Friday, March 23, 2012

Hip Mama Diaper Bag

  I have more bags, diaper bags and purses than I'd like to admit.  Unfortunately, none of them have enough pockets to accommodate our medical equipment.  One fine day while admiring creations by my favorite DIY girls, I came across a link to THIS  fabulous tutorial.  This bag has a front flap with magnetic closures, 2 front pockets, 2 side pockets, 1 zipper pocket in the back and 5 inside pockets.  I added an adjustable strap and a hook for feeding bags.  I used upholstery fabric for the outer bag and quilter's cotton for the lining.  I plan to use vinyl for the lining in my next bag.  I'm SUPER excited about this!  It's big, functional, and cute enough to use as a purse. PERFECT!  
  As you can see, the lighting in my house is terrible, so, needless to say, I didn't get a shot of the details.  I don't know what the corner of the bag is doing in this picture.  It's cute, I promise. I'll upload more pictures if I can snap a few decent one's.  These really don't do justice to her amazing design and my mad sewing skills ( wink.wink).   





 











Friday, March 9, 2012

The Naked truth


Don't ask me why, but us mom's love to strip our little one's down to their birthday suit and stick them in the tub.  We love to watch them try to take off their belly button and put bubbles on their head.  We think it's adorable when they stand at the edge of the tub to watch it fill, or flee the scene with a full moon. We love their perfect little body's and I'm sure we all have the pictures to prove it.  (Don't think for a second that I won't bust those photos out just before prom...'cause I will.)  
Now that Bella's two weeks out of surgery and no longer has a central line, we can ditch the sponge baths and get started on bubble baths and pictures of baby butts! 
Truth be told, I usually tear up a bit when it's bath time and I rarely grab the camera.  She's thin, frail and loaded with hardware. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the hardware...so very VERY grateful! It's the gaunt Ethiopian-esque look that makes me teary.  Not just that, but when I say,"show mommy your belly button", she points to her G-tube which just happen's to be called a Button.  As for the ostomy, I suppose the center of her stomach sounded like a good idea at the time. I miss her little belly button but i've grown to appreciate the new one, after all, it IS her lifeline.  Having the central line out and kicking the TPN with Lipids has been good for her. She doesn't gain weight as quickly as she did but she is healthier and happier. 
We've missed out on the ham hock thighs and butterball tummy, but that's okay. In all her imperfect humanness, she is beautiful and I'm so excited for bubble baths! 









Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dance Competition

Alanah and Ashlynn danced their little hearts out for the Utah Food Bank. The Will Dance For Kids Project was held at Taylorsville High in Utah.  The day was extremely long and they didn't complain at all! I'm so proud of them for working so hard on their routines.  The entire fund raiser was a blast!  You can see great pictures of the event and read all about the part fundraiser, part competition, HERE!   Thank you to all of our friends and family that donated to the Will Dance For Kids Project! It's nice to hear that a few of you won a prize or two!