It's been really cool to be able to go through this experience with my brother. We don't physically live close to each other (the Army made him live in New York, where he settled down, and the Marine Corps made my husband and I live in California, where we settled down), but this experience has brought us closer. It's very cool to be able to talk to each other about nurseries and baby names, and doctor's appointments and all of those things. And, as it turns out, we're both having girls, so we'll have even more to talk about. It's been wonderful. It's also really great to know that my brother is having a child because he is going to be an amazing father! He has always been really great with kids, and to see him with one of his own will be SO COOL!
Now, as soon as my husband and I found out we were expecting, I knew that I would make our diaper bag. Making bags is kind of my thing, so that was a no brainer for me. I wanted to make sure, though, that whatever I made would be something that my husband would be able to carry if I asked him to. Now, I could count on one hand the number of times that I have ever asked my husband to hold my purse, and I think that all of those times involved me leaving a hospital. He would do it, if I asked him to, but I just don't. So, I wanted to make sure that, even though we're having a girl, our diaper bag would still be manly enough for him. So, I decided to chop up an old set of his cammies, and re-purpose them into a diaper bag. I've made a few of these bags for the shop before, but I like the idea that the diaper bag that I'll be carrying for my daughter is made from the actual cammies that her father wore. I just think there's something cool about that.
Now, for my brother's diaper bag, I wasn't so worried about making it manly. I'm not sure if he'll ever end up carrying it around, but the idea of him carrying around a super girlie diaper bag kind of makes me chuckle anyway.....So, I focused on making something that his girlfriend would love. I asked him what her favorite colors are, and this is what I came up with.
Like ours, I wanted to give her an adjustable strap, so that if she needs to carry it over one shoulder, or across the body, she'd have those options.