Saturday, April 14, 2012

Count it a Success

I am counting our first diaper night, a success! We had 9 people come to make diapers. I was a little hesitant to get too excited about how much we would get done because three friends had called to say they were sick and couldn't make it. But, we still got a lot done and this has saved me weeks of work. We had four trusty helpers cutting out diapers, my mom and her BFF on the sewing machines, two helpers turning diapers to be ironed, and yours truly on the ironing board. My niece Michelle was also there, although she isn't in any of the pictures because she took them all. She was so excited about helping and kept asking about how happy I thought the families would be when they got the diapers. I'm not sure she knew the diapers were for babies that have died, and I didn't have the heart to burst her bubble.

 {Cutting Crew}

{Faithful sewers}

  {The smallest helpers}

 {The diaper turner}

 {The iron master}

{And of course snacks to keep the workers happy, all from my mom}

We got 120 diapers nearly finished and a whole stack cut out waiting to be sewed! I was feeding Cohen his late night bottle, since he had been too distracted to eat with the company here, and it occurred to me...we finished 120 diapers, the same number that have been sponsored. How cool is that??

We had a lot of fun, got a lot done, and I am already looking forward to the next diaper night. If you are a sewer who needs a project, this would be perfect for you. A huge thank you to those of you who came!

Also, will you please keep this family in your prayers? Their little girl Esther was born on 4/12 with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. There was a hole in her diaphragm that allowed some of her organs to be pushed up into her chest cavity not allowing them all to develop properly. The doctors told her parents that she wouldn't survive after birth, and again later while they were working on her. But she is a little fighter. This is a local family (Esther's mom used to babysit me) and Esther was born at UW and transferred to Children's where she is on a heart and lung bypass machine waiting for surgery. They have a long road ahead of them and the emotions of watching your child struggle for life are so exhausting. Thank you for praying for them! Give your kids an extra hug tonight. I know I am so thankful for every minute that I have with Cohen.


  1. I love this idea! You get so much done when your having fun at the same time! Very inspiring!

  2. I love this idea! You get so much done when your having fun at the same time! Very inspiring!

  3. This is such a cool thing! So glad I'm in the loop about it. I will probably highlight this at some point in the next couple of weeks.

  4. What a super fun night!!!! Mmmmm.... I've got the munchies...

  5. How exciting!!! I love the diapers... such a wonderful idea. Also, will forward the blog you mentioned to a friend who's son also has CDH. He is 4 months old now. Hopefully they can connect and encourage each other. Will be praying for them!