As soon as I made the decision to become a foster parent and start the training I started wandering down the baby aisles in the stores. I didn't buy anything but I allowed myself to dream about the baby that would one day be sleeping in a crib in my room. The baby that I would be dressing in pink baby clothes and the baby I would be able to put cute headbands on and the baby that would be loved on and adored by myself as well as my boys. The baby that would be ours for as long as the baby needs us.
I started sewing baby stuff a few weeks before the PRIDE training classes began and let me tell you.....sewing for a baby is soooooo much fun!!! I had no idea that I could sew until I started dreaming about this little baby that would be entering our home. Now....I can't get enough of the sewing machine!!!
I saw online somewhere, where a woman made a tag turtle and I loved the idea. I wasn't exactly sold on the exact turtle that she made so I decided to come up with my own design for the turtle and well....
The tag turtles are actually quite big and they are kind of like stuffed animals. If I were to make them again, I would make the tags smaller (the lady did hers big and I think it would have looked better to make them smaller). I still need to add eyes to the turtles but other than that, they are ready. I made the blue tag turtle for my nephew whose birthday was Monday and decided to keep the pink tag turtle for my future foster baby.
This is what the bottom looks like. I used Minky material on the bottom to make the tag turtles nice and soft and lovey. I sure hope kids like them :)
Here is the blue tag turtle on the tag blankie that I am sending to my sisters little ones....my niece who was born on New Years Eve and her big brother who just turned 2.
I found an awesome blanket tutorial here and decided to make the blanket for my future baby and I LOVE how it turned out!! This blanket took me many hours to sew and then cut the back and in the end, it was worth every minute of it.
Here is the crib that I got on a facebook yardsale site for $60 with my blanket in it.
I also decided that I wanted some beautiful crib sheets so, I made some!!! This one is so pretty and it just melts my heart to see these colors in a crib.....in my home!!! Never thought I would see pink baby things in my home :)
Is this not the sweetest baby crib sheet you have ever seen.....was that biased or what??? LOL This crib is so beautiful and I feel like I hit the jackpot with it!
I also scored big time with these two bins full of clothes. The clothes are from Newborn all the way to 18 months and they are all different seasons. A friend of mine from years ago advertised them on a facebook yardsale site for $20. I was quick to respond and so happy to know they came from her. I knew these clothes were clean and she even organized them based on size....my kinda girl!!!
There are so many more outfits and pacifiers and shoes and headbands and more that have been added to this pile since I got these bins. I am trying to buy things for all sizes and preferably stay at 6 months and up. I have been thinking about getting cloth diapers but I think that would probably be best to wait until the baby comes. I really want to try cloth diapers and have been doing lots of research with my cloth diaper genius of a sister and I have to say....they have some amazingly cute cloth diapers out there!!! I wondered if I should be stocking up on disposable diapers but I don't want to buy them and then they are the wrong size and I won't ever need to use them or they sit in the closet for a year while a baby has to grow into them. I figured I can start stock piling wipes since I know they will get plenty of use. I am also researching car seats online and am thinking I will get a convertible one so I don't have to have more than one car seat. Then I wonder if maybe I should get an infant car seat for visits and the convenience of being able to carry baby in the car seat.....decisions, decisions!!!
I found the cutest stroller on Craigslist for $20 and was going to meet the lady but never got a call from her. She emailed me to tell me they had gotten really sick and I told her no worries just to let me know when they were feeling better and I would get the stroller then. I never heard back from her and I sent her an email about a week later asking if she was still interested in selling the stroller but got no response. Stinks because I had found a stroller/car seat combo for $50 that was pink and girly and cute but I didn't want to get that one if I could get the first one since I was undecided with the car seat.
Wow...that was a lot of writing!!! Imagine how much I talk in real life!!! My family and friends are so good to me for listening to these ramblings all the time ;)