I read this week that having three kids is supposed to be the most challenging number of children to have because it’s the first time that the parents are outnumbered. I can’t speak to that, as I’ve never gone from three to four children. I can speak to the fact that each pregnancy takes a bit more of a toll on my body. It’s not the actual time being pregnant, rather it’s the time afterward. I always have to go to the bathroom now– I’m not sure if my bladder got smaller, but I think I’ve just developed a “mommy bladder.” At least that is what one bloggy friend told me recently at a meeting… after I made the mad dash to the bathroom for the third time. Now I carry my unmentionables in my purse, and to give myself a bit more privacy when my children go rummaging through my purse and toss things aside. As you probably know from a few prior posts, I find working with felt to be easy, particularly for simple embroidery and piecing. So, I decided to make an easy hedgehog felt pouch that was the perfect size for my Poise liners (as well as period liners when necessary!)
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It’s the busy time of year again. Have you ever noticed how May and August are chaotic with lots of meetings and events? The poor sweet Peanut, who is the easiest going little guy that I could have imagined, gets toted all over the place. From his brother’s preschool to his brother’s middle school. He goes everywhere with a smile, and generally a better attitude than I. This means that the two of us spend a lot of time in my car– more than the two bigger boys, both of whom now have school and activities. It’s really critical to Be Prepared when leaving the house with a baby. I do this two ways. First, I keep a lot of great supplies in my minivan to make sure that we are prepared. Sometimes we are out and about at the park or mall or grocery store. Second, I keep the essentials in my purse at all time. After some experimentation, I have found that with 3 Huggies Little Movers is the perfect number of diapers to toss in my purse for a full day of errands and extracurriculars.
Hoop art is extremely popular, and I have been oogling people’s projects on Pinterest and Instagram for a while now. My first crafting skill was counted cross stitch– I learned when I was about seven, much younger than the Big One is now. I loved sewing, and the peace and relaxation that it brings me, but I haven’t done it in years. However, with the dozens of gorgeous hoop art embroidery projects that I’ve seen on the web recently, I’ve been itching to get stitching again! Several weeks ago, we were at an event where the children were given coloring pages from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I thought the pictures would be perfect for some hoop art for the Little Monkey. Using the coloring page, I made a template for my Very Hungry Caterpillar Hoop Art.
Around Valentine’s Day, I found this bookmark pin, and I thought that there were a number of awesome crafty possibilities with this idea. Frog is an avid reader, and always has a couple of books that he’s working on. He also likes collecting bookmarks. I find lots of folded pieces of paper on his bedside table and in his pockets that say, “My bookmark: Do not touch!” or “I was here.” However, Frog doesn’t like girly things like hearts, so I decided to change things up a bit, and create a new version of the felt bookmark.