Mama Things: September


Jennifer Bennett Malcolm

So¬†much of my life these days is focused on Malcolm, so I thought it might be a good exercise for me to share about myself on a regular basis. I’m going to start with sharing 5 little things going on with me (Mama) lately. (And don’t worry, I’ll still share about Malcolm too. How could I not talk about that adorable little guy?!)

We were blessed with so many gifts and clothes for Malcolm, but most of them were in smaller sizes. I’m excited that I now get to pick out some adorable and local clothing for him. I just received orders from The Stitched Arrow and This Kid Clothing Co. and the items are just so adorable!

We mostly stick to our usual meals aka nachos and pizza, but lately I’ve also been trying out some recipes for cheap meals. Tonight I’m going to give these veggie tacos a go. I came across this free downloadable cookbook as well. All the recipes are designed for a $4 a day food stamp budget – so this book is great for saving some money and eating on the cheap.

It’s about a month to my birthday so I started updating my Pinterest wish list at Jordan’s request (does anyone else do it this way?). Right now this letterboard is at the top of my list. All I need are some sassy quotes ūüôā I’m also hoping to get my hands on some beautiful linen fabric (and some freetime!) to sew myself this blouse. By the way, if you sew you should check out Seamwork Magazine. They have beautiful new patterns every month and helpful tips for building your own custom wardrobe. Use this link for $3 off your first month (it includes a pattern of your choice as well!).

Struggling with:
Sleeeep…. I know, I know, it’s definitely gotten better, but some nights are still tough. This week we were able to cut out one feeding for a couple days in a row so we’ll see if it lasts. We’ve also started testing out sleeping in our living room (on the pull out couch) in order to give Malcolm some space, but I am not finding it all that comfortable. I probably wouldn’t complain about it though if it means we could all sleep through the night! I also have a problem with going to bed on time. That doesn’t help…

On my mind:
I’m trying to deplete the massive pile of stuff in our hallway/living room. How do we collect all this clutter so quickly?! Now that we are sleeping in the living room it feels even smaller and more cluttered. I have an ongoing list of things to deal with so I can forget about them. Somehow I never seem to get very far down my list. Anyone else have this problem…? After I finish writing this post I think I’ll attempt sewing some crib sheets/duvet covers so I can make use of those silly flat sheets we never use. How do you make up your bed? We are all about simplicity over here and make do with just a fitted sheet and duvet.

Thanks for letting me share about myself. I’d love to hear about what’s going on in your life lately. Comment below or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook.

My Top 6 Free DIY Tutorials for Your Newborn Baby

Before Malcolm was born I had some time off work to take care of myself and to prepare for a new baby. I enjoyed preparing the practical necessities, like buying diapers and a crib mattress, but I also wanted to focus some time on crafting some special things with my hands as I thought about and anticipated this baby. Here are a few DIYs I found both easy and practical. This is a great way to have some special keepsakes for your babe to keep as they grow up.

Click the photos to follow the link to the tutorials.

1.  Footed Newborn PantsDIY Footed Newborn Pants

I found this tutorial to be fairly simple and very practical. Footed pants are the best when your kiddo is tiny and you don’t want to have to worry about keeping little socks on. These pants even worked well with Malcolm’s cloth diapers, though I might recommend adding a couple inches to the top of the pattern for a bit of extra room if you are using cloth diapers.

2. Knit Moccasin Booties
DIY Knit Moccasin BootiesAren’t these just the most adorable little booties?¬†They are perfect for keeping little toes warm. They also make a great keepsake for your child to treasure.

3. ¬†T-shirt OnesieDIY T-shirt OnesieThis is¬†the perfect base for your little one’s wardrobe. Customize it with your choice of patterned knit fabric and contrast ribbing. For an upcycled option cut the pattern from an adult t-shirt.


4. ¬†Nursing Pillow CoverDIY nursing pillow coverMy nursing pillow didn’t come with a removable cover, and all the cute ones I found on the internet were so expensive. I am so glad I decided to make a cover because it has had all sorts of baby fluids spilt on it. I even brought it with me to the hospital which was a great idea, but it sure needed a good clean after.

5. ¬†Crib SheetsDIY crib sheetsCrib sheets are simple to make, help you fully customize your nursery, and may save you money. We have been using a bassinet or cradle up until now because of our small space. It’s not easy to find the right size of sheets for a reasonable price, so I ended up making some of our own. Since it’s pretty simple I didn’t use a tutorial, but if you need a bit of direction check out this one. We don’t really use flat sheets on our bed, so those extra sheets are perfect for this project, plus the crib sheets match our bedding!

6. ¬†Newborn GownDIY Newborn GownI found we didn’t really use this gown as much as I had hoped since we swaddled Malcolm for the first few months and our apartment is too warm to layer both. Nevertheless, it’s an adorable little pyjama outfit for keeping little ones warm and makes night time diaper changes easy.

I’m hoping to make some more things for Malcolm once I get some time. I love being able to make something special, to totally customize for what we need, and to repurpose old clothing. For my next projects I’m thinking of making some drool bibs like these, these shorties, and these harem leggings.

(Photos and tutorials are not mine. Please click on the photo for a link to the tutorial.)

Welcome Baby Malcolm

Welcome Malcolm Terence Bennett

Last week we welcomed our little Beanie into the world. Malcolm Terence Bennett was born at 4:11pm on January 27th at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver. He weighed a surprising¬†9 lbs 4 oz and measured 21″. We have been getting to know him this week and have fallen very deeply in love with him.

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We’ve made it one week as parents! We are trying to savour these precious moments with a newborn in between some small chunks of sleep. I never imagined I would function this well on so little sleep. After one week together, I feel like we are starting to get the hang of things and get into somewhat of a schedule… for now.

We’ve been blessed by the generosity of family and friends, and we have been able to thrive as a new family because of their help. Thank you to all who have brought us meals, washed our dishes, and picked up miscellaneous items for us. We really appreciate the support of our community, and we can’t imagine doing this without it.

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If you are interested in reading about my pregnancy with Malcolm you can click the links here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I’m hoping to write out his birth story before I forget all the little details and share it with you here.

Baby Malcolm Terence Bennett

What a cutie! Am I right?!