Tuesday, July 28, 2015

4 Month Update

Every month seems to fly by even faster than the last. It feels like just yesterday that I was doing our three month update, but here I am again to tell you all about four months! Crazy.


Dear Kymri,

You turned four months old on Saturday! We keep telling you to stop growing so quickly, but you just don't listen. I guess we just have to keep up with you. 

This has been a really fun month. We are still in Arizona while daddy finishes up his internship.  We only have one more week here. It went way too fast. We are really going to miss your grandparents, uncles, aunts, and friends. It will be nice to be back in our home, but we sure wish we could take everyone with us. 

This month saw a lot of growth and change for you. You are really gaining weight!! We won't have your four month well visit for another week and a half since our doctor is in provo, but on our at home scale you weight 17 lbs!! What a big girl! You are getting very strong too and have full control of your neck. You still haven't figured out that it doesn't go all the way around and you keep trying to make it go. You can also sit up well supported and you even like to stand up with our help. You can push yourself up on your arms when we do tummy time and you can roll from your belly to your back. You don't do it all the time, but it's getting more consistent. Daddy still hasn't seen you roll over, so we're still waiting on that one. 



You are quite the social butterfly. You love being around people and you love going out to new places. Your big, beautiful eyes take it all in. Everyone just loves you and always comments on how pretty you are. 

I mentioned last month that you were about to receive your baby blessing. It was a beautiful blessing, and we know that Heavenly Father loves you and will continue to guide you. You cried through the entire blessing and had a tough day all together, so we had to wait and take most of the pictures the next day.






Your had your first Fourth of July and you looked absolutely adorable in your patriotic tutu.



Nap time is getting better. I learned a trick, and it sounds really silly, but it works! I take you into the bathroom or the closet where it is completely dark since there are no windows and rock you there. Since you can't see anything, you are asleep within five minutes instead of being curious and looking around for a half hour or more. Since you've started getting better naps, you have been even happier. 

Night time sleeping has been a little rough this month. You were only waking up once or twice until about 3 weeks ago when you started waking up about 4 or 5 times per night. You want to eat about twice and the other times you just want to be held. You go right back to sleep when you get up, but sometimes only stay asleep if we hold you. Last night for example you absolutely refused to sleep on your own, so daddy held you all night so that I could sleep. It was so nice of him! We are loving and helping you through it, but we are getting really tired. Hopefully you go back to your good night sleeping soon.



Our friend Darby took some absolutely gorgeous pictures of you. We might be biased, but we think you are the most beautiful baby there ever was! 





Your smiles and giggles are the cutest things ever and we can't get enough of them! You love to play with toys that make noise, play peek-a-boo, sing songs, go for walks, be lifted in the air, and dance. All of these are sure to make you smile and giggle. We love that you are such a happy baby! 

You have started to really enjoy toys and can even hold on to them and play. 

Like I said, your 4 month checkup with be a little late since we are still on vacation, so we will know your growth statistics then and I will come back and update everyone on how much you have grown.



Thank you for such a great month! Staying home with you is such an amazing blessing and I am loving every single minute of it. Watching you learn and grow brings me so much joy. Daddy and I love you so much! 

All my love,
Mommy


Monday, July 6, 2015

DIY No-Sew Patriotic Baby Tutu

We had a great Fourth of July! It was wonderful that the holiday fell on a Saturday, because that meant that Brad also got Friday off, so we enjoyed a long weekend together. We were able to spend it with family which was perfect! We had two BBQs and entirely too much food. But most importantly, we remembered and talked about how grateful we are to live in this free land. For us, our religious liberties are especially important and we are so grateful to live in a land where we can worship God and follow Jesus Christ and teach Kymri to do the same. How blessed we are!

For Kymri's first fourth of July, I just had to make her a special outfit. I searched pinterest and settled on a tutu. I read a number of tutorials and then combined some ideas to make my own no-sew (almost) patriotic baby tutu.


This tutu is super easy to make. Seriously... if I can do it, anyone can! It came together, start to finish in about 45 minutes. I'm sure you super crafty ladies out there can whip it up even faster. And the entire thing only cost me $7 to make, and I had enough tulle to make at least two more tutus if I had wanted to! So grab some friends and this would only cost you about $2 each!

You will Need:
  - Three Spools of tulle in red, white, and blue (or any colors if you aren't looking to make the patriotic variety)
  - 15" ish of 1/2" elastic (measure your baby)
  - Needle and thread (or fabric glue if you want a 100% no-sew option). (I prefer needle and thread)
  - Scissors
  - Cardboard cut based on baby's measurements (also optional, but it makes the project much easier)

Since I was in the middle of feeding Kymri on the 3rd and my time window to get this done was narrowing, I sent Brad to JoAnn's to do my shopping. He sent picture after picture of all the different shades of tulle until I settled on the right combination. Bless him!


First, measure your baby's waist. There is a measurement guide here, but I still suggest measuring. My little one is quite solid and holds her weight in her belly, so I used almost 15 inches instead of the recommended 13 for a 3 month old. I also liked my tutu longer than suggested in the sizing guide, but it will give you a starting point. Cut your elastic to the right size and either sew it together or glue it using fabric glue if you're looking for a completely no-sew project. I suggest a quick stitch



Decide how long you want your tutu. I chose 8" which you need to double for cutting since you will be folding it in half.

Next, you need to cut your tulle. The easiest way to do this is using a piece of cardboard.  The length of the cardboard should be the same length that you decided before plus a half inch and the width should be anything wider than your tulle. I used a diaper box (heaven knows we have plenty of those hanging around) and it was the perfect length and width, at about 8.5" x 15"

Take your first color of tulle and wrap it around the cardboard. This will automatically double the length which is great! Wrap around 17 times (adjust depending on the length of elastic).


Slide scissors through all layers on ONE side and cut. This will give you 17 pieces of tulle at 16" (or whatever length you chose) each. Repeat for other colors.


Stretch your elastic over something to hold it in place. I just used my cut cardboard, but in retrospect, I wish I had used a canister or something round to make it easier to work with. The cardboard did the job.



Next take one piece of each color, layering them on top of each other, fold in half, and bunch.


Slide the folded side under your elastic.


Bring the tails up over the elastic and through the loop of the fold and pull snug.



It's okay that it looks a little purple. That will go away when we fluff at the end. Continue this process all the way around your elastic, alternating the order that you stack your colors (red-white-blue, then white-blue-red, then blue-red-white, etc). This will ensure that each color is spread out through the tutu and not all on the top/middle/bottom).

Once you are all the way around the elastic, remove the tutu from the cardboard and fluff, pulling on the tulle so that the tutu becomes nice and full.


If you want to make a bow to go with it, that's super easy.

Tie three pieces of tulle together in a knot. Fold at the knot and cut to desired length. Fluff.




You can then hot glue it to a headband with a little bit of felt.

Kymri loved her tutu and everyone thought she was the cutest patriotic baby!





Let me know if you make your own tutu and how it turns out!



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Don't Forget To Lick The Spoon

A couple of days ago, I made brownies for a family dinner. Once I poured the batter into the pan, I did what I always do after making brownies. I licked the spoon. And then I used it to scrape the bowl and licked it again. Seriously, this is the best part of making brownies. 

Kymri giggled at me from her little seat where she had been watching me intently. I looked down at that perfect child and made some silly faces, eliciting a few more grins and giggles. And then it all of a sudden hit me. In a few more short months, I won't be the one licking the spoon; she will. I won't be the one to pour the batter into the pan; she will. I won't be the one to test the brownies with a toothpick; she will. 

In a moment, I could see my baby become a toddler, a little kid, a teenager, a young adult, and a grown woman. I pictured her taking her first steps, learning to ride a bike, playing on a little league softball team, running for class president, going on her first date, heading off to college, getting married, and starting a family of her own. In my mind's eye it all happened so fast! I realized that my baby is no longer a newborn and I can't get that back. And she won't be a baby for much longer. And before I know it, she won't even be a little kid. Then I realized that her life would be a lot like that brownie mix. After getting the majority of the work done, there is still just a little bit of goodness left over. And that is usually the best part! So I'm going to make sure to lick the spoon every chance I get. I'm going to scrape every bit of goodness out of each wonderfully amazing stage of my baby's life. I'm going to make just one more silly face when we are playing on the floor. I'm going to play just one more round of peek-a-boo before nap time. I'm going to read one more book, sing one more song, play one more turn, dance one minute longer, give one more hug and kiss, and make sure that I don't leave anything behind. 

So I picked Kymri up and danced with her around the kitchen before cleaning up my mess. And then I licked the spoon one more time, just to make sure. After all, pretty soon I won't be the one to claim that chocolatey goodness. 






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