Friday, September 24, 2010

clothespins, stinky string and circles

The title pretty much sums up what I've been elbow deep in today.


(I am refraining from making some joke about being in deep doo doo because I am sure that would be unladylike and make me lose a few friends... or would I gain a few friends?)

As I was cutting out a bzillion circles, I kept wondering what the awful smell was. Did some rodent die and rot in the corner of my new room? *gasp* Did one of our hamsters meet their demise?!

Nope. It was just this STINKY(!!!) hemp string.


I'm decorating for my friend Dixie's baby shower. She is prego with her 10th child! :)

girl,
boy,
boy,
boy,
boy,
girl,
girl,
girl,
girl
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.
.
and BOY!


With the circles and clothespins, I made these super-cute decorations for the windows and walls.

The focal point is the clothesline with the "Little Brother" shirt and his name...



Well, I thought it was going to be his name.

When my friend Laura came over to help me get my house in order, she saw my adorable sign and told me that "Peter" is not going to be his name. They changed their mind.

So I did what any good friend would do and fixed my mistake.



Brilliant, no?

This way, all of my bases are covered! Because they are sure to change their minds several times before the baby is born next month. With one of their children, he didn't have an official name for weeks after he was born.

Did you already have names picked out before you gave birth? Or did you take your time in naming? If you don't have kids, what are your thoughts on the whole naming thing?


29 comments:

Susan said...

My oldest two were named prior to birth. My third I had a boy name but not a girl name. I didn't know she was a she. During labor I picked the girl name. And that was who she became. It fits her perfectly. I did sort of have a girl name but I didn't love it, turns out it didn't fit her at all.

RaD said...

Yep, totally had the names picked out. With our first we had a girl and a boy name and it turned out it was a boy. Then with our second we hoped for a girl and got one so we didn't have to think up any more names :)

Deedee said...

Those decorations are super cute! Well done!

We had a boy and a girl name picked out each time. With our first Dh didn't particularly like the boy name I had picked but said if we had a boy I could use it because he was CONVINCED that we were having a girl! LOL! So when our son was born I said so it is 'xxxxx' and he just stood there looking stunned and said 'I guess so'. Hehehe!

He now loves the name and it really suits our son. Believe it or not we had the same conversation the second time and once again it was a boy! You would think he would learn! LOL!

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

ha, I love the question mark. :) What a cute idea for a shower - I'm going to remember that one. I don't have any kids yet, but I think we'll pick the name out ahead of time - I'm a planner :)

Sallie said...

Is it terrible if I say it's been too long ago to remember?! Actually, I think we had names for everyone early but with backups. Mike was deployed with both of the two youngest boys -- didn't get home until a few days before #3 was born and about 2 weeks before #4 -- so those two had quick discussions for names but we were pretty confident on what we wanted.

Annemarie said...

We always picked out a boy and a girl name, since we didn't find out until they were born. However, a week before my Peter was born, his name was supposed to be James. Then I had a dream that he was a boy and he had dark hair and I woke up with the firm impression that his name was supposed to be Peter.

So I told Mark that if the baby was a boy with dark hair he would have to be Peter! Mark agreed easily because none of our babies had been born with hair. Imagine his surprise when the doctor lifted up a boy with a mass of black hair! Yup...he's a Peter for sure.

~Annemarie

Karen said...

You are so crafty!

I commented a few posts ago, went and hit Send (or Save or whatever you do to comment) and got an Error page. UGG...It was a nice and long comment..=)...

Anywho, thank you for mentioning Rebekah in your Name post. I carried that post in my heart for days...so touching.

And I was thinking of you on your anniversary of sweet Christian's Homecoming...God carried you through!

Okay, crossing my fingers as I hit, ummm...oh yeah, it says "Publish Your Comment"...crossing my fingers as I hit that button...

Karen said...

Woohoo! It went through!
Have a great day, Marsha!

Lesley said...

LOL love the question mark...very smart ;)

We had a hard time naming our first. He wanted Gracie Mae. I wanted Elizabeth Grace. I won. When I went into labor 6 wks early, he was a mess and said to name her whatever I wanted. :)

With Matthew it was so much easier because we had the name chosen the first time around. He is named for both grandpas and his daddy. My maiden name is Mathews and my dad's first and Robby & his dad's middle name is William. So he is Matthew William.

IF Matthew would have been a girl, the name would have been Emma Paige.

Dawn Camp said...

I think you've got yourself covered! We have names ahead of time, but sometimes not too far ahead. :-)

Tracy said...

Brilliant!

Debbie said...

So cute, Marshy! It makes a lot more sense in pictures than it did with you telling me over the phone :) You're so crafty! You already know about me and baby names...We have agreed on a girl name but every. single. boy name I come up with gets vetoed. And then he tells me about how a name is permanent--like I'm not taking it seriously! :) I love you, Marshy!

Christine said...

THAT is super cute! Great job! One thing....my sisters are awesome party planners. :) I love you!

See Jamie blog said...

Love your party decorations!

Two of my kids came with their names already, so not much decision-making there. ;)

But with my youngest, we had it narrowed down to two names, and in my post-childbirth-fog, I let the folks in the room decide if she was a Natalie or Kathryn. They picked Kathryn. :)

Amy Bayliss said...

Look at you, girlie... all fancy schmancy! The decor is really super cute.

All of my boys had a name prior to their birth. I just couldn't not name them. I mean, to me it seems so impersonal to try to bond with a baby when they have no name. idk. I'm weird though. :)

Melissa Stover said...

that is sooo something i would do. I love it!

Leanne said...

If I ever had another baby shower, which people around here do NOT do for more babies than two, I'd SO do that! It's cute! It's classy!

I LOVE that shirt!!

And yes, we have all of our names picked out from the very get-go! I just had a feeling on what all of mine were, SO FAR, and went with the first name we picked. Hannah was going to be Cassidy, but Dave said "umm, no WAY!" So, she's Hannah. It's her!

Have a very very wonderful shower. Please give Dixie my regards. I love to get together with moms of many kids. I'm sure Dixie and I would be friends in real life!

Love you, Marshy!!

Peggy Sue Brister said...

I use clothes pins for chip clips/bag clips. I don't know why I felt the need to inform you of that. On the kiddo thing, I can't imagine having 10 kids in my house for an hour, let alone all the time. Bless her heart. I had names picked out for all 3 of mine by the time I was 7 months pregnant and I never changed my mind.

KD said...

We had names picked out for a few, a few got named when we saw them, and 1 or so afterwards. However, with the 7th the other children called him Stonewall the whole time I carried him, so it seemed crazy to name him otherwise.
The deco is cute, and unique. Very nice. It's great to do something different. :)

Lainie said...

Girlfriend, you crack me up! The question mark is brilliant!

I hope y'all have a wonderfully blessed time and that , regardless of name, his is born healthy :D

Thank You Lord their very full quiver-- how awesome is that?!

Faith said...

Love it! So cute.
We had our names picked out. Our first was named for a cousin of my hubby who passed away as a child. It was a given. The others we had to agonize over. Then we adopted our little man and we knew his name - because God gave it to us both! Then when we adopted our daughter, she was 11 so obviously was already named. She ended up with a nickname though and it feels like we named her. That will be a post in the coming days!

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Angie said...

Such Cute Decorations!!!! You are getting SO crafty!

My kiddos were all named before they were born. I think they were all named in the first trimester. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I made my hubby sit down with me and a baby name book and didn't let him leave until we had a boy name and a girl name. :)

Ruthanne said...

Oooh, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha . . . . what a cute and funny idea! So original. I bet you will {or perhaps you already did?} get loads of laughs and smiles over that.

I'm missing you so much right now. Really. I wish we lived closer, so I could just walk across the street or just drive across town, sit in your pretty room and cry my heart out. Or laugh my heart out. Depending on the circumstances at the time.

I love you!

Rebecca said...

I hate it when the string stinks.

We don't have kids yet, but we definitely already talk about names. Nothing is decided yet, but we figured it is never too early to start. :P

Before my siblings and I were born my own mom and dad would pick out 2 or 3 names that they liked and then use whichever seemed to suit the baby the best.

Gwen Toliver said...

Too cute :) We usually pick names ahead of time, but with our fifth we gave up on my hubby giving any ideas (he kept putting it off) till I was 38 weeks preg. Then the kids and I made a beautiful name choice - although we did find out when it was too late that it was the name of a cow symbol for our local dairy. Oh well. :)

guitarwife97 said...

Love the sign! We had names for everyone, except #5. He was 11 days old before we named him!

Ali said...

We had names picked out for 3 of our kids, but the other two were decided while I was in labor. Madeline was going to be Elsie (even the baby shower cards said baby Elsie on them!) but we changed our mind while I was in labor with her.

Jimmie said...

Yep, we had chosen Sprite's (real) name long before she was born.

I love your creative solution. And Peter is a great name. Maybe they'll go back to it.