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This post is about something that holds a special place in the hearts of many, the beginning of a family! This whole topic has been an emotional rollercoaster with my fiance and I! First I wasn’t sure I wanted kids, then thanks to my treatment for Ovarian Cancer I was told I couldn’t. This was a hard time in my life, and my fiance stood by my side through it all! Recently we decided that we were going to start looking into adoption as a means of growing our little family after the wedding.

I know its not a fast process by any means, and so why not start now, right? Well… we decided on domestic adoption, and made the first phone call putting the whole process in gear! I have had my first phone interview with one of the social workers, we’ve been through the information that they sent and are now setting up our first face to face interview.

This isn’t going to be an easy, no effort journey, I’m aware of that… and its definitely not one that’s here today, and done tomorrow, but we both feel SO strongly that this is what we are supposed to do! We are looking to adopt newborn, so there will be a wait, but that’s why we’re starting it 5 months before the wedding!!!

Now I find myself glued to Pinterest, checking out nurseries and home schooling options (that’s a topic for another day). Its funny how one simple phone call has started to shape our whole future!

So here’s the the journey!

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This past weekend I decided that I wanted to give a diaper cake to a woman in my life who recently had an adorable baby boy. I overlooked one BIG factor, I’d never made a diaper cake nor did I have ANY idea how to make one…

So I took the time to do some research online and then decided it was time to learn the best way I can… Trial by fire! I bought the supplies and put myself to work…. I took a bunch of bad pictures using my cellphone so I could attempt to explain what I did and help anyone else looking to take on this project like I did…

First thing first, I went out and bought the supplies. In this case the baby was born premature, so I knew the Stage 1 diapers would last awhile and bought 92 Stage 1 diapers, for a bigger baby you could do the bottom tier in Stage 2 so that they are all usable… I also bought a package of elastics, 3 baby bottles, a bottle of baby shampoo, as well as various items to decorate with.

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Next take each diaper individually, unfold it and roll it up securing it with a small elastic in the centre. Make sure if there is a design on the front of the diaper you start rolling from the designed side to keep the end result all white like cake 🙂 If you look closely in the picture you can see some showing the yellow design… I learned the hard way 😉

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Take your bottle of baby shampoo (or lotion if you wish) and 2 baby bottles and elastic them together to create the core of your cake. Using a larger elastic to hold them in place proceed to put one full round of rolled up diapers around this base.

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Continue this process to put a second and third row around the bottom tier if making a 3 tiered cake… Which is what I did! After you’re done that tier (securing them with elastics each time) start on the second tier around the same core, adding a first and then second row to create the second tier. Before adding onto the first round on tier one be sure to put it on some sort of a base you can use to move it (I just used a sheet of cardboard wrapped in wrapping paper).

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Next take the third bottle, this will be the centre of your top tier. In the same way you did the bottom two tiers secure a row of diapers around the bottle and then place the bottle ontop of the cake so that the bottom of the bottle fits securely in the centre to hold it in place.

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Now to make it look pretty. First you need ribbon to wrap around each individual tier, covering and hiding all your elastics. Then you can place a bow on the top if you like to finish up the ribbon look.

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Add any decorations you like from soothers to teddy bears, baby socks to spoons… Whatever your heart desires. Voila! You have a completed diaper cake! Here’s mine, I got the wooden letter from Walmart and painted it to match…

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I hope this makes sense and helps someone! I’m sure its clear as mud 😉 Have fun with those diaper cakes!!!

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OK, so I know what many of you are thinking, SHE crochets?!??! I have actually gotten that reaction from friends in person on more than one occasion hahaha… truth is ya, I can and I do… BUT there is one thing that I have a bit of an obsession with. I LOVE making baby blankets! I gift them to friends all the time and just have a blast making them…. I love trying new patterns with each one, and seeing what I can come up with… its like some weird obsession.

Here are 3 different ones that I made in the last year or so:

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Here’s the weirder part, the ‘withdrawal’ I am starting to get! You see, none of my friends are far enough in their pregnancy for me to know what they are having and get started on a new one, infact not many friends are expecting right now at all… Instead I am focusing on planning my wedding.

BUT planning a wedding doesn’t mean making baby blankets! Hahaha! I am doing ALL types of DIY projects for the wedding, and yet I still find myself looking up baby blanket patterns online… yep, its official! I am addicted!

I guess I’ll just have to be patient, a few more weeks and I’ll know what the next blanket I’m making is for… I just have to handle a few more weeks withdrawal… I can do this!

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