Monday, July 28, 2008

What a Snot

His hands are cold, his forehead is hot. He has not had more than 2 hours of uninterupted sleep in the last 48 hours, and, incidentally, neither have we. His boogies have reached a bright lime green. Ahhhh, this is what it is to be a mother! We have reached yet another milestone with him. His first cold. He is bubbling and dripping, yet still in a festive mood. I know that if I were in his state, I would be lying in bed, grumbling and calling mindi to bring me some chicken soup. I got the bug too, but not even a quarter as badly as my baby did. I know what happened, too. It was from an innocent french kiss, shared between my little guy and the cute neighbor boy...
Here is to hoping that everyone gets a little sleep tonight!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lesson Learned

Soooo, Harris started crawling 2 days shy of his 7 month Birthday. 2 Days later, he started pulling up. I was expecting maybe, that he would need more time in between the two, but I guess I was wrong. We installed a baby gate in the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen. The stairs to the basement lead out from the kitchen, and everyone knows that babies and stairs don't mix. I was in the kitchen, making Harris and my breakfast, when I hear him giggle on the other side of the gate. I looked over, and there he was- standing there. He was holding onto the gate like jail cell bars. I was a little perplexed for a moment. I was unsure as to whether or not I should let him stand there, or if I should gently detach his grip from the bars and sit him down somewhere out of fear that he would fall down and bonk his head. Then, I was met with the predicament of him being on the OTHER side of the gate. How on earth was I supposed to pick him up? How on earth was I supposed to open the gate? If I tried, then my fear may come true and he might go tumbling to the ground with a thud...

Then he sat down and giggled before crawling off...


Ok, so then I think to myself, "Self, when you are not on the same side of the gate as Harris, at least place him in the excer-saucer in the corner of the living room!"

"Wow, I am brilliant" I think to myself.

I place Harris in the saucer and walk away to finish making my coffee. From the kitchen, I hear riiiiiiiip, followed by copious amounts of giggling. I walk around the corner to find this:

Well, will wonders never cease!

Note to self: Um, whoops!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Clean your Child, Green your Life

I think that I have become borderline obsessed with "greening" my life. It is not that I was unaware of the potential dangers of the cleaning products etc under my sink, it is just that, like many people, I chose to ignore it. Of course, having a baby certainly does change things. I am know very aware of nasty chemicals on my baby's skin and I am really trying to phase out the bad in favor of the "green".

I will tell you though, that there is something that really gets my goat... I have seen many magazine articles and online articles about how to green your life. They talk about these great new, green products that you should get- "toss the harmful chemicals and get this fantastic green cleaner!" It is all good good good. I love it- but wait? What else are these articles proposing? That you "toss" one product in favor of another. Doesn't that seem a tad bit wasteful? The magazines should be saying- "hey, when you finish that bottle of Windex, try mixing up a spray bottle of 60/40 water and vinegar!" or, "Instead of tossing that old T-shirt in favor of Organic cotton, have Lynn whip it into a stylin' sack to reuse in a different way!" (Shameless plug).

So, stepping off of my soapbox now...

I realized that along with the introduction to solid food, came the need for stronger food schmear fighting artillery- namely, bibs. We have a few bibs for Harris. They are super cute. Yes, that is all, they are cute. They did a decent job catching little spit-ups and teething drool, but they are certainly not going to cut it to catch our Vegetarian Pot Pie. On a side note, I also realized that I was going through more dish towels since the little one started eating real food. I had a Revelation!

Dish Towel=Huge Bib

Less is more. If you are going to get more new things, at least make sure they serve at LEAST 2 functions!

Here is how to make a SIMPLE Dish towel bib to be used as either one as needed.

1. Buy some snaps *Inexpensive, and despite this belief, you DO NOT need a special tool to apply snaps. All you need is a hammer and a bobbin or spool of thread.

2. Buy some standard kitchen hand/dish towels. Buy new if you have to, but I am sure that you could find some at a thrift store.

3. Fold your towel in half (short wise not lengthwise).

4. Place a mark approximately 6 inches in at the top on both sides of the towel. This is where you will place your snaps.

5. Place the back ring of the snap. *Note snaps have 3 elements- a back ring, a male snap, and a female snap, if you will. the back ring is what secures the male or female to the fabric. To "place the back ring, you must push the teeth through the fabric. An easy way to do this without stabbing yourself is to use a pencil eraser to push the fabric over the teeth.

6. Once the back ring is set, place a male snap over the teeth. Use the hammer and bobbin (or spool) to hammer the snap down onto the teeth. Make sure that the ring and snap are completely, and evenly attached.

7. Place your other ring back and repeat the steps using the female snap. Make sure that the male and female snaps are facing each other when the towel is folded.

8. Put the bib on your child and hand him marinara sauce.

By the way, if your child happens to grow, you can always make the neck part larger by simply adding another female snap about an inch away from the original

P.S. If you use your towels to physically dry your dishes, MIND THE SNAPS! I will not be held responsible for scratches on Great Aunt Millie's fine china.
***This post was recently highlighted on RookieMoms! This is a great blog about 2 women's guide to the first year of motherhood! Go check them out!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

New Favorite

This is my new favorite picture of the moment.
We are still waiting for little Mr. to crawl... he is getting ready to blast off I tell you!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Positives and Negatives

I love all the stalkers! You guys are so cute! Sorry I have been MIA. Mindi, Harris, and I took a trip over the July 4th holiday. I tend to not blog extensively about trips we are taking before we leave out of fear that I am making myself vulnerable. Anyways... we flew from Seattle to Miami, then from Miami, to Chicago, back to Seattle. Over the course of 5 days, we spent about 15 hours in the air. I think that Harris "quacked" or "chirped" if you will about 3 times total. And I really do mean, just a "quack"- not even a cry... I was completely amazed. I wore him in the Moby a lot, and I really think that that had a lot to do with it. First, we flew from Seattle to Miami to visit Mindi's mom and sisters. The 2 aunts had not seen Harris since he was 1-7 days old. We visited 2 Great- grandmas while we were there too. Then we flew to Chicago where my parents got to meet Harris for the first time since he was born. We also visited some distant cousins while we were in the neighborhood! It was lots of fun- here are some highlights!

Harris' First plane ride (off to FL!):

Harris meets his Great grandmother:

The Mommies and Harris go swimming:Harris meets his Papa in Chicago:Harris experiences bubbles for the first time- and loves them:Mommy, Harris, and a big brown bear at the Brookfield Zoo:Harris and Ima (Hebrew for Mommy aka Lynn) in front of the house Ima grew up in:

And now, for a little TTC talk... Thanks again to the stalkers for checking in again and again and again... We were scheduled to arrive home on Tuesday. That was also the day that I was thinking I would get my period if we were not pregnant. Well, the menses showed up Monday afternoon... This shot was a no-go. I was not really prepared for my period to show up. So unprepared, as a matter of fact, that we had not packed any "feminine products"... That was fun, you know, doing "the scramble"... Anyways... so I typically take Femera/Letrozole on my CD 3-7 to stimulate follicle maturation. I didn't think about the prescription until we were in the airport, waiting to board our flight home... I ran out of time to call, and ended up not being able to get my prescription on time for this month's cycle. I am bummed. Alas, we will have to wait until the next cycle to try again! At least I have my wonderful family, and 10,000 projects to do around my house!!!


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