Too close for comfort

27 weeks. Not even in the last trimester and I’m wide awake at night with my hips aching and my mind racing to do things that are far too soon to do…like sanitize pacifiers. Which then brings me to thinking about the piles of regularly sanitized baby items cluttering my kitchen counter, pretending to hang out on the drying rack. Which then leads me to the dread of washing baby things and my hands billions of times a day. Which then leads me to think about how I should check to see when my eczema prescription expires. Expiration…that would be disastrous for my hands. it goes on…

Oy. What can you do?

The last two days have been a little rough. Munchkin decided that even though I put her down for a nap with impeccable timing, she wanted to wake up screaming after 30 minutes. Fortunately, I was able to fight off the wake-up-too-early-from-a-nap grumpiness by holding her while she slept for an additional hour. Today, I finally got my much needed nap and am ready(ish) to tackle our severely neglected 800 square feet of home.

But before I do that, I feel the need…er want…to tell you what I’ve actually accomplished lately. Most days, it doesn’t feel like much. First trimester fatigue? Oh go on.

A few months ago I finally finished this little beauty.


I spent an entire dollar on the foam wreath and everything else I already had. Those tiny little silver flowers weren’t in my original plan but after I realized how many pins I’d need to cover the thing and then remember how many billions of those little flowers I had and never knew what to do with them (a scrapbooking sale I couldn’t resist) the inspiration came.



Finish it off with a little left over wedding ribbon (yep, six years in the keeping) I’d say it worked out quite nice.  The “please knock” sign on the scrap paper adds a lot, don’t you think?

I’ve also set up the old sewing machine again. I’ve made quite the list of things to make and have been relatively successful lately. My most recent projects include making blackout curtains for both bedrooms and two new hooded baby/toddler towels. If you were thinking about blackout curtains, I highly recommend making your own. We tried a few from Target and found that for one, they just weren’t wide enough for our window. And in spacious apartment you can probably guess how big our windows are not. Second, their “blocks out 99% of light” wasn’t even close to what they claim, not to mention curtains are expensive. So, I went to JoAnn’s and bough blackout fabric for $5.99 a yard, minus 40-50% with sale or coupon. When all was said and done, we had covered both windows (including rod and clip-on curtain rings) for about $50. Decorative curtains to come later. Better sleep for everyone was the number one goal.

The towels for the girls turned out great. I made one when Katelyn was born but due to the shrinking size of wash cloths these days, the hood wasn’t as functional as I wanted. Now we have pretty pink matching towels for the girls with very useful hoods.

Next on the to make” “list:

A pillow for Munch, add a fabric panel to my baby wrap, curtains for the food shelf, pretty curtains for the girls’ room, crib sheets (once we actually figure out what we are doing for beds for both kiddos)….and so much more.



2 thoughts to “Too close for comfort”

  1. Wow! Sounds like we need a sewing night, not a scrapbooking night!! =) I love when you said “the girls”! So cute to think about little cute sisters sitting on a porch with their arms around each other…aww!! I wish I could make sure if we ever (x10) have another one, that it would be a girl. Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, the wreath is even more freaking gorgeous in person!! ( I guess like the cake…yummmm)

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