Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Backyardigans Halloween Costumes

Trick or Treat is right around the corner! It's hard to believe it is already the end of October, this month has flown by.  David wanted to be Pablo from the Backyardigans this year.  I looked for a boys size 7/8 but couldn't find one, so I made his costume.  It only took two afternoons of sewing and it is all done!  I must say, I think David look so darn cute and warm and cozy too.  The costume is made of warm and fuzzy fleece.  I followed a pajama pants pattern for the bottom and the top I just winged it.  (LOL winged...pablo is a penguin... really I wasn't trying to be funny)
I need to figure out some sort of beak, maybe tomorrow I will take on that task.

Joey is going as Tyrone.  He has a cute baby store bought outfit.  I purchased it off Nick Jr 's website last year for a steal!  I think it was maybe under $5.00.  I couldn't pass it up.


Halloween Photos 2010

Fall Festival at School
Chocolate covered oreos pops - Mummies and jack o lanterns for the Fall Festival Bake Sale
 Sunny But very cold afternoon of Trick Or Treating.
Good think the costumes were fleece!


Visiting Family



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Garbage Truck Halloween Costume

The Wait is Over!!!

Finally,  I have completed the instructions on how to build your very own Recycle or Garbage Truck costume! 

Instructions include the following:
Material List
Step by Step Instructions
Detailed Drawings
Color Photographs

If you are interested in purchasing the instructions, please email me at:
If you LOVE Garbage and Recycling Trucks, be sure to check out my other blog

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not selling pre-made costumes.  I am selling instructions for your to make your own.  Unfortunately I do not have the time to make garbage truck costumes to sell. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It Wasn't Me!

Ummm no Mom, I wasn't trying to get my brother's duplo blocks and drool all over them.
Joey is so darn cute! This look on his face just cracks me up!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Night Before Kindergarten!

Tonight I tucked David all into bed, we read "The Night Before Kindergarten" and all is well. We chat about tomorrow and we are snuggling. Then I happen to put my hand under his pillow and there is a wad of tape under his pillow.

Here's the conversation:

ME: David...what is this?

DAVID: Mommy, I put that under there to see if the tooth fairy would bring me more tape

ME: [giggling]

David, the tooth fairy doesn't bring tape...maybe there is a tape fairy?

DAVID: Well I was thinking...maybe she (the tooth fairy) can bring me $60324.00 and then I can go buy ALOT of tape!!!

ME: Ummm you are really funny

DAVID: Well was just an experiment!!!!

Man! That boy is so funny and clever! I think he will do just great in Kindergarten.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Just a Little Blog Humor

From the Parade Magazine in the Sunday Paper
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Joey's Torticollis

Torticollis is a condition in which a baby's head is tilted, caused by either a tightening of the muscles of the neck, flattening of the back of the head or a combination of the two. The condition often refers to tightness of a specific muscle which pulls the head sideways toward the shoulder, turns the face toward the opposite shoulder and brings the head forward on the chest. Habitually spending time in this position frequently causes other neck muscles to tighten.
[excerpt from Childrens Memorial Hospital website]

In utero, Joey was transverse for most of my pregnancy.  After he was born we began to notice that he always preferred his head tilted to the right and now looking back in photos, it was very apparent.  It also makes sense why he had problems breastfeeding in certain positions.  When he was a few months old we noticed he was developing a flat spot like David did when he was a baby. So we knew the routine with Plagiocephaly.  We talked to the pediatrician and we were referred to physical therapy for Joey.  It was diagnosed that he had Torticollis.  David did not have Torticollis, just Positional Plagiocephaly.  David liked to sleep and in one position.  Joey's was another whole set of issues.

Let's just say the first visit to Physical Therapy was not a good one.  Joey was irritable and also just began being treated for reflux.  He hated being layed down flat.  We also learned quickly that he really hated his neck muscles being touched.  There was alot of crying and it was difficult to get his measurements.  At this point too with his digestive issues, he was spitting up alot.  So if we fed him before PT then he would spit up.  If he didn't eat he was not happy either. 

After a few visits, we had a conflict in scheduling.  We ended up switching Physical Therapists to get a morning time slot.  Our new therapist specializes in cranial sacral therapy and massage.  This worked wonders with Joey.  He was calm and he enjoyed his massage time. Her style and personality clicked well with us and Joey really took to her.   The therapists were both great in recognizing when he had had a enough and needed a break.  It is somewhat overstimulating at times.

With the combination of therapy, daily exercises at home many times a day and the Infant Head Bed, we were able to decrease the flat spot significantly and also improve the mobility and movement of his neck muscles. 
Now at almost 9 months he does have a small flat spot.  Along with our Pediatrican, we decided not to treat the minor flat spot. It is not very noticable and there are not any abnormalities with his facial features.  It is alot more important that his neck is feeling better.  Joey still has the reflux, is super sensitive and has sleeping issues.  I just felt like the helmet was the last thing we need to deal with now. Though now that he is active and crawling and pulling himself on everything, the helmet would be helpful as a crash helmet! 

Brotherly Love

Here are some pictures of the boys playing together.  There is almost a 5 year age difference but they still find things they like doing together like playing in the pool, duplo legos and playing with trucks!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Joey at 8 1/2 Months

Every Monday I get an email from Baby Weekly that has Joey's age in weeks.  Today he is 38 weeks old.  Joey is a busy little guy these days.  He is very mobile and is quick to get where he wants.  Some milestones are:

♥  Has 2 bottom teeth (July) and one top tooth coming in (August 12th)
♥  Can scoot and crawl
♥  Pulls himself to standing in his activity center, pack n play, crib, furniture
♥  Can kneel without holding onto anything and tries to balance
♥  Can sit without assistance
♥  giggles and laughs alot (likes playing peek-a-boo) Likes being out around people.
♥  Likes making sounds like Hi, Gaa Gaa, Baa Baa, Ma mee Ma Mee, Daa Daa.
♥  Mimics sounds and facial expressions like sticking out his tongue and blowing raspberries.
♥  Prefers oatmeal cereal over rice cereal.  Loves pears and likes applesauce, bananas, green beans, peas, carrots and sweet potatoes.  Likes cheerios and baby mum mums.  Not crazy about the puffs.  Has tried some table foods and likes alot of it.
♥  Still takes 3 naps a day (mostly 45 - 90 minutes never longer than that)
♥  Likes to be swaddled in mommy's wrap if he is really tired.
♥  Still not sleeping thru the night and still sometimes sleeps in his Rock n Play sleeper.  (working on this)
prefers his exersaucer over the jumperoo.