Saturday, July 2, 2011

She Turns Three

Sprout turned 3 today.  A whole lot happened.  It's best summed up by WonderWife™.  Here's what she wrote about it:

I started my blog when our family of three turned into a family of four and life became pretty insane. Spout was the one who completed our family; she was born three years ago today - 7:02am on 7/2. I accused the nurses of fudging her time of birth, but apparently they take these things very seriously and assured me that 7:02am was in fact Spout's legitimate time of birth. I spent last night re-reading my birth story and getting nostalgic.

For her second birthday, she got a shirt with a "2" on it and she's been wearing that thing for a whole year. It's really small on her now, so I made her a new one for her 3rd birthday, complete with "sparkles" around the neck. She loves it.

Before she went to bed last night, we asked Sprout what kind of cake she wanted. In typical fashion, she was very specific and asked for cake that had "a little bit of pink on it, with chocolate frosting and sprinkles that are purple." So that's what I made for her.

We also asked her what she'd like for her birthday and I swear to you that when she answered "fabric to sew with" I almost wept. Spout is now the very proud owner of a Singer Pixie Plus and five FQs from my LQS. Happy birthday little girl.

Sprout told me that she wanted to make a quilt, but when I told her that we could make a skirt that she could wear today, she was sold. She picked out the fabric she wanted and I plugged in her new machine. It's basic but smart - there is a foot pedal, but for people with little legs that can't yet reach the floor, there is a button that will engage the needle, so Sprout can make the machine sew all by herself.

I taught her how to raise and lower the presser foot, turn on the sewing action, and cut threads. Together we helped guide the fabric through the machine. And in less than an hour, Sprout was wearing the very first piece of clothing she ever sewed. On her third birthday.

We zig-zaged the raw seams, but 3 year olds aren't known for their patience, so the fabric isn't prewashed. We'll see how it holds up once it's washed. Both the length and the stitching are uneven, but it fits and she loves it. And so do I.

I am such a proud mama. I can't wait to sew more with her - I wonder what she'll want to make next. Happy birthday, my sweet little girl.


Michelle said...

My heart is so proud for you!

So much love to you four -- and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sprout! xoxo!

Your escalator operator said...

I'm a day late, but a super happy birthday to Sprout - and, really, to the whole DGB family.

SFD said...

Happy Birthday, Sprout!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Michelle...Thanks so much. I hope you're doing great too.

YEO...We'll accept late wishes. No problem.


OneZenMom said...

Great post! Happy Birthday to Sprout! :)

James (SeattleDad) said...

Happy Birthday Sprout! Nice work with the sewing.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Zen...I'll pass along the good wishes.

James...I will also pass along the compliment.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! My "Sprout" started sewing at 3 and sews jackets from fleece, tops, pants, skirts, doll clothes for gifts, and so much more. She is 11 now and loves to sew.

It's a great skill and if she gets stuck and I am not around (at work), YouTube is a great asset. She often amazes me with what she is able to do. Keep it up Sprout!

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Anonymous...I can't take a shred of credit for any of it. It's all my wife's genes and talent.