Friday, October 28, 2011

Give me candy...


or OWL scare you!!!!!! (as her shirt proclaims)

Isn't she darling in this shirt given to her by my bestie? And the saying kind of held true today...only it was "Give me cheerios or I'll refuse to eat!" The peaches sliding down her chin are proof. What you don't see in the picture is her highchair tray filled with the entire tub of peaches that she dumped out. Good thing she's cute.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

To whoever gave me the advice that I will love every phase...

Turns out, you were right! Every phase of having a kid has its challenges and its rewards. And without a doubt, every phase is entertaining at some point (though, those points were few and far between in the first four months!) Of course, I'm only speaking with just under a year's worth of experience...this may not hold true for phases to come.

But this phase right now, can I pretty pretty please bottle it up and keep it??? I just can't get enough of my little baby. Every day is filled with so many smiles and so many laughs. Every day my heart grows bigger with love for her. Every day I look at her in complete amazement at what we created. I love watching the lightbulbs go off in her head when she makes the tiniest of connections, filling in the puzzle pieces of this big huge world around her. And though I complain about it, I love being so important to another human being. 

These are a few of my favorite things:
  • When she sees anyone holding a sock or shoe, she holds her foot up in the air
  • If I sing a song or melody that one of her toys makes, she'll seek out that toy and make the music play
  • She "practices" feeding herself - she'll pick up imaginary pieces of food and put them in her mouth if she's sitting at her highchair with no food
  • She is mostly very agreeable, making it as easy as possible to run errands and get stuff done around the house
  • She's starting to say Hi and giggle when people pass by
  • She's not currently protesting the diaper changing very much
  • She loves to be chased around the house, and squeals with delight if you sneak up on her (the layout of our house makes this really easy to do)
I don't want this phase to ever end, but alas, I know it will. And probably very soon now that she's figuring out how to get places vertically. Miss Independent is on her way!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

She's walking!

Addy took her first steps yesterday! She's been hinting at it for a few weeks, taking one or two brief steps while almost still holding onto something. Each time, she would be very wobbly and the movements were made in the process of her dropping down to the crawling position, so I've been hesitant to label any of that as walking. But yesterday, she stood up straight and let go of her support, steadied herself, slapped a stern look of concentration on her face, and took about seven steps toward me! She did it slowly, balancing herself with each movement. It was so exciting! She had almost reached me when she stumbled and fell forward. We applauded and praised, and she looked at us like, "What? What did I do?" Since this, she's tried walking a few more times, getting three or four steps in before falling.

New goal: capture this on video!

Friday, October 14, 2011

It's like having my own little servant

Since we moved into this house, my shower routine has become securing the baby gate at the top of the stairs and letting Addy have free reign while I get clean. Sometimes she plays quietly in her room, pulling diapers out of the basket one by one or sliding blocks all around the room. Other times she pushes the shower curtain aside and stands at the tub watching me shower, giggling every time she gets sprinkled with water. Occasionally, she pulls off squares of toilet paper and throws them over the side of the tub into the water. But no matter what she decides to do while I'm in there, as soon as I turn off the water and slide the curtain open, she makes her way over to the toilet, grabs my towel, and hands it to me. It could very well be the cutest thing that she does.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Totally Cute Tuesday

OMG she looooooooves the swing! She giggles like it's her job. Well that pretty much is her job, along with eating, pooping, and sleeping (and making my heart melt every chance she gets)


Sunday, October 2, 2011

She has a favorite song

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Why I'm oozing with excitement

We've been living in this house for a month, and each day it becomes more clear just how important it is to have patience when children are in the picture. Normally, upon moving, I would be unpacked, totally situated, and totally decorated within a week. But here we are a month later, and I still  have a room full of decorative items that need hung, I still need to buy and hang curtains for the living room and dining room, our TV needs mounted above the fireplace, we're waiting on our sectional to be delivered...and so on. I have something like 37 half-finished projects waiting on me, and I HATE half-finished projects. I work best when I get into a flow, and I hate getting interrupted. So....enter the need for patience.

The project I have been most eager to complete is our dining room table. We were lucky enough to be given a (gently used) beautiful table free of charge, but I was worried about making it work with my style of decor. Our house is very light and airy, and completely neutral in color, and the dining room flows right off the kitchen...and this table is black. Big and black, with black and white striped chair pads. But since it's such a fabulous table, with seating for six, I decided it was worth the effort to recover the chair pads. Now, I am not exactly Suzy Homemaker, so this task felt a little out of my comfort zone. But, the end result is why I'm oozing with excitement!



Here is the bench before:


and after:


and me getting down and dirty with it:


I chose a tan colored microsuede material from Joanne Fabrics. I needed 3 yards of it, so the total cost was $81.00. Overall, I'm fairly pleased with my handiwork. I would have liked to get the corners a little smoother, but I really did do the best I could. And best of all, not a single undesirable word was uttered the entire time! I actually enjoyed doing it!

You can't see it in the picture very clearly, but I also made the centerpiece. I think I did a very nice job of combining the rich black with the brown and tan colors throughout the dining room and kitchen.

We have decided to use the table without the leaf, and just four chairs, and place the bench on the wall where we enter from the garage. We can keep our shoes under it and put a coat rack next to it. Then, when we have enough people over for dinner that we need six chairs, we'll put the leaf in and pull the bench over. I love the final setup!

I'm sorta sad to see Matt's awesome silver/glass table go - it actually worked rather well in the space! But for now, it's new home will be in Addy's playroom. I'm going to spread out all of my scrapbooking stuff so I can work on her baby scrapbooks as time allows, and when duty calls, I can just leave it spread out and get back to it when possible. Which brings me to my next project...finish at least one scrapbook before her birthday party next month.