Getting Ready for Baby

Things have been focused on getting ready for the baby around here lately.  I’ve been nesting–and one thing we did was get the windows cleaned!  I had a Groupon for it, so it was a really good deal to get them cleaned inside and out (and the screens).  We’ve lived here for 11 years and never had them cleaned before!

I’ve washed all the baby clothes, bought tiny newborn diapers, and fixed my nursing cover (it had shrunk, so I added some material to the sides).  I bought a new carseat (not everything lasts from previous babies) and made a cover for it.  I’ve also been practicing my breathing, relaxation, imagery, and verses for labor.

Yesterday I finished packing my suitcase and brought up the co-sleeper from the storage room.  I still need to make another nursing cover.  I need to buy some batteries for the hat I wear for nursing and changing diapers during the night and for the baby swings.  And I think I’ll pack an emergency bag for having the baby in the car (pray that won’t happen!)  I want to clean out under my bed and vacuum it really well.

I’m still hoping to get some sewing projects done before she’s born, because those will probably be laid on the back burner for quite a while:

* Finish “I Spy” bags for a busy bag swap, due next Wednesday

* Make picnic quilt (already cut out)

* Make my daughter’s rag quilt for her bed

The quilts will only get done if I have a major spurt of energy in the next few weeks.

Recently, I’ve been thinking that I really wish I knew more about my sewing machine. I know nothing about changing the tension and have never used any of the fancy stiches.  I got a walking foot for quiliting but have never figured out how to use it correctly.  Then, I found out about this FREE online sewing machine class! I’m not sure the timing is right for me at the moment :), but I definitely want to do this!

Become a Sewing Machine Master for Free!  Learn how to handle your sewing machine with the brand new, free, online Craftsy class, Sewing Machine 911, taught by Claudia Miller, sewing machine MD.  In this class, learn how to diagnose your machine’s symptoms and how to easily fix the most common issues, including jammed machines, top thread breaks, needle breaks, and more.  Claudia also explains the basic parts and functions of every machine.  Whether your machine is still in the box, you’re working on a hand-me-down, or even if you’re an experienced sewist who still struggles with tension, this is the class for you!  Plus, it’s free, so there’s nothing to lose.  Sign up for Sewing Machine 911 now!


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  1. You have a beautiful family!

    Seeing your link on Kelly’s blog made me think about how I was due this time last year with my 1st baby boy. I’m not due with my baby girl in late August/Sept 1. Crazy how time flies.

    Good luck!!

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