Thursday, 4 December 2008

Tick, tick

Now that could be the clock ticking down as we near closer to D-day... counting down the days now at only 10 days till my due date (last chance to place your guesses in the baby stats game in my sidebar!). Or it could be me, slowly ticking of the items on my list of things to do before bubs arrives.

I now have the nappy bag completed and filled with stuff for the baby's stay in hospital. We hardly took anything when Austy was born as the hospital claimed to stock everything you needed except the going home outfit, but this time I know better. Luckily this bag is big enough to store either a days worth of cloth nappies, or 4 days worth of clothes. Since I'm happy to use disposables while in hospital, there is plenty of room for nightgowns and day wear for bubs, with a few extra changes as well as that first cloth nappy and going home outfit. Austy hardly fitted the little gowns they had for him there and they tied around the neck which I was unsure about, so I ended up getting Austy's Dad to bring in a few bodysuits for him during our stay. This time I'm all prepared.



Here's the nappy bag in all it's glory. Not the best pics as the battery went flat on my camera while I was taking them, but you get the idea. I used some of my favourite quilting fabric - the bag designed for MY liking rather than for Austy's Dad or for the baby. We still have Austy's old very boring plain kapoochi bag if Austy's Dad wants to use it, but I last time I found that because of the milk bar, the baby was always with me anyhow, so I figured I should have a pretty nappy bag just for me!! So here it is in my favourite colours, with bag feet and lots of pockets!!




And another tick - Austy's big brother tee-shirt that the baby will "give" him on the first visit to the hospital. We figured that first visit he will be fascinated with the baby anyway and so thought a tee would be fine. Each day he visits after that he will get quiet play type toys - I have wrapped in my hospita bag a box of wooden jigsaw puzzles, a foam "tools" lacing set (where the kids thread shoelaces through holes in the tool shapes) and a zoo themed felt board. They should keep him amused so that we can all be together for longer, without Austy's Dad having to rush him home before he destroys everything.
Unfortunately when tried to embroider the design directly onto the tee, I felt it was safe to leave the machine and fold some washing, only to hear a long beep and check it to find a big tangled knot at the back and a hole gobbled into the t-shirt. Sometimes this embroidery machine really does my head in... you'd think it would be simple, press start and walk away. But no. I managed to salvage it by sewing the design to a patch instead and appliqueing it on. Austy won't know the difference...


Oh, and that's my nursery curtains you can see in the background - the sheers are all done, and this one blackout curtain, with the front two blackouts yet to be cut and sewn. I would do them tonight but some electrical work done today has meant we have no lights tonight... Hopefully tomorrow night.

And finally, a huge welcome to my newest nephew, Ashton Tomas, born on Monday and a great test run for Austy at hospital visits. Of course we all had a cuddle of the little man, and Austy was sooooo well behaved, and even more excited to sit up on the bed with his Aunty Katy and hold Ashton in his lap. Check out the huge grin! I can't wait to see how excited he is when it's his own baby brother or sister he is cuddling. He is going to be the best big brother around!

9 comments:

Leah (mummy made it) said...

this bag is fantastic, I can see alot of work in it for sure. austy looks very happy and at home holding his new nephew too!

Emma said...

What a gorgeous bag! You've done an amazing job of it! we had something for James each day too, but didn't end up using them all at the time. The felt board is a terrific idea, I'll have to find my old ones for James!

Andrea said...

The bag looks fantastic Joy. Congratulations on your new little nephew, love the name :). Six (well probably 5 now) days to go, enjoy this time with little Austin, it sure sounds like you are all organised!

Beetlehouse Designs said...

Gorgeous Joy. I love the fabrics.

Heki said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe you only have 10 days left till your due date!
The bag looks great and I am sure Austy will love the new baby too much to need much distraction. The t-shirt is adorable!

Cascade Lily said...

Nice bag Joy, especially in your favourite colours :)

Kylie said...

Joy you have done a great job on the bag. When we had Amelia, Tim picked her up and took her to the shops and she bought Baden a bear. Baden gave her a gift and she now still talks about going and buying Baden his bear and that I had him in the hospital.

tigerfilly said...

The bag is wonderful Joy, I love the fabrics. I came looking for pics of Madelyn but I'm sure you're way too busy for blogging.
Congratulations!

AJ said...

Do you have a pattern for this bag Joy...I'd love to borrow it if you don't mind