Monday, August 10, 2015

Ruby is 10 Months Old

My little princess is TEN months old!  How the heck did that happen?  Didn’t I just bring her home??  Now she’s crawling all over the place and eating real people food.  And screaming…LOTS of happy screaming and squeals and babbling. She says Dada and Mmmmom-ma and Yay! (which is the cutest) 

She’s a pro at clapping her hands.  Will do it immediately if you start singing “If you’re happy and you know it…”  She also recently began waving bye-bye and saying “Bi-bi”  especially if you walk toward the garage door to leave.   

To say she’s very curious is an understatement.  I find her army crawling herself down random hallways now.  I have to remember to keep the floors clean of anything yuck that might end up in her mouth if she wanders down this way or that way.  She mostly uses her left elbow and feet to propel herself forward---lots of work but she gets where she wants to go.  She’s only just starting to get up on her knees and rocking.   

She’s getting better at sitting up, but she’d rather lean forward and then flop to her belly so she can go places.

 I love seeing her little smile and a mouth full of little teeth!  She has a pretty bad upper lip tie that may give her a bad gap in the front, but there’s nothing the pediatrician will do about it right now.   
She makes a lot of funny faces, squinty faces, cheesy grins, etc…adorable.   

 She is a little doll, too.  Weighing only 14lbs.  24.75 inches tall.  Pretty much any baby at any age that we know is bigger than her.  Even my friends’ 1 month old is bigger than her now.  It’s all good though—I have a lot of cute clothes for her in this size ;)  And she’s easier to carry around!

I just want to eat those little legs!

We have been going outside more and more.  
We use it as something different to do because she gets tired of playing downstairs and then upstairs all the time.  She has a lot of time to play because she hardly naps during the day. 
 She loves feeling the wind and she’s starting to be OK with the grass.  She doesn’t like it if you plop her right down on it, though.  It has to be her choice!  

Ruby loves toys that make noise or plays music.

She loves books and turning the pages!  I didn’t realize she could do that until I started reading to her more often!  She did it like it was instinct.

She LOVES bath time.  We recently ditched the blue baby bathtub—she’s a little fishy kicking and splashing around on her tummy!  

She’s already turning out to be a picky eater.
 She has 7 teeth—4 on top, 3 on the bottom.  They all came pretty fast and made for some miserable nights, but we seem to be having a little break from teething at the moment.  Knock on wood.
Her hair is getting more and more RED everyday.  It certainly looks red outdoors and in a lot of pictures I take of her.  It’s really pretty with a lot of blonde mixed in.  I am so glad she has so much hair and doesn’t try to take out the bows all the time!  Hats are a different story.  She’s always taking off the hats.  

Our little Ruby Kate!  Only 2 more months until your first birthday! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ruby Kate at 9 Months Old

I haven't done an update forever!  I've been writing a bunch of things down, though to keep a list of all the cute things Ruby is up to lately!

{I took these cute pictures of her on Independence Day- Just one day after her 9 month mark}

Ruby is sleeping 11 hours at night. She wakes up occasionally and can't back to sleep without a little help, but those days are less and less.  She gets up between 6 and 6:30 every morning.  She usually naps 30 minutes twice a day.  If I'm lucky one of her naps will be 1hr 15 minutes and if I'm REALLY lucky it will be 2 hours.  But I can count those 2 hour naps on one hand...

She FINALLY takes a bottle!  She only drinks 2-3 oz at a time, but she loves them and welcomes them when they are offered.  A drastic change from the screaming she used to do at the mere sight of a bottle coming near her mouth.

Ruby can sit up on her own for short periods, but she mostly leans way forward and then flops to her face/stomach so she can crawl away.  Ruby army crawls, but she over propels herself and kind of uses her face in the process.  She has no trouble getting where she wants with her army crawling and rolling.  She sees something she wants and goes for it. 
She's happy to play for long periods in the living room if the boys are nearby or watching TV.  
She often is on her tummy and waves her arms and kicks wildly like she's swimming when she is excited or mad-sad.
She shakes her head no.  Sometimes she really means it and other times she is just being silly.
She likes being held outward and pushes away from you if you hold her inward.  But she does get snuggly sometimes and wants to lay her head on your shoulder as you hold her inward.  

Ruby loves when Mommy sings to her. 
She loves toys that make noise and banging toys together and on the tile to make loud noises.
She loves really annoying sing-a-long type Netflix shows.  
She can clap her hands! It is the cutest thing. She's starting to catch on to Bye-bye.

 She loves drinking from cups!
She loves REAL food.  She tolerates purees but she loves self-feeding.  Especially avocados.
She babbles a lot.  Dadada, bababa, mamama, yayaya, etc.  
She screams...loud.  She also has lots of cute girly squeals
Hate the grass; Loves the wind
Loves Peek-a-Boo

 She has the cutest cheeser smile. Wrinkles her nose a lot.
She has a lot of sniffing and grunty sounds that she makes.  They are silly and we love them.
She has 6 teeth now.
She is not a happy baby when she's getting a tooth.  

Ruby is at a super fun age and she's lots of fun most of the time!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Yarn Wrapped Letter with Flower Embellishment

I needed a thank you gift that went beyond just a card.  My neighbor and friend, Holly makes the most beautiful and cozy knitted blankets and I've been so blessed to receive 3 of these blankets from her.  I wanted to do something in return so I decided instead of just a card, I would make her something with MY crafty talents for her to enjoy!

Her last name starts with a P and now she has something cute to hang up.  I actually stalked her Pinterest boards and saw that she pinned something similar.  Perfect gift!
(I also snuck in a gift card and a written thank you note which she didn't notice until after I left because she loved this letter so much!)
What do you think?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Best Blankets

My neighbor and good friend, Holly makes and gifts the most beautiful and cozy knitted blankets.  She made 2 for Sam and I don’t think he will ever part with them!

The first one was the blue and green one that she gave me at my baby shower for Sam.  This is also by far Sam’s favorite and whenever he is upset he wails for his “blue blankie!!!!” DSC_0373DSC_8862DSC_9657  
We had a service auction at church and she put up one of these blankets for auction—I snatched that up so fast!  I had just decorated Sam’s nursery in yellows and oranges so I had her make me a yellow one to match his room.  Sam loves this blankie, too, but still prefers the blue/green one.Sam and Blankie

My mom made that little navy blue one in “travel” size because Holly’s blankets are BIG and hard to take with you to the grocery store.  Sam would not be parted with them so I had my mom make a smaller version which he happily accepted.  I can get Sam out of the house without them, but he still tries to take a blankie with him about 50% of the time.  We keep the navy one in the car for Blankie-worthy meltdowns.  
And of course there are 3-blankie days...days which he needs all three all the time.

Fast Forward to Ruby--- Holly outdid herself yet again and made a gorgeous pink blanket with stripes for Ruby.  I love it so much I almost hope Ruby doesn’t love it as much as Sam loves his so that it will last forever!  
She crochets such cute edges around them, too! So girly and cute! DSC_2043-2DSC_2032-2

I should mention that Sam tried to snatch this blanket up for himself, too.  He didn't even care that it was pink! #blankiehoarder

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Custom DIY Iron on Patches for Jeans

If you have boys, chances are they have jeans with holes in the knees!  If it were closer to summer, I would just cut them off and use them for shorts, but we have 2-3 more months of cold-ish weather that they need pants! Also, we just bought both boys new jeans at a killer sale during President's Day weekend and I really didn't want to start seeing new holes in brand new pants.  So what to do?

First, the new pants that don't have holes yet:
You can make your own or buy iron-on patches at the store and put them on the inside to re-inforce the knee area.  This will help prevent holes in the first place. 

Iron-On patches at the store look something like this:  
Dritz  Iron-On Patches 5"X5" 2/Pkg, , hi-res
They come in different colors and with iron-on adhesive already on the back. You can cut the patches in half for kid-sized pants.  Then you can just turn the pants inside out and iron them on about where the knee would hit the inside of the pants.

If you have a lot of pants to add patches to, you can make your own iron on patches!
This is the magic stuff you need to make your own patches:

Thermoweb 17-Inch by 5-Yard Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive

You can find smaller packages of this but it's more cost effective to buy a roll and you can use it for a TON of projects.  I use this a lot around Halloween time for costumes! Make sure you do not get the purple package--the "Lite" kind is for thinner fabrics.  You need the red pack for the "heavy" or "ultra" hold since you are using it for jean patches.  

(Here is a great YouTube video on how to use Heat N Bond!)

To make what I call preventative patches, all you need is a remnant of material and this Heat N Bond.  I had some twill khaki colored material in my stash.  You just need something somewhat heavier (but not too thick or heavy) that will make a sturdy barrier to prevent holes.

Next, cut the material to the size you want your patch.  I made my patches roughly 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 or 
4 x 4ish.  I didn't measure and they weren't even very uniform.

Next cut the Heat N Bond the same size as your patch.  Follow the directions on the package to adhere your bonding to the patch fabric and then iron it onto your jeans.  

These patches will reinforce your pants and make them more resistant to getting holes in the first place.  

How to make custom patches with cute fabric!

Like I said before, normally these pants would be in the "make into shorts" pile, but he had too many pairs with holes so I had to fix at least a few of them so I didn't need to buy any more.    

On pant's right leg, I just put an iron on patch on it since the hole wasn't see through.  The threadbare strands just stuck to the patch and shouldn't get much worse with the help of reinforcement.  

On the pant's left leg there was a gaping hole to fix.  I could have just put a patch of denim behind it like these:

But I decided to make them more fun.  

I had this great superhero fabric leftover from other projects.  I was able to cut out the specific character to peek through the holes of the pants.  

Turn your pants inside out to work on them.  

First cut strips of the heat n bond and iron the onto the jeans (about 2-3 seconds) and let it cool for a little bit.  Then you can remove the paper backing on the heat n bond and the "glue" should remain on the jeans. 

These were two different holes and I put the strips on differently.  Both ways worked just fine.
There's no right or wrong way to cut the strips. You can make them look nicer if you want, but you just need to get enough glue to get your patch to stick.

Then cut out the patterned fabric big enough to cover all the glue parts on the jeans.  You don't want any exposed glue because it will stick to your iron. 

Lay the fabric onto the glue (right side facing down toward the open part of the hole.   Follow the Heat n Bond instructions (it should be about 8-12 seconds pressing down).  This will adhere your fabric to the jeans and cover the hole.  

If your fabric is a thin cotton like mine was, you are going to want to put another thicker patch over it to make it durable.  This patch you can cover the whole size of the patch with heat n bond and iron the whole thing down.  This particular one I used one of my store bought patches cut down to size.  Once it's all adhered and cooled, you can cut away any loose fabric sticking up.

And then turn the pants right side out and your done!

The whole process may take some practice, but it really does not take very long.  I patched and fixed 10 pairs of pants in 1 1/2 -2 hours.  

If you have parts of the pants around the hole that are sticking up like this......

You can cut a little piece of the iron-on adhesive and secure it to the patch from the right-side-out side.

I hope this tutorial was helpful!  Good luck mending your pants with awesome patches!
Let me know if you have questions in the comments.

Friday, January 30, 2015

January Dailies

Everyday life around here.DSC_1261-2 DSC_1264-2 DSC_1294-2 DSC_1376-2 DSC_1429-2 DSC_1645-2a

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