Monday, December 28, 2009

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 J

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

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.

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...

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


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!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

Christopher and Raff

I think Christopher liked his present....then it was time for a nap. So cute, and cannot, cannot believe that he is already two months old.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wildlife show

This afternoon Kaiden made a special trip back to daycare to see the wildlife show. Apparently he had to pulled back several times as he was so keen to touch the snakes and crocodiles - this child has no fear! Swimming lessons also started back again this morning. As he got out of the pool he gloated to Brett, "I'm too fit for you". What a funny boy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The adventures of Terry Teddy

During the past week we have had a guest in our house..Terry Teddy from daycare. It was an extra busy week with lots of adventures.
Firstly, we stopped at Nan and Pop's place on the way to Maryborough. Saturday was spent having fun at the Samford Show with some animal patting and rides.

Kaiden met up with his good buddy Luke and they had a great time.

We lit a huge bonfire at Grandad's place and visited Great Aunty Ruth and Great Uncle George.

Then when we got home we all went to the dentist. Teddy had a check-over first and then it was Kaiden's time - his first.

As in usual Kaptain K style he took it all in his stride and said big "ahhhhs" for Dentist John to have a look in. All looked good, some mottling on the back teeth which is apparently usual for toddlers given it a hard place to brush (or for the parents to brush) and there is some protrusion of the front teeth, most likely hereditary (Brett had bad buck teeth before braces).

Will see how that progresses over time and who knows what the approach to braces will be in five year's time.
I bet Terry Teddy was happy to be back at daycare today, for a little break before his next adventure.

Baby photos

Here's the very cute Turtle at 33 weeks. It is amazing the detail from the ultrasound. We don't have a photo of Kaiden to compare it with because at the scan at the same stage Kaiden didn't want to show us his face but Turtle was a bit more co-operative! We had this scan to check the position of the placenta which showed everything had moved up and was looking good! Turtle has an above average head circumference and femur length so I wonder if that means a big head and long legs?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Kerry's classes

I made this wonderful layout thanks to Kerry's class at the Scrap with V retreat. All that cutting out and staying up wayyyyy too late was well worth it. Thanks Kerry for such a beautiful layout.

And here's another...