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Layout: Love You to the Moon

VexedAngel:  Love You to the Moon

For this layout, I used the Simple Stories Hello, Baby collection.  I bought the Simply Basics pack (love love LOVE that they do this, a pack of B sides, yes please!) and one cut apart sheet.  So for $7, I have the equivalent of a collection pack, as far as I’m concerned.  I can get several layouts and cards with the look of the collection, and not shell out the $20+ they want for their collection packs. I did add in a sheet of metallic gold heart vellum from  We R Memory Keepers, and of course, my go to white Bazzill cardstock for the foundation.


I stacked a lot of papers, and distressed the edges of every piece for a bit of a shabby chic feel.


I stamped and heat embossed (pale pink and metallic gold) a ton of tiny stars and hearts from Ali Edwards’ baby stamp set, and scattered bling amidst them, too.  Some Twinkling H20s along the edge and some jute and heart snaps tied it all together.


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Beanette’s Birth, Part 2

I was huge, I was cranky, I was tired.  One of my friends at work had remarked, “Oh, Ann Marie, you’ve dropped since yesterday, I think!” and I snapped back at her, “Oh, whatever, people have been saying that for weeks!”

This should have been my first clue.

At Thomas’ workplace that day (no joke!), one of his colleagues offered to meet us at a gas station along the way to exchange Little Man.  That way, we could go on to the hospital and she could deliver him to another colleague who had a daughter Little Man’s age–our planned sleepover buddies, if that was necessary.  He knew how quickly it had all happened last time, and that it would be faster this time, so immediately said yes.  They worked out a spot, and she gave him her phone number, for whenever the big event happened.

I came home that evening, absolutely bushed.  I needed to do so much, but felt crampy and weird, so I just laid down on the guest room bed and watched the latest Grey’s Anatomy on the computer.  I took a warm bath and shower later that evening, figuring it would either get things moving, or slow them down.  I still had 11 days until my due date.

Around 3 a.m. (seems to be my body’s witching hour), I got up to use the bathroom.  I still felt a little crampy.  As I started to climb back into bed, I remarked to Thomas, “Man, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was starting labor.” No sooner than I had finished that sentence than the first true labor pain hit.  I hadn’t made it back into bed yet and doubled over the cosleeper and grunted, “Never mind!”

As Thomas began getting my things (luckily, I had packed weeks ago after getting off bed rest and returning to work) together, I called the doctor.  He reminded me I was supposed to wait for them to be consistent for an hour.  I reminded him how fast my labor had been last time, and that they were already quite difficult contractions, and hitting anywhere from 3-5 minutes apart.  Plus, we had to drop off my son, and that was all going to take some time.  He woke up a little, and said if I felt I should, to come on in in about half an hour. Next, I called my doula, and, regardless of the half hour wait the doctor had recommended, we all hit the ground running.

Labor was different this time.  It was BIG, crushing waves immediately.  With Little Man, I felt very in control.  I used all my techniques, and it all felt manageable until the very end, even though it hurt.  With her, I felt out of control right away, and that made me worried and unsure.  As T carried Little Man down into the garage to get in his carseat, I stood next to the car, screaming through a contraction.  I hadn’t wanted him to see me in pain, and was worried what he would think.  But no worries–as soon as it passed, he clapped really big and yelled, “Yay!!!!!!!!!”  I guess he could tell this was something worth celebrating!! :-)

As we backed out of the driveway, another one hit.  Meanwhile, the car stopped, and I kept thinking, “Why isn’t T GOING??? This is happening, this is happening NOW, and we need to get to the hospital!!”  As soon as the contraction passed, T calmly peeled my fingers off the console in the center of the car and retrieved the clicker for the garage door, and we finally pulled away. :-)

On the way, he called his colleague to meet him.  We parked outside the convenience store and he went to set up the carseat.  She held Little Man and I had three more contractions while we waited.  They were so close together now, and I really was starting to feel like I should push.  I kept picking myself up off the seat and tried hard not to bear down.  I was able to stop long enough to look back and see Little Man, so small and alone, looking a little unsure of himself in this strange person’s van, and I remember thinking how little and still helpless he was.

To be continued…

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LO: Cozy In Your Little Nest

Again, NOT trying to say anything! These are Amy B’s ultrasound pics. :-) (And as an aside–whoa, nelly, we have a deck? I haven’t seen it all dry and not covered in snow for awhile…)

This was another layout for the same scraplift challenge I mentioned in my previous layout post, but in an earlier month. I can’t take credit for the title–a peep came up with it, and I thought it was great… (Get it, because of our last name? And then I used the bird house and feathers…? I’m nothing if not punny! ;-) )

Used a Hambly 12×12 acetate sheet for the background, then spattered neon acrylic paints across the backside. Floated a 10×10 square asymmetrically on the background, and added neon feathers and sequins. (Hey, neon was a fleeting re-tread trend, had to get in probably the ONLY layout I’ll do with it.) Probably should have found a way to get the HA neon inks for the stamping and title, but oh, well.

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Beanette’s Birth: finding out and telling people

Merry almost-Christmas! It’s zoooooooooming up to Amy B’s first birthday, much more quickly than I’d like, so I thought I’d best be documenting her birth story soon-ish!

It was late May, 2012.  Bubbaroo had just turned one, and school had ended for the year.  We were on vacation, but I was so tired, all the time…  Hmm, that felt familiar…  So we dug out a leftover pregnancy test (and of course confirmed with as many other different pregnancy tests as I could buy), and received a wonderful surprise!  It had taken so long to get Little Man, we were shocked when Beanette showed up so quickly, but we were also thrilled. As much as people liked to tell us we were nuts for trying (and succeeding) to have a second baby so soon, we had our reasons, and it was a lovely, planned-for surprise. :-)  We had had such a positive experience with Bubby’s birth that we decided to keep as much the same as possible for Beanette’s birth.  We immediately hired the same doula, made appointments for my doctor, and began spreading the word that we were expecting again.

This was such a fun way to announce our news.  I just chopped up and hand-stitched an old onesie, then used my foam stamps and some acrylic paint for the design.  This was our best picture (man that photo shoot was frustrating! LOL) and we first sent the picture to be developed at the one hour photo at the WalMart in my hometown.

My parents were on their way to a family gathering, and I sent in about a dozen of the latest pictures of Little Man, including this one, and then told her to stop and pick them up before she went to the family party.  Then we waited…  That phone call is, I think, my favorite one to ever have received–her in the car, with Dad driving, her sputtering, “You’re kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!”, and explaining how perfect it was, as it was the last picture in the stack. While we waited, we skyped with my in-laws.  I came on first and told them I wanted to show off a shirt I had made Bubby, then pulled him into the frame, wearing the shirt. :-)  Later, I emailed a couple close friends with the picture, too.  One of them hadn’t opened the email after a few days, so I finally called her and said, “I’m really sorry to bother you, but I have to insist you go look at that shirt I made Little Man!” She laughed, and said, “I know, I’m sorry, people like to show off when they’ve made something new.”  Then it was my turn to laugh, and I said, “You are more right than you realize!!!”  So she opened it up while on the phone with me, and that was a fun phone call, too.  When I hit the three month mark, I uploaded the photo as my new profile pic on Facebook, and tagged my husband in it.  So we definitely got our mileage out of this one shot!To be continued…

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LO: Meeting the Grandparents

OK, so that’s not technically what this layout is titled. But it is what the layout is about! ;-)  This is a two-page layout, with four photos–one photo each as grandparents held Baby Girl for the first time. Journaling reads, “Your grandparents just could not wait to meet you, baby girl.  Papa, Granny, Grandpa, and Grandma got to KC as quickly as they could the day you were born, and spent all day holding you.”

Used up some big, gold chipboard letters for that title–and figured out just how many vowels we crammed into her name!  The butterfly stickers were very old, and received the pop-dot treatment after being dusted with baby powder on the back.  Gold mist, fussy-cut hexagons, and sequins were scattered to move your eye across the page.  Stamping and heat embossing were used to create a visual triangle of captions.  Finally, a custom journaling block was built using graph paper, MME trim, and more stamping.  TFL!

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LO: Why, Hello there!

First, I want to be VERY CLEAR: I am NOT expecting a third child. haha!

(Seriously, though. NOT happening.)

Found these pics of this layout in my web albums and wanted to go ahead and post.  These are Baby Girl’s very first ultrasound pics.  Boy were we surprised!!  It took us seven years to get Little Man, so the fact that she showed up, uh, IMMEDIATELY, was very surprising–even though we had been warned repeatedly that’s how it happened for many people in our boat.

I fussy-cut some clouds out of the patterned paper and pop-dotted them on top of their mates in the mat.  I added stickles to parts of the pattern in those clouds, too, to make custom embellishments.  The tiny words are also fussy-cut from some text patterned paper.  A Hambly journaling spot, some stamping, embossing, and washi finish up the title.

Then silver mist and some fun and simple border stamping in grey ink finishes the page. Journaling reads, “We are so very happy you’ve shown up.  Surprised, but so so happy.”  TFL!  (And no, I’m not kidding.)  ;-)

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LO: You are the Cherry to my Sundae

I don’t think I’ve posted this one…  If so, I apologize.  But her cute little outfit at the beginning of the last post reminded me of this layout.  These pictures were taken when baby girl was 2 weeks old.  She had a whole mess of hair, but that hat was too adorable NOT to use. :-)

The journaling reads, “Peanut to my butter, spring in my step, glaze on my doughnut, flip to my flop, cheese to my macaroni, blue in my sky, sweet to my dreams, beat of my heart.”

Used a SG sketch for this, little bits of deco tape, ribbon, and rikrak, along with pink cherry bling that was *the* perfect match.  My favorite Thickers of all time (which I found for $1.50 at Big Lots a few months ago), along with some free Thickers AC sent me for participating in a thread about how horrible the adhesive is on Thickers.  LOL  Hey, it was free, I’ll use them–but I still made sure to add glue before I put them down.  Combined a scalloped circle punch and my Silhouette for the cherry paper embellie in the upper right. TFL!