Saturday, February 26, 2011


Even though I fear jinxing things...I just have to report that August has slept 9+ hours a night for the past 7 nights! I am in HEAVEN!!

Sleep is so so so underrated.

And Wonderful.

Let's hope this is a lasting trend.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's a Whole New World

August started crawling on Saturday! He had been 'practicing' & rocking for several weeks & was quite good at crawling backwards on all four. Finally on Saturday he figured out the forward part & off he went. Saturday he was pretty shaky but through the day got more & more confident. By Sunday night when we were at a SuperBowl party, he was pretty proficient at following me around.

On Monday he pulled himself up by himself. He had also been really close with that for a long time & his legs have been very strong for months (where he can support himself). He hasn't really started cruising around the furniture yet but I think it won't be too far away.

It really has changed the dynamic of my day! No longer can I leave him playing on the floor. He wants to follow me (or find a cord to play with - ay yi yi) as soon as I leave. Doors now have to be shut, cords have to be put up, outlets checked again for our lazy baby-proofing & gates on the stairs in place.

I love seeing his independence & it definitely makes him more content to be able to get the things he wants, but man, it keeps me on my toes!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Project Postcard 2011

It must be because I get a bug every January to clean out (like the rest of the world...), but I get inspired this time of year to start sending out my postcards (again). I just can't seem to part with my postcard collection - no matter how lame they are! I have had some of them, almost 30 years! I have sent most of the really old ones...but I have lots more! So far I've sent out 34 postcards. If you haven't received one, it's probably because I don't have your address. If you'd like one, send me an email at carrster(at) . If you think this is just silly - well, you'll probably still get a postcard anyway. I love getting 'fun' mail instead of bills & junk every day so there ya go....
The first batch left my house yesterday.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

My Beautiful Babies!

My babies were models this fall for Three Irish Girls Yarn - a company based here in Duluth. While the yarn is FABULOUS and beautiful - I think the models are pretty darn cute too.

August at 9 Months!

Mr. August. 9 Months old. So hard to believe.

He is really a changed boy from last fall. He is so incredibly smiley & happy nearly all of the time. He is so interested in everything around him. He loves his sister's toys (which we're finding is more of a safety hazard than we'd ever thought about before...). He loves to play with the alligator xylophone, stealing his sister's Little People is a favorite past time & he's a master at Peek-a-boo.

He's a champion eater. He loves to eat everything we do (just about). He gets quite ornery when we try to give him baby food. He loves spaghetti, yogurt, peas, carrots, mac & cheese, bagels (just the soft part!), bananas, hard boiled eggs, crackers, cheerios, green beans, cheesy potatoes, etc. I'm trying to wean him, so during the day he gets a few bottles & table food, at night I still nurse him.

He had his 9 month check up last week. Weighing in at 16lbs, 1.5oz (2nd percentile) & he's 27 1/4" tall (19th percentile). Unfortunately he's sort of falling off his growth curve - particularly for even though he's obviously thriving, he's a skinny little peanut. The doctor suggested adding cream or butter (yum!) to his foods to fatten him up a bit.

He absolutely LIGHTS UP when his Daddy returns from work. He gets so excited he can hardly contain himself! He loves to go on walks with Daddy in the Baby Bjorn down to the creek. Can't wait til we can make these longer, family excursions. I'm sort of over winter by this point.

Dahlia still is a great big sister. She really takes care of him, looks out for him, plays with him & of course scolds him. They make the funniest sounds/faces at the supper table & both start cracking up. Watching their relationship unfold has been one of the greatest joys lately. Hopefully they will grow up to continue to play, love & watch each others' backs.

No teeth yet (not surprising). Barely any hair (ah well). He rolls, scoots & crawls backward but we're still waiting for forward movement. He can get anywhere he chooses to go though so I'm not too worried. He gets up on all fours & rocks & rocks. I thought he'd be going by now but I'm not in any rush! He will stand holding on to us or furniture or the pack & play & has experimented with cruising but isn't so sure about that yet.

Aside from the sleeping issues...everything's going really great. We even interviewed a new babysitter the other day so hopefully Steve & I will be able to go out, alone, together. I can't wait. We need a date night!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

What I think about Tea

Well....not much. I've tried for years to like tea. I may have been turned off in my early years by accidentally taking a sip of what I thought was my Mom's "Tab" when in reality it was iced tea. *shudder* nothing like getting a mouth full of non-carbonated, bland, unsweet TEA when you're expecting something sweet, bubbly & delicious. (yes, I just called Tab might have been Diet Coke...I don't really remember).

I'm not even TRYING to like iced tea. *gag* but I would like to enjoy the world of hot tea. There are so many fantastic (sounding) varieties out there. It would be nice on a cold morning to have a cup of tea. Sometimes tea smells good. I would like to find a caffeine replacement that doesn't contain aspartame (ie: Diet Coke....).

So I tried again last week. I made a cup of...I dont' even know what kind. It smelled awesome. The water in the kettle started boiling. The kids were napping. I even got out a tea cup & saucer. I was READY to enjoy.


all it tasted like was hot water with a nice fragrance. Yuck. I drank the whole cup. I tried. I really tried. I added some sugar which helped a little was a failure.

Maybe I'll try coffee next. Ugh.