My sister is expecting baby #2 pretty much any day now. Remember I said how I’m jealous that she’s thinner than me and pregnant? I may have neglected to mention that she’s in month 9 of her pregnancy. Still thin. Still beautiful.
I bought her some real presents for the Dragon Baby (so dubbed by big sister Neve of cloth diapering fame), but I decided to make the baby something, too. Yeah, perhaps not the best decision given my track record. I really wanted to do something like this…
But my sewing skills are so completely abysmal that I decided not to even try it. Instead, I took the onesie idea and modified it to be a sponge-stamped onesie, inspired by these kitchen towels:
To be honest, I was really hoping mine would turn out better than the tea towels… They sort of look like… well, they actually look a little like I made them. But you know, tie a ribbon around that shit and call it handmade and you’re golden, right?
So I gathered my supplies, including real honest-to-God fabric paint. Nothing is too good for you, Dragon Baby.
Then I had to cut my sponge in a shape. Originally, I was going to try to do something all cool and creative, like a dragon, but I thought I’d at least start with something easy, and I had a heart cookie cutter I could use as an outline.
I traced the heart onto the sponge.
It is deceptively more difficult than you would think to cut a sponge, and thus my heart ended up like this:
I then decided that a heart was quite ambitious enough.
I don’t know how long it’s been since you’ve been around a baby, but for me it’s been two and a half years (since big sister Neve was born), and I forgot how tiny they are when they get here.
I don’t know how anything that tiny can survive outside the womb. Human babies, you are cray.
Anyway, I dipped my newly created heart sponge in some paint.
And applied to onesie, saying a little please-don’t-embarrass-Auntie incantation as I went.
And, you know, it didn’t turn out too bad! Nicely done, Auntie.
(Next I need to learn how to hold a baby properly when her neck is still all floppy, and not freak the fuck out that I’m not going to support her little baby noggin right, and it’s going to pop off like a Barbie head. Baby steps.)
I made a set of three, and they’re not perfect, but I think they’re cute. Hopefully Dragon Baby’s mommy will tell her someday that, like the handmade sponge-stamped onesies, Auntie Sonja is a little weird, and certainly not perfect, but she’s full of love at least.
Welcome to the world, Dragon Baby.
Weird Auntie Sonja
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