Too close for comfort

27 weeks. Not even in the last trimester and I’m wide awake at night with my hips aching and my mind racing to do things that are far too soon to do…like sanitize pacifiers. Which then brings me to thinking about the piles of regularly sanitized baby items cluttering my kitchen counter, pretending to hang out on the drying rack. Which then leads me to the dread of washing baby things and my hands billions of times a day. Which then leads me to think about how I should check to see when my eczema prescription expires. Expiration…that would be disastrous for my hands. it goes on…

Oy. What can you do?

The last two days have been a little rough. Munchkin decided that even though I put her down for a nap with impeccable timing, she wanted to wake up screaming after 30 minutes. Fortunately, I was able to fight off the wake-up-too-early-from-a-nap grumpiness by holding her while she slept for an additional hour. Today, I finally got my much needed nap and am ready(ish) to tackle our severely neglected 800 square feet of home.

But before I do that, I feel the need…er want…to tell you what I’ve actually accomplished lately. Most days, it doesn’t feel like much. First trimester fatigue? Oh go on.

A few months ago I finally finished this little beauty.

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I spent an entire dollar on the foam wreath and everything else I already had. Those tiny little silver flowers weren’t in my original plan but after I realized how many pins I’d need to cover the thing and then remember how many billions of those little flowers I had and never knew what to do with them (a scrapbooking sale I couldn’t resist) the inspiration came.

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Finish it off with a little left over wedding ribbon (yep, six years in the keeping) I’d say it worked out quite nice.  The “please knock” sign on the scrap paper adds a lot, don’t you think?

I’ve also set up the old sewing machine again. I’ve made quite the list of things to make and have been relatively successful lately. My most recent projects include making blackout curtains for both bedrooms and two new hooded baby/toddler towels. If you were thinking about blackout curtains, I highly recommend making your own. We tried a few from Target and found that for one, they just weren’t wide enough for our window. And in spacious apartment you can probably guess how big our windows are not. Second, their “blocks out 99% of light” wasn’t even close to what they claim, not to mention curtains are expensive. So, I went to JoAnn’s and bough blackout fabric for $5.99 a yard, minus 40-50% with sale or coupon. When all was said and done, we had covered both windows (including rod and clip-on curtain rings) for about $50. Decorative curtains to come later. Better sleep for everyone was the number one goal.

The towels for the girls turned out great. I made one when Katelyn was born but due to the shrinking size of wash cloths these days, the hood wasn’t as functional as I wanted. Now we have pretty pink matching towels for the girls with very useful hoods.

Next on the to make” “list:

A pillow for Munch, add a fabric panel to my baby wrap, curtains for the food shelf, pretty curtains for the girls’ room, crib sheets (once we actually figure out what we are doing for beds for both kiddos)….and so much more.

 

 

Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

Devin here. Brittany asked me to blog more often so I thought I’d blog about our most recent dessert experience.  I’ve included the recipe in case anyone wants to eat it at home.

 

Ingredients

1. Car (or bike)

2. Costco card

3. 15.99

4. One Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse Cake

5. Homemade vanilla ice cream (about 1 1/2 pints)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 0 degrees and head to your local Costco. Buy a Tuxedo Chocolate Mousse Cake. Take home. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/4 of the cake with 1 cup of vanilla ice cream. Do not stir.

Enjoy. Repeat as necessary depending on type of day you’re having.

 

Airplanes and things

Since our trip to the aviation museum, Katelyn has been 100% obsessed with anything airplane. So, we thought we’d treat her to a ride on a real airplane and send her to Houston. Or maybe she had no choice but to go along for the ride with me.

She had a ball the the airport watching all the planes through the huge viewing windows. I’m not sure that she caught on completely that she was actually on one but going down the runway while watching all the other planes kept her just as happy.

During our visit with my family, our little Munch made it apparent that she had a few new loves.

Swimming—once she figured out what the kiddie pool was for, she made several attempts to dive in with all her clothes on. That’s our Munchkin.

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Tunnels—or should I say “nunnel.”  Again, once she figured out that it wasn’t just something to gaze into, she’s been making nunnels ever since.

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Sand—you mean we don’t have to walk all the way to the park to play with this stuff? Nice.

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Eggs—Surprisingly she got the hang of this one immediately. Her cousin’s birthday party was good prep for Easter.

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Bikes—This was nothing new but when she discovered there was such a thing as one her size, she couldn’t resist. Luckily her cousin was kind enough to share his bike with her.

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The trip was somewhat a success with some setbacks. It’s taken plenty of time for her to adjust back to home life. (And by plenty, I mean too much.) We seemed to get the sleeping and napping thing down during our visit a little better. She’s still working on letting unfamiliar people look at her. The photo session with my sister and her family yielded a few workable shots (pictures to come). I managed to completely exhaust myself from the trip and visit but staying up talking, laughing and knitting (yes, knitting) with my sister was totally worth it.  It was a great visit and well worth the time spent with my parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews.  But I have to say, it’s gonna be a while before I do any more traveling solo with kiddos.

Picture this

A few weeks ago we had our family pictures taken. Choosing a photographer these days is certainly a task and even more so when you don’t want to spend your life savings to get a decent shot. Devin happened to stumble upon a lead through people at work which ended up being a great find. We booked a session and though I was bummed because we were scheduled several weeks out, I’m so glad we didn’t settle for anyone else.

She was amazing. She worked so well with Katelyn and got so many shots of her smiling and having fun even though it was her bed time.

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I’m not a fan of maternity photography. Not my thing. The last thing I wanted was for my tummy to show in the pictures. And though there are a handful of shots catching my widest angle, I was generally pleased that the majority of them didn’t show much of my bump…or rump.

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Despite being further in my pregnancy than I wanted to for the pics, it actually turned out that it was within a few days of Katelyn’s 18 month mark. Nice for me that I didn’t have to drag her to the park and try to get her to stand still while I took her pictures…which probably wouldn’t have happened anyway.

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And now I’m tired of resizing the pics for this post so you are welcome to click on them for a bigger view.  I think…

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