DIY Bump Costume: Painted Jack-O-Lantern Shirt


At eight months pregnant there’s honestly not a lot of dressing up I want to do, but you’re only this pregnant on Halloween so many times, so I just had to take advantage. Since Mose is a pumpkin, I decided to dress the bump up as a pumpkin as well. This super easy DIY only took about an hour from start to finish, and cost me less than $10!


I was honestly quite glad I made it to Halloween! After I made my pumpkin shirt I kept thinking I was going to go into labor and not have the chance to wear it. But luckily, such a thing did not happen. Three weeks to go until due date and I’m soooo excited!!!!

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Anyway, on to the DIY. Here is what you’ll need:

  • A baby bump
  • An orange shirt (I got mine from Wal-Mart)
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric pen (a regular marker would probably work just fine as well, since you’ll paint over it anyway)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Textile medium (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
  • Mod podge
  • Black glitter
  • A piece of cardboard or paperboard (such as a used cereal box)


Mose always wants to help with my DIYs.


Step 1: Try on your shirt and make marks where the eyes, ears, and mouth should go. This is important if you’re pregnant because your belly is probably not what it used to be and it’s really easy to misjudge (LOL).


Step 2: Slip your cardboard or cereal box into the shirt and lay it flat. This is so the paint does not bleed through to the other side of the shirt.


Step 3: Outline your jack-o-lantern face with the fabric pen. I just free-handed it, but if you’re more comfortable using a pattern there are lots of them on the internet.


Step 4: Mix a few drops of textile medium into your paint. Paint the jack-o-lantern face. Let dry.


Step 5: As soon as the black paint is dry, brush on some mod podge and then sprinkle with black glitter. Let dry then shake off any excess glitter.


Step 6: Just so glitter doesn’t get everywhere when wearing it, I decided to go over the glitter layer with one more thin layer of mod podge.


And voila! That’s it!


And here is evidence of my excellent selfie skills with the bump. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Where I’ve Been Lately, Part 2: Texas and a Gender Reveal Party

At the end of June, Grant and I moseyed down to Texas to visit my family where we had a Gender Reveal Party!

gender reveal display

When we got to Texas, the ultrasound techs at my dad’s office gave me an ultrasound. It was fun to see the baby again (first time since my very first ultrasound at 8 weeks where you can’t see much), and interesting to guess what the ladies weren’t telling any of us…aka, the gender! I could have sworn it was going to be a girl based on one of their reactions…

US image, exam type "Obstetrics", preset "General"
US image, exam type “Obstetrics”, preset “General”

None of us knew going into the party. The ultrasound tech simply wrote the answer down and delivered it to our cake lady, who baked the cake based on what the answer was. 

When people arrived at the party they were instructed to take a bow based on their vote: a pink one for a girl or a blue one for a boy. The majority of people surprisingly picked boy. I adamantly stood by my guess even though everyone said I was wrong.

The party was sprinkle themed and the cake was absolutely fabulous. No one could wait for us to cut into it.

gender reveal cake

And the color inside was………..

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gender reveal cake and us


It was SO much fun cutting into the cake. Even though I was rooting for a girl at the time, I cannot be more excited.

gender reveal fam

It was great getting to share this experience with my family. So glad the timing worked out just perfectly for us to do it!

Happy Memorial Day and a Bump Update

Happy Memorial Day! Grant and I are driving home from a weekend well-spent in Iowa so I thought I’d take today to give you a bump update.


I don’t have much of a bump yet, and that’s okay with me. I just hit the fourteen week mark last Thursday which means – yippee! – goodbye first trimester! The first trimester is reportedly the worst of pregnancy, what with the morning sickness and constant tiredness. I am still feeling a wee bit queasy, but I cooked dinner twice last week so things are looking up!

The baby is currently the size of a lemon. He/she is wiggling toes and sucking thumbs in there. According to my pregnancy app (The Bump, in case any of you were wondering), he/she is growing at an alarming rate – doubled in size since last week and keeping it up!


In other news, Grant and I are in the process of purchasing a home. We would appreciate your prayers that everything will go smoothly from here on out, and that we will hopefully be able to move in before our summer starts getting super crazy. I am dreaming about nurseries and home-improvement projects, so moving in can’t come soon enough!

Have a great day of rest on this Memorial Day. 🙂

Announcement #2: We’re Having a Baby!

In about seven months Grant and I will be adding another member to the DeRocher clan – a little baby!

babyThat’s right! I am 11 weeks pregnant, in the throes of morning sickness, exhaustion, and food aversions. I haven’t baked or cooked anything in weeks because I can’t stand the smell of food, and I feel like I’m asleep (or wanting to be asleep) more often than not. Other than that, pregnancy has been good! Aaaaand I have high hopes for the second trimester (everyone always says it’s way better than the first, so here’s to that).

I had a good time telling family the news. Maybe I told them sooner than kosher (most articles I’ve read say 12 weeks is the norm), but gaaaah, I hate keeping secrets and I literally could not hold it in after I had my first ultrasound. (Which, by the way, was one of the coolest things ever. Hearing the little baby’s heartbeat – amazing). So after that appointment (which was about three weeks ago), I rushed home and ordered this from Little Elephant Crafts on Etsy to send to my parents.

bunBecause what could be a better way to tell them I’m pregnant than with a literal bun?! I anxiously waited for it to arrive at their house, but when it finally did get there they had already left for a business trip to Chicago. Which meant more secret keeping and more waiting. When they got home it took them a couple (agonizing) days to actually sift through the mail, but finally at 6 am on a Tuesday morning my mom figured it out. I got an excited phone call which was a very effective alarm clock.

bunny4As for the bunny in the oven (above), that was my sister’s idea. I told her I was pregnant forever ago because I couldn’t keep it in, so I asked her advice on how to tell my brother and his wife. As they too have a bunny, we figured they’d understand the pun – bunny owners often call their rabbits “buns”; hence, a bun in the oven. LOL! At first Mose was confused about being in my dutch oven, but after a couple minutes he settled in and really seemed to like his new spot. Of course, he didn’t get to stay in there long. 😆 😉 😎

So within hours of my mom and sister-in-law posting these pictures on Facebook, it seemed like the whole world knew – which I was perfectly all right with since I hate spreading news myself. Now that the word is out though, I ask all my dear followers to keep Grant and me in your prayers – for a healthy pregnancy and baby, and for wisdom in deciding how to upgrade our living situation (our current house is waaay too small for another human being, even a wee babe).

Oh, and by the way – our baby is currently the size of a small plum. Just a fun fact. 🙂