Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Ties

McKinley and I will be wearing pink and brown this Easter Sunday, so I thought I'd try my hand at sewing some coordinating ties for the boys. I found an easy tutorial here that makes a good-looking tie that fastens around the neck with Velcro.

After spending the morning at the park I got down to work and found them to be much easier than expected. I like the fabric; it reminds me of Rubik's Cubes!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Daddy's Girl

Hollllllly Cow, McKinley looks so much like Tim, it is not even funny! Okay, actually it is a little funny. After we put Owen and Henry to bed at night, Tim and I stare at her sweet little face and giggle at how much she looks like Tim. With every baby, people have always said our children look like the Koford side, but with McKinley it is NO CONTEST! The pics below, while not the most flattering, show off that unmistakable chin. She's such a cute little thing!

This week marked some exciting milestones for McKinley. Her umbilical cord fell off and she had her first real bath (she cried the whole time). She saw the doctor for her two-week checkup and weighed in at 8 lbs 7oz. She's growing so much that many of the newborn sized clothes already don't fit.

We've been working for a while with several doctors for a kidney problem that was spotted way back at my 18-week ultrasound. McKinley has hydronephrosis on one side. That means she's got fluid on one kidney (we call it McKinley's McKidney). We are sort of at a wait-and-see point with it for now, but hopefully she will grow out of it. Besides the McKidney, she's healthy and you would never know that there is a problem in that cute little tummy of hers.

And here's the glamour shot that was actually taken at the hospital. Our hospital has a great photog! Who doesn't love a cute naked baby photo?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I miss my buddy.

It's been four days since my mom went home. She had been here for about 10 days, helping to care for me and my family with the birth of the new baby. And I've gotta say--I miss my buddy! My mom is not just a fantastic mother and grandmother--she's one of my best friends.

While she was here, Mom took care of all of the mundane household chores that I couldn't do. But that was just the beginning. Never one to sit still, she was constantly working on lots of projects the whole time she was here. She sewed a crib bumper, curtains, and two basket liners for the nursery. One evening we made spring wreaths for our front doors together. Then she sewed a cover for my sewing machine and even knitted a doll sweater while she was here! Mom just doesn't ever stop. She runs circles around me. Once we were finished with the projects for me, we worked on some cute art prints to put up in her sewing room at home.

She's always up for anything--I'd say, "Hey, I saw a square boxwood wreath with a big satin bow on a blog the other day that was really cute. Want to make one with me?" and she'd say, "Yeah! Let's go get the supplies!" I'd say, "I've gotta find a cool chair to reupholster for the nursery. Want to go garage saling?" and she'd drive us all around town and end up carrying the chair we found back to the car for me. Or I'd say, "chocolate covered strawberries sure sound good right now", and she'd be right in the kitchen melting some chocolate. My mom makes me feel so pampered and loved.
Take a look at the quilt she made for the baby. I love the bird embroidery and the yoyos! The fabric is sooo cute.

I love my mom so much. She is so much fun to spend time with and I never tire of her. We always have something to talk about and she's got great advice. That's the best kind of friend. It doesn't hurt that she's a fun grandma, too!

Having a third baby is all fun and games...until Mom goes home!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nursery Progress: bumper, curtains, and more

It's time to post some more nursery progress pictures. This might be the last nursery post for a while. I have at least two more projects to complete but I know they will take me even longer to finish with the wee one claiming my free time these days!

I had a little breakdown a few weeks ago (before I had Mckinley) over the crib bumper. I was stuck. I had cut the fabric but the fabric wasn't lining up when I tried to sew all the layers together. So I called my mom, and in over-emotional-crazy-pregnant-woman-tears expressed my inadequate sewing skills: "I can't do it! It's too hard!" She calmly reminded me that she'd be here in just a few days and would make it all better.

And, as promised, LaWanna arrived with her sewing machine in tow and was ready to get to work. By the time I was released from the hospital, the bumper was done. Mom fixed all of the problem areas I had created and made it look like it had been sewn by a professional. I love it!

After that, she got right to work on the curtains. I had purchased the fabric, but that was as far as I'd gotten. Mom sewed the panels and we hung them under the cornice board I made.

 The last few pictures give a better look at the whole room. I found the round mirror over the crib at home goods and painted it green. I bought an old lamp at a yard sale for 3 dollars and painted it white. I painted a pink and white chevron design on the shade. (You can just see the lampshade in top left corner of the last picture.) My mom also sewed pink liners for a laundry basket and the basket on the changing table. This room is so hard to photograph because it's so small but it's fun to show to visitors who come over. The giant Ikea light is such a surprise and makes them gasp when they walk into the room. I can't get it in the pictures very well, though!

I love this room! And of course, McKinley loves it too.