.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Laura's Birthday Party

We decided to have Laura's birthday party a week and a half in advance since her birthday is 2 days before our scheduled induction date. We had a little chef party theme and it was so much fun. We sent out invitations telling everyone to come prepared to do some cooking and to bring their own rolling pin. We invited 8 children children thinking that we would probably only have 5 or 6 be able to come. All but one ended up coming so we had a house full of 2 year olds. I made them each an apron and chef hat and they all looked so cute. We had so much fun rolling out pizza dough and making pizzas and decorating Laura's birthday cake.

We played a game that I made up called "Fill the Fruit Bowl" which consisted of giving each of the children a piece of fruit that they could throw in the bowl. Peter said it sounded like a dumb game but I figured they were too young to do anything more complicated. It actually was so much fun. It took a little while for them to figure out what they were supposed to do and most of them were busy eating the fruit they were given, but once they got the hang of it, they were having so much throwing the fruit.

I look forward to more fun parties each year! I love planning parties for little kids!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My friend, Abbie, offered to take some maternity pictures for me. I admit I was hesitant at first because the last thing you want to do when you are nine months pregnant is take a bunch of pictures of yourself. But she did such a good job and I think they turned out so beautiful. I especially loved how she was able to capture Laura's little personality on camera. Laura is VERY diffucult to take pictures of and Abbie did a great job. I know I will treasure these pictures for the rest of my life and it will be a great memory of the precious time I got to spend with Angelica inside of me.

If you want to see more of Abbie's work you can check out her website, Abbie Rufener Photography at She does an awesome job!