Our Newest Niece

Last Monday, April 1st, our newest niece Betty Marie was born to proud parents Stephanie and Ian and big brother John.

Here she is with my little helper:


Jimi loved going to the hospital to see her and loves holding her.

Along with being our newest niece, Betty is also my God-daughter. We celebrated her baptism on Sunday morning.


Me with Betty after the baptism.


With Stephanie and Ian

Welcome to the world little Betty! We love you!


Headband and Clip Holder

Cecilia has a ton of headbands and hair clips that are just tangled into a hot mess, thrown in her dresser drawer. After searching Etsy for some heandband holders and seeing that all of the ones I liked cost at least $45, I had the great idea that I would make one myself. My sister has a baby girl due at the beginning of April so I decided that I would make one for my new niece as my guinea pig project. .. In the end I’m not sure it was any cheaper than Etsy and it probably doesn’t look as good but it was made with a whole lot more love than the ones on Etsy.

My first stop was to Hobby Lobby to pick up supplies. At Hobby Lobby I picked up a plain picture frame, sold without any glass or hardware, two pieces of thick cork board and some ribbon. I went to JoAnn’s to get some fabric to cover the cork board. I decided to use cork board for the back so that when the girls are older they can use the frame for a message board or whatever else they like.

All of the holders on Etsy had small little hooks attached on the bottom for holding the headbands. I headed to Lowes to pick some up. Thankfully I brought James with me because he had the great idea of buying some different cabinet knobs to use instead of the hooks. I think the knobs look much nicer. 090093

To attach the knobs, James drilled some holes in the frame and then screwed the knobs into each hole.

094Unfortunately, the drill bit he used wasn’t big enough so some of the wood cracked on the front of the frame. James cut down some pieces, super glued them back in and then we painted over the thin lines that were left.

To assembled the cork board, I first tried to super glue the two pieces together.

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109After I got the two pieces of cork board attached I attached the fabric over it using fabric glue and then a little line of hot glue just for some extra security.

117 112 113 114Next I measured out the ribbon and used a pencil to mark where the fabric would line up with the knobs. And simply because I couldn’t think of a better method, I stapled the ribbon onto the back of the cork board.

188 190Next, I went back to the super glue to attach the cork board to the frame. We lined the edges and then pressed it on to the board, using some heavy books to help set them together. After the board was set, I hammered in some picture frame brackets (I’m not sure what they’re really called) that we got from Lowes so the holder could be hung up.

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Dear Cecilia: 7 Months Old

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Dear Sweet Cecilia,

Yesterday you turned 7 months old and for the first time since I began these posts, I am only a day behind. Your biggest milestone achieved in the last month is that you have pulled yourself up into a standing position a handful of times. I know once you get that mastered, walking won’t be far behind it. There’s no rush so feel free to slow down. You are still army crawling/scooting all of the house. You get up off your belly to crawl but just wiggle a little bit. I think you’ve figured out that for now you can get around pretty fast doing the army crawl thing. Your new favorite place to crawl is under the dinning table and through the chairs. I have to keep up with my vacuuming because we are constantly finding you raking up and eating little treasures of food that your brother has dropped onto the floor.

There haven’t been any teeth sightings in your mouth yet but you appear to be teething pretty hard. You like to chew on anything you can get your hands on and sometimes get fussy at night *we think* because your gums are bothering you. Hopefully a tooth will break through soon so you get can some relief. In the last month you have developed quite the appetite and prefer eating food to drinking bottles. I think a lot of times you out eat your brother. You LOVE to feed yourself “puff” and “yogurt melt” snacks (Mommy likes to sneak a few too, they’re delicious). You love all things having to do with your brother which can get you into trouble when he’s not in the mood for sharing.

Your hair has taken on a unique pattern. It is quite long (going over your eyes) and brown in the front and short and blonde in the back. I like to refer to it as a reverse mullet.  You can look that up a mullet is when you’re older.

I love listening to your sweet laugh/cackle and your chattering. As always, you are such as a joy.

Love, Mommy

Dear Cecilia: 6 Months Old

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Dear Cecilia,

You are 6 months and 1 week old, keeping up with my trend I am late in posting this once again. You are turning into such an amazing little girl and I can’t believe how fast you are growing up. Just after I wrote your 5 month letter you began army crawling/inch worm scooting all of over the house. Whenever you’re placed on the floor with your toys you immediately head straight for your brother’s much smaller and more dangerous toys. You’re also discovering that there is a world beyond the living room and can be found crawling into the kitchen and bathroom. You are sitting up more and more but still need to have a spotter nearby just in case.

You prefer to have more adult food and are not a big fan of baby food. You love avocado, strawberries and feeding yourself crackers. We recently let you try out a sippy cup after catching you taking Jimi’s a few times. You are already getting the hang of it. Your sleeping habits are getting better. You already put yourself to sleep for nap time and at night. As long as you have your binky, you are content.

You have the best laugh and a smile that lights up a room. Everyone comments on what a happy baby you are. You are constantly observing your surroundings and I am sure it won’t be long before your forming words. We love you so much and it is such a joy to watch you grow.



P.S. At your six month check up you weighed 16lbs (48th percentile) and were 25.6inches (38.4 percentile)…(I have no idea who you get being short from) and you only fussed for a second while you got your shots.

P.P.S Here is a sneak peak from you 6 month photo shoot


Dear Cecilia: 5 Months Old

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You turned 5 months old on your first family vacation in Virginia. Time seemed to get away from us while we were there so your 5 months pictures were taken a little late. I’m sure you’ll forgive us.

This last month you started rolling over in your sleep so we had to stop swaddling you at night. It proved to be a challenge at first but you’re getting used to sleeping with your arms out. Now you wish to sleep with your pacifier in your mouth which can be problematic (and tiring for mommy and daddy) since you often spit it out during your sleep and wake up screaming to have it back. We are hoping you return to the amazing sleeper you once were soon.

Your little personality is shining through more and more everyday. You have quite a big set of lungs on you and are often yelling out of frustration and happiness. You still get a lot of joy out of watching your big brother and your face lights up whenever he’s near. You love to put pretty much everything into your mouth, including Jimi’s hair. We think you may be getting teeth soon but you stick your tongue out whenever we try to check for them. We are slowly introducing “solid” foods to you. Some days you like eating and others you have no interest so we are taking our time and not being pushy about it.

You are getting very mobile and can roll/scoot across a room.  Daddy and I think you will be crawling soon. I’m not sure I’m ready for you to be growing up so fast.



Dear Cecilia: 2 Months Old

Dear Cecilia,

Just like last month, this letter is late. Things have been a little busy though. On the day you turned two months we began moving to a new house. You will now have a room all to yourself… If I ever can find enough time to set it up that is. You had your two month check up with the doctor last week. You were weighing 11lb 12 oz (55th percentile) and were 22.6 inches long (52nd percentile). You were not a happy camper at the appointment and cried for nearly the entire time. Surprisingly you cried less after you had your first round of shots than you were before.

You do not normally cry very much though, unless we’re trying to give you a bottle or you are riding in your car seat. We are working on getting you to take a bottle more often so Mommy can have a break from feeding you once in a while but you are still pretty resistant to the idea. I have a feeling that you are not going to like change very much, just like me, while you are growing up.

You are a very smiley baby. All Daddy or I have to do is smile at you a little and you will offer a big smile in return. You talk a lot. I think you will be laughing very soon. You like to watch your older brother as he bounces through the house but that could just be because he is the loudest person in the house. Whenever I go to the store people stop me to tell me how pretty you are but they don’t need to tell me, I already know.



Summer Recap

Hi. Remember us? Yeah, we’re still here. Life is still crazy and an adjustment with two kids. Rarely does either one of us have two free arms (I’m typing this with one hand right now) because they both want/need attention at the same. When we do have both arms free we both busy doing work (homework for me) which doesn’t leave much time for blogging. I’m not complaining though I love snuggles from both of them.

Despite the still gorgeous weather, summer vacation has come to end for us. The school year has started which means James is back to work and I am in full swing of my third semester of grad school. This summer was full of trips to the zoo, children’s museum, playing at parks, gigs,  and visits with family and friends. The highlight of our summer was the birth of our beautiful little girl and watching Jimi grow and learn more and more everyday.

Here’s a slideshow of pictures from our summer

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We hope you had a great summer!