This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Friday, February 26, 2010

8 Months Old!

Yes the little guy is now 8 months old! Only 4 months away from turning ONE...yikes! It was a little harder to get him to sit still for these pictures, so they are not as nice as I was wanting. I imagine it will only get more difficult!

These days you:

  • are wearing size 3 diapers still
  • have outgrown several of your 6-9mo clothes but we are stretching it out
  • are finally getting your top 2 teeth in
  • go to bed around 8-9pm and usually sleep about 12 hours
  • take two 1-2hr naps per day
  • eat three meals a day, solids first then an 8oz bottle
  • are doing very well with solids and chunkier foods
  • can feed yourself cereal, crackers, and food chunks
  • are getting better using a sippy cup once a day (for now)
  • are not crawling yet, but won't sit still any more
  • have attempted to pull yourself up
  • say "babababa"
  • instantly go for any necklace/earrings that I am wearing

That is about it for now! I have been very busy all day, and I have to go to work this whole weekend. I am almost doing embroidering some new holiday bibs for Bradley (and for sale) for St. Patrick's Day and Easter--I will put pics up as soon as I get done with them. Tata for now!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Working On a New Skill

Not me, but him! He may not be crawling yet, but he is starting to {attempt} pull up on things!

We will have to keep an eye on this little monkey! And now for some naked baby pics...don't worry, he's got a diaper on!

He is still working on his top two teeth coming down. He's a little cranky here and there, but nothing the occasional dose of Tylenol doesn't fix.

My mom got him a box of baby mum mums for her house, as well as a high chair. So he is loving it over there even more than before! And I love it too, because it is so much easier to feed and entertain him. And we all know that a full baby is a happy baby!

I made a onesie out of a youth t-shirt and appliqued a guitar on the front. I thought it turned out pretty good for my first one *almost* from scratch. Unfortunately when I rejoined the back panel after shortening the collar, I made it too tight and now the stupid thing is too narrow. Grr. Better luck next time huh.

Today is my stepdad's birthday, and I am embroidered a sweatshirt for him. We are celebrating it tomorrow with a cookout. I am also going to embroider a St. Patrick's Day bib for my little one, and possibly a cute Easter one too! Pictures will follow....

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Birthday and Biscuits

February 17th was my mother's birthday (I won't tell how old she is...) and I had a bunch of little presents up my sleeve to give her. I got her 4 fancy belts (beige, brown, red and turquoise), a photo album, a ring holder, 6 crocheted and knitted washcloths, and this lovely apron that I made from my fabric scrap pile!

Yes I freehand drew the rooster (her kitchen is roosters) and appliqued it onto the fabric, then for the tie I used bias tape and sewed lace around the edges. Very cute!

Some mornings my mumsy comes over while Nick is in class and we have coffee and chit chat or play farkle. One of those days last week I gave Bradley some biter biscuits that my friend Sara got for him, and he went to town! Those things are soooo messy, so I figured after eating one he may as well have another. He was a happy boy!

Today after I slept from working last night, we met my dad at Jason's Deli for dinner. We all got the salad bar and it was so delicious! They have such a good variety of healthy things to choose from. I got low fat honey mustard dressing and it was pretty tangy! I let Bradley gnaw on some broccoli florets.

And the big news is...while we were waiting for my dad to get there I was holding Bradley on my lap and bouncing him. I heard a new strange sound from his mouth, like grinding teeth. I thought maybe he had gotten something in his mouth? So I opened his mouth up and looked, and he WAS grinding his teeth--he new top teeth!! They have just barely broken the gumline and you have to look really close, but they are there! That explains why he hasn't been sleeping well the last few nights. I was wondering when he would finally get those because he has had his bottom teeth for 3 1/2 months. I am happy that now I can feed him more foods like toast and Cheerios since he will be able to chew.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Latest Craftings

Some of you have heard of Baby Legs...but who wants to pay that much?? Not me. So I found a way to make my own! They are made out of adult knee-high socks and I have had several pairs sitting around for months that I've been meaning to make. Well I finally got around to it, and was able to whip out 5 pairs in about 20 minutes! Bradley likes them too...

They just slip on in place of pants, and that way you don't have to fuss with them when you change diapers....or when they pee through their diaper...

Other than that, things are buzzing along nicely here. I am working some extra shifts these days because there are several Mondays that Nick doesn't have classes. I am remembering how much I do not like working 3 shifts in a row. Ugh.

Nick had jury duty today and we were really excited about the whole thing, except that it only lasted 2 hours because after he was selected to be a juror the guy plead guilty and it was done with! Oh well, maybe next time.

There are several people in my family who have birthdays coming up, so I have mostly been busy making things for them. I am also working on a birthday bunting for Bradley and I am almost done with it. It is turning out very nice! I made it neutral colors so it can be used for anybody's birthday (good thing since we all have bdays in the summer).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Before" Room Redo

Here is the post I promised with the "before" of my extra dining room. We used to have a pool table in there, but we got rid of it because we never used it. Our Duncan Phyfe table is in the other dining room and the rooms are all open with the living room and this room. So we really need to do something nice with it!

While we were temporarily living in the city, we bought a 6-drawer black dresser for our bedroom. But when we moved back, we didn't need it in our room because we each have our own closet with built in dressers. So with my mother's help I decided to keep it downstairs and use it as a buffet table in this room. I should probably finish getting our clothes out of it though...

First I had to pick a color scheme, and I decided to go with blue and cream since I have blue towels and washcloths in the kitchen. I went to Hobby Lobby and chose this for my dominant fabric and print.

This is wall art that I made with foam board. I simply glued the print fabric to the back, then the hard part was freehand drawing the P onto the cream fabric and cutting it out and gluing it on. I am also doing one for Bradley's room that will be animal print with a black B on it!

Next are the washcloths I've been making for presents. This first batch has a crocheted and a knitted cloth for each color.

And these are for a coworker and also listed in my shop if you want some!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Scrappers Unite

Sorry for the hiatus I've been on I really don't know what happens to my time. This past week I have been busy crocheting and knitting little things for some birthdays coming up, and I got three more orders for hats so that is always nice!! And I am proud to say that I have finally jumped back into scrapbooking since I am slightly behind...

The way I am doing pictures now that we have Bradley is a bit different. You know how mothers think every single picture of their baby is the cutest? Well I am guilty of that too, but I know that I can not clog up our regular albums with random pictures of cuteness. So what I am going to do is have an ongoing "family" album with holidays, birthdays, and vacations in it. Then I have an ongoing "growth" album for Bradley where his monthly pics and milestones (like sitting, eating solids, crawling, etc) will be, and THEN I have a regular slip-the-pics-in big fat album just for all his cute little stuff that I don't have to worry about fussing with! I think it should work out good.

Over the years I have played with all different sizes of albums to see what I like best, and what is more scrapper-friendly. I tend to do 8x8's for single events, like when I went to Jamaica, or when we went to Italy. Then our ongoing one is 8.5x11 because that is a bigger page to fit more pictures on. I have done a couple 12x12 and I can officially say I do not like them. It is too much room to fill up--I get overwhelmed just looking at each blank page! And the stupid things don't even fit in my bookcase so I do not do them anymore.

That is the funny thing about scrapbooking for so long--the different things that come out through the years. Back in the day, my mom and I used to scrapbook before scrapbooking was cool. You had VERY limited options. I'm talking construction paper, and some tacky stickers and stencils. We made do with what we had, but when I look back at it now, it looks very dated--kind of like when you look at a picture of yourself from the 90's....HAHA. So yeah, now days there is all kinds of fancy doodads and whatsits that you can buy to make your page as fancy or as elegant as you want. And man let me tell you those things can get expensive!!

I strictly stick to sales and refuse to buy anything full price. Everytime I go to the craft store, I peruse the scrapbooking aisles just to see if anything speaks to me, or to pick up stickers and embellishments for things that I know I will be doing in the future. Like recently I've been keeping my eye out for GRADUATION stuff since hubby will become a college graduate in December!! Yay! Also I'm looking for cute birthday/first birthday type stuff since you-know-who will be ONE in June...yikes.

Yep, so that's what I've been doing lately! Sorry I don't have any pics right now to show you, just a lot of reading! And if you read all of this, thank you :)
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