Show me your neutral

In case you missed it, the other day I announced that I’M PREGNANT! I’m actually about halfway through but thought it was about time I shared our news with the blogging world.

Quick story: When I was pregnant with Squish, we wanted to see whether she was a boy or girl. We went along to our 20wk scan, keen to see our beautiful baby again and check that all was well, but also looking forward to getting a sneak peek of who this baby was. She was fast asleep, with her legs crossed, one hand over her genitals and the other hand up with one finger pointing.

Last week, we went along for our 20wk scan for Squirmy. We were so excited to see baby, and again interested to know if it was a boy or girl. This one was happily sitting with it’s knees pulled up by it’s chest, butt facing outwards. Apparently we breed babies that just don’t wanna let us know. I probably won’t have another scan, so we’ll just wait patiently again and look forward to meeting our little Squirmy in a few more months.

Right, back to what this post was actually about. Gender neutral baby stuff. With Squishy I didn’t let myself get too excited and I only made her really practical things like sheets and nappies before she was born. This time is going to be different. This time I’m going to get really baby-excited and make as many awesome baby things as I can fit in, but since I don’t know the gender, I’m looking for ideas of things that will suit any flavour baby. I’m not into pale colours, so no typical pale greens and yellows for us. I’m going to have to get creative. Shouldn’t be a problem, right?

So far, these are some ideas I’ve thought of for projects: (Click images for links)

Sweet and Simple Swaddling Blankets by Delia Creates

Except I’d of course need to use different fabrics. I’ve got some already that will be perfect for a few of these!

Freshly Picked Baby Hats by Delia Creates

Cute hats right? Maybe I can come up with some other cool fruits to model hats after.

Knit Baby Blanket and Baby Hats by Make It and Love It

Obviously not in bright pink or embellished with flowers, but the idea, YES.

Re-Purpose: Stuffed Owl by Make It and Love It

Cute little stuffed toys made from repurposed materials? YES.

DIY Baby Rag Quilt by Do It Yourself Divas

Nana is making Squish one of these for her 2nd birthday, but I’ve got everything I need to make a mini bassinet version for Squirmy!

Felt Owl Mobile by Homemade be Jill

I’m not really on the Owl bandwagon, but I’ve got plenty of felt to make a cute mobile.

That’s just a handful of the ideas that are spinning around in my head right now. Obviously some of them will need different fabrics etc. to make them gender neutral but they will still work. Now I just need to decide on a colour scheme/theme to plan everything around! Oh exciting!

I’ve been pinning lots of other ideas if you are after some baby sewing/crafting inspiration too.

What great unisex baby ideas do you have? Leave me a comment or send me an email with your ideas, I’d love to hear all about them!

Nic x

The Tale of Squishy and Squirmy

A little story for you on the origin of Squishy’s nickname.

Once upon a time, a Mummy and a Daddy decided to have a baby. They were super excited when they found out that they were pregnant, and gave the little baby a nickname right away. Bob the Blob. As the pregnancy progressed, so did the nicknames. It soon became Cletus the Foetus, and when they heard the heartbeat for the first time, baby was nicknamed Pacman (you know, because the heartbeat sounds like Pacman… wop, wop, wop).

Towards the end of the nine months, the Mummy and the Daddy started looking more closely at the little newborn babies they saw in their day-to-day activities. They decided that they all looked kinda simlar, kinda squishy. From then on, the baby (and all newborn babies for that matter!) was nicknamed Squishy.

Squishy was born, and they loved her so SO much. The nickname lovingly stuck.

After a while, Squishy’s Mummy and Daddy decided that they would like to add another little squishy to their family. They were equally as thrilled to find out that they were pregnant again, but since it was the second pregnancy and they already had a toddler to deal with, the nicknames didn’t immediately come to mind.

It wasn’t until around 15wks when the Mummy AND the Daddy felt the baby doing backflips or something in there for the first time, that they knew exactly what this baby’s nickname should be. Squirmy.

(and just in case you’re wondering, or you didn’t quite get my not-so-subtle hinting, yes that is an announcement)

Nic xx