Lily's an Auntie

Friday, November 30, 2012

They were inseparable at the end of her pregnancy.  Lily loved to rub her sisters belly and talk to Molly

The day that Lily was so excited for, the day she was to become an Auntie had finaly arrived!  November 12, 2012, her little niece came into the world.  For months Lily would rub her sisters belly and say baby Molly.  She made daily drawings of the new family to be. And named everyone that would be in the household when the baby was born.  Her excitement was never ending toward the new baby to be, Molly.   

I always had the fear in the back of my head that Lily might love the baby too much.  And by loving her too much I mean that she might try and hold the baby without permission.   Or she might regress once the baby got here.  And how would she be able to handle a screaming baby when she is so noise sensitive.  But so far non of my fears has happened.  She went to school and announced baby Molly is here!  She is so in love with the new addition to our family like we all are.

And as sweet as her love is for the baby and her sister, it makes me sad to think she will never experience her own child growing in her belly or the bond a mother feels with her child.  Lily will forever just be an Auntie.

3 Tier Baby Item Cake

Monday, November 5, 2012

Usually, my blogs have to do with my daughter who has Down Syndrome.   But, this is a tutorial of the Baby Item Cake that I recently made for my daughters Baby shower.  It was not only the centerpiece for the table and a beautiful gift for the mom-to-be, but was also a memory game for the party!  Sometimes these cakes are called diaper cakes, blanket cakes, but since mine incorporated both in the structure of it i called it "Baby Item Cake"
the finished cake

Items needed:  receiving blankets
size 1 or larger diapers
rubber bands
straight pins
long thick stemmed flower
assorted items to decorate

roll diapers into logs and put rubber band around it to hold it

Put a rubber band around a group of 21 diaper logs.  I used 21 for bottom tier, 13 for the middle tier and 7 for the top.  You can choose the amount depending on the size of cake you want.

Make the other two tiers the same way with less diapers. 

Pick out your receiving blankets.  Fold them to fit the hieght of the diaper log.  Roll the blanket around the diaper log tightly.  The same way you roll a sleeping bag.  Pin the ends with a straight pin.  Try hard not to puncture the diaper or it can't be used afterwards.

Stack the three tiers on top of each other and place your long stem flower down the middle of the tiers to hold them together.

Decorate with matching ribbons, flowers and baby items.

How to play:  pass out paper and pens to all the guest.  Ask them to recall everything that was on the cake.  The person who got all or the most right wins!  The Baby Item Cake is a gift for the mom-to-be!