Wednesday, September 23, 2015

She has arrived!

Bright and early on Sunday, August 23, 2015, Tineke entered our lives weighing 7lbs 14oz and measuring 20.5 inches. She came out squirming and hasn't stopped since. This girl is a mover and shaker! She captured our hearts immediately! Tineke was named in honour of Shayne's grandma, who passed away last November - her name was Tintje but she went by Tina here in Canada. Our girl goes by both Tina and Tineke, depending on our mood. She also goes by "oh my baby", "fusspot", "persnickety", "adorababy", and much more. ;)

Today she is one month old! How is my baby already a month old? Where have these last four weeks gone? Days roll into nights and life goes from one feeding to the next. 

We have had many visitors in and out of the house in the last month, including my parents (Oma & Opa) for almost two weeks. It has been so nice to have extra hands around, especially experienced ones! Grammie spent a lot of time here in the beginning as well. Because of her, we were finally able to get some sleep on day four. Shayne & I agree that we've never appreciated our parents more.

She's my first, so I can't say for sure, but I think she's a fairly easy baby. She eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day, and at night she does a 4 hour stretch followed by a 3 hour stretch, most of the time. She doesn't want to miss out on anything during the day (like her parents!) so she fights sleep. We have a swing that she will usually nap in during the morning but its magic doesn't work in the afternoon all that often. Afternoon naps are induced by a long cuddle session with mama (I'm not complaining!) and don't last too long. Evenings are fussy, but the more she fusses, the longer she sleeps when she finally passes out.

Shayne hasn't been able to spend much time with Tineke as the farm got busy shortly after she was born. It makes me sad that he is missing out on her life, but that's just the reality of having a baby at the beginning of harvest season! It melts my heart when he does get to hang out with her. She definitely recognizes his voice and she gave him some of her first (likely gassy) smiles! One night we had about a half hour of awake time where Tina was content and Shayne & I were able to play with her - and honestly, I think we spent half the time just staring at this adorable little creature that God gave us. 

One of our Tina's biggest accomplishments came as quite a surprise - both to us and to her! She rolled herself over on the change table at 2.5 weeks!! I didn't catch it on camera, but she did push herself up on her hands and knees for a few seconds. Crazy lady!

Baby girl makes so many silly faces. She definitely fits in with her parents! ;)

We were privileged to have Tineke baptized on September 13. She slept through the whole service! So thankful. I was stressed about it because she cries a lot when she's awake. Thankfully Oma worked her magic and baby girl slept peacefully!

I'll leave you with this one - so much cute in one shot. :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hot off the hook: Lamb hats

Alright, they're kind of lamb hats. I like to think of them more as bobble hats - and adorable ones at that. I grabbed the pattern from one of my favourite crochet websites: Repeat Crafter Me. She's a whiz with a hook and her patterns are so easy to follow!

This particular pattern can be found here:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baby D's Nursery {so far}

Decorating the baby's nursery has been a bit of a challenge since we don't know if we're having a boy or a girl, so it's a neutral, blank slate at the moment. However, this room looks one hundred times better than it did when we bought the house, so I'm happy! I plan to bring in more gender specific decorations after Baby D arrives.

As handy as it may have been to have the freezer upstairs, it was moved down to the laundry room as soon as we took possession.

Don't you just "love" that floral wallpaper? Damaged walls hid underneath, unfortunately, but we managed to patch them up a bit, and the crib hides the worst spot anyway. We removed the wall heater since there's also a forced air vent -- almost every room in our home had two heating options so we've been slowly taking back our wall space by removing the heaters. 

I chose to paint the room Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl at 50%. Except, because we had gift cards to Kent, I just got them to colour match a paint that they carry. I won't do that again! I used twice as much paint and had to deal with splatters and runs. I'll be a loyal Ben Moore customer from now on!

That dresser still deserves its own post. I love how it turned out - except, again, I used a cheaper paint from Kent, and it took a long time to dry. It's still a bit sticky, over a month later, but perhaps that can be attributed to the humidity of the season. We'll see how it holds up over the next year. I'm hoping that I won't have to re-paint it because it was a lot of work to get it to this point! Above the dresser, I intend to hang two barn board shelves, but I'm waiting to see how this furniture arrangement works for us over the next few months before I commit to holes in my walls. 

Whether the baby is a boy or a girl, the ruffled curtains are staying up. I love them too much to keep them packed away! These curtains were made from two cheapy bed sheets from Walmart back in 2012 when I moved into my downtown apartment. It was a fun project, albeit a lot of work to do when you don't have a ruffle attachment on your sewing machine. Not to mention the problems of having your iron die mid-project, AND your sewing machine lose its ability to keep tension. Suffice it to say, when the project was finished, I was glad!!

My rocking chair is a gift from my parents. It is so comfortable! I have loved sitting in this chair for years, and now, the thought of rocking my own little one in that very spot has me all emotional and teary eyed. We still need to paint and install the closet doors, although I am starting to think I might just leave the closet open and invest in some organizing baskets for the top shelf. It's handy to have such easy access to the closet, and the chair would be in the way if we put doors up. We'll see how it goes. 

Here's my diaper stash (so far!!) I am loving it. This is where I've invested the most money in preparation for baby. Applecheeks & My Island Baby cloth diapers and inserts. Shayne doesn't really understand why they have to be pretty - but a friend encouraged him to let me go nuts because then I won't want his help with diaper changing. We'll see about that one!!

At the beginning of my pregnancy, in the dead of winter, I felt awful. Some days I moved from the bed to the couch and back again. As a way to keep my mind off how sick I felt, I crocheted this blanket for our little one. I love how it turned out & especially the little anchor, which is a nod toward my Etsy Shop as well as our Island life.

Aww, baby toys! Can't wait to be able to watch our baby play with them as he/she grows. And of course, a baby's book collection should always include Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Heart pieces all over the place.

I feel like "tada!" fits well here. So....tada! What do you think?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Maternity Photos

My dear friend Bridget offered to take maternity photos for us. How can you say to no to an offer like that?! Here's a few of my favourites. These were taken at 39 weeks, when I still had a little bit of energy to move around. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our One Year Photo

One year, a hundred or more lessons learned, and more in love every day.

Many thanks to our friend Bridget for taking photos for us!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hot off the hook: Elephant snuggly

You'll have to forgive my poor photography skills. Isn't this little guy cute! I made him a few months ago for our baby, and have since made a few more for other babies.

The most time consuming part for me each time is the trunk, as I can't seem to get it right the first time and have had to take it out and try again in order to get it properly angled. I'm sure if I paid closer attention to what my hands were doing I wouldn't have this problem, though!

The pattern I followed can be found here:

Have you made any amigurumi projects before? I'd love to see them - feel free to share the patterns, too!

Friday, July 31, 2015

July in Review

According to my iPhone, the last month has been quite eventful! 

Our front yard lost its forest, and my front rooms gained a TON of sunlight! It's an ongoing project, but we've made a lot of progress. And by we, I mean he - that wonderful, hard working man I am fortunate enough to be married to!

We fought the great raccoon battle of 2015. And I think we won! This guy had been bothering us quite a bit. Each night he would get into our compost and garbage bins and root around. Shayne had the great idea to put something heavy on the lids (we used old brake discs from my car) and after a few more nights of listening to the raccoon attempt, but fail, to get into the cans, the noise stopped! Now we can go to sleep in peace.

A pregnant lady has got to be able to sit comfortably, and we were seriously lacking in the comfortable outdoor seating department. After taking pictures of every available chair, testing them all out, and discussing it at home with Shayne, I bought two of these blue mesh chairs. Mine has gotten quite a work out this month - trips to the beach, campfires, watching my man work outside, and sitting riverside on a weekend away - and it is truly comfortable! Worth every penny. 

Yep, I just wrote a whole paragraph about a lawn chair. That happened.

I finally finished re-painting the dresser for our baby room! Due to my limited energy and and the discomfort of crouching over my pregnant belly, this project took a lot longer than I had anticipated, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out! I'll write a little more on this project when the room is all put together. It is a special piece with a lot of sentimental value so being able to use it for our growing family makes me pretty happy.

I'm not sure how well you can see them, but I am covered in mosquito and black fly bites this year. The bug population seems to have increased greatly on PEI and of course, they swarm to me!! It's never been this bad before, so I must be giving off some sort of delicious scent because of the baby. 

My baby grew, a lot. Big baby, big belly. Big backache! Big smile.

I burned dinner. This one hurts to admit, and makes me want to cry. That pan is totally ruined now, and dinner was NOT salvageable.

As my energy levels wane, we are eating a lot more "easy" dinners. One night it was mac N cheese, another recent evening we ate bacon and eggs. Whatever works!

To celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, we went on a movie and ice cream date. We watched the Minions and laughed through the entire thing. After the movie, we picked up COWS ice cream cones and ate them by a lovely fountain downtown. It was nice to be able to talk about the last year and reflect on everything that's happened. This handsome guy, my Shayne, is my very best friend & I'm so blessed to call him my husband!

My "uncle" Jake & "aunt" Jacqui came to PEI for their vacation and brought along a beautiful baby quilt in the colours our nursery! Aunt Jacqui does wonderful work. I'm so excited to use this blanket with our little one. And check out those colourful fun! (And for the record, we don't know what we're having, so don't get any ideas based on the blue quilt! :P)

Our baby got biggggg. Did I already mention that?

The middle week of the month was the busiest. Our church hosted a Vacation Bible School and over 160 kids came! It was noisy, busy, and wonderful. I filled in volunteer gaps and helped in the kitchen.

After many nights of waking up in a panic because of this recurring dream that I would go into labour and not have a bag packed, I put together the baby's hospital bag. Perhaps I'll break it down in a separate post. It's full of the basics, and hopefully nothing extra. I'm praying that our stay in the hospital will be short lived.

Oh yeah. The baby - it got bigger again. ;) The doctor noted at my last appointment that "this baby has a really round head", after feeling my belly to make sure Baby D was getting into position.

We now have a new (to us) car. After months of truck problems we threw in the towel. Shayne sold it in a matter of days - in fact, he was already getting calls only a half hour after listing the truck! We're now VW people, with thanks to our pastor, who is moving away and wanted to sell his car. The Jetta should last us for many years to come!! looks cool, right?!
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