liam at eleven months

December 17, 2014

Liam 11 months 4

He:

>Got sick. Again. (He totally had a fever when I took these photos.) This time it was the flu, even though he did have the flu shot – but he got on Tamiflu and was better in a day. I was shocked that his ears, nose, and throat were all pristine. I started up his breathing treatments again and praying that we can keep things under control.

>Learned to play Peekaboo and I forgot how awesome that is. The funniest part is that he doesn’t realize he’s supposed to cover up his eyes so he will just lift his arms up over his head and bring them down again. He thinks it’s the best thing in the world.

>Wants to feed himself all the time and will hardly accept baby food from me at all. I usually give him scrambled eggs, taco meat, shredded chicken, fruit, or puffs.

>Crawls all over the place and is into everything. The house does not stay clean or organized ever, and forget trying to get anything done with him at home, unless I’m willing to accept a complete disaster.

>Got moved to the toddler room at daycare even though he doesn’t yet toddle. But he’s so much bigger and more mobile than the other babies so I know he is happier there. I’m still in denial though.

>Loooves taking baths and probably wishes we gave him more. :)

>Kicks his feet whenever he’s excited or upset. It can be really cute or really annoying. When he’s sitting down he’ll kick his feet so much he’ll spin in a circle.

>Is a total mama’s boy. Anytime he sees me he drops whatever he’s doing immediately and comes straight for me.

Liam 11 months 3

Liam 11 months

I:

>Am soooo tired of him being sick.

>Can’t believe it’s the week before Christmas. I’m slowly but surely making progress on my holiday to-do list. Next in the queue of tasks to be completed: putting together gifts for daycare teachers, finishing up a few gifts for family & coworkers, wrapping the rest, going shopping with my Dad for stocking stuffers, and delegating Christmas Day meal responsibilities. My cards just came in the mail and I was happy to see that past me wisely made them say “Happy New Year” with no mention of Christmas, so I have an extra week to get those out. I hope we can go see some lights at some point, but it’s ok if that doesn’t happen this year.

>Have been taking photos and notes to put together a December Daily album. It will happen, but I’m not sure when. The Collect app has been awesome for keeping track of a project like this.

>Plan on signing up for the One Little Word workshop for the first time. I have an idea for my word, but I’m not 100% sure of it yet.

>Manage to run 2-3 times per week, and am increasing my long runs by a mile per week. I take them pretty slow and so far haven’t been struggling although I do have hip pain. I think I will be okay during the half marathons, but after I run them I’m going to stick to 5k’s and 10k’s for awhile. I’m getting excited for the race though.

>Still have a ton of ideas for this here blog, but it’s also been a relief to just jot them down for the future.

>Want to have a solid plan of action for organizing my life and setting goals in the new year. Things have been chaotic lately, and I’m ready for that to end.

>Have been easing myself up to Liam’s first birthday by thinking of him as being one already. I tell myself he’s one, although I know he really isn’t yet, but then when he actually turns one it won’t be such a shock. Anyway, he’s going to be “baby brudder” for a long time, I think. :)

Liam 11 months 2

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working mama files : erin from mischief managed

December 16, 2014

Working Mama Files is an interview series designed to support and encourage working moms along the path to having a fulfilling life. Today I’m excited to share with you Erin from the blog Mischief Managed. She has such an interesting story of motherhood involving infertility, twins, pumping, childcare, and she is also super passionate about her job. I encourage you to read the whole interview and get to know her because I know she will be helpful to you in some way! Who lives in your house? My husband, Ted, my almost 4-year-old twin daughters, Charlotte and Evelyn, and our dogs, Rufus and Kaya. And me. I live there too. Will you tell us a little about your current job…
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i love : art prints from minted

December 13, 2014

A little while back I heard artist Emily Jeffords interviewed on the Elise Gets Crafty podcast, and later when I looked her up I immediately fell in love with her abstract landscape art. I truly appreciate original art, but I don’t have any of it in my home because right now my money is being spent on things like daycare. But anyway, as much as I would love to own one of Emily’s original pieces, I at least added a print of hers to my Christmas wish list. “Grace in the Winds” by Emily Jeffords Emily is one of many independent artists that partners with Minted to offer their prints. As I was browsing their website to choose which one of Emily’s…
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project life 2014 : weeks 47 – 48 (& a blog update)

December 10, 2014

Popping in to share a Project Life spread with you today. But before that, let me give you a little blog update… The season of life where I am able to post daily is over for the foreseeable future. Work is busy, Liam is mobile, and other personal projects need to take precedence when I do get spare time. So my aim is to post here 2-3 times per week, but it won’t be scheduled. You can expect similar content as always: thoughts on motherhood & life updates, tips for working moms, goal setting, memory keeping projects, creative pursuits, natural health topics, things I love, and thoughts on books & reading. Basically anything I’m up to or interested in. :)…
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real life rambles

December 7, 2014

As I write this, it is Sunday afternoon. David is out driving with Meredith. I’m sitting at a desk in my craft room – leaning back, with my legs crossed over the knee – and Liam is asleep on top of me. Somehow I’ve managed to balance him on my chest with his head on my shoulder and get my hands free to type. My legs are propped against the legs of the desk in such a way as to keep me exactly in this position. He is a large baby, as I may have mentioned before, so I can’t say that I am exactly comfortable. I opened the computer intending to browse my Project Life Pinterest board. Before Liam…
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my finished handmade felt heirloom advent calendar

December 5, 2014

I finished this up last weekend after Thanksgiving, just in time! I may have an addiction to felt needlepoint. New favorite craft for sure. I call this an “heirloom” advent calendar because the materials are high quality and labored over by me with love so I am definitely forcing it on one of my kids when they grow up. :) I want to give another shout out to my mother-in-law for getting this for me way back in the spring or summer (an early Christmas gift!) so that I actually had time to make it for this year. I love it so much. If you want one, you can find them here. It requires basic needlepoint, embroidery, and sewing skills. Advanced…
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