Saturday morning has always been one of my favorite parts of the week. It has such promise with the upcoming weekend, but is always relaxed and refreshing. I've always tried to wake up early on Saturdays to get some quiet time before Cora wakes up. Ben is usually up (just getting back from work) during that time so we get to catch up and discuss what we want to do that weekend and goals for the week. An hour or so later, Ben heads out to our neighborhood courts to play some pickup basketball for a couple of hours while I get some more quiet time and morning cuddles with Cora. We'll slowly get ready and I walk the mile to meet Ben. Cora loves watching her dad play basketball and play on the new playground they put in. Whenever Ben is finished, we all head to lunch together. It isn't super exciting or adventurous, but it's a fun little routine that the three of us can cherish during this time of busyness and change.
My sister and college roommate are both expecting (my sister just had her babe), so I wanted to make something special for them. I don't have a lot of money and love making things, so getting a handmade gift from me is pretty much a given. I was inspired by a quilt that Rad&Happy made (sidenote: if you aren't following her on IG, then you need to... I pretty much love everything she's done and sums up the anxiousness of gifting quilts in this post perfectly). I made a couple size changes and added lots more color and pattern.
I stuck with blues for my college roommate's quilt. I loved the monochromatic look and she said they were keeping their nursery more neutral and blue colors. I went with the green thread mostly because I couldn't find my blue thread and already had the green on my machine, but I like the small hint of another color that isn't very obvious.
For my sister's quilt, I went with the green border to go with her nursery... I was worried it might be too neon green, but it ended up being the perfect match. I added the blue tabs mostly to fix a binding mistake I made, but I love the color blocking and it adds a little something else to the quilt... so a happy accident :). I also used black crosshatched fabric on the back of this one instead of the gray I used on the other one. No real rhyme or reason, I just bought enough of each for one quilt because I loved them both and couldn't decide on just one.
I started these around the end of March and worked in small increments (usually my Thursday nights when Cora is at her grandparents) finishing just in time for their showers in early June. These are only my third and fourth quilts I've made (see my first here), but I loved working on these knowing they would be wrapped around babies that I love. Now I just need to work on a quilt for my own baby.
In case you don't follow me on other forms of media... Surprise! Our family will be welcoming another baby girl into our family in September. We are so excited for the new addition to our family and we're excited to see what life as a family of four looks like for us. We've had quite a lot of other changes in the last 6 months (a post for another day), so classic second child has taken the back burner a little bit.
How we found out: After work one day in January, I realized that I hadn't had my monthly visitor, so Cora and I took a trip to Target to pick up a test and a couple other necessities. I experienced my first Terrible Twos/Threenager behavior (Cora running away from me in the store, screaming, etc) so I was sure there was some judgement when the cashier was checking out the pregnancy tests while I'm holding a screaming toddler... c'est la vie. Ben was off at basketball and called me while I was taking the test to let me know he was on his way home (he didn't know what I was doing and thought it was weird I was so quiet). It was so faint at first, but faint means positive and I was so excited after months of waiting. I wrapped up the positive test and put it in a gift bag with some other treats for Ben and anxiously waited for him to come home. He thought I just bought him a toothbrush... hahahaha, yup I bought a toothbrush and wrapped it up with wrapping paper to give to him :|. He was all smiles when he saw what it was and could not have been happier. We spent the rest of the evening talking about names, how fun it will be for Cora to have a sibling, and taking family pictures to remember the moment.
What Cora thinks: We shared the news with family pretty early on because we knew Cora wouldn't be able to keep a secret for long. Cora loves being able to announce "I'm gonna be a big sister!" and still loves to share the news with any stranger that will listen. She came to the anatomy ultrasound and when the tech said it was a girl, Cora kept saying "It's not a girl, it's a sister!" and telling the tech not to push so hard on my belly. She also loved to trick people and say "It's a BOY!!!" Overall she has been pretty excited to have a baby and judging by her nurturing personality, I think she'll be a really good sister and helper.
How I'm feeling: Overall, this pregnancy is a lot harder on me than my pregnancy with Cora. I'm more sick, my body is achier, and my belly is growing faster than I did with my first pregnancy. While I'm probably just as tired this time around, my body isn't craving sleep like it did with Cora. I used to have to go to sleep or nap right when I got home from work and get 8-10 hours, but I'm doing pretty good on 7 hours a night most days during the week. This baby moves around a lot more and I can feel her flipping around all of the time (Cora was pretty much in one position the whole time and her kicks were always in the same places). Baby sister kicks and moves a lot more when she can hear Cora's voice, so they're already bonding or she's trying to get away from the noise.
Looking forward to: I'm really looking forward to seeing what Baby Sister's personality is going to be like since she already seems so different from Cora. I can't wait to see how Cora will be as a big sister and watch all the adventures they'll enjoy together. I'm also really looking forward to a longer maternity leave (almost twice as long) so I can enjoy more time with the baby and spend time with Cora. I also have a nephew coming soon, so I'm really excited to see what it'll be like with them all growing up together.