Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My new alarm clock

You gotta get you one of these, so easy to wake up to:

He loves to chill with his daddy:

And snuggle with his mommy:

He gets the best of both worlds...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gideon Ray Keilers

Well, this is the first time I’ve opened the computer in five days and I did so reluctantly (I can’t pull myself away from this baby!). But I decided it would be wrong of me to keep this face from the world for one more day, I mean really:

It dawned on me during our last morning at the hospital that our room had a television, I hadn’t even thought about turning on the TV. Every moment was tender. I considered posting pictures, but it was between spending thirty minutes writing a blog or thirty minutes staring at this miracle in my arms…Mmm, easy choice.

People told me that our life would change overnight and I believed them, but had no idea the gravity of that statement. Our lives will never be the same. We see everything with new eyes, we feel every pot hole in the road now, and he's given our heart stretch marks. The last five days have held the most sacred moments of our lives. I have never felt such a tidal wave of love for anyone or anything ever. The tears haven’t stopped. The song that echos in my mind is Aeorsmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.” Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to sleep.

Another thing that I have been struck by is how good God is in His giving. I now know that children (especially this newborn in my arms) are a slice of heaven that He brings to earth and allows us to enjoy for a time. This is His richest blessing.

And in case you’re wondering, my labor was amazing, so peaceful and so beautiful. And so opposite of what I imagined, coming on the tale end of a really difficult pregnancy. He ended up being smaller than was estimated and I was so grateful to push out 6 pounds 14 ounces instead of 8 pounds plus. I rested throughout most of my labor, while snow fell outside of the big windows in our room. They rotated my hips all throughout the day, which resulted in turning him from sunny side up to face down. I was so grateful he turned, my nurse and doctor were wonderful. I pushed for 40 minutes and out came our Gideon. Stephen says my new mantra is, “Get the epidural.”

I feel like Stephen and I have come out of several deep valleys and stepped onto the most amazing mountaintop yet. God so knows what He’s doing. So on that note, I’m going to return to my Baby La La Land… And you can just enjoy this cuteness…

Last two photos courtesy of Eileen Hart

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wednesday is the day...

Went to the doctor today and Wednesday will be the day. Due to my blood clotting disorder, it isn't safe for me to go past 39 weeks. And we were hoping that he'd come on his own by now (he's already 7lbs 15oz and he's been in the birth canal for like ever), but apparently he needs a little help. I check into the hospital tomorrow night and they will put medicine on my cervix to continue to soften it and it may initiate labor. But chances are it will just prime me for an induction Wednesday morning. So...our little guy will make his appearance so very soon! And mommy and daddy and nana will be there to greet him!
Pictures to follow...

*Photo courtesy of Beth Morgan

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Silk Scarf Pillows

I started with two silk scarves:

(lost camera temporarily, so the rest will be all text, so sorry.)

Step 1: I cut each of scarf down to a 22" square for my 20" pillow forms (about 1.5-2 inch seam allowance). Also cut my backing fabric (the berry red silk) to match, same size.

Step 2: Ironed fusible interfacing onto the back of each scarf, about a 23" square (and it didn't stick perfectly because I couldn't have the heat on high, but it still provided additional durability to the silk).

Step 3: Sewed a flannel lining to each scarf to add even more strength (and protection from the pokey feathers in the down pillow forms that I used).

Step 4: Sewed right (pretty) side of scarf to right (pretty) side of back fabric, leaving one side open to stick the pillow form into.

Step 5: Turned pillow cover right side out and stuffed it with my 20" inch down pillow form.

Step 6: Folded the bottom edges under and pinned them closed. Then sewed the bottom closed...thus forever trapping my pillow form. (If I knew how to sew a zipper, or had the patience to do a folded envelope closure, I would've done one of those instead.)

I remembered seeing silk scarf pillows in my Martha Stewart Living Magazine sometime last year and sure enough I just found her tutorial online. I obviously didn't use her tutorial, but you make like it better. She is much more polished and by the book than I am, I mean she is Martha Stewart afterall. (I hear the woman sleeps with her light on and a memo pad & pen on her night stand.)

But the coolest thing about this project is most of you probably have a vintage scarf or two lying around that you could easily make into a little pillow. The white one with circles was my mother-in-laws, she gave it to me a while ago, and I knew I wanted to do something special with it. And I thought this was the perfect project because now we use it everyday.

And just in case you missed the felt flower pillow, you can catch it here.