Tuesday Tattles #5

Tuesday Tattles

Today my little man is seven months old. SEVEN! That’s more than half a year!

Last month I shared our first flying experience so the items shared today span two months worth of life. There’s a lot that’s happened in these two months. My son experienced his first cold, his first airplane ride, his first time in a pool, his first foods, and his first tooth!

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4moms Rockaroo

My mom’s cousins gave us the Rockaroo back in August. While I know of many kids who enjoyed this rocker right away my son was not one of them. It wasn’t until month 4 that he started to like being in the Rockaroo. 4moms RockarooI think he was simply too little and the Rockaroo rocked too fast, but now that he has some weight to him it doesn’t rock too quickly and is now even turned up to speed 3 (of 5). There’s an arm above the seat with removable “balls”. These “balls” once seemed like a distant dream to my son but now he can grab them, pull them off the holder, and stuff them in his mouth (because what else!?). In his teething state he tried to eat the plastic holder – and succeeded. And last week he managed to yank the holder off the arm – I’m still trying to figure out how to reattach it! I’m telling you, he’s getting too big and too strong!!

Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Booster Seat

booster seatAt my son’s 4 month doctor appointment it was recommended he start sitting upright – supported in a Bumbo-type seat. My mother-in-law’s quilting friends gifted us with this booster seat at our baby shower. I love that it has a tray and we use this for meal time. Our house is small and our dining table has been put in storage to have room for the little man to play. We don’t really have room for a real highchair so this booster seat is a perfect alternative.

Fisher-Price Space Saver Jumperoo

jumparooThe bouncer was the “life saver” baby containment gadget back in month 3 and now that my son is older the jumperoo is the must-have item! He has always loved bouncing – whether in my arms or on my lap. As soon as he could “stand” he’d bounce. Some sort of jumperoo was a mandatory item according to my in-laws. We don’t have any doorframes that would work for the classic jumper that was my husband’s must-have item when he was a baby. When I saw this jumperoo I knew I had to have it. Not only did the woodland friends fit perfectly with my son’s bedroom theme but this version was a “space saver.” Compared to other jumperoos I’ve seen this one is small. But it’s also the reason we don’t have a dining table right now. This jumparoo plays music and sound effects with lights whenever my son bounces, it has dangling toys for him to bat at, and even a teething friendly toy that he just loves.

The World of Eric Carle Toy

Eric Carle wrote the very famous The Very Hungry Caterpillar children’s book. There are now developmental toys that accompany his books. A coworker gave us the Mr. Seahorse toy and we just love it! We bought the board book to go with it. My son enjoys the toy so much that for Christmas I got him the firefly toy and book. The pack-rat OCD side of me now wants each toy and book combination!

The Day the Crayons Quit

And speaking of books, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is my husband’s favorite! It’s a very fun and clever way to teach children about colors. The different colors write letters to their child explaining their feelings. Whether they’re angry at being “overworked” or “under utilized” or happy to be the favorite color, they’re describing what animals or objects are what color. I urge you to buy this book for your child’s collection.

Baby Einstein Discover and Play Piano

It’s crazy to think that my little man is old enough to have a favorite toy. Maybe what’s crazy is that I can understand what that toy is! This Baby Einstein piano is that toy. My son loves to bang on it and make it light up and play music. Baby Einstein pianoIt’s this toy that is getting him close to being able to crawl – as he plays with it and it gets out of his reach he figures out ways to get it back. And the best part might be that it plays more than one song. With three settings and three different instruments to select there’s a wide range of music and noises that play from this toy. Sure, I know them all and hear them in my dreams, but at least it’s not only one melody. Variety in sounds is important for parents to keep their sanity.

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Tuesday Tattles #3

Tuesday Tattles

I didn’t have a lot to add in month four so I have combined months four and five in one Tuesday Tattles post. A lot of the month three items are still going strong! My little man even enjoys the removable visual toy bar now.

Tomorrow my son will be five months old. That’s almost half a year old. I think this is his last month as a “newborn”. Where does the time go?!

In these past couple of months the little guy hit a growth spurt at double his birth weight he finally outgrew 0-3 month clothes and even some 3-6 month clothing is a little on the small side. Developmentally he has skyrocketed too, overnight he went from hating tummy time to rolling over and moving around the floor like he owns the place. The days of leaving him in the corner of the couch unaccompanied are over.

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Infant Newborn-to-Toddler Bath

Bath time is a fun experience for the little guy and still a stressful experience for mommy. My fear of accidentally drowning my child keeps my confidence at bay. I keep one hand on him at all times. The tub comes with a “sling” that baby can lay on, keeping his head above the water. This sling helps ease my fears, and as soon as I see big smiles and splashing feet the stress gives way to enjoying bath time.

Bath time can also be a life saver when nothing else works. One afternoon I was blindsided by a constantly screaming child who could not be comforted. After an hour, exhausted, I called my mom and followed her advice: I first stripped him naked to make sure nothing was poking him, scratching him, and there weren’t hairs or strings wrapped around extremities. 10614267_10102333143773041_6435732815317197737_nIt was too cold and rainy to go for a walk so I got the bath ready. As soon as I got him in the bath tub the crying stopped. Relieved I watched him kick his feet. I extended this bath time as long as I possibly could – until it got too cold.

Hooded Towels

The bath leads me to favorite item number two. The hooded towel. Why? Because there isn’t anything cuter than a clean, wet baby wrapped in a hooded towel!

Infant Nail Clippers

Clipping baby fingernails isn’t one of those things I’d considered having to do before having a baby. I knew it was a necessary evil, but it’s simply not something you think of preparing for. And prepare for it you must! The first nail trimming is the most stressful moment for a new mom. I pushed the experience back and used a nail file until I could see that those tiny fingernails had broken away from the tender nail tip. And once those nails come away they grow faster than weeds! I highly encourage you to wait until nap time for that baby manicure. These infant nail clippers have a larger easy grip handle and some even have magnifying glasses!

10151270_10102497498350151_6015799934181874218_nVulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Pre-teething began as soon as my little guy turned three months old. The classic Sophie was the first toy I gave him to slobber all over. Friends of ours even gifted him the the teething ring version, which he also loves. Honestly, he’ll chew on anything he can get his hands on, but with these I know he’s chewing on a safe and trusted toy.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

This book is a family favorite. When I was little my mom would read this book to us. She even had it memorized so that when my brother and I got fussy in the car she could recite it to us. The magic that happens when you read this book aloud soothes babies. While I don’t yet have this book memorized, I’ve got most of it and have used it to calm a tired baby when humming fails.

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Tuesday Tattles #2

Tuesday Tattles

It’s hard to believe that my little man is over 3 months old already! I imagine I’ll be saying that at every month and every milestone. But it’s true! It’s amazing how much he changes every day. I feel like a lot has happened during this month, and it seems that my son’s happy days now outnumber his fussy ones.

Here are a list of the things that helped make this month so special.

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10685502_10102438510986301_1797669741868615293_nMusical Mobile

When we put together my son’s room, it was complete with a traditional mobile over the crib. This one has a woodland theme to match his bedding. If the purpose of mobiles is to help lull babies to sleep then it doesn’t do it’s job. But what it does do is entertain my son and helps work on his tracking skills. He gets really excited when I turn it on and it’s beyond adorable to watch. I benefit from it’s distraction when I need to empty his diaper bin. (Cue Friends quote when Rachel is at her baby shower and doesn’t understand a diaper genie.)

Burp Rags and/or Bibs

I can’t stress this one enough! My son has turned into a slobber monster, what I call a “slobberpuss”. We are constantly wiping at his mouth fighting a never ending battle to keep his onesies dry. The doctor assured me that this is completely normal and will only get worse!

Bouncer

My mom bought a bouncer seat during a trip to Target because it was on sale. I was hesitant. I’m always nervous to spend money on something to find that my son hates it. At $22 my mom went for it. And I am so glad that she did! My little man loves sitting in his “big boy seat” as Stuart calls it. These seats come with removable visual toys and thank goodness they’re removable. I don’t know if my son is afraid of cartoon lady bugs and snails, but he hates having these toys in front of his face. Maybe they’re just too close for comfort. I’ll give them another try soon – maybe when he can reach them they’ll be fun and not scary.

IMG_0306Activity Gym

Activity gyms are a popular purchase for new moms and it’s obvious why. With different toys hanging down there’s always something “new” to look at. There’s even a mirror that can be attached to the gym. My son loves to look in the mirror and smile and coo at his “friend.” My favorite thing about this play mat is that it works his hand-eye coordination. As he gets older and learns how to use his hands he can grab the fox that hangs lowest and shake and rattle it, or simply bat at it to make noise. The hedgehog has a little device that plays an excerpt of “Rock-a-Bye-Baby” and the rabbit has a squeaky toy in it, when I squeeze them he looks towards the source of the noise. I love watching him grow and learn!

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Tuesday Tattles #1

Tuesday Tattles

When I saw I am a Honey Bee‘s latest post on her baby favorites pop up on my WordPress Reader I decided to be a copy cat and also share my favorite baby items each month. Just like my random ramblings are limited to Thursday Thoughts, I’ll be reserving these Tuesday Tattles for baby related posts.

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As I missed month one, here are my favorite necessities over the first two months of motherhood.

IMG_9509Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper

Stuart’s cousins gave us this contraption. Already having kids, they knew that this sleeper is more appealing to newborns than their crib or Pack N Play – lying flat is unnatural for newborns and this keeps them cradled and slightly upright.

My favorite feature of the Rock n’ Play is that I can drag it around the house!

Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

I wouldn’t have thought about adding this item to our baby registry if it weren’t for the Babies R Us check list, and now it’s one of my “must haves”! We have noticed a difference in Wesley’s breathing at night when we have the humidifier running – he is less wheezy and sleeps better for it.

Sun & Bug Cover

This netting fits over our car seat and does double duty. Not only does it keep the mosquitoes from biting, it also keeps the strangers from touching. We would utilize this cover on our walks to Publix when we were living in Florida. We also use it for restaurant dining when the option to sit outside is available.

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

Diaper rash is inevitable, and this stuff works! I notice a difference in his red bottom after just one diaper change.

MammaBaby

In a generation addicted to cell phones (me included) there are many apps to help us manage our children. I have found one that I absolutely love. I can record his feedings (breast, bottle, and solid food), his sleep, and his diaper changes. It will also calculate percentiles when I input his height and weight. What we love about this app is that we can look back at the statistics to see if he’s eating more or less than usual, if he’s having the proper number of dirty diapers, and if he missed a couple naps.

photo (10)Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Car Seat

When we created our registry, we spent the most time picking out the stroller and car seat. We needed something that was safe and light enough for me to manage. This car seat is part of Graco’s click to connect line and it snaps perfectly in place into the coordinating strollers.

It’s obvious that a car seat is a necessary baby item, so why am I highlighting it? Wesley’s second month started out with a move from Florida to Ohio and this car seat became his best friend.

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Summer Babies

I was busy this past year making 3 four hour quilts (FHQs) for 3 very special summer babies. 

Peach's CircusToday my friend’s daughter turns 1! I knew I just had to make her a quilt because this little girl happens to share my birthday! My friend, Megan, blogs over at Project Mama and shares her adventures in sewing. She is very talented and creative at the sewing machine so I felt the pressure to put my best work forward. I have to say, “Peach’s Circus” is one of my favorite FHQs to date! I found the fabric at Sew Studio last Christmas. (Photo to the left courtesy of Megan!)

Little RacerAnother special summer baby is a sweet boy who is only one day older than my son. I was very excited when I found out that our friends were expecting their first baby only 10 days after our first. I was particularly excited because they happen to live in Ohio – where we were going to be relocating! I was looking forward to having another first time mommy friend and for Wesley to have a play date friend. We actually had our first “play date” last week – as much as 7-wk-olds can play. My friend knew she was having a boy so I had a lot of fun making a boy quilt with car fabric and reds, greens, and blues. (Photo to the right from February when “Little Racer” was under construction.)

And last but not least, I finally got the opportunity to make a quilt for my own baby! As we opted for the gender surprise package I made a gender neutral quilt. The back fabric, of course, is Winnie-the-Pooh and on the front I opted for tone-on-tone chevrons in colors white, blue, pink, purple, and yellow; colors of Winnie-the-Pooh characters! To keep it from being too feminine I used grey as my border fabric. (Photo below is my absolute favorite of Wesley sleeping in “Kerplunk’s Hundred Acre Wood”)

Kerplunk's Hundred Acre Wood

Four Hour Quilts

Conveniently, my quilting hobby was born in time for the baby boom that occurred in within my circle of friends. These lucky children instantly became guinea pigs. The perfect baby quilt is the Four Hour Quilt (FHQ). I’ve completed 3 baby sized FHQs so far and even though the pattern is the same, each quilt has its own personality.

Here’s the How-To for a Four Hour Quilt:

For a baby quilt that finishes to 40×48″, you will need 67  4 1/2″ squares (this is a total of approximately 1 yd of fabric). You can use as many different fabric choices or as few as you like. I typically choose 3-4 different fabrics for these squares. The strips for the inner border are cut to 2 1/2″ and the outer border to 4 1/2″. I typically use the same fabric for both borders, but you can be as creative as you want! (this is a total of 1 3/8 yd of fabric)

The center of the FHQ is assembled from 35 of the 4 1/2″ squares in 5 rows of 7.

Once your center is sewn together, measure the sides and cut two of your inner border strips to fit the top and bottom. Measure again after the top and bottom are sewn on and cut the other two inner border strips to fit. You now have a framed center.

With the remaining 4 1/2″ squares, sew 4 rows of 8. Treat these new rows as if they were the border for the FHQ center.

Repeat the border process, attaching the 4 1/2″ outer border strips to the outer squares. Your quilt top is now complete.

Create a sandwich with the quilt top, batting, and backing (1 1/2 yd of fabric). With something this small I use my sewing machine to do simple quilting – the stitch in the ditch method is always a good go-to.

Once you have your quilt, trim it, and bind it (5/8 yd of fabric). And don’t forget to give it a name! 🙂

Below are the 3 FHQs I’ve done to date. The first (forgot to take a final photo w/ binding) was for my friends little boy, Evan, on his first Christmas. I’m told he kisses every animal on the quilt before going down for his nap. ❤ The second was for my best friend’s daughter, Elle, on her first Christmas. The Chevron FHQ was for a friend back home who didn’t know if she was having a boy or girl, but I had it ready before Mason was born. She’s sent me pictures of him playing on it.

Evan's Safari
Evan’s Safari
Bug's Garden
Bug’s Garden
Chevy
Chevy

A Baby Shower

I don’t follow celebrity gossip or the royal wedding/birth but as it blows up my Facebook newsfeed I do know that a new prince was born Monday. I’m going to take advantage of the internet baby fever to share a quick little story about a Surprise Baby Shower I threw for a friend of mine. with the Mom-to-Be

I like surprises. I don’t particularly care for being surprised, I like providing the surprise. When my friend was pregnant with her first child, I just knew I wanted to do something for her. With a lot of help from her husband and dance teacher, I assembled a guest list and sent out formal invitations.

I had never thrown a baby shower and I don’t think I’d been to one yet, so I looked to the trusty internet for inspiration. Unfortunately every game had the caveat “ask the mom if she’d be okay with this”. But I couldn’t ask the mom! Luckily, my best friend’s sister was also pregnant and her mom threw a Onesie Decorating Party. Bingo. It really is a genius idea – it eliminates any embarrassment on both the mom and the mixed guest list.

Spinach Dip, Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes, Roll-out Cookies
Spinach Dip, Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes, Roll-out Cookies
Onesie Decorating
Onesie Decorating Table

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I’d say the party was a success and the mom-to-be was surprised!