Monday, March 19, 2012

No Sew Baby Tutu

THese are the steps I take to make a No Sew Tutu. But let me start by saying, this I learned from Miss Britta Melby. She makes them for kids at her daycare and hers turn out way cuter than mine, but I'm learning...thanks to her! 

(I got 3 rolls of tulle. I have found that it's better to have too much tulle than too little) have yourself a cute tutu for a cute baby! No sewing required!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Shop till she drops...

Everyone who knows me knows I LOVE to shop. We have a wedding coming up next weekend and I couldn't find a dress that fit me right so we, Chad, Elle, and I, decided to go shopping. We started our day meeting Jess at Zantigo for some lunch and then we were off to start at JCPenneys. I found lots of things to try on and actually ended up finding a great dress....but...then I needed off to the shoe department we went! While trying on different styles and sizes of shoes I look over and here is what I see...
Apparently Elle has as much interest in shopping as her dad does... She didn't even stay awake long enough for us to finish at the first store...luckily I had found a dress and shoes there so we didn't have to go anywhere else. But oh boy, what am I going to do with this little girl on Black will she keep up with us?!?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Must Have Baby Toy!!!

If someone asked me what was a must have toy for your baby...I would say "Wrist Rattles"!  We have given Ellery stuffed animals, but she doesn't show a whole lot of interest in them yet. Usually it's me making her hug the stuffed animals, or I will wrap her fingers around a regular rattle and she will either throw it across the room or hit herself in the head with it. Wrist Rattles though are great! They are little animal heads that simply velcro around the baby's wrists like bracelets, and when the baby wiggles or moves their arms they make the rattling noise. Elle LOVES them. When she gets really excited she goes crazy with her arms and makes tons of noise and it makes her laugh and laugh. If she is really moving her legs one day, it is nice because I can just hook them on her ankles.

The best part... they were only $3 at Walmart! So I suggest everyone that has a little one, go pick a set up!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DIY Felt Flowers

My new hobby: making headbands for Ellery. 

It's soooo easy. Here is a step by step on how to make these felt flowers for a headband!

Either a growth spurt...or I jinxed myself...

So last night I was posting all about how great and effective our bedtime routine is. Elle has now been sleeping through the night for the past month I would say and its the best. Well last night... different story! She was up every couple hours...first at 10pm, then 1:30am, then 3am, then 6am and now she is wide awake at 8am.... So I think I either jinxed myself by saying how great it all was or she is going through her 3 month growth spurt.... I really hope it's just the growth spurt and it will only last a couple days max because I gave up coffee for Lent and boy I sure could use a coffee today!

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Bedtime Routine That Works!

The 3 B's Bedtime works!

 (eventually we will throw a book in the mix and make it the 4 B's)

Every night we do the SAME THING, at the SAME TIME, in the SAME ORDER! We start at 8pm with giving Elle a bath. Some people told us not to do a bath every night because it can dry out her skin, but we have been keeping an eye on it and she hasn't really had any dry skin and if she starts to dry up, we will get out the lotion. :) After her bath, we relax on the couch with her bottle, she now has the routine down and after the bottle is gone, she cuddles up and usually will fall right asleep on my chest. Then we simply transfer her to her crib. It sounds really easy and honestly it is most nights! The only thing I would have done differently...I would have started this routine from the start...we didn't start this she was like 6 weeks old. I think if you start it instantly it will even be more effective...and let's be honest...anything that gives mom and dad more time to sleep the better! :)

Busy Busy Busy

Wow I haven't posted forever... I'm sure all my fans out there are dying HAHA I know no one actually reads this so its not the end of the world. I have just been soooo busy! I am back at work full time now, I'm also still in grad school, and Ellery is sleeping less and less everyday!

I am going to try to get back into posting more but this little girl is keeping me on my toes and any spare time I have I find myself asleep on the couch. :)