Monday, June 30, 2008

Not enough time in the day

I haven't posted since a week ago Friday. Life has been a bit busy here. Norah is just now getting over a cold that had her stuffy and coughing for about 10 days. Poor girlie, it's so awful to have them sick when they're so small and nothing you can do helps them. We're also working on her napping without being swaddled. So every morning like clockwork I feed and rock her and put her down, and 45 minutes later she's awake in her room fussing. I don't know what the deal with that is, but she settles herself down after a bit and goes back to sleep. We're working our way up to sleeping at night unswaddled. So far it's just the one nap, but I think once she gets the hang of that one, we'll try her afternoon nap. I'm hesitant to do it all at once because when she doesn't nap during the day, she doesn't sleep at night, and we're getting little enough as it is.

I will say that thankfully the girls are not bothered while they're sleeping by all the thunderstorms we've been getting. Last night as I was feeding/rocking Norah at 1:30 an enormous storm came through. The lightning was so bright it was lighting up the room and even though I KNEW the thunder was coming, it was making me jump. Norah never batted an eyelash, and neither did Hannah.

Friday, June 20, 2008

New Pictures

We had Hannah's last gymnastics class until September on Monday, and then we also went to the Forest Park Zoo this week with Kat and all her monkeys. So I'll post some pictures here for everyone to see.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Darndest Things

H: Mommy, you brushing your hair?
M: Yes
H: Wow, that's a lot of hair!

Oh man, there is nothing more hilarious than three year olds who are masters of the obvious. Hannah is at the point though where if you don't recognize that she's said something, she repeats it. Over and over and over and over.... (you get it right?) until you finally say "I heard you the first 20 zillion times".

I will say, I'm thankful we've instilled an idea of what is the order things are supposed to go in. Having a new baby makes me somewhat forgetful. More than once (sadly) I have put Norah in her seat while I told Hannah to go climb in hers. I have put groceries in the back and gotten in to start the van only to hear "MOMMY! You Forgot!" Thank God she reminded me.... do you know which part I missed?

Hannah's favorite book right now is the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Which is funny because she insists all kinds of things scare her, but not that ugly nasty troll in the picture. Not him, he's not scary.

Just for one day I want to understand the mind of a toddler.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's an addiction

This sewing thing, crazy huh? Here are some of the new things I've made. There's nothing like making something to be worn, and seeing it actually worn!

These are fleece diaper covers. Some of you know that Norah is in cloth diapers. The fleece makes it a bit more breathable than the waterproof covers you would normally put on. I found the pattern online (Katrina's soaker pattern) and it's so easy even a super novice sewer like me can manage it and make it look nice.
They're so cute in fact that my girlfriend is having me make some for her cutie Magi!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


My very first sewing project that matters!

It's been pinned for nearly ten days now, waiting for me to have to guts to sew it, and you know what? It wasn't as bad as I thought. I might do it differently if I made another like it, but it's comfy and functional. I did sew the shoulder backwards, but I don't think anyone will notice the plain shoulder when there's pretty brocade and a pretty baby.
No action shots yet, I did however put Norah in it to test it out, and it is lovely. She was a big fan, but there aren't many ways of being worn that she doesn't like. I hope to have Steven take a few pictures of her in it tonight, but we'll see I guess.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Oh the heat

Actually I should say Oh the Humidity because that's the truly awful part. It is going to be the third straight day of 90+ today and I'm more than uncomfortable. But I'm not so much concerned about me, it the girls I worry about of course. Hannah because she is NOT a big drinker, so I feel like I should follow her around with a cup constantly to keep her hydrated. And Norah of course because even with our AC on it's still hot.... and she insists on being swaddled for sleep. Normally it's a nice stretchy fleece blanket, but it's WAY too hot for that. The miracle blankets are a joke to her, so last night we whacked part of a flat sheet from our bed. (Steven ruined the bottom sheet with his nasty feet, and no you DON'T want to know) And I wrapped that around her snugly and pinned it with a large safety pin (yes I was careful I know that's what you're thinking). And yet at 2am when she was awake crying not 10 minutes after I put her down asleep, she was out of it. I am at the end of the rope. She's too little to sleep without swaddling her (that whole Back to Sleep campaign) and I have no other ideas.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I'm crazy, apparently

Or at least the woman at salvation army who saw me wearing Norah in my ring sling thinks I am. Because you know, 11lb babies are WAY too heavy to carry. At least according to her. I think that's ridiculous, I mean the only way an 11lb baby is heavy is if you give BIRTH to an 11lb baby. Seriously.

Ok, on to the rest of my craziness. I mentioned to my Mom that I was in the market to buy a friends sewing machine so I can teach myself how to sew. She said, borrow mine and make sure that's what you want before you spend the money. So I have a 25 year old Kenmore sewing machine in my sunroom waiting for Steven to set up a table so I can sew the fabric I spent all day pinning yesterday. I say all day because it is three yards of fabric I'm pinning to make a new ring sling. It's just gorgeous together, but I picked something awfully tough for my first try. The linen is cool and smooth, but not tough, I could iron it and sew a straight seam no problem. The silk brocade trimming the end..... total insanity. It's fraying and slippery, and I've pinned it twice already, and am realizing now I did it wrong again, so now I need to pin it again.

I'll add a picture of the fabric though, because it really is luscious (as my friend Amy told me)