Wednesday, April 22, 2009

over and out....for now

I have 4 days to go and about 2 weeks worth of work to do. I haven't even packed my bag yet. So....I am off this thing until I have another little one in my life. I will be sure to post pics and fill you in when the moment arrives. I seem to remember the hospital has some great wi-fi! Have a great time while I am gone....see you soon!


Monday, April 13, 2009

Love Monday....38 weeks edition

  • LOVE to be done cooking this baby.
That's all I have the energy for....Maggie is teething and turning into quite a drama queen. Send me your parenting resources...I need direction on discipline...I am not ready for this.....


Friday, April 10, 2009

Flannel Nursing Pad Tutorial

As I am facing less than 2 weeks before this baby arrives, I figured it was time to figure out what else we needed in order to "be ready". You know the things I am talking about....mattress pad for the new crib, noise machine, monitor, diaper cream, bibs, pacifiers, and the like. I also put nursing pads on my list. Last time I used disposables, but found they were pretty itchy and pretty wasteful. I have never had mass amounts of leakage, but I still needed something. I thought I might try my hand at making some reusable ones. I have TONS of scrap fabric that would be pretty useful. Here's the tutorial I found and I think I might make some. I would buy some, but they were OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive. Has anyone else made their own or tried the reusable? Your tips and hints would be appreciated!

Cloth Nursing Pads

Nursing Pads


  • Absorbant 100% cotton cloth - good materials include birds eye weave fabric, Chinese cotton pre-fold cloth diapers, terry cloth or flannel.
  • Soft 100% cotton flannel
  • Compass or template circle (at least 4" in diameter)
  • Protractor or quilter's ruler
  • Fabric marker, fabric chalk or soft lead pencil
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine or serger
  • Thread to match flannel


  1. Pre-wash all your fabric to shrink. Wash Chinese cotton prefolds at least twice or better yet recycle old ones.

  2. The examples were made using the inner layers or a worn pre-fold diaper. Six layers of cloth were used for the inner part of each pad. These pads appear to be the same thickness as store-bought cloth pads. If you choose to use terry cloth you may want only one or two inner layers depending on the thickness of the cloth.

  3. Draw a circle with at least a 4" diameter.

  4. Cut out the desired number of layers.

  5. Cut out two pieces of flannel for each pad.

  6. If you want flat pads skip to step 11.

  7. To make contoured pads, mark the center of each circle and draw one radius.

  8. Using a protractor or quilter's ruler draw a second radius at a 30-degree angle to the first. Cut out the "pie piece." (See Picture A)

    Nursing Pads - A
    picture A

  9. Stack half the inner layers for one pad (3 layers in the example) and bring together the two edges of the pac man shaped piece. Sew together flat using a two or three step zigzag stitch. I also chose to shorten my stitch length for a more secure stitch. You should end up with two cones. (See Pictures B and C)

    picture B

    Nursing Pads C
    picture C

  10. Using only one layer of flannel at a time repeat step 9.

  11. Stack your four layers in this order: flannel, two layers of 3-thick cotton and flannel again. Be sure to alternate your seams so you do not end up with a thick place in the pads.

  12. Overcast the edges on either a regular sewing machine or a serger. Be sure to use needles and stitch settings appropriate for thick woven material.


I found by trial and error that it is very difficult to serge multiple layers. If you are using a serger I suggest cutting your circles 1/2" larger in diameter than the final size you desire, then cut off approximately 1/4" of fabric when you serge. The thickness and multiple layers are difficult to move through a serger. The layers slip and not all layers were caught in the overcasting.

Choose your flannel colors to match your skin tone. The examples were done in white, but white pads often show through clothing, particularly light clothing. For a light skinned mom pink, beige or peach flannel will hide the pads. For darker skinned women look for a darker beige, tan or brown flannel.

Flat pads make for a quick project; however, they don't lie as nicely as contoured pads and they show more through clothing. The 30-degree angle cut-out works nicely for a large busted woman, but a smaller busted woman may choose to use a larger angle to shape the pad more closely to her shape.

These pads can be wash with mild or regular detergent and machine dried. To preserve the absorbency of the fabric do not use fabric softener or chlorine bleach. Bleach can be used occasionally, but it will break down cotton fibers. These pads are designed to protect against between nursing leakage, be sure to check and change your pads regularly if you are prone to heavier leakage.

***********UPDATE**********These are AWESOME! I made 16 pairs and I have never run out. I have never leaked through to my outer shirt. I have leaked through to my bra overnight, but that's the only time. I spent so much money on disposable ones last time. I totally recommend these to EVERY nursing mother!!!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Love Monday....Wednesday Edition

Wow....time flies. I haven't really gotten much done, but I feel like I have been really busy. Maybe it's just that I move incredibly slow. So here's my LOVE List.....

  • LOVE my new pink Blackberry Curve...I am a complete novice, but it's so fun to explore. I have heard that is totally fun and addicting. I think I will head there in a few.
  • LOVE my ankles. After a short hiatus, they came back. With my pregnancy with Maggie, my ankles became more like stumps ending in feet. My shoes didn't fit and it was just plain ugly. But, this time I have kept them looking themselves. YAY!
  • LOVE I am cooking their menu for the week of the April 13-17 and so far it seems quite yummy and somewhat healthy. Also, the grocery list is just awesome. It makes my job so much easier. Here's the menu:
  1. Chili Mac, Homemade Cornbread, Fruit Cocktail
  2. Grilled Chicken, Creamed Spinach, Pasta Salad
  3. Fried Rice, Egg Drop Soup
  4. 15 Bean Soup, Raw Veggies and Dip, Ciabatta Bread
  5. Alfredo Chicken Pizza, Spinach Salad, Vanilla Yogurt with Sliced Pineapples
  • LOVE 19 days to go. Not that I am counting, but I am ready to discover my family as a family of 4. I will miss my one on one time with Maggie, but I am really excited to meet the new little one.
  • LOVE that Maggie helped pick out the coming home outfit. She is so proud of being a part of the process that she wants to show anyone who comes over. She points to the bag and says "QUACK QUACK" because it's a romper that's covered in little yellow duckies.
  • LOVE that DUCKLING DAY at Whetstone Library is this weekend. We are going to do an egg hunt and join in the Duckling Parade. And yes...costumes are encouraged....I should get on that.
  • LOVE my new coming soon!

Saturday, April 4, 2009


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Friday, April 3, 2009

just tired....

As I write this, Maggie is just stirring in her crib. I am thankful for her sleepy mornings, but I wish I could take more advantage of them. I am 36+ weeks, I will be at 37 weeks on Sunday. I am tired, and big, and tired. I don't sleep well at hubby has started sleeping in the guest bed in order to get some uninterrupted shut eye, and I can't say that I blame him. I actually like being able to flop around as necessary throughout the night, with out having to worry about disturbing his rest. But, my days just seem long. I nap when Maggie naps, but I still feel like I have a ton of things to get done and the list seems to keep growing. It probably doesn't help that I keep adding sewing and craftiness to my list. I enjoy those activities, but when is comes down to it, it's just extra stuff. So this morning we have a playdate that we may or may not attend. Why won't we go? Well...I have to get to the post office and the grocery store and that's all I may have the energy for. I may suck it up though, for Maggie's sake. She needs time to play too..........

well...that's all my venting for today.....I think I will take a nap on the couch while she plays in the living room this think she'll notice?

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