One Year Since it was just you…

I remember being so frightened that my one year old daughter would be devastated when her little baby brother came along.  I’d sometimes even cry to my husband that she will hate me over it. Boy, was I silly, and also pregnant (yes, I’m trying to blame hormones). I tried my hardest to savor what could be the last just her and I moments. How will she react to the baby needing attention? Will she be able to sleep through the crying? Will she be mad at me for not paying attention to her? So many questions and worries swirling through my head at night keeping me up (not to mention the baby kicking, back pains, and all the other fun).

Once number two came, I realized what a waste of time all that worrying was. Cece now has a beautiful brother to share all her moments with and a playmate for life. I’m not going to lie, at first it was rough, but I luckily had a lot of help from my family. After a couple months, everything became easier, and a routine started occurring. My firstborn was now a big sister and a great helper. As with all siblings, sharing is not a top priority, and jealousy does occur, but the way they laugh at each other, smile and stare at each other, babble and talk to each other, is quite amazing and melts a mom’s heart. If you don’t have kids, you probably shouldn’t bother reading this, you won’t know what I’m talking about and I’ve been on that side too. But once you have kids it’s a whole new world and perspective.

So here’s my letter one year later…

Dear Little Bear,

It has been a year since it was just you and me (and daddy of course). I remember the night I figured out my water had broke and how I hoped I just peed my pants (I knew better). I was in denial but knew in the morning I would have to make the phone call to the specialist to let them know. So I sat you on the table and drew pictures with you and you laughed with your daddy’s sunglasses on your head. I packed a small bag for myself and for you, just in case. In the back of my mind I knew my waters had prematurely ruptured the evening before, but I didn’t want to admit it. I was only 30 weeks and was hoping for a normal delivery and to have much less excitement as with your emergent c section breech birth 4 weeks early.

I thought I still had 10 weeks to laugh, cuddle, hug, play, run after, give one hundred percent to, and enjoy with you and daddy. I remember getting out of the car I drove down to the hospital, and having my parents take the car with you in it. I kissed you goodbye and hoped I would see you soon.

The news that my water had broke was devastating since I was told I’d most likely go into labor in 48 hours and my baby would not have developed the lung capacity to breath on his own. I was also devastated because I knew I’d have to stay in the hospital away from you and daddy.

However, I beat the many odds against me and ended up being induced at 34 weeks with a mostly healthy baby boy, your little brother.

Over those four weeks, I looked forward to your visits everyday. When I knew you were coming I’d peak my head out the door waiting to hear the pitter-patter of your feet and laughter coming down the hall! We would cuddle in my bed, eat snacks (and boy did I get snacks and food from everyone!), color, watch a teletubbie DVD grandma found at a yard sale, and eventually take wheelchair rides to see guy, man with boo boo, and the train. You loved going on the rides and I loved being able to go with you. We even had a Father’s Day picnic in a conference room! You have fantastic grandparents on both sides who helped every step of the way and love you so much! Mommy’s friends and family also were great support and help over the long hard 4 week stay. Daddy really missed everyone together at home and missed his little Cece too. Daddy was working hard and also dealing with big home renovations to get your brothers room ready!

When we all were finally at home together, the feeling was wonderful. We struggled with little sleep but didn’t mind since we were all together as a family again. Once your brother was home, you automatically became attached to him. You are a great big sister and helped right away. Of course, there were jealous moments, as with any toddler, but now that he is one and you are almost 3, I can see how much you love him and our family. I worried for so long for no reason at all, in fact, I think you two will be best buddies (most of the time). I know you still sometimes yearn for the one on one full attention I could give you constantly, but the look on both your faces when you see each other is priceless. I do my best to give each of you some full attention time each day if possible.

You already are looking out for him telling mommy not to forget him and asking where he is. And don’t worry he is getting his own letter in his time capsule. I’m so glad you have a sibling to go through life with and share and enjoy. Mommy and daddy are so proud and love you so much!

So if you are a mom struggling with the worries of how your firstborn will react to a new baby, don’t waste your time, enjoy your one on one time and look forward to the enjoyment of two loving children.

 

 

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DIY Superhero Cape!

Superhero cape time!  You can make an easy superhero cape in less than 15 minutes!  My daughter needed to be distracted in a fun way while I needed to care for her baby brother, so we pretend to be superheros who fetch diapers, plastic bags, and bottles for baby brother!  Also, her dolly had to have a super cape too! So I went to the fabric store and found the perfect superhero fabric!  The fabric has a great design and also is very stretchy and does not fray easily.  I also bought double sided bias tape in gold for the outside.  Her dolly also needed a superhero cape so I designed a small one for dolly.

As usual, there is a written and youtube tutorial for this cape.  I only used one side of material but you can easily do two fabrics (this is outlined below). Enjoy!

 

What you need:
1) Fabric (one or 2 different cuts 1/2 yard each)
2) Velcro or your preferred method to connect
around neck
3) Optional: Bias tape and/or monogram

 

You can decide on the best size by either knowing your childs height and how wide you would like it, or you can always look at their clothes! I do outline the length and design in my video and written tutorial.

  1. I made the cape for my 2.5year old but it ended up being very big, big enough my German Shepard dog could wear it!  The sizes I use could most likely fit up to a 4t.  Fold 1/2 yard of fabric in half.  Measure long way 26inches long (this was a bit big for my 2.5yr old but still worked) and cut straight across. If you are using two fabrics (one for front and one for back), repeat this whole cutting process.
  2. Then measure about 4 inches down from the 26inch top and cut in and up for the connecting part of the cape (mine was a bit big for my 2.5 year old but she will grow into it!)
  3.   If you are using two fabrics take both sides and cut and then face each other and sew all the way around except leave a 3 inch opening (as with all other projects with two fabrics).  Then pull the fabric through the hole and sew hole shut (make sure you push out corners).
  4. Next, I took the bias tape and sewed all the way around (pinning it first).
  5. Lastly, I ironed on the Velcro sections with the softer side facing on side downwards (that way if its too big at one point it is not rough on the skin). You can also use snaps or any other closing you would like.
  6. And that is it!  Pretty easy just eyeball the size or you can measure your little one!  Enjoy!
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Time to get started!

Welcome to Cecelia’s Spot, where creativity and fun collide! I decided to create this blog to inspire others to sew, craft, and enjoy life with their little munchkins!  I hope the blog inspires you to make your own heirlooms and fun activities for your family and little ones!

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