Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baby days are fleeting

So Anna is 11 months old now and the countdown to the end of her "baby days" is on. It's hard to look at her and remember that wee baby who would sit there and fuss to be picked up. She's a scooting (yup, still doesn't crawl traditionally), playful, willful girl.

She likes to play independently, but loves to be climbing all over us like her personal jungle gyms. When Daddy gets home from work, he doesn't dare walk into the house without picking her up quickly. She sits on the floor and bounces on her bottom, flapping her arms excitedly.

Language wise, we still mostly hear Mama. She has said Daddy and her newest one is "Ah Ah" which sounds like "Uh Oh" when someone drops something. I can't wait to hear what else she has to say.

She is my smallest baby yet, at 17 lbs 7 oz and wears 18 month shirts and 12 month pants.

Tooth #5 (top lateral incisor) is partway out and I can see #6 under the gums on the other side.

We've seen huge improvements with sleep and most nights she's up once or twice. Her best night yet was 8:30-5:00. She naps from 12:00-2:00.

The biggest frustration I'm dealing with is her newfound willfullness. She mostly refuses to sit on the potty so I'm having to come up with creative ways to capture her attention so she sits. I'm hoping this is just a brief 'pause' as I'm not thrilled to fight her over poopy diaper changes. It was so easy when I was catching most of her poops on the toilet. She's also stiffening up when it's time to get into her carseat.

Some of her favorite things are Daddy's ipod touch, oatmeal, her brothers and sisters, num-nums (breastmilk) and kisses. She gives the sweetest kisses, although I don't trust ones on the cheek as she bit me hard enough to bruise the other day!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birthday sewing

I've been having the sewing bug for a while now. Other than a simple fleece hat and pants, I haven't done a lot of sewing lately. I have a bunch of cute fabric, but no toddler sized patterns. I'm very much a pattern oriented sewer. If I don't have something in front of me to trace, I can't wrap my head around it.

Last night I pulled out Angry Chicken's book Bend the Rules Sewing and whipped up the Sweet Wee Jacket. I was very simple to sew and I'm already looking forward to making a bunch of variations for Anna. Since I hadn't blown up the pattern from the book, I took an old cardigan of hers, folded it in half and just traced around it bigger.

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I've also wanted to make a birthday outfit and lo and behold, while surfing the net this morning I came across Made By Rae and her awesome patternm Itty Bitty Baby Dress. So, while Anna napped today, her birthday dress was sewn. I didn't have any piping, so I skipped that detail. The bodice is lined with the same fabric as the outside and the butterfly is cut out of the fabric and ironed on. The tattoo fabric is Alexander Henry.

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These projects have fired up a desire to do more sewing. It's just hard to get everything planned out and done while Anna sleeps. Now, if only Fabricland would come back to my city and I didn't have to travel to shop. I guess that does keep the impulse spending down though!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mischief Maker

Exploring by sew_crafty_girl75
Exploring a photo by sew_crafty_girl75 on Flickr.
Anna is getting more and more aware of the world around here and discovering that there are hidden areas that have enticing treasures. She's found all the low drawers that are accesible to her. We've had pinched fingers a few times. I love to watch her take things out and put things in and open and close the drawers. So far there is only the 2 drawers in this picture that are forbidden areas. One has all our candles and candle holders, the other has our good silver and carving knives. God help us once she can figure out how to open cabinets. See the Val d'Or china in that cupboard?

While she's not climbing yet, she whines to get up on the couch then proceeds to lunge towards all contraban (remotes, cell phones), climb up the back to the blinds and do atomic bum drops onto whoever she's sitting with. Sharing the couch with her certainly isn't a relaxing time.

We're on the tail end of her having her first major illness. At the beginning of the week the mild congestion she's had for weeks turned into fever, bad congestions and cough. The fever stuck around for 3 days and the doctor determined it was most likely viral. With all the germs flying around, most of us managed to get sick as well.

Tooth 5 keeps going up and down. I think it may fave finally broken through for good.

For the most part, Anna is happiest sticking close to one of us, so her exploring isn't too exhausting yet. My scrap room has quite a bit of stuff for her to get into.