Bow-ties

Axel begged and begged me to make him a bow-tie. He wanted to come to the fabric store with me to pick out fabric. In my mind I was imagining all the fun fabrics we could use. He chose black.

All he wanted  was a plain black bow-tie. I tried a brown striped fabric, some black, blue and red fabric and just about every other fabric I saw. Just black. He was so excited about it though! And he was so proud to wear it.

I begged him to wear a pink polka dot one to match his sisters dresses. I even tried bribing him. He said he wouldn’t do it for a million dollars. He wouldn’t even do it for one hundred dollars. I finally talked him into just wearing it for five minutes so I could take pictures.

I love that he is excited about bow-ties. I just wish I could convince him to wear more than just a plain black one. I understand the no pink (even though I think this one was ok).

This bow-tie was made using this free tutorial. It can be made so that you tie it every time like a normal bow-tie, or you can put a hook or velcro in the back so that you just tie it once and then hook it on. Axel is patient enough to wait for me to tie it, but a little guy would be too wiggly.

Boy's Bow-tie $10 ~ You choose the Fabric

In My Easter Bonnet

In high school we had to do a project for choir where we went to the elementary school and sang some songs with the students. One of the songs that we did was “In My Easter Bonnet.” At least I think that was what it was called….I don’t really remember much about the song, but I do remember that my bestie Emily and I went to Wal-Mart and asked them to donate the artificial flowers that had fallen off the stems for our project. They looked at us like we were a little crazy but they did give them to us. We stayed up late into the night gluing the flowers onto the bottoms of Styrofoam bowls and tied ribbons to them for all the kids to wear as Easter bonnets. Haha. Good times.

Anywho, check out these cute bonnets! Whether for Easter, special occasions, or just keeping the sun off your little one’s precious skin there are so many cute styles. I am loving the ones with the extra large rims and the ones that you don’t have to tie. Check out some of the shops for boy styles too. (Click on the picture to get to the listing.)

My Kids Drawers

Tea With Alice

 

Bows and Giggles

Susie Q

bella sol bebe

Pretty Baby Bowtique

Mulberry Shop

4 Penny Girl

Finally, It’s Giveaway Time!!!

(This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered, and stay tuned for more coming up!)

Yeah! I am so excited. I have been teasing my facebook fans about a giveaway for some time now. I knew that I wanted to do a onesie, but I have been so busy I just have not had time to make up new ones. Yesterday and today I finally made myself focus, and cranked out a bunch of new onesies.

I made these ones for Evangeline. I wanted to get the pictures taken before the sunlight went away (even though they still didn’t turn out that great) so I took the pics before I did the stitching around the edges. I’ll post more pictures later so you can see the finished product. I always think they look so much better with the stitching.

Then I made this one for the etsy shop. It is a tshirt instead of a onesie. You can click on the picture to see the listing.

I made this one for etsy too, but it isn’t listed yet. I still have to do the stitching.

There are a few more onesies in my etsy shop, and you can also see pics of all the ones I have done on my facebook page (the elephant is my favorite).

So, are you ready for the giveaway?!?!?! I am giving away one longsleeved onesie size 6-9 months. You can choose one of the following two onesies. I made the sweet little birdie for the girls, and the tie for the boys.

What do you have to do to enter? Leave a comment. That’s it. Let me know how excited you are, how much you hope you win, or maybe which one you would choose. (Heck, I may even be persuaded to let you pick a different one from my etsy shop if you ask nicely.)

Want more chances? I’m going to give you lots. This giveaway is a bit of a promotional thing for me, so the more you help me get my name out there, the more chances you’ll have to win a onesie. Please leave a comment for each of the following things that you do.

1. Follow my blog. There is a spot in the sidebar on the right where you can enter your email.

2. ‘Like’ LoveAlways, XOX on Facebook.

3. ‘Share’ LoveAlways, XOX on Facebook.

4. Comment with your favorite item in my etsy shop.

5. Share one of my etsy items on your facebook page. Comment with the item that you shared.

6. Blog about this giveaway. Leave me a link to your blog post.

7. Share this giveaway on Facebook.

Is that enough? There is potential to have your name in this drawing eight times. Crazy! I will use random.org to draw a winner next week. The giveaway ends Tuesday March 15th at midnight. Unfortunately this giveaway is open to US residents only. Sorry!

Belly Diaries – Week 37

How your baby’s growing:

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

See what your baby looks like this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.

How your life’s changing:

Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge. If you see some “bloody show” (mucus tinged with a tiny amount of blood) in the toilet or in your undies, labor is probably a few days away — or less. (If you have heavier spotting or bleeding, call your caregiver immediately.) Also be sure to ask your caregiver about the results of your Group B strep culture. That way, if the result isn’t yet on your chart when you get to the hospital or birth center, you’ll be able to give the staff there a timely heads-up if you need antibiotics.

It may be harder than ever to get comfortable enough to sleep well at night. If you can, take it easy through the day — this may be your last chance to do so for quite a while. Keep monitoring your baby’s movements, too, and let your caregiver know immediately if you notice a decrease. Though her quarters are getting cozy, she should still be as active as before.

While you’re sleeping, you’re likely to have some intense dreams. Anxiety both about labor and about becoming a parent can fuel a lot of strange flights of unconscious fancy.

(from babycenter.com)

Belly Diaries – Week 36

How your baby’s growing:

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she’s in a head-down position. But if she isn’t, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an “external cephalic version,” which is a fancy way of saying she’ll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

See what your baby looks like this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.)

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby’s development.

How your life’s changing:

Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to “drop” down into your pelvis. This process — called lightening — often happens a few weeks before labor if this is your first baby. (If you’ve given birth before, it probably won’t happen before labor starts.) If your baby drops, you may also feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen, which may make walking increasingly uncomfortable, and you’ll probably find that you have to pee even more frequently. If your baby is very low, you may feel lots of vaginal pressure and discomfort as well. Some women say it feels as though they’re carrying a bowling ball between their legs!

You might also notice that your Braxton Hicks contractions are more frequent now. Be sure to review the signs of labor with your practitioner and find out when she wants to hear from you. As a general rule, if you’re full-term, your pregnancy is uncomplicated, and your water hasn’t broken, she’ll probably have you wait to come in until you’ve been having contractions that last for about a minute each, coming every five minutes for an hour. Of course, you’ll want to call right away if you notice a decrease in your baby’s activity or think you’re leaking amniotic fluid, or if you have any vaginal bleeding, fever, a severe or persistent headache, constant abdominal pain, or vision changes.

Even if you’re enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy, it’s best to avoid flying (or any travel far from home) during your final month because you can go into labor at any time. In fact, some airlines won’t let women on board who are due to deliver within 30 days of the flight.

Thursday Treasures

I love hats on my babies so I thought this week I would include you on my quest for some new ones for fall!

(remember, all Thursday Treasures are on sale and you can click on an image to be directed to the item/etsy shop.)

Organic Cotton Custom Baby Hat With Bow

Beanie Cap With Jeweled Peony Clip

Beanie Cap With Jeweled Peony Clip

Tunisian Jester Hat

Tunisian Jester Hat

Organic Knotted Hat

Organic Knotted Hat

Ecru Beanie - Any Size and Color

Ecru Beanie - Any Size and Color

Daddy’s Home!

We spent the whole afternoon at Battle Creek Waterpark yesterday. It was so nice. My mom came up with my brother and met me, the kids and my sisters over there. I wasn’t sure what to expect because of the bad reputation surrounding the neighborhood but I was really impressed! It was a little spendy to get in ($6.50) but it was worth it. The pool was nice, the lifeguards were attentive and there is even a sand playground. The kids had a blast!

When we came home I made supper for the kids and I, gave them baths, and Miracle crashed. She was so tired that she let me change her diaper and brush her hair without even waking up. Axel worked really hard on this welcome home picture for daddy. It is so sweet it brought tears to my eyes.

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Daddy is now home snuggled safely in bed. When Miracle woke during the night he went in and got her and she just squeezed him for ten minutes. Axel climbed in bed with us this morning with a super grin and we all had a nice long ‘huggle’. Praise the Lord for everyone’s safe return!

Card of the Day:

Even after spending 6 hours at the pool I still made something to show you! Some more cards that needed envelopes.

Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Happy Birthday

Baby Girl, Baby Boy, Happy Birthday

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