Wednesday, August 8, 2012

   Sippy cup throwing.
My son has been using a sippy cup for a whole month and only in the past week has he learned to hold it himself. But in true little boy fashion, he has decided that sometimes, it is more fun to tap his cup loudly on the tray. Sometimes...Usually, if he gets really excited, (which is always) the cup ends of bouncing off his tray onto the floor. After repeating this many times in an row, I decided that a solution was needed.

Thanks to Pinterest, and a blog post at Make It-Love It, I have found my solution!

I introduce: The sippy cup leash 

Supplies Needed:
28" of thick ribbon (I prefer grosgrain as it doesn't snag like satin ribbon)
7-9" piece of sturdy elastic
Coordinating thread

 Using your child's sippy cup, place the elastic around the smallest part of the center and pull a bit tight. You will want to be able to get the elastic off and on the cup easily enough, while having it be tight enough to not slip around. Pinch with fingers and then attach to ribbon.
 Make sure you heat seal the ends of the ribbon and elastic so that they will not unravel. 
 On one end of ribbon, make a loop and sew securely in place. This will be used to secure your sippy cup leash to the high chair, car seat, or stroller. 

 On the other end of your ribbon, secure your elastic.
I did several lines of stitches for added durability. 

Enjoy your final result! And hop over to Ashley's Blog Make It-Love It  to see how perfectly it works to keep cups from hitting the ground!

This DIY is even quick enough to make while your little one plays on the floor nearby!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

His First Half Birthday

Carson, you are six months old. 

Six. How is it even possible that we are already at the halfway point of your very first year? Or that six months from now, you will be one year old? I can't even fathom that! So instead, I will enjoy every moment of your sweet six months old self!

At six months old, you are exactly 17lbs 7oz and are about 26" long. In the past week, you have gained an ounce every day! What a big boy! You wear size 3 diapers, and 6-9 months clothing and both aren't even super roomy on you. You nurse 5-6 times a day. You are eating 2 solid meals a day...4 ounces of half fruit/half vegetables for lunch after your lunch time milk and cereal before bed.  

Your typical routine has become waking at 8:00am, nursing and going back to bed (rather unwillingly) until 8:30 or 9am, my preferred wake time for you. I like when you are content to stay in bed so that I can have my time in God's Word before you're up for the day...But usually you just fuss and cry until I come get you and then we finish my Bible reading together while you play on the couch next to me. For the past 9 days, minus one, you have been sleeping through the night. What a treat for Mommy! I keep waiting for it to be too good to be true, but for now, I am enjoying it so much! 

                 You like your exersaucer a lot, although I think you would be even more fond of it if it were a walker and you could go places in it! You are learning to sit up without being propped up and you love the freedom of sitting up on your own! You have fun playing with toys that crinkle or make noise. You like to play with your paci too and try to chew on it if I put it in your mouth when you aren't feeling the need to suck it. You like to look at books and be in charge of "holding it" and turning the pages. You still greatly dislike tummy time, although Daddy discovered that you like to look at the little round mirror from your play mat while you are on your tummy. You don't really roll over anymore. You only did that a few times when you were 4 months old. The only time you make an effort to push up when you're on your tummy is when you don't want to take a nap or when you are waking up and you hear the door to your room open. Then you push up and look over your shoulder to see if Mommy or Daddy is coming to get you. So sweet!

               You chew on everything right now. Your paci clip ribbon, your giraffe, your shorts when I take them off to change your diaper, your burp cloth, your books, your fingers, your taggy lovey, your bath towel, your blanket, my shoulder, and anything else you can get your mouth on! 

                You have such good hand-eye coordination now! You can easily grab things that you want on your first try (like Mommy's hair. Ouch!). Today, I posed you by the fridge with the refrigerator magnets saying "6 Months Old" and you kept grabbing at them and knocking them down! You wore Mommy out a little bit! You are such a sweet little smiley guy though. People often tell us how expressive you are and we agree! You smile, laugh, and make all sorts of cute faces. What a funny boy you are! You bring us so much joy! 

Happy 6 Months Birthday Carson!
Mommy and Daddy love you so much! 

Friday, June 8, 2012

After a 30+ week break from the blog world, I would like to introduce the newest member of our family:
Carson Davis ~ Born January 5, 2012.

    Much to my surprise, I went in for my normal 38.5 week doctor's visit and found I was 4-5 cm dilated, which in many cases means active labor! I had felt a little funny that morning and hadn't slept well the night before, so I hoped that meant progress and indeed it did! My doctor predicted he would see me again later that day and by 2:30pm, I was being admitted to the exciting Labor and Delivery unit with regular contractions. Just 6 hours later, our little one came into the world! 

                      Carson weighed 7lbs 1 oz... a tiny little bundle in our arms. 

1 month old with a lot of personality brewing already!

2 Months Old 

3 Months Old 

4 Months Old

5 Months Old 

Mommyhood has been a dream come true. Carson has so much personality and brings so much joy to our family. I look forward to sharing some of our stories and experiences with you in the upcoming months!