Monday, June 29, 2009


As promised, these are the last few sewing projects that I have been able to accomplish:

A nursing cover for my sister-in-law.

A fabric basket for baby toys made out of old pants.

A small sock monkey quilt.

I was hoping to finish the camo quilt that I started, but it will most likely have to wait for some help from a grandma or aunt (who are much better seamstresses that I am).

36 Weeks and Counting

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted a picture. We have had an interesting couple of weeks. Here are the highlights:
  • Kirk got very sick with a large kidney stone that blocked his left kidney and caused a massive infection. After a trip to the ER, a night in the hospital, two surgeries, and lots of pain for over two weeks, he is slowly recovering. Fortunately I am not working, so I was able to drive him to appointments and be home to take care of him.
  • I'm feeling well, but am experiencing some of the effects of late pregnancy. I haven't had too much swelling, but I have developed gestational carpal tunnel, especially in my right hand, which makes it uncomfortable to do certain things. My arms fall asleep during the night as well, causing me to toss and turn.
  • Thanks to the help of a few friends, we're much closer to having a baby/guest room instead of an office/guest/sewing/storage room. On Saturday, three great guys helped Kirk clean out the garage, get rid of some junk, and move the very large desk out of the spare room. Then they were able to move the bed into the corner where the desk had been, making room for our crib and changing table (that can now be delivered). This is a huge relief to me since I now feel like things are much more ready for Baby Q's arrival.
  • I've been doing lots of other sorting and organizing throughout the house. I figure this is a good opportunity to get rid of anything that we don't need or use since I'm sure we'll be collecting plenty of baby stuff in the months ahead.
  • In my next post I'll show pictures of the sewing that I have been doing lately. I've gotten several projects finished, which has been fun.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Celebrating Life and Love

When I got in my Blogger account the other day, I saw that my next post (so this one) would be my 100th, so I've been thinking of what to post. Today has provided just the right thing.

First of all, today is my parents' 30th anniversary, which is a wonderful celebration. I am so thankful for them and the life and love that they have shared for so many years. Thank you Dad and Mom for the example you have set for us and many others. May you have many more years together!

Next, we're celebrating a new life as our nephew Cooper Dillon Hamilton was born today. Kirk's sister Tammi has been in the hospital and staying at a Ronald McDonald House on bed rest for the last several weeks after they discovered that she had very low amniotic fluid levels. The hope was to wait another week before they did the c-section, but after another ultrasound this morning, the doctors decided that today was the day. So, Cooper arrived this afternoon, five weeks early, but weighing in at 4 pounds 15 ounces, measuring 18 inches, and breathing on his own. It looks like he will have to be in the pediatric ICU for about two weeks so that he can be fed through a feeding tube while he learns how to eat. We are certainly thankful that he and Tammi are doing so well and that the prognosis is so good. We wish we could be there to meet him, but at least we have email for pictures!

Cooper's arrival definitely reminds us that our own baby will be here before we know it! A very exciting and somewhat terrifying thought considering everything that we still need to do to get ready. At least school is out now and I've been able to get some things done while I still have enough energy and stamina.