Mamapedia December 2, 2010
So go, run, get thee to Mamapedia.com and get your giddy kiddy glee on.
This is halloween! November 1, 2010
So at least to get the update done, here are our fabulous Halloween costumes. I was a steampunk organ grinder (okay accordion player) and she was my clockwork monkey. While I didn’t make everything by hand, I did make my wig and hat and I altered her costume quite a bit because what was purchased was a horrible piece of junk. For her clockwork insides, I did an iron on transfer onto muslin, sewed that on then went around it with some fancy ribbon. I also attached some castinettes to her wrists so that when she clapped, she clanged her cymbals. I had to rip open her ears and stuff them cause they were so flat. Her outfit was all held together by ties that were never going to stay tied, so I sewed on some fabric velcro to the back, the neck and the hood and that managed to keep everything on nicely. To be honest, my hat took the most work and time. I would have been done 2 weeks ago if I hadn’t made it, but I love the way it turned out. It is 100% by me, pattern, fabrication, finishing and all. I did learn to use a much higher quality buckram next time. This was only the second hat I’ve made, the first being my wedding hat. Something about fall makes me want to make and wear hats.
Well, work is still crazy busy, so I’m cutting this note short, but feel free to check out our other Halloween pictures on our Flickr. Happy all saints day!
Remembering Grandma September 30, 2010
We never wanted kids. Never. It was something other people did. We were content being the cool Aunt and Uncle. I knew a few people here and there with kids and I was always happy to say “hi” if the child came and talked to me (albeit with uncomfortable child-fear exuding from me). Heck, I’d even play with them and have some fun while at it, but I was never the type to go running to a baby that just came in the room and fawn over it.
We were speeding along in our 30’s, living a cushy, double-income, no-responsibilities lifestyle and we liked it.
So I’m sure you’re wondering why the change. (more…)
Sleep it out, cry it out September 22, 2010
We’re hitting a critical stage here in the household. The Bot is now 8 months and I’ve instilled some bad habits in her I fear – she’s not sleeping through the night at all.
We start her bath at 7:30 then nursing and a song until she’s dozed off. We would put her in the co-sleeper and that was usually about 8. She’d wake at 10:30/11pm when I went to bed and I’d nurse her again. Usually she would wake again around 3am, I’d nurse and she’d sleep until 7ish. A few times she slept through the night, but that was short lived. (more…)
That’s kind of a big oops. September 15, 2010
Wait, you want to pick these boogers! August 24, 2010
I’ve been dreading the whole la la nursery rhymes thing. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Nah, I sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat, and that’s about as far as I went with nursery songs. Not only do I not know the words (ok, make that past tense), but the melodies stick in my brain and make it impossible to concentrate on anything else. And frankly, it’s no big loss for her from what I can tell. Two songs best calm her down to sleep – Winnie the Pooh and Supercalifragilisticexpialedocious and if those don’t do the trick (or more accurately I am tired of singing the same thing over and over) And One and They Might Be Giants made great back-up bands.
What I really don’t understand is why, when a kid is awake and bubbling full of energy, do people only seem to want to sing ho-hum folksy songs to them. All the bot wants to hear is music with a beat, and I mean a real beat, that she can dance to.
So when my hairdresser, the fabulous Carrie Monster, told me about the Boogers, my eyes lit up (and no, none of my hair bleach got into my eyes). It just so happened they were playing the next weekend so we trekked down to Reggie’s in Chicago to check them out.
These guys are great. I mean GREAT. If ever a band has had a good idea it’s this Ramone’s style kid’s band. (more…)
My fellow cosmonauts August 18, 2010
It’s funny that Offbeat Mama just did a post about finding fellow parents that are on your wave length. I have been experiencing a lot of changes in my world, aside from simply a baby being a significant part of it, and many of those surround friendships.
At 6 months in I have definitely felt frustrated by a lack of parent friends. We know quite a few people who have had kids recently but they live around the world and their ability to muck about online is the same as ours. There’s just not that much time (as evidenced in my continuously spotty postings) to really try to nurture an online relationship especially when those friends do have plenty of other people on their end with kids to build a little space station without us. (more…)