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Monday Snapshot

Little J has had a cold for a week and a half now.  I know you just have to let these things take their course, but today he woke up with his eyes gunked shut.

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We decided to go to the doctor.  He has a cold, pink eye, and an ear infection.  Poor Boo.

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How Do I Love Thee?

Let me count the ways.

My DH:

1.  Since the day I met you, you have made me laugh each and every day.  Even days I’m sad or mad.

2.  You work hard to provide for your family, and you are the greatest husband and father.

3.  You are everything I could want in a man.  My hope for my son is that he grows up to be just like his Daddy.

4.  You love me for exactly who I am, unconditionally.

5.  You have given me everything I could ever have dreamed of to have in life.  I am truly happy, and it’s because of you.  I could not have this with anyone else.

My Little J:

1.  I love your laugh, your smile, the way you nurse, the way you throw your whole body forward when you see something that interests you.  I love every inch of you.

2.  You made me a healthier, better person, and inspire me to be a little better every day.

3.  You made the idea and understanding of what family is so much more to me.

4.  Love is on a whole other level that you will not even begin to understand until you have your own children.  Thank you for allowing me to experience it.

5.  You made me a Mommy, and all of us a family.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Monday Snapshot

Got this in just in time, huh?

It’s actually been pretty uneventful here.  Little J has caught a cold.  He’s been coughing and really stuffy.  So sleep has been really wonky.

Here’s my Boo after he fell asleep nursing with me in the bed.  I put his head on my arm for elevation.  I’ll happily lose circulation if I can give him a good hour of sleep.

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DIY Teething Pads

Oh, err well.  This didn’t go perfectly, but I do have some teething pads.  I used instructions on this blog.

IMAG1026What I did wrong:

First, I’ve never used snaps before.  I bought some without understanding that you have to have a special tool to put them on.  So I went back and bought the tool which now makes the DIY version just as much as the store teething pads.  I do plan on using it more, so it will even out.

I tried to use only t shirt material.  Mistake!  The fabric does really need to be thicker so the snaps won’t tear the fabric.  You can already see the rips in mine.

I’m really only a novice sewer.  So my lines are a bit crooked, and not as pretty as the one on the instructional blog.  Oh well 😛

What I did right:

Well, it does work.  It’s on, the baby uses it.

I highly suggest putting on a ribbon loop to attach toys.  Little J LOVES it.  Very useful for a baby who gets bored quickly.

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Note:  I will also flip the pads so that the toy loop is up towards me and hangs down.  The way he pulls the toy actually pushed the whole pad up so he wasn’t able to drool on the pad.

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All in all though, I’m happy with it.  The first run is always a learning experience, so my next one will be better.

So what will my next project be?  I don’t know.  I really have no ideas.  Anyone have any suggestions?

 

 

Nursing Necklace

We’re having a bit of sleep regression, but Little J seems to have finally gone down for his nap.  So here’s a post about a little project I’ve been working on.

Whenever I go out I wear my wedding ring on a necklace because it’s become too lose to wear.  I should take it to get re-sized, but that task has fallen pretty low on the to-do list.  Needless to say this has become Little J’s favorite thing to grab, pull, and chew on.

Recently I’ve noticed these nursing necklaces popping around.  Some are simple, some are a little more complex, and some are just a little too kiddy craft for my taste.  I’ve gone back and forth on getting one, but $30-$40 for one seems a bit much.  Heck, I’m even too frugal for the $10-$15 ones.

The simple fabric ones seemed the most fashionable for my taste.  Easy to match with outfits without looking too much like a “baby” item.  Since I have a bit more time on my hands I decided to look and see if I could make one.

I found this blog  with some easy instructions, and decided to give it a whirl.  I have lots of fabric since I save all my old t-shirts, and had some wooden beads from my hemp necklace wearing days.  I had to buy a few more, and tried to look for a wood ring.  The craft store close to us didn’t have the rings, but it didn’t matter.

For a first attempt it turned out pretty good:

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IMAG1000But I had to see if Little J would even like them:

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I was actually pretty surprised how quickly he took to it.  He likes holding it as he nurses, and pulling/chewing on it as I’m carrying him around.  I’m also happy that all in all I spent like $1 to make it.

I’m planning on making a couple more in different colors for different outfits.  My next project though is going to be making my own teething pads for our Er.go.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

 

 

 

Monday Snapshot

A couple weeks ago we started going to a Tiny Tykes gym class.  Little J and I both enjoy the class, the instructors, and socializing since it’s pretty much just us 24/7.  We had two new boys try the class today.  I hope they join as there’s not many of us yet (2-3 including us).  He actually even tried grabbing a couple of the other babies today.  He’s never reached out for another person!

Here’s a pic during the “separation” time with the two new babies:

It's red, so it is mine and I will eated it!

It’s red, so it is mine and I will eated it!