My ‘Rainbow Baby’

For those unfamiliar with the phrase “rainbow baby” it is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Cameron is my rainbow baby. He is my beautiful and bright rainbow that followed the storm and injected hope for better things. A rainbow is always more appreciated having just experienced the storm.

I choose to inject my families life with positivity and cherish every minute. I want to be able to look back in the future when my children are all grown up and have kids of their own and be able to say that I devoted my time to creating beautiful positive memories for my family.

I suppose it can seem a little over the top to some – having a rainbow themed birthday party for a half-birthday, painting with a really young infant, rolling down a hill at a park just to hear my son laugh, designing and re-designing his play space to adapt to his ever-evolving personality.

But it’s me. That’s just what I’m like. I talk openly about things like pregnancy loss, depression and anxiety because they’re hard… but the core of me is Rachel The Life Lover. I refuse to feel like less of a person, just because I don’t fit someone’s idea of who I should be.

“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, and love… to complete your life.”

So Cammy, my rainbow baby in every meaning of the phrase. Thank you for lighting up my life and creating all these sweet memories with me.

I love helping you experience this lovely world… Even if there are a few bumps along the way. Like that bruise on your forehead from were you banged your head on the glass while we had a shower. Or that blood blister on your fingernail from where you jammed your finger into a cupboard door trying to use it to stand up.

Each of those ‘bumps’ (literally, heh heh) were followed by snuggles, giggles, bubble-elf-hats, tickles, stories, tunnel-time and more memories like your ever-present babbling of late (goodness! it’s like he heard how I was worried that he wasn’t as vocal!)

What makes you feel blessed?

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Those Moments

So the last blog was actually meant to contain words but I got side-tracked getting ready to go see my sister, nephew and niece who are down from Emerald (and hopefully moving back!) Please keep your fingers tightly crossed for my brother-in-law who has an interview tomorrow!

There is something truly devine about watching cousins play together. I think it’s because you just *know* that these are the moments that are going to be *those* memories in the future.

Jayka and Jolee adore Cameron and he adores them right back. There’s cheeky grins, cuddles, giggles and playing all ’round and it just makes my heart feel so flipping full! They are too sweet together!

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With Cam’s room I still have to make a reading corner where the poang (chair) is. I’ve got two kids stools which I’m going to make into toadstools with some artwork at Cam’s level and an owl pillow. I also have a half-finished mobile to hang from the roof that I’ve sewn with owls and toadstools.

In his playroom we are heightening that coffee table, painting it white and putting baskets for different activities in the slots (playdough, crafts, etc) and putting a big board up that we’ll paint with blackboard paint for him to draw on.

Anyway, I’ll put a description of each of the pictures in the gallery of my last post (left to right, top to bottom):

1. Michael’s first Father’s Day gift framed in our office
2. My repainted antiqued frame in office
3. Cameron’s door sign I made
4. View of Cam’s room from door
5. View of cot
6. Peter rabbit garland I made from a double of a little golden book
7. Repainted clock I got on sale
8. Repainted and repurposed frame
9. Toadstool mirrors above Cam’s change table (he loves these!)
10. Woodlands alphabet print
11. Op shop scored tree lamp and branch book ends
12. Styrofoam toadstools I made on a grass book (from typo store)
13. Repainted tree
14. Mothering deer and squirrel prints with scrapbooked backing framed
15. Baby deer and baby raccoon prints with scrapbooked backing framed
16. Bookcase view with baskets of toys for Cameron (I’ll add to these)
17. Mirrors (ikea) at Cam’s level next to toy drawers (with blackboards)
18. Bookcase in playroom
19. Another view of playroom wall
20. Jumperoo and toys in playroom
21. Coffee table that we’re painting, heightening and using as a play table (chairs to come)  in playroom
22. Cameron’s first canvas which I’ve painted the words “Cameron’s Art” onto and glued twine (two strings) onto with little pegs to display future artwork in playroom
23. and 24. More views of his room

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Sewing Attempts & Cuteness

So I’ve been getting obsessed with finding woodlands themed items for Cameron’s big-boy room (when he turns one) and his birthday (blue, green and brown – trees, owls, birds, nests, eggs, squirrels, acorns, toadstools, etc)

I’ve been mainly looking on etsy but found this cute tutorial for making hand-sewn felt owls… so I gave it a go (disclaimer: I’ve never hand-sewn… I’m in no way crafty… this thing took me nearly 3 hours from deciding to make it to taking this photo.. so be nice LOL)

Clearly he needs pupils… and a name. I’m working on it. At first I told Mike that I was going to make an orange and a green one as well but I gave up on that idea after dropping the needle for the third time and stabbing myself.

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Anyway, moving on to even cuter things than that owl… My baby boy is developing a sense of humour and we have so much fun throughout the day lately.

Mike had the day off today (Friday) and we went out for breakfast and lunch. Cam loves sitting in the high chair and ‘talking’ with us.

Driving with Cam is so peaceful now and it’s partly due to his taggie. I bought him a gorgeous rainbow taggie from Little Tortoise at madeit.com.au (and on ebay). Now we often look in our rearview mirror and see this:

We got the rainbow taggie blanket (for Cam’s rainbow half birthday). They’re so great because they come with a free matching snap-clip so you can’t lose it & they’re only $10 including free postage!

My etsy “favourites” is ridiculously full as I’ve decided I need to start getting things for Cam’s room and party now (even though it’s not needed for 4 months) and that I want to add some themed homewares to our place.

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