October 9, 2012
This cardboard bed I made for Dax has got to be one of my most favorite projects ever! All pieces interlock without tape or glue. I usually dislike sewing since I’m so slow and clumsy at it (being self-taught and using an aging beast of a machine has a lot to do with that) but the project that was supposed to be just a quilt ended up including a pillow. Then a cloud pillow. Then another pillow! Watch out, I may start making clothes for my kids…I wish!
Plans to make your own cardboard bed and more photos can be found at my post for Hellobee.
Pillow fabrics are IKEA and the quilt is made from a pouch that packaged Mara’s Virginia Johnson baby blanket.
October 7, 2012
If you follow other Mormon bloggers, you may have caught an obligatory post or tweet that something called General Conference happened this weekend. I’m going to mention the same (smiley face) only because a wonderful change in church policy had been announced in which the age females could serve a mission is now 19, lowered from 21. Church leaders had previously said that the 21-years-of-age requirement was an effort to keep the number of women serving missions down. I personally found this limiting to women in the church, not to mention troubling since there is much emphasis on marrying off young. But upon hearing the announcement, I felt tears in my eyes because this means Mara has the choice to serve a mission sooner, just as her brothers may choose. It also means that church leaders finally realize that a larger female representation in the mission field is of importance and value. My hope is that the church is listening. Change is slow, but it’s happening.
October 1, 2012
Happy October 1st to you! It’s probably my most favorite month with both boys’ birthdays in a few weeks, followed by Halloween, then Mara’s birthday in mid-November when she turns one — wut?!
We’re juuuust on the cusp of fall weather here in NC. Still a few more hot days of 80+ degree weather projected this week, but I got into a fall sort of mood by creating the above leaf printables for Dotcoms for Moms.
September 28, 2012
Some cute wall hooks I made for M’s room. Main ingredients: a wooden dowel and shrink film!
Full instructions are at my post for Dotcoms for Moms.
September 26, 2012
Our little walker and explorer turned 10-months. That’s double-digits, folks.
September has been the most eventful month for Mara yet. First walk around the neighborhood, first sweet potato fries, and first…tiny, yet dreadful accident. Mara is completely fine now, but we had a scary moment last week where she wedged her chin and bottom teeth against her push-toy and got stuck. In the process (or mistake) of picking her up, her poor teeth snagged against the wood something awful and she suffered a laceration down her gum, almost down to the root of a baby tooth. There was blood. Lots of blood. Coming out of my baby’s — my BABY’S — mouth. In the most intense moment, a pragmatic, almost clinical part of me switched on, zeroing out my distress and panic. This was strange, because I happen to be very good at distress and panic. Remember how useless and grating Shannon was right after the plane crashed down on LOST? That could be me. But I remember silently coaching myself; Grab a towel, stop the bleeding. Is it her mouth? It’s her gums. Find your phone. Call the doctor. Get Dax in the car. When I recalled the story for Ryan later that night, it all finally sank in. I cried, hating myself for not preventing Mara’s accident and because her suffering is a tacit admission of my failure as a protector, nurturer, and mother. FAILURE. I asked Ryan to banish the toy for me because I can’t abide its presence. Dramatic, who? Me?
Mara’s injury was enough for her doctor to send us to the dentist, concerns being possible discoloration of her tooth, of it falling out completely, infection, rot, or damage to her permanent teeth below. Some pain reliever helped Mara feel comfortable the night of, and by the next day she was back to her usual self aside from bruising along her gum and the cut of course. After an exam and x-ray today, the dentist thinks Mara will be fine and that her two teeth will firm up in her gum. But the operative word here is ‘think’ since the healing process will be slow going. Wait and see is all we can do right now.