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As I Wait for My Second Child to Arrive…

H and Mommy

I am mixed with emotions. I am excited, I am nervous, and I am sad.

We have long wished for and hoped for another baby, especially after our miscarriage last year and we are going to meet our little girl very soon (hopefully very soon).

But it has also been weighing on my mind that these are the last house/days of just having H all to ourselves and us all to him. I’m sad for him in a way, but very excited to see what kind of big brother he will be.

Our lives will change again, for the better I know, but I’m cherishing these last few hours/days with just him. Trying to soak in every cuddle, every “mommy,” everything. I know it is far from the last time any of these things will happen, but it will be the last time they happen with just him and us. We have been so blessed (and so as he) to have him to ourselves for almost four years (time has gone by so fast). I want him to feel just as special as he has every day since he came into our lives and for him to know that he is just as loved.

For those of you out there who have had a second or third child, what special things did you do before you had your other children?

Painting Funkins for Halloween

Black and White Pumpkins - the crafty mommyJust in time for Halloween, I’m sharing with you an easy project for decorating pumpkins (even a day before Halloween). This project uses funkins (craft pumpkins you can use again and again) and the best part is, if you head to Michael’s or your local craft store now, they’re half off.

Now I by no means consider myself a great painter, I’m not, but I did decide to paint some of the black and white funkins I picked up for my Halloween party this year.

White Pumpkins - the crafty mommy

I used a paint brush for one of the designs (the half white, half black funkin), but for the rest I used a paint pen, a sponge pouncer, and a permanent marker.

With the little help of some tape and planning ahead I came up with some modern and decorative designs. As seen with the ghost funkin, you can also carve them, but you just follow the same steps that you would to carve a regular pumpkin. This template is from Southern Living.

For the Spider Web Pumpkin
Use a white paint pen and draw vertical stripes down the natural indents on the funkin. Then draw arches all the way around the pumpkin several times to create a web design. It doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact, the less perfect it is, the better it looks.

For the Polka Dot Pumpkin
I used black craft paint and a foam pouncer. The key on this is to make sure the entire pouncer is covered really with black paint. Use different sized pouncers to create more polka-dots in different sizes.

For the Chevron Pumpkin
I used Washi tape (because it’s smaller and simple to tear) and created a chevron pattern all the way around the pumpkin. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to keep the chevron stripes straight when going around. Then I took a permanent black marker and colored in the spots in between the tape. Let it dry for a few minutes and then carefully remove the Washi tape.

For the Black and White Pumpkin
I used painter’s tape to cut the pumpkin in half to ensure I had a straight line. Then using a paint brush I painted the bottom half of the pumpkin white. Before you get started, make sure you have somewhere to dry the pumpkin upside down after you paint it.

A Monster Birthday Party

monster party decorations - the crafty mommyH loves monsters, he roars at almost everyone he comes in contact with (I always say it’s a sign he likes you). So a few months ago I started putting together ideas for his 2nd birthday party, which was monster themed.

I started with handmade invitations (the how-to is coming your way) and it all took off from there. The decorations included pom-pom Sulleys, lantern Mikes, door garland, scream canisters, food signs with the characters, a game of pin the eye on the monster, Monster’s Inc. hard hats, Mike and Sulley cupcakes, and one very happy birthday boy!

Here are just a few photos from the party itself. And if you’re interested, I will be selling some of these items in my Etsy.com shop so stay tuned.

Monsters Birthday Party - the Crafty Mommy

An Adorable Wall Hanging

Finished Wall Hanging

I found these cute flash cards on Etsy.com and decided to purchase, download them, cut them out, and hang them in H’s playroom.

Animal Flash Cards

This was easy, inexpensive, and I think a great way to decorate a nursery or playroom.

Materials
4 1/2 yards of grosgrain ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Flash cards or illustrations you love

How to Make the Wall Hanging
1. Cut the flash cards or illustrations out that you’re using.
2. Lay them out on the ribbon and determine where you want to place them. Take a photo if you like so you know where they go. I placed mine 1″ apart.
3. Hot glue the cards to the ribbon. Let dry.
4. Either cut the ribbon ends in a “V” or tie the top in a bow and hang on the wall.

Tip: You could also use alphabet cards like these to spell out the child’s name and hang them as I did above. It would make a great baby shower gift!

Another Tip: You could also use these as flash cards and give them as a gift, just laminate them and cut them out first.

Stocking Stuffers for Little Ones

I don’t know about you, but I love opening stocking stuffers, but find it to be so hard to buy them – especially when it comes to H.

He’s too young for candy or chocolate, he can’t have anything that is too small (for fear of it being a choking hazard), and big toys don’t fit in his stocking, so they’re technically not a stocking stuffer. So with a lot of thought, here are some ideas I came up with for H.

Stocking Stuffers

Puffs – these are like candy for babies, H eats them up every time.

LeapFrog LeapReader Junior - H actually already has this, but loves it and it’s such a great tool to help little ones read.

Small books – buy books to go with the LeapFrog LeapReader Junior or board books. Better yet, make a photo book at Pinhole Press for your little one.

DVD – that is if you allow your child to watch TV or movies at this stage in the game.

Toy cars – H loves this Go Car, and it’s nice and easy to push around on any surface.

Crayons and coloring books – any and all. Find coloring books that suit your child’s interests and for the crayons, JUMBO is key for small fingers.

Finger paint, art smock, and paper – I went with Crayola because it’s washable and inexpensive.

Flash cards - I love these animal cards from the Etsy.com shop Saffles. They’re a downloadable file so you have to print them yourself, but they’re so cute and you get the files right away.

Bubbles – any kind of bubbles, a bubble gun or buy different wants to make it more interesting.

Daddy-to-Be Survival Kit

We’ve all heard about push presents (if you haven’t and you’re a girl even thinking about having a baby, you must look it up).

Daddy-to-Be Survival Kit

But what about the guys? Yes, I know, we as the women do most of the “work” when it comes to carrying the baby, delivering the baby, and feeding the baby (if you’re breast feeding or pumping anyway) and if you’re a member of my household, the cooking, the social calendar, grocery and general supply shopping, gift buying, card sending, and the list goes on and on. But of course that’s not to say that my hubby isn’t wonderful and doesn’t do his share – he does!

I could tell when I was pregnant, and even the weeks after we had H, that my hubby was feeling a little left out. And I wanted us to be the three Musketeers, all for one and one for all. That’s when I decided to put together a sort of push present for him. No, he wasn’t pushing anything, unless you count me in a wheelchair into the hospital (which he did), but it was to thank him for giving me this wonderful gift, for going out and getting ice cream anytime I asked (without judgement), for massaging my feet every night, and for just listening to me complain in general.

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