Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ch-ch-changes!

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lilah in the sun

More than a few interesting and awesome things are happening to my baby, and it’s all part of her (sadly and happily) growing.

One tooth, a central incisor, is now obviously coming it. When I feel it with my finger, it’s very much like a scissor. I am a little nervous when I feed her, because she has been keen to bite down before she latches off. However, I am not going to let any amount of teeth stop me from continuing to breastfeed.

As for being able to get around on her own, Lilah can successfully scoot backwards until she bumps into something. She can also get on her hands and knees and rock back and forth. I am not sure how far away crawling would be at this point. It’s always possible that she will just skip crawling, but who knows?

As far as personality goes, my baby is certainly a screecher. My little pterodactyl loves to let out her crazy sounds anywhere and everywhere. Some people assume that she is doing this because she is upset, but she is certainly smiling and having a good time just testing and exploring her vocals. Also, she now goes “BA BA BA BA BA” over and over sometimes, and it’s so cute when she does.

I can’t wait to see how much she will change, and I bet I will be even more shocked by how quickly the changes occur.

Speaking of baby, I have completed some Lilah-oriented crafts recently…

toy hammock

A humble abode for her stuffed animals. I completely forgot about these hammocks until I came across this pattern. Then it all came rushing back, and I remembered how I had one of these in my room when I was little. I just HAD to crochet one! ^_^

wristlet

On the Raverly website I came across a pattern for baby wristwarmers. It was a pretty fast crochet project, taking only about 30 minutes. I put them on Lilah and they were the perfect size!

As for my next baby-oriented project, I was really thinking about crocheting a poncho!

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Burning down the house!

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Okay, I joke. I didn’t burn down the house, which is a miracle, because this is the first time I’ve ever baked chocolate chip cookies without them failing!

cookieessss

As you know, I’ve mentioned my neighbor, Mardel, a few times. She taught me how to sew, and taught me how to bake cookies. I am forever grateful for her wisdom, and her ability to concentrate the force(!!!) when it comes to teaching me.

She taught me an awesome choco-oat-chip recipe that I will share with you, because all amazing cookie combinations must be shared.

CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIES!!!

Preferably you should use a mixer, and cream together the following first…

1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Brown sugar
3/4 cup Sugar

Now add these to the creamed mix…

2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla

In a separate bowl, mix together…

2 1/4 cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/4 tsp. Salt

Now go ahead and pour this into the cookie mix… then go ahead and add…

1 1/2 cup Oatmeal

Let that mix together until it looks like the oatmeal is spread evenly.
Now remove the bowl from the mixer, and manually stir in the chocolate chips.
I would start with 1/2 cup of chips, but you can always add more if that doesn’t look like enough.

Now, this is my favorite part…
Pour some sugar into a bowl (not too much!), and after rolling a cookie in your hands, pat only one side of the cookie into the sugar, then put uncoated side down into the pan.
Do this until your pan is filled with amazing cookies, then cook them at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Enjoy as I am enjoying right now. ^__^

(several) missions complete!

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Oh look, how epic! My neighbor showed me how to use a sewing machine, and little by little over the past two weeks, she helped guide me in assembling this, a dress for my Lilah. Of course she needs to grow into it some, but I am so happy with the result!!

I made a Flower Hot Pad for learning some new skills in crocheting, but it turned out quite a bit differently than in the photo of the finished product. Oh well…

Then I made a 30 minute baby hat, which was my instant gratification project… cute, huh?

Oh yes, and I am STILL working on the wavy baby blanket…

Finally… a craft?!

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Well, I’ve certainly gotten lazy about posting now, haven’t I?

I can’t believe it’s May already. I can’t believe Lilah is approaching her half year birthday! There are a lot of things happening around me, and it’s all happening so fast. Truly is the case that time flows faster as one grows older. (Something I always heard growing up, but never took seriously… until I experienced it!)

After Lilah and I got over our colds, I finally had the strength and a little bit of extra free time after she went to bed for the night, to begin pursuing my beloved hobby of crocheting. I’ve been crocheting almost a year now, all thanks to my wonderful crochet master sister teaching me the way! ^_^

So far I’ve… started working on a doily, then abruptly stopped 3/4 of the way through it to work on a headwrap for my cousin. I had so much fun making the headwrap that I made 2 more, one of which I was very displeased with.

Now, I’ve started working on a blanket based on this pattern. I discovered it last year, but now that my sister has allowed me to delve into her yarn preserves, I’ve decided to give it another try. Here’s what it looks like so far…

I’m just going to rotate colors throughout the whole blanket. Next up is orange, then pink, then I’ll fit blue in there somewhere. Basically a nice bright rainbow. I can’t wait to finish it! Seriously… I can’t wait! I wish I could finish it in one night. @_@