Monday, December 28, 2009

Digger Cake


For months and months before his 3rd birthday, Kaiden was set on what sort of cake he wanted - a Digger cake! It was Brett's sculpting skills that brought this masterpiece to life. Kaiden loved it and was telling everyone all about it, right down to the chocolate rocks in the scoop and the fires (candles) on the back.

EB Secret Santa 09 Sent



I went with a 'cooking theme' sending my parcel of goodies to *Rubes* (who doesn't have a blog). An album of Christmas recipes, an apron using this pattern and more Christmas fabric from Lincraft and an embroidered tea towel.

EB Secret Santa 09



Wow! What a lucky girl am I? Look what I received in the EB Secret Santa swap, some gorgeous handmade jewelery - a necklace and bracelet. There was also a very nice smelling candle which I could smell through the packaging but unfortunately it didn't make it through our Brissie heat (and probably being kept inside the postie's van in a very hot day). I'm not exactly sure who sent it to me..maybe it was Indomum (who doesn't have a blog that I know of). Whoever it was - thank you!!

Present for Mac


A little girl's top in Christmas fabric from Lincraft, the blue fabric from Spotlight, pattern by that*darn*kat

Presents for Jordan


A few little embroidered bibs for the stocking.

Pink Fig Patchwork Skirt


Made this, using this pattern for my niece Lauren. It has lots of twirl!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Montessori Child's Apron


I finished this recently for a Secret Santa swap for a little boy who enjoys a good session of biscuit baking. The pattern was too easy, and I like how it is designed for the child to put on themselves, promoting learning and independence. I think our little chef deserves one too - its on the 'to sew' list for 2010.

Monday, December 14, 2009

D-Day for the Dummies


It was finally the day for the dummies to go so we gathered them all, wrapped them up in a shoebox and amongst the tears Kaiden wrote a letter to Santa. I felt like such a mean Mummy, after all he had had them since birth but it was time for them to go. The hand-over to Santa itself was quite a non-event, I think Kaiden was more in awe of being able to give him a high-five.
While Kaiden is proud that he has given them to Santa for other boys and girls, he still states that he would like them back :) He is a little upset at bedtime that there are no dummies but a few songs and cuddles and it all passes by.
There is much anticipation for his birthday now - turning three he is really aware that it is not far away. His requests are simple - a digger cake and a Bob the Builder card. We'll see how that goes.

The house that Kaiden built


This is the second gingerbread house made here (thanks Rin for the present, its getting lots of use). The first one went to the neighbourhood Christmas party the other day. Kaiden helped decorate this one. Unfortunately the arm and leg of the little gingerbread man is came to an unfortunate, premature end but the remainder made it the playgroup Christmas party this morning.

How cute is this little guy?



Jordan at four months. I know that being his mother, I'm likely to be just a bit biased but still, Jordan is such a gorgeous baby...a real heart-breaker. And as I looked down on his baldish head the other day, I could see the ever-so-slight tone of red, a bit like his brother's. Stay tuned.
And just in case you haven't had enough cuteness for today, here's a photo of Kaiden at six months...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Four months - Jordan update

We headed up to the chemist to see the health nurse and have a monthly weigh in - Here's the stats:

Weight 6520g up 490g, in the 25th percentile for his age
Length 66 cm up 4cm, in the 85th percentile for his age
Head circumference 42.8cm up 1.6cm 75th percentile for his age

Jordan is still a very smiley boy, loves being the centre of attention. He has discovered that he has a voice and has started blowing raspberries. There is usually one wake during the night for a feed but during the day he tends to cat-nap with a longer sleep in the afternoon. Photos to come...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beautiful..


.. is how Kaiden described his new pair of shorts. These were easy to whip up, using drill and Japanese fabric trim (both from Spotlight). I love this Make It Perfect pattern. It is my new favourite. In Jordan news he is now rolling and is quite pleased with himself. He still loves his baths, being outside and giving us lots of smiles. A couple of weeks ago he moved from his cradle in our room into a cot in his room without a fuss. Kaiden now has is "big boy king bed" in the bigger bedroom in preparation for when he'll share a bedroom with Jordan down the track.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Three months old


Our little guy is three months old already! It brings a smile to our faces seeing Jordan and Kaiden interact with each other. These two are going to get into ALOT of mischief together when Jordan is older. Jordan loves lying under this dangly stars, and has started to be able to hold a rattle.
The stats from the weigh-in yesterday are:
Weight 6030g, up 750gms in 5 weeks (about the 40th percentile)
Head circumference 41.5cm (about the 75th percentile)
Length 62cm (about the 60th percentile)
He is now into size 00 clothes and about to move into the cot, once the right size bunks arrive for Kaiden.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Scrapbooking



It has been a while since I have completed a page or two and on the weekend my niece asked if we could do some scrapping together. These are the two pages I finished. Quick and simple is the name of the game for my scrapbooking, not much time and energy I'm afraid. The Mother's Day layout was based on a monthly sketch challenge at the Scrapbook Establishment (which I found out that I just won!) and the Baby Face layout is based on an inspired blueprints sketch. Gotta love sketches to make it easier!

Friday, October 23, 2009

A mini-me moment


Kaiden and his cousin Tom.

Huge smiles


More huge smiles yesterday with cute noises thrown in. Jordan was happy to spend a little time on his playmat looking at the dangling stars and I think he enjoyed the time to himself with out his big brother annoying him.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pompom bear


Here modelled by bear as it is for a six-month old so too big for Jordan and too small for Kaiden. Just made it for a bit for fun, simple and easy to knit. From the book by Amanda Keeys and using Moda Vera Lusty wool from Spotlight.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two months....



Jordan is two months already. We are starting to get more 'goos" and "gaas" with many more smiles. He is much more settled particularly in the evening, likes reading books and playing with his cheeky brother. (Note: no baby was harmed during the play shown in the photo). Jordan had his first injections during the week. He was a bit unsettled through the afternoon but otherwise OK. It was all over very quickly, cuddles from Mum and a feed and it was all over until next time.

Tommy Turtle



Jordan's nickname before he was born was "turtle", so for Christmas I made him one using another Funky Friend's pattern. I gave personalised him by embroidering Jordan's initials onto his underbelly. The cheeky thing snuck into Jordan's cradle this morning to say 'hello' before he is wrapped and put away ready for the big day. Then he went for a little look out in the garden although it won't be long before he comes out to play again. I used the same fabric as I did for the giraffe (from Lincraft) with some fabric from my stash for the underbelly.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Car applique


A simple one for a little boy. Used the feature on my sewing machine to sew on the buttons for the first time and it was too easy. No more hand sewing on buttons for me.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mail holder


This is yet another UFO finished for Christmas. It was already painted (like five years ago) so I just added the cut-out flowers.

Jordan's second month weigh-in

Time is flying. Jordan is two months' old already. He has gained one kilogram this month and here's the stats:
Length: 59cm, in the 75th percentile for his age
Weight: 5290g, in the 40th percentile for his age
Head circumference: 40cm, in the 85th percentile for his age.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

And another.....


Another UFO (unfinished object) now actually finished! And I didn't have much to do. It is a birthday book with a page for each month, destined to be another Christmas present.

I've done the list today of presents to make or buy for Christmas as well as there are a couple of birthdays and a baby due. It is a busy time of the year.

Jordan is going well and we will be going for a weigh-in on Friday. He loves his nappy-free time and going outside. He is happiest when he is at "people-height" so sitting in his pram is preferable to lying on a playmat.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Another Christmas present....



and another WIP finished. I made this one into a recipe album using a Kaiser chipboard album and patterned papers. Suddenly I feel like rum balls and white Christmas. YUM!

I crafted...


in between toddler taming, baby wranging, trying to catch up on a bit of sleep or to actually get some, and to maintain my sanity. This album didn't take alot to finish, it was a WIP from last Christmas and I just needed to add a few finishing touches. Now ready to wrap...one down...more presents still to go...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Star signs

Our friend Linda complied a special and very detailed astrology chart for Kaiden, and has offered to do one for Jordan as well. But from a site Astrobabes here's a quick insight into our two boys according to the their sun sign.

Kaiden - SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23--Dec 21)


This child is a boisterous scatterer of energy. He goes straight to the point but doesn't always stick around to reap the benefits. He's cheerful and optimistic, perhaps expecting too much from the world. Generous with friends, he will share without counting the cost. He is courageous and loves to explore in every sense of the word. A tendency to over-eat can be counter-balanced by a love of sport.

Personality key: Optimistic, full of expectation, friendly, generous, indulgent, fair, free, philosophical, playful and energetic.

Parent power: Committed parents can teach Baby Sagittarius focus and application.

Jordan - LEO (July 24--Aug 23)

This child is not afraid to be himself and loves to show others how good he is. His sheer vitality makes him the eternal performer who thrives in the spotlight. Energetic and generous, with a deep need for recognition, his creative skills are there to be released into the world. Leo is a loyal friend and champion -- whatever he does, he does wholeheartedly.

Personality key: Wholehearted, dramatic, romantic, energetic, generous, brave, grand and excitable.

Parent power: If taught to recognise that others have strengths too, Baby Leo can become a positive force in life.

Sibling compatability
These two outgoing children will get along really well. They both have sparkling personalities and will make friends easily, both with one another and with people from outside the family. Their interests will be similar, in that both of them like to perform. Leo likes to show off talents in acting, dance or music -- while Sagittarius sticks to academics and sports. It's fortunate that their main interests don't coincide, because they'll be less competitive that way. There will be some rivalry, though, and that will center on the attention they get from you. Try to give them both the kind of positive reinforcement that will encourage them to keep trying to be the best at what they do. These two are sure to fill your house with laughter. And, with so much in common, these two will happily remain friends through their later lives, as they thrive on sharing their further adventures.

Six week smiles





We are getting alot more smiles now and some baby "talk". Jordan charmed our visitors Arthur and Roslyn and has spent the week going to playgroup, shopping, the park and afternoon walks. The unsettled period has moved to 4pm (hence the afternoon walks) with feeds around about every four hours (if I'm lucky!), sometimes more frequently especially during the day.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This week...

Kaiden started in the little kindy room at daycare. While he may miss his friend Liam, he does get to play again with his former bestie Frankie. He enjoyed his first day. He gets to go in the bigger play area with the older kids. Lunch and the afternoon rest is half an hour later. At his swimming lesson on Friday he kicked and paddled all the way across the pool. Jordan is growing quickly. This week we saw smiles for the first time which are just gorgeous, especially with the little dimples. We had the six-weekly visit to the paediatrician this week, a week early because Brett was worried about Jordan's boy-bits. Jordan was given the all-clear - he has a hydrocele which should disappear over the next 12 months. He also impressed the Dr with a huge pee which not only saturated the mat but the cover of the bed as well (I bet the receptionist who had to change the sheets was not impressed). The Dr discovered the Jordan has an innocent heart murmur which apparently can be be hereditary.

New stats for Jordan:
Weight 4.55kg
Length 56.5 cm (health nurse was a bit out probably because Jordan was asleep at the time!)
Head circumference 38.7cm

Monday, September 14, 2009

Very baby nappies


Before Jordan was born I made a couple of Very Baby newborn fitted nappies in the newborn size. I knew they wouldn't fit for very long, but I just wanted to have some of the teeny tiny nappies in our nappy stash. Well, at four weeks they no longer fit but have served their purpose well and have looked very cute. Some I made with a flannel outer from the Quilters Store in Salisbury, some I recycled some flannette pjs. (photo shows pj version).

Friday, September 11, 2009

At four weeks...



Above: Jordan enjoying Lauren's birthday party - he slept through the whole thing.

Today we went off to the child health nurse at the chemist for a weigh-in and measure. Here's the stats:
*Weight now 4240g (was 3530 at birth) now in around 49th percentile (same as birth)
*Length now 59 cm (was 53cm at birth) now in 96th percentile (up from 90th percentile at birth)
*Head circumference now 38cm (was 35cm at birth) now in 75th percentile

No wonder the 0000 bodysuits no longer fit and we have moved in 000s. There are only a few 0000 outfits that still fit him and for not much longer, the 000s are better with more room for his cloth nappy bum.

I weighed Kaiden at home and he now weighs 13.6kg which puts him in the 40th percentile for his age.

At four weeks Jordan:
* Loves a bath and always has from his first one
* Hates his nappy being changed and getting dressed
* Can go 3 1/2 to 4 hours between feeds (including at night if I'm lucky)
* Changes from day to day, some days has very long sleeps, other days not so
* Is most irritable in the early evening
* Has a tinge of red in his hair

Kaiden refers to him as "the baby" not Jordan - "Where is the baby?", "We feed the baby".

Conversations with Kaiden now go like this. We were passing a paddock of dairy cows so I ask Kaiden, "Where does milk come from". He smartly answers, "nipples". So true. (Months ago we were having a similar conversation at my Aunt's and he pointed to the milk carton). He has taken in breastfeeding - if Jordan is on his lap he pulls up his shirt ready for him to have a feed. Sorry buddy - won't work! He thinks Jordan drinks "pink" milk - strawberry flavoured of course, because that is Kaiden's favourite.

It feels like Jordan has been part of our family forever, in a nice way. Like it was his destiny to join us and now our little family is complete.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Two weeks old...



While Jordan is one month tomorrow, I'm still catching up on my blog posts. This is an update from week two....

Jordan is growing bigger every day. His eyes are more open and he is certainly taking in all that is happening around - especially his loud, singing big brother. Also at two weeks:
* Jordan's dry peeling skin has almost gone - it doesn't look so much like he needs some exfoliation.
* Is in 0000s (was from birth). Now winter has seemed to have gone, I had a look at what Kaiden wore (tiny five 0's) in his first month. They are so tiny and just no way that Jordan will fit them. So I gave them a good cuddle, had a sigh and packed them away. Just need to convince Brett now that it is OK to chop them up to make a memory quilt.
* Is still unsettled at night but watching less of sci-fi and more of the business channel around 2am (is that when the US stock market opens?)
* Is a real cuddly bunny and loves a good cuddle or lying on Mummy's shoulder to go to sleep. I'm taking in the moment of enjoying the soft baby breath on my cheek :).
* Has regained all of this birth weight, and a bit more, weighing in at around 3.8kg.
* Kaiden is taking opportunities to get into mischief, the latest being getting into Daddy's shaving cream (we were wondering why it was so quiet in the bathroom!). He still loves his little brother but is looking for some attention as well - asking for cuddles, mostly from his Daddy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

One week old...



already.....regular feeds, unsettled between 10pm and 1am, getting some quality sci-fi channel viewing with Daddy during these late hours, lots of sleeping and coping with a rowdy big brother who loves giving head pats and yelling "we must save him" when he cries and occasionally requests that Jordan goes "back in his bucket" (the car carrier). Seen here modelling a "sack hat" knitted by me, finished the day before he was born.

Monday, August 17, 2009

There's a house in my Mummy's tummy


I'm not normally into sharing belly photos, but I just love this one of K taken on Tuesday, a couple of days before Jordan's arrival. Most people have been asking us if K knew what was going on...I'm still not exactly sure but we were reading "There's a house in my Mummy's tummy" for the last couple of weeks, K came to the scans with us and he would often sit and feel Jordan moving and shout "Get out Turtle!". When he first saw Jordan in the hospital he yelled out "Baby" by the next day Pop had taught him to say "Baby Jordan" and he says that he is a "big brother". He is fascinated by watching Jordan feed and asks if he can get him a bottle. Sometimes he "helps" by getting a nappy or carrying in clothes or a towel at bathtime. So far he has taken to Jordan's arrival well, he is a wonderful big brother.

Turtle has arrived!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Knitting niceness...


One night when I was knitting in front of the tv, K asked what I was doing with those "sticks". Well son, about 20 years ago your Grandma tried to teach me how to knit. She actually did teach me the basics, I made two items - two simple vests. One of these was for a school project. While my Mum could knit the most elaborate of patterns - dolls' clothes, baby booties, cables, I ditched the needles until this fabulous person showed me her latest project which inspired me to seek out the 'sticks'. Never being one to start on something easy (like a scarf), I sought out a soaker pattern and set to work. Little did I realise that along the journey not only would I rediscover the magic of knitting, but I would learn a tonne of knitting 'tricks' like magic loop, grafting and short rows. So here it is, my first project in 20-odd years, a pair of soakers for 'turtle', in green of course. Pattern: Ladybug Loops. Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8 ply. A special thank you to Sharyn from Virgo Knits who so generously spent time sharing her knitting expertise to help make these special soakers for our little one. Now to wash and lanolise them ready for wear....

Ready for turtle




Here is the ruffle and mattress cover I made for Turtle's cradle. When K saw it all set up he said "Nice for Turtle". Please don't read anything into the fact that is is all blue.....I had metres of this blue fabric downstairs and thought it would be a good way to use it and added the little elephant by machine embroidery. It looks very comfy.....A special thank-you to Natalie from the EB Sewing Group who sent me her Burda pattern. The tricky bit was working out the placement of the embroideries - thanks to Brett they worked out exactly right!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Presents for Mac






When we were on holidays down the coast, I ventured into an op shop and found this perfect little girl's shirt. I appliqued on an owl and flowers taken from the pattern in Handmade Vol 25 No 12 which was originally designed for a wall print, and here it is. The purse was a WIP that I had for ages and thought it deserved to be finished and to be given a home.