A Big Announcement

From the moment you get pregnant and realize that a family – your very own made-from-scratch family – is on the horizon, your thoughts shift. People will ask you what’s to come for your growing family, and as much as you resent their intrusiveness, you start to wonder if there will ever be more.

Once you get through those horrific, non-sleeping first months, your mind begins to meander. You can do this. You can make something again.

And you start to plan. The plan is good. Even though you don’t have a lot of money and don’t know how you are going to afford the baby you already have, you know that since you want this one thing enough, you will be able to make it happen because that’s what families do.

All of a sudden, that special, wonderful thing you had been planning and working so hard to create just EXISTS. Although your partner assisted you in creating that one special thing, you know that it was all you who brought it to its fruition. Your motherhood is engorged and you are elated.

So, without further ado, a major announcement:

Wee Cee is going to be an owl for Halloween. 

And I made her costume myself:

Here’s the back:

And one more:

What? What did you think I was going to announce?

Happy Halloween!

PS, Feel free to Pin the crap out of this post! ;D


  1. *baby not included.

    1. Thank God. One is enough for now!

    1. I’m convinced we have kids for the sole purpose of dressing them up.

  2. So. Freaking. Cute.

    I’m working on making the costumes for the 5 and 6 year old STILL. 13y/o is taller than most adults, so won’t pass for young enough to trick or treat in our town. [sigh]

    1. Well, if all else fails, just put a sheet over them and tell them they’re ghosts. When my BFF’s little brother was five, he just put on a suit for Halloween and went as a member of the IRS audit team.

      1. No, the costumes are mostly done, I’m just trying to figure out how to make the stupid helmets.

  3. That’s awesome…and doesn’t induce vomiting for up to 9 months…

    1. I know, making a costume is so much easier and cheaper than making a human.

  4. “When the costume maker is ready, the child appears” – a mangled quote.

    Nice job – looks great!

    1. I like the quote, mangled as it is! Thanks, Guap.

  5. That is adorable! I thought about doing something similar for Sonia, but then didn’t because I am lazy. I guess I still have a few days to throw something together… lol

    1. Thanks! You still have time! I’m 100% sure that whatever she goes as, she will be amazingly cute.

  6. Well done! I didn’t think the cute factor could get any greater until I kept scrolling down to see the last photo. AW!!

    1. Thanks! Tiny gourds tend to make things 100% cuter.

      1. that and she’s just beyond sweet and adorable! I miss those days…..(not that my kids aren’t still adorable, just that I can’t dress them up in owl costumes anymore)

  7. Now that I’ve recovered from a case of the vapors…..I’ll try to comment….. Wee Cee is the absolute cutest little ” HOOT ” I have ever seen !

    1. Don’t you worry….I would tell you ahead of time and not leave you to find out on my blog if C ever gets a sibling ;D

  8. Bitch. You got talent for days. This is fantastic. I really need to start making my own costumes. Also, YOU NEED YOU A SEWING MACHINE LIKE YESTERDAY.

    1. I know, right?! I think I am going to get in trouble for this post. Maybe it’s more of the April Fools category. Thanks, though. It took me forever and a day to make it but I think it turned out really well!

      1. It turned out amazing. And when I said “Bitch”, it was more of a, “THIS BITCH RIGHT HERE IS AMAZING” kind of bitch. Not an actual derogatory “bitch”. Although, it’s kinda hard to tell with that word. It can go so many different ways.

        1. Haha I took it as a complement.

          Oh and have you seen the “Bitch please I’m from 901” meme? SO FUNNY.

  9. That is so freaking cute, it almost made me forget the ticked off post I’m planning for today. Almost. Might lose a few readers, but I’ve got Miss C’s awesome owl costume to cheer me up.

    1. Oooh, now I’m excited to read your rant! You have my permission to put some cute kittah pictures in the post too just in case ;D

  10. Emily…yer baby is ADORABLE…I want to eat her up!!! Super cute owl costume…wow. Were you sideways telling us you are having another baby? I can’t tell…

    1. Awww, thanks. I should clarify, I am very, VERY without child. Thank God. One is enough for now. Thanks, Speedo!

      1. hahaha!!! Congrats then!! hahahahaha

  11. I don’t get how you have time to do all these sweet things, be a cool mom and make owl costumes. I can barely feed myself never mind make a costume. Miss C is the cutest as per usual.

    1. Well, to be fair, I have been working on this costume since August, otherwise I would have NEVER gotten it done. And B helped a little bit too. Thanks, Lil!

  12. Awwwwwww. I am smiling — she is beautiful and sweet. Loved her Halloween costume, Em. You’re very talented.

    1. Thanks, Brig! Halloween is so much more fun this year with her! Mostly because we can eat all her candy ;D

  13. you absolutely kill me and i LOVE that costume.

    1. Thanks, Moms. I think it turned out quite well, the prank AND the costume!

      1. i’d agree…

  14. I love this! Thanks for reminding me there are still sweet blogs in this blogasphere! HF

    1. My pleasure! I like to keep it nice and PG. This is a “family” blog. Thanks, Harper.

  15. Oh, Emily, you so, SO had me going! I totally did not see it coming. As someone who had a bad/good habit of getting pregnant with one while still nursing another (and no, ahem, I was not one of those um, interesting, moms who breastfeed their school age children) I took the bait. Oh, but how the pics have redeemed you! How can I stay mad at you for pulling one over on me when you made me laugh and giggle and ooh and ah over your unspeakably cute little owl?? My heart is warmed. (And my womb is cold. Thank God.) Okay, that was weird, I know. But I’m just so, so grateful to never have to be pregnant again…

    1. Hi Willow! I totally cannot imagine having another baby right now. Those ladies who can do it have got to be super human. C has slept through the night since she was 7 weeks old and now, all of a sudden, she is having a really hard time doing this, so the idea of being up with her AND being nauseous with another one makes me weep inside. Here’s to not being pregnant!

  16. Oh, you got costume making SKILLZ. I can’t even sew on a button. Or at least I won’t. Love the owl. Love Baby C. Was hoping she’d have a sibling soon but I get it. I really do.

    1. Haha! Maybe someday, but no time soon. You can be sure of that. BTW, it’s all about fabric glue. Very, very little sewing was involved ;D

  17. Teresa Pate · · Reply

    She is precious and I love those cute little lets! Nice job on the owlet costume. :)

    1. Thanks, Momsy!

  18. Teresa Pate · · Reply

    I meant “LEGS”. The old finger slipped!

  19. You are sneaky. Sneakier than an owl. Are owls sneaky? I’d like to think so. The baby is kind of cute too.

    1. Owls I think are sneaky. Or wise? Probably both. You’re right, she’s sort of cute, I guess. ;)

  20. Adorable! You have mad skillz (also skillz in the suspense department). My kids are going as a cop, a jailbird, and a giraffe. I’m lazy though, so it’s all store-bought. (I usually get them during the post Halloween sales.) My daughter really wants to be a princess… but let’s face it. She’s basically a princess every day.

    1. I love the combo of a cop, a jailbird, and a giraffe! Totally makes me think of the old “one of these things is not like the other” bit. If I had more than one kid, I probably wouldn’t be making her costume. I think I’m going to Target on Thursday to buy her costume for next year on clearance. I would have done that last year but then we had no idea if she was going to be a boy or a girl.

  21. Now that is the darnedest perfectest bird I’ve ever seen. And this coming from a stork hunter

    1. Wow! That’s quite a compliment, coming from you! Thanks!

  22. I was all ready to congratulate you. Well, I guess I still can, because anybody who can create a cool costume like that deserves congratulations. My sons are lucky I never attempted to make any of theirs. I’m already dreading trying to make my son’s face look like The Joker’s on Wednesday, since that is his chosen costume. Let’s hope my hand is steady when I’m applying that makeup…

    1. If he’s going as the Heath Ledger Joker, then it should be pretty easy. Just smear it all around. If he’s going as the Jack Nicholson Joker, that will definitely be more difficult.

      1. Haha–good point! I’ll definitely go for the Heath Ledger Joker.

  23. LOVE that costume. It’s helping me get over my fear of owls.

    1. Yeah, she’s pretty much the opposite of scary. Except at 3AM and she’s screaming.

  24. “Feel free to pin the crap out of this post!”…..is this you trying to get someone else to change the diaper?

    1. You are extremely perceptive, BroJo. So can I put you down for a shift?

      1. I’ll be right over.

  25. Adorable costume, and yes you totally had me set up for a different announcement!

    1. I’m kind of horrible, aren’t I? ;)

  26. Homemade costumes are the best! Great job and what a willing and cute model you have there in Wee Cee.

    1. I know! She did a really good job posing for these pics! Come to find out that there was a pile of dog poop right under the blanket where she was sitting. Halloween photo shoot fail.

  27. Nicely done! On both counts–the twist and the costume. She looks like a very smart little owl.

    1. Thanks! She’s been making a funny little “hooooo” sound lately so hopefully she’ll do it on Halloween when she’s wearing her costume.

  28. That is the cutest owl EVER!

    1. Thanks M4E! She’s sorta adorable ;)

  29. Oh. Em. Gee. Miss C is killing me with her cuteness. I’m dying, here. She is one gorgeous owl. That costume is AMAZING!!! Now you’ve set a precedent, Emily. Next year, I fear you’ll feel the need to create something equally as clever or better than this owl – which of course would be impossible. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    1. I’m up for the challenge! I found a really adorable owl costume for babies from Pottery Barn Kids but it was like $65 and I couldn’t possible rationalize paying that, so I just made this one. It took awhile, but believe it or not it wasn’t too hard. I hope she chooses a really difficult one next year because I think I can duplicate it! Thanks, Lisa!

  30. So cute! With hearts for eyes!

    1. I’m glad someone noticed the hearts!

  31. You’re so clever! And she looks great.

    1. Thank you! She’s my muse ;)

  32. krugthethinker · · Reply

    Ah, I love it! It is way cuter than I could even have imagined! Also, you are hilarious. As usual! :)

    1. Thanks! I hope I didn’t give you a scare!

      1. krugthethinker · · Reply

        Well, I wondered for a second, but I felt pretty assured that I would not be finding out news like that from your blog!

  33. unfetteredbs · · Reply

    I am with HF here.. she is adorable and you are one clever and crafty Mom. I can’t do crafts of any sort.. so I am insanely jealous of your mad skills ;)

    1. Two words that changed my life: fabric glue. It is amazing. Thanks, Audra!

  34. OH MY GOODNESS, how adorable! pinning for sure

    1. Thanks, lady! I am slowing becoming obsessed with Pinterest, so look out for flying pigs and the Four Horsemen.

  35. Very sweet. Creative costumes are the best.

    1. They really are. Theyare so one-of-a-kind. Thanks, MidwesternGirl!

  36. Color me impressed. I make costumes in such a fashion, people would believe a baby made them.

    1. I literally started on this one in July so I could scrap it if it turned out bad. I got by OK this time. This time.

  37. Your daughter is adorable. And your excellence reminds me of the utter hopelessness of my sewing skills: God help my future children.

    1. It is all about the fabric glue. It makes things go so much faster and easier. That and coffee.

    1. Thanks! She is such a ham.

  38. That is SUCH a good costume, color me impressed. Also, I was totally duped by this post!

    1. Thanks, Jen! My ulterior motive for making this costume is to start my Pinterest takeover. If you can’t beat it, dominate it.

  39. bellissimom · · Reply

    So darned cute! You did an excellent job on her costume.

    1. Thanks, Em! I am feeling smugly proud of it ;D

  40. Since you offered: I pinned it! Otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. :P

    Great job at the costume! Do you have your own sweatshop in your basement or did you make it yourself? :P

    1. Thanks, Daan! I tried to outsource the entire operation to India but then my husband scolded me for not utilizing the American labor force at hand (ie, myself).

      1. Well, I’m sure you did as much a great job as any indian would. You could’ve saved a few pennies though! :P

  41. I’m so glad your announcement was something of such magnitude. I thought it might be something trivial, like about marriages or babies or hurricanes. Or truffles. This is the best baby outfit ever. And that’s the kind of thing announcements SHOULd be about.

    1. I know, right? Baby Halloween costumes are about 1000 times more important than birth and marriage announcements.

  42. Just shut it!! That baby and that costume are ridonkulously cute! RE DONK! And you made it? Mothers like you make mothers like me hate ourselves. Darling!!! Just so cute! I like it.

    1. It’s all about the fabric glue. I am officially endorsing it.

      1. alright but I’m still a little bitter, glad my kids are teens so I don’t have a fabric glue incident before 5 p.m. tomorrow.

        1. Fabric Glue Incident sounds like an indie band.

          1. Damn, that was going to be my big announcement, thanks. :)

  43. That is an AMAZING costume slash baby! LOVE IT.

    1. Thanks! I am kind of in love with it too!

  44. HOLY SHITBALLS SHE IS THE CUTEST LITTLE OWL EVER. Ok, sorry, I got a bit excited there. I am both stunned by her cuteness and ever so jealous of your crafting skills. Props.

    1. Props received! Thanks, I make a mean owl costume and a cute human :D

  45. Big doesn’t even cover this announcement, huge is more appropriate.

    I think some pictures of you in a Halloween costume when you were a kid are in order, you know, so you don’t feel so guilty for dressing your kid up all the time.

    1. I am way ahead of you. Check out my About page.

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  47. Curly Carly · · Reply

    Ahh I love it!! So cute! She’s getting big, too!

    1. Thanks! She is getting HUGE. She’s 7MO and is already wearing her 9MO stuff.

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