This was created in the old house. It was actually the last card I made there. It is the thank you card for the gifts and meals people blessed us with when Camille was born. Someone did ask, so I will clarify that yes, that is my handwriting and not a stamp.
My mom has a wonderful crafting area too. She was the one who inspired me to make my own cards. I made a birthday card for my sister-in-law over there while we were between houses.
This is the first card created in my new craft space. I even pulled out the Cuttlebug (so I could use my new embossing folder, of course). It is a wedding card that still needs to be sent, actually. :o) It is also my first experiment with watercolor pencils. I made a few of those hearts and then incorporated them into several different designs:
Water color pencil takes a bit of getting used to. I got some watercolor paper so it wont warp when I go over it several times with water.
Then, a birthday card for my mother-in-law:
Clearly I'm still trying to find a great area to take pictures of my cards!
Here is sweet Camille at 9 months.
Love this baby! She probably receives thousands of kisses a day. I have to take all I can get before she goes anywhere. Notice anything though?
How about here?
Woah! What happened to the happy baby? Well, we tried to sit her up. Our nine-month-old is still not sitting upright by herself. The doctor was a bit concerned about this. I wasn't too surprised at her concern, but still, it was not fun to hear. Annique had some physical delays too, but they did not manifest until later, as she was sitting up at nine months. It amounted to Infant and Toddler Services of Johnson County part 2.
Fortunately, we had an excellent experience with them as they helped Annique learn to walk (which she finally did at 18 months) and helped with nutrition advice since she fell off the weight chart a bit. That is another way Camille is following her sister. Her weight leveled off a bit from the six-month to the nine-month check-up, so we have an extra weigh-in next month to see if it is a trend or a fluke. Sigh.
Honestly though, I'm OK with this, as things could be way worse. Also, it is also nice to have been down this road before with Annique so I'm not totally in the dark about the process. Right now we're waiting on a call from the Family Services Coordinator to schedule an evaluation. The evaluation will determine if Camille qualifies for services. Services depend on the need, but for Annique it was a physical therapist and a nutritionist that came to our house for therapy and weigh-ins. We are SO BLESSED to have this free, quality program in our area! Please pray with us that she starts sitting up on her own or qualifies for these services!
Apparently, Dan and I make beautiful, blue-eyed girls who have allergies, slow weight-gain, and some physical delays. We're two for two anyway!
- head size- 25th percentile
- weight- 16lbs 4oz, 10th percentile
- height- 29 1/4 inches, 90th percentile
Ah, cooking. So much variety. So many opportunities to try new things. I'm thankful I cook because it gives me yet another way to bring Pinterest to life. Here are more recipe reviews from things I've actually made.
Baked Cheesy Tomatoes
Honey Balsamic Carrots
These were not beautiful to photograph, but they were awesome to eat! I really like vegetables in a balsamic reduction, but a kitchen fan would be so useful. The kitchen smells strongly of vinegar when I make these. I found the recipe here.
Although I didn't have a cute bottle like the author of the recipe did, I used my Cricut to cut some vinyl letters for this one. This recipe is spot on and awesome.
Ham and Mozzarella Melts with Sauteed Spinach
It has been awhile since I made some of these and they're looking good to make again! I'm still making my way through my "Pinished Foods" board and writing the reviews. It may be a never-ending process because I'm also still pinning and trying new recipes... Have you ever made anything from Pinterest that found its way into your regular meal rotation?
Meal times are so much fun with Camille! She just jumps in and eats whatever we're having and absolutely loves the process. We're just letting her feed herself--right from the start. This process is called Baby-Led Weaning. The term is of British origin. Across the pond they use "weaning" to mean "adding solids." This term does not mean "cessation of breastfeeding."
A dear friend told me about Baby Led Weaning and it just seemed to make sense. For my first kid, I enjoyed making all of her purees myself. I knew where everything came from and what exactly she was eating. The problem this go-round? TIME. Now that she is three-and-a-half, how would I find time to eat myself if I was making purees, freezing them, thawing them, feeding them to the baby, and making Annique's meal? The idea that I could skip this spoon-feeding stage was so intriguing. I checked out the book and liked what I read. There are some precautions. I've adapted my cooking to be free of added salt, because her little kidneys can't handle all the sodium. You also can't feed her too much processed food, again because of the sodium (crackers, cereal, even bread are very high in sodium!). We're weeding out processed foods for the whole family, but we are still on that journey- we haven't arrived.
At first, not much was getting down. Not a problem, since her nourishment was still breast milk at that point (and still is). It was so cute to watch her pick up food and gum it.
See? Now, however, things are definitely getting in there. She seems to like everything (well, asparagus didn't have a first good run, but we'll try it again). She tries everything. And, she makes a mess of everything. :o) She really gets excited when we put her in the high chair.
|Lovin' some broccoli.|
|Exploring curry chicken.|
|Token spaghetti picture.|
|Thumbs up for baby-led weaning!|
I have mentioned this Get Organized class before, but I am doing it again not only because it is coming up again, but also because it was so helpful to me. Plus, it is free! It is an internet class and each session is webstreamed live. I just watched the session later, when I had time. You miss the live Q&A by doing this, but if you don't have any questions or want to skip the Q&A, then the actual lesson is WAY shorter than the video length for the entire class. I liked what I learned from this class:
* I can find what I need (well, before I moved anyway)
* I don't accidentally buy what I already have
* I evaluate the use of and purge unnecessary items
* I use my "catalog" to design cards
A woman named Tiffany Spaulding teaches the class. I believe she is the creator of the Scrap Rack products. However, you do not need to purchase her products to use her method of organizing. I didn't anyway. Check it out here: http://thescraprack.easystorecreator.com/Organization-Class-Sign-up.asp
Of course Tiffany's system for organizing craft space is not the only one. (If you know if another one that has a tutorial or free internet classes- let me know!) I appreciate that it brought together two loves of mine, organizing and crafting. Roughly one year ago, I began tossing around the idea of becoming a personal organizer, specializing in craft areas. I said it "out loud" to the interwebs at the end of this post. Well, here I am a long and busy year later, and I have actually started taking steps toward that goal. It is SO exciting (and a bit scary). I've taken a few classes (online of course 'cuz that's how I roll) and am learning the process. Just thought I'd update you with my progress. My new year's resolution is to get paid for organizing this year. I'll keep you posted!
|This is one of my favorite craft organization blogs. Isn't this room amazing?!|
Sweet baby Camille!
This girl is the happiest little baby. I love how social she is. She likes to smile at everyone, and they love it. Maybe it is the dimples, or maybe the beautiful blue eyes.
Camille is perfecting her rolling skillz. She has gone across the room twice, log roll style. She is also good at grabbing something she wants and getting it to her mouth. Not as great about holding onto it, unless it is my hair, then it is the death grip.
She is also enjoying the sound of her own voice. We all know her first word from four months ago, but now she keeps saying, "da da da da da da" or "tha tha tha tha" depending on how you interpret the sound. She likes making the "s" sound, too. And this girl blows her own raspberries, though the abundance of drool definitely helps.
smiles and smiling
being held (especially if you are standing)
being on the floor (if someone is engaged with her)
holding and gumming apple pieces
watching people eat
drooling and spitting up
Annique (who calls her Camilley)
being in the seated position on someone's lap for very long
someone sitting while holding her
spotting Mommy when she's hungry, but not yet eating
Height- 26.8 inches; 90th percentile
Weight- 14# 8oz; 40th percentile
Head- 16.5 inches; 45th percentile
Happy six months, sweet Camille!
She is super-smart. This girl can read. Out right read. She's been doing it for a few months now, but it is still mind-blowing to watch her do it. She has a thirst for learning. Currently she enjoys asking (and guessing) how things are spelled. Parents, what do you do when you can't talk in code to your spouse by spelling out words because your child can spell too! We've started to run into this at 3.5! We're also working on left and right and telling time on an analog clock. She enjoys preschool, too. We hear songs about the months of the year and the days of the week and talk about the weather- all from preschool.
This girl still loves music. Loves to sing, loves to dance, loves to be in church when we're singing, loves listening to the radio, loves to play on the piano while reading lyrics that Dan prints out and puts up there etc.
Outside is one of Annique's favorite places to be. She can open the door and get out by herself now, which is a bit scary. She will entertain herself in the yard for a long time. She enjoys bringing me treasures which include berries, leaves, sticks, acorns and-her personal favorite-flowers. Even if we are walking from a parking lot to a building, Annique will pick up a leaf or a rock or a stick to take in in with her. Sometimes after she goes to bed, I throw these things back outside.
She is also very difficult right now. The whining (which has been around for awhile), is now accompanied by belligerence. The following has come out of her mouth:
"Do NOT do that, Mommy- DO NOT DO THAT!"
"It is NOT hot in the car!"
"You do NOT need to feed Camille!"
"No! Stop singing mommy, stop singing!"
"No, it is NOT the Labor Day Sale!" (to the radio)
"No, NO NO! I want to do it!"
See a theme? And I know this is developmentally appropriate, but it is so hard on us when we feel like we can't leave her in her class at church or with a babysitter while we lead small group downstairs (same house!) because she doesn't want to leave us. She throws a screaming tantrum hissy fit when we try. Quite exhausting. Anyone else have experience with the terrible threes?
She is still very in love with her diapers. I get so frustrated when I have to change a poopy diaper, honestly. Plus we can't put Camille in the cloth diapers because Annique is still in them!
Speaking of Camille, Annique loves her. She constantly wants to know where Camille is and what she is doing. She's a great helper getting things for me while I'm nursing or handing teething toys back when little sister drops them. She even has a little voice for her when she gets real close and slowly squeals, "Hi, Camille!" Camille loves Annique right back. Her big sister always makes her smile, and is really good at making her laugh.
Happy 3 1/2, 'Nique!
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