Happy Birthday Veda!

Tonight we celebrated Veda Rose turning 11 years old!  It was a huge success, with her requested lasagna dinner (I used this recipe but switched out the mushrooms for spinach) and super yummy cupcakes from Cupcake Jones (courtesy of Grandma Trudie!).

Hat from Aunt Yolanda in Spain

 

action shot by Grandma Betty!

 

happy girl!

I would love to say that it was a super fun evening and everything went perfectly, but that wouldn’t be completely true.  See, I decided to feed Enzo the lasagna, minus the tomatoes (he seems to react poorly to them) and peas for dinner.  He inhaled them, even as his chin started to shine bright red (apparently the juice from the tomatoes was enough to cause a bad reaction).  After dinner his chin looked really painful and he began to itch at it.  Then from there it moved up to his eyes and he was really uncomfortable.  After Veda opened her gifts he started to jabber and so we put him down on the floor to play.  Next thing I know he’s throwing up his dinner all over the place!  And I don’t mean baby “spit up”, I mean hurling his guts out.  And I swear the boy didn’t chew a single bite because it all came up exactly as I cut it up for him on his tray.  Peas, whole.  So I stripped him in the tub and sat him on my lap waiting to see if he was done getting sick.  His rash started to show up on his chest and he was itching pretty ferociously.  We put some anti-itch gel on it and put his jammies on.  He was acting really tired so we put him to bed, he wasn’t interested in drinking a bottle first.  About an hour or so later he cried, so I brought him out to the living room to inspect his rash and it had mostly gone completely away.  He still wasn’t really interested in his bottle but he seemed annoyed that I brought him out to the lit up room.  So I put him back in bed, and that is where he is sleeping soundly now.  I really don’t know what happened.  But I hope he’s feeling better in the morning.  Poor baby!

Other than that, the evening was fabulous!  Haha…

One birthday party down, one more to go!  I am making good progress on all the party favors for Enzo’s party Sunday, I can’t wait to see all of our friends and family who will be attending!  We have about 20 kids coming, it will be so much fun!

Happy Friday!

xoxo

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A busy week ahead!

February is a big month for us in the birthday realm!  Veda will be turning 11 on Thursday and we’ll be having a small family gathering at our house in the evening.  She has requested lasagna for dinner and I am happy to oblige.  She is vegetarian so I usually make it with lots of spinach and sometimes broccoli.  I haven’t decided yet what all I put it in this week, perhaps I will add some vegie grounds this time?

We are also gearing up for the 1st birthday party of our sweet little boy this weekend!  So as you can see, I will have many things to do in the next couple of days!

On the list:

*  Make bow ties for all the little boy guests

* Make hair bows for all the little girl guests

* Finalize the dessert offerings and get all the supplies for a bake-o-rama on Saturday, thankfully my good friend Karen will be here to assist me!

* Make some simple decorations, mostly having to do with Enzo’s monthly onesie pictures to see how much he’s grown over the past year!

* Decide what we are getting our kiddos for their special days and then buy them!

*  Plan some fun things for the little guests to do, since they will be ranging in age from 0-11.  I originally put the girls in charge of this but it might be more like I come up with what to do and they step in the day-of and actually handle the children.  Which I am sure they will be more than happy to do!

Enzo is finally feeling better and no longer has his yucky cough.  So this week I hope to get him on the right track with taking naps again.  Mark put him down this morning before he left for work and he’s surprisingly still asleep (it’s been an hour!). He seems to do fine when his Daddy puts him down, but for me it’s a totally different story.  I get it.  But seriously, it’s not practical on days when Mark isn’t here.  So we need to figure out our own little system, him and I.

In fact, our month is so full of birthday celebrations that I almost forgot about Valentine’s Day being tomorrow.  Mark and I both informed each other that we hadn’t done anything for one another, then laughed, then decided we should just buy a heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s and call it good.  Be “those people”.  Heck, it’s pizza, works for me!  Yay love!

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!  I think we are going to get one more day of nice weather and then it’s going to get cold again.  Did you take advantage of the sunshine this past weekend?

xoxo

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Giveaway!

My friend Kira who blogs over at Rain or Shine is doing a giveaway this week for one of my dolls!  You can enter to win her, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Do you have a little someone special who would love to wrap her arms (or chew on them) around this little sweetie?

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Then you better hurry!  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight!

Good luck!

xoxo

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Melt my heart.

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In stores now!

I am so pleased to share that I have now met with four store owners who all loved my dolls and are selling them in their beautiful boutiques!

In North Portland, you can find them at Queens Mab near the Kenton Library.  This adorable consignment shop offers items for babies and children that are gently used, plus maternity and womens fashions.  And they also have new merchandise as well.  The shop owner is super sweet and her four year old daughter *helps* her out!  I think that would be really fun!

In Northeast Portland, the beautiful shop called Milagros Boutique offers new merchandise for all your parenting needs!  They also offer entertainment most days that includes local musicians who cater to younger audiences and educational classes ranging from cloth diapering to babywearing!  And you can also rent their family room space for birthday parties or business meetings.

In Northwest Portland, check out Stella’s on 21st where my dolls are proudly displayed to the left of the front door.  It’s a delightful Valentine’s spread and I am thrilled that they are front and center!  Stella’s has the most gorgeous offerings for every occasion, with jewelry, hats, paintings and much more.  Their children’s section is steadily growing and now my dolls are a part of it!  Yay!

And in Northeast Portland, Butterscotch will soon be sporting their own collection of Dollface girl dolls!  The owner is full of knowledge and expertise in the fine craft business and I am excited to do business with her!  She has a great selection of gifts and clothing for every occasion and I think  my dolls are going to fit in nicely!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some sewing to do!

Happy Friday!

xoxo

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Enzo – 11 months!

I’m incredibly late with this post – it seems that the past couple weeks have been super busy and my to-do list just keeps getting bigger and bigger!  So let me do this so I can cross it off the list!

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Our big boy is a month away from turning ONE YEAR OLD!  Holy cow, time fleeeeeeew by.  Everyone says it does, and everyone is right.  I am way behind on his baby book, I don’t believe I have written an entry since 9 months?  Maybe 8.  Ugh.  And I have big plans for putting together a photo album in time for his birthday bash, but it’s coming up on me quickly so I’m not sure I’m going to have time.  It’s a goal, we’ll see.

He looks worried

Enzo is really starting to be interested in walking.  He will walk all over the place and lead the way if you are holding onto his hands.  And he is also comfortable with standing for a few seconds on his own!  I try to place him against things, like the couch or chair or recently the plastic storage bin my dolls are in, so he can hang on to it unassisted.  Tonight he was standing against the box and then started to walk around it and reached out his arms to come towards me.  It almost worked.  He plopped on his butt and then was mad.  Speaking of mad, he wasn’t really in the mood for the photo shoot the other day, here is his mad face…

Grrr!

He is eating lots of different things now, trying new flavors and textures.  He likes to do it himself, finger foods, so I try to think of things that he can easily get into his mouth.  Like bananas, easy.   But little macaronis, not easy.  I’m learning.

Most importantly, he’s SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT.  I know.  It’s amazing, and I’m so happy it’s finally happened.  I really think Mark taking the lead and getting up with him those two nights started him on the right path.  And then we let him cry it out and he does so good.  For example, this evening we put him down at 6:30pm and he cried for maybe a minute.  And he will sleep now until about 6am.  I KNOW, RIGHT!!  He does whimper and fuss every now and then but he’s able to soothe himself back to sleep with no help or interference from us.

Now naps, that’s a different story.  He won’t do it.  We used to put him in his swing and he’d be out within five minutes.  Two naps a day, for at least an hour and a half each.  Now, he fights it hard, he refuses to lay back in his swing, he starts crying as soon as he knows you are putting him down for a nap.  But today he really needed to sleep, so I literally drove him around for two hours, parking every once in awhile, just so he could get some rest.  We are both fighting colds right now, so I knew it was important that he take a nap.  Otherwise I would’ve done like every other day and deal with the 40 minutes (maybe, if I’m lucky) he’ll nap.  Ah well, I guess we traded one for the other.  So I’ll take the 12 hours at night, and keep fighting to get the naps back on track.

He’s such a fun and happy little boy, and every day he makes me gush with love.  I am so excited to celebrate his first birthday with our friends and family.  It will be a great party!

Hope you are well!

xoxo

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Sleep, part three

Have you been wondering how our adventure in sleepland is going with Enzo?  Well, allow me to update you! 

On Saturday Mark suggested that he be the one to get up with Enzo all night, so that he didn’t have the option to nurse.  So we gave that a shot.  Mark spent most the night walking a crying baby around the house, and they spent some time in the recliner watching Blue Planet on the TV.  He put him to sleep in the swing every time he got him to doze off.  I didn’t get much more sleep than they did, doing my best to follow them around the house without letting Enzo see or hear me.  There were several times when I just wanted to give up and say “give him to me, I’ll nurse him!”.  But somehow I managed to stick to the plan.  And he went all night without nursing, and was happy to have his Mommy back when he woke up at 5:30am.  At that point I nursed him and put him back to sleep for a couple hours.  That was Night #1.

Night #2 went a little better.  He still did some walking and this time they watched Disney’s Oceans, but Enzo cried less and was able to go without nursing all night again.  But he slept in his swing again, which wasn’t a habit we wanted to start forming. 

So Monday I was determined to do some sleep training with him laying down for naps, in the hopes that it would transfer over to his nighttime routine.  So I moved the co-sleeper into his room, next to his crib (it’s getting a little cramped in there with all this furniture, but whatever).  I tried to let him “cry it out” with the first nap and surprisingly he only cried for about five minutes and then he laid there quiet for another twenty minutes before falling asleep.  I was so happy!  Unfortunately though he only stayed asleep for a half hour.  Boo.  So I tried putting him in his swing and he slept again for an hour and a half.   I tried the co-sleeper again for an afternoon nap but he was scream-crying (as I like to call it, you know, the kind of cry where if you didn’t know better you’d think he was being tortured?) so I promptly picked him up.  Which meant no nap for baby. 

At bedtime we were determined to make this happen.  I did the normal bedtime routine, bottle and nurse him (if he wanted to, sometimes he does and sometimes he just wants the bottle), then I rocked him in  my arms and he fell fast asleep.  But the second that I laid him in the sleeper, he was wide awake and crying.  But I left the room anyway and we let him cry it out, which only took about 20 minutes or so and then fell asleep.  He awoke shortly after 11pm, I had already been in bed asleep and Mark had just come to bed, so he went in and gave Enzo a few pats and made sure he had his binkie, then Mark came back to bed.  He cried for a little bit, not really all that serious though because I fell asleep.  When I woke up and realized the house was silent and Mark was sleeping next to me, I checked the time on my phone and it read 1:13am.  Apparently he had worked it out on his own and gone back to sleep!  He fussed a bit again about an hour later and we contemplated whether to go in there and repeat what Mark did earlier (reassure him with a few pats and make sure he has a binkie) or just let him try to work it out.  We waited a few minutes and his cries were starting to get serious so Mark went in (pat pat here’s your binkie) And then Enzo fussed a bit for another 10 minutes and fell back to sleep.  And he slept until 6:10am.  So he didn’t leave his sleeper all night long, and just needed to be reassured once the two times he woke up.  Progress!

Tonight he cried for a little longer at bedtime.  Even though he was asleep in my arms when I went to lay him down, the second his body touched the bed he was up and angry!  I finally ran myself a hot bath and hoped he’d be asleep before I got out.  And he was.  I am hoping that the rest of the night goes even better.  Maybe Mark won’t have to go in the room at all.  We are holding off on having me go in and do the consoling because he seems to get more agitated when it’s me.  Probably because he knows that he could be nursing.  Daddy doesn’t have anything he wants, haha.  You know, I mean, besides love. 

So that’s where we are at.  My goal is to get him to the point where I just lay him down awake and he knows what to do and can fall asleep with minimal to no crying.  In a perfect world.  This will be very beneficial to me because starting next week, I am going to be a Nanny!  My next adventure!  More on that later…

xoxo

P.S.  I’d like to give a special shout out to my awesome Father-in-Law Bill!  Today is his birthday and we wish him the happiest!  Love you Dad!

Happy Birthday Grandpa Bill!

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Hello, I’m a Hairaholic.

Haha, I actually looked up the word to make sure that I wasn’t admitting to something besides my OCD of hairstyling.  Nope, it’s not a real word, just one people use to describe their crazy obsessions with all things hair.  And it’s the name of a salon in Massachusetts.

Anyway!

My daughter tells me that I have OCD when it comes to hair, because I feel the need to change my look at least every 6 months.  Although lately it’s been more like every 2-3 months.   So yes, maybe that’s a bit on the extreme side.  But I look at it like this (and Kevin, the talented man who did my hair yesterday wholeheartedly agreed with me), your hair is the one thing you can easily change on your appearance.  I can’t give myself bigger lips or a new nose or bigger other things (not that I will ever feel the need for that, I am a proud member of the itty bitty titty committee), without going through a painful surgery and forking over hundreds of dollars.  But my hair can easily be shortened, lengthened, curled, straightened or colored and POOF!  I am suddenly a whole new girl!

So without further ado…here is my new look!

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 headband by Kira

And I LOVE IT!

I am excited to style it and wear all my headbands that I’ve collected over the years.  And the best part is that since I didn’t go to a super expensive salon, the upkeep won’t be a budget-breaker!  Kevin at Supercuts is a phenomenal hairdresser and he did exactly what I asked him to do, even better!

XOXO

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Go go magic bullet!

The magicallly magical Magic Bullet, oh how I love thee!

My Mom dropped by our house yesterday and delivered this gem to us.   I promptly got in the car and made a trip to Costco for frozen fruit and whatever fresh vegetables and fruits I could find that Enzo might like.  This morning I made fruit smoothies for everyone for breakfast, super yummy!  And then I made some delicious baby food for Enzo, just by steaming things and blending the heck out of them!  So easy and so healthy!

I put them into ice cube trays and froze them, then popped them out into a ziplock bag, labeled it and put it in the freezer!

carrots and green beans

So far I’ve made carrots, green beans, mango and pears.  He had carrots and green beans for lunch and then more green beans for dinner.  They look and smell so much better than store-bought baby food, no matter how fancy or organic it was.

And I know it will also save us money, which is definitely a good thing!

Tomorrow I plan to blend up some apples and peas.

Oh, and we met our friend Lacye for some coffee today, and walked to a park so her puppy could run but it was too darn cold and wet to let Enzo experience a swingset. We’ll have to do that a different day!

And now I’m going to go back to watching the Betty White special, can you believe she is 90 years old??  She’s awesome!

xoxo

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Happy Birthday Dr. King (January 15th)

 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This particular quote is very relevant right now, especially when things like this happen in public and nobody steps forward to help.  I would like to think that if I were riding the Max that day, that I would have done SOMETHING.
The kids are out of school and Mark has the day off from work, so happy holiday to us!  Thanks Dr. King for letting us celebrate your birthday with a three day weekend.
Random things Monday:
*  I heart Anderson Cooper!  Claire and I started watching his show while she was home for three weeks over Christmas vacation, and he just seems like such a great guy.  But what really did it for me was when he did a show honoring his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.  What an interesting life, full of adventures and tragedy and love.
* We watched the Golden Globes last night, here are a few of my favorite dresses from the evening:

Claire Danes, beautiful!!

Reese Witherspoon, this dress is perfect for Valentine's Day!

<3 <3 LOVE <3 <3

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Michelle Williams is KILLING ME with her adorable hair cut.  I am having very strong desires to cut my hair again, like I did when I was first pregnant with Enzo.  I forgot how much I loved the ease of fixing it.  Currently my hair is just frustrating, the asymmetrical cut isn’t working since it’s grown out and I just don’t know how style it!   Hmm…we’ll see how long I can hold out before I end up at the hair salon.

*  Claire and I are going to take Enzo to the park today to meet our friend Lacye.  I realized that he is almost a year old and he’s never swung on a swing set!  We must remedy that.  Don’t worry, I’ll get pictures.

I can’t get my spacing to work on this post, so I apologize if it comes across as a jumbled mess.

It’s time to make some lunch, I hope you are having a great day!

xoxo

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