Monday, February 25, 2013

Little Update

Hello, there. Long time no chat! 


Harry was sick all weekend. As was Ant. And now I'm starting to feel it. This is what, the third time we've been sick in the past 6 months? I used to only ever get sick once a year; always when winter was turning into spring. I've been guzzling Airborne to try and keep it away, but I don't think it's working. 

We think Harry picked up the bug from the gym's daycare last week. He developed a fever last Wednesday,  was fine on Thursday, and the sickness was back in full force Friday. He developed a horrible case of diarrhea and we ended up calling our pediatrician's on-call service Saturday night. The nurse we spoke with wasn't terribly concerned at that point, but suggested we stick to the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) and switch to a lactose-free milk for the time being. 

Yesterday he still had a slight fever and diarrhea, but he was definitely in better spirits. If his symptoms persist today we'll give the doctor a call again and see what they say. 

Snacking on freeze-dried bananas, one of his favorites

2013 Academy Awards
I don't have the energy to do a dedicated post to the Oscars fashion today. Fortunately, most of the fashions I saw were underwhelming, or down right hideous. There was really only one "wow" moment for me, and that was from Naomi Watts.


Simply stunning! Worst dressed for me was a tie between Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence. But who cares, their ugly dresses must have been good luck since both ladies walked away with awards. 

 
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Baby's First Craft



 Last week Harry tried his hand at crafting for the first time. It was super simple and fun for him to do. This project is perfect for babies of almost any age, as long as they can lift their head during tummy time, they can get in on the fun!

If you're interested in trying this with your baby, here's the supplies you'll need.
  • White cardstock (thin printer paper will work in a pinch, but for the best results you really need something thicker)
  • Several colors of acrylic paint
  • Ziplock bag
To start, squeeze several drops of acrylic paint on to your cardstock. I chose a few shades of red with some silver and gold accents to add some sparkle to the painting. Then carefully place the cardstock in your Ziplock bag.


Next, give the Ziplock to baby and let them go to town smushing the paint inside the bag. I had Harry do it over a sheet of wax paper in case the bag popped open, but it held together just fine.


I think he had fun doing it. I had to coach him a bit on what to do, but for the most part he seemed to get the concept. It took him just a few minutes to spread the paint around the whole piece of cardstock. 

Once baby is done playing with the paint, carefully remove the cardstock from the Ziplock bag. Make sure you do it right away so the paint doesn't dry. Here's Harry's finished masterpiece. 


Jackson Pollock, eat your heart out! 

Once the paint was dry, I cut hearts out of the cardstock and created a card that Harry gave to his Daddy for Valentine's Day.



This craft is so versatile  you can make just about anything with baby's painting (or leave it as is!) and it would work for any gift/card giving situation. A baby painting would also make a great addition to the baby book!

Happy crafting :)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Missouri Canvas

Here's the canvas I painted for Ant for Valentine's Day.


The idea is far from original, but Ant was impressed. The heart on the canvas represents Columbia, Missouri, where Ant and I met all the way back in 2006. The canvas matches our bedspread and hangs on the wall in our bedroom. I bought the key that hangs over the canvas at Hobby Lobby for $4. I just need to cover the nail heads with a little brown paint to make them less obvious.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Crazy Valentine's Day

Our day started out as any normal Valentine's Day. The boys and I exchanged gifts in the morning before Harry's doctor's appointment. I received a pretty bouquet of roses and a Disney-themed box of chocolates.


Pretty! I also got a salon gift certificate so I can finally get my horrible haircut fixed! I'll probably also get a mani/pedi once the weather warms up. For Ant's present I painted him a canvas that I'll share once it's hung on the wall. 

After our mini Valentine's celebration, we headed to the doctor's office. Harry's official 15 month stats are:
  • 32.5 inches tall (90th percentile)
  • 22 pounds (25th percentile)
  • 48 centimeters head circumference (80th percentile)
He also had to endure three vaccines. One in the thigh and then in each arm. Our doctor also had Harry do a hearing test- the same one he passed when he was in the NICU. Somewhat surprisingly, only his right ear passed the test, and the nurse tried it three or four times. Sooooo, I'm really trying not to freak out. 

As far as I can tell, Harry hears just fine. He understands a lot and answers many questions with gestures. The doctor said the amount and position of earwax in his ear could mess with the results, which is why we're going to wait until his next appointment in three months and test again. If he still fails, then we'll take further action.

Now here's where things got real crazy (aka, TMI!)...

For dinner we went to Qdoba to take advantage of their buy one get one free with a kiss deal again. We ordered Harry a chicken quesadilla, something he's had before. Dinner was going great and Harry was having a blast looking at all the people coming in to the restaurant. He was more focused on looking at everyone and at one point he started choking. 

Of course choking is scary, but babies handle it well since it happens often as they're just learning how to eat. Their tongues automatically work to dislodge the food and push it out. Harry was doing just that so I patted his back with one hand and held out the other to catch the food. Thank goodness I held my hand out because it wasn't just the one piece of tortilla that came out. It was the entire quesadilla he had just eaten. And the entire bottle of milk he drank. All in my hands. 

After it happened I just sat there stunned. My mouth was probably agape, too. I was absolutely mortified. Fortunately a mom who was in line and saw the whole thing assured me that she'd "been there, too." We cleaned up as quickly as we could and ran out of the restaurant.

I should mention that Harry was absolutely fine. He was smiling as soon as the whole thing was over. This was the first time he's ever thrown up food and handled it like a champ. It was just a fluke puke :). By the time we were driving home we were laughing about the incident. I'm sure over the years we'll amass many more stories like this one, too. 

I hope your Valentine's Day was less exciting than ours!

All smiles after the dinner incident

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I've been terrible at taking pictures this month so a never before seen picture from last Valentine's Day will have to do.


Awwww :)

This morning is his 15 month well baby check up, which I'm sure includes at least one shot. Lucky boy! To make up for the impending pain, we got him a new B Toys cell phone as a little Valentine's gift. He loves playing with our phones so I'm sure he'll like this one. We almost got the Fisher Price one but I love how the B Toys phone is much more realistic looking.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2013 Chicago Auto Show

Ant took the day off work on Monday so we could all venture to the city for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. I don't think I've ever been to an auto show so I wasn't really sure what to think, but it was kind of cool!

Our day started with Harry's first ride on L train. The closest stop to McCormick Place is about 20 blocks away. Okay, not really, but it sure felt like it! The walk to the show was torturous and I felt so bad for Harry, who was bundled up tightly in his stroller. Poor baby couldn't even open up his eyes the wind was so strong. We smartened up on the way back and took a bus back to the L station.

We got to the show right about lunchtime so as soon as we got inside we made a bee line for the concession area. There wasn't much to choose from so Ant and I just got a slice of Connie's pizza and Harry snacked on some snacks we packed for him. We got to try out our new disposable place mats, which are one of the best inventions ever.


We bought these ones by Neat Solutions. All four sides have an adhesive and it stuck really well to the table. If you have a toddler who can't be trusted with a plate, I highly recommend them when you eat out.

After lunch we headed to the child safety station. As a huge advocate for car seat safety, I was most excited to see the display!



Meh. I was expecting so much more from this booth! I thought it would be more interactive, like parents could put their child in a car seat and the CPSTs could show the parents how to properly buckle the children if needed. I also thought some of the big car seat manufacturers would be there showing off their newest seats. How I wish I could have seen a Clek Foonf in person!

Aside from the disappointing child safety booth, the show was awesome! Here are a bunch of pictures we took.

Harry chillin' in a Kia.


Kia hampster dance floor.


Crazy new Honda concept car, it didn't have a steering wheel!


Jeep had an intense test track set up.



Matte paint finishes were all over the place, they were really neat looking! Here's the new VW Beetle with a matte finish.


Sitting in some VW Beetles.



My first car was a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. I loved that car and got a kick out of this display. I don't doubt they could fend off zombies, they're tough little vehicles. Mine kept me safe and injury-free when I flipped it over in a crash.


We let Harry walk around for a lot of the show. He's really great at holding our hands at this age. But as toddlers do, he wore himself out and took a 45 minute nap.


One of the most talked about cars on display, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.


Ant wants to make the Chicago Auto Show a family tradition, but a family we spoke with at the show said bringing their 2.5 year old was the worst idea ever. So, we might have to skip next year's show since Harry'll be about that age then.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Egg Muffins

No, not an Egg McMuffin, just egg muffins! I found this recipe from Beer Cat Brewing the other week and I had to try it myself (she calls them egg cupcakes).


The muffins turned out so well! I followed the recipe almost exactly. I did substitute deli sausage with three Hillshire Farms turkey sausages since that's wha we had on hand. My muffins also had to cook for 35 minutes instead of 20. Prior to making them I purchased some Wilton silicone baking cups. I wish I would have invested in them sooner, they're awesome.


I can't wait to make these again. Maybe next time with just egg whites. Or half the yolks to make them a little healthier. The muffins are perfect for picky little tummies too since you can "hide" a ton of veggies in them. Harry loved them and scarfed down two within minutes, and would have eaten four more had I let him.

Happy baking!



Saturday, February 9, 2013

Simple Yarn Craft

Last year I bought a cute wrought iron container for my kitchen utensils. We don't have a lot of drawer space and I love having them right next to the stove. But, this thing wasn't without it's issues.


Having handles hanging out of the container drove the ever loving crap out of me! If the brim was just an inch taller the utensils wouldn't fall out of it all the time. Yarn to the rescue!

A few nights ago I went to the store and picked up a scein of yellow yarn and wrapped the yarn around the container, weaving it around the metal posts. It took a few hours, but here's the finished result.


I was expecting this project to be a failure, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out. Functional and it adds a pop of color to an otherwise bland corner of our kitchen. I'm going to try and make a pencil cup to match, too.


Friday, February 8, 2013

15 Month Update

Harry turned 15 months old yesterday. 


2/7/13

Thumbs up to being a goofball! Here's what he's been up to this past month. 

Weight: Maybe 22 pounds? We have his 15 month check up next week so we'll get the official stats then.


Height: Close to 33 inches I'd say.


Diaper Size: Still size 4 disposables and cloth diapers. Lately we've been keeping him in disposables more and more. Something I'm not too happy with, but our washing machine is acting up. It doesn't spin anymore, so the diapers don't get as clean (I've been doing heavy washes to help) and they come out of the machine sopping wet. Our hemp inserts take nearly 2 full days to dry now :(. 


Clothing Size: 12-18 month clothes.


Eating:  Same as last month, 3-4 meals a day. He usually gets a little snack of Goldfish or oyster crackers, too. His favorite foods are still anything with a spicy kick! And fruit, he really loves fruit.


Sleeping: Cosleeping is going better, except for when I was rudely awoken by a thigh landing on my face the other day :). He's been going to bed by 9pm most nights and sleeps until 8-9am. We did try to get him to sleep in his crib a few weeks back. Huge fail. He just screamed and screamed even though I never even made it out of the room. Sigh...


Teeth: Four new ones popped up in the last month! That brings his total up to 12, 6 on top and 6 on bottom.


Communication: He understands so much now but still isn't talking. He has started mimicking some sounds we make, so that's progress! So far he's done gaga, vava and baba. Harry has also started doing some sign language. We taught him the the sign for "more," which he subsequently translated to "food." I've tried to teach him the sign for "milk," to symbolize his sippy cup. He understands the sign but hasn't used it himself yet. I am patiently waiting for his big language explosion that happens around 15 months for a lot of babies!


Here are two videos I took the other day, they're super adorable!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Viral Video Gone Wrong

No doubt you've seen the latest viral video of the cute baby waking up and dancing to her favorite song. She's in her car seat, so I bet you can guess where I'm going with this...



To compare, here's the unedited image.


Okay, let's break this down. I'll start with little girl #1, the one in the car seat.
  • I'm guessing she's right around a year old, maybe a little older. Based on the current AAP recommendations she should still be rear facing. (side note- I have a post dedicated to extended rear facing in the works!)
  • Her chest clip needs to be raised up a couple of inches to armpit level. If they were to get in an accident with her chest clip at the level it's at, the little girl risks getting severe internal injuries.
  • Her straps seem to be tight enough, so that's a plus! 
On to big sister in the booster seat.
  • She looks like what, two and a half? Maybe three at most. She needs to be in a five-point harness seat like her sister.
  • Even if she did meet the minimum age requirement for a booster, which I'm pretty sure is four years old, there is no way she is 40 pounds, the minimum weight requirement.
So next time you see a link to this video, please don't ohhh and ahhhh over it. Yes, the little girls are cute. And the dancing is adorable. But, they are both at serious risk! I couldn't get past how unsafe they are the first time I watched the video. I hope that enough people raise awareness of the issues to their parents and that they fix the seats.

But, that of course doesn't solve the problem of the thousands of other seats not being used correctly. Here is some important car seat safety information:


And if you really want to laugh at a cute baby dancing to Gangnam Style, take a look at this cutie pie!


(Today is Harry's 15 month birthday! His update probably won't be up until tomorrow morning though since getting on the computer during the day is virtually impossible with a curious toddler.)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

New Shoes (and Hat)

I haven't bought new shoes in years (aside from an impractical pair of gladiator sandals last year). My go-to pairs work just fine but I'd be lying if I wasn't sick of wearing them. So yesterday at Target I treated myself to three new pairs of flats and a winter hat.


I lucked out with everything, my entire haul cost just $25! Holy shoe clearance, there were tons of different styles to choose from. Our Target had mostly large sizes, so if you're a Sasquatch like me, go... now! Being a size 10 during a shoe clearance definitely has it's perks :).

We also found a cute toddler-sized hooded towel for Harry for $5. He's quickly outgrowing his baby towels so that was a great find.

Today's agenda includes a whole lotta cleaning. Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of pouring water. It was raining in our bathroom again. It's actually happened three times in the last week. Ugh. The first two times it only lasted a few minutes, but it must have been going on for at least 45 minutes before it woke me up yesterday. As you can probably imagine, our bathroom was soaked with dirty, rusty water. The ceiling above our front door sprouted a leak as well. Apparently our upstairs neighbors' toilet sprung a leak.

After they fixed the leak we mopped up all the water but I saved cleaning it all until today. How fun!
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