Baby Announcement!

ALL THINGS BABY

Baby #2 finally arrived via a scheduled inducement. In all honesty, I couldn’t take being pregnant anymore. My doctor told me that it was safe and healthy for me to be induced at 39 weeks. So I wasted no time and scheduled the inducement at 39+1.

Please no judgement! Though I was having a safe and healthy pregnancy, I was having so much pelvic pain that I just couldn’t stand the thought of staying pregnant while I waited for my little man to come out naturally.

Since this is my second child I had a pretty good idea on how my body would feel and how labor was gonna go but let me tell ya, it was a bit different! First, since I got induced the amount of fluids my body was taking in meant extremely swollen legs for over a week! I think the swelling in my feet was more painful than my postpartum recovery! Second, my contractions were surprisingly not more painful because of the pitocin which I heard would make them worst. I opted for the epidural and got that put in place before the contractions got too strong so maybe that’s why? Epidural for the win! Lastly, labor was actually shorter than my first child! My water broke naturally with my first child so I figured this labor was going to be much longer but it was actually the opposite.

All in all, my inducement was a very pleasant experience and if we decide to go for a third child I would consider another inducement if I get to the 39 week mark again!

Sunflower, Butterfly Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY

A little while back I shared how I edited a sunflower, butterfly design in my Silhouette Studio software. I wanted to share the finished product.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video, click here.

If you’re interested in purchasing this onesie for a baby in your life, head over to Mariesah Mina Design!

Isn’t this the cutest?! I just love how it turned out.

Baby Products for Baby #2 | Same Gender

ALL THINGS BABY, Parenting

I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant with my second baby. We’re having another boy so I don’t need much since I have mostly everything from my first child.

For this post I’m leaving out diapers since those are kind of a given. I also haven’t purchased any baby clothing because I have so much baby boy clothing, both used and a lot still with tags from my first son. I also have all the major items such as a carseat, stroller, bassinet, crib, etc.

I’ll start by saying that I made a baby registry at both Amazon and BuyBuyBaby so I could receive the 15% off discount because who doesn’t like discounts?! I also had a $50 Target gift card.

Products for Baby

  1. Zutano Cozie Fleece Baby Booties: These are seriously a lifesaver when it comes to the sock battle! No more losing socks in the washer or slipping off your baby’s feet. I seriously love these booties! My sister let me borrow a pair from her children when I had my first child so I had to buy a new pair for my second child. I purchased these from Amazon (color black, size 3 months). Total $21.00 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  2. Puracy Baby Shampoo & Natural Body Wash: I used this product for my first son. I love the smell! That’s mostly the reason why I’m purchasing it again but it’s also perfect for sensitive skin and tear free. This comes in a 2-pack both 16oz bottles. Purchased on Amazon. Total $20.99 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  3. UPPAbaby VISTA Lower & Upper Stroller Adapters: I registered for the 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA stroller for my first child with the thought that it converts into a double stroller for future children. To convert to a double stroller using the toddler seat and bassinet (will buy the rumble seat at a later time when baby #2 is old enough) you need the upper and lower stroller adapters. Both items were purchased on Amazon. Upper adapters total $19.99 before 15% off baby registry discount. Lower adapters total $24.99 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  4. Aden by Aden + Anais Denim Wash Cotton Muslim Blanket: I got my first son one of these blankets for his stroller and I just love how soft it is. I also love the material and thickness of it. So I figured I’d get baby #2 one as well so they both have their own blanket. Total $34.99 before 15% off baby registry discount at BuyBuyBaby.
  5. 4moms mamaRoo 4 Classic Infant Seat: This was my big splurge for baby #2 since I didn’t need much this time. Ive heard mixed reviews on this swing but I wanted to try it. We plan on having a third child so I don’t feel like its going to go to waste. Total $219.99 before20% off BuyBuyBaby coupon.
  6. WubbaNub Giraffe Pacifier: I use pacifiers because it reduces the risk of SIDS but I don’t introduce a pacifier until I’ve established a good breastfeeding routine. I like the WubbaNub because I’m less likely to lose it (haha!). Total $13.99. Purchased with Target gift card.

For Mom | Pregnancy & Postpartum

  1. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter: I love this stuff because it’s lanolin free. No need to wipe/clean your breast/nipples before breastfeeding. It’s safe for baby and it works wonders in soothing and healing your nipples. Purchased on Amazon, total $11.42 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  2. Haakaa Manual Breast Pump: I didn’t have this with my first child but I’ve heard so many wonderful things that I wanted to give it a try this go around. Purchased on Amazon, total $12.94 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  3. Annyison Women Panties 5pk: Though not the most attractive, these are seriously the most comfortable things I’ve worn in a while. They’re high wasted so perfect if you are having a c-section. They’re meant for postpartum but I wear them during pregnancy as well. Purchased on Amazon, total $24.99 before $15% off baby registry discount.
  4. 3-1 Postpartum Support-Recovery Belt: I didn’t wear a support/recovery belt after my first pregnancy but my sister said that this really helped her so I figured I’d give it a try. Purchased on Amazon, total $22.95 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  5. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads 100ct.: It never hurts to have these on hand! $13.95 before tax. Used Target gift card for purchase.
  6. Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags 100ct.: I love these bags because of the easy pour, lay flat freeze, and double seal to prevent leaks. I pumped a lot at the beginning to help relieve engorgement.
  7. Pregnancy Clothing: Before COVID-19, I went to my local mall and purchased some maternity/nursing clothing from Motherhood at a 70% off discount because of the store closing. I just purchased basic items, plain shirts, leggings, jeans to get me through this pregnancy. I also received two 4 piece pajama sets from Costco. One set to use during this pregnancy and one set to use during my hospital stay.

I have been nesting like crazy this week but I feel like I have everything I need which is a total shock. Maybe this COVID-19 shelter-in-place is actually a blessing because I’m extremely organized and already packed for the hospital!

I hope all the parents are doing well during this crazy time!

Do-It-Yourself | Personalized Name Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s a tutorial on how I created this adorable onesie for my niece.

Created using Silhouette Studio and my Silhouette Cameo 3.

Items Needed:

  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Cricut Everyday Iron-On Vinyl | Gold Glitter
  • Weeding tools or tweezers
  • Baby Onesie
  • Cricut EasyPress2 or Iron

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Start by typing the name you want to use and choosing your favorite font. I used Brooke Smith Script font.

Step 2: Modify your font and weld the letters so they’re not overlapping. Then group the design so it’s in one piece.

Step 3: Create Offset – since the font is so thin we’re going to start by making the font thicker by creating an offset. Choose the offset setting in Silhouette Studio and create a offset of 0.06. Once again, group the design so it’s in one piece.

Step 4: Mirror your design horizontally so it’s backwards. For heat transfer this is an important step or else your design will be backwards when it comes to ironing the design onto your material.

Step 5: Size the design according to your material size. For this particular case I am creating this design for a newborn baby onesie so I made the size no longer than 5″ in height and 5″ in width. My design was approximately 5″x 4″.

Step 6: Send your design to cut! It’s that simple. I use Heat Transfer, Glitter as my cut setting since I used glitter vinyl but if you’re using regular Everyday Iron-On Vinyl than I would use Heat Transfer, Smooth cut setting. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat shiny side down (glitter side down) and load into your machine. Now watch the magic happen!

Step 7: Weed and iron on your design to your baby onesie and ta-da!

Tip: If you want to have a better visual of what this design will look like when it comes time to weeding it, before you send the design to the cutting machine, ungroup the design and change the fill color of the inside font (the original font). This way you’ll see what you’ll be weeding out once the design is cut (you’ll be weeding the area between the red and the blue color). This is just for visual purposes and is not necessary to do. It has no impact on the actual cutting of your design.

And that’s it! An easy 6 step process to creating a personalized baby onesie!

Checkout my Instagram page for a time lapse video of this process, @mariesahminadesign

Do-It-Yourself | Hello My Name Is Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here is a step-by-step DIY baby onesie inspired by a Hello My Name Is sticker/tag

Step 1: Create a rectangle. I chose to use rounded edges. It doesn’t matter how large because you can always resize at a later time.

Step 2: Fill this rectangle in with a solid color. I chose the color black.

Step 3: Create a second rectangle that’ll go inside of the first rectangle.

Step 4: Select both rectangles and “create compound path”. This will create one design piece.

Step 5: Choose the text tool and type “Hello, My Name Is:” in the font of your choosing. I chose American Typewriter. Align and resize at the top of the rectangle.

Step 6: Click on both the rectangle and the text font and “create compound path” to make it one design piece.

Step 7: Type out the name you would like to use. Resize the font and align to the center of the design you’ve created thus far. Fill in the color (I chose black). This helps with visualizing what vinyl you’ll be weeding out once the design is cut.

Step 8: Create another thin rectangle and fill that color in. Align and size according to your liking.

Step 9: Group the entire design together.

Step 10: Resize the design according to the material size you’ll be ironing this onto. Because I’ll be putting it on a baby onesie, I made this design approximately 3.5″x 5″

Step 11: Mirror your design horizontally. This step is necessary so you’re design isn’t backwards when you go to iron on he design.

Step 12: Select your cut settings. I chose “Heat Transfer, Smooth”. Place your iron-on vinyl on your cutting mat, shiny side down, load the mat into your cutting machine and send your design to cut!

Once the cutting process is complete, weed the design and iron on the design onto your material using a regular household iron or a Cricut EasyPress 2. I highly recommend the Easypress 2! It makes your design go on evenly and takes 30 seconds to iron on.

And you’re done! Simple, easy, DIY baby onesie! Perfect for a baby name or birth announcement!

For those who wish to purchase this onesie, feel free to check out my website, Mariesah Mina Design or shop my Instagram @mariesahminadesign

*Photo slideshow is in order from steps 1-12 for visual representation of the written step-by-step tutorial

Flight Attendant & Pregnancy | Update

ALL THINGS TRAVEL, Pregnancy

It’s been over a one month since my first post about being pregnant and working as a Flight Attendant so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on what’s been going on.

I am now 30 weeks pregnant and am now on state disability due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak. My doctor no longer finds it safe for me to be flying with the unknown of the effects on pregnant women on their unborn child(ren).

With that being said, I’m grateful to be home but with “shelter-in-place” I’m starting to go stir crazy in our one bedroom apartment. I didn’t realize how often I go outside with my little one. I have can’t leave the house because it’s not worth the risk but at the same time I’m desperate for some fresh air. But I’m thankful for mine and my family’s health and I hope this crazy pandemic ends soon for everyone.

The aviation industry is particularly struggling with this COVID-19 virus. Most airlines are operating at the bare minimum and some are even furloughing their flight attendants due to closing bases because they can’t afford to keep their employees. I selfishly feel safe at the current moment only because I’m on state disability but what’s going to happen when I return from my leave? Everything is so uncertain at this time. All we can do is stick together and do what we can to keep our jobs as essential workers.

To all my aviation workers, stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive. I’m thinking of you!

Aviation and pregnancy updates coming soon.

Do-It-Yourself | Personalized Newborn Pants

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s another diy project created using my Silhouette Cameo 3 but this time I used newborn pants instead of a onsie. Not sure how I feel about them but once my little one is in them I’m sure they’ll be adorable.

I chose my favorite cursive font and used the simple text, “Baby Caleb” and “Caleb”.

In the design studio for Silhouette, I then sized them according to the size of the pants (in this case newborn size). “Baby Caleb” was approximately 2 inches wide and 5.5 inches long. “Caleb” was 2 inches wide and 4 inches long (I’ll have to double check the exact sizing. These are approximations).

Once you have the sizing you like, flip your design so it’s mirrored or backwards and then you’re finished creating the design.

For the cut settings I used “Heat Transfer: Smooth” and changed it to number 3 instead of the original setting because my blade is dull. Normally I would keep it on the preset setting.

Then send your design to cut and watch the magic happen!

Weed your design, place your design on your clothing of choice and iron. I am still using a regular iron which I feel doesn’t give the smoothest application and takes a bit longer to actually adhere to the clothing. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but haven’t gotten around to making the purchase.

If anyone has a review on the Cricut Easy press please let me know!

Happy crafting!

Also, please don’t mind the stained navy pant, these are hand me downs from my first son. I’ve never used vinyl on infant pants so these were also kind of a trial run that seemed very successful.

Update | Do-It-Yourself | Baby Girl Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Remember that baby girl onesie “Bows and Big Brows” that I made for my niece? If not, check out my post here for a step-by-step guide on how to create this onesie yourself with a cutting machine.

Well my niece arrived about a month ago and look who finally fits into it! Isn’t she precious?!

This is the first onesie I’ve made with a baby actually wearing it. It definitely looks more adorable when there’s an adorable baby wearing it!

Do-It-Yourself | “New to the Crew” Baby Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s another diy for your shelter-in-place entertainment.

Again, using my Silhouette Cameo 3, I designed this using my favorite script font and some random “free design” accents that I downloaded for commercial use on the Silhouette Store. I placed them randomly to frame my design.

I sent my design to my cutting machine on “Heat Transfer: Smooth and changed it to setting 3 instead of 2 because my blade is getting dull.

Weed and place on a onesie and iron on! I still use a regular iron which is why I feel like my application isn’t the smoothest. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but that’ll have to wait. For now an iron will do.

I love that this can be personalized with baby’s last name to make it more personable.

Enjoy!

P.S. I swear that isn’t a Nike check. It was part of the free design on the Silhouette design store.

If you love this design but not up to making it yourself, you can head over to B&C Company and purchase a onesie for the little one in your life.

Do-It-Yourself | Baby Boy Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

With shelter in place put in effect, I’m trying to keep busy (and sane) and decided to make a baby boy onesie for my new arrival coming June 2020.

I had a minor messed up with the peeling process after ironing on the design but since it’s for my own child I don’t mind the mess up. If it were a gift I would’ve made another one.

“Hi I’m Caleb” for our new little boy was made using the following:

1. Silhouette Cameo 3

2. Cricut Iron-on vinyl in black

3. Iron

Carter’s baby onesie in white

Just choose your favorite font and center the design so it’s even.

Flip your design so it’s reverse. This is for the cutting machine. Don’t forget to do this or it won’t iron on properly to the material.

Cut the design and iron on! That’s it! Super easy 5-10 minute craft and a personalized baby onesie for your little one.

Side Note: there was a minor issue with the “A” in Caleb because I tried peeling the clear plastic off of the vinyl when it was too hot. So please make sure to let it cool before trying to peel.

If you love this design but not up to making it yourself, you can head over to Mariesah Mina Design and purchase a onesie for the little one in your life. You can also shop my Instagram @mariesahminadesign

Stay healthy and safe during this time of coronavirus, COVID-19!