Vivian – 2 Months

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Where have these past 2 months (+1 day) gone? It seems like yesterday I was 35 weeks pregnant and ready to be done. Now I have a 2 month old and she is only getting bigger and older. Sometimes I still catch myself just staring at her in awe that she is here and that she is ours.

This past month has been a busy one. We took our first trip to visit Uncle Jason in Wausau for his birthday. Vivian loves her a long car ride. She hardly fusses, and ends up sleeping the whole time. We went for a walk at Rib Mountain to see what was left of the fall colors and just bummed around town and ended the weekend with the Packers game.

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2 weeks after our visit to Wausau Vivi had her 6 week check-up. She weight 9 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 inches long. Her development is right on schedule. She is tracking well and is beginning to recognize faces!!! Then she got her first round of shots. When they first poked her and she didn’t cry I was amazed at that… I thought too soon. Right after I thought that she would be one of those babies that doesn’t cry, she let out the most horrific scream. I have never felt so helpless and mean. How could I be okay with causing this little girl so much pain? Thank goodness the nurse was super quick and just like that it was over and I began nursing her to calm her down (thank you nurse and the internet for that tip!). My Aunt Cheryl flew in from Cincinnati, OH for a visit and to visit with Vivi on that same day. So after V finished nursing we packed up and headed to Neenah to visit with my Mom, Aunts, and Grandma. And thank God we did. Vivian was so cranky from the shots the whole day it was nice to be able to take turns trying to comfort her.

We also celebrated Vivian’s first Halloween. She went as Minnie Mouse. Although we didn’t go Trick or Treating we did hand out some candy. Everyone that saw her loved her costume and thought she was super cute.

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She also came along Voting with us on the 4th!

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We have gone on a lot of Target outings, and shopping trips with Grandma Greenwood. We also went to a Chili Cook-off.
Vivian also got to spend a couple of hours with Grandma Kathy while Ben and I went out for dinner and a few drinks.

The amount Vivian is changing is blowing my mind. She is smiling almost all of the time. She is beginning to coo at us. And every now and then she tries to laugh and the sound that comes out is kind of scary, but adorable all at the same time. And sometimes when she sneezes, afterwords she makes a cute sound of frustration… like she is mad that she just sneezed.

The most recent development is that Vivian started daycare on Monday. Remember in one of my previous blogs where I went on about choosing daycare…? Well, after only 3 days of her going to Arts for Kids I could not be more please with our choice. Everyone there is amazing and are really helpful with this transition. I only cried for a few minutes her first day after I dropped her off. When I pick her up her teachers fill me in on what she did that day. She gets to swing, bounce, and play with toys! Little Girl has so much fun, and it makes me happy that she gets to have so much fun and work on her development while I’m at work.

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Nicknames: Vivi, V, Little Girl

Mom Update: All in all I am doing great. I am finally getting the hang of this “being a mom” thing.
I am officially back in my pre-pregnancy clothes.
My hardest day was dropping V off at daycare for the first time.
I am officially back to work, part-time, 20-25 hours a week!

Vivian’s Favorite Things:
The Kitchen Lights – well, lights in general
Growling/Screaming at my boobs – especially when she is super hungry
Bath Time – she loves to splash and kick in the water
Bouncing – especially around lights
Swinging – on the second setting of the swing is the best
Ben’s Beard – she always seems so shocked when she touches it
Laying on Mommy’s Chest – and sleeping there too
Burping & Farting – every chance she gets

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Kitty Halloween Outfit

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Enjoying The Musical Stylings of Daddy

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Vivian – 1 Month

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4 Weeks Old

I plan on doing monthly updates, doing weekly updates seems too hard, and this way we get a huge photo dump! :)

I am writing this as Vivian is finally sleeping in her swing. This past month has been one of the fastest, slowest, and hardest of my life. The amount she is growing is mind boggling. The lack of sleep is staggering. The love I have for this little person is unbelievably overwhelming. Most of the time I wouldn’t have it any other way, unless I am down to 3 hours of sleep in 2 days, then we have problems.

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This past month we have been to the pediatrician twice. The first trip was her 5 day old check-up, where her weight went down to 5lbs. 13oz. from 6lbs. 8oz. but everything else looked great. The reason she lost that much weight was because of the amount of fluids they pumped into me before the c-section and some of that went to her so she was a little more chunky when she came out! But the last time we were in she was up to 7lbs. 3oz.! Way to go Vivian!

The doctor also took off her cord stump at the last visit. She is now the proud owner of an innie!!!

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We have spent our days cuddling, swinging, having tummy time, and taking trips to work and to Target!

She has a couple of nicknames these days. V, Vivi, Toots McGee, Toots, & Little Girl

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We have had lots of visitors this past month. Every one wants to meet this little person. She is one popular girl, she has the biggest fan club. We would like to thank everyone that has come to visit, and brought us food and gifts. We love them all, and we really appreciate it. Vivian also loves the snuggles from the visitors.

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Mom Update : I think I am doing okay. There are times where I wonder to myself how people survive having a newborn. The sleepless nights, not being able to leave the house for more than 2 hours at a time, because I am breastfeeding, and the ungodly amount of diapers she goes through. Sometimes I wonder if I can continue  breastfeeding, it is definitely taking its toll on me (especially with little to no sleep). It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but sometimes it gets so stressful (think growth spurt, and sore nipples). Even through all of these struggles, I find myself making it through like a champ (sometimes :) ). And I find myself more in love everyday.
Hopefully in the next week or so we will introduce bottles and Ben will be able to help with the 2 am feedings. :D

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Vivian’s Favorite Things:
Tummy Time – her neck is getting so strong
The Kitchen Lights – well, lights in general
Growling/Screaming at my boobs – especially when she is super hungry
The Very Beginning of Bath Time – she loves to splash and kick in the water
Bouncing – especially around lights
Swinging – on the second setting of the swing is the best
Ben’s Beard – she always seems so shocked when she touches it
Laying on Mommy’s Chest – and sleeping there too
Burping & Farting – every chance she gets

And that is it for Vivian’s 1st month. :)

September 18th, 2014

Once that was decided (about 9:30pm) I was told that the monitors would be kept on me all night to see if she was just having a lazy day and to monitor her heart rate, and the next morning if there was a significant change in her movement we would repeat the ultrasound test to see if she would pass then. Once we discussed that and if there was no change I was officially going to have a baby the next morning. (To read the beginning of the story go here.)

Let’s just say that I had the worst night of sleep ever. With the monitors on I was unable to get into a comfortable position and every time I fell asleep I would roll over a bit she would move or the monitor would move and a nurse would come in immediately to adjust it. I think I may have gotten about 3 hours of sleep. Ben, though, slept pretty well (his only complaint was that it was super cold where the ‘dad bed’ was positioned).

Fast forward to 7:00 am. (I had been awake for pretty much most of the night and at 6:00 I gave up and turned on the TV to watch the news.) The doctor came in and told me that there wasn’t enough of a significant change and that it would just waste time redoing the ultrasound test so I would be taken into surgery at 9:00 am (maybe a little later because she had a surgery right before).

After that time got away from me. The nurse came in and asked if it was okay if some nursing students that were assigned to my nurse could watch the surgery. We said sure, why not. Then after a bit my nurse came in and gave me these weird soap wipes to wipe my entire body down (except for my face), once I was done with that they put in my IV and the anesthesiologist came in and we talked about the spinal that I would be getting. And that brings us up to 8:50 am.

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ready to go!

9:00 am came and went… the previous surgery went a little bit over. At about 9:10 am the whole team of nurses came in and told me that it was time. They wheeled me down to the operating room. [Ben had to stay behind to get his surgery outfit on and then he had to wait until right before they started surgery.] Once in the freezing cold room I sat on the operating table. I met my other anesthesiologist and they got me into position and gave me my spinal. It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would. It kind of felt like a bee sting, but with a little more pressure. They laid me down on the table and my legs started to feel warm and tingly. Once I was completely numb they put in my catheter, and then they wiped my belly down. At 9:34 Ben came in and they had just started the operation. It felt like they were massaging my belly, I couldn’t feel a thing. So, it was quite a shock when the doctor said that they were almost to the uterus and my baby would be here soon. Woah. This was when they asked Ben if he wanted to see his daughter come out.
OF COURSE!

9:41 am is when I heard the most amazing sound. She cried. Music to my ears! Ben whispered to me that she was beautiful! This was the first time Ben left my side… and cut the cord and watched (and took photos) of them cleaning her off, measuring, and weighing her. While all of this was going on they were putting me back together. They brought her over to me and we got our first family photo taken!

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first family photo.

Once I was put back together they wheeled me back to my room and I was greeted with the sight of Ben holding our daughter. They parked my bed and Ben handed her to me. She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen!

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our first selfie!

Once I finally met our daughter and got some snuggle time with her the nurse and lactation consultant came in and we began our first feeding. She breastfed for a good hour! After that we spent the day getting to know our Vivian Elizabeth!

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38 Weeks

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So I realized that I totally skipped out on the 38 week update! So here it is!

How far along?  38 Weeks or 266 days

Total weight gain/loss:  +37

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 18.9-20.9 inches long. That’s about the size of a Pumpkin. Weighing in at 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. She should be gaining .5lbs a week. She should be around 6lbs.

Maternity clothes? Maternity shirts are now becoming too short to cover my belly, although I am most comfortable in a pair of sweat pants and one of Ben’s t-shirts.

Sleep: Sleep has been nice this past week. With the weather cooling down I am not as warm and I am able to get comfortable more quickly.

Best moment this week: Deciding on Little Ladys Name!!!

Movement:  She’s a movin’

Food cravings: Caramel Apple from The Little Farmer

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? It is officially FLAT… and gross.

Symptoms: Besides my ever growing belly and new stretch marks; I still have the leaky boobs, a sore lower back (maybe a sign of labor, but probably not), my belly is dropping a bit more, swollen feet, and that is pretty much it. Not too many other symptoms going on. There have been no intense cravings, no urge to nest, and the acid reflux has disappeared.

Signs of Labor: I have been having some intense Braxton Hicks contractions and a bit of lower back pain.

What I miss: Bending over easily, or without almost falling over.

What I am looking forward to: I am really looking forward to meeting our baby!

Milestones: She may have about an inch or so of hair already.
She’s slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa)

 

TO DOs:

  • Start the pediatrician search
  • Pick a name
  • Finish baby’s room
  • Finish unpacking the boxes
  • Doctors appointments with other Doctors (Dr. Southwick, Dr. Ray, Dr. Laibly, Dr. Schaufelberger) so we can meet them for when our Doctor is out on maternity leave.
  • Call Arts for Kids
  • Install Car Seat

September 16th – September 17th

On Tuesday the 16th I had my “38 week check up”. We did the normal stuff, checked my weight (gained nothing thank you very much!), measured my belly (right on track), checked my cervix because of the contractions I was having over the weekend (dilated to 1), and then they asked me about movement, and it hit me that she wasn’t moving that much that day. I wasn’t too concerned because she was known to take a lazy day every now and then, and once we got home from the appointment I laid down, drake a Coke, and had a snack and she started moving like she usually did.

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The next day I was very attentive to how much Little Lady was moving. At around 10am I got a nice kick, and then around 11:30am she had the hiccups, and that was it. I was also having a lot of back pain. So once I got home at 2 and took the pup outside I had a Coke and laid down and waited… kick… waited some more… roll… she ended up moving a couple more times and by then it was about 3:30. I texted Ben about her low movement and suggested I lay on my left side instead of my back and see if she would decide to move more, and if not to call the nurse’s line at the hospital to see what they wanted me to do.

So I laid on my left side and the results were pretty much the same, there were a couple more kicks than before. So I called. They told me to come in as soon as Ben got home to monitor me, and the Little Lady. At first I was a little irritated at Ben for having me call because I knew they would have me come in, but in true naughty Little Lady fashion she would decide that she would have a rave and everything would be fine and the nurses and doctors would scowl at me for coming in when there was nothing wrong. But you can never be too careful so we went.

As I predicted, as soon as we pulled up to the hospital she started moving… But to be sure they hooked me up and began monitoring her heart rate and any contractions that I might be having.

The nurse explained to us that they wanted to see some spikes in her heart rate (because that meant that she was moving). Her heart rate was great, but steady (not enough spikes) and the contractions were low.

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heart rate monitor!

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monitors.

And that is when they admitted me, to have an ultrasound test. Yay ultrasound #6.

The ultrasound tech. came up and explained to us that this would be a timed 30 minute test and Little Lady needed to complete tasks to pass. She said that if Little Lady completed the tasks before the 30 minute mark the test would be over. But it didn’t end up that way.

Out of a total of 10 points Little Lady only got 2.

The doctor came in at the very end of the test and went over the results with us, and then dropped the bomb on us. Little Lady needed to come out… and soon. She checked my cervix again, and I was not dilated enough to have an immediate induction. This is when we also learned that I have what doctors call an “unfavorable cervix” which means instead of my pelvis being more oval, it was more of a rounded diamond shape, and Little Lady was face up which would make natural birth a little rough, but possible. Since I wasn’t dilated enough for an induction they would have had to insert a balloon into my cervix to get me dilated to about a 3 and that would take about 12 hours for that to happen. Once I was dilated to 3 they would start an induction, which could take up to another 12 hours and I still could end up with a c-section because of my pelvis and how she was positioned. We then discussed me having a c-section and the possibility of having a natural birth the next time around (VBAC) and she told me that it was 100% possible, which really eased my mind. She gave us some time to talk about it and Ben and I decided that a c-section was our best bet. We didn’t want to put any more stress on the baby was our main reason. (there may be a post about our reasons we chose a c-section).

Once that was decided (about 9:30pm) I was told that the monitors would be kept on me all night to see if she was just having a lazy day and to monitor her heart rate, and the next morning if there was a significant change in her movement we would repeat the ultrasound test to see if she would pass then. Once we discussed that and if there was no change I was officially going to have a baby the next morning.

Nursery Reveal

Well, here we are 37.5 weeks and we are FINALLY done with the nursery!  There are so many fun projects that I would love to do, but alas 9 months is not enough time. I’m sure more will be added as she grows and holidays come and go.

Without further ado… lets start with a few before/in progress photos.

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Ben & My Mom painting 

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Baby’s room colors

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Ben painting 

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My “artwork”

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Time to build the crib!

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The finished product!

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Added some cloud decals

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Looking into her room from the hallway

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Looking to the left from the door

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Looking straight in from the door

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Looking to the rightish from the door

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Part of her closet

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Her changing table from the closet

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Glider area

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This was made by our friend Laura S.

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Top of the bookshelf, and banner we got from Grandma Kathy
Her name will be on this!

So, all that is left is to get her first initial put up on the wall (which we can do now) and maybe eventually get a toy shelf or box for all of the toys she will get. It’s nice to be “done” with this! I hope you all enjoyed it! :)

37 Weeks

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I still find it hard to believe that we only have about 21 days to go until we meet this little one! It seems like yesterday Ben and I were nervously waiting for my doctor to find Little Lady’s heartbeat at our 8 week appointment. Here we are at 37 weeks, which is considered “early term” which means that if she comes before the 2nd (as long as there are no complications) there will be no NICU time. They don’t consider you to be full term until 39 weeks now, but if she decides to come early they won’t do anything to stop her from coming.

“Why are you still here?” seems to be the popular question this week. My usual answer is, “well, because I haven’t had a baby yet. I want to be able to spend all of my leave with her… not waiting for her.” My plan is to work up until I go into labor (which can be anytime, or so everyone tells me) unless I get put on bed rest and am no longer able to work. Plus, I know that once she makes her arrival I will not be leaving the house very much for a while so, I am enjoying coming and going as I please for now and going to work gets me out of the house.

We are now having weekly appointments, which means we are really close. I remember having to wait a month in the early days of my pregnancy. This last appointment I had my Group B Strep test. I will get my results in a few days. If I test positive I will get antibiotics while I am in labor so baby doesn’t get it. After the strep test, because I was curious, I got checked and I am not dilated but I am 20-30% effaced. The doctor told me that at this point I could be 4cm dilated and not go into labor until after my due date, or I could not be dilated and go into labor later that day. We are now in a waiting game. We are waiting on you Little Lady.

I have noticed that my belly hasn’t been perfectly “round” for a little over a week. It has been oblong. One side sticks out more than the other, it depends on what side Lady is laying on (usually the left side) and I’m sure it’s a sight to see.

I have one more thing I want to say… What is up with half band maternity pants? I mean what is the point? I get that they work great early on in your pregnancy when you don’t have much of a bump, but what about when you are later on in your pregnancy and your belly is just growing and growing and is HUGE? When I spend $30 on a pair of pants for work I would like to wear them to the end. But now with my shirts getting shorter and the half band pants my belly hangs out. I call this look business trashy. Ugh… just UGH.

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Java approves of the play mat.

How far along?  37 Weeks or 259 days

Total weight gain/loss:  +37

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 18.9-20.9 inches long. That’s about the size of a Winter Melon. Weighing in at 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. She should be gaining .5lbs a week. She should be around 6lbs.

Maternity clothes? Maternity shirts are now becoming too short to cover my belly, although I am most comfortable in a pair of sweat pants and one of Ben’s t-shirts.

Sleep: Sleep has been nice this past week. With the weather cooling down I am not as warm and I am able to get comfortable more quickly. I have only been getting up once or twice to go to the bathroom and its usually an hour or two after I go to bed.

Best moment this week: Hearing Little Lady’s heartbeat again (it never gets old)

Movement:  After talking to my nurse about Lady’s movement decline she told me that often because there is very little room for baby in there these days a lot of movement goes un-noticed. If you watch and put your hands on your belly you will feel and see her moving. Best advice ever!

Food cravings: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Popsicles = Best Diet Ever

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? It is officially FLAT… and gross.

Symptoms: Besides my ever growing belly and new stretch marks; I still have the leaky boobs, a sore lower back (maybe a sign of labor, but probably not), my belly is dropping a bit more, swollen feet, and that is pretty much it. Not too many other symptoms going on. There have been no intense cravings, no urge to nest, and the acid reflux has disappeared.

Signs of Labor: I have been having some intense Braxton Hicks contractions and a bit of lower back pain.

What I miss: I miss being able to get up from the bed or the floor without help.

What I am looking forward to: I am ready to meet this Little Lady and figure out her name…

Milestones: She is practicing inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking.
She is getting her first dirty diaper ready for Ben.

TO DOs:

  • Start the pediatrician search
  • Pick a name
  • Finish baby’s room
  • Finish unpacking the boxes
  • Doctors appointments with other Doctors (Dr. Southwick, Dr. Ray, Dr. Laibly, Dr. Schaufelberger) so we can meet them for when our Doctor is out on maternity leave.
  • Call Arts for Kids
  • Install Car Seat

September 9th

Today is September 9th, my original due date. A part of me can’t help but be a little sad, sad because I have what feels like so much longer to wait to get to meet her. There was still something inside my mind that was telling me that she would be making her appearance today or within the next few days. It would be her way of sticking it to the doctors, and telling them that they were wrong! But… here we are at 8:30am and she isn’t here, and probably won’t be here for another few weeks. I just need to remind myself that she will come when she is ready, and that we want her to stay in as long as possible.

But hey, we still have the rest of today, right?!

DIY contoured burp cloths

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 About 2 blogs ago I mentioned that I was making some burp cloths. I finally finished them today!
here is how I made them.

I found this pattern on pinterest and  it looked easy enough so I decided to give it a try.

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First I went to JoAnn Fabrics and picked out two patterns that I liked out of flannel. You need something soft for those cute baby cheeks to rest on :). I chose a fun whale paisley print and a chevron. I know on the tutorial they say to use flannel on both sides but I decided to used a white towel instead.

I got a yard of each fabric, you can get about 8 burp cloths out of each pattern for a total of 16. I just made 4 of each for a total of 8. I need to find another project for the rest of the cute fabric. For the towel side you can either get towels from Target or Walmart or you can just get the fabric from Joann’s. I found the fabric to be a bit on the pricy side so I went to Target and grabbed 2 towels from the back to college section and that got me enough for the 8 cloths with a little bit left over.

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You will need to cut out the spacer piece and tape it to the bottom (straight) edge of the pattern. And here is the pattern be sure to print it at 100%.

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Once I had all of the flannel pieces cut out I laid them flat on the towel and cut around them to get the same shape.

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Pinned them together.

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They turned out super cute and soft. I hope they work as well as everyone says they will!