My granddaughter, Payton, will be celebrating her third birthday early in March. Lots of kids celebrate their third birthday, but with Payton, each birthday is so special. Payton was a micro-preemie - just 1 pound 14 ounces, born at 27 weeks. We all have seen pictures of tiny preemies, but until you see one in person, you just don't realize how small they actually are. Payton was in the NICU for almost three months, and came home just before her actual due date. At eleven weeks old, she weighed a whopping 5 pounds.
She had an easy time of it in the NICU, compared to some. And miraculously, she doesn't seem to have any of the issues that preemie-children sometimes do. She isn't blind or deaf; she is so incredibly smart it is scary; she doesn't have heart or intestinal issues. It is just so amazing, and this is what makes each and every one of her birthdays such an event.
Payton loves to play dress up - she is ALL girl! Her mom and dad bought her a couple of "princess dresses" at Toys-r-Us for Christmas. They complained that these dresses were so flimsy and Payton has just worn them to shreds. Enter Grammy!
I spent most of Saturday and all of Sunday making Payton a princess dress for her birthday. With the help of a McCalls pattern (5371), this is the result. The whole thing is machine washable and dryable - important for something you want a 3-year-old to actually be able to wear! What just floored me is that in this tiny dress (it's only 30 inches long), there is nearly 43.5 square feet of material! I guess I didn't need to make the skirt quite so full! I spent a bit extra and bought better quality cotton and cotton blends so that this one will last. My daughter-in-law saw it and exclaimed "I want one!"
Have a great evening everyone!