Sunday, December 12, 2010

The First Lost Tooth!

I was having a hard time adjusting to how much older Lily's new haircut made her look. Last night she lost her first tooth, adding to the big girl appearance. It's amazing how much one tooth can change how old they look, whether it was Sunflower looking less like my newborn and more like a baby when she got her first one or Lily looking less like my little girl and more like a big girl when she lost her first one.

The tooth has been wobbly for a couple of weeks now, she first noticed it when she bit into an apple at school and it started to hurt her. While she was brushing her teeth it loosened up the rest of the way and was just hanging on by a thread. She was a little nervous to loose it, but not as nervous as I was at the thought that I would have to pull it out the rest of the way! Luckily nothing really phases Lily and she reached in and gave it a quick tug, depositing the teeny little tooth in my hand. She must have noticed me trying to hold back tears, gave me a big hug and told me that she is still my baby.

We put the tooth into her little fairy pouch, read her story about the tooth fairy, then placed it under her pillow. The tooth fairy came overnight and left her $5 (since it was the very first tooth, and the tooth fairy wasn't quite prepared since it wasn't that loose earlier in the day!)

Lost her first tooth!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Who is this big girl?

Before
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After
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ETA: I didn't know when I posted these that they would be my last photos of Lily with her full smile, a couple of hours later she lost her first tooth!

Go Check Out These Giveaways

I have been very lucky building up Sunflower's diaper stash. I have won quite a few giveaways, giving me the chance to try different brands of diapers to find out what works best for us without having to spend a lot of money on diapers that didn't work. 29 Diapers is currently hosting a giveaway a day for 29 days. Most of the prizes are cloth diapers, wonderful for anyone who already diapers or would like to try it, but there are also some wonderful prizes for any parent, all natural laundry detergent, diaper rash cream, and gift cards to parenting stores.

Today's giveaway is my absolute favorite, knit wool longies from sustainablebabyish/sloomb. I still have to post about our great visit to Sloomb, Lily's new love, and Sunflower's amazing longies. But trust me, these are the most amazing things I have ever put on her, cloth diapering or not. They make a great diaper cover for her fitteds, but they are also just a super soft, breathable, warm pair of pants over disposables as well. As much as I hate the extra competition since I really want to win this one myself, you should head on over to 29 Diapers each day and check out what is going on.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Conversations

Lily is the best big sister. She dotes on her baby sister and always wants to be where ever she is. Sunflower is currently asleep and Lily just asked me,

"When is Sunflower going to be awake? I miss her face."

I Love Fall

Sisters

It has been a busy fall. Kindergarten, a 5th birthday for my first baby, 5 more birthday parties to attend, apple picking, school, Girl Scouts, Halloween, etc. So the blog fell behind for a little bit. But I'm back and hope to catch up a post or two at a time while staying current. In the meantime, here are a few fall shots of my two favorite flowers.

Look

Happiness

I love fall!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Kindergarten!

Today was Lily's first day of kindergarten. She was thrilled to finally be going back to school and all her friends and could not wait to be one of the big kids upstairs. She started off the day with a nice breakfast with Sunflower and a phone chat with Nana and PopPop while she told them all about the big playground she would get to play on in the mornings now too.
Breakfast together
Breakfast with Nana and PopPop
She let me snap a few photos, insisting on one with Sunflower, before dragging us over to the car to get on the road. She remembered the long drive to and from school and did not want to be late and miss anything.
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Loaded up and ready to go
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Sisters

When we got to the school, Lily's new teacher, Mrs. L met us at the car. There is no drawn out goodbyes or wandering around the school, they know it is harder on the parents than the kids scoop them off before we can start to cry. Mrs. L did pause just long enough for me to get 1 picture. She actually had to stop Lily for me who was ready to take off without a second glance.

Her New Teacher

Sunflower wasn't too happy though, she continued to look around the backseat for her big sister until she finally fell asleep and throughout the day would look around like something was missing.

Lily bounded into the car at pickup time, ready to continue our tradition of the park after school. She was in a wonderful mood, excited about her friends, the turtles in their room, and the lessons they had on turtles and fish that day.

This is my new comparison picture, I have decided to take one in front of the fence at the beginning and end of each school year to see how much they have grown.

The beginning of the year

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Last Normal Day

Normal is about to take on a whole new meaning for me. For the last 4 years and 358 days, normal has meant having Lily by my side. Last year she started full day school, but it was only 3 days a week, so we still had normal days in between. I loved those weekdays with her home,  we had parks and entertainment places to ourselves, playdates with friends, and the freedom to travel on easy days.

Today was our last day of "normal". Tomorrow is the weekend, Monday is a holiday, and Tuesday Lily starts Kindergarten. She will no longer be home with me all week, or even the majority of it. I will drive her to school and drop her off for 6 of her waking hours 5 days a week. I'm in tears just thinking about it. For our last day of normal we left Sunflower with daddy so we could run to the store together to pick out fabric for new crumbcatchers, took some pictures, had some "tea", took a walk, went to the playground, and picked up dinner so I could just put Sunflower to bed and spend some extra time with Lily.

Next week my baby leaves me for school and turns 5 all in the same week. I know it's a cliche, but the time really has flown. Half the time I think I still imagine her as a 2 year old who needs mommy for everything, not this independent girl who can do so much for herself, be a big help to me, and has already started worrying about what her friends will think . Some days I feel like I am dealing with a teenager. One day she will ask me how I know everything, the next she will tell me that I am wrong about everything.

Right now I am just hoping to make it through the drive to school and drop off on Tuesday without tears, at least not until I am back in the car and out of view of the school. I will think about how to adjust to the new normal after that.

5 Months Old

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She loves:


Her Toes
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Spitting
My water glass

Sitting up
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Being outside

Going for walks in the stroller

Standing up
Helping

Being worn in the Baby Hawk
Watching her diapers dry on the clothesline

Reaching for everything
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Forster, Max, and Molly
Sleeping on her belly now that she can roll

Her big sister
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Yelling
My knuckles

Her knuckles
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Her pacifier at bedtime
Watching the world out the car window

Her fingers
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Waking up Daddy in the morning
Peek-A-Boo

Laughing
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Chewing on anything that gets near her mouth
Rolling over

Scooting around
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And did I mention her toes?
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lilypad Likes: Cow Patties Cloth Diapers

We have been a cloth diapering family for just over two months now. In some ways I feel like I am a pro now; I have figured out good wash and storage routines and figured out some diapers that work well on Sunflower and which ones I wouldn't buy again (and what about them would make me stay away from others like them). In other ways I still feel completely inexperienced; there are so many different types of diapers never mind brands within those types that I have tried only a tiny fraction. But despite my inexperience, I have already stumbled onto our perfect nighttime diaper.
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One thing I have learned about the cloth diapering community is that everyone is very generous. There are multiple diaper giveaways on Facebook and blogs everyday, and winning a giveaway can be a great way to try new diapers without blowing your budget. I was lucky enough to win a Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted diaper in a giveaway from the Cloth Chronicles.
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The Cow Patties FPF is two layers of organic bamboo fleece (OBF). It has an OBF insert that folds to provide 10-12 layers of protection. The outside is a cotton knit, so if you want a completely waterproof solution you will need some type of cover. There are also no closures on this fitted, so you will need a Snappi, pins, or a cover to keep it on.

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My first impression of the diaper was of how soft it was. The OBF is amazingly soft and stays that way even after repeated washings to prep it. I was joking around with the long insert and wrapped it around my neck like a scarf, LP Dad thought it was a shame anything that soft should be pooped on. I can only imagine how nice it must be to have just that super soft OBF touching her skin, especially when the reflux is acting up and she is starting to get a rash again.
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When I originally pulled out the insert I thought it was going to be a very bulky diaper. But I was wrong, despite all the layers when the insert is stuffed, it is still trim. It fits well between her legs and can't imagine that it will be too bulky or cause any issues when she is more mobile. Because there are no snaps, you can use a Snappi or pins to get a perfect fit around the waist. And no velcro means nothing to snag in the wash or look messy.
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The first time I put it on Sunflower was during the day, I won't use anything overnight that I haven't already tried during the day so I have some idea of what to expect. She spent 4 hours in this diaper, without a cover, and the outside of the diaper never even got damp. So I decided to give it a try overnight the next time. I don't like to change Sunflower overnight because then she thinks it is party time, so I need a diaper that can hold for up to 12 hours. I have found that fitteds with a cover work best, but they are completely saturated in the morning and I need to wash the covers as well. The Cow Patties FPF is barely damp on the outside of the diaper even after a full 12 hours and the cover can be used again after a short air dry. This is now my first choice nighttime diaper and I would really like to get 2 more and make it our only nighttime diaper.

The only negative I have found with this diaper is the black knit fabric faded quickly during the prep washings. But I would expect that of any dark fabric that goes through multiple hot washes. There are so many fabrics to choose from, both sold as in-stocks or as a custom choice that I can easily find something lighter for the outside next time.

Cow Patties Cloth Diapers also offers Covers, Pockets, AI2s, Fitteds, Wipes, and Babylegs along with the Famous Pocket Fitted. I am hoping to give an AI2 or Pocket a try as well soon. If they are anything like the FPF I know I will love them. You can find in-stocks available now in her shop on Facebook or check out the Cow Patties blog for more information, sales and promotions and to find giveaways of Cow Patties diapers.

Friday, August 27, 2010

It's a bird, it's a plane....

It's PopPop!
Can you find him?(Can you find him in this photo?)

Big congratulations to PopPop who got his Sport Pilot license last week. The plan was for him to fly to the beach house for the end of our vacation, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we had to come home before he could make it. But yesterday he finally got a break from the storms and made his way out east in his little (and I mean LITTLE) StingSport.

We decided to surprise Lily and Sunflower, so I didn't let them know that he was making a layover in the little county airport the next town over. I told Lily that we were going on a Letterboxing hunt (there is one at the airport that we have been waiting for until just this time), packed them both into the car, and started giving Lily the clues. She solved the clues I have her to narrow it down to airport and restaurant and got out of the car ready to hunt.

While she was pulling her letterboxing bag out of the car, PopPop walked up behind her and said something. She turned around with a puzzled look on her face, it probably took about 30 seconds for her to realize what was happening before she launched herself on him for a big hug.
Checking out the new plane
First we headed out onto the tarmac for a look at PopPop's new toy, um I mean plane. Lily enjoyed climbing up onto the wing and looking into the cockpit but when we told her she could get in and be a pilot she told us it was too small. Too small for a 4 year old but PopPop just flew from Oklahoma in it? Well, judge for youself.
PopPop's new plane!
I guess when a plane isn't twice as tall as a 4 year old it is a little small!
Enjoying an ice cream layover
After checking out the plane we headed into the restaurant for a little ice cream and a letterbox hunt. We enjoyed spending an hour with PopPop before he had to take off again for the final leg of the trip to the beach and Nana.
Getting ready to take off again
Lily ran along the fence waving goodbye as far as she could, then she, Sunflower and I all watched as he took off into the sky until we couldn't see him anymore.
Bye PopPop Have a safe flight!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

And the Winner Is....

Sorry for the delay in picking the winner. We are on vacation and I wasn't able to log into my blogger account from my phone. I finally made it to the library to access a real computer.

To make the drawing fair, I put the numbers 1 through 60 into the random number generator at Random.org. The first winner was #29 unfortunately that person commented as Anonymous and did not leave me any way to contact them or verify who they really were if they contacted me.

So I had to draw again. Again, 1-60 into the random number generator and came up with number 59.

Congratulations to Diane! (I removed her email from the comment) I will be emailing you in a little bit to get your contact information for Tina.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I hope that some of you who have never seen Tina's work before will have found something they loved to add to a holiday or birthday wish list.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Love Touch Pendant Giveaway

If you have been a reader for a while you have already read at least 1 post from me about the beautiful fingerprint jewelry created by Tina Steinberg. I received a gorgeous Round Up Your Love pendant from Lily and her Daddy for Christmas 2007.

For Christmas I received a little packet of clay along with instructions and a package to mail everything back.Together we all sat down to make a mold of Lily's fingerprint, which was a very easy process after a little practice with some playdough. We packed it all up, dropped it in the mail, and two weeks later I received a beautiful silver pendant with Lily's tiny fingerprint preserved forever. You can read about my initial impression and see more photos in my first post about it it here.

Three years of constant wear later, it was still beautiful and in perfect shape. I will be the first to admit I am not easy on jewelry. I never took it off, I showered, slept, worked out and even sometimes swam with it on. You would never have known by looking at it. A little silver polish every month or so kept it looking brand new. I received countless compliments and questions about it and was always happy to direct people to Tina knowing they would be as thrilled as I was.

Earlier this summer I lost my pendant. My chain broke while I was out (not a chain from Tina, one that I had before getting the pendant) and I put it into my purse until I could get home. Somehow it must have fallen out along the way and I am heartbroken that it is gone. Lily used to love to put her finger into the print to see how much she had grown. I used to love to touch it whenever she wasn't with me, feeling a little closer to her whenever I missed her.

I had already planned on purchasing another Round Up Your Love pendant for Sunflower, but now I haven't decided yet whether to replace Lily's with another single and get a new one for Sunflower or to get one double pendant with both fingerprints now that I have lost the first one. Tina has so many more beautiful designs now it is even harder to decide than during my initial search. Besides my favorite Love Touch Collection she also has gorgeous lockets that you can fill with tiny fingerprints, names or tiny treasures and a Spirit Collection that gives "sheer empowerment and a dose of good juju on a chain".

Giveaway

Tina Steinberg has graciously offered to give one reader their own Love Drop Pendant (valued at $120). The winner will receive a kit from Tina to create your own fingerprint mold which will be used to create the sterling silver pendant. This pendant is the size of the fingerprint plus 2mm around and 4-6mm above the print. It includes a 1 word inscription on back and a jump ring, but does not include a chain.



To enter the giveaway you must visit Tina's website then come back and tell me what your favorite item is other than the Love Drop or Round Up your Love pendants.

You may earn one additional entry by "liking" Tina's Facebook page and by following my blog. Post an additional comment letting me know that you did both.
The winner will be drawn on Monday, August 16th.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
Disclaimer: I did not receive any money or products in exchange for this review and giveaway. The opinions are all my own based on my experience with the product that was purchased.

Some Changes to the Blog

I have finally gotten around to making some changes to the blog. When I started the blog, Lilypad Princess was the focus and I planned the theme around her. Now that her baby sister has joined us, I wanted to make it inclusive of both girls.

The day she came to the hospital to meet her new sister, LP nicknamed her "My Beautiful Sunflower". So instead of trying to find a nickname that would fit into the Lilypad theme (if she had been a boy I had planned on calling him Tadpole) I decided to shift to a Flower Garden theme. For the girls I would could continue to use Sunflower and just shorten Lilypad Princess to Lily. And so our little lilypad has become a garden.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

4 Months Old!

4 months old

I can't believe Sunflower is already 4 months old! She is rolling in both directions, scooting around when on the floor,  "chatting" up a storm, and has just discovered how to blow bubbles. She is still waking up to eat overnight, but has started off the night in her crib this week. She still ends up in the bassinet or my bed by morning, but is quickly outgrowing the bassinet and getting used to her crib. Her favorite toys are baby, zebra, Sophie, and of course, her big sister.

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4 months old