Babies Sleeping Door Sign

At least twice a week someone I don’t know comes to my door. They usually ring the doorbell and knock. Loudly. Just now, someone came, uninvited, and rang the doorbell three times in a row. Both of the babies are sleeping. I wanted to hit the person with a brick.

Since that’s illegal, I’ve decided to hang a sign on the door. Perhaps this will get us some peace and quiet.

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Or this one with a wax print background

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Quick Black Widow DIY Baby CosPlay

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Our nephew wanted to be Captain America for his 8th birthday. Naturally, that turned into an Avengers  themed party. We decided to dress all the kids as Avengers characters and since we only have one girl in the family, you know who became Black Widow.

Originally, I planned to sew her a little jumpsuit, add the S.H.E.I.L.D. arm patches, throw on a belt, and color her hair red using temporary hair spray (I also heard about hair chalk but I wasn’t sure how to use it). Unfortunately, the week took over (I got busy) and fear gripped me (about chemicals on her hair). I woke up Saturday morning and realized that I had a few hours to turn my 9 month old into the badass Avenger team member, Black Widow. I was able to use items that I already had lying around the house so it cost me nothing to join in the cosplay fun.

Materials:

  • Long-sleeved baby bodysuit
  • Pair of black skinny leg jeans
  • Metallic silver pen
  • Black Sharpie
  • Long piece of Velcro
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Elmerps spray adhesive
  • One quarter sheet of white scrapbook paper
  • One tenth sheet of red scrapbook paper
  • One tenth sheet of black scrapbook paper

The baby already had a black, long-sleeved body suit (onsie) so I grabbed that and paired it with a pair of black Joe jeans that we picked up at a clothes swap. Black jumpsuit? Check!

I’m not an artist so I went to the internets to help me with the S.H.E.I.L.D. patches and belt. I found this great diy tutorial that gave me the specifics on what to make. Then I did an image search for the patches to print the patches so I could Sharpie them on to my scrapbook paper.

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Click image to go buy the patches.

 

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These looked great so I saved the image, printed it on regular paper, and then used them to trace the image into scrapbook paper. After coloring it in with a black Sharpie marker, I cut the circles out and attached them to her onsie using Elmer’s glue. I wanted the patched to stay on for photos but not stay on forever.

For the belt, I printed out a photo and used that to draw a silver hourglass on a sheet on white scrapbook paper with a sliver metallic pen leftover from our wedding eight years ago! I drew the hourglass and then cut out a smaller red hourglass from leftover scrapbook paper, and then an even smaller hourglass from leftover black scrapbook paper. Once I felt like the proportions were right, she IS a baby after all, I glued the red onto the metallic hourglass and the black onto the red hourglass. Making the belt buckle was the easy part. Deciding what to make the belt out of was a bit trickier.

I originally wanted to use elastic but all I had was white polyester elastic and I didn’t think it would look good if I dyed it. I also didn’t want to buy a black elastic. Luckily, I had some leftover black Velcro (my sewing stash always has Velcro! Lol) that worked perfectly. Black-Widow-CosPlay-Belt

I fitted the Velcro around her waist and made a cut. Then I cut about an inch off the rough side of the Velcro and an inch off of the  opposite end of the soft side of the Velcro. I used spray adhesive to attach the belt buckle to the end of one side of the Velcro and let it dry for about an hour.

I didn’t end up coloring her hair, though that would have made the outfit perfect! In the end, I was able to use items I already had lying around the house and it only took about 30 minutes.

Next time, I would totally do the hair though.

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Early Head Start Invitation

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We just got an invitation to Early Head Start for our oldest son in the mail. Apparently, since we adopted him from foster acre, he can attend for free.  I wasn’t really into it until I read that parent participation is encouraged.

When I was in elementary school, we had a Room Mom every day. Usually they made copies and made sure we were kind to each other but one Room Mom sang to us. She brought in her acoustic guitar and taught us hippie songs. I loved the time we spent with her and I loved her energy. I still enjoy those songs and sing them to my kids.

I really enjoy teaching my kids things but I wouldn’t mind them going to school IF the school they went to was full of kind people. I’ll be able to judge that a lot better if we’re at the school and in the room.

Perhaps him going to Early Head Start won’t be so bad after all …

Baby Girl’s First Trip – Baltimore

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We have a week of worked booked in Baltimore so we’ve extended on each end and are making it a family trip (we asked her social worker, hopefully the answer is yes)! Since this is our second time traveling with a baby in foster care, I feel a lot better. Last time I had a crapload of paperwork with me when all the airline cared about was a birth certificate. We had a very successful flight and I owe a lot of it to all the great advice I found on the internet.

This time, our oldest has his own seat and we’ll have a new lap child. We’re getting this airplane seatbelt since we travel a lot and our oldest is still a bit small. I know to pack lots of Ziplock bags, snacks, and a few toys. We’ll have two mei teis for this trip and we’ll have to ship two carseats under the plane.

I’m thrilled to be bringing her into our travel adventures but a little nervous about having TWO little ones on the flight. Our oldest flies like a champ (no ear issues at take off or landing, likes to look out of the window, and sits patiently and watches movies in the air) so I’m not too worried about him. I am worried about our youngest being up in the air on her first flight and I am worried about our oldest wanting more attention since our youngest might get tons of attention.

There’s really nothing to do but see how it goes so …  here’s hoping!

=)

 

Teething Craziness

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We’ve had baby girl in our home for almost a month now so we still don’t know her very well. This morning she was kind of fussy and cried ….  a lot. When I looked in her mouth, I could see two little teethies coming in on the bottom.

This is our first experience with teething. Our toddler didn’t sprout teeth until a little after his first born day and it seems like one day he was gumming food and the next day, he had a full set of chompers. Now I understand what all the stories about teething babies are about. Lol

This poor baby is in pain. You can tell she’s hurting because even while resting, she has one tear sliding down her face. We’ve been giving her bits of frozen juice bar, rubbing her back, and letting her snuggle in the Moby.

I know most babies go through this but it’s hard watching her struggle.

=(

 

Homeschooling and Disneyland

 

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True story …

While taking a look around the internets, I found two groups that work with homeschooling families around the idea of Disneyland!

The First

Did you know there is a homeschooling day at Disneyland? It’s set for January 27, 2017 It’s run by Celebration Education and free to attend. Of course, you have to get your ticket for Disneyland but for those of us with passes, this is awesome!

Did you know that you can take a class at Disneyland through Celebration Education:

Attend class two 45-minute classes each month. Each class ends with an attraction as “homework.” Students must have their own admission to the parks.

The Second

Did you know that Disneyland also offers classes at the park through Disney Youth Programs?

We love, love, love Disneyland and have been to parks in California (of course), Florida, Japan and Hong Kong. Paris and Shanghai are on our list. Being able to combine our love of Disneyland with our love of homeschooling/unschooling/worldschooling is amazing!

Our oldest is only two but …  I’m tucking this away for later.

 

 

Baby Girl’s 9 Month Mishap

Today we took baby girl to our pediatrician for her 9 month appointment. Usually they do a little physical and give the baby the next round of immunizations. Well, as you might recall we’ve only had the baby for three weeks (we’re adopting her from foster care). We had to take her for a medical exam when she was placed with us and her medical records followed her from her last placement.

Imagine our surprise when a nurse told us that she had received her 9 months shots in APRIL. She was only 5 months old at that point. Um … what the hell?!

They gave her a booster and sent us on our way.

When I think of all the things that the last home said were wrong with her emotionally AND medically ….  *stomps foot* NONE of those things have been true so far and our pediatrician today (this is her second time seeing her) said that those things must have been manifesting because of her environment.

The baby has changed so much from the first day we met her to today. She is amazing and I’m so glad that we were matched with her.