This has been a long couple of weeks. We have had TWO colds, hand foot mouth, and all of Jax’s canines are trying to break through at the same time. To say the least what small routine we did have before all of this has been completely thrown off course.
Jax had such trouble sleeping at night between the stuffy noses and itchy rashes that he would wake up in the middle of the night and just want to eat cottage cheese, drink juice, and watch his favorite shows downstairs in the living room. Impossible for us to deny when he wouldn’t eat or hardly drink for days because of the mouth sores he had. But now that he is feeling better that habit is proving really hard to break. We have only had a couple of decent night sleeps in the last week and with me hitting the third trimester my body is definitely feeling every sleepless minute of it. Not to mention I am pretty sure the lack of sleep is making me lose it mentally. I’m totally forgetting things and even entire conversations and can barely keep my head on straight. Baby brain was already kicked in and this is just making me feel crazy.
Lately when Jax wants something, like going downstairs in the middle of the night, there is nothing he won’t do to get it. And no period of time he won’t cry, in the middle of the night… He has the strongest will I have ever seen in a person and at times it seriously feels like he is breaking mine. But, with the last cold on its way out and me having mostly stood my ground, despite the difficulty and feelings of guilt, we are finally getting back to our old or new normal. He is still in our room right now while I finish painting his so sleeping is still going to be tough until I can move him. But for the most part he is actually SLEEPING throughout the night now instead of poking me in the face with his little finger trying to wake me up and take him downstairs or trying to force me to turn over so he can sleep on my chest. Even our measly 1 hour naps have stretched into nice long 3 hour ones this week! Giving this momma a little time to actually clean the house and to work on some projects that I have been wanting to accomplish.
Since there hasn’t been much extra time to get things ready for Lulou’s arrival I am just now slowly getting around to making a few special things I have been wanting. This lace trimmed receiving blanket and headband are a couple of those things. The one thing I didn’t have leftover from when Jax was a baby was receiving blankets. I flew through them and hardly had any left that were in any condition to save. So it’s a good thing they are super easy to make, even ones that seem more complex. SUPPLIES –
Wash fabric before beginning to avoid any later shrinking or changing.
Cut each piece of fabric into 36in x 36in squares and move the scrap to the side for the time being.
Put them together right sides facing into each other and wrong sides out.
Round your corners – a good way to do this is to fold it in half and then in half again so that it is folded into quarters. Find the side with all the open corners (no folds) and round the edges all together at the same time. Unfold the fabrics, lay them out (right sides still facing into each other) and start to pin the lace around the edges of the fabric. Place it between both fabrics with its decorative edge facing into the blanket and pin them all together. Save your leftover laceSew along the outside of the entire blanket leaving a there inch gap open on one side. Pull your blanket right side out through the open hole and sew the gap closed.
Grab the scrap pieces left over from the blankets and cut them into 5″ x 23″ rectangles.Fold them in half length wise and round one edge on both side 5 inches in length.When you open it up it will look like this. Cut two 5in pieces of lace and start to pin them along the top of either sides of the rounded corners. Fold fabric in half-length wise and pin it together with the lace in-between the fabric.Sew along the pinned side, leaving a small gap in the middle of the headband. Trim the excess lace. Flip fabric right side out through the opening and sew closed. I seriously can not wait to see Lu all wrapped up in this!