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I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share other areas of my life on this blog besides crocheting, such as our travel adventures and my pregnancy and nursing style!  To find out a little bit more about my style and life as a new mama, check out my feature as a “Style Mom" on Natalie Zee Drieu’s “Coquette Maman" HERE!  Thanks for the lovely feature, Natalie :)

I’m so happy that I’ve been able to share other areas of my life on this blog besides crocheting, such as our travel adventures and my pregnancy and nursing style!  To find out a little bit more about my style and life as a new mama, check out my feature as a “Style Mom" on Natalie Zee Drieu’s “Coquette Maman" HERE!  Thanks for the lovely feature, Natalie :)

Baby Myla Smiling Family Photo

Everyone, meet Myla!  She is the newest addition to our family and was born last week at 7 lbs 1 oz!  Isn’t she a smiling cutie bear, donning the shell-stitch beanie I crocheted for her?  Thank you for all your warm wishes, prayers and comments, particularly on my last post!  I am recovering slowly and Ryan and I are adapting to the non-stop schedule of feeding, burping, changing diapers and resting.  Kudos to you parents out there who have gone through this- it isn’t easy, and it definitely makes you appreciate your own parents that much more!  We love her so much and giggle at all her little expressions and movements.  Thanks for being a part of my pregnancy journey and now a part of our journey into parenthood!

With less than a week to go till my due date, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our baby!  The weeks have really flown by and we are so thankful to God everyday for this little miracle who is growing inside of me.  We know that the coming weeks and months (and parenthood in general) will be challenging with the sleepless nights and new experiences ahead, but we know we can do it with the love and support of our family and friends and with God’s strength and grace.
With that being said, I will be going on a blog hiatus for a while.  I do not know when I will be blogging again, but rest assured, I have many completed projects to blog about in the future.  Once I do resume blogging, I will not be posting as regularly as I have been since I started “All About Ami" in January 2011 (about 2-3 times per week), but I definitely will continue blogging as it gives me great joy to write about and share my work with you all around the world!  I will also not be able to respond to e-mails and blog comments as promptly as I normally do, but I will try to update my facebook, twitter and instagram once in a while.  Thank you so much to all the loyal readers of my blog and for all the incredible support you’ve shown us!  We are excited for this new chapter in our lives ahead and look forward to continuing our blogging journey in the future :)
Love, Stephanie & Ryan

With less than a week to go till my due date, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our baby!  The weeks have really flown by and we are so thankful to God everyday for this little miracle who is growing inside of me.  We know that the coming weeks and months (and parenthood in general) will be challenging with the sleepless nights and new experiences ahead, but we know we can do it with the love and support of our family and friends and with God’s strength and grace.

With that being said, I will be going on a blog hiatus for a while.  I do not know when I will be blogging again, but rest assured, I have many completed projects to blog about in the future.  Once I do resume blogging, I will not be posting as regularly as I have been since I started “All About Ami" in January 2011 (about 2-3 times per week), but I definitely will continue blogging as it gives me great joy to write about and share my work with you all around the world!  I will also not be able to respond to e-mails and blog comments as promptly as I normally do, but I will try to update my facebook, twitter and instagram once in a while.  Thank you so much to all the loyal readers of my blog and for all the incredible support you’ve shown us!  We are excited for this new chapter in our lives ahead and look forward to continuing our blogging journey in the future :)

Love, Stephanie & Ryan

36 Weeks Maternity Shoot

Hi everyone!  We are 9 months pregnant and one month away from our due date!  It feels kind of surreal how life is going to change so drastically soon and how baby could really come anytime during the next few weeks.  It’s been so fun preparing the nursery, shopping for baby items, squealing over the cuteness of tiny baby clothes and of course crocheting baby projects!  We’ve also been trying to do belly shots throughout the pregnancy, and it’s been really neat seeing the progression and growth throughout the months.  I thought I would share some photos from our 36 Weeks Maternity Shoot we did a couple days ago, especially since it involves some crocheted goodness!

We shot these photos by a pond near our house!  Don’t the beautiful reeds and trees provide a gorgeous background for this green and gold photoshoot?

I was thrilled to find this pretty green maxi dress from a Banana Republic outlet at the end of the season for more than 75% off the original price :)  I love the ladylike ruffles on the top and the flowiness of the bottom.  Maxi dresses have been some of my favourite pieces to wear while being pregnant!

I wanted to display these little crocheted button booties I blogged about recently.  They look so tiny and dainty in my hands!

We really can’t wait for our baby to wear these!

The idea for the big crocheted bow belt was inspired by this lovely maternity session I found on a blog called “Onto Baby”.  I knew I wanted to make one for myself as soon as I saw how pretty and adorable the bow looked wrapped around the belly!  It makes the belly (and the little one growing inside) look like a beautiful gift adorned with a bow!

Once I found this green dress, I decided that I would crochet a gold bow to provide a beautiful accent against the green.  I ended up using the rest of the gold yarn that was left-over from my Scarecrow amigurumi and the gold baby booties.  I think my green and gold ensemble is perfect for the fall, especially with the green and gold glow in the background! 

Ryan helped me make this beautiful “36 Weeks" sign!  Doesn’t he have nice writing?  I’ve always admired how neatly he writes, but this really looks like a computer font!  You can see how he was practicing in pencil first before going over it in ink…

As for the bow, I crocheted a rectangular piece, folded it in half and then sewed the edges together.  I then crocheted a narrow strip to wrap around the middle to give it a puffy ruched look.  The belt was made by double crocheting row after row, and we added a wooden button for closure.  Since the belt is made of double crochets, it is essentially adjustable since the button can fit between any of the double crochets on any row!

We are so thankful for this gift from God and we cannot wait to meet our little baby soon!  Thank you for your kind e-mails and messages, warm wishes and prayers for our family :)  We feel very blessed and are very appreciative of you all!

Stork Pouch/Hanging Cocoon

I have been having a wonderful time searching for crochet baby patterns on-line as they range from hats, boots, toys to photography props!  It is very special taking photos of newborns as they are so delicate and tiny, and they change so quickly within the next few weeks and months!  Ryan and I cannot wait to meet our little one and document every step of the way through photography :) 

One of the photography props I stumbled upon is called a “stork pouch" or a "hanging cocoon”.  Babies are placed inside these pouches and they look oh so adorable all curled up, nice and snug (click here to see plenty of baby cocoon cuteness).  These are meant to be a photography prop only and babies should not be left unattended or actually carried around in these.  There are plenty of these stork pouches being sold on Etsy here, but I found a free pattern on Alli’s Crafts here so I thought I would try and make one for ourselves!

Stork pouches look great with chunky yarn, so I went and picked out “Bernat Roving” in a light green colour called “Low Tide”.  This yarn is very very soft :)  After reading through some comments on Ravelry, I decided to also use a bigger crochet hook than the pattern calls for (I used an 8 mm crochet hook instead of a 6 mm crochet hook) since some people stated their stork pouches turned out too small.  Using a bigger crochet hook also helps make the stork pouch more stretchy.

Here is the bottom of the stork pouch…

Adding more and more rows!  I ended up adding two more rows after Row 10 before decreasing, following the advice of other Ravelers who thought the pouch was not deep enough.

Next came the strap part!

I did three extra rows for the strap just to use up the rest of the yarn.  And so, this project took up one whole skein of yarn!

The finished product!  I have no idea if this is a good size, but I’m hoping this stork pouch is not too big and not too small!

This stork pouch by itself is not all that exciting for now since it is empty…  But we cannot wait for the arrival of our little one!  Two months to go :)  Had you ever heard of or seen a stork pouch/hanging cocoon prior to this?  Good job to those who correctly deduced what this was in the sneak peek!  I LOVED reading your creative guesses of what this could possibly be on the blog, facebook and tumblr- they all made me smile and I thank you for always commenting and being such a supportive community!  Once again, the free pattern for this stork pouch can be found HERE.

We have been working hard on our nursery and I have many other baby projects to share with you!  I am definitely going to try and get as much blogging and crocheting in before the sleepless nights begin ;)

[Update: Here is baby Myla in the stork pouch!  It did not cover her entire body as I thought it would, but she still looks adorable in it :)  We decided not to hang the stork pouch, but lay it on the carpet for the photos instead!]

Our Work in Progress

Ryan and I have a very exciting work in progress to announce!

We are expecting a new addition to our family!  I am 23 weeks pregnant with only 17 weeks to go! 

Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”.  Ryan and I feel incredibly blessed that we have been given the opportunity to be parents and we have been thanking God each and every day.  It is so surreal knowing that there is a little life growing inside of me, and we cannot wait to meet our baby!

I have had a very good pregnancy so far as I have not had any of the morning sickness or nausea commonly experienced in the first trimester.  I just felt very fatigued, which also explains why we haven’t come up with many original patterns or designs in recent months.  Thank you for your patience and continued support.  We are currently working on a new original project and needless to say, I am SUPER EXCITED to crochet baby-related items such as blankets, shoes and hats!  I’ve already picked out which patterns I would like to use and I will blog about them along the way :)  If you have any cute baby crochet patterns that you recommend, please send them my way!

Thus, our recent trip to Tokyo was actually a “babymoon”, or last vacation before baby comes since I am in my second trimester (the big baby bump and fatigue associated with the third trimester would make it difficult to travel)!  We had a wonderful time, and I cannot wait to share our photos and experiences with you in the future. 

And in case anyone is curious, I purchased this super cute “Work in Progress" pregnancy shirt on-line from the Ravelry store here, and it is very comfortable and stretchy.  This would make a great gift for expecting moms who are crocheters or knitters (I knew I had to buy it as soon as I saw it!  I purchased it in a “small” size).  The countdown blocks in the above photos were gifted to us.  It’s been amazing seeing the changes my body has been going through and feeling the baby kick recently.  My baby bump has grown quite a bit over the past few weeks, and we are excited for the weeks to come as our baby is due in mid-October!  We know there are many changes in store for us, and we are so excited to have you all along this journey with us!  Thank you for all the love and support you have shown to Ryan and I :)

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