7.31.2014

I'm still pregnant (and Dana's Basic Shorts)

Today is officially my due date.  Having gone past my due date with all three of my previous pregnancies, I had no expectations of going early this time.  With Jude and Indigo, I tried everything short of castor oil to get myself into labor.  And it made me totally crazy.  With Iris and this pregnancy, I let the idea of going early, well, go.  It's so liberating.


40 weeks!
40 weeks!

Dan's sister, Becky, and her daughter, Charis, spent a long weekend with us this past weekend and they joked that we were in denial.  Baby?  What baby?  We haven't so much as packed a hospital bag.   Becky was most certainly not in denial and loaded our freezer with the most amazing meals.  She also cooked dinner every night and did a lot of baking, too.  It was unbelievable, really - and so delicious.   We felt so loved.   Jude and Indigo commented, "Becky is an awesome cook.  And she's so fast!"  It's true.  She whipped up cinnamon rolls from scratch, without a recipe, in what seemed like a matter of minutes.  When she wasn't cooking or baking, she was playing card games with the kids.  She taught them several new card games which they spent hours playing with her.  We had such a wonderful time with them.  They live in Cambodia and we won't see them again for a couple of years.  We were all so sad to see them go.

On Monday I was checking Feedly while waiting to see my midwife and was completely surprised to see that Victoria from As-It-Seams had organized the most amazing thing for me.  She had asked several sewing bloggers from around the world to each create a mobile ornament for our new baby!  The idea is just so me.  It meant so much to me that these bloggers who I admire so much would take the time to make something so special for us.  I'm normally not a crier, but I totally got teary right there in the waiting room!  There was a fish by Victoria, a bird by Suz, a dress by Gail, an Ethiopian star by Kristin, a moon by An, a boat and a sheep by Sanae, and a cloud by Natalie.  Not to be excessively gushy about it, but I can't even say how much it means to me - it was just so thoughtful.  And at home, I was absolutely excessively gushy about it.  My kids admired each ornament with me, too!

While we wait for our girl to arrive, I've been sewing small projects here and there.  Among them is Dana's Basic Shorts pattern.  This is the flat front version.  They take about 45 minutes to sew, from start to finish.

Dana's Basic Shorts in Chambrey

I made the first pair for Vintage May and was surprised by how frequently Iris reaches for them.  She's not much for dresses lately, except for this one (the Caroline Party Dress).  She loves that dress!  But otherwise these shorts are her go-to choice!

Dana's Basic Shorts in Chambray 

I made the Vintage May pair in a size 2, based on her measurements, I believe.  But Iris will turn 3 in a couple of months and those shorts were getting a little snug.  So I went with the size 3 this time.  I love the fit.

Dana's Basic Shorts in Chambray 

These shorts require very little fabric.  I made this pair from a scrap of chambray that I almost tossed when I went through my stash recently.  It was so small I wondered what I'd do with it.  It turns out it was big enough for a pair of size 3 shorts!

Dana's Basic Shorts in Linen

For my second pair, I used this linen/cotton blend.  I really love this fabric!  I want to use it on everything right now.  It's a little darker than natural linen and the hand is so soft.  Linen can sometimes be scratchy but this isn't at all.

Dana's Basic Shorts in Linen

For this pair, I stitched through the elastic in the back, like Tara suggested here, to prevent my elastic from rolling.

Dana's Basic Shorts in Linen

Iris is such an exuberant, affectionate kid and she's so expressive, too.  Always.

Dana's Basic Shorts in Linen

For the longest time, whenever I'd ask her if she wanted a baby sister she'd respond with, "Ummmm... nope!"  I asked Dan, "Do you think she knows what we're asking?"  He said, "I'm pretty sure she knows what a baby is."  I showed her YouTube videos of newborns nursing and she would turn my phone face down and look away!  But recently she seems to be warming up to the idea, talking about how the baby's coming soon, that she wants the baby to come and her favorite saying of all: "Baby no eat food!  Only nurse!  Because baby no have teeth!"  

dana's basic shorts in linen

I guess we'll have to wait and see but for now, I'm cautiously optimistic that she might be okay with her new baby sister.  And with that, I should probably go pack my hospital bag now.

15 comments:

  1. Ha! I'm 39 weeks tomorrow and just packed my hospital bag on Monday (and finally found the baby clothes, too). But my first was a tiny bit early (2nd was way late) so I'm still delusional enough to think that I could go before my due date. I'm not totally ready to give up on a before-41 week delivery.

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  2. You look beautiful! Enjoying catching up with your blog and seeing how much the kids are growing! I think Iris gets taller and/or more grownup-looking in between each post. :)

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  3. You're such a pretty pregnant lady. Hope she makes her appearance soon, though, for Texas-summer's sake!! I was so happy to make something for you...but please be forewarned my package may be a tad late because I have to throw some other goodies in too. Haha.

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    1. oh yeah and i love the shorts! Dana really nailed the fit on those, didn't she??

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  4. The very best for you, your Baby Girl and the whole familiy! I love your Pictures, all of them. And the sweet Shorts! Best wishes from Germany Barbara

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    1. Thank you so much for those lovely wishes, Barbara! I appreciate them! :)

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  5. Me too! I went over with all 5 of mine. That's the way we roll! Blessings on you and baby.

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  6. First, you look UH-MAZING at 40 weeks! Love that round, happy belly:) So glad you're not frustrated with waiting and have such an awesome attitude about going past your due date:)
    And that mobile!! What a sweet, thoughtful, meaningful gift! When I first read about the project on Sanae's blog, I was so happy for you and excited that you would receive such a tangible outpouring of blog love. And your baby girl will get to hear stories as she grows about the creative women who welcomed her with such style!
    I've called you my "enabler" before . . . and here you go again:) Dana's shorts pattern has been popping into my head all summer, first when I was trying to make some racer shorts (and messed up my first attempt), and then more recently when I debated some flat front shorts for my older daughter. I love the versions you made for Iris! Such personality is those delightful photos of her:)

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    1. Thank you, Lucinda! I would love to see you make these shorts for your girls - for selfish reasons! :) I love this pattern for toddlers, but I've wondered if it would work equally as well on older girls. I don't know! You're sewing is impeccable so I hope you make it so I can find out. :)

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  7. Ooh, looking at that second to last photo, I think Iris and Audrey would be a good match in the 'death stare frown' stakes. Expressive indeed! But those big brown eyes or hers, gorgeous.
    Good luck, I guess you know what you're doing by now, but I wish you well.

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  8. My babies were all late too - but by three and four I had come to the realisation that they are easier in ;-)
    Sending love and best wishes for you all - looking forward to 'meeting' bub!

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  9. Omg so funny about the baby no eat food. It was really hard to convince our girls that they couldn't feed Hawthorne when he arrived, and that he wouldn't be playing with them right away.

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  10. Oh darling girl, you look amazing!
    I am 35 weeks but I am filling the freezer. I had not packed my bags but a unsettled night and a 3 hour drive to our birthing centre ahead of us prompted me to do those!

    Best of luck to you, you look wonderfully healthy.
    xx N

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  11. ahhhh look at you! you look amazing! and i'm so glad i was able to be a part of your mobile surprise and i can't wait for your big announcement!! :)

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  12. I do love that shorts pattern and am sending wishes for a safe and soon delivery!! xo

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