In my 9th month of pregnancy, I have lost my desire to sew. I just can't sew anymore. I am too tired. I am working on the baby's needlepoint stocking when I feel like sewing. It's a nice thing to work on.
So in my family someone usually makes the new baby a quilt. Typically it's my older sister Anne or my Mom. Anne's made my girls each a quilt. But with 2 young kids of her own, I asked my Mom to make Gummy Bear a quilt. Although my Mom is an amazing quilter, I asked her to make this very simple quilt. It's made from flannel and it's very thick, warm and cozy. I wanted it to be made from bold, bright fabric. I imgaine using this quilt in the stroller on our long walks in the morning after I put the kids on the bus. Or used in the car, or on the couch. As you can see Grace really likes it!
With some of the leftover fabric, my Mom sewed up a little baby quilt. She really wanted the baby to have quilt that was more babyish. So this one is smaller and thinner and I am sure he'll use it a lot too!
For this being our 3rd baby, we are so lucky to have some very lovely friends and co workers who gave us a baby shower and baby gifts for this little guy. We were lucky enough to get some money and gift cards and we put it towards getting a brand new stroller. My other stoller, the one I got with Grace, was so beat up we finally threw it away a year or so ago. I wish that stroller had an odometer on it. I'd love to know how many miles I put on that stroller with nearly 10 years of constant use. So a stroller is seriously the ONE baby thing that I really care about. It's my ticket to freedom with a young child. I love nothing more than loading up my baby, grabbing the dog, and going for a nice long walk by the river.
So here is the stroller! Over the holiday weekend while I was visiting my sisters, we put our heads together, and decided THIS stroller was the best stroller for my needs. I needed a stroller that was great in a city- able to go over bumpy sidewalks and make tight turns, yet not be too big and bulky. I also wanted a stroller that was easy to steer with one hand if need be. My strollers are used outside for the most part rather than used inside malls or for shopping. I love taking the dog on walks with us. My old stroller (which I LOVED) had 2 separate handles and that was actually really hard to steer with one hand when holding onto a dog in the other hand. I like the one handle on this stroller. And last I needed a stroller that was not just for a baby. I use a stroller for a LONG time. At least till the child is 4 years old. Like I said, my stroller is my ticket to freedom. Living in the city and so close to the amazing river walk, our walks can go from a couple miles long to 8 miles long! Once they are older, I let my kids get out and walk for awhile but no child of mine could ever keep up with my pace or endurance (haha) so they always end up back in the stroller at some point. So the weight limit on this stroller is 65 pounds and for fun Margot tried it out. And at 6 1/2 years old, she almost still fits!
Of course one of the biggest decisions to make while pregnant is the deciding on the baby's name. It was so easy to name Grace. Her name is Grace Anne. We thought her name was beautiful and perfect just like her. BUT she does not agree. First of all she thinks her name Grace Anne is redudant. Anne apparently means Grace. So it's like I named her Grace Grace she says. Then there is the factor of our last name. More redudancy with her middle name and last name. Sigh. So, she would like to rename her self "Grace Caroline" as you can see she signed her "name" on our window for all to see. Sigh.
Margot was a little harder to name. We were pretty certain on her first name when we went into the hospital but had no idea what her middle name should be. We decided to name her Eve. Margot Eve. Again, the perfect name for the perfect girl.
So onto this little dude. I find naming a boy MUCH HARDER. We have decided to wait to meet this little guy till we name him. It won't be long. But we've called him Gummy Bear for so long we wonder if that nickname will stick...