Thursday, July 31, 2008

Just Another Sunny Day at the Park

We went with another playmate to the park early the other morning. I had never been to this park before, but it was awesome! It had a huge trail that went all the way around the park and two fenced play areas. One for toddlers and one for older kids. We enjoyed the toddler playground. We went so early, there was still dew on the slides. I wiped the slide with my fanny so Kaelin could slide down a drier slide! Here's a little car she got in that bounced, so she felt like she was really moving! She HAD to be in the driver's seat though...her poor friend!
I had been reading books to Kaelin that had pictures of trains and whenever we heard a train near the house, I would say, "train" and "choo choo" but she never repeated it. Well, when she saw this train on the playground, she went running and said "Choo Choo! Choo Choo!" She was listening to me afterall! She's one smart little cookie!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Babywearing: All About Pouch Slings


Everyone knows that I'm a big babywearing advocate. One of my first ways I learned to wear my baby was with a pouch sling (that I made). A pouch sling may just be the simplest way to wear your baby. It's simply a pouch that you pop your baby into. It must be specifically sized to you. There is not much adjusting and you probably can't share this kind of carrier with your hubby.
But there are several pros to a pouch carrier! You can fold it up really small and just keep it in the diaper bag for when you need it. It won't take up much space at all. You can also wear a pouch sling from birth all the way through toddlerhood. When you have a new baby, it's great to use the cradle carry and let them even sleep while being worn. Heck! That was the only way I could get my colicky little fuss-monster to calm down. The sling was a lifesaver back then!As your baby grows, he or she won't want to be in the cradle carry. You can also wear them tummy to tummy or in the kangaroo carry (legs folded and baby facing out---a fav with babes who love to face out!). Into toddlerhood, you can also wear your little one on your hip with your pouch sling. At Heavenly Hold, I carry Slinglings brand pouch slings. Slinglings are made in Seattle, WA and are a very affordable babywearing option! $37 for unpadded and $45 for padded. There are instructions and sizing information for pouch slings at www.heavenlyhold.com. Happy Babywearing!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Music at the Library



Kaelin and I went to a kid's program at one of our local libraries this week. We had soooo much fun! It was a guy that brought a guitar, banjo and harmonica and he sang really fun songs that were geared towards the kiddos. He also used a microphone which threw Kaelin off at first. She didn't know what to think of a live performance. But she got into it quickly with her friend, Gracie.

There were tons of kids and moms there and the kids were jumping and waving their arms and dancing all around! It was awesome to see her experience this new kind of fun.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Sale and a Contest at MonkeeMoos.com!!


I got Kaelin a couple of REALLY cute outfits this summer from MonkeeMoos this summer. One of them she just wore for the first time and got Vaseline on! Never fear, google is here and helped us find a way to get vaseline out!

Kaelin in her Daily Tea dress

Anyway, they are having a great sale on their Daily Tea line and if you purchase anything by 7-24, you get entered into a contest to win a $150 shopping spree!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

My Beautiful Girl

This is a picture of Kaelin and I from last summer...what a distance we have come! Mommy's lost her long hair and Kaelin has tripled in size and gotten quite a bit of hair. Today was my birthday and it was a really quiet day. We ended up hanging around the house all day waiting on the air conditioner repair people. We tried to make it to a library program at our local library, but it didn't happen because of the AC situation.

We did have a fun day together, though (of course). We made.....play doh!! We used the age old recipe:

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 c. salt
2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together and cook for 3 minutes on stove over low heat.

I took a couple of pics and will post soon. Kaelin was only entertained by the play-doh activity for about 10 minutes, but I'm not giving up yet! I will keep introducing it and hopefully she'll like it someday soon! Of course, she tried to eat it and found out how salty and yucky it tasted!

Dinner was (free) at Provino's italian restaurant. I also signed up for a whole bunch of other freebies for Adrian and I for next year's birthdays from the previous post. Hope some other people do the same!

Freebies on Your Birthday!!

Just thought I would let everyone know that I found this place to get LOTS of free things on your birthday and in your birthday month...I'm in the process of signing up myself and my husband (and Kaelin) for these fun freebies! There are quite a few for kids and babies as well!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I'm a Birthday Girl Tomorrow


Yes, tomorrow I am 31 years old. I'm not too excited about it. The last two years of birthdays have actually had me a little down and a little homesick for Newman (my hometown). I shouldn't be down, though. I am very thankful for all that God has given me and brought me through! I just need to do a better job expressing it.

Anyway, I'd like to go out to dinner, but in light of recent events (gas and groceries going up and up), I'd like to go to a restaurant that will feed me for free on my birthday! Does that sound bad? Does anyone know of a restaurant chain that gives you a free birthday meal? If so, please share! I'll be so appreciative...thanks!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

There's a Beheaded....What?

When I went outside Wednesday morning to get Kaelin's swim socks, I was initially puzzled by what I saw. I saw a small, furry lump in the middle of our backyard lawn. I thought it might still be alive, so I just watched it for a minute, but nope....we had a flatliner here.

Whatever it was had to be dealt with, so I approached the furry lump and tried to see what it was...well, ahem, it was a little difficult to see what it was because it was decapitated! Upon further inspection, I realized that it was a baby bunny! Oh! How sad! Why am I more sad about it being a baby bunny than a squirrel? I don't know, they're both God's creatures, but I am!

I got the shovel and a plastic bag and "took care" of the little fellow. I have a strong suspect in mind for the crime of killing this little furry bundle. I'll give you a hint...he has 4 legs, a long tail and whiskers!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Big Brother 10

I'm already hooked...I'm watching it right now. I never saw this show until I married my husband. He was a fan and I became a fan by default. Why am I so into reality TV?

My first impressions: Renny is soooo annoying. Almost as annoying as Julie Chen (the host)...how does she keep her job? She is terrible. I think she's married to someone in the network. Brian was a really smart player...too bad he's gone. It would have been interesting to follow what he did. I'm liking Ollie and April together. I feel sorry for Jerry because he is the only older person and I'm afraid the young'uns will gain up on him and vote him out. If you're a fan, I'd love to hear what you think...
Dana?
(just hoping you're a fan since we had the same perspective on the Bachelorette!)

Sleepy Wraps are here!


I just added Sleepy Wraps to Heavenly Hold! These stretchy wraps are great for mamas with newborn babies and are wonderful wraps to learn on as the stretchiness makes them very forgiving! They are also great baby carriers to nurse in!

Sleepy Wraps are a little different from Moby's as they aren't make from T-shirt material and they won't stretch or bag out. Sleepy Wrap are $34 at Heavenly Hold and here is a cute little promo I made for them on www.scrapblog.com. Check the site out if you have a few minutes! It's too much fun!

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Day at the Park and Growing Independence

It's so hot and humid here I can only stand to be outside about 30-45 minutes during the day. So, we went to a park close by to enjoy some outdoor fun. Kaelin and Jordan had a great time together! This first pic is of Kaelin going down the slide by herself and right after I snapped this picture, she did a somersault and went down the rest of the way face first! You can kind of see how her shoe is getting caught on the side!
Kaelin is almost 17 months old, but I think she believes that she is 5 years old. She wants to do EVERYTHING on her own. Whenever I try to put my hand around her belly to steady her or help her (like Jordan is in the picture), she will move my hands off of her! I'm really not ready to give her the amount of independence she is starting to demand!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Babywearing With Special Needs

Let me first start off by saying that I do not have experience as a parent to a special needs child. I do have experience teaching them, but I claim no expertise.

I want to discuss how babywearing can benefit a special needs child. There are way too many different types of needs to discuss ranging from physical to mental and emotional. BUT, I believe that wearing babies and children with any kind of special needs can benefit not only the children, but the parents and wearers of these children as well.

I've written about the multitude of benefits that there are to babywearing. Just to mention a few (again) babies are more confident and sure of themselves, babies that are worn learn more, babies that are worn are smarter...the list goes on and on!

Babies that have special needs can benefit even MORE from being worn. There are so many different kinds of special needs, so I'll give a couple of examples.

Baby A is 11 mos old and lives in a foreign country in an orphanage. Baby A spends her days in a crib and doesn't interact with other babies or other adults except on a limited basis. Baby A needs to be "humanized." Baby A is being adopted by Family #1. Family #1 and Baby A can use babywearing to become bonded to each other more quickly. Baby A will learn to trust Family #1 and gain more confidence this way.

Baby B has Down Syndrome. She is slightly slower developmentally. Babywearing can help her with her motor skills and help her gain head control more quickly. Baby B will also benefit from babywearing because she will learn more easily. She will learn more easily because she is an active part of her mother and father's life. She is aparty to everything that goes on during their day and she listens to them speak to her and other adults. She is able to make eye contact with her mother and father more easily.

Baby K'tan is one baby carrier that claims to be especially suited to special needs children. The parents that created have experience with their own special needs children. Part of the profit also go to special needs children's charities. My shop, Heavenly Hold carries Baby K'tan as well as many other baby carriers.

You can also check out The Babywearer. It is an online forum with a ton of information and resources for babywearing and lots of information on special needs babywearing.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Please Vote For Kaelin

On a whim one day, I entered Kaelin in this contest at couturebabyboutique.com

She is now a finalist!! Please vote for her here. Thanks!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My Favorite Part of the Trip to CA-NV


My absolute favorite part of the trip to visit my family was Adrian (DH) babywearing!! Adrian actually suggested that when we went to Lake Tahoe and Smith Valley for 4 days, that we NOT take a stroller! This is not like him! He is all about pushing Kaelin in the stroller! He has said from time to time that he would wear Kaelin, but when it comes time to break out the carrier, he always has an excuse. Mainly, he thinks he wouldn't look as "manly."

But, when he suggested that we not even pack the stroller, to leave it at my Mom and Dad's house, I was shocked! And I guess my expression showed it because he immediately followed it up with, I'll wear her (he even said "wear"!). I thought, yeah right, I'll be the one wearing her...but I'm OK with that. I love my extra close snuggle time with Kaelin.
So, when we arrived in Tahoe and got settled in our hotel room (which we got upgraded to a suite for FREE!), we got ready to go out and check things out. Adrian picked up my Action Baby Carrier and starting letting the buckles out to put it on! I was beyond excited! I gladly helped him adjust things and then I helped him get her in a back carry. It was great!

Even more fantastic, were his comments while he was wearing her. He said, "This is kinda cool! Every time she moves her arm or hand, it feels kinda weird, but I like it! It makes me think that maybe this was how you felt when you were pregnant with her and she moved inside of you!"

So, if you want your DH to try to understand or get to share in how it might feel to be PG (or just get some extra close time with your LO) introduce them to babywearing!! Oh, and don't forget to get a carrier from Heavenly Hold!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More Pics From Vacation

Isn't it great when the simplest things entertain kids? Here is a ninety nine cent shoebox that Kaelin loved trying to stuff herself into. Jordan got in on the action and pushed her around in her "car."
At the park in Smith Valley, NV playing on the old school equipment. I played on these springy things when I was a kid!
Kaelin at her first parade in Gustine, CA on the Fourth of July. Saw two of my high school classmates at the parade! That was exciting!
Jordan riding his first horse at my aunt and uncle's in Smith Valley, NV. Jordan is riding Ben. Look at their knockout view!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sampler of Our Trip

Here are some things that we did while visiting my parents in California.


Jordan rode a 4 Wheeler with my cousin Sierra. They are the same age (13). Where my aunt and uncle live in Nevada is so remote! They don't even have a grocery store! They have to drive to another town about 30 minutes to get groceries. They do have breathtaking views, however.

Kaelin waded in Twin Lakes in Bridgeport, CA. This is near my family's Dude Ranch. I swam and fished in this lake when I was a kid...it's COLD!!

Kaelin helped my Dad in his garden. My Dad grows all kinds of fruits, avacados, berries, and as you can see, corn. I wish we had a backyard half the size of my parents! But our backyard has improved over the last couple of months before you all began giving me suggestions...updates to come!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pudding Painting




I am finally getting to do some fun art projects with Kaelin. On my Mom and Dad's patio, we let Kaelin "paint" with pudding. We gave her a cup of chocolate and cookie sheet and let her at it! We first put her in her swimsuit and her swim socks, for easy clean up, though!

At first she was a little unsure as to what to do...I showed her what to do and then she was having so much fun creating her art! It also took her quite a while to figure out that she could actually eat the pudding! I had to show her that, too! My dainty daughter!

If you have other ideas for "art" projects for us, please share! My preschool teacher, Mrs. Perry (I saw her while I was at home) also suggested frosting painting! Yum!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Croquet Girl

Aiming for her winning shot.




Jordan, Kevin (my brother) and Kaelin posing.

Anyone know any single women 25-28-ish for my brother? He's a great guy!!





" That was not my best shot! Do over!"



We played quite a bit of Croquet with my fam while we were with them...just for fun after dinner in the evenings. Jordan loved it and my Grandma got pretty competitive, too. Another croquet lover we discovered was Kaelin!! She had so much fun chattering to the players and carrying around a mallet.



One night my Mom and Dad got pretty competitive...and my Mom won! But her victory was short lived, because the next night, I beat her!

Fantastic Voyage



We're headed back to Georgia tomorrow : ( --Saturday--

We have really had a wonderful trip to N. California and Nevada...We have been to Santa Cruz, Lake Tahoe, Smith Valley, NV, Bridgeport, CA and just relaxed at home in good ol' Newman, CA!

I'll share some of our trips and travels and LOTS of pics! My husband was truly in awe of the Sierras on our trip to Lake Tahoe. I was really pleased about this because the Sierras are probably my favorite place on earth...the beauty is absolutely breathtaking and so untouched. You wouldn't even believe you were in California by how rural it is!

Snow in June? Who would believe it? But it was there, as it is every summer that high in elevation. Here are a few pics of us in Heavenly by the Heavenly sign...we had to do that for Heavenly Hold, of course...