Tuesday, September 22, 2009

this week ::

table set for birthday

lighted birthday ring

new ostheimer toys - mermaids

a montessori tradition - sun and earth

:: I have enjoyed seeing our oldest daughter Lena turn six

:: I have changed countless diapers {no need of a picture of that!}

:: I have had lots of smoochable moments with Rosemary, getting to see her personality already – and its cute!!

cute foot

Rosemary two weeks old

mama made booties

mama made booties

:: I have spent a few moments outside with Elise collecting Acorns

acorn collecting

:: I have completed this sock and started on the second

knitting socks

{Thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers, they mean so much. By the way, I forgot to share that Rosemary weighed 8 lbs 3 oz at birth and is 20” long.}

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome Rosemary Lee ~

back at home

Our newest baby girl was born on Labor Day evening at 9:15 pm at home in the water. It was a beautiful & spiritual labor and birth.

We realized when she was born, that she had some abnormalities in the shape of her head. We spent the next 5 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with a team of physicians and surgeons and came up with a plan to treat her immediate health concerns and her long term development. She has been diagnosed with Craniosynastosis with suspected Crouzon Syndrome.

We are heartbroken as you can imagine, but take each day one at a time. We love her so much and have seen many answered prayers and blessings during our first week journey with Rosemary. She is truly an angel.

We came home on Saturday and got settled back into our nest with the rest of our family. The other children adore her and we’re getting on a great routine. She nurses fabulously and is sleeping long stretches at night – what a dream baby! We know she will teach us so much, and we feel honored to be entrusted to raise such a special child.

Please keep us in your prayers – especially for the upcoming surgeries to go well and for her to be able to live a normal life.

cute toes - 2nd weigh-in

family tradition birth-day cake

all the girls

back at home

Monday, September 7, 2009

Blanket for our babe ~

And to match this coverlet, a small rendition was in order ::

blanket for our babe

Inspired by the upcoming season of autumn, I wanted to create something with texture and warmth. I decided on a panel of leftover Anna Maria Horner Good Folks scraps and matched it up with this dotted brown corduroy. I found a worn-in organic flannel crib sheet in my linen closet, and decided to repurpose it for the back of this quilt. It was a perfect match, adding even more texture. Just like its larger counterpart, this smaller version for our new-baby-to-come is oh so soft and comfy!!!

blanket for our babe

{finished size is 27" x 34"}

Saturday, September 5, 2009

a Saturday afternoon of handwork ~

handwork - doll making and knitting

handwork - face

handwork - doll

rainbow sock

sock heel

rainbow yarn

Here's to hoping some handwork "works" into your weekend!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

a new throw ~

a new throw

My goal before the baby arrives has been to sew together these fabulous colors into something for our bed - something to have to snuggle under those long nursing sessions to come!! I finished it this week and have been enjoying it so much!

love the colors!

It was actually a very simple project, washing/drying/ironing the fat quarters, then cutting them to 16" square and sewing them in rows.

repurposed duvet used on back

The best part for me was finding something I already had to use for the backing - an older duvet cover I wasn't using which got snipped to size and sewn on the back (I did use cotton quilting batting in between.) This is so soft~!! I did string some embroidery floss in the corners of each of the squares to help hold it together. It turned out just as I was hoping and just in time!!

a new throw