You are now 14 lbs (well, yesterday you were 13lbs, 15.8 oz but I thought it was safe to round up) and are 24 inches long. Getting bigger means you are able to play much more. You still love tummy time but more than that, you like to sit or even stand up and see the world (with a little help from us of course :-)
So we’ve been drying our diapers (and clothes sometimes too) in the sun. The sun is great at getting out stains and killing yeast plus it makes me feel happy to look outside and see all Lucy’s little diapers out there in the breeze. What doesn’t make me happy – seeing little clothespins all around my kitchen.
So when Lucy went to sleep tonight, I thought I would take a few minutes and try to come up with a solution. And I had success, both in making a clothespin holder and in documenting it! I’m sure I’m not the first person to make one of these, it isn’t complicated especially if you have made a tote bag before, but I haven’t seen any tutorials so I thought I would pass the idea along.
Start by cutting out two 6”x18” pieces of fabric and two 6”x9” pieces.
Now let’s make the straps. Take one of the 6”x9” pieces of fabric and fold one of the short sides in 1/4”, wrong sides together, and iron. Now fold the piece of fabric in half (hotdog style this time), iron, and unfold. The point of this is just to find the center easily without measuring. Then fold the bottom edge up to the middle crease line you just made and iron.
Now fold the top down to the middle crease and iron. It’s hard to tell the right and wrong sides of this fabric but at this point, all the wrong side of the fabric should be facing the inside. Now fold the top down again and iron. At this point,three of the edges should be nice folded edges with one of the short ones still open. Top stitch around the 3 folded edges of the strap. Then repeat for the second strap. Now you should have two little bags and two straps.
Then place it into the lining bag that is still inside out. The right sides of the two bags will be facing each other.
Now take the two straps and insert them, finished side first, into the bag, lining up the raw edges of the strap with the raw edges of the bag (I didn’t completely do this in the pictures or you wouldn’t have been able to see them). Place one strap next to each side seam but both straps on one side of the outside bag. You want the straps to go between the right sides of the two bags. The order should now be (from camera to ironing board): lining (facing down), straps, outer bag (facing up), outer bag (facing down), lining (facing down). Stitch around the top of the bag, leaving an opening about 2 inches wide for flipping. It is a little tricky to maneuver because the bag is small but if you take your time, you can do it. Do NOT sew the bag closed and do NOT sew all the way around without leaving the opening. Not that you would do such a thing :-)
Now topstitch around the top of the bag, using a seam allowance slightly less than 1/4” (I guess I didn’t mention that all seam allowances are 1/4” unless other wise noted) to ensure that you close up the opening you left for flipping.
Then hang up and fill with clothespins. This tutorial was written using the sizes I used but if I were to do it again, I might make it a little big bigger. It holds one pack of clothespins, but barely. I’ve found that I’m having a lot of trouble lately clearly communicating (has mommyhood given me verbal dyslexia?) so hopefully this makes sense but if any of the steps are confusing, feel free to ask for clarification.
And this is Lucy a few days ago, she "talks" a lot more now but she also is more easily distracted by the camera :-)
And it's true. Today was a new day. We got up and going just fine, the screening took a while but the audiologist was great and Lucy slept all the way home and through my errands to the grocery store and post office. Then we treated ourselves to our first mommy/daughter date at Panera. I've given up pretty much all white sugar and flour and am even limiting myself to only one piece of fruit a day (just temporarily) so it was nice to go out someplace I knew I could enjoy without feeling guilty. And while she is still cranky, she slept a lot this afternoon so I got a nice rest too. And she is back to only nursing every hour or two instead of constantly which makes me feel much better, although the itching and pain of the thrush has mostly subsided. And my mom is still in the hospital, but I'm glad that she feels okay, only a bit tired, and that since her treatment is over, this is the worst her "counts" should be, they should only go up (well, I guess when you are at 0, the only place to go is up!) And while I may not get to see her this weekend like we planned, I will get to see her soon. So my life is not perfect right now, but tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it. I'm just hoping tomorrow is more like today than yesterday!
(formerly know as my mom :-) to her last radiation treatment, then spent the rest of the week resting, visiting with some extended family and old family friends, watching a newly-found favorite family show (Royal Pains) and doing just a little bit of shopping :-). Lucy now has the most adorable swim outfit which I can not wait for her to use next month on another little trip we have coming up.
2. Pacify your baby at your breasts.
3. Don't use bottles and pacifiers. I actually tried to not follow this completely by giving her a pacifier. I didn't really want to except I knew we would be driving to my parents' house a lot and it would make the car trip easier. Turns out, she won't take one - at all. She gets very mad if I even suggest such a thing.
4. Sleep with your baby for night feedings.
5. Sleep with your baby for a daily-nap feeding.
6. Nurse frequently day and night, and avoid schedules.
7. Avoid any practice that restricts nursing or separates you from your baby.
*Technically, cue feeding and ecological feeding are different, cue feeding is just feeding whenever the baby cues you while ecological feeding is feeding whenever the baby cues you in order to hold off the return of fertility but in practice, they are pretty much the same. And don't even get me started on why I hate the term "demand feeding" - or maybe you should, I've got a pretty good rant ready to spout out whenever the need arises and it might be entertaining.
That's why my car looked like late last June. After a stop at Babies R' Us on the way home one night, I thought to myself, "Take the interstate home or this 45 mph highway?" It was only a few miles, so I decided to take the latter, scenic route. Wrong choice. Some dude turned left in front of me in an intersection, despite his obligation to yield, and I hit him.
Car accidents are generally a bad thing. But in this case, it worked out OK. Here's why:
- MacKenzie and Lucy were not with me.
- There were no injuries.
- It was time to replace my car (which was totaled) anyway - I had been unsure about when do so.
- I got a good settlement for it from the insurance company.
- I remain optimistic the other guy will be saddled with liability.
This accident forced me to conduct a search for a new vehicle on a compressed schedule. I didn't have rental car coverage on my insurance, so I had to foot the bill for that. Thus, every day without a vehicle was costing me money (note: I now have rental coverage. For only an additional $3-4/month, I now think it's worth it). Our criteria for a replacement vehicle, in order, were as follows: Get something within our price range, in order to buy the vehicle outright (no loan). Get something reliable (fewer problems, fewer repairs). Get something with good gas mileage.
We are a one-vehicle family. We realize that will probably have to change at some point, but we'd like to delay it as long as possible due to the additional expenses another car would bring with it. So we had to decide between a) buying a nicer, larger vehicle now and a cheaper second car later, or b) buy a cheaper car now and a nicer, larger vehicle later. The question was, how long will it take our family to outgrow a sedan? We initially tried to split the difference by finding a Subaru Outback, PT Cruiser, or similar hatchback-type vehicle. On the former, we couldn't find any that had less that 120,000 miles on them that were within our price range. On the latter, we found several at a good price, but decided the quality of these vehicles wasn't quite what we were looking for (we relied a lot on Consumer Reports' used car ratings). On the SUV front, Honda CR-Vs were similarly only available with very high mileage. I would have been willing to bite the bullet on a minivan, but CR says only the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are good, and late models of these vehicles are still high priced. Plus, I hate those Sienna commercials.
Some other models we considered: Mazda 3 (no AC or ABS in mid-2000's base models), Scion xA (too small), Mercury Grand Marquis (kinda ugly). In the end, we found this:
It's a Kia Sportage. It seats five, has side and curtain airbags, and supposedly gets 25 mpg highway (I'm monitoring actual performance in this category). It has fairly high miles on it, but the dealership did a lot of work on it after acquiring it as a trade-in (brakes, tires, drive belt). I rather like the color, too. CR said these vehicles were no good in their initial production prior to 2003. The model was revived, however, in 2005 and has gotten good marks since that time. So far, it's working out pretty well.
If you had asked me two months ago if I wanted to get into a car accident, I would have said no. But looking back, it worked out fairly well for me. This cloud had a thick silver lining.