fast and furious

officially cruising
officially cruising

And just like that he’s sleeping again. For a little more than a week every nap and most bed times were battles. Crazy temper tantrums and early wake ups and even a few middle of the night awakenings creating a perfect storm of over tired  bad attitude. Then, all of a sudden, nothing, a sweet happy baby in his crib.  Whatever. We’ll take it.

Liam’s bedtime started to creep later and later. After dinner now he plays hard, then has a bath, and plays in his room until bed. A few days he was up until a bit after 7. He just didn’t seem tired. I was thrilled, thinking this later bed time would translate into later wake up.  Not so much. He started waking at 5 again. So, with no other ideas to work with, we put him to bed at 6:45, even though he was still acting wide awake, and he slept until 5:45. The next day he slept until 5:55. Last night Liam was in bed at 6:30 and he slept until 6:10. There used to be clear sleep cues, but not anymore. He just never acts sleepy until he’s snuggling Lovey right before bed. I’m so confused.

All this boring detail is here so that I can review it next time his sleep goes off the rails. Thanks for your patience.

Now for the important stuff. Houston, we have consonants. Liam has begun to “dadada” and “mamama”. It’s silly cute. He is also pulling himself up on furniture and cruising. Plus, he can sit back down from a standing position.  It’s amazing. He found the cat toy stash too and seems to prefer those to his own toys. Once again, the cats are not thrilled.

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It really feels like he understands what we’re saying sometimes. He actually did what I told him yesterday. That reads funny. What I mean is that yesterday while Liam was playing with his shapes, I pointed to one that was away from the rest and said something to the effect of “There’s another one. Put that one in the box too.” and he did. Wow! I was stunned. Now he’s really like the cats in that he can deliberately ignore us.

i can't hear you
i can't hear you

PS. I embroidered “EAGLES” and cut the sleeves on one of Liam’s t-shirts, but I must go back and lightly bleach the back of all his shirts. There’s a hard line on each sleeve and it looks funny to have a mottled front and perfectly solid back.

go team!

bleached tees
bleached tees

Want an easy (cheap) 10 minute project? Grab a colored T-shirt, stencils or paper cut outs, 2 spray bottles, some bleach, and some vinegar. Lay your paper cut out or stencil on the tee, spray some bleach wait a bit until the shirt starts to lighten, spray some vinegar to neutralized the bleach, and peel off your design. It’s that easy.  If you want a very crisp design, like the lion, use some spray adhesive or a glue stick to affix your design before spraying. For the Flyers shirt I glued down the logo, sprayed some bleach and waited a bit, then peeled off the center circle and sprayed a bit more bleach there and quickly sprayed on the vinegar. Also, be forewarned that the bleaching may not show up until you add the vinegar. The black Flyers shirt started to discolor immediately, but the navy Lions and green Eagles shirts didn’t look like they were bleaching at all until I sprayed the vinegar. FWIW, these are Garanimals long sleeved T-shirts, $3 at Walmart.

taking a stab at embroidery

Heh. Get it? Taking a “stab.” You know, like the needle “stabbing” the fabric. Ahhh. I slay me.

Quilts, Baby! by Linda Kopp
Quilts, Baby! by Linda Kopp

Borrowed this fantabulous book from the library. It’s Quilts, Baby! by Linda Kopp and I love it. The Woodland Creatures crib bumper totally hooked me, but we’re not using a bumper on Liam’s crib. So, like Dickie Dunn I tried to “capture the spirit of the thing” in throw pillow form. One side of the pillow features a bird and racoon and the other has an owl, a butterfly (outline of the fabric pattern), and some yo-yo flowers. I’m about to start a second pillow, which will likely feature a pond and hill. Stay tuned.

The fabric is Absolutely Cotton, which was 40% off at Hancock’s Fabrics last weekend and the embroidery is DMC Pearl Cotton 5. It’s machine pieced, the trees are “appliquilted” by machine, and the embroidery is by hand – my version of a split stitch through all three layers. The yo-yos were made with Clover’s Extra Small Yo-Yo Maker. The whole project probably took 6-8 hours and should have been a bit quicker but I took some shortcuts. Why do I attempt to shortcut tried and true methods? Stupidity, pride, a genetic disorder? Suffice it to say that you should follow the instructions for the freezer paper technique or some other approved method to prep your applique pieces. Hand rolling it while you sew just doesn’t work and using a giant iron and your fingertips to turn the edge leads to burns. 

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be kind, rewind

Sorry for the blog negligence. I’ll just move on in chronological order. OK?

still drooling
still drooling

Liam is nine months old! He’s such a big boy, belly crawling all over the place. He walks while holding on to our fingers and has figured out how to exit the bath tub (big fun!).

His nine month check up went well. He weighed in at 21 pounds and 11 ounces and measured 28 inches in length. That means that he’s now coming in at the 75th percentile in weight and head circumference and 50th percentile in length.

Aunt Rosie and Liam
Aunt Rosie and Liam

Labor Day weekend was big fun. Liam finally made it to the ocean. (Yes, I’m horrible. We live less than 10 minutes from the beach and he’s only just been.) All it took to motivate me was a visit from Aunt Rosie, Carol Anne, Roy, Stephanie, and Andrea. And what a fun visit it was! Liam had a big time with everyone and I got to go out  with Stephanie and Andrea. To a bar. And stayed up until 1 AM.

And in current events. Are nine month olds supposed to throw temper tantrums? ‘Cause this one suddenly does. When his highness doesn’t care to nap (or sit by himself or play or be held, or whatever) he screams bloody murder and throws his head and upper body back into a full arch and stiffens everything and did I mention screams bloody murder. These little “events” have some serious staying power too. He’s a crazy person. Why didn’t anyone warn me about this?

temper what?
temper what?

Good thing he’s cute.