Friday, January 27, 2012

The Man I Married

I swear I didn't know he was so talented when I decided to marry him. Here's a tribute to some of Nate's recent projects. I love our house, mostly because of the wonderful things he has done.  I've obviously taken over "our" blog, so I decided it was fine for me to use it as a platform to brag.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Snack time for Lou

Just sharing a little video of Loubear and Ries...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Learning from a 9-month old

It starts with a simple, wooden turtle. Like all 9-month old children, I'm sure, Louisa has extreme curiosity for certain mundane objects - Nate's cell phone, a tube of hand cream, my name badge and a wooden turtle, to name a few.

Well the wooden turtle is a door-stop in Lou's room and whenever I set her down on the zebra rug, she immediately crawls to the turtle and relieves him of his duties. Normally I am in the room putting clean clothes away, refilling the wipes or changing the crib sheet, but today I set Lou down, grabbed a used diaper, and went into the bathroom to give it a pre-wash rinse. I heard a little wimper - baby for "mom, don't go!" and then heard the bedroom door gently shut. As I rinsed the diaper and washed my hands, I talked to Lou - the closest I could come at that point to announcing my departure to make Lou trust that when I leave, I'll come back (they say that's what you're supposed to do...?) When I came back, I heard her little grunts and short breaths - my first clue that she was standing up using the back of the door for support. She sounded happy though, so I just waited for her to lower herself down and move away from the door, which happened fairly quickly. During this quick minute though, I pictured Louisa as a teenager, slamming her bedroom door, yelling "leave me alone mom!" That won't really happen, will it?

More curiosity nearly caused a mess once we came downstairs and I started to type this. Lou was very content, pulling board books off the shelf in the living room as I typed. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw her take interest in a houseplant. I swept her up just in time to prevent a scattering of very dry soil all over the floor. We've learned that she's quicker than you'd think - crawling, grabbing, inserting objects into her mouth.

Apparently bored with her toys and books, she is now attempting to open the gas stove. Don't worry, it's not hot and we don't turn it on when she is crawling around unless someone is guarding it.

Thanks for teaching me how to baby proof a house, little one! Here is one more picture to show my most recent sewing project: black-out curtains for Louisa's bedroom. I like to think they are the reason for her 2.5 hour nap this morning.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

UPDATE! Lou is week one's winner!

Louisa's entry into a messy eater photo contest
Louisa's photo has been sitting pretty in second place all week, but now it's time to take over the lead from the current frontrunner, which by the way, is seriously from the 1980's. Voting ends tomorrow night, so please place your vote today and again tomorrow.  If Lou wins, her photo advances to the Editor's Choice round and first prize is $500!

Here is the link for voting!

Friday, January 13, 2012

So, I think I'll try sewing

I sometimes catch the NPR show "A Way With Words" on Sundays and a few months ago a heard the hosts discussing a listener's question about the use of "so." He was basically complaining that people use it all the time these days to begin sentences and it seemed like he wanted someone to officially pronounce that it was not grammatically correct. They said it was actually not an incorrect usage. So, I'll continue to use it. See that sentence uses it correctly, right? But the title of my blog post seems less correct if not altogether wrong. Anyway, the point of this short post is just to announce that I finished my first sewing project! Buttonholes had to be delayed because of my frustration and the stitches are not beautiful, but it still fits Lou, which seems like an accomplishment since I bought the fabric and pattern in mid-October.

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