Sunday, November 25, 2012


We have some kind of nasty ick here - fevers, snot, and coughing. Steve sounds like an old man with tuberculosis. So does Joe, for that matter. I was sick all week, had no voice for three days, and I'm still not back to normal. (By the way, for a really good time, try disciplining a three-year-old when all you can get out is a hoarse whisper.) Maggie, thank goodness, seems to have a milder version of the bug (yay breastmilk!), but she cut her first two teeth on Thursday, so she's not her usual happy self either. The baby tylenol has been flowing in these parts. Ugh.

The only thing worse than having to parent a sick kid when you are sick yourself is having to parent two sick kids. Kill me now.

But, look ma! I did some sewing! I have forbidden myself from buying any more knit fabrics until I make a dent in my stash of thrifted t-shirts. Meanwhile, my kids are growing, winter is upon us, and everyone needs long sleeved shirts. So in between medicating my cranky kids, I whipped up a couple of long sleeved tees yesterday.

Hedgehog tee.

Joe's is the Flashback Skinny Tee, of course, in a size 4 (he's getting so big! sniffle!). The fabric (including the cream ribbing) was harvested from a size XL women's shirt. It needed a little something, and I decided that "something" should be a hedgehog.

Hedgehog tee.

Not the best photos - bad lighting, sick grouchy kid - what can you do?

Owl tee.

Continuing the theme, Maggie got an owl shirt to match her owl pants. The awesome owl fabric came from Christine, a.k.a. Oakrosemama. We've been doing a scrap exchange, and it's great. I find I hardly ever use my own scraps unless they are very precious (probably because I still have yards of most of the stuff in my stash), but I am very motivated to incorporate other people's scraps into my sewing.

The pattern probably looks familiar as well. It's the envelope tee from Growing Up Sew Liberated. I cut this one out in size 6-12 months, and it is a bit roomy, but by no means enormous. Both of my children are growing so fast these days!

The pumpkin-colored knit was also a thrifted t-shirt, and the white ribbing came from the same shirt I used for Joe's shirt. So that's two pieces of stashed knit, turned into cute clothes! Am I allowed to make a Spoonflower order yet?

Thank you so much for all of your congratulations and words of encouragement on my last post. This week will be my last at my current job (my to-do list includes cleaning off my desk, updating my files, passing off work, and getting taken out to lunch multiple times) and I start my new job a week from tomorrow. Exciting, busy times!

Now, if we could just get over this bug ...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Four months!!

It is that time again - Maggie is four months old now!

Four months!

This is such a fun age: social, interactive, smiley, but not yet mobile. When Joe was a baby, I was always eager for the next milestone or stage. With Maggie, I'm just enjoying the current moment so much, knowing how quickly babyhood will pass.

Four months!
We had a mishap with this month's iron-on transfer. Probably because I completely failed to follow the instructions. Ahem.

Maggie is the sweetest, calmest, squishiest, most kissable baby ever. In my opinion, anyway. Her "likes" include being worn in the sling, hanging out on a blanket and kicking, being jiggled while eating (?), and playing with her brother. She has really only one strong dislike, and that's being in a stopped car. Unfortunately, stop-and-go traffic and red lights are a frequent occurrence in our part of the world. Maggie makes her displeasure clear at these times. As Joe says (usually from the back seat), "Maggie wants to GO!" To which we can only reply, "We're doing our best here, Miss Margaret!"

Four months!

Maggie's four-month onesie is paired with her latest pair of Big Butt Baby Pants in light blue denim, featuring an owly bottom. I made these yesterday just for this occasion. I admit, there was a thick layer of dust on my sewing machine!

Four months!

Maggie loves tummy time. Her favorite thing is to gather up the blanket she's on, and chew on it. Yum.

Four months!
This past month has been quite the whirlwind. I started back at work about a month ago, which is challenging enough. But about a week ago, things got even more exciting - I accepted a new job! I have been working at my firm for ten years now, ever since I graduated from law school - ten happy years working with great attorneys and wonderful friends.  But it's time to move on. My new job as an in-house assistant city attorney will be challenging but more family-friendly: shorter days, great benefits, and no billable hour requirements.

I'm really excited! I start my new position in December.

Since July, I've had a second baby, put my first born in preschool (where he is doing great!), and applied for and got a new job (only the second position of my legal career). That's a lot of life change packed into a short period. My sewing machine - and this blog - have been a bit neglected. (I am also woefully behind in reading all of your blogs!) So it goes. Once things settle down a bit, I'm hoping this new opportunity will give me more time for sewing, blogging, and, most importantly, more time with these two.

Joe and Maggie
I think that's Halloween candy on Joe's face. Oops.

I think I need to frame this one to display on my new desk.