Friday, June 28, 2013

Nursery Tour

I finally got around to taking some pictures of Evie's room. I'd been waiting, first because our camera lens wasn't right for taking pictures close-up, then just for no reason. Well, I'm a bit disappointed with the pictures, even with the new lens I couldn't capture much of the room, and because it is in the basement, the lighting is never great. But here they are anyway.

  

I really do love this room. The only things I'd still like to make are a valence out of the same fabric as the pillow/ottoman, and cloth bunting.

 
the closet: added an Ikea Expedit shelf, turned on its side, with storage bins from Target.


the changing station: my great grandpa made this dresser, I painted it using the little sample size paint tubs from Lowe's and changed out the hardware. pail is from Ikea, changing pad cover is from Target, Mirror is antique but refinished, chandelier is a kid DIY kit from Amazon, and curtains (seen in reflection) are from Ikea.

 

storybook shelf: the big "E" is salvaged from an out-of-business costume shop in Seattle, the little chick was a gift from Grandma, the lamb is a thrifted antique, and the clown stacker is a souvenir from Germany. Rug is from Ikea.



bow holder: I made it with a thrifted frame (spray painted) and ribbon scraps, and the garland is from a baby shower.

 

artwork: this hangs above the rocking chair. I found these prints at a thrift store, and painted the frames. the  garland is from a baby shower.



rocking chair: picked up this mid-century tweed chair off of KSL, and replaced the legs with some from Etsy. the ombre chevron blanket was a gift from my sister. I recovered the ottoman (found at Walmart) and made the pillow sham. There's a little side table next to the chair, not shown.

 

last view of the crib (Jenny Lind, via Amazon), with a hint of the vintage wicker laundry bin, handmade bunting, the Grandma quilt and knit blanket from Evie's aunt. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Six Months

Dear Evelyn,

You are six months old! We can't even believe it. At your checkup today, you were 16.6 pounds, putting you in the 60th percentile for weight. You are in the 69th percentile for height, and 90th for head circumference (most of your cousins were off the charts, so this is comparatively good!).

You sit up now, and mostly don't fall over. You love to sit up and play with toys. Today you sat in the nursery chair for almost an hour just playing with toys and books. You still mostly  just want to put things in your mouth, and drool a lot. We think you  might be working on your two top teeth (you only have the bottom two right now).

You are quite responsive to anyone that will give you attention. You love to give smiles, and will laugh and coo when tickled or teased with a toy. Though, sometimes you run out of smiles and are very serious.

People always comment on your big, wide-eyes. A few people have said you always look surprised, but we think you are just opening them wide to take in everything.

Yesterday your cousins were jumping up and down and making you laugh and smile. You also love the Tiki Room song, and pat-a-cake. You grab your toes a lot, and sometimes get them into your mouth.

You love to eat food now, and we think you have a sweet tooth (you love prunes!). Sometimes green beans make you gag, but they are good for you so we try anyway. We give you water in a sippy cup, but you don't get much out. When you do manage to suck down a bit, you get surprised and sometimes spit it out. Drinking from mom's cup is still the best (though you usually contribute more fluid than you get out).

You still have some long, dark newborn hair. The back is very dark, but not as long. The sides and top are probably 3-4 inches long, but very thin. A lot of it has fallen out. Then your new hair, that was just fuzz when you were born, is light brown, almost golden. It is about 3/4 of an inch long now. You still have a bald spot from your crib, right on the back of your head.

You love to see Dad when he comes home, and he loves to see your smiles when he walks through the door. We just wish you liked him a little better at nighttime so Mom could have a break, but we'll work on that.

You can turn yourself around in your crib, but getting your feet on the bars and pushing. Sometimes this puts you in an uncomfortable position, with your head up against the bars. But, we are excited that you are learning to become more mobile. You've also managed to push yourself backward during tummy time a couple of times.

You don't really have favorite toys, you love anything you can grab and eat. You do love the little silver rattle from Grandma Judy, the crinkly bee from Aunt Amy, and the spiky chew ball from Grandma Eileen. Your favorite song is "The Wheels on the Bus," but you love Signing Time songs and the Tiki Room song.

We love you Evie, and can't wait to see what the next six months will bring! Everyday you make us laugh and smile. You fill our lives with joy (and diapers, and tears, and the whole package). It is all worth it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Healthy Cookies Revisited

Second batch, perfect!
So, years ago I posted a healthy cookie recipe. I was thinking about it today, so I dug it out and revised it a bit. Results? Delicious. First batch out of the oven were a bit spherical, but still good. Second batch I smashed with the bottom of a glass before baking, and they turned out perfectly.

First batch, spherical cookies.
The cookie is quite dense, but perfectly moist. Just call it substantial. Here's the revised recipe.

Healthy Oatmeal-Chocolate-Nutty-Crasin Cookies



1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 small banana, mashed
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/2 cups white flour (I didn't have wheat, but use it if you have it)
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 T milled flax
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup crasins

Preheat oven to 375, and line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone liners.

Combine coconut oil, brown sugar, applesauce, and vanilla in mixer. Add vanilla and egg, beating till combined.

Add flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, and flax. Fold in chocolate chips, almonds, crasins, and any other add-ins that you like. I think coconut would be fantastic, as would any combination of nuts.

Scoop dough onto cookie sheet. I made mine extra big to be almost meal-worthy. Like I said above, press cookies with the bottom of a glass (lightly greased) or the palm of your hand, or they will end up as cookie balls. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and eat several while the chocolate is still melty (that part hasn't changed at all).

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

5.5 Months

Dear Evie,

You are another week older, where has the time gone? In just two more weeks, you will be six months old. I just can't even believe it.

Tonight, I held you in my arms, and looked down at your round sleeping face. I love your little point of a chin, your tiny sweet mouth, and your usually-wide but now-sleeping eyes. I was filled with love for you in that moment, as I am in many moments. You are mine. My baby. And I am yours.

You now take baths in the sink, which is nice because Dad and I can stand up. You like it because you can sit, and your toys don't float away from you. You are also now a pro at grabbing things, and can pick up your toys with ease (today you were loving the silver rattle from Grandma that has a pretty tinkle).You often act like you have somewhere to go, like you would really like to get moving, but you don't quite know how. When I let you flop over onto your stomach, usually when you are on my lap, you mostly end up crying out in protest. I have a feeling you will love crawling.

With your two little razor-sharp teeth, biting has become a problem at mealtime. Someone told me to push your face into me when you bite so that you can't breath for just a second, just to discourage the practice. I tried it, and you laughed! You even laugh when I cry out and say "No!" But, I think you are learning that nursing time is not the time to bite. We are trying to feed you baby food again, but starting slow with just a spoonful each day. I have given you some graham crackers, which you love, but they aren't very good for you so I'm not making a habit of it.

You love to be outside, you love to read "Peek-a-Who," and you love it when we sing "The Wheels on the Bus." You also love Baby Signing Time, and most of the songs from it.

We just love YOU. More and more every day, every week. We feel immensely lucky that we are your parents. You really are the cutest and the best.

Love,

Mom and Dad
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