Friday, June 28, 2013

41 weeks

In case you are wondering, I'm still around.  Today I reached 41 weeks.  I get asked at least 8 times a day if I've had the baby and if I miserable, the answer to both is no.  I'm ready to meet the baby but I am also proud of my body for making it this far. 
This week we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary by spending a few hours at the Dr getting an ultrasound and non stress test.  Everything looks great and the baby is happy.  If I don't go before Tuesday I will be induced.  I'm terrified of being induced so I am praying hard that I will go into labor on my own sometime late Monday so my Dr can still deliver.  He has been really encouraging of the type of birth I desire so I am hoping he will be there.
 Happy 8th Anniversary!!!
Today I started maternity leave and I've only been called 3 times before 12.  A few weeks ago I had my car cleaned and a pedicure thinking I would have the baby before both went bad.  Both need to be redone now so I am planning on taking care of those two things today.  It is stormy so Claire decided to be nice to me and is sitting in my lap!  Dutch is kicking her so I am sure she will soon move.

See y'all next week with another Kleypas in my lap!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Best Shrimp Ever

Eric has a friend that lives in Orange Beach and when he comes to visit he always brings us a ton of shrimp.  Not just tiny shrimp, these are jumbo shrimp and so delicious.  He also brings us crates of sweet corn which is also delicious.  With that in mind and the fact that I am protesting the grocery store while being overdue I was so happy when I stumbled upon a yummy shrimp recipe in July's Southern Living because I could easily cook it up with what we had at home.

Here is the recipe for the best shrimp you will ever cook.  Of course in true fashion I didn't have all of the ingredients so my subs are in italics.

Big Easy Barbecue Shrimp

3 lb unpeeled, large raw shrimp
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
3 bay leaves
2 lemons, sliced
2 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning - used cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp. Asian chili-garlic sauce - used 1 tsp garlic
2 tsp. hot sauce - didn't have
1 French bread baguette

Preheat oven to 325.  Place shrimp in a shallow aluminim foil lined broiler pan.  Stir together butter and next 8 ingredients over low heat until butter melts; pour over shrimp.  Bake 25 minutes, stiring and turning shrimp after 10 minutes. Serve with French bread.  Serves 6.
I think 25 minutes is a bit too long so check your shrimp at 20 minutes.
We also cooked some of the sweet corn and used the french bread to soak up all of the sauce.  I think the shrimp would also be great served over rice.  Such a great and EASY meal!

Friday, June 21, 2013

40 weeks

Today I am 40 weeks pregnant!  I feel really good so I can't complain about being miserable.  Of course I pee 8 times a day and 5 times a night and that isn't exactally a good way to get sleep.  Yes it is so ridiculous we counted the other day.

(this skirt is from old navy.  non maternity but the best because it has a huge band so you can wear it over or under your belly! )

This pregnancy has gone by so fast.  I was sick until week 17 so I am glad to have that out of the way and was afraid that I would end the pregnancy sick.  But nope!  I've made it out (so far) without stretch marks or swollen face, legs, and feet.  As long as my nose doesn't stretch I'm happy.  My belly grew 2.5" this week so I'm sort of scared where this could end up if he isn't born soon. 

We are ready for the baby to be here.  It has been a strange summer.  Usually we are gone at least 2 weekends a month and have company often.  But this summer we've been parked.  Every weekend.  And it is kind of borning.  We've been spending a lot of time with Claire which may not be a great thing.  The other night Eric told her we were going on a date and would be home soon and she ran to her cave and pouted.  I can't make that up, but she knows change is coming. 

Last week I bought this tent top to wear as a swimsuit cover up.  I know several months ago I confessed my love for the maxi dress as a pregnant woman, but this short moo mooish top is the best thing ever.  I wore it all last weekend and even to the store.  It makes me look huge which I sort of like because people say "getting close" instead of your baby must be tiny.  I feel so old school pregnant since this is something that my mom would have worn when she was pregnant back in the day.
Barefoot, pregnant, and wearing a tent!

There is a full moon this weekend so hoping Dutch shows up!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Nursery Sign

Thanks for all of the complements last week on Dutch's nursery.  I got a few emails about the sign above his bed so I thought I would do a quick post on how we made it.

First of all do y'all watch the show Parenthood?  It is one of my favs, I just wish that their seasons were longer and I wish that I didn't cry EVERY episode.  Anyway the theme song to the show is Forever Young by Bob Dylan.  Any show is better with a theme song - the Mindy Project anyone?  Anyway several years ago I decided if we had a kid I was going to put part of that song in their room somewhere.

A few years later I'm having a baby and we made a sign with the first verses of that song.  It is my favorite verse of the song and one that I pray holds true for our boy. 

There are a lot of letters in those verses so I knew my sign was going to be pretty big.  I printed out the lyrics and then counted the letters and spaces in each verse then decided on what size the letters to be to get an idea on the size board I would need.  I did have a scrap 2'x2' piece of board but it ended up being too small.  Instead I bought a 2'x4' piece of birch leuon type board from Home Depot for $9.

While I was at HD I also bought the trim for the frame.  Since this would be hanging above the crib and we have plaster walls, I didn't want the sign to be heavy so I went with a light board and light trim.  This is the trim I chose.

 I stained the board with some random stain in the shed and called it good enough.  I didn't have enough for the trim and I wasn't going to buy more so we decided just to paint the trim to match the letters. 

I bought a 1" stencil at Hobby Lobby for the letters.  Since the stencil was opaque I made a grid on the stencil to help with alignment.  It didn't work so I cut the letters out with 1/4" on each side.  That didn't help either.  So I was able to find some vinyl letters poster letters at Walmart in the office supply section that I ended up using.  The letters came with both 1" and 2", we decided the 2" looked better.  To get the grid on the wood board we used chalk.  I wasn't working too well so Eric decided to use his chalk line which was a disaster (for future reference I told him it was a terrible idea).  Pencil worked the best.  Next I stuck on the letters and traced around them.  I think I chose the hardest route to get the letters on the board.  Of course after I was finished I came up with a couple of easier ideas.

After that I outlined the letters with a really fine paint pen and Eric went back over them with another paint pen.  Team work! 

After that Eric attached the trim and attached it to the wall. 

If you hang things over your kid's crib or bed please make sure it's properly secured to the wall.  Asthetics don't outweigh the consequence of something falling and injuring your baby.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dutch's Nursery

Well since we are just hanging out waiting on a baby I thought I should snap some pictures of Dutch's nursery before he gets here and turns functional.  Several months ago I made this board for the design and the nursery turned out pretty much just like the board. 

Eric wasn't too sure about a nursery that wasn't very babyish but he loves the room and so do I.  We both spend a lot of time in here just sitting and looking around.  Claire even loves the room and we find her sleeping on the rug beside his bed.  I hope that is a good sign or sisterly love!

It was hard to get good pictures in here because the room is so tiny, I think it is 9x9.  My belly sticks out about 13" so that only leaves about 8' to work with resulting in some blurry pictures. 

First up is this little corner where we like to hang out. We ended up going with the Beckner swivel glider by Best Chairs for our chair.  I'm not sure of the style of fabric but do know the color is mouse and is a little darker than the photo looks.  I'm glad we went with the swivel glider because the space is so small if we need to move the chair over we just swivel it around. The shutter is something we had in the shed and the antlers were Eric's first deer.  Don't worry they are attached very securly to the shutter which is very secure to the wall.  We may be a little over kill on making sure things don't fall off the wall.

 Our neighbor (who also make the adorable oil cloth basket and the quilt inside the basket) gave Dutch an unfinished Louisville Slugger bat.  Eric took it upon himself to make it a Dutch Slugger and burned the logo into the bat.  So adorable!  Still trying to decide where to put it on the wall so Dutch doesn't slug it through the window.

Across from the chair is the sweet bookcase my dad built.  It is a knockoff of the Pottery Barn Madison Bookrack.  I love it so much and it holds a lot of the books that I've bought over the years and some of my favorite books that I use to read.  The red barn was made by Eric's grandfather when Eric was a kid and Eric and Dutch's grandfather spruced it up a few months ago.  That little box of toys drives Claire crazy, she will just sit and cry for them because she knows they aren't hers. ha.

Next up is the crib.  My sister bought this crib a few years ago for us so it has just been waiting to do its thing.  I made the crib sheet from the pack of Target sheets, tired of hearing about those yet? I also did the crib skirt.  We chose not to have bumpers.  Sign made by me and Eric.

Here is another look at that side of the room.  Again tiny!  Oh and I also made the shades.  Post about that here

I really wanted something on the walls that at least had to do with kids.  I used the alphabet out of  The Golden Bunny.  Frames are from Target.  I wanted to have the mattes cut down because there is a header to the alphabet that the mattes cover.  I took them to a frame shop and the employee kept going on about how they were very nice expensive mattes and if he sold me new cut down ones of the same quiality they would be around $100.  I didn't tell him I just bought them at Target for $14 including the frames. In the end the mattes were too thick to be cut down so they cover the header. 

We found the dresser at a consignment store.  I love it and it is the perfect size.  The diaper caddy is from World Market and is hidden from view when the bedroom door is open.  All you see is the dresser 

This wall will probably change but I'm at the point now where I really don't care.  The frames have random people in them because they are from the thrift store.  Like so random a man is working a machine in a factory and the other is a girl with Ronald McDonald.  Waiting on photos of my boy to replace. 

Beside the dresser is the tiny closet but just enough room.  I think this baby is set up with clothes this year.  Sad thing is I think this only goes to 9 months.  I can't imagine having a girl, it is hard enough to say no to boy clothes.  See all of his long gowns and tiny bubbles, so sweet.  And can you tell I have a thing for stripes.

One more thing to show, his light.  I bought it years ago for $5 and held onto it.  Glad it worked perfectly for this space.

There you have it Dutch's nursery.  Now just watiing for a baby  to fill it up!

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Smokestack Grey
Crib Skirt Fabric: Bransuri Slate
Crib Sheet Fabric: Target Threshold Gray Stripe 
Rug: Target Threshold
Alphabet: The Golden Bunny
Bookrack Plans: Ana White

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer Salad Dressing

One of my favorite things about summer is fresh vegetables.  Not having to eat fake winter tomatoes, hate those!  Tuesday night for supper and then at lunch yesterday and probably today for lunch I've had the best summer salad.  I'm sure you already have everything to make the dressing so it is pretty easy to throw together.  I can't wait until our little garden has ripe vegetables so I can pick from there any time I want.

1/2 cup EVOO
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 minced garlic cloves
10 fresh basil leaves chopped

Whisk together and pour over veggies.  I just used tomatoes and cucumbers last night but added brocolli and some pasta today for lunch.  Enjoy the summer veggies!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dutch's Quilt

Look what I finished a few weeks ago!

Dutch's very own quilt!

I am so happy to have this finished before he is born and so lucky to be able to make a quilt for MY baby! 

As I mentioned in the last quilt post I used the tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew for this design.  I pretty much cut a million squares, drew a diagonal line down the center and sewed on either side of the line.  After that I squared them up on the 4 1/2" center square of my quilt square. 

After that Eric cut the big squares into 2 smaller squares.

After that I ironed all of them open and we laid them out.  This was pretty hard so I was glad to have Eric's help. 

All sewn together!

I didn't feel like quilting this quilt.  The points didn't turn out perfect so it would have been a lot of trouble for me to quilt.  I wanted more of a random meandering stitch anyway.  I can do this on my machine but I've never tried so I decided to have someone else quilt for me.  I felt really bad about this but I really don't think Dutch will mind ;)  I searched online for a few places that offer this service and found the lowest price at AuntBoo's Quilting.  For my quilting, batting, and shipping back to me it was only $47, well worth it.  They did a great job and I would use them again.

Next up was the binding.  I really hate to make binding so I found some on etsy I was going to buy but then I talked myself out of it.  I ended up just using the extra backing material for the binding.  The quilt backing and binding were from the sheet set that I made Dutch's crib sheet out of.  That $30 sheet set my mom bought has stretched pretty far - Dutch's quilt, crib sheet, Claire's blanket and our quilt.

Usually by the time I get to the binding, I am over the quilt and just want to finish.  As a result I machine bind and it usually looks terrible.  This time I decided to hand bind.  It took about 4 nights but was worth the trouble and looks great.

Next my favorite part, washing the quilt.  I washed it one night and put it in the dryer before bed so that the next  morning when I woke up the quilt would be a ball of wrinkledy awesomeness.  Before it was washed:

After washing it was all crinkly and soft.

This was taken last week -Claire negotinating for the quilt and for remaining the only baby in the house.

Sorry that all of my posts lately, which only average 1x a week, are about sewing or the baby.  Really that is about all that is going on around here.  The nursery is finished so maybe I'll get some pictures of it this week and I still need to post about our bathroom update from almost 2 years ago.  Anyway thanks for stopping by and your always encouraging words!
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