Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
She loved the tissue...presents were less interesting.
More tissue. (PS - I made that headband, I forgot to put it in the decor post. Feathers, heavy paper and glue. Add in a touch of patience, and you have yourself a headband).
She responded better when I fed it to her.
And here is the girl herself, 4 hours after the party started, happily showing off her newest tooth.
Charlie did absolutely amazing, and seemed to love every minute. I love my big, happy girl.
(For those who care, her dress is Cherokee, $15, I got it on sale for $10.)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I put up a folding table and wrestled a giant disposable tablecloth onto it, strategically taping to keep the size under control. This table held had table scatter (reusing the holes I punched out of the pennant garland paper); a rubber ducky; and a Jellybeans free download of two birds in a tree. So far, I spent $3 for the table cloth. Everything else I already had.
Streamers were placed here and there, since nothing says party like a little crepe paper, and bird toys that Charlie had were placed on every surface.
Here you can see the banner (held up by two birds, Disney style), artwork and duck.
free download, though I did buy the circles, for about $5, bringing us up to $10.50.
Not pictured - we also served pizza and nachos, care of Papa, Mike's Hard Lemonade ($20), pretzel sticks ($2) with Jordan almonds (from Chie) on top (to look like eggs in a nest), pasta salad ($6), Caesar salad, ($10), lemonade and cucumber water ($4), plates and napkins ($7) bringing us to $59.50.
The family room:
This room was done simply, with pennants and birdies on the fireplace and a banned I made for Tim's birthday over the window. Little bird books and toys were here and there.
The kitchen and dining room:
I took these pictures the next day, so picture heaps of food, and pink polka dot table cloth and Settlers of Catan laid out of the table.
So, there were streamers that I already had, pink and green lanterns left over from a baby shower, the table cloth from the same baby shower, bunting and birds.
The high chair was in the living room for the party, but regardless:
It already had a bird on it, so I added tiny bunting to make it festive.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Charlie has been doing great on a 2-3-4 schedule. (Nap 2 hours after wake up, 2nd nap 3 hours after end of 1st nap, bedtime 4 hours after end of 2nd nap, give or take a half hour.) She rarely fussed when put down for her naps, and almost never at night.
Enter teething (thunder crashes, scary music plays).
Somewhere in my sweet baby's mouth, hundreds of teeth are trying to get through. At least, that's what it seems like. We can't see any yet, but the shape of her gums are constantly in flux as, at the very least, the middle top two try to force their way out. Two nights ago she woke an hour after going down for the night, screaming. She fell asleep as soon as we took her out, but woke every time we laid her back down, resulting in a terrible nights co-sleep session. That girl takes up at least 3/4 of the bed. I was literally half on/half off the bed for a good portion of the night. I attempted twice to put her back in her crib in the middle of the night, to no avail.
Yesterday naps were hard to come by. The first one was a fight, and when she did fall asleep, she was out longer than normal, I think because no one slept well the night before, including the bed hog herself. The second one was a full on battle, and the stubborn girl simply sat up in her crib for an entire hour, waiting until my resolve broke.
Again, I put her down for bedtime, and an hour later she was screaming like she was on fire. We've heard that cry a few times: when she gets her shots, and when she has painful bowel movements. It took a long time to calm her down and coax her in to taking baby acetaminophen. We got her down again, but she soon woke screaming, and we brought her into our room while we read before bed. She promptly fell asleep and was successfully moved to her crib before Tim went to sleep. At about 5 am she scared Tim awake with a scream - one short scream - and he ran in there to find her sound asleep, but hitting her head repeatedly on the crib slats. He moved her a safe distance from the slats, and she woke up wailing. Back in to our bed, where I was able to calm her and snuggle her to sleep again. She slept, with a few interruptions to cry a bit, until 9 am.
Now, here we are, two hours later, and I'm listening to my fed, changed, sleepy child scream herself silly from her crib. Please Teeth, I am begging you...stop dragging your feet (roots?) and just come out already. It's been long enough.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
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