i made ramona a new sun bonnet this morning.
it’s reversible & the brim can be flipped up or left down. i still need to add snaps so she’ll actually keep it on (otherwise she will just tear it off–she’s going through an anti-hat phase), but that requires a hammer & she’s napping right now, so it’ll have to wait. this one is a perfect fit on her right now, but i’m going to make another, larger one out of the raccoon fabric i posted about recently. i thought this would be tricky because i was working off a pattern i drew up myself & i wasn’t 100% sure how the construction worked, but it ended up being much easier than i expected! some construction elements are starting to become intuitive for me, which is really cool, given that i barely knew how to sew anything at all as recently as, like, april. now i’m making quilts & slipcovers, reversible baby bonnets, skirts with hand-gathered ruffles & invisible zippers!
ramona had her nine-month check-up the other day & is doing great. the only thing we’re changing is that we’re starting to rub her down with baby lotion after her evening bath. we never did that before but her skin is a little bit on the dry side. hopefully this will clear up some of her scaly patches & she won’t be such an alligator baby anymore.
she’s 27 inches long & weighs 21 pounds exactly. when she was born, she was 17 inches & four pounds, eleven ounces. i can’t believe how much she’s grown! i stopped by the baby consignment store yesterday to get a new elastic-bottom nightgown for her & they still had some of ramona’s old preemie-sized pajamas for sale. i remember when even preemie-sized clothes were big on her. now they look like doll clothes. for a very small doll. like maybe a barbie. ramona is already outgrowing some of her twelve-month stuff. i’m so proud of how she’s thriving.
she’s also starting to get more mobile. she’s still not crawling, but she just started being able to creep forward on her belly. previously, she was only creeping backward. it’s still a lot of effort for her to go forward, but she’s doing it. she is also trying to figure out how to stand. she got up into a tripod position, with her feet & her palms on the ground…& then she collapsed. but she’s trying!
most exciting is what she managed to do today. while i was making her bonnet, she was rolling around on the floor, like she does. she was scooting around on her belly, playing with her toys. out the corner of my eye, i saw her scoot away into the kitchen. i went to retrieve her because i didn’t think it was smart to let her hang out in a different room from where i was working. when i came around the corner, she was sitting on the floor, smiling at me! somehow she got from her belly back into a sitting position! she’s never done that before! i immediately put her back on her belly, hoping she’d sit again so i could see how she does it, but instead she just fussed. but still! i remember when seeing her roll was a BIG DEAL, & now she does it all day long. maybe it’ll be that way with sitting in just a few weeks!
but she has also been waking up in the night a lot. & then not going back to sleep. last night she woke up at 2:30am & stayed up until 5am. jared is still persevering in getting up with her, & he had to get up to go to work at 5:45am. he was absolutely dead on his feet when he came home. both he & ramona are having a nap now, & i’ll probably take her to the playground when she gets up so he can have some more quiet time. & also because it’s finally not a millionty degrees outside. it’s still close to 90, but it’s not OVER 90! more importantly, it’s not over 100 degrees like it has been! it’s probably technically too hot to wear knee socks, but i’m wearing them anyway, because style.
i finally bought fabrics for my upcoming gift baby quilt. it will have an animal theme. kind of a weird mix of animals…i started with bears, raccoons, wolves, foxes…forest animals. but then i found two farm prints i really liked, & so some cows, pigs, & chickens were added to the mix. & then i found an ocean print i really liked with a dominant theme of seagulls…i don’t know if the seagulls really go. but i really liked the fabric. no print is repeated more than like seven or eight times, & the quilt is made up of 300 squares, so even if the seagulls don’t go, they’re like 2% of the quilt. so i hope it’ll be okay.
i also started quilting the big bookshelf quilt i made for myself & jared. i decided to quilt around each individual fabric rectangle, about a quarter-inch from the seam. it’s a queen-sized quilt, so i knew this was going to be A LOT of work. it would be easier & faster to just do parallel lines or something. but i had this vision, with the negative space boxes on the other side…executed properly(-ish), it could look pretty cool.
unfortunately, my walking foot fell apart right in the middle of the project. it just pulled apart like taffy. i ordered an expensive name-brand walking foot to replace it, which will hopefully be a bit more hard-wearing. obviously the easiest thing to do would be to send the whole thing out to be quilted by someone with a long-arm machine. but i already sank so much money into buying the fabric…having it quilted by someone else would be another $100 or so. & i really want to do it myself just to prove i can. maybe someday i will have the money to buy my own long-arm quilter, but i know i can do it myself on a regular machine. it’ll just be a little extra work.
but i must say, after all this, doing a simple lattice design on the baby quilt i’m planning is going to be a walk in the park.