Thursday, January 17, 2013

Weee!

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Zelda has taken to saying "wee!" all the time. Like climbing on furniture and jumping around and spinning in a circle. CRAZY BABY

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Attachment Parenting

I've said before that I am a parent hippy. I cosleep (yes, still), I breastfeed (again, yes, still), and I baby wear (yes, yet again, still). I asked an open ended twitter question, and I actually started a search on what I actually practice. These are only things that work for my family - I do advocate strongly for what I do as what is best for my family but do not presume to mandate my philosophy on anyone else's household.

First, I came across this article. It explains what attachment parenting is. I have thought of myself as an attachment parent, but had trouble thinking about it as a working mom as well. I think it might be easier to attachment parent as a stay-at-home mom, able to plan excursions and play groups. I'm lucky enough to live in a larger city where there are public programs where I can take Zelda and just play. Also, I'm lucky to have close friends that have a son close to Zelda's age so we can hang out with the babies and it's not weird.

To solidify my beliefs, I found this article about 'modern parenting.' I had initially thought this would relate to what I do. In actuality  it speaks out against the 'cry-it-out' method, and leaving a baby in the carseat, or in a crib or away from human contact.

I love touching and holding my baby. I love cuddling and carrying (hence why I baby wear, I don't have arms of steel). But at the same time, I let Z explore as much as possible. Instead of saying 'no' all the time, I place her in situations where I don't have to. Lazy parenting? Possibly. But effective? Well, I look at Zelda's development and can't help but assume I've done something right.

Links:
Attachment Parenting International

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nescafe Memento

At BlogHer '12, I got a few samples that I had been meaning to review on here. I got two packets of the Nescafe Memento. I had the cappuccino, and the caramel flavors.
My coffee mug with the cappuccino flavor.
I wasn't a fan, but I have a feeling it had to do with my water to packet ratio. My cups are all 20oz, and I tried to fill it only halfway to go with the directions. But it was tasteless and I had to add coffee creamer and milk to each one to make it drinkable. :/

Oh well, you get what you pay for right?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Handprint Craft - Dark Brotherhood

Someone posted on reddit a picture of a handprint craft from pintrest that they put their own spin on. I did my own with Z, but found out that doing hand prints with a one-year-old is excessively difficult.

#1 - smeared, but saved in my personal art book.
So, we took a break. I got some prints of just Z, she smeared black into my carpet, I tried to get off the ink, Z looked like a leopard...

Then we tried a second one.
Attempt 2 - hanging on the wall.
I'm happy with it, it was a fun idea, hard to do in reality though. But a new decoration with a nice Skyrim spin. :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Crownbraid Attempt


My left side. 

My right side.
I was looking for tutorials on a crown braid, and kept coming up with the 'lazy' way. Two braids you pull over your head and pin in place. I was looking for a french brain that basically runs around your head. Finally I found one on a beautiful mess

"1. You want to start by pulling the majority of your hair forward (in front of your face) from nearly the back of your hair line. This is going to feel very Cousin It but you want most of your hair to be toward the front of your head before you begin. Start on one side of the base of your neck and separate three strands of hair. 2. Begin braiding these three strands together. 3. As you braid, follow along the crown of your head and add a little hair to each strand as you braid around. 4. Once you've braided around the front of your head finish the braid and use an elastic band to secure it. Pin the braid in place, tucking and pinning any loose pieces."

Wonderful pictures, but it turned out to be much harder than I expected. I really didn't expect to be all hanging my head upside down and just feeling stupid. It might have been easier if I had a brush or something, but I didn't.

Fun day, I was feeling super femme and did my makeup and everything too.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Year in Review 2012

This year has been another huge leap and change in my life. I changed jobs, became a single mom, got un-broken-up-with, and Zelda has just grown so much.

In January is was rolling over, May she was crawling and July she was walking. Now she brings me things I want and ask for and spins in circles saying "weeee!" She can say dada, birthday, happy, apple, dance, and cheese, and sits by herself "reading" books. I can't believe that just last year she was nothing more than a screaming pooping mess to a vibrant, social, lovely, evil child.

My year has been rocked with change, and I guess my "resolution" is to not to talk badly about my relationship and to treat Sean with more dignity. Our lives have been very messy, and not every relationship is black and white. I know better than to be petty and angry, so this is my public apology to him. He is a good father, and a good friend, even though he broke my heart this past year.

I can only hope that 2013 will be a year with more growth, and less hurt. Happy New Year!