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Friday, October 4, 2013

3m-11m month skills!

2-3 months

Loves to kick his legs in the bath with mommy
01/22 first night in crib!
Doing better with tummy time
01/11 really laughing
01/19 first subermerged bath
Laughing more
Likes to be held like a big boy on your hip
Likes to bounce on your knee
Already trying to lift up to all fours
Got my Bumbo chair
Holding head up well!
Laughed for the first time!
Loves playmat!

3-4 months

Sleeping in his crib like a big boy
Loves the dogs, especially Reese, and Reese loves him
Loves his snail and puppy toys
Likes his Bumbo
Possibly teething - drooling and chewing on everything, but no teeth yet
In 6-9 month clothes!
Doing a little better in the car
Reaching for stuff, pulling into mouth
Rolled over! Both ways in one day 2/3, belly to back first

4-5 months

Loving babywearing
Went to the zoo!
My first lovey - Luna
"Crawling" backwards
Got my jumperoo and love it!
Getting better at grabbing what I want
Doing much better with my bink
Ticklish now!
Tried apples & bananas

5-6 months

4/23 starting to recognize the sign for milk and the Octonauts theme song
Sick again 4/22 :(
First real bath! 4/15
On all fours rocking! 4/14
First night without mommy! 4/13
Sitting up for 10-60 seconds at a time! 4/10
Likes to sleep on his side
Sat in the cart like a big boy 4/3
Growing a sunflower! 4/2
Sick 3/27 - 4/2
Got my highchair!

6-7 months

Loves swinging
Tooth #1 is here! 5/25
Finally taking long naps
Loves frozen banana cubes, walks in his stroller & daddy's hat
Knows and loves "this little piggy"
5/21 two bottom teeth almost here!
Big open mouth wet kisses 5/18
5/13 pulling himself up on your hands!
Reaches out to be picked up
Goes from all fours to sitting and sitting to all fours
Loves music and Reese
5/1 - 6mo visit 16lbs 27" long 17" head
Knows milk
Sleeping 7/3 on a good night!
Sitting up REALLY well

7-8 months

Better in the car!
Last swim class 6/21
STTN! 6/21
Pulled himself up on object 6/10
Conquered "the step" 6/8
First REAL belly chuckle 6/7
Starting to pull himself up on stuff 6/5 (mommy) 
5/31 crawling!!! (7months6days)
Ate a whole peach by himself! 5/29
Tooth #2 5/27
Crawled 5/28
First time in outdoor pool 5/27
Doing awesome at eating!

8-9 months

Officially took two steps 7/24
Loves his water table!
2 naps a day! 7/7
Lots of dirty blonde hair!
Talking more <3 p="">Knows Daddy Mason puppies snacks bink milk and daddy's hat
Loving his snacks and the pool!
Great pincher grasp!
Really fussy week!

9-10 months

Can climb stairs
Loves squeezies and his sippy cup
Possibly allergic to eggplant
Playing more but still likes to put things in his mouth :)
Loves knee rides with Daddy
Knows "cuppy"
Hands you objects
Can put ball in hole on hampster wheel toy
Working on waving and clapping
Can knock and splash
Clicks with his tongue and thinks it's funny when you do
Says dada 8/29
Knows (and loves!) cookies
Likes reading in your lap
Loves watching daddy cut the grass
Loves Goodnight Moon
Knows tv and outside
Knows fishies, walk and light
Waving and pointing a little
Knows froggy, ducky and ball
Loves walking with his walker
Loves chicken, bread, ice cream and baked apples
Drinks out of a straw

10-11 months

"Claps" by patting his knees
First hair cut! 9/14
Loves opening and closing doors
Starting to dance!
Knows touchdown!
Cut tooth #3! 
Sleeping 10+ hrs
9/11 waved to someone!
Knows "fan"
Officially walking 8/31
Likes watching BabyFirst in the morning in bed with mommy
Loves pb&j and breakfast sausage

11-12 months

Says "Tilda"
Gives kisses!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Week #4, signature look!

I've been so excited about this week! I really put love into this dress, I'm so excited with how it turned out, and how it fit and photographed on my little model!

This is the Marley dress, named after my friend's adorable daughter.

I knew I wanted an elastic neckline, for a fun textured look. I knew I wanted a "sash", and poofy girly sleeves (tutorial by Dana, of course). When I thought about what would give the dress a "fall" look, I knew cord had to be it. And I LOVE this pairing of colors together.. very fall!

I love the super fun pockets.. I kind of "wung" those, the ruffle was a little top heavy, so now I know why you never see those on top of pockets ;) But I still think it came out cute! Without further delay, the Marley dress..

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Week #3, Mad for Plaid!

It's week #3 over at Project Run & Play, and this week's theme is "Mad for Plaid"!

To be honest, my first thought was ick. I hate plaid! But after browsing Joanns once or twice, I actually found several plaids I loved!

Then to come up with what to make. Nothing I could think of seemed original. So I decided to stop trying to be different, and just make something that my little boy could wear... so that's exactly what I did.

I wanted to make him a shirt he could wear for the holidays, but I didn't want a collar. So I opted for this cute "mandarin" style button down, from the tutorial I found here. I *mostly* followed her instructions, and I followed my machine's manual (and also some helpful tips from Dana here) to make my first buttonholes ever! Piece of cake! 

Without further delay.. the Parker Plaid Button Down! (With removable bow tie.)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Week #2, candy inspired!

Cutting it close! Week #2 of Project Run & Play comes to a close in just a few hours, and I am finally FINISHED with this thorn in my side dress.

I've learned a few things (isn't that half the point of the Project?) during this creation..

1. Not all white cotton is created the same. This fabric was a WITCH to work with. Ugh. Never again.
2. There's a fine line between colorful and LOUD/clown/cheesy.

I strayed from my original sketch a bit, but still stayed true to what I was going for... The theme was candy and I immediately thought SKITTLES! Which sounds fun, but in terms of "wearable" clothing.. it was harder than I thought! I wanted it to be bright and colorful without being too cheesy.. I *think* I walked the line pretty well.. here is what I came up with.

I knew I wanted to do a couple things with this dress - a faux Peter Pan collar, "poofy" sleeves, and a rainbow "belt".

My original sketch had buttons, but it looked way too clown-like, so I opted for an adorable tube ruffle instead.

I left the zipper exposed because, let's be honest, when it's bubblegum pink, how can you hide it? (I buy all my zippers from zipit on Etsy!)

My original sketch also had "confetti" on the skirt.. little circles of rainbow fabric.. I decided halfway through that it would be cheesy, and in retrospect, it probably would have been. I was going to add pink bias tape to the sleeves and hem, but honestly, I ran out of time! Instead I opted for a pretty pink thread, for a nice detail. I think it has the right touch of color without being too over the top. Honestly, I'm glad it's done. This was my LEAST favorite sketch for this season. I'm not super thrilled with it, but again - I learned a lot! And for me, that's half the idea of Project Run and Play.. that and sewing super cute things for our kiddos.

I used Dana's ( just love her!) tutorial for puffed sleeves (here), and her tutorial for the circle skirt (here). I made my own pattern for the top from a t-shirt of my stepson's.

So, there she is! Not so much a labor of love... but I think she came out pretty cute. Taste the rainbow!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

My new obsession!

 Soo... Project Run & Play is the coolest thing ever! I was so amazed by the talent last week, and this week I'm even more impressed!  The theme last week, week #1, was "project remix", where they gave us a pattern (the Oliver & S Popover Sundress) and we had to make it our own. Some people did not stray far from the pattern, some went so far out that you couldn't even remotely tell what it started as! I feel I stayed somewhat in the middle. I was NOT happy with the fit, on my adorable little model.. but, excitingly, I'm having a little photo shoot on Sunday, and I'm going to hem the dress and get some great pics of my friend's adorable daughter in it.. can't wait!

A (very) little bit about me - I started sewing a bit when my Grandmother gave me her sewing machine a few years ago. I made some Green Hornet shorts for my stepson (and matching ones for his Moose!), a Transformers pillowcase, etc. Then when I got pregnant, the sewing bug hit me hard! I started sewing everything and anything I thought I could handle. Changing pad covers, quilts, diaper/wipes cases. Once I had my son, the sewing definitely went to the wayside! But after a few months, I picked it up again. But this time, I started selling my little creations to friends, and friends of friends. I started a little business of baby items was doing pretty well! But I got bored with baby things, I wanted to make clothes! And so I tried a few things. I made a lot of mistakes (uhm...still do!), but I LOVED it. I'm learning all the time, of course, but it is SUCH a sense of accomplishment whenever I figure something out, and especially when the finished product actually looks good lol.

So anyways, this week's, week #2's theme is "candy inspired". I'm still finishing up my look.. hoping it turns out. I tried a lot of new sewing techniques with this piece. And I was NOT afraid of color, let's just say that!

The look I'm most excited about is week #4 (week #3 is "mad about plaid"). I just bought my fabric today, they had EXACTLY what I wanted. So. Excited.

I'm also super excited about my photo shoot on Sunday.. and nervous.. mostly nervous, but a little excited.

So so many pics and fun things to come!!

(P.S. This blog has been SO many things.. I'm excited for it to now become a "look at the cute schtuff I've sewn" blog!)

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