Pictures From June And July

5 Oct

June 2015

David’s older cousins on my side

My niece Robin in my dad’s car

Playing at my grandpa’s house

Robin-chat at the Zoo

After the other cousins went back home

Petting zoo

We stayed longer so David could have more one-on-one time with his yiayia.

Travel breakfast

Travel dinner

Relaxing at home

The rash he had the next morning!

Basement for tornado watch

Basement for tornado watch

Tornado weather

13-week belly. Showing early

July 2015

Neighbor dog

Cop by birth. Half-cop, quarter doctor

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Pictures From April And May

4 Oct

I’m far behind.

April 2015

Go back to 13 months old…

13 months old…

…at which point he had his 12-month shots. This was one of the last times I held him asleep, since he was fully weaned a few weeks later.

Same day, at Targ

A little more dignified

Finally able to spend some time outside in mid-April

I put up some pictures in David’s room. Since then, I’ve added more of his cousins to the wall and also placed a taller dresser in front of it. I should probably move them! He used to enjoy pointing out his grandparents.

I put up his quilt from Cousin Helen by the changing table and he constantly points out the stars and circles on it while he is a prisoner there.

14 months old

Not quite nice out, but nicer than winter

Helping with groceries

And yard work

Hydrate

I bought and reupholstered bar stools.

May 2015

May was not always warm either.

Watching workers across the street

Filial love

Filial love 2, with nose injury

Admiring his headlamp

Another very cold May day

First haircut

Loving dirt was easier than anything he’ll ever do again.

Target Icee

Skinned nose :(

And then we went to San Diego. Here is a sneak peek:

The night we arrived

But I’ll go into that later.

Baby Girl!

22 Aug

Coming this winter. Dave doesn’t know  yet but Josh and I are thrilled!

Here she is:

 

 

We are so proud of those little vertebrae

Josh likes to get promoted every time I’m pregnant. That’s exciting too! And good thinking, I say.

Dinosaur!

11 May

I made my little David a dinosaur hoodie just in time for last Halloween. He is still wearing it, so I decided to post this blog I drafted several months ago.

It is so cold here by Oct. 31st and he was not old enough to trick-or-treat or eat candy so I thought this seemed like a perfect half-costume compromise for running an errand or handing out some candy.

When you are sewing for babies, you can do a n y t h i n g. This mentality speeds things along.

Step One
Decide what you want your spike to look like and then figure out the placement and spacing. Our spike is three inches wide and tall. I don’t like them looking puny and if they are too big they will flop over, which on a stegosaurus would mean broken plates, which is kind of gross.

Step Two
Sit next to your sewing machine to set the mood. Cut out the cardboard template, and label it so you will recognize it later.

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Other good Step Ones would be:
Put the baby to bed.

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or
Get felt (like 1/3 yard) and a hoodie. I was going to use a sweatshirt he already owned, but he had pretty much grown out of them and I wanted him to wear it for a few months at least.

Next
Place your spike template on a folded piece of felt and cut out a bunch of diamond shapes that will later fold into spikes. I needed four for the hood, which I did first.

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Calm down, sun. The natural light makes the felt look like molten lava. Do not be afraid to touch it.

The hood has a seam down the center of it, which was nice for finding the center but annoying for sewing along. I did not use the machine here for this reason. I pinned the open spikes along the center and stitched through the middle, on the crease where they were folded. Make sure the Sharpie marks are face up now, and make any sewing knots or ugliness happen here as well, so when you fold it shut it will look good.

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I don’t know why I’m turning this into a tutorial…how many of you are going to sit down and make one? You can make one for teenagers or adults, if you don’t have a baby.

After sewing down the center of the diamonds with thread that is close in color to the hoodie, close the spikes and sew them shut. I switched to red thread for this step, and used a simple overcast stitch which is like the idiot brother of the blanket stitch. I think the escalloped effect this creates adds to the cuteness. Felt does not require hemming. I barely had enough red thread but I was afraid to use another color.

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Since the baby did not sleep very long, have him model it at this point.

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It will look so cute and comical that you will be inspired to keep going (some other naptime).

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Locate the center of the back of the hoodie and sew the other spikes down the spine. This part only took three spikes while the hood took four, because babies’ heads are very big on their bodies. Sew them closed, using embroidery floss. I have a ton of red embroidery floss! I enjoyed that part so I did it by hand.

Get more hoodies, make more dinosaurs!

Robin Quilt

11 May

Robin

I started this quilt for my niece Robin before her pudgy cheeks were even born and before I knew what her name would be.

Some of these pictures are horrible.

fabric

Day 1: My visiting mom helped me choose fabric.

Day 8: Having decided how I wanted it to look, I cut the pieces, arranged them, and pinned them together.

Day 198: Sewed them together

Day 216: “I’m a little cold.”

Day 535: “Did you forget about me?”

Day 690 – No joke: Having pinned the front to the batting and the back, I quilted them.

Quilty quilty

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The back began to look like this

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Day 742: I began to sew the binding around the front of the quilt. After a while it became obvious that the quilt had gotten too heavy for the machine…oh wait, just Ida.

He was trying to hide because I was telling him to leave. Not the brightest

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That SAME evening (applause) I began to hand-sew the back of the binding: the final step.

Along the way, you tend to take frequent pictures like this so you can convince yourself that you’ve really made progress. I had probably sewn about 8 inches.

The last step is the most time-consuming step, incidentally (day 746)

Ida was allowed to insert herself because it needed to be washed at the end anyway, and she is mellow enough to resist attacking the needle and thread most of the time.

My quilt, it has… Corners are a big deal.

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Day 754: Quilt complete

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Hippity Hoppity

22 Apr

This is the Easter basket post. As you will see.
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The bunny brought something for everyone. Inadvertently

Good Friday

3 Apr

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The more I think about it, the more I’m thinking I should wait until Monday to post a bunch of pictures with bratty captions.

Somber Good Friday and Happy Easter, everyone.

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