26 Aug 2014

The Big Girl Bed

Hannah s bed 3For some reason I have lucked out not once, but twice, with children who loved their cribs and never bothered trying to climb out of them.  It's amazing.  It's also part of the reason why we just moved Hannah out of her crib and into a toddler bed a month after her third birthday.  We moved Jayce out of his crib when I was 7 months pregnant with Hannah, just before he turned 3, and what persuaded me/us to finally move Hannah was our impending vacation.  We would be staying at several different places over the course of the trip, and she was too big for a pack n play, so she needed to be bed-ready.
Hannah s bed 1The only problem was that we waited until the week before our trip.  I KNOW, I know, terrible timing and not a lot of cushion in case we had trouble.  But we had incredibly busy and stressful weeks (months?) leading up to the trip and it just didn't work out to switch everything around until that week, so that is what we did.
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Hannah normally falls asleep for naps pretty quickly after I've put her down, but those first few days took her about an hour of fidgeting (and realizing that she could get up if she wanted to) before she eventually drifted off to sleep.  Bedtimes weren't a huge problem, just a little bit of fussing around with her babies in their bed and the usual chatting with her brother.  But I think that Jayce being in the room distracted her from just getting up and playing, particularly since he is great about going to sleep himself.  It only took about 3 days and she had it.  
Hannah s bed 4Of course on the day I took these pictures I woke her up with my camera.  Silly mom, messing with a sleeping child like that!  (You can tell that it was a warm July afternoon, with her sweaty bed head, the little peanut!)  So I let her get up and she went in Chelsea's room to hang out.
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Hannah s bed 7Hannah s bed 6It turns out that our good luck extended to our vacation, because over the course of our trip we stayed in eight different places, (eight!) and she slept awesome in seven out of eight of those places.  She even napped almost every day despite that Jayce often wasn't napping with her.  I was amazed.  It obviously helped that they were completely worn out most days, playing in new places with new people, and the first week were getting over the jet lag and our horrible 27 hour journey to Florida.  But still, she napped!
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It turns out that I did all of that worrying for nothing, because she slept just fine in all of those big girl bed scenarios.  She didn't get out of bed against our wishes, she didn't fall onto any floors, didn't have any accidents, and didn't seem too bothered by any of it.  And her sleeping in a crib might as well have been a year ago. 
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4 Aug 2014

Planes, Delays, and Disney-Bound

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Just over a week ago, we boarded a series of planes to bring us stateside for a quick 3-ish week visit.  3 weeks always sounds like a good chunk of time, but never is quite enough to visit both families, friends that are spread all over, and have a little beach vacation time just us 4.  But we do our best to make the most of it, and this trip is no exception.

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We headed to the airport early and ended up with several delays.  We had breakfast, had another round of breakfast, bought snacks and magazines, and eventually boarded our first flight.

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The flight was okay.  It wasn't terrible, it wasn't great.  Our 4 seats were divided up so that Chris and I each had one of the kids, and we were right in front of the other.  I started off with Hannah, found Frozen quickly on the movie menu and she was ready to go.  Her headphones kept falling down, so I had to stuff my cardigan underneath the band to keep them in place.  This was her first real experience with headphones, and I laughed at her unawareness of her own personal volume level while they were on.  Over the noise of the plane and the full volume of her movie, she shouted every random comment about what she was seeing, every request, and every song.  That monkey.  She was a handful when she was with me and shortly after I passed her back to Chris she fell asleep.  Lucky guy.

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Unfortunately Jayce had a little bit of a rough trip.  He had been playing some on the LeapPad, some with legos, and reading some of his magazine, and by the time he moved up beside me his face was pale, he was a little limp, and he informed me that he had "travel sickness."  I escorted him, bag over his mouth, to the bathroom where we hung out for the next half hour or so.  But eventually his stomach settled, he calmed down, and we had a pretty decent rest of the trip.

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Hannah re-joined me and we dove into some coloring.  In case you're wondering, if your "flat surface" for coloring has a little bit of an incline and you don't want your crayons to roll away, putting them into mom's shoe will keep them accessible and off the floor.)

When we reached Newark, we discovered that our morning delays meant that we had missed our connecting flights, and we would not be hanging out there for 6 hour until we could board the next flight to Orlando.  But when we got closer to our boarding time, some storms rolled in, and we were delayed an additional 1 1/2 hours.  For the last hour I loaded Hannah into her stroller and pushed her around until she fell asleep, but other than that we ate dinner, claimed a little section of chairs as our own and let the kids do whatever they wanted to keep them and us sane.  Legos on multiple chairs, play dough on the ground, snacks and then ice cream, whatever.  (We cleaned up obviously, but at this point we had been up for about 24 hours and were slightly delirious.)

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But eventually we arrived, checking into our hotel around 2 am US time, which was about 7 am London time.  Yuck.  But we were there!  We stayed at the Art of Animation Resort which was full of sketches and characters from the Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Cars, and the Lion King.  I think you can tell which building our particular hotel room was themed after.  The kids enthusiastically bounced into our bedroom and then each fell asleep immediately as soon as they were horizontal.   

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We did the same. 

19 Jul 2014

Elsa Swirl Explorer Hoodie

I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week.  Wednesday was the Adventure Tee, Thursday was the Bookworm Button Up, and Friday was the Imagine Jacket and today is the Explorer Hoodie.
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18 Jul 2014

Rose-y Girl Imagine Jacket

MBOFFI was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week.  Wednesday was the Adventure Tee, Thursday was the Bookworm Button Up, and today is the Imagine Jacket.
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17 Jul 2014

Liberty-Bowed Bookworm Button Up

 I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology and I'm sharing them all this week. Yesterday was the Adventure Tee, and today is the Bookwork Button up.
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16 Jul 2014

Hawaiian-Striped Adventure Tee

I was so excited to be able to test a few patterns for the Make (Believe) pattern collection by Pattern Anthology!!  
That said, Hannah was the luckiest one, because check out some of her new fall duds above.  Great, right?  And the even better news is that all of the patterns are unisex, so Jayce is getting a little mom-made infusion for the fall as soon as we get back from vacation.  I can't wait. :)
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Up first is this adorable Adventure Tee.  It's amazing.

15 Jul 2014

All About Boys: The Series

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A few weeks ago a few friends and I struck up a conversation on Instagram about the lack of sewing series/emphasis on sewing for boys, and a few hours later the All About Boys series was being planned.  I had intended to get some summer sewing for Jayce underway, but almost 2 weeks of a chest infection put me extremely behind, and these sweet ladies were gracious enough to let me bow out of this round.  BUT I cannot wait for the next round.
Each person has taken the same two FREE patterns and transformed them into something completely unique for their boys.  In addition to the unique spins on the patterns, each boy is a different age, and I always think it's fun to see how the same pattern looks on different children of different sizes and personalities.  Fun, right?


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