Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Here is another little project for ambitious parents to be.
We purchased a bib and burp cloth set from a local monogram shop and had sticker shock from the price. We decided to try our hands at this sewing endeavor and saved some dough. We made patterns from paper bags using the originally purchased bib and burp cloths. Then we whipped out the Singer and made multiple sets from discounted fabric. Now when baby spits up... we don't have to worry about stains on the ridiculously expensive nappies. Keep in mind they are attractive and disposable. You can use scrap material or match the sets to outfits. Look above at some of the fruits of our labor.
#1 : Patterns need to be bigger than purchased sets (allow 1/2 inch seam allowance)
#2 : Use ribbon that will not unravel (simple cotton works best)
#3: Buy "small" cloth diapers with padded middle for burp cloths
#4: Allow for shrinkage - Wash and dry diapers and fabric before cutting
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Karla is truly one of our best friends. She is crazy, funny and has a heart as big as TEXAS! She is like Auntie Mame, Miss Texas and the naughty little girl next door all mixed together. She is also the first person on the scene when any of her friends or family needs support. I should say when anyone needs support as her generosity has extended to complete strangers. We have seen each other through the joys of life and held hands through the ugly rough bits.
She stood by my side when I (Brandon) searched and found my Birth Mother many years ago. Yes, I am adopted but that's another story for later. She has also made it possible for us to forge ahead with our own adoptions plans.
On or around my 40th birthday we had a long talk about unfulfilled dreams. All in all, these aspirations had long passed both of us by. Adopting a child was one of my dreams that remained unfulfilled. You see, Jose' and I considered adoption over nine years ago but it was so complicate, for domestic partners, we gave up. She gave me the confidence, resources and contacts to make our dream became a reality. We do not have a baby yet but we would not have gotten this far without Karla's love and support. We can not wait for the day when we can introduce our baby to the person that helped us along our adoption journey. Karla, thanks for the laughs through the years and thanks for always believing in us.
Brandon (and Jose')
Saturday, December 27, 2008
nursery creations thus far. Enjoy!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
When we began our adoption journey we searched our own beliefs long and hard. We thought about how the church would view and support our non-traditional family. We explored our past experiences and biases. We did our research and met with a priest. We ultimately came to one conclusion... IT'S NOT ABOUT US! It's about a child or should I say... our potential child. We got over our issues and I (Brandon) converted to Catholicism. One might think converting was easy but with the Catholic Church rituals are ever present. We must also give great thanks to our parish priest. The adoption journey would be much more difficult without his guidance and support.
As for life... it has already changed. We no longer sleep in and leisurely read our Sunday papers and journals. Those days have already passed us by. We take great pride in attending Sunday Family Mass as we prepare to expand our own family.
This was just one "more" thing we had to complete before proceeding with our adoption. What a journey this has already been and we can't wait for the rest to start. With all this being said, we thought it would be appropriate to share another Profile Excerpt. A note for first time readers, our Profile Excerpts make up a book that potential birth mothers review when choosing a family for their baby.
For those readers who pray, please keep us in your prayers. For those still waiting for a child, we will keep you in our prays to Saint Gerard (Patron Saint of Unborn Children).
We are Romans Catholics and take an active role within our parish. It is our strong belief that a child should be part of a community outside their own immediate family. A child needs to have a belief system based on values and morals for guidance. Religion gives a child a sense of belonging and history.
Our nieces and nephews have been baptized and will hopefully choose to be confirmed in the Catholic faith. We would like to give our child commonalities with family members and the community around them.
We are currently working within our parish to ready ourselves for the joys of parenthood. We have begun conversations with our parish priest and will attend Baptismal classes.
Living in today's world is complicated . We want to give a child every opportunity to succeed in life. We also feel it is necessary to expose a child to other religions, when appropriate. This will give the child a better understanding and appreciation for the differences that exist around them. We hope to instill a true sense of respect for all beliefs systems.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Oh, and by the way… We passed with flying colors!
Monday, December 22, 2008
This was a fun project we completed together. We picked up the idea from the Internet as we looked to buy an "unusual" nursery mobile. It was an easy and inexpensive way to personalize our baby's nursery. We have added links and patterns below if you want to try and create your own.
As we wait for our little bundle of joy we find ourselves immersed with a complete new set of tasks. We bide some of our time with baby projects. We have decided to share some of our ideas and finished projects in a reoccurring blog segments appropriately named “Krafty Korner”. Look for upcoming segments in future postings. Thanks again for coming along for the ride!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
- We have decided to adopt a baby. Yes, I mean a baby not a puppy. A real live baby! NO, I did not say a BABY ALIVE!! That's a doll for gosh sakes.
- We pondered about open adoptions, closed adoptions and surrogacy.
- We found an adoption agency and a wonderful social worker.
- We sold our condo that was high in the sky.
- Actually, we sold our condo to 3 different people 3 different times. Many showings and contracts later we unloaded that "little piece of heaven."
- We purchased a home in a urban family friendly setting.
- It seems we have taken on a whole new life very different from our fancy parties and travels far away.
- Many decorating choices and paint samples later... we are settled in our new home.
- We filled out stacks and stacks of adoption paperwork. I thought it would never end!
- We completed our home study (I'll explain more about that later).
- We completed our life book "profile" and birth mother letter. This took forever!
- After all was said and done... our profile was officially ready to present to potential Birth Mothers on October 14, 2008. We're going to have a baby!!!
- Oh, I (Brandon) Turned 40!!! Remember when you thought 40 was old? SHUT UP!!
- Somehow we acquired another chihuahua puppy. That's another long story, but we now have a pair!
- By the way... I (Brandon) officially became a Catholic. There is a lot to consider before having a kid!
- In between all the chaos we laughed, cried and thanked god for the 17 years we have spent together as a couple.
- We continue to work on the baby's nursery and complete various projects. The project list grows daily... sewing projects, felt mobiles, non-traditional baby books, birth mother mementos, blogs and the list goes on and on.
- We also read and suck up as much knowledge as we can about babies. What will life be like after our baby arrives?
- And finally... we wait! Each day we learn more about patience and wait and wait some more. We wait to be chosen and we wait for fate to shine upon us.
- Oh, did I tell you... WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!!