Thursday, March 27, 2014

11 months - a letter to my buddy

Buddy, you're getting awfully, awfully close to a year old.  I could cry thinking about it.

We've had a lot of changes around here lately, the biggest one being that we bought a new house!

For now, we still live in our happy little two bedroom brick house.  The one with the big side yard, the owl decals over your crib, the one where we brought you home from the hospital and sat your little orange car seat down in the living room.  I can promise you that I'm going to cry big, ugly buckets of tears when we have to take down the owl decals in your nursery.  Even though you won't remember this house, I will remember all those baby snuggles and sleepless nights that we had here.

But you're getting bigger, and we could use more space, and we finally found a place that's perfect for us.  It's in a super wonderful neighborhood, it's a short walk to the greenway and the park, it backs up to acres and acres of woods, and it has so much room.  Right now, your daddy is working night and day to get it remodeled and we've only had the deed for two weeks.  It's a come a long way!  No more paneling, closed off pocket doors, 1960s cabinets and countertops, or gross smelly carpet.

Let's get back to our usual check-ins though -
Height: 29.5 (I think? I haven't taken you for a check up in almost 6 months now!)
Weight: Right around 20 pounds - you just keep getting taller and skinnier
Clothes - You're so skinny that you can usually wear 12 month pants, and you can wear a few 12 month shirts...but your overall height means that one piece anything usually has to be 18 months.

You have 5 teeth - the front two on the bottom and top, and one to the left of your top front tooth.  The other one is so, so close and you've been slobbering like crazy every day to try to get it out, but it hasn't officially appeared yet.

I don't think I would say you actually *crawl* as most people would define it - but you finally got mobile!  You put one knee on the ground but pull the other one up and scoot forward with your front foot on the ground.  It's the funniest thing I've ever seen, but you're fast.  Particularly when you think you can make a break for the dog food bowl.

You know how to clap and will do it if I ask you or if you see other people doing it.  You also really like to play with your play house toy that plays music, and you'll clap along to it.  The ABC song is your special favorite.

You hate sleeping.  Hate it.  Only want to do it if you can lie right beside your mama.  We sleep perhaps 2 hours at a time most nights.  It's pretty rough, buddy.  People always say "Oh you should have another!" and my response is always "When this one still doesn't sleep?! Ever?!"  You also hate the car seat, and if you have to ride in it alone, I hear loud screaming and crying and complaining.  I finally figured out last week that I could rig up the iPad with an episode of Sesame Street and that will keep you happy about 85% of the time.  Thank you, Lord!

You took your very first steps all by yourself on February 1, when we went to the fire department banquet.  Sitting still and listening to the mayor talk about the budget while you listening quietly was so not happening.  So you and I walked around in the foyer near the bathrooms, and there was a huge mirrored wall.  You absolutely LOVED looking at that handsome baby in the mirror, and I got two real steps out of you, no holding on involved.

Of course since then, it hasn't happened again.  You took a pretty nasty spill a few days after that where you fell straight backwards and hit your head on the wood transition in our kitchen.  It scared you (and the rest of us) half to death, so I think you've been slightly more cautious.  But you will still stand on your own, especially if you don't realize you're doing it, like if you're clapping to music, or if you have a toy in your hand that you're really loving.

You still take food in spurts - some days I will give you something and you can't get enough of it, and you can't eat it fast enough.  If I offer the same thing a few days later though, you look at me like I'm crazy for ever even considering that you might eat such horrifying nonsense!  I can always get you to eat goldfish crackers, baby cheetos, and usually Ritz crackers.  Everything else is hit and miss.  You do love Nana's spaghetti sauce though, and chili is another particular favorite.

You have a little plastic bus that you straddle that you do a pretty good job of riding around the living room, although someone has to help you get on and off of it.  You can walk behind a walker even if you aren't 100% wonderful at steering it around the furniture.

You say mama, dada, Ira, and nana with a lot of frequency, but that's about it.  You make a lot of other noises and babble a lot.  You like to crow and laugh.

We love you so much!

You took your first steps by yourself at the fire department banquet on February 2, 2014.  We ended up out in the lobby because all you wanted to do was make crowing noises during the mayor's speech (which I did too, if I'm being honest...snore).  They had big, full-wall mirrors by the bathroom and that cute baby in the mirror was enough incentive to get you to let go of me and take a few steps on your own! You have to be majorly tricked into doing it at this point though - there is no choosing to walk on your own at all.  

You still love walks and will tolerate a very long one in any stroller we have.  I think you like to be nosy about what's going on in the neighborhood.

Oh, and this picture.  This picture reminds me of the terrible night we had the stomach bug.  The dreaded, dreaded stomach bug that had you and me both up all night throwing up while Daddy was comfortably asleep at the fire department.  Me and Brenda do not ever want to revisit that night.

You love cats.  Most cats do not love you.  Brad and Kim's cat, Chevy, is the only one who will get near you.  You are very pleased about this.

The swing at Myers Park is still a big time favorite.  Produces lots of squealing.

And while you were 11 months old, snOMG 2014 happened!  We had about 5 inches of snow and no school for three glorious days.  You and the weenie girls just wanted to be outside playing in it all day long.

You love snow.  Even if you won't wear gloves and make me look like a bad mama.  Gloves make you very angry.

Peggy is also the snow's biggest fan.

And Brenda.  You enjoyed watching a lot of  epic weenie battles.

We tested out the wagon in the is not a snow vehicle.  That was tough on your mama.  But then you didn't want to come inside.

So I strapped on my boots and a big sweatshirt and did some babywearing.  That was a crowd pleaser.

Racecar carts at the grocery store: one of your new favorite things.

Babywearing: still one of your favorite things.

Playing drums on the air filter cover - another favorite.

As is chewing on packaging.

And observing kitties at Kitty City.

This face kills me! 

So does this one.


I still love taking you to restaurants and watching you shove food into the giant piehole.

And oh, the wonder of Discovery Place Kids.  We had so much fun! You thought it was the most glorious place you'd ever been.

I really want to find some of these shape blocks.  They're another favorite.


So much exploring.

Including an actual firetruck.

And a water table!

And a big squishy flower garden!

11 months old is lots and lots of fun.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

How to make a Stroller Snuggle Sack

Ira has a thing for stroller walks - like a really big thing.  He hates being cooped up inside, and he will beg to go over to the front door and at least look out.  If you get the stroller out, he starts breathing fast and waving his arms like a Jack Russell terrier who just ate 15 pixie sticks. 

But with the weather getting cold, it's getting hard to take him out as often as he wants to go.  Because if there's one thing Ira hates, it's mittens.  And also being cold.  So we have a Catch-22 - the mittens and the hat and the clothes make him nuts, but he wants to go outside, and he hates being cold.  We usually wrap a blanket around him, but then he kicks it down in all of his excitement and you're rolling it through sidewalk smut or running over it and almost dumping Ira out into the street.

I saw a pin on Pinterest for a stroller blanket, but it just linked to a website where you could buy them, which was sold out.  But I started thinking...come on, how hard could it be?  It's just fleece!  Every 12 year old girl in the world can make a knotted fleece blanket - why can't we make a stroller snuggle sack out of fleece?  After searching high and low on the interwebs, we couldn't find a pattern or a how-to page, just some pictures of things that weren't quite what we wanted.  So I bring the great how-to-make-a-stroller-blanket tutorial, courtesy of my mom's excellent execution.

First, I highly recommend picking a fleece that doesn't have an "up side" and a "down side". I love the skulls and they face both ways so we didn't need to worry about which way was up!

You're going to be making a sort of sleeping bag for your stroller that is seen halfway up so that little toes don't kick off blankets and get cold.

Fold your fabric in half so that it's still long but half as wide - "hot dog style" as I would tell my 6th graders. Then, turn it inside out and

sew the edges together so that you're hiding the "wrong side." 

You will end up with a nice edge like this one. Thanks for your sewing and modeling skills, Mimi!

Now you need to sew a box around the top so that your stroller snuggie will stay on the back of the stroller seat. Put your fabric on the chair and leave 4-5 inches or so hanging over the back.

Then you just sew one line on each side of you snuggie so that it fits over the back of your seat, sort of looking like the closed end of a pillowcase.

Leave your snuggle sack on the stroller and fold the bottom part up to where you'd like the top of the blanket to hit.  I recommend leaving enough room so that it can be snapped up higher when your baby is taller, but still leaving enough length in the foot part so that he can use it when his legs are longer too.

We folded ours up and then sewed up to about ten inches from the bottom, so that the sewn part is just over the legs. We then attached snaps on the upper part to make it easier to get baby in and out, or leave it unsnapped and just have a lap blanket for warmer days. 

Finally, make sure your snuggle sack is snugly over the stroller seat just like you want it, feel for your stroller straps, and cut holes for them. 

Then either use your sewing machine to zig zag around the holes for reinforcement, or hand sew around them.

Then put baby in your stroller and get your tail out there in the cold!

Friday, November 8, 2013

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy 8 Months!

8 Month Stats:
Height: Unsure? I'm guessing it's about 27.5" inches this month though.
Weight: About 19 pounds by my best guess!
Clothing size: You pretty much have to have 12 month clothes all the time now. 

8 Month Highlights, Milestones, and General Happenings

You still fit in the Chicco, which we use when you ride anywhere but in my car.  Your feelings about it are as described above.

You still LOVE the swing!  It produces lots of giggles.  Sometimes you scoot too far down in it and have to be repositioned, but it's a big win overall!

You still really like teething crackers...and so does Peggy.

The stroller is another favorite activity.  You love to get out and see what's going on in the hood.

Daddy put up your swing outside, since swinging is so much fun.  You are a huge fan!

We had a mommy-and-me picnic in the side yard, complete with baby cheetos, which you were a big fan of!

We walked in the stroller to the playground at Coltrane-Webb because I felt like you might love going down the slide.  Of course you're not awesome at sitting up, so I went down with you, but you seemed to like it!

You also did some swinging with Mimi (who met us there).

I just can't enough of that sweet face!

Riding in shopping carts is another new fun thing that we do.  I have a shopping cart cover but it takes me thirty minutes to fool with that thing and I don't know that it makes much difference, so people just look at me like I'm a bad parent while you ride in the regular part of the cart.  You don't seem to care!

Mimi got you a wagon with a canopy and we went on a date with our friend B!  

"Hey girl...nice swingin'"


And yes, that is a tampon in your hand.  You love to go through people's purses and find non-baby-appropriate items to play with.

That face just kills me! 

We pretty much went to the park about 20 times this month, I think.  You love for Daddy to push you in the swing!

Did I mention we like to take cute girls out in our wagon?

You sit up pretty well but sometimes you get tired and flop over, so I put you in the bumbo under the playmat while I get ready in the mornings so you don't hit your head on the doors.  If I sit you on the floor, I usually put a couch throw pillow on either side of you!

You got your flu shot and I was scared to death that you were going to cry and hate me forever.  What actually happened was that you made an Ira-sized hole in the paper at the doctor's office and then you did not let out one peep during your shot.  I couldn't believe it!

...But what should I expect, you're a tough guy, right?

You went with us to the beer festival in front of the Speakeasy and just chilled in the Ergo the whole time!  

You still don't sleep through the night - and in fact, you're usually up every hour or two wanting mama.  Oh my goodness it has been rough, and it's a good thing you're really cute.  You usually will still take 2-3 naps a day, but they're not really on a schedule.  If you're out and about, there's no way you're napping for the most part.

We are still nursing (yay us!)...mostly all night, but you take about  8 ounces a day from bottles while I'm at work too.  I have to pump about three times at work to keep up with you, and you take about that many bottles.

I feel like this is the month that food has really "clicked" and that you're actually getting more down than you once did.  

You still like your ring stacker and your play mat (though you don't like to be on your back to play with it, you like to sit up).  You like to sit in front of the couch with a pillow on either side of you and a toy, and you will play with a toy there for awhile by yourself.  You still like your exersaucer a lot and you have started playing in your bouncy chair a little too.

You absolutely do not crawl and hate being on your tummy entirely.  You don't sleep there, you don't play there, and you cry if I put you there.  Maybe one day?

I love those little cheeks, that giggle that you do, and those big sweet cheeks!