Archive | August, 2010

It’s Friday Already???

27 Aug

How did it get to be Friday already?? I’ll be honest – I spent all week sitting on the couch next to John, making digital scrapbook pages and scouring diaperswappers.com for diapers fro S. Well, that’s how MOST of the week was spent, anyway. I have also been doing some sewing, but I want to wait until it’s all done to show you guys. So until then, some hints:

Three pictures, three different projects for the same thing. Can you guess what I’m working on?

PS: It’s my mom’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom!

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Cloth Diaper Inserts

20 Aug

I am trying cloth diapers with S. I bought a bunch of different brands from people off craigslist, and so far I really like Kissaluvs because they are the smallest, so they fit him the best and are less bulky. A lot of the ones that are supposed to fit the baby the whole time they wear diapers are SO bulky! These, since they’re for newborns, aren’t. They’re still bulkier than disposables, but they’re not bad.

However, since those are made with …organic cotton? Cotton fleece? (I don’t know for sure since they’re second hand.) and my guy is a little pee-er, I found that I could only keep him in the diaper an hour before he would need to be changed. I really wanted him to be good for at least two hours. My other diaper brands have inserts, so I thought I’d make him a couple for the Kissaluvs.

Actually, they’re kind of like maxi pads, aren’t they? (lol) I used fabrics from my stash – some checkerboard fabric for the outside, and fleece, and knit (like sweater knit, not t-shirt knit) fabric for the absorbent middle.  Then I sewed around the edges and quilted the main part. I had never quilted anything before, and I think you can see that in the oval stitching. I wasn’t going to worry about it though, since they were just going on my baby’s butt.

I wasn’t sure how absorbent these would be, and I wanted to wait until I had bias tape on the sides to try them out, but I got too impatient. They ended up buying me half an hour, so I think if I make the next batch a little thicker, I’ll be in good shape!

Now I just need to buy a bias tape maker!

Garage Sale Shopping!

18 Aug

Before you ask, sometimes it is boring staying at home with a newborn all day. And when you have fun blocks like these, how can you NOT build a castle on top of a changing table for your blog photos?

I have a few things that I’ve thrifted lately that I wanted to show off, but I haven’t photographed them yet, so I’ll just stick to my latest garage sale finds. Usually, I browse people’s driveways looking for baby clothes, since S doesn’t fit into a whole lot of his yet. He is in an awkward stage where, despite his 8+lbs weight, he is too small for some newborn items, too small for pretty much all 0-3month items, and too big for preemie stuff. So I bring a onesie that fits him in my diaper bag and hold it up to stuff that I find.

This time though, I found toys he won’t be able to play with for years. *facepalm*

Driving back from my doctor’s office last Friday, I saw this little sale with a bunch of kid’s items in it and pulled over. One of the items was a set of two garbage bags FILLED with these cool cardboard blocks. I remember playing with these when I was little and wanted them for S. I hesitated, since it would be so long until he can play with them, but one of the bags had the original $4 price scribbled out, and $3.50 written next to it, so how could I resist?

I got to talking with the woman running the sale and she was saying that her son (who was running around, suggesting things for me to buy, lol.) had gone through all of his toys to find things he could sell because he was saving up to buy a train set. Adorable! NOW how can I not get these blocks?! I looked in my wallet and saw that I didn’t have the change and said I would go to my car to get it. The mom asked her son if they could just sell it to me for $3. The kid looked pained and said “But…but…” I laughed and said I would go get the 50 cents.

They were also selling a wooden train set like the kind I had when I was little for $8, and I am kind of kicking myself for not getting it. I just didn’t want to blow all of my money on the first sale I went to. 😦

At the second sale I went to, I got this awesome Ninja Turtles toy chest. It had a $7 sticker on it, which was more than I wanted to pay. I decided to play the fate game and offered the lady $5 for it. I usually hate people who barter at garage sales, so I never do, but the lady said sure, so it is mine! It’s in pretty good condition for its age, but the lady put the price tag on the top picture, so when I took it off, it took some of the design with it. Boo. 😦

I love that I can go to Friday garage sales now!

Rochester is Awesome, Sami.

17 Aug

My sister wants to go to grad school in Boston, but I think she should go to RIT and move in with me. She thinks Rochester is too small, but I’m going to show her how awesome it is WITH THIS POST.

So Sam, these are just SOME of the cool things to do in Rochester!

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Coffee Houses: Spot . Javas . Boulder . Starry Nites . Spin Caffe

Farmer’s Markets: Downtown . Chili. South Wedge

Shopping: Greece Ridge . Eastview . Marketplace . Southtown . Park Point . Record Archive . House of Guitars . Craft Company No. 6

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Tons of Festivals: 10 Ugly Men . East End . Fairport Music Festival . Party in the Park . Taste of Rochester . Lilac Festival . The Big Rib . Irish Festival . Twestival . Maple Festival

Sports: Red Wings (baseball) . Americans (hockey) . Rhinos (soccer) . Roc City Roller Derby . Buffalo Bills (football) . Buffalo Sabres (hockey) . SU sports

Hip Areas: East & Alexander . Monroe Ave . Park Ave

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Night life: The Old Toad . Tap & Mallet . Lux . Murphy’s Law . O’Callaghan’s . The Bug Jar . Vinyl . One . Tilt . Look Ah Hookah . The Comedy Club

Concerts: Darien Lake . CMAC . Blue Cross Arena . Waterstreet Music Hall

Cool Restaurants: John’s Tex Mex . Mamasan’s . Jines . Salena’s . California Rollin’ . Donuts Delite . Lorraine’s . Dogtown Hots . Dinosaur BBQ

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Museums: Memorial Art Gallery @ U of R . Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) . Renaissance Art Gallery . Strong Museum of Play

Movie Theaters: The Little . Pittsford Cinema . Tinseltown . Movies 10 . Regal Greece . Regal Henrietta . Cinema Theatre

Theaters: Geva . RBTL . Downstairs Cabaret

Craft Fairs: Second Storie . Mayday Underground . Hearts & Crafts . Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market

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Spring: SMELL THE FLOWERS THE SNOW IS GONE!

Summer: Camping . Hiking . Sailing . Fruit picking

Fall: Apple picking . Pumpkin patches . Haunted houses . Zombie Walk . Ghost Tours

Winter: Snowboarding/Skiing . Snow tubing . Ice skating

Parks: Durand-Eastman Park . Cobbs Hill . Highland Park . Ellison Park . Greece Canal Park . Ontario Beach Park

What more could you want?! Sure, you can’t walk everywhere, but with the exception of the skiing and camping (etc), everything is a 15/20 minute drive, and there is NEVER any traffic, so it’s a breeze!

Bench Monday is Back!

16 Aug

This was taken at the library in Watertown, NY by my mom’s college friend, Sue. She agreed to take it, but “quickly…before we get kicked out.” Oh, small towns. 🙂

Maternity Photos

13 Aug

It seems kind of weird to be posting these now that I’m not pregnant, but I had the baby just a few days after I got the photos, and didn’t get the chance to post them until now. I really like them though, so I’m going to post them anyway.

On June 18th, I met up with Tara and her husband from Indigo Butterfly Photography. We went to a castle at Highland Park, but I didn’t look good in my pics with the castle itself. :-/ The ones with the grounds came out though!

I’m a little bummed that the line from the bottom of my tank to shows, but what can ya do?

I connected with Tara because of a listing she posted on craigslist. She is actually coming to my house next week to take newborn pics of S too. I’m excited to see what silly poses we come up with.

They are really cool people and great to work with. Highly recommended.

Oh, Hi!

11 Aug

**I wanted to post this on Wednesday, so I dated the entry as such because, even though it’s technically Thursday as it’s after midnight, it still FEELS like Wednesday to me.**

Who would have known that the day after my last post would be the day I GAVE BIRTH TO MY SON?! Aaaand, that’s where I’ve been. I was on such a logging roll, too!

Meet my baby! I will be referring to him as “S” on the blog. John was able to make it home for S’s birth, which was awesome.

I had family at the house for the first couple weeks of S’s existence, and it was really nice to have the help. I ended up needing an emergency C-section, and the recovery was a little tough. All the turtling I did while I was pregnant carried over after his birth, except it HURT to get up instead of just being awkward. 😦 Guess cutting muscles will do that to ya.

It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve kind of got a schedule going (induce milk coma, get stuff done) so I’m hoping to be blogging more soon. I even did some sewing today, so I’ll have that to talk about next week. 🙂 Nothing fancy, but it was nice to cut some fabric and sit at my machine while my little man looked on.

Oh yeah, because I am a big nerd and needed something to do during feedings, I created S a twitter account (@EatSleepTwit) and a facebook fan page. So, feel free to add those.