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Spring Fashion Week – Friday

In which almost all of us participate (Stephen was at work)…


*I have trouble making my face look right when I am taking pictures of myself. So I just did this. Blerg.

-Magenta Nursing Tank: Target
-Tank top:AE
-Cardi: Target
-Jeans: Really old GAP ones
-Socks: Also really old GAP ones
-Bronze Flats: Target (Sister got them for all her bridesmaides, best bridesmaid shoes ever)
-Necklace: ??? It’s a couple years old, got it at the mall in Bako, I remember that much.

-Shirt: Baby Boden, Christmas Gift
-Pants: Handmedowns from one of our little buddies, I think they are babyGAP
-Socks: Okie Dokie by JC Penney, best baby socks ever, the only ones that stay on my kids’ little feet.

-Owl and Kitten Shirt: Baby Boden, another Christmas Gift
-Denim skirt: handmedown from Target
-Tights: handmedown from Gymboree
-Boot: handmedown from Target

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Spring Fashion Week – Thursday

Shirt – handmedown, Old Navy
Jeans – Christmas Gift, Target
Silver Flip Flops – Old Navy, purchased new

I’m trying my best to continue participating, but our Internet connection is currently sketchy. Yesterday and Today’s post brought to you by Whole Foods Thousand Oaks Free Wifi.

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Spring Fashion Week – Wednesday

Hat – Me
Foxy Girl Onesie – Handmedown, fairly certain it’s from Target
Denim/floral skirt – Handmedown that I actually purchased for my niece a couple years ago ūüėČ
Shoes – LittleStar/Target, purchased new

This morning while Sprout napped, Bean and I did an activity from our preschool book about lids. She learned about matching lids and “off” and “on”. We also played with some dried beans. She had a ton of fun. I’m trying to make sure I do more activities with her while Sprout is sleeping (a lot!) so that she feels she gets sufficient Mama time and stops being so jealous. Hoping it improves her behavior and interactions with Sprout in general. It does seem to be working a bit. Plus it’s fun to learn!

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Spring Fashion Week – Tuesday

Shirt – Target
Jeans – Old Navy
Shoes – Pink High-Top Chucks

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Spring Fashion Week – Monday

Green sun hat – Old Navy, handmedown
Baby doll top – babyGAP, handmedown
Skinny jeans – Target, Christmas gift
Silver flip flops – Old Navy, purchased new

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Spring Fashion Week!

So last fall, Emery participated in Fall Fashion Week and it was awesome. I was definitely jealous of all her cute clothes and outfits, but being huge and preggo there was no way I could pull them off.

Well, now Emery is hosting Spring Fashion Week over on her blog. However, once again my wardrobe is not really up to par. I think I have one or two spring outfits that I would be willing to put out there on my blog for the public to see. I don’t really want to do anything about my wardrobe yet because 1) my body is still doing the post-pregnancy and breastfeeding hormonal wonky thing and 2) as I said in Sprout’s two month post I really don’t think I own any clothing without a greasy spit-up stain somewhere on it. I’m thinking in about six months or so when I’m sure the spit-up business is over with and my body has decided to regulate out that I’ll be hitting up thrift stores, Target, the mall and fabric stores for a wardrobe makeover.

However, Bean has some really cute stuff. She just moved into her 18mo clothes. A lot of it is hand-me-downs from her sweet cousins “Lizzie” and “Half-Pint,” but there are some new things in there too. It’s been so fun getting her dressed lately and picking out different outfits. Basically, I get to live vicariously through my daughter’s wardrobe. So, I got permission from Emery and we will be participating in Spring Fashion Week with the little lady version of it over here. I’m so excited!

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“Sounds like my morning, minus the urinating.”

It all started at 1am. After a nice four hour¬†stretch, Sprout decided thereafter¬†that he needed to wake up and be fed just about every hour. I think there is a growth spurt at three weeks if I remember correctly, but it didn’t stop me from muttering in exasperation at 6:30am, “Every hour! Really!? I’m just. so. exhausted!”¬†By 8:30am when Bean’s laughter, singing and animal noises were no longer enough to keep her entertained and had instead turned into whining and cries for, “Nummy-nummy,” I realized any hope of meaningful sleep really had escaped me. So I was up.

Even though I was quite grumpy about it, it is hard to remain¬†so when upon entering her room with Sprout in my arms I am enthusiastically greeted¬†with a cheerful face and exclamations of, “Bebe! Bebe!”

Bean has become more and more interested in and concerned with her little brother of late. If he is crying and I can’t get to him right away she goes over to him with a very concerned look about her, sometimes she’ll try to pat his back or tummy and then proceeds to look at me with a very serious, “Aren’t you going to do something about this?” expression on her face. When I have him out in the swing or on a blanket, she parades around him pointing and saying, “Bebe,” or trying to point out the body parts on him that she knows the names for such as hair, ear, toes and eyes.

We’ve figured out that Sprout likes to be¬†in a more upright sitting position and prefers bouncing to swinging. So yesterday I had scoped out some chairs at Target and talked over their prices and features with Stephen that night. I had decided on one after our discussion and planned to get it in the morning before the kids’ appointment with the pediatrician. The appointment was on the cusp of Bean’s naptime so I didn’t want to go afterwards.

There really wasn’t much to eat in the house except cereal, but we ran out of paper bowls yesterday and the regular ones are all packed because we are moving this weekend (crazy, I know because, hello, we just had a baby, but our lease was up and we didn’t want to keep living here anymore and we found a place in a better area that is cheaper and had a garage). So I packed up the diaper bag with diapers for each kid, my wallet and breakfast goods for Bean before heading over to Panera to get something for myself.

Ever the charmer, Bean quickly won over the affections of a really interesting couple in the next booth. She’s a former opera singer from Israel and he was from Australia. They had the most lovely accents. Bean kept flirting with them through the whole meal.

We made it to Target after that. I opened Sprout’s door, put on my sling and as I went to lift him into it I discovered that his pants leg felt warm and squishy. Gross. Because I very rarely have blowouts with cloth diapers, I of course had not packed a second outfit for my boy. So, I opened up the back hatch to the van, got set up for a diaper change and then delved into a very, very disgusting diaper and clothing situation. I used every single wash cloth I had and it still wasn’t completely enough. Luckily Sprout was wearing a jacket and I did have the sling so he was covered¬†enough that I could still head into Target without feeling weird about my mostly naked baby. Since I planned the Target trip with just enough time for Target and then to head straight to the pediatrician’s office, I was going to have to get Sprout something to wear in addition to wipes and the bouncy seat that was the whole reason for the Target trip in the first place.

I found a few cute options in the clearance section including a vintage-y looking Star Wars onesie¬†and a Dodgers outfit. Got wipes from the diapers and wipes aisle to further take care of cleanup when we got back to the van. Then I headed to the aisle where they had the seats. Of course, just my luck, yesterday they had two of the seats that I wanted and today both were gone. I thought about asking if they had anymore in the back, but really didn’t have the time for them to figure it out and so I decided against it. I went back and forth on whether or not to get a Bumbo instead, but decided that $40 for just a plain seat that really doesn’t do anything was not worth it.

So I left Target $20 poorer and headed back out to my van where I proceeded to dress my son and finish cleaning up his minor explosion.

Then it was on to the pediatrician’s office. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this yet, but since our last appointment I changed pediatricians again. I just felt the last one had a personality¬†that didn’t mesh well with mine and found it very hard to talk to her or have my opinions heard. So, while she did have some similar¬†opinions as mine (homebirth¬†is OK and breastfeeding is great), those we disagreed on (like the AAP vaccination schedule) I just couldn’t get my point across easily. This other doctor was also recommended to me by the same parenting group that recommended the other one as well as one of my real-life friends. We were able to get into his practice because of Sprout since he only accepts newborns and their siblings.

There were a ton of sick walk-ins when we got there so even though I was on time for my appointment I waited nearly half an hour past¬†that time before getting called back. Got the kids undressed, weighed and measured. Bean is still “petite,” but moved up from the third to the fourth percentile. She managed to grow two inches (now 28 3/4″) and gain about a pound (now 19lbs¬†12oz) since her last checkup in September. Sprout, on the other hand, is in the¬†75th percentile, gaining¬†three quarters¬†of an inch (now 21 3/4″) and 17 ounces¬†(now 10lbs) since birth.¬†¬†

When the doctor came in to check them both out, Bean started crying and screaming as soon as the stethoscope touched her chest. He wanted to see her walk and said she pronates a bit (which I do too). Upon reaching the side of the room I was on, not being diapered or clothed and more than a little upset and stressed out, she grabbed onto my leg and started peeing on the floor next to me. Lovely.

He said we could go without the flu and MMR shots because of her egg allergy, but¬†he did want her to¬†get two other shots today as well as a TB test and another anemia test since she was slightly anemic at her last checkup. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it though since now that she’s weaned it isn’t as easy to calm and comfort her and she was already really upset from the examination.

I did manage to get her calmed down during our conversation about shots, but then as soon as the doctor started examining Sprout and he started crying she lost it again. Usually when she cries she also says, “No!” or “Mama!” over and over again¬†and we usually say something along the lines of, “I know sweetie, I’m sorry,” while we are trying to comfort her. Well, lately she has started saying, “I know, I know” over and over while she’s crying about something, parroting back what we usually say to her. It’s so sweetly sad. She picked up the doctor’s reflex hammer and became enthralled with it and calmed down on her own while her brother continued to be¬†examined during which he also peed all over the examination table.

The doctor left the room, I quickly nursed Sprout a bit to calm him down and then got him dressed. The nurse came back in the room with Bean’s shots. I think the thing I hate most about shots is that the nurse usually needs your help as mom to hold down your child or hold their arm steady, etc. I’d honestly prefer it if they could spare an extra nurse to do all of¬†that and then I could just give cuddles and loves afterwards instead of being associated with the pain, too. We found out right there that Bean is no longer anemic, which is good.

Afterwards when we got back to the waiting room, Bean whined when she tried to use the hand that got the finger prick for the anemia test to touch any toys and just about lost it when the band-aid¬†on that finger came off, but was happy again when¬†I put it back on. We made our way back out to the car. I put her in her seat and gave her the snack trap from earlier in the morning with the rest of her cereal and then went to the other side of the car to put Sprout in his seat. During which time, Bean dropped the snack trap¬†so that it was wedged¬†between her leg and her seat, but she would¬†only be able to get it by picking it up with the hand that¬†had been¬†pricked. She also lost the band-aid¬†again. So¬†she started crying again. After buckling Sprout I went back over to her side of the car and¬†placed the snack trap between her legs and convinced her that since her finger was no longer bleeding she didn’t really need the band-aid anymore.

Back to the front seat. Then a FedEx truck drives up and blocks me from getting out. Bean and Sprout start crying again because it has been far too long since we’ve been moving. So I pull out the iPod and blast Raffi’s “Down by the Bay” and everyone is happy again. The FedEx truck finally moves and we can pull out of our parking spot too.

Made it back home. Bean throws a fit when we get to the strip of grass that runs along the walkway to our apartment¬†because I won’t let her sit in it (I never do because our neighbor has dog, even though we’re not supposed to have dogs in our complex, and he always takes it to do its business on that strip of grass). We finally get back inside after the tantrum. Sprout is asleep so I place him in the swing and proceed to fill Bean’s sippy cup with milk prior to her nap.

She gets mad and starts throwing another fit because I won’t give her the sippy before we get upstairs. Then when we get upstairs and she finishes the sippy she starts crying again because she’s finished it and she knows that means I’m going to put her in her crib. So I indulge her a little bit and keep rocking with her in the chair until she calms down. I get her into her bed and she closes her eyes immediately, exhausted from a stressful morning.

I realize I haven’t peed¬†all morning and of course, just as I get into the bathroom Sprout goes from peacefully asleep to full blown hysterics in a matter of seconds. After I’m done I head back downstairs, pick him up and start nursing him while calling Stephen because I just needed to talk to him after all that. So, after I’m done telling him all about it he says, “Sounds like my morning, minus the urinating.” Things have been pretty stressful at work lately too because several projects they’ve been working on are coming to a close all at the same time.

This is what we keep telling ourselves: I wasn’t pregnant forever and just like that came to a close so will the other uncomfortable/painful/stressful things in our lives. We won’t have a colicky newborn forever, there won’t be¬†nighttime feedings forever, the stressful projects at work are coming to a close and won’t go on forever, we won’t be¬†moving forever, etc.¬†Seasons come and go in our lives. God gives us strength, patience,¬†grace, children that nap for 2-4 hours several days in a row,¬†and anything else we need to get through them.

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Attempts at maternity Fall fashion…

In two weeks our amazingly talented friend, John Stephens, is going to shoot our family and just me for some maternity/family photos.

And now I’m agonizing over what to wear.

I kind of want to get this sweater from Old Navy, just for the shoot (well, I’d wear it the rest of the winter too, but mainly just for the shoot):

I’d either pair it with some jeans and boots or a skirt, tights and boots and I’d wear a long sleeved tee underneath (not sure which one yet).

My frugal side, the side¬†that doesn’t want to spend nearly half my monthly personal budget on a maternity sweater that I’ll only get a couple months use out of, says to just make do with what I have. So this is what I have… (I cut my head off in most of the pictures because my hair is insane… which, by the way, the stuff I bought at Sephora does nothing for me… and I’m really not good at making cute little faces when I’m taking my own picture like Emery)

Option #1

Eggplant ruffleneck short sleeved sweater from GAP Maternity, AE straight leg jeans (still burnt that they discontinued these ones), brown leather Aldo boots.

Option #2

JCrew ribbed tan¬†sweater that I’ve had for several years, brown satin belt, GAP Maternity flowery pleated¬†neck sheer shirt, same jeans and boots. Another option for this one is some boot cut maternity jeans and pointy flats that are the exact pink of the flowers.

Option #3

Heathered green pullover that I knit myself, same jeans and boots.

Option #4

Heathered purple sweater tunic, brown thermal (though after seeing this photo I think it looks better with this grey turtleneck I have), same jeans and boots.

Option #5

Brown thermal, green Motherhood Maternity top, same jeans and I think I had some bronze flats on with these (see picture below).

Option #6

Striped brown thermal, burnt orange gathered sleeve tee (coloring is a little off in this photo, it is much darker and less red looking), AE jeans, bronze flats.

Option #7

Orange/green/brown plaid Target top, brown cords, bronze flats.

Option #8

Grey ruffly Target sweater, green tank top, maroon Banana Republic silk slip dress, grey chevron tights, brown leather Aldo boots.

So, what do you think? Buy the sweater or make do with what I have?

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Little tweed coat

I don’t know how many of you have little boys or have tried shopping for little boys, but they get jacked when it comes to the clothes.

First, in the clothing stores their section is usually disproportionately smaller compared to the little girls section. Then, a lot of the stuff is just, well, blah.

Bean does not need any clothing. She is generously supplied by doting aunts and TONS of cute hand-me-downs from her cousins. However, I cannot help but gravitate towards the girls section of the stores because I just have a hard time getting into most of the stuff for boys.

As such, I have not yet bought a single thing for Sprout. He has no clothes people.

A few weeks ago I bought some chunky tweed yarn because I wanted to make some convertable man mitts out of them (fingerless gloves that have a flap that converts them to a mitten). I made one and it was UGLY! So then I had these two balls of chunky yarn and no ideas.

The nice thing about knitting for babies is that their clothes don’t require much yarn. When I was flipping through my baby knits books to decide on a project for my friend, I also spotted the perfect thing to knit up that tweed yarn into…

Pattern: Chunky Knit Cardigan from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight
Yarn: Less than two skeins Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Earthy Brown
Needles: US 6 and 7 bamboo straights and US 6 bamboo circ
Size: 0-3 months
Made for: Sprout
Modifications: None
Started: October 25, 2009
Completed: October 27, 2009

I am really loving these designs by Erika Knight. They are so simple and classic. The other thing I like about her stuff is that the sizing seems really right on. I wish I’d had these books when I was pregnant with Bean because a lot of the other patterns I knit up for her are STILL too big and were way off on the sizing.

So anyway, my knitting frenzy continues… I’m sure I’ll have something new to share on here in the next week or so.

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Attempts at being fashionable

I am so sick of trying to make my clothes work for me while nursing! I’m clumsy enough as it is without trying to wrangle with my clothing. This is why I can’t just be a discreet nurser and must use a Hooter Hider. Even with that thing though it is still a pain trying to pull stuff up, unzip, etc. while also keeping hold of a squirmy, grabby, and sometimes upset baby.

I always see this nursingwear company on the back of my Mothering magazines and decided to check it out. Some of their stuff was… well… very mom-ish, but here are some of my finds paired with accessories and other items from various stores. For the other items I tired to either find stuff I already have or stuff that was similar to what I already have. I don’t need to go breaking the bank around here. As far as accessories are concerned though, particularly earings, in all honesty I probably won’t be wearing them because Bean is just so darn grabby lately. I like my ears the way they are thank you very much and would not like having them ripped to shreds as an earing in her hand tears through them.

Breastfeeding & Fashion #1

Expressiva Fabulous Tie Top in Golden Olive, $36
AE 77 Straight Jean in Authentic Destroyed Wash, $49.50 Have these jeans, want another pair in a different wash.
Mossimo Supply Co. Willa Ring Sandals, $14.99 These are my new sandals for the summer.
Sabina Leather Half Moon Sachel, $245 (I actually already have a similar bag and it was a gift so it didn’t cost me anything!)
Triple Leather Bird Charm Bracelet, $28
Glass Cluster Flower Earings, $16

I was going to do a bunch of these, but I don’t really have time to play with it and all my other ideas are basically variations on that first one using these tops:
Nursing Tops

(From left to right, top to bottom)
Expressiva Square Neck Top in Blue Radiance, $29.99
Expressiva Lace Trim Cross Over Top in Olive Green, $29
Expressiva Shirred Scoop Neck Top in Coffee Brown, $32
Expressiva Flirty Ruffle Top in Sand, $27.99
Expressiva Crocheted Medalion Top in Wine, $36
Expressiva Couture Kehole Top in Rose Wine, $27.99

So, let me know what you think of my attempts at being fashionable and comfortable while nursing.

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