Monday, June 7, 2010

Baby blocks

I have never been a sewer. A failed attempt at making a nighty in junior high home ec left me somewhat scarred. I thought I was doing so well, zipping right along on the sewing machine, that I was genuinely surprised when I held up the finished product and realized I'd managed to sew the neck closed! It looked like a giant pillow case with arms! Not my proudest moment. I think Home ec was my worst grade in all of junior high! It probably didn't help that Lydia and I also got in trouble for eating an entire box of Ritz crackers that were supposed to go into a recipe...but Ritz have always been a weakness of mine!

So I was a bit unsure when I decided to look up easy hand sewing projects I could make for Caleb. I decided the baby blocks looked simple enough so I headed to Fabricville to pick up some felt and spent my free time today working away. I must say, I'm quite happy with the result. The corners aren't exactly square and as long as you don't look too closely at the stitching, I think it turned out ok! Maybe there will even be more blocks to come! I don't know that I'll be able to branch out much further than that, but we'll see.

On the sleeping front, we've had some major improvements. Caleb has had a 6 hour stretch of sleep for the past 3 nights. He wakes up every 2 hours or so after that, but the nights are much easier and I feel much more rested. I had a chance to talk to a few other moms at the 'Rock n Rhyme' class we went to today and they all had similar stories of frequent waking at 4 months. The class was great, lots of moms and babies singing songs. Caleb was quite enthralled. I'll try to take a photo during next weeks class!

Having a nap with his new block!


Grandma Linda said...

Good work Ash! Maybe you will turn into a good seamtress! You got no skills from me in that department. 31 years ago I tried to sew a maternity top and did it so quickly and didn't measure carefully. It wouldn't even go over my head! Can't wait to see Cale... Ma

Kathy said...

yay for sleeping!! And don't feel too bad... I tried to make a tank top in home ec. one time and sewed the lining for the armholes to the outside of the shirt. It was wrecked. Great job on the blocks!!!

Lydia said...

I always thought that your nightgown was awesome Ash! Looks like you may have it beat with the block though, nice work!
(Long time reader, first time writer.)

Anonymous said...

You girls are a hoot. I didn't think Home Ec would evoke so many bad (by extremely funny) memories. Hey I think you ddi a great job on the block. I would say you could start branching out into more adventures with the needle.

Anonymous said...

He needs more blocks! One with a banjo, a guitar, a Harley......
Lookin' good Ash!...can't wait to see you guys this week!
Grampy J.