Monday, August 3, 2015

5 Months Old!

Flora is five months old!
Flora continues to amaze us with her body strength.  She can sit up on her own pretty well, but doesn't have it completely mastered yet.  I generally still hover as she occasionally flops over.  Flora has been moving all over the living room.  Although she doesn't have crawling fully figured out yet, she still bounces around in crawling position and manages to back herself up under furniture.  I assume she will get forward motion figured out this next month.
It takes barely any effort at all to get her to smile.  She smiles all the time and does it for everyone.  We have also heard her laugh on occasion this month.  Pearl is the best in our family at getting her to laugh.  Her new trick is screaming.  She screams for fun and she loves it.  I can't believe how loud she can get.  Taking her to church was a little difficult yesterday.  You never know when she's just going to randomly start screaming.
Flora went on her first vacation this month.  We went to Seaside, OR for a week.  She did great in her new environment.  It's always tricky to figure out how to keep a baby covered from the sun while at the beach, but we managed to work it out.  She spent a lot of time in her ring sling and we even introduced the Ergo during the trip which she seemed to enjoy.
We introduced a whole lot of baby food purees this month.  She has tried banana, avocado, zucchini, sweet potato, apple, pear, green bean, mango, and carrots.  It took about a week for her to figure out the mechanics of eating.  Now she is already pretty fast.  I have only been feeding her solids once a day maybe five days a week.  We don't always manage to fit it in.
See how much she has grown!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4 Months Old!

Flora is four months old!
This girl is a lot of fun.  Flora likes playing with toys now and seems to really enjoy Pearl dangling toys in her face as well.  She is very strong and can wiggle and roll her body around the living room with ease.  Our pediatrician told me Flora is the strongest four month old she has seen in a very long time.
Flora still doesn't like bottles much.  She will only drink from one if I am feeding it to her which is not helpful at all.  The only time she really needs a bottle is if I'm away for a few hours.  We started introducing solids last night so hopefully if she still refuses bottles, she will soon be willing to eat something when I need to be gone for a little while.
She has been drooling a ton this month.  It seems a little early, but it makes me wonder if a tooth is on the way.  Her shirts are pretty much always soaked.  I don't see anything poking through her gums yet though.
Flora's stats:
Length - 24" (43%)
Weight - 14 lbs 11 oz (64%)
Head Circumference - 16.5" (87%)
See how much she has grown!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baby Knit Headband DIY

An Easy Step by Step Guide on How to Make a Knotted Knit Headband
Knotted knit headbands are pretty popular right now.  They are all over Etsy and I considered purchasing a couple, but I have so much leftover material from old projects that it would be silly for me to not just use up my own fabric instead.  Most any stretchy knit material will work.  Jeresy is probably best.  If you don't have fabric laying around, you could even re-purpose material from an old t-shirt or pair of leggings.  This is a super easy tutorial.  If you have never sewn anything in you life, this is a perfect first sewing project.
Step 1: Cut out a rectangle of fabric
I made two headbands.  The first was a 20" x 6" rectangle and the second was 23" x 6".  The smaller width is perfect if you are making one for a newborn.  Flora is 3.5 months old with an average size head.  The smaller size still fits her, but probably won't for much longer.  The longer length also worked for Flora with a slightly larger knot, but it also fits Pearl who is close to four years old.  If you want a headband that will fit for a long time, go with 23" or something close to that.  Since the material is stretchy and you are tying it in a knot, nothing needs to be exact.  Don't waste your time trying to make it perfect.
Step 2: Fold your fabric in half and shape the ends
Fold your fabric in half hot dog style with right sides together (the back side of your fabric should be on the outside).  My material basically looks the same on both sides, so that part really didn't apply for me.  Pin it in place if you want.  Then cut your ends either in a triangular shape like above or a half circle like in the image for step 3.  I found either way pretty much looks the same once it is finished and tied in a knot.  Don't worry about perfection.  Just eyeball it, I promise nobody will notice.
Step 3: Sew the headband with a zig zag stitch
Use a small zig zag stitch instead of a straight stitch to sew your headband.  This is important because if you use a straight stitch, your fabric will no longer stretch.  I used a 1/4" seam allowance.  You also don't need to sew the folded edge.  Leave a 1" opening on the straight edge of your headband so you can turn it to the right side when finished.  Make sure to back stitch in that area so your stitching doesn't pull out (see below).  I clipped around the curved edge seam allowance so it would lay nicer once turned.
Step 4: Turn, press, and hand sew opening
At this point, you are almost done.  Pull your fabric through that 1" opening so the outside is now showing.  Press it with your iron and then hand sew your 1" opening closed.
Step 5: Tie it in a knot, duh
You're done!  Now pat yourself on the back and wake that sleeping baby so she can try it on.

Let me know if you try it or have any questions.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Radish Recipe Favorites

We planted a half bed of radishes in our garden last year and enjoyed them so much.  This year we decided to plant a whole bed of a couple different varieties.  Since I am not the most genius of gardeners, I planted them all at the same time.  We had a massive amount of radishes to go through and only had a few weeks to enjoy them.  Since I have recently done a ton of googling and have prepared so many radish containing meals, I thought I would share my top five favorite radish recipes.
This recipe was really light and refreshing.  We didn't use micro greens like it called for.  I just used some various greens from our garden and it was amazing.
2. Roasted Radishes
A friend told me roasted radishes are really great with rosemary, but I just cut mine in half and roasted them in olive oil and sea salt.  Roasting radishes takes the spicy bite out of them so it makes your kids more likely to eat them which is a bonus.
We preferred it without the snap peas, but it's a great summer salad.  A perfect recipe if you are looking for something to take to a potluck.
4. Radish Greens Pesto
The greens are apparently the most nutritious part of the radish.  I do not like the greens in salad, so I searched for other ways to use them.  We add the greens to smoothies on occasion and I started adding them to homemade pesto.  I use this recipe, but I sub out half of the spinach for radish greens.  I also use walnuts instead of pine nuts because I'm cheap.
This is one of the most delicious meals I have ever prepared.  I loved how many radish greens I was able to use in it, and it was incredibly simple.  Of course I doubled the bacon.

Do you have any favorite radish recipes?  I would love if you leave yours in the comments.  We are hoping to get a second crop this year so I need more ideas.

Monday, June 1, 2015

3 Months Old!

Flora is three months old!
My grandma has been very sick this month so I took Flora down to meet her.  Flora was awake and calm for the visit.  My grandma held her and I got a great photo of the two of them.  My grandmother goes by her middle name which is Nell.  Flora's middle name is also Nell.  It is looking like Flora may not get the chance to really know the special woman she was named after.  I'm very glad to have that photo and hope to have many more of the two of them.  Only time will tell if that will be the case.  Prayers for my grandma would be appreciated.
Flora has been congested for a good chunk of this month.  I have to use the Nose Frida on her a couple times a day to help her breathe.  She absolutely hates it, but it works so well.  Thankfully, the congestion hasn't been affecting her eating or sleeping too much.  Also on the list of things she hates are bottles.  We haven't tried very many though so I'm still hopeful we can get her to like them.
Flora can roll from her belly to back and can also scoot forward in a panic quite well during tummy time.  I guess we can add tummy time to her list of dislikes.  She pretty much just doesn't like me to lay her down ever unless I am going to stay right next to her.
She does like some things.  She likes nursing, having me mimic the sounds she makes, and she will often smile back if someone smiles at her.  Flora sleeps really well in the ring sling and has started to enjoy quietly checking out her surroundings while awake in the sling too.
See how much she has grown!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Axel's Second Birthday Party

Our favorite guy turned two last weekend!
As you may know by now, I tend to go a little overboard with birthday party decorations.  I actually didn't do that this time.  As fate would have it, our church planned a "community fest" on the day of Axel's party.  Since it was literally going to be down the street and would have fun kids activities, we opted to take the party there.
Our family arrived at 11 am that morning.  We had some snacks, Axel opened presents, and then he made a giant mess of his cupcake.  After cleaning him up, we all headed out to the festival.  The kids jumped in a bounce house, had their faces painted, and played soccer.  Axel was so exhausted by the end of the party that he collapsed into his cousin Maleah's arms.  It was the sweetest thing.
We had so much fun celebrating our sweet guy and I hope more events like that coincide with birthdays in the future.  It was so easy!

Monday, May 4, 2015

2 Months Old!

 Flora is two months old!
Flora's personality really started to come out this month.  She loves it when people make silly faces at her and she will stick her tongue out if you do it first.  Her smile is the sweetest thing.  At this point, it seems like Jeremy and Pearl are her favorite people to stare at.
It is still very difficult to get Flora to sleep at bedtime and it usually doesn't happen until around 11 pm.  She has been doing very well though once she finally gives in.  I get a full night of rest now.  She wakes up a couple times at night to eat, but we both pretty much sleep through the feedings.
Noises don't seem to bother her during daytime naps.  She still prefers to nap on me, but will sleep in the tiny bed I have for her in the living room on occasion.  She rarely wakes up as a result of the noise her crazy siblings are making around her.  I can even vacuum in the room while she is sleeping and she doesn't seem disturbed. The ring sling is still one of her favorite places to sleep.
I took Flora to visit her great grandparents Jack and Nell for the first time over the weekend.  Flora's middle name is Nell after my grandmother.  My grandmother's health has been deteriorating and she had to move to a care facility.  Grandma is doing a bit better now and really loved seeing her little namesake.  Flora gave her some good smiles, too.
The dress Flora is wearing in these photos was mine as a baby.  My twin sister and I were preemies so out of all of the baby clothes my mom recently gave me, this was the only one that fit her.
Flora's stats:
Length - 1'11"
Weight - 12 lbs 8.5 oz
See how much she has grown!