Archive for January, 2009

She's a Natural

He's a Day Old & She's a Natural

Kolette has decided to lay low for a couple of days (or longer) so she wanted to make sure you all knew that for right now, one of my jobs as a new daddy is to be in charge of updating all of you on our life with Cole.  So click here and head over to my blog  for all the latest news and updates.  And don’t worry, Kolette will be back in the swing of things here before you know it!

Thanks for all of the prayers, support, congratulations, funny stories and great advice.  Kolette wants you all to know that YOU ROCK!



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Hello All, Jason here!  Photos and info posted here. It’s all on my blog www.manontheinside.com right now.  Thanks for all the love


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She’s Having A Baby


It’s official!!! My water broke and I’m at the hospital. It’s 11:18am and the pitocin is doing its job.  Since I’m otherwise occupied, check Jason’s blog (manontheinside.com) for updates and more info through the day.

Jason and I are so excited and grateful to have so many people like you who already love our little guy.

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It’s 5:42 am and I think my water just broke – not sure since I haven’t been sure of anything when it comes to being pregnant – but fairly certain.  So, we’ve called the doctor and we’re headed to the hospital to check it out!

Not feeling contractions.  Yesterday was 3 weeks till the due date.  Jason’s car is in the shop – luckily we have a rental van.  I’ll be driving us to the hospital.  Typical of our lives for me to want to have everything in order and not get my wish!  🙂  I still feel good so I’m not worried about any of it.

Will keep you posted….

The real deal or false alarm?  What’s your guess?

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Magical Burp Cloths

36 Weeks - 8 Months

36 Weeks (8 Months) - Can you believe it?!!!

No, magical burp cloths don’t keep your baby from drooling and spitting up but from what I hear, burp cloths made from cloth diapers are the next best thing since sliced bread.  They rate second only to the Bumbo – in which I have received an energetic and heartfelt testimonial each time a mother (or more often, a grandmother) mentions this amazing chair for 3-month-olds to me (the more I read about the Bumbo the more I think that you have to be really careful with these, though – not for every baby and you have to watch them carefully that they don’t arch out of them.  I am not advocating the Bumbo, just saying that lots of moms are telling me how great it is – totally depends on the baby).

I received a package of these magical cloth diapers at a baby shower, specifically for the purpose of using them as super-absorbent burp cloths.  However, since I do know how to sew – even though I have given up on my quilting projects since I started my scrapbook and design business – I decided to embellish them for Cole (but let’s face it – the cute factor is all for me since he won’t care one way or the other what they look like).  In the process, I made a girl-batch for my sister-in-law Crystal, who is having her fourth baby at the end of April.

Burp Cloths

They are easy to do if you have a sewing machine – even you novice seamstresses can whip these up in no time.  I am sure that many of you have seen these before and possibly made them in the past.  For those of you who want more info, here are instructions of how I created them.  Try it.  Make them for yourself or a lucky new mother-to-be in your life.  They are a piece of cake.


  • flat, pre-folded cloth diapers (I found mine at Target)
  • non-wired, satin or grosgrain ribbon (I like it to be 3/4″ – 1″ wide) – you’ll need 2 lengths per diaper
  • sewing machine
  1. You can either wash the diapers before you sew the ribbon or after.  If you wash them after the ribbon is stitched then the ribbon will pucker a little and create a little gathered look.  If you wash them before, the ribbon will be more smooth.  Both ways are cute so you get to decide what you like best.  You will need less ribbon if you stitch it after the diaper has been washed and shrunk.
  2. After trying  a couple, I decided I liked two ribbon strips going down the length of the diaper.  You can sew the ribbon to the edges, along the short or long sides, whatever.
  3. Fold over the end of your ribbon about 1/4″ and line it up with the diaper edge.  Pin in place if necessary.
  4. Sew along one edge of the ribbon – all the way down the length of the diaper until you get about 2″ from the bottom.
  5. Trim the ribbon at the bottom so that you have enough to fold about 1/4″ up under the ribbon then continue stitching.  Trim threads at the beginning and end.
  6. Repeat the stitching line along the other edge of the ribbon.
  7. Add another ribbon symmetrical to the first along the other side of the diaper to create two ribbon rows.

Burp Cloth Ribbon

That’s all there is to it!  If you chose to wash the diaper after you attached the ribbon then do that now and you will love the gathered effect it takes on.  Trust me, once you have created one you will be able to cruise through a whole batch.

These make fabulous baby gifts – they are personal but practical and actually easy to create.  I now have a stash of diapers and ribbon on hand just for this purpose because they are so simple to put together but are raved about by anyone who uses them.

Happy Stitching!

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Today the first African-American will be inaugurated as the President of the United States.  Whether you agree with or voted for Barack Obama or not, one thing that all can agree on is the fact that today is a historic day.

I agree that changes in our country need to be made – not necessarily the changes that have been talked about, but changes need to be made.  Is this the guy to do it?  That remains to be seen. But I love the idea that “embracing change” is one that has swept the country.  So, in honor of this historic day, that is what our download is all about.

Think of changes in our own lives.  I believe that our ability to be adaptable and open to new ideas or ways of doing things is vital to our happiness.  What do we do when things don’t go our way or when obstacles arise in our paths?  What do we do when the actions of another or circumstances beyond our control cause us to have to change direction?  What do we do when the ups and downs of life create the need to reevaluate what we are doing, where we are headed and how we are going to get there?

Change happens.  We are called upon to make changes every day of our lives.  Sometimes those changes are large and have a far reaching impact.  Sometimes those changes are as small as deciding to take a different way to work.  Change happens.

The question becomes: What are we going to do with that change?  How are we going to respond when we are faced with the opportunity to adapt, be flexible and shift our thinking to a new way of doing things?

My challenge to all of us is to embrace it.  Embrace change.  Not necessarily from a political standpoint but instead from a personal one.  Embrace the chance to be adaptable.  Embrace not complaining when things don’t go the way we planned.  Embrace keeping a positive outlook even when we have to adjust to new circumstances.

Embrace change.  I promise that we will be happier if we do.

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About a week ago I remember thinking, “What are all those people talking about when they say that the last trimester is miserable?  I feel great!  I could be pregnant forever and that would be fine.  That way I would have a little more time to get my list done…”

Fast forward to this week….I now understand what everyone meant.

I am moving more slowly than I am used to – just having a hard time getting going and everything is taking longer than I want it to.  My back is starting to get more sore as the days pass.  I feel a tiny bit nauseous.  But mostly, two nights ago I didn’t sleep at all due to insomnia – I’m not uncomfortable, really.  I’m just wide awake night after night.

I got up and tackled things on my to do list instead.  I feel very blessed.  It’s true that actually getting pregnant was high drama for us, but since then I have had a pretty easy go of it.  Now that I’m down to my last 4 weeks, I think it’s OK to assume that I should be starting to feel less than ideal.  To be honest, I can’t complain.  I know that many women out there feel worse a lot longer than I have – we are very blessed.

So, at 2 am I decided to work on Cole’s thank you notes.  I designed them a while ago but I needed another batch printed out (Bazzill Basics textured cardstock) and trimmed to fit the envelopes.  I used this last round of finished notes as my Project 365 of Gratitude photo for Monday.  I had a baby shower last week and this stack is for my friends and family that came to that.  I am so grateful for supportive people from over the years who are coming out of the woodwork to celebrate this baby.  It’s a miracle and everyone wants to share in the excitement.  (click here if you want to know more of the story about this long-awaited baby and here if you want Jason’s take on it all).

Cole Thanks

Cole's First Logo - January 12 Project 365 Photo

Therefore, on Monday I was grateful for the amazing support and love we feel from everyone in our lives – represented by this stack of thank you notes.

I am grateful for my life.  Here are a few photos from my Project 365 of Gratitude this last week.

I'm grateful for my brother Kent - he's the expert who put the crib together

January 9 - I'm grateful for my brother Kent - with 3 little ones & one on the way, he's the expert who put the crib together

I am sure that being grateful is not reliant on having lots of stuff for the baby.

January 8 - I'm grateful for the connections from various stages in my past that this baby has created - here's a friend from junior high, some from high school, & from our time in Connecticut - all together at the baby shower

I'm grateful that Jason finally got the pin out of his hand that had slipped and has been irritating

January 13 - I'm grateful that Jason finally got the pin out of his hand that had slipped and has been irritating him - just in time for it to heal before Cole comes (photo taken pre-surgery)

I'm grateful that we finally got my wireless printer working after the lightening strike a few months ago - "Yeah!"

January 14 - I'm grateful that we finally got my wireless printer working after the lightening strike a few months ago - "Yeah!"

Big things, little things, and everything in between.  My life is full right now.  I am definitely moving more slowly…but I am steady and sure of my gratitude for our many blessings.

Today, when it comes to gratitude, these things I am sure of:

I am sure that being grateful has little to do with things going perfectly and a lot to do with how I look at each moment.

I am sure that generosity and love abound and have made our little world a place of celebration of miracles.

I am sure that whether I am a mother or not, I have the choice to be happy and love my life.

I am sure that being grateful is not reliant on having lots of stuff for the baby (LOL).

I am sure that our lives will never be the same again and I relish the chance for that to happen.

Slow but sure – that’s how I feel today.



We are loving our experience so far with teaching our Big Picture Scrapbooking class “A Life Well Crafted.”  Thank you to all of you across the globe for being a part of it.  If you would still like to join us – there is plenty of time.  Just click here to register for the year long (discount price) option or here if you would like to register month to month.

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