Friday, October 01, 2010

Fall Into Fall Giveaway!

It's time to announce my Fall Into Fall Giveaway! The leaves are changing and I'm getting back into the mood to quilt! From October 1-15, 143 bloggers will be having giveaways. Go to the Fall Into Fall Blog to see all those wonderful quilters who are participating.
I'll be giving away a piece of sewing themed fabric and a bag pattern for making a cute little sewing tote bag.
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I've also collected several patterns to throw in too. The Stars and Halos pattern is by local designer Becky U that I used to work with at the quilt shop. It's a Christmas quilt, but would look great in other fabrics as well.
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I'll also be giving away an Adoring Tote bag and the Schlep pattern to go with it.
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With only 3 months left until I have my first baby, I'm going to be using the time to finish up some UFO's and different quilts I want to get made. I feel like I'm starting to "nest".  To enter this giveaway I'd like some advice on preparing for the new arrival. Give me your best parenting/new baby advice.
This giveaway is open to all US residents and will run from Oct. 1-15. Only bloggers with email addresses  or those who leave an email in their comment will be eligible.
Have fun blog hopping and joining in on the Giveaways!

121 comments:

Cindy said...

I had to really think hard as to what my advice would be. Someone told me when Jen was born that you can never hold your baby enough. Others thought you would spoil the baby but they grow so quickly so take advantage of the time. Also, cook meals ahead of time and freeze them for that first month. You're going to be tired so the less you have to do the better.

Suzan said...

Very nice giveaway! My best parenting advice is don't rush anything. Sometimes we get caught up in the idea that we can't wait until they are sitting up or they are feeding themselves or they are potty trained. Enjoy every moment. Babies are such amazing gifts and reveling in each little bit of development is such a joy!

Mama Spark said...

Never wake a sleeping baby! My friends just had their first and are always so quiet, keep your household noise level the same. Babies just learn to shut it out and sleep through it. Trust me, you will all be happier! Don't put too much pressure on yourself either. Remember you haven't been a mom before and you baby has not been a baby either so you will find your way together.

PunkiePie said...

So far, you were given some great advice. My advice would be to sleep when the baby is sleeping. I'm not a napper but this was advice I took to heart. The laundry will be there when you get up. rest whenever you can. And as Suzan said, don't rush! Enjoy the baby and all the baby milestones. My baby is now 5 and I wish I had a few more days of her being a baby. I miss those days.

Cindy said...

Oh Moneik, I ADORE Adoring. I've already made the Manger with if you remember. And I have more of it to use. Sandy Gervais just cannot do anything wrong in my eyes.

Happy Fall dear Lady.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a great giveaway! And congratulations! How very exciting. Get lots of rest now, before baby comes. Enjoy your baby because they do grow up TOO quickly.

Kathleen C. said...

I'd like to suggest things that I'm sure will come naturally to you: talk to your baby; hold your baby and snuggle; and remember that you need time for yourself and your husband. And don't be afraid to ask questions of other mothers-that's how we all learn.
Thanks for your giveaway.

JayTee said...

Relax and enjoy every milestone...takes lots of pictures.

Betty said...

I like your giveaway items. Best advice I can give is NEVER let your baby sleep in your bed with you. If you do they will never want to go to their own bed.

Barb said...

What a great give away.. That bag is just too cute! Seriously ~ advice... Let people help you ~ with housework with the baby... it's okay to get help!

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

Congrats. My best advice was watch the baby not the clock and whatever I am struggling with will pass. The baby will outgrow that phase before you know it and it will be but a memory. So Enjoy every minute of it.

Leah said...

Such great advice already. I have to echo all of that, especially the holding the baby advice. In my opinion, you can't spoil a newborn so hold him as much as you want. You will both be happier for it. :)

Monica said...

What a generous giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.

As far as advice...gosh it's been so long since I was in your shoes, I'm not sure what advice I could give except to cherish every moment. Because before you know it, your child is graduating high school and you're wondering where all the time went. Ohhh...and don't give your child peanuts till he/she is three...LOL.

cowgirl commentaries said...

Wow! Great giveaway! Since I have only been a parent for a couple of weeks, I am no pro. However, I have lots of advice! ha! Live in the moment. When you are holding the baby, don't worry about everything else that you aren't doing or things that you might be missing out on. Just remember that the baby's happiness is your only priority for now. The time will go too fast. Freeze meals before baby comes, get some Mylicon gas drops, take advantage of any naptime YOU get, remember to take care of yourself too after the baby comes.

Colleen said...

My advice for before the baby comes:
1. Go on lots of date nights with Paul. They are few and far between when the little one arrives.

2. Make meals to put in the freezer (lasagna, soup, meatloaf, etc), and/or stock the pantry/freezer with things you can throw in the crock pot.

For when the little one's here:
1. Hold him/her as often as possible. You can't spoil a little one, and they grow too fast.

2. Sleep when he/she sleeps!!!

crazypatch dreamer said...

Your give-away items are nice! I haven't been blessed with children of my own, but my advice would be to talk to and read to your child often, even if they don't understand at first. You're relating to them, but also stimulating their little brains.

Me said...

Get a few freezable meals put in the freezer for when baby comes - believe me, you will be glad you did! Thanks for the giveaway!

susies1955 said...

Advice? Enjoy, it goes by so very fast. My babies are 30 and 27.
Nice giveaway,
Susie
susies@twcny.rr.com

Jennifer said...

My advice is to trust your instincts! You won't know a lot of what to do with the first one, but you will know when things just don't seem right or just aren't working like they should. Trust yourself and adjust course, take baby to the doctor, ignore that other advice ;), or just get some more sleep! Oh, and I couldn't let this go without saying to try to breastfeed. It is hard for the first few weeks, but then is awesome!

free indeed said...

Sleep when the baby sleeps! Don't try to get things done or clean. Sleep! This being your first you can take advantage. My daughter just had her second, and she is exhausted because toddler number one doesn't sleep much...she's finding it very difficult. When baby is older, read read read! It makes for a calmer child and smarter one too!

Donna said...

Babies need your love above all else. Take time to cuddle and enjoy your gift from God. Happy nesting!

Mariliz's Musings said...

My best advice is to just enjoy it, it's a crazy time, but it goes by in blink of an eye. Accept help from friends and relatives. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Great giveaway! Please enter my name in the drawing.

I don't believe loving your baby and holding him/her is spoiling and I highly recommend breastfeeding.

Renea said...

Thanks for the giveaway. The pattern is really cute. Good luck with the new baby.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your bag - and I'm giving away one too. :) Stop by and enter - I think you'll like it. My best advice is to prepare yourself mentally by telling yourself over and over - "I don't have to be perfect." It's the truth. New mothers think they have to do every tiny little thing right and they don't! Babies don't know if you're perfect or not - but they know you love them. blessings, marlene

Melissa Corry said...

Never mess with success. That is what my husband always says.

Pam said...

My best advice is to trust yourself when it comes to your child. You'll be getting lots of advice ...some good, some not so good. So listen, but in the end trust yourself.

Andee said...

Thanks for the chance and happy fall. Best advice I have for you is enjoy every moment...they will go by too quickly!

Renee G said...

My best advice is enjoy every day and take lots of pictures. They really do grow up so fast.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

deserae said...

My advice is to take some time for yourself before the baby comes! It is harder to have "me" time when they get here!

Ms Muffin said...

My best advice: go with your instincts! Always!!! Do not let anyone else tell you what is right or wrong! Try to feel comfortable with what you think is alright ... you will figure out what your baby wants and needs and the more you "listen" to it the easier it will become!
Also if you think you are in an unbearable situation - like baby will not sleep, only sleep on your arms instead of bed, wants to nurse every hour ... try to relax! I know that sounds impossible. But as soon as you just accept it as it is it will become easier somehow! I can not explain why - but that was my experience!!!
Wishing you all the best for your baby and family!!!

And if you want to come by my blog and enter my giveaway, too ... you could win some custom-made buttons ...
Have a lovely Sunday!
ulli-xox[at]web[dot]de

Mary said...

My best advice is, one day at a time! The first month is a big readjustment period. From being husband and wife, now you're a family, and oh how life changes. They are good changes, but still. So get all the rest you can -- rest rest rest! When that baby naps, FORGET the housework, Mom, you go take a nap too. By the end of the first month, you won't be able to imagine your life before baby, and you won't ever want to go back. Congratulations! wishing for you a health, happy, contented babydoll of your very own.

Coloradolady said...

Congratulations....my advice would be to enjoy each and every day. Don't rush for the next "great" thing, like crawling, walking....they grow up SO FAST and when they are little it is hard to believe that, but when they are grown, you wonder where did all the years go.....in a blink of an eye~

Best wishes to you and your new little one! Lovely giveaway!

Nanbon44 said...

I would love to win your lovely giveaway, please throw my name in the hat...
bast advice for a new mom would be
to take care of you, it is hard to take care of others when you are not up to it. So when the little one sleeps, you sleep or take a relaxing bath, catch up on your favorite show. Have hubby help, with the baby, dinner or what ever else needs done... Enjoy every minute with you little one, because in the wink of an eye they will be grown and on their own.

Karin said...

You've already gotten some great advice, to go along with your great giveaways! One thing I've not yet seen, is make sure you have your outlets plugged BEFORE baby comes home. It's gonna slip your mind, I promise you, and before you know it, baby's gonna be toddlin' around, sticking fingers in every hole he/she can find. Congratulations! Enjoy!

Bailey said...

First of all congrats! I am awaiting my second, I am due on St Patricks day, LOL! My advice is that babies are loud! Seriously, my daughter was in a bassinet next to our bed and my husband finally had to put in ear plugs to get some sleep. They grunt and snort. My daughter had 3 distinct ones, the bear, the warthog and the elephant.

Barb said...

My advice is to enjoy every moment, the rocking, the cuddling, the sweet kisses....it goes all tooo quickly and most of all don't sweat the small stuff.

Mama24Monkeys said...

Congratulations. Having four little ones I have tons of advice but I think it all comes down to RELAX and enjoy your baby.

Charlene S said...

1) Enjoy your child
2) Rest when your child is resting
3) The doctor is not God and doesn't know everything about your child...you know your child best...you are with that child the most.

Patty said...

My very best parenting advice is to go with your instinct. There will be a lot of people telling you what to do and how to do it but no one really knows what is best for their own child as the mother does. That being said, hold and love on your baby as often as you feel; you cannot spoil a child with love.


Patty
Sewsecret (at) gmail (dot) com

NanaSings said...

My advice to any new mother is to trust yourself - you will know what is best for your child. It is ok to read what other "suggest" as the best way but if you don't feel that is quite right then you are probably correct. Have faith in yourself and sleep, sleep, sleep when that baby is sleeping!!!! Thank you for the giveaway!! susan(at)mathisons(dot)org

Winona said...

Take lots of pictures. They grow so fast and change daily. Also, rest every chance you get in the first few months. You need it. Trust your instincts. You will do great. Congratulations on your first baby. Have a wonderful day. Winona

grendelskin said...

Lovely giveaway! The best advice I received when I was pregnant the first time was, "There's no cure for the first eight weeks." It's true, it will get better after that initial overwhelming period. But it also helps to rest when you can, keep lots of juice in the house if you're going to breastfeed, and do trust your instincts.

HomerMamma said...

I see a couple of people have said this already, but I can't stress it enough - hold that baby & snuggle him/her as much as possible! I had days with my daughter that I literally did almost nothing but sat on the couch holding and snuggling her. She is 2.5 now, and is less interested in snuggling sometimes, but also with #2 due sometime in the next month, I know I won't have those days to just sit & snuggle him, b/c I'll be busy chasing my daughter around as well! Good luck & hope all goes well - it is truly the best adventure of all time. I guess this brings another tip - enjoy it all, even on the exhausted days, because it is all worth it!! Amber

samiqblue7@gmail.com

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Patrick and Emillie said...

I think my best advise (seeing as how we are also preparing for a baby) is to handmake as much as your can instead of buying. We have made bibs and burpcloths and have saved so much money! Much better quality too!

emilliepeters(at)yahoo(dot)com

alice said...

My advice to you is to nap whenever and wherever you can. Try not to be tired and grumpy at the same time your sweet baby is. Enjoy every minute--they grow up to fast. Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful giveaway!!

Altered Route said...

My tidbit advice....is keep a schedule. Feeding and sleeping at the same time everyday without mistake, allows you to plan for your activities...it works!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

My advice from the time you bring them home until they leave your home, is to remember the following:

Momma needs rest and care, too and so Momma must not be afraid, ashamed or just plain too stubborn to ask for assistance!

It makes it all easier when you've had a little "love me" time mixed in.

Kathy H said...

I would say to freeze some meals ahead of time and to make a list with recipes of easy to make meals. then you don't even have to think too much about it. Rest when you can.

Joanna said...

I wish I could give you advice, but I'm an aunt, not a mother. But what I've seen from other members of my family is this; it's okay and good to rely on grandparents and family for help. The kids love them.
Thank you for the giveaway. The bag is beautiful.

Quilt n Queen said...

Relax....Relax....Relax and don't change the noise level when the baby is sleeping. Keep the radio/tv on....they will adjust to you. Great giveaway!!

Nancy said...

Children grow up so fast.....enjoy every moment. The housework will wait while you rock that precious baby. When you first bring he or she home, take a nap if you need to while the baby is sleeping. Teach the child good values and remember you can never love them too much.
Hope you are ready to lose some quilting time LOL. Best wishes and thank you for taking part in the giveaway.

quiltma said...

Well let the dishes go and enjoy the baby. They will be gone before you know it.

Lyn said...

Take good care of yourself and be ready for the most wonderful experience! Thanks,
Lyn

Diane said...

Fun giveaway. Congratulations on your first baby. My advice...enjoy the baby stage because it goes by SOOOO fast! My baby is almost 3 already!

Needled Mom said...

The best advice that I can give to you is to relax and enjoy your baby. Remember that nothing is the right or wrong way, but rather what works out for you!!! The baby doesn't know what is right or wrong.

Terry said...

Great giveaway goodies! Thanks so much! It's been a while since my kiddos were babies, but just try to enjoy them as much as possible every day, because they grow up way too fast! Sleep when they sleep too if you can. :0)

Natalie said...

My advise would be to sleep when they sleep! The housework can wait! It will all get done eventually!!!

Willa said...

Just enjoy every minute. Those minutes are too quickly gone.

Tamie said...

As the mom to three girls, ages 13 to 22, the best advice I have is to follow your instincts. This is especially important with your first baby when you think everyone knows better than you- they don't.

Maxwells said...

Just had my fourth a month ago. I live by Babywise, a great book!

Farm Quilter said...

Congrats on the soon-to-be-here new baby! What a blessing. So much great advice here already: lots of freezer meals, hold the baby lots, let others clean/cook/help all they will, breastfeeding (cheaper then formula, ready immediately at night and so good for baby and mom), trust yourself. I would suggest also that you get your little one used to sleeping with noise in the house. Music is great as it covers the doorbell/phone ringing that can startle little ones out of sleep. Enjoy every day, they grow up so very fast! Ask for help if you need it - people always like to help!

Thank you for participating in the blog hop and giveaway!

wild_blue_farm at yahoo dot com

quilts said...

Read to your baby everyday. Start right away and read everything you can. Your baby will love books and reading for sure! claudia

Aliene said...

Rock and cuttle the baby. they grow so fast. Take lots of pictures. You think you will remember, but if you have pictures you will not forget.
Very nice give a way. thanks for entering it.

Aliene said...

I forgot my e-mail. siliene@aol.com

Brenda said...

Enjoy the cuddling time with your baby. They grow so quickly. Take lots of pictures. prepare meals ahead of time. Breathe and relax. trust your instincts.

Katie said...

My advice is to not try to do too much once the baby comes--just relax, and enjoy the time together because it passes so quickly. Best wishes to you, and thanks for the chance to win!
ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations on the new baby, coming soon.
I know I nested like a mad hen, with my first. The house was spotless and I made a ton of things for him.

Debbie

Patty D from NC said...

Congratulations! My best advise to you is never wake a sleeping baby. This will seem weird - I know - but you will so immediately fall in love with the little creature that you will want him/her to wake up so you can carry and cuddle. Instead - sleep when they sleep. Laundry etc can wait!

Thanks for the giveway!

MissMary said...

Best advice to ANY parent: prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child. Hovering parents produce disempowered people. No one wants a 20-something who doesn't know how to brown a pound of ground beef.

Ok, so that doesn't help so much with an infant, but I'm not a mom! I am, however, a teacher, witness of many crimes against the development of independence and self-determination all in the name of "love". Oh, and I have had 20-something friends asking me how to brown meat... ;-)

grostedt said...

Great advice already. My 16yo daughter tells you to "Spoil your baby just a little". grostedt@lek.net

Shannon said...

My oldest turned 18 in April. My middle just turned 16 in August and my baby turned 14 in March. I wish I had then what I know now. That baby does not have any clue what is going on just like you don't. Fall in love with that baby things will go better. If there are any sad feelings work hard to get through them, I am still wishing someone had told me that one. Relax, the baby will bick up your stress. Do not be anal about things but don't let everything go. Boy I hope that helps. Rememeber, now that my kids are going out the door, my heart hurts to see them leave.

Melzie said...

NEVER be afraid to spoil your baby. Don't rush your recovery. Enjoy every moment because they go so fast. Congratulations :) Great giveaway! xoxo melzie

Judy C said...

my best advice would be to relax and enjoy the journey! they grow up so quick! keep your house at a normal decimal level your child will sleep thru it this was the best advice I ever received. oh and always always give your child lots of kisses and cuddles. Happy days are coming your way. Thanks for the giveaway!

ABamaMom said...

Great giveaway!

My babies are now 24 and 21 and this still applies to them...

Never let your children leave the house without giving them a hug and telling them you love them!

And when they're small...sleep when they sleep! Naps are good for all involved!

Weatherbee ;) said...

Great giveaway! My biggest advice to a new parent would be to not sweat the small stuff. No one is perfect, babies cry, and everyone is just doing the best they can...and that's usually enough, love makes up the difference. ;) Just breathe, and take it one precious moment at a time.

Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!
~Teresa

Cindy said...

It's been a long time since I've had babies in the house. My advice is to rest when the baby is sleeping. Whether that means taking a nap or just chilling out, you'll feel so much better when the baby wakes up. Most importantly, enjoy every minute because it goes by so fast!

Thanks for the giveaway and good luck and congratulations on your baby!

Sandra said...

Congratulations on the new baby; hold your baby and pray for him/her. Cover that bundle in prayers and love.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm an old grandma...just love them and enjoy!

Marissa said...

I think the best advice I can give you is to remeber that every baby and every mom is different. It's great to get advice to use as a starting point, but in the end you just have to do what works for you and your little one.
Congratulations and Good Luck.

MJ

Melinda said...

My best advise is that whenever the baby is asleep, take a nap yourself. Have fun with your new baby.

Kaye said...

All of the previous advice that has been given leaves very little for me to add. One very important piece of advice my Mom gave me-- Trust your instincts when it comes to the babies care. God gives Mothers great instinct on caring for this beautiful gift you have been given. Rest now and God Bless your new Family

Deb said...

Make fun out of the frusterating things! My daughter used to go through tons of outfits - so her fourth outfit of the day was the 'penalty outfit' - a green froggie onsie. It was then followed by the penalty shirt - a baseball shirt with a screen print about the terrible twos.

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Jan said...

Nice give away! Congratulations on your new soon-to-be arrival! My best advice is to enjoy these moments because they go so fast---it's really true!!!

Lee said...

Thanks for a lovely giveaway.
Best parenting advise - You can never tell a baby or child no matter how old that you love them enough. Congrats!

Karen in Tucson said...

You live in a beautiful part of the country. We visited Mt. Rushmore in 2003 and enjoyed the area a lot.

Congratulations on the new baby joining your family.

Enjoy and be happy!

Debbie said...

Congratulations, Moneik, on being in the third trimester! Love that sewing fabric! My advice is just to realize that this will be the biggest and the best responsibility you will have in your life.

Brittainy Barnes said...

Thanks for the chance for this giveaway!! YOU ROCK!

Parenting advice (from a 4-month fresh mommy)
1) Sleep whenever baby sleeps, (or when someone is willing to watch him/her!)
2) Make someone else do the dishes/laundry/cooking!
3) Enjoy your little one, but make some time for yourself!

I went to a concert when my little boy was only a couple weeks old... it's very easy to think poorly of yourself, but life DOES go on outside the bassinet!!!

AnnieO said...

Lovely giveaway! I love Sandy Gervais' fabric and designs.

My best parenting advice is that babies are good teachers. You will quickly learn what to do for your baby--at each stage! Also, a comment: There is nothing sweeter than a baby sleeping on your shoulder.

vtaannieo (at) gmail.com

jennifer said...

Rest when you can and enjoy every stage. Thanks

Laura said...

Take LOTS of pictures - they change way too quickly (and you'll be tired enough that you won't remember as much as you'd like!). Also spend lots of time just enjoying them. I loved to just sit with them sleeping on my chest - lots of direct skin-contact time. Congrats (you're in such an exciting time)!

cvdnurse said...

What a wonderful giveaway, and congratulatins on the upcoming birth. My babies are now 26, 24 and 22, and one thing I wish I had done more of is just to relax and enjoy my kids. It's not necessary to have an activity going every minute.
Susan in NC
susie.galasso@gmail.com

Stray Stitches said...

Congrats on becoming a new mommy! My advice to you is accept any and all help with meals and housework after the baby is born. Or, if you prefer not to have help, prepare meals ahead and freeze them for after the baby is born. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

MARIKA said...

Thank you for the opportunity test fortune hope to win .my loving sewing greeting!:))
Marika Hungary

SewLindaAnn said...

My advice would be to make sure you always "talk" to your child. Even a moment of trying to explain something starts to stick with them later on. When you see them start to act on these explanations (like sharing, or being compassionate) it's an amazing feeling.

emmy said...

Love your choice of fabric and patterns for the giveaway. As others have said, nap whenever you can and accept all the help that is offered.

Joy said...

Hold your little one, turn off the phone, nap when the baby naps, and most of all it's ok to use paper plates. Who want's to do dishes when there is a baby to hold!

Violette Severin said...

Are you sure that you want advice from an old maid? I guess my advice would be that you not block the ADA curb ramps with your baby carriage when you are walking outside. I see this all of the time in Chicago where I live. These mothers refuse to move out of the way for folks who use wheelchairs, scooters and walkers and we are then stuck in the street until they finish their conversations.

Barbara said...

My advice is to do it your way. Too much advice can leave you feeling confused and guilty. It seems everyone has an opinion when there's a crying baby around. You know yourself and your baby better than anyone else, which makes you the expert on what you and your baby need. As for breastfeeding, one of my babies was easy to breastfeed, the other never seemed satisfied. If it's not working, don't let the breastfeeding police hassle you if you decide to bottle feed. Both my babies did equally well. And when I gave up and switched to the bottle with my first baby, we both felt better.

Colleen said...

Nice giveaway! I dont have children but as a teacher and someone with a much younger sister(I was her 2nd mom) I say incorporate the baby into your life dont make your life about the baby. Children are more flexible then we give them credit for. I see too many 'babies' in elementary school. Children are little empty sponges soaking up the world. If you always cater to the baby think what kind of adult they will grow up to be. Just give them lots of love and attention but remember you have to teach responsibility and respect.

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deborah said...

Relax and enjoy your baby! Don't fret about the small things, take that time to either rest or spend with your new baby!

Nancy Sue said...

I noticed you have a "scooby doo". One thing that helped make a great transition for our whippet/chocolate lab (imagine that) is take an old clean towel and bring it to the hospital. While you're there have the baby lay on it and really get it "smelled" up :) Next time you're home (with or without baby), have "scooby" sleep with it. My husband brought the baby towels back when he ran home to pick up something (we live close to our hospital). Our dog, Dunlop, wasn't that freaked out about the baby when we got home.....now the first cry in front of the dog.....you're on you own for that!
Thank you for participating in the blog hop...especially all that you have on (in) your plate!!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Sean said...

I am entering for my daughter, her computer is down and she called and asked if once again I would enter her in contests, I couldn’t say no as she helps my wife and her mother with their charity quilting projects. I try to support them any way that I can, so here I am and I hope I am doing this right.
thank you for putting our name in your drawing. Florida area
tcsean(at)aol(dot)com

Lisa said...

I am a Mother of 3, all grown now. And the best advise I can give you learn to love naps and grab one whenever you can!
I'm a new follower, thanks for the chance!

Sewgreen said...

bags bags bags!! those are really cool!

Best parenting advice - let sleeping babies lie. and sleep when the baby does :)

quiltin cntrygrl said...

Wow.. Being as I haven't made it as far as you yet I would have to pass on what the Dr's have harped on me about.. Don't stress out about things.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Such a great giveaway, and such fun times ahead for you with your new baby! You've already gotten so much wonderful advice from all the previous comments, so I would say just enjoy the moment with your baby. Whether that's at 1 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning! Some of my most special times with my babies were in the wee hours when everyone else was sleeping and all the world was quiet and it was just the two of us together.

MGM

busymom said...

How wonderful, your first! Well, my best advice is to listen to your own natural instincts. You will know what your baby needs and you need if you take the time to let yourself nuture your little one. Books, parents, friends etc.. can all give you tons for helpful information. But, we were created to be mothers and nuture our children, let yourself do that and you will be fine. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely giveaway.

Patty said...

Congratulations of the baby! I hope you are feeling good. My advice is to sleep when the baby does. You can always get caught up on laundry. And you don't need a spotless house from the minute you come home. And limit company, I know that sounds a little "mean", but you will need rest more than a house full of guests to entertain. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the bag pattern.

Ginny said...

Oh congratulations on the new baby!

As a daycare provider I have a few bits for you, one SLEEP NOW!!! LOL, the others as harsh as this sounds, rock your baby, feed your baby, hold your baby, BUT when it is nap time put that baby in the crib/bassinet while they are still AWAKE, let them learn how to put themselves back to sleep from the start. You will be thankful in the long run that your baby can self sooth!!! Yep that is my best piece of advice. Plus take LOTs of pictures you will not believe how fast those little ones grow!

Jackie said...

So exciting, congrats on your little one. Sleep when he/she sleeps! And enjoy they grow so fast.

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Joanne said...

My best advice is something that saved my sanity when the babies were little (19 years ago). So much of what you do is going to get un-done: dishes, laundry, cleaning, changing diapers, feeding, etc have to be done over and over and over. So don't give up the quilting. If all you do in a day is cut out 10 patches, those will still be there tomorrow. It may take a long time to make a quilt but every tiny thing you do in a day towards a project is something that you will not have to re-do. You'll understand in about 6 months! Good luck

warnerar said...

Thank you for having this giveaway.
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Get as much rest as possible.
Be patient and take timeouts for yourself.
Children are a blessing but they can be very demanding of your time.
Much luck and joy.

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

congratulations, advice: the 3 R"S Relax, Rest when you can, and Relish the new little person in your arms!!

Sew Many Stitches said...

Love the quilt and cute purse.

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Lisa said...

Thanks for the chance to win your fall giveaway! Well for the advise...Take it slow. Your mommy instict will come to you. Give it time before you put the little one on a schedule. Hold them but you have to let them cry sometimes. Good luck and I hope this helps.

apple blossom said...

It never hurts a baby to cry if you know he/she isn't hungry or need diaper change.

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