Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I'm not feeling the Wordless Wednesday today, so I'm just going to chat for a second instead.

I opened up my etsy shop. I've been wanting to do it for awhile and finally got up the nerve. If it ever quits being rainy and dreary around here, I have a ton of stuff to take pictures of and list. 3 things is a good start, though. Baby steps.

Today I'm working on a custom order. I'll post pictures when it's done, but trust me, it's teeny-tiny and adorable.

Yesterday was a fun day for us. I took K to the library for story time for the first time. She sat still pretty much the entire time, totally in awe of all the other kiddos toddling around. I'm not sure she's ever been still for that long! She did love shaking all of the different musical instruments they had at the end. I think once we start going more often and she gets used to being around that many kids, she'll really like it. It's a really nice program and it's free!

After story time and K's morning nap, we headed out to my sister-in-law's house. She's redecorating her living room and I'm going to be making curtains and pillows and maybe some other stuff. She found this really, really awesome fabric at a yard sale that we'll be using as an accent since there's not enough of it to do everything. I'm really excited about it! I've never made curtains before (might have forgotten to mention that to her...), but I'm pretty confident I can handle it :)

Next week I've got to get started on K's halloween costume. I'm going to keep it a secret for now, but it's going to be awesome. Maybe even better than last year's costume...

It kinda hurts to look at these pictures. She was so little.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Year

At 5:45 AM on September 23, 2009, I became a Mama. I will never forget the moment they laid her on my chest. I looked down at her sweet squishy face, all covered in goo, and was certain I had never seen anyone so beautiful in my entire life. I was so relieved. Relieved that she was finally out (9 days late), that labor was finally over, and I could finally hold the little person I had been dreaming about for so long. She was perfect (a major cone head at the time, but still perfect), weighing in at 8 lbs 1 oz and measuring 21 inches long.

To my girl on her 1st birthday:

You turn a year old today. Wow.

I can remember when you were only a week and a half old, Nana left to go back home and I was so scared. I didn't know how I was going to manage being alone with you all day while Dada was at work. But we did it. We made it through the itty bitty, sleep all day, but not at night stage.

We made it through those awful months of colic. You screamed all. the. time. Getting you to sleep was nearly impossible and you would wake up immediately and start screaming again if I put you down. I learned that the only way to calm you was to bounce (I'm talking deep knee bends) and sing Maroon 5 to you. Not surprisingly, I couldn't bear to listen to them for a long, long time after that. Then, when you were about 3 weeks old, I got out the Baby Bjorn your Auntie Erin let us borrow and put you in it. You fell asleep immediately. I've been madly in love with babywearing ever since. Once you hit about 12 pounds, it started to get uncomfortable, so I bought and made our beloved papoose.

One of my favorite parts of motherhood has been watching you learn new things. In one short year, you've mastered rolling over, sitting up, crawling, pulling up, climbing, and furniture walking. You have amazing hand-eye coordination and small motor skills for someone so little.You've recently learned to imitate and pretend. Your favorite is playing with spoons, cups, and bowls. I love watching you stir and pretend to eat and drink while you talk constantly. Most of the time I don't understand anything you're saying, but I sure love listening to you :)

You are an amazing child. You changed my life so much that I can barely even remember life before you. I certainly can't imagine life without you.

You're already so smart and independent. You're one of the happiest babies I've ever known. You make each day fun and exciting and I love staying home with you.

You will always be the one who made me a mama, who taught me countless lessons on motherhood, and the one who showed me what true, unconditional love is. Thank you for being mine.

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm still here!

Um, just realized that it's been 3 weeks tomorrow since my last post. Oops.

We went on a beach trip 2 weeks ago. We had a great time hanging out with family, being beach bums, and swimming. I'll post more pictures later.

The week before we left for the beach, I signed up for a booth at a craft fair. I was nervous about it, but since it was going to be held at my old elementary school the same weekend as the community fair, I knew I would get to see several old friends and at the very least it would be fun! The turn-out was really small compared to most craft fairs (it was the first year), but I still did pretty well. I learned a lot and I'm thinking about participating in a much bigger fair in November.

(sorry for the bad picture quality)

My wonderful and very talented sister-in-law made me some adorable product tags. My photography sucks, so these pictures don't do the tags justice. I'm going to try to get some better pictures made outside soon.

(She did this bib design, too)

(She made tags with sizes on them for my hats)

Back to sorting through 11+ months of pictures for my girl's birthday DVD.

My baby turns a year old Thursday. Where has time gone?