Monday, April 27, 2009

Make Way Day

morning.nest

A made bed. A rare and welcome occurrence in our (newish) room. (Just ask Martha how rare.) Are you like me and only make your bed when you need to use the bed as a stage for some other task? Please say yes. Anyhoo, the task......

oh.look.gasp

I was almost knocked over with excitement by these two when I asked who would like to help me untag, and sort all the new baby clothes so we can wash them? Where would you do that, but the biggest bed in the house, I ask? Exactly. New baby clothes can't be put on the floor even if you are about to wash them, and the dining room had the ripple growing on it + Nicolas & laptop working some garage band. So.

how.cute.squeals

Oh the squeals and the gasps and the high-pitched little exclamations of ohh and ahh at every little cute (mostly striped it seems) outfit, burp cloth, bootie, hat, crib sheet, sock and towel. They had more fun than me, which is nearly impossible as I have been daydreaming about washing and folding baby clothes for months. I often just stop what I'm doing, stare out the window, and think about pouring in the Dreft, waiting for that smell as it washes, then folding, and humming.

washed.and.waiting

What we now have is that daydream mid-progress. I have passed through the pouring and wash smell part, and saving the folding and humming for tonight.

Yes I did just blog about laundry again.

And the baby again.

And he's not even here yet.

Just wait.

You poor people.

Humm, humm didah didahhmmm.

xo,Anna

A note to answer some questions: Wall color is Behr's "soft heather" and curtains are Anthropologie.

105 comments:

  1. I have the blue stripey Old Navy outfit for my littlest one. It's totally the cutest thing ever.

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  2. Our bedrooms are the smal color!! Have fun with the folding and hanging, gotta love new baby stuff :)

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  3. We can take it!
    Baby talk is never dull and reading about Your laundry is fascinating compared with taking care of ours!

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  4. Whew somebody else blogging about baby! Isn't buying baby clothes so so cool? Our baby is three weeks old now and we are having the best time dressing her up in real clothes... she's our wee doll. So good to see you enjoying the process.

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  5. I love the baby posts. Being as my baby days are behind me I have to get it where I can. I do so love babies.

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  6. I couldnt tell you the last time our bed was made. It was probably when I painted the bedroom. I painted it thinking "this color will make me want to make the bed". Well, I wont tell you how long ago I painted it but I can tell you that day was the last day the paint made me want to make the bed!

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  7. Bring it on! You can never have too many baby posts. As for the laundry...it seems to creep into my blog far too often.

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  8. oh I always loved that part..and the Dreft! How fun for you all..

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  9. Yes, I rarely make my bed. Although today I did, for some strange reason! :-)

    I am so excited for you. Big families are rare, but they are SO fun!

    And I have to ask where your yellow and white drapes come from. Love them!

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  10. What you only make your bed when absolutely necessary? Martha Stewart would be shocked! ;)

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  11. I remember the humming/folding/dreaming as if it were just yesterday!

    Just wondering if you would mind sharing the brand and color names of every single one of your gorgeous walls? Colors dreams are made of.......

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  12. I'm daydreaming right along with you. Do you have a particular song you hum?

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  13. Aww ,how sweet are your little laundry helpers? :)
    Oh, and yes, my bed gets to be a temporary holding station for numerous art and craft supplies during the day:)

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  14. Oh no! We love hearing about it all! Love the two piles there - an awesome mixture of patterns and color!

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  15. When I had my youngest (4 months ago), I waited until I was near the very end of my pregnancy to take all the tags off the little clothes and wash them, too. There is something so permanent about it, like finally acknowledging your family is going to change forever and there's no going back (if the big tummy didn't already tell you that). It's my favorite preparing-for-baby ritual, and it looks like your little helpers really love it too. There's something about those tiny little onesies.....Enjoy your folding!

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  16. Uhm, yeah, guilty about making up the bed...trying to get better about it. :)

    And you blog at much as you want about Baby and laundry! We can take it. :)

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  17. When my girls were babies...oh so long ago...the laundry for them was always the best! Love the scents and warmth and cuddliness of it all. Now I have to wait for grandkids!

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  18. Baby clothes are so cute! They are so much fun to wash and fold when they have been spit up on. ;)

    I rarely made my bed until my cats started throwing up their hairballs on the sheets which would then require me to change AND wash ALL the sheets AND the pad! YUCK! My least favorite chore, well besides mopping the floors and cleaning the oven. It's much easier to wash a coverlet, so I make the bed now 99% of the time (not perfectly mind you, that is saved for about 10% of the time, lol)!

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  19. Love the stripes, can't go back!

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  20. You probably get this all the time, but I love, love, love the colors in your home. What vibrant and happy spaces you create!

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  21. oh my. this is so scrumptious and divine :)

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  22. Your work is fantastic. I love it...
    I mentioned your blog on mine and added it on flickr.
    Congratulations ... won a fan!

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  23. I thought I was the only one with purple walls! The guy we bought the house from was a Minnesota Vikings fan, therefore the bedroom and my sewing room are both a purpleish color. Probably about the same as the flowers on your blog.

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  24. ladybird7:56 PM

    Those yellow and white drapes are from anthropologie I think! I almost bought them, and then decided to make some instead. Lovely post. Only a baby could make laundry exciting!

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  25. Isn't Dreft the best?? I think I keep having babies just for the smell....and the smell of the babes of course!!

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  26. my baby girl (age 12) is so jealous of your little ones pouring over baby clothes! I do remember how much that delighted me years ago. Enjoy the preparation... can't wait to "meet" the little guy

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  27. Gosh with those fabulous helpers I'm thinking you'll have to fight to get baby cuddle time yourself!

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  28. Ahhh... laundry and babies. Two of my favorite things! Making my bed... not so much, though if I don't make it during the day I always half make it before we climb in at night!

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  29. I credit the lovely hand-made lingerie for this newest edition of cute baby clothes use! hee.

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  30. Hiya
    I just received my copy of ottobre and saw your gorgeous fabric featured! Well done!

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  31. I am just as excited as your girls, lol.. I can't wait to see the little guy.. My little guy is ow 12 and there is no more ohhh or ahh over any of his clothes. and that is exactly why I make my bed, so I can sort my laundry to put it away. Have fun! This is the easy part, as you know!

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  32. I totally do that with the bed making!
    Anxiously awaiting the arrival of the fabric I ordered from you and can't wait to use your book! (found you via Soule Mama)
    Great blog!

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  33. I am definitely not a bed maker, but one of my latest post required making the bed to take a picture of my quilt top! So that means I'm 1/117 this year! Glad I'm not the only one out there. Love the tiny outfits, soooo cute. I love baby laundry, so easy to fold... I miss those days. :)

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  34. I could read your blog about baby laundry every day. That was too sweet and it reminded me of my little helpers preparing for the last arrival over 15 months ago.
    My bed is made every single day, but not by me! My sweet husband cannot get dressed without the bed being made so he makes it every day! I know, I am spoiled. But, so are you with your laundry helpers.

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  35. Oh I just got a flash back to those days of filling the draws full of brand new, washed baby clothes in anticipation of the new arrival. I've had that pleasure 3 times now and I totally get where you're coming from; I'm even a little jealous ;o)

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  36. I love reading your blog - no matter what the subject. Your family is beautiful and how sweet are those little boy clothes!

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  37. I'm so excited you're finally blogging about the baby! I don't make the bed daily either. But I do for folding and sorting laundry and when I know someone's coming over.

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  38. My 4 year old daughter and I used to fold baby clothes for my son in his room before he was born. She calls this pre-brother period, "the good old days"!

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  39. Oh, I love the sorting and washing and folding of the baby clothes pre-baby. Its the only time they are actually folded, and not just crammed into baskets or drawers in a mad rush to get the laundry put away before the laundry room overflows or the two year old dumps the basket again.

    As for my bed, if I do make it, my two and four year old inevitably knock everything off of it so they have something to land on when they jump off said bed. Good times, I tell you. Good times.

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  40. So nice of your kids to help. I don't know if I'll ever share your feelings(#1 don't think I can have any kids -- 33 and 5 surgeries now for "chick" stuff). However, it's always nice to hear how sweet they are from others. I'm glad I have a cute little nephew, whom I can spoil. I am looking for outfits for him right now.

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  41. laundry and babies...Those were the days my friend...i thought they'd never end...but they do. Enjoy them!

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  42. Your posts are always so warm and nice, even it´s about laundry.

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  43. I wonder how long that will last lol, did make me chuckle though, easily pleased like me :-) Good luck in the mean time x

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  44. I agree with you completely about the dreft. Nothing smells like baby more than dreft. Ah. My babies are 2 and 5 no dreft any more. Thanks for the memory!

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  45. Whenever I see my own unmade bed and feel uneasy about it (my mother and mother-in-law would be horrified if they knew) I think about you and feel a lot better. If Anna Maria Horner can say it out loud on Martha's show, it can't be all bad. ;-)

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  46. gah! you make me want to work on having another baby and our littlest is only 11 weeks old. ;)

    much love to you and your sweet family!

    can't wait to read blogs about your new baby. even if it's eight a day.

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  47. Heh. Wait until he is 16, and is 6 feet tall with dreadlocks and a wardrobe of black, black and more black! You will look back on these days and wonder! (Or is that just me?!)

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  48. Ha ha ha. I love your blog!

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  49. Hey girl, I follow your posts, remodel, baby...So excited. Yes (about not making my bed unless I need to) and I HATE scratchy tags!! So glad to hear others feel the same. xoxo

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  50. Interesting you should mention something about making beds. I never make my bed. Until yesterday that is. For 2 days in a row I made my bed! I hope I don't have a fever.

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  51. I made my bed this morning; so that I could pile it with all the clean laundry, which still needs to be folded. And won't be getting done tonight!
    As many baby posts as you like, please.

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  52. I came across your blog and fabric etc a few months ago. I was searching for creative inspiration and ideas and boy did I find it!

    Love your fabric and products. Love your photography. Love your generous sharing and openness.

    I'm just a beginner sewer (still need help threading a bobbin!) but you've definitely helped to inspire and motivate me.
    Thanking you!

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  53. It is so fun isn't it? After almost 6 yrs we just welcomed boy #4 a few weeks ago. You forget how small and sweet baby clothes are. Enjoy!

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  54. Helen8:11 AM

    Go ahead and blog on about Babyness... we love it, and we will certainly miss you in a few weeks when you will be much too busy to post!! :(

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  55. Anna,

    I am SO excited for you! You seem so full of joy about every single, little detail that this new baby boy will bring. Keep these sweet, loving posts coming. Laundry or otherwise, they are a pleasure to read.

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  56. I love hearing about your growing family and babyness! We have five children ourselves and to see others handling the craziness that ensues from having a big family brings inspiration. Lots of happy times, lots of chaos, but the giggles of girls coming from the other room make it all worthwhile - and the laundry helpers I couldn't live without!

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  57. Never, never, never make my bed. Although the wishful thinking, put together part of me wishes I would, the practical part of me just doesn't see the point. In just a few hours I'll be snuggled back in it with my covers pulled up to my ears. And no one but my 2 year old will see it.

    However, my 2 year old and I DO make her bed every morning. She helps by reminding me when I forget and putting her stuffed animals in their proper places. So I'm still a good Mom, right? :)

    I held (and took a TON of pictures of) a 5 day old baby this weekend. . .and then went home to my 8 month old baby and wondered to myself when did she get so big? Savor the smallness. As you are well aware, you blink and it's gone!

    Inksomnia

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  58. oh my goodness. you're making me want another baby. the smell of freshly washed baby clothes. delicious. :)

    bed. i WISH it was made. :)

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  59. I love washing and folding clothes too, especially my baby girl's! I just got some of your Good Folks in the mail (the pattern you have in your header) in both the blue and yellow colorways. Love it!!!

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  60. the last time I made my bed was when I had to have my bandaids changed by a nurse (in December), I had people over so I couldn't just do it on the couch like usual. I only make it if people are going to see it.

    I love baby clothes!

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  61. Why else would you make the bed? Although I do love 'clean sheet day'! As a teen I (unsuccessfully!) asked for a queen bed - because with a single I always ran out of space for crafting!

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  62. Oh, what lovely fun! I adore these photos! And look forward to all the baby boy posts to come!

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  63. Wow, that will be one kitted out baby! I'm in love with the Joe clothes from the Superstore grocery chain here. Such soft cottons and they are surviving crawling on our perpetually muddy floors.

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  64. Yes yes... only making the bed when the laundry needs folding. Totally our system!

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  65. Sounds like your kids loved the task. My kids would play in them, roll around in them wear them on their heads. Can't wait for this baby to come!

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  66. Dreft! I no longer need it but sometimes I do have to say that I get tempted to buy it and use it anyway! There's something about that that is so irresistible. Enjoy!

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  67. What an adorable blog you have! Even your display of those adorable kids doing laundry is colorful and fun! I especially appreciate that you post many patterns on items you are making. How generous of you...really...because some folks don't and some won't! I am still working on my bag when i can. It still looks NOTHING like your beauty but that's ok...it's my practice bag. By the way...I gave you a Bella award! To pick it up you must go to my blog and get it and then share with 15 others! It's a good way to showcase others blogs. Thanks for a great blog. I just wish I could get here more often....life happens you know!

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  68. ahhhh so much fun - the anticipation! The excitement!

    ....

    then they grow up to be teenagers.
    just you wait.
    :0)

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  69. I posted about laundry today, too. There must be something in the Spring air...

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  70. You know what I don't care...its going to be all our blog grandchild. I only have one granddaughter and never get to see her cause they live so far away. So love to read all about the new baby and the kids.

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  71. Oh my gosh - is the wee green and white striped outfit a Gap one with a little teddy bear embroidered on it? if so, I have the same one for my June-baby boy.

    I did his first loads of laundry on the weekend. Of course I took pictures of the laundry on the clothesline and loaded them on my flickr site. My neighbours came out to see it and exclaimed over the tiny clothes. I have the best neighbours.

    Looks like you have the best kids!

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  72. Oh Dreft....it brings tears to my eyes...I might just have to buy some for the memories. I am serious..I am going to the store first thing.

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  73. I was excited to find your fabrics in my latest copy of Ottobre - they look great and give me another good reason to buy some!

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  74. Hannah Cotten10:07 PM

    My bed is never made except some nights, we will make it right before we go to bed just so we can crawl into a freshly made bed.

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  75. I absolutely love that you are as excited about # 6 as anyone would be about # 1. How lucky the little guy is!

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  76. Beautiful colors in your room! And I can think of nothing more delightful than folding little bitty baby clothes, fresh from the laundry, thinking of the baby who will be so tiny and sweet in them.

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  77. Keep on blogging about laundry and baby and everything clean and sweet-smelling. I need it. I shall live vicariously and enjoy the few little moments I see with which I can identify. :)

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  78. absolutely adorable to see the little ones jumping with joy folding Bambino clothes! oh what a joy....took me back to when I brought my baby boy home from the hospital....that was 8 years ago

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  79. you're right to write just about that stuff... time will pass over so quickly...we are in the same state here at the moment, waiting for baby to come.
    and I am impressed by the number of baby clothes you have!!
    by the way: I love the burst of colour around your blog!

    xxx greetings from Morocco

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  80. i can still remember the pleasure i had of doing this task and my youngest will be 19! happy sweet days!!

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  81. I don't think any of us mind hearing about laundry and the baby. And yes i only make my bed in order to work on a project. ;)

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  82. I love blogs about babies, so please, please, do more!

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  83. I thought this was a fun post. It is so fun to do laundry when the items are so small and cute.

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  84. I NEED to know where you found your bed covering. Please, please email me and tell me where you found it! I am always inspired by your home photos. As much as I love color, I am a big chicken when it comes to using it in my home... but your pictures... they make me feel brave.

    And I am in love with that bedding.

    Also, reading about your preparations for your baby are heart-warming... the humming, in particular.

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  85. OH, baby laundry and dreft and humming...you just very well might push me over the edge and have another one of my own. ;-)

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  86. Love your blog... its amazing!

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  87. OOO I love doing baby laundry!! Lucky you.

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  88. Poor People? I don't think you understand. Reading about the Horner House makes me feel "normal"! I never make my bed unless someone is coming over who will want to see my room. Although it would validate my decorative pillow fetish. Now I have a deep desire to do some laundry. See what I mean. No poor people here!

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  89. I offered to do laundry at my sisters house, just so I could be in the middle of baby cloths. It is just lovely. So glad your children enjoyed it as well.

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  90. The wall color in your bedroom looks like the exact color of my hall walls. I love it! Great choice. :)

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  91. Hey your blog so informative. Shall follow your blog from now on.

    R

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  92. Oh lovely!
    Baby clothes are so darling. Although baby boy clothes mixed with a few little girls and the wonderful smell of dreft is almost too much.
    So excited for you Anna Maria! I came from a family of eight children and my hubby is from a family of eleven children. And we have three (so far- I am only thirty though!). Large families have what most small ones do not. A sense of neighborhood under one roof. A constant playmate. Constant kisses and hugs and the smell of something good ALL THE TIME. lol
    Amoung so many other things. :)
    I had wanted to send something for your new tiny.... where would I send it to?
    Hugs,
    Aminta

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  93. Anonymous11:07 AM

    We love hearing about it all! AND, I just ordered those Anthropologie shoes of yours that I've been drooling over ever since you posted about them. Finally on sale!
    Chris in WI

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  94. Love the "new" room! The itty bitty clothes are the best. Thanks for your comment on my "Smashing Smock" the other day; it's been fun to see your belly pics too! Best of health to you and baby as you get closer and closer! I did one more Smashing Smock (posted today) so take a look if you get a chance...will put in your Seams to Me pool when I'm out of the spring-top-week-woods!

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  95. Love your fabric and products. great photography btw

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  96. I also want to know the colours of your walls. They are so happy and calming.

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  97. Haha....you can talk about babies all you like....this is your blog afterall aaaaannd who does not like babies? (Well don't tell me if you know of someone.)
    On facebook there was a "your five favorite smells" quiz and Dreft made some of the top percentages.

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  98. Kenzie9:03 PM

    What color purple is that on your walls? I love it!

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