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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
For this pair, I stitched through the elastic in the back, like Tara suggested here, to prevent my elastic from rolling.
Iris is such an exuberant, affectionate kid and she's so expressive, too. Always.
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!"
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.