Theodore (Teddy) Michael Kane finally greeted us on Thursday, June 11th at 10:04 am weighing 8 lbs 12 oz and 20 3/4 inches. Thankfully, it was a pretty fast and easy delivery (thank you second pregnancy + epidural!!!). Once Teddy came out, he was having difficulty breathing and thankfully the NICU team was in the room to take care of him. I got to hold him for a quick minute before they took him up to the NICU to give him oxygen and monitor his breathing. It was probably the scariest time of both Zach and my lives. Zach didn’t leave Teddy’s side for the whole 6-7 hours he was in the NICU. Finally he was cleared after his oxygen and breathing levels were stabilized and he could come back down and be with me (and I could finally feed him!). I was able to visit him a couple times while he was in there, but it was so hard not knowing what was going on. I was definitely thankful to have a doctor as a husband that didn’t leave Teddy’s side and knew (somewhat) what was going on!!
– Emerson is crawling EVERYWHERE. We finally broke down and got a baby gate to block off the fireplace and all the cords and fan. Let me just say it is amazing and although it is so ugly, totally worth it! She’s also cruising. Like a boss.
– Her eczema finally cleared up really well. I think it was the Arizona heat that helped it along. It gave me some relief too though (from worrying about it) and I was glad she got some relief too. Although it never seemed to bother her besides stinging a little when I applied lotion, it looked worse than it actually was with all the redness on her poor little skin.
– Em had been so good with the separation anxiety up until this month. Not once has she cried when I dropped her off at daycare. She has fussed a little going to other people, but nothing like this! She all of a sudden was super clingy and wanted to be held by me all the time. Sometimes I didn’t mind… so nice to have the cuddles! But, I did miss going to the bathroom without having a crying baby on my hands. 🙂 Luckily it wasn’t too bad for too long.
– Lots of Daddy time this month! Zach had about five weeks off before residency started, so we took a month off of daycare and he got to get lots of quality Emerson time. She loved hanging out with her Daddy, but was happy to go back to daycare too.
– She missed her friends Alina and Brecken at daycare! She’s learning to be gentle with her friends and not just grab faces. 🙂 Her teachers love her and they all say she gives the best “Emerson hugs!” (I might have said that before, but I’m too lazy to go check if I have right now) 🙂
– She’s definitely exploring her voice and babbling a lot. Lots and lots of gagagagagaga, Mama, Dada.
– She’s eating puree really well – applesauce, bananas (not her favorite), peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, green beans, pears. We started in full gear with more finger foods – of course she loves cheerios and puffs! But, the other finger foods were really tough to start! We tried bananas, blueberries, green beans, and carrots. She does not like the texture of the chunks of fruits and veggies. Too slippery and slimy for her I guess? Just keep trying is my new motto…
– We also started doing water in a sippy cup for meals and she is doing really well. But, on the flight to Arizona, I thought I had everything ready to go. The one thing I forgot? Nipples for the six bottles of breastmilk I packed. DOH! I was so mad at myself! Luckily I had a sippy cup, though. So we filled it up with some warm breastmilk and tried to feed her. She wouldn’t have any of it. Apparently she only drinks milk out of bottles and water out of sippy cups. Only. Those are the rules (still to this day… we’re working on it).
– The dogs are still a little unsure of her. I think Buster is still a little bit jealous… he does still pee in the house every now and then. Brody is still a little skiddish, but he gets better and better. She is getting much better about petting them nicely and gently, but she still gets a little bit excited sometimes and her squeals scare Brody. Buster still just likes to give open mouth kisses…
– Her sleeping was thrown off a bit from all the traveling. I did not like sleeping in the same room with her during our travels! I wake up at every little twist, turn, grunt, sniffle. She may have slept OK, but I did not!
– Not walking yet, but she loves her little Sit n Stand Walker. She zooms around on in, but still needs help with the turns.
– Em is always smiling and I love her little two teeth grin so much. It’s the cutest.
– She got a bad cough and cold towards the end of the month from the flight and going back to daycare. Not fun, but we are building that immune system!
And now for the photo portion of the post!
- How wide and how tall do you want your headboard?
- How thick do you want your foam?
- Do you want arms/sides?
- How will your headboard stand up? (attach to wall/attach to bed frame/freestanding?)
- Tufting or no tufting?
- Any decorative trim?
- What kind of fabric do we want to use?
- We determined this based on 1) the size of our bed – since we have a Cal King we needed to make sure that it was wide enough with the arms and tall enough to give a good balance to the length of the bed (Cal King are longer than regular King beds); and 2) the size of our foam (how wide did 3″ foam come?)
- I wanted to use 3″ foam because I really loved the look of the deep tufting. We ordered 3″ x 40″ x 72″ foam from Amazon for about $50 (shipping was free when we ordered) and it was the best deal we could find at the time. Foam is expensive!
- I definitely wanted arms since I loved the headboard we had just made with arms.
- We decided to have it freestanding with the arms as the main support. This required making sure the arm boards would be hefty enough to support the weight.
- Tufting. Always tufting.
- Since we just did a nail head trim on the other headboard, I wanted to hold off on the trim for now. I can always add it later, but I want to let it sink in and make sure it wouldn’t be too much with the deep tufting.
- I decided on a Teal Microsuede from Online Fabric Store for a couple of reasons. 1) I wanted a velvety look and this was the best choice for upholstery that I could find. 2) The price was right at $9.75/yard (I ordered 5 yards). 3) Teal. Duh.
- 1x4s (3-4 @ 8ft)
- 1 sheet of pegboard or garage liner (as long as it has the holes – such a time saver for tufting!)
- Broom (to cut out the holes in the foam – trust me)
- 1×6 (2 @ 8ft)
- 2×6 (2 @ 8ft)
- Fabric (5 yards)
- Upholstery weight thread
- Button kit (5/8″)
- Large upholstery needle
- Random supplies like spatulas and old buttons (we’ll get to it later…)
- Staple gun (we have the manual, nothing fancy)
- A DIY partner (this is not a one person job)
STEP 4: PREPARE THE FOAM
Next we got the foam prepared for the tufting. Since the foam was so deep, we needed to cut out the holes where we wanted the tufting so we could get a nice deep tuft. To make sure the holes in the foam lined up with the holes on the pegboard we circled with a sharpie the holes on the pegboard. Let me tell you, the pegboard makes it SO EASY to map out the holes. The hard part was determining how far apart to make the tufting, how many rows of buttons we wanted and how many buttons per row we wanted. From there we just counted every 8 holes across on one row (the pegboard holes were about 1 inch apart) and then started four holes over on the next row and continued to keep the spacing 8 holes apart. This created the diamond pattern. From there we held up the foam where we wanted it to be placed and took the sharpie through the holes to mark on the foam. Does that make sense? Hopefully some pics will help… 🙂
On to the cutting… I started out using a knife, but after reading this post yet again, I went to the laundry room to hunt down my broom. Sure enough the end handle popped off to leave a nice hollow metal tube – the perfect size I needed for the tufting holes. THIS WAS SUCH A TIME SAVER! Genius! I flew through the holes after getting a hold of the broom. Hallelujah. Then we attached the foam to the frame with spray adhesive.
STEP 5: TUFTING
We started out with the middle row in order to make sure we had enough fabric to reach around the top and the bottom. We worked from there row by row up to the top and then down to the bottom. The very hardest thing about this entire project was the first tuft. Ohmygoodness. Zach and I went around and around on this and may have gotten in a mini fight about it. Ha! It was very frustrating figuring out how to do that first tuft – how to attach it to the back of the pegboard and how to string the thread and button through. I’m going to attempt to explain it, so bear with me!
We threaded the needle and kept it double weight through the button (left, below). Next, we took the end and threaded both pieces of the end back through the needle (right, below). We left about 2 inches on the ends to fold over. This made our thread four layers thick and gave our upholstery weight thread even stronger.
This was probably the hardest part of the whole tufting experience – figuring out how to start. We probably spent at least an hour
fighting discussing how we should start and what the best process to get the tufting done might be. We went around and around in circles and finally came up with a plan. We ended up starting with the middle row, middle button and worked our way out each side of the row from there.
From there, we worked each row up and then each row down. Out strategy was to use a rubber spatula (the end handle) to push down the fabric, making sure the fabric folded the way we wanted as we went (it mostly folds itself in the right direction, but does need some help along the way). After pushing the fabric down into the pre-cut foam holes, we pulled the threaded needle through from the front of the headboard to the back. Once the needle was through the back, we threaded it through an old button to get it to stick. This part was tricky – I ended up using the spatula again to push down the upholstered button from the front, then Zach tied off the button on the back. The key is not to pull too tight so the upholstered button wouldn’t cut through the fabric or pull the fabric too tight.
On the edges, we created lines with the fabric straight down and out and pulled tight to finish up the look.
STEP 6: ATTACHING THE ARMS
Nope, we aren’t done yet… 🙂 Hang with me! First, we figured out how tall we wanted the arms. The arms are the main support for the whole headboard, so they also needed to be strong. Zach attached a 1×6 and a 2×6 with some heavy duty screws. We lay out the fabric right-side-down and then put the wood arm on top. Here’s where it gets tricky… stay with me! We pre-drill holes for the heavy duty screws. We wanted to make sure that the screws would be going from the outside of the arm towards the inside, getting drilled into the tufted headboard. We drilled in the screws so they are deep enough without poking through the arm.
Next, we pulled the fabric tight and lined it up along the back of the arm first. Before wrapping the fabric around the entire arm, we screwed the arm into the main headboard. From there we just wrapped the arm and stapled the fabric to the back after doing some strategic folds on the top and bottom of the arm to make it look nice.
We cut off the excess fabric and we were done (finally)! It turned out great and I couldn’t be happier with the result! We achieved the look of a high end diamond tufted headboard for a fraction of the cost. I think in total, the project cost about $200-250. Not bad compared to other options that retail for $1,000+!