See - Gazing

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

See - Itty Bitty

Monday, April 29, 2013

Harrison at Sixteen Weeks

Monday, April 29, 2013

Harrison apparently likes to be a very typical baby. This week he decided to start the horrible 4-month-old sleep regression.  We aren't sure if it was the small cold we both got or something else entirely, but out of nowhere he was a terrible sleeper. He'd wake up 5-10 minutes after putting him down again and again, like 4 or 5 times until he was finally asleep, then wake up 2-3 hours later, then 1-2 hours later, then about every 45 minutes all night long. This was every day! We are JUST now getting back to a bit of a normal schedule, and we had to start doing CIO to get those results.  Cry-it-out is SO HARD! I never thought I'd have to do it, and it's tough, and we've only been doing it for 2 days, but man, the results! He hasn't slept well for 2 weeks, and the night before last he did 5 hours straight, and last night did 6, 4, 1, and 2. He is crying less and less for naps and night time - like less than 5 minutes til he's asleep. I am excited to *hopefully* be able to kiss him goodnight and leave the room and have him put himself to sleep. The possibilities!! Now we just have to get his naps back to normal and not this 30-45 minute stuff. It gets old quick. 

Other than that nonsense, he is such a great kid. He suffered though so much car-time this week while my parents were out of town and I was a chauffer to 2 of my siblings and our foreign exchange student. I am not ready to be a soccer mom, I'll tell you that.  How can my mom stand picking up kids at 5 and 6 and 7 every night? So annoying! I am so glad to have them home again. All of that time in the car, having to just drive while he screamed, helped me figure out how much he likes music - he'll stop mid-scream and calm right down 80% of the time if I blast some tunes or sing. I really hope he grows up with the same love of music that Jesse and I share.  

The quilt above was made by my fantastic mother who has talents like no other. I aspire to be as well-rounded someday. 

Hear - Tighten Up

Thursday, April 25, 2013

See - Balance

Thursday, April 25, 2013

We are working on our balance, slowly but surely. 

See - Gummy Grins

Thursday, April 25, 2013

This Week in Instagrams

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

sunnies//short shorts
giraffe shirt//pruney toes
one shirt i made//he loves to lick peaches
mama, why'd you wake me up?//uncle hunter and harrison hunter
smiles//new project
loves his bumbo//k can fit into his 9mo shorts

See - Clean

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Learn/Create - Freezer Paper Stenciling

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I've been wanting to try this for awhile now and finally got together the supplies to work on it this weekend...and couldn't stop. This is ridiculously easy and the possibilities are endless for t-shirts or onesies, pillowcases, etc. I got my onesies and t-shirts at a store called Monag. They sell the excess from companies that would normally put a logo or something onto plain shirts and onesies and it's super cheap. My store location sells 0-24m clothing for $1 and adult clothing for $3-4. I went and bought 12 things in a variety of colors and probably will end up going and getting more because I have loved this project so far. 

Step 1: Find a simple picture, outline or text that you want to put on a shirt/pillowcase, etc. Print it out in a size that corresponds to the article of clothing.  For my onesies (sized 6-18m) I generally printed about 4-5 inches across. Get a piece of freezer paper the same size and tape them both down. 

Step 2: With an x-acto knife, cut around the shape, saving all of the pieces. Make sure to cut with the shiny side of the freezer paper down because that is the side that sticks to the shirt. 

Step 3: Lay them out on your shirt and make sure they're centered and that the pieces are where you want them.  Make sure each piece is shiny side down or else it will stick to the iron instead of the shirt. 

Step 4: Iron the freezer paper to the shirt. Make sure to go over it a few times and that all of the edges and tiny pieces are stuck down well. 

Step 5: Prepare your paint. You can use fabric paint or acrylic paint with a fabric medium.  I had tons of acrylic paint on hand so I just picked up some Martha Stewart fabric medium and mixed them together according to the directions - 2 parts paint to 1 part medium. 

Step 6: Start to paint. I usually start by going around all of the edges and painting from the paper inward so that I am being careful not to push paint under the freezer paper. This will ensure that you get clean lines and have no bleeding underneath.  After the first 2 layers you don't have to be as careful with the edges. 

Step 7: Paint about 4 layers depending on your consistency and desired thickness.  Above you can see how light the first few layers were and by the 4th I was done and had nice thick pure white paint layered on the shirt. You can peel off the freezer paper while the paint is still wet but be sure to do it vertically so that you dont pull the stretchy shirt and create cracks in the paint.  I find it's best to either wait until it's all the way dry or at least just still tacky to avoid cracking the paint and trying to keep it looking as clean as possible.  

Step 8: Per the directions on the medium - wait 24 hours and then iron to heat seal the paint with a layer of fabric in between.  

I have had quite a bit of fun creating shirts so far and I have so many ideas for more. It is so super easy, and could be a fun craft to do with your kids.  They're easy for personalized gifts or family t-shirts too!

We made this giraffe shirt for my little sister. I can't wait to see it on her!

And here are a few of the shirts I have in the works - a whale, the first layer of a fox (I'll have to do multiple layers) and 'original crybaby' because my hubby is a musician and loves his pedals. We saw that on a shirt while I was pregnant and I was shocked I couldn't find it as a onesie online because it fits so perfectly with babies - so I made one myself!

See - Squeeze

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Harrison at Fifteen Weeks

Monday, April 22, 2013

Harrison is almost 4 months old and time is flying by! We love this happy boy and he is changing so quickly.  In the past few days he's found his fingers. Before he would suck his whole fists but recently realized he could open his hands and suck on fingers and now he does that - and often gags himself.  He's a slobbery mess all the time now but it's adorable.  

I've started letting him try some of our foods and he is loving it.  I know it's a bit earlier than normal, but I just let him lick things - he isn't really eating anything.  It started with some apple and he's now tried: apple, banana, peach, pineapple, orange, pickles, cereal and a few other things I cannot for the life of me remember.  He seems to like pretty much everything and has only given the gag face after giving him salty things.  I am terrified of having a difficult time weaning like my SIL is having with my niece right now.  Our kids are double cousins (my brother's wife is my husband's sister - siblings married siblings) and seem to have similar food issues so far - dairy intolerance, resistant to pacifiers and bottles, etc. I'm hoping if we start exposing him to good food earlier we can avoid any issues weaning, but only time will tell.  

In the bath last night he started kicking and splashing like crazy and loved it - though he surprised himself by splashing water on his face a few times.  I can't wait to take him in the pool this summer, though I'm guessing it will be a bit colder than the warm bath he's accustomed to. 

He finally seems to like being read to and especially when Daddy reads with awesome voices and inflection. He loves his Papa so much and I am so excited to watch their relationship grow as Harrison gets older and they can be active together.  I know it's hard for Jesse when he misses a lot of milestones and I can't wait for a time when they can have their own special relationship and play ball together and fish like Jesse does with his father.  I love my boys so much!

See - Sunnies

Monday, April 22, 2013

This kid is gonna be way cooler than I am.

See - Pruned Toes

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Evidence of a fun bath. This boy has started to SPLASH and it's hilarious!

See - Naked in the car

Friday, April 19, 2013

This little boy had a blowout while I was out and about and without any clothes to change him into.  The one day I don't have an outfit in my diaper bag! We hung out in the car as we waited for Grandma to finish shopping. 

Create - Perfect "M&M" Cookies

Friday, April 19, 2013

Perfect M&M Cookies

Well I couldn't find mini M&M's but Walmart had mini Reese's Pieces. Even better! These cookies didn't turn out like the pictures in Picky Palate, but they were delicious.  They were heavy on the reese's and mini chocolate chips though and a lot of them were falling apart because there wasn't enough cookie dough compared to the chocolate.  I tried to follow the recipe exactly, but must have made some mistakes. Oh well, they were super delicious!

Recipe From Picky Palate
  • 1 stick/1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1-1 1/2 cups Mini M and M’s
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream your butter and sugars until well combined. Add your egg and vanilla mixing to combine. Add your flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt, stirring to combine. Add chips and m and m’s stirring to combine.
  3. With a medium cookie scoop, place dough 1 inch apart from each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Enjoy!
Makes 2 dozen cookies

This Week in Instagrams

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

asleep by the light of the computer//silly baby
he looks so grown up//dirty laundry
hanging outside 5 guys//taking walks
some may say I have too many//just chillin eatin his fingers
stalking our prey//his attempt at a duck face
love his birthmark and this patch of hair//this will fit by the coming season

See - Waking Up

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

See - Big Blue Eyes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

His hands are permanently clasped in front of him and I can't get enough. 

Harrison at Fourteen Weeks

Monday, April 15, 2013

Harrison had a growth spurt this week which just about did me in. I don't know why he thinks he needs to grow anymore, this kid is already about 26inches and 15.5lbs. He was grouchy and eating every 45min-1hr for 3 days and 3 nights. Whoa, baby, I am tired. He finally took a regular 2.5hr nap today and I think the grumpiness is gone.  Thank goodness! 

He rolled over again last night! Was playing on his tummy and all of a sudden tipped and flipped.  Looks like this will be a regular thing soon. I guess we'd better start baby-proofing! He's starting to giggle regularly too, which is so adorable.  I am so in love with this kid, I could smooch his cheeks all day! 

Speaking of cheeks, I was giving his bum some airing out time yesterday and all of a sudden he fart-pooped all over me! The nerve! It was pretty hilarious so I had to forgive him. He's too cute to stay mad for long! 

See - Nice Weather

Monday, April 15, 2013

Finally it was warm today so I took Harrison and Logan for a short walk. Felt so good. 
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