I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic turned to our children and how our parenting styles change as we mature, gain experience and get more comfortable with being responsible for another human being.  I can remember bring home my first baby almost 9 years ago and having nothing else to do other than sit and stare at her.  Every time she demanded I was there to appease.  I was there to appease before she demanded.  My first born baby has grown into a cautious child.  She is not daring, not very independent, and always asks before she acts on something.

5 years ago my second was born.  I didn’t have the same amount of time I did with my first.  I spent more time sitting back and watching, and less time jumping in and “rescuing”.  DD#2 does not take no for an answer.  If I tell her to hold on a minute, she finds a way to figure it out on her own.  She is a firecracker.  She is a confident child, always getting into trouble, always pushing the limits.

My youngest daughter is now nearly 2 years old.  I have a much more laid back parenting style than I did 9 years ago.  My baby eats sand at the park and I don’t freak out.  She paints, plays in water, gets grass stains, puts playdough in her mouth  and colors with markers.  If it won’t hurt her I let her do it.  I let her make mistakes, and if she asks for help, I help her.  I’m excited to watch her grow and develop and see what personality style she will have.

softies and baby toys

I have been interested in (my husband would say obsessed with) making toys for young children.  I especially like to make toys made from organic fabrics, like organic cotton and hemp.  I love the way bamboo feels, but I think it is a “sneaky” green fabric.  Ever wonder how that hard woody stalk of bamboo turns into soft silky fabric???  Not as “green” as one might be led by manufactures to believe……I do enjoy working with it though.  It’s my guilty little pleasure!

Here is a little guy I made for a “Mom 2 Mom” sale a few months ago.  He is made of bamboo fleece and organic cotton and stuffed with raw cotton batting.

This started out as an organic cotton baby blanket.  I love to find second hand items that I can reuse and make into something new.

This Minky lamb is one of my favorites.  She is so soft.

bamboo and organic cotton bunny.  This one makes me smile.  Such a funny little guy.

This bunny is made of organic hemp fleece and organic cotton.

These patterns were found on the net somewhere.  If anyone is interested I could try to find them again

my Nephew again

When Mason is 10 he’s going to make money washing the dishes and grocery shopping, only problem is I’ll have to buy him a scooter, since he won’t be old enough to drive a car.  Out of the mouth of a 4 year old.

A stomach bug has been spreading through my house like wildfire this week.  First my 5 year old got it, then it hit me and my oldest.  Now my husband is sick.  Hoping the baby doesn’t get this.  Isn’t it interesting how when a “man get’s sick” all he has to do is, well, be “sick”.  Not us double X chromosome super heros.  Oh no, when we are sick we still have to make sure our children are fed, that the pukey blankets make it into the wash, that diapers are changed, and children are bathed.  When we are sick the world doesn’t stop for a while until we feel better like it does for a man.  Our children wouldn’t survive if we got “sick like a man does”

my nephew is so cute!

So Mason says to my sister today,
“Mom when I grow up I don’t know if I want to be a Dad or a Dentist”
Mom says “Well you can be both, lots of dentists are Dads too.”
Mason “No, I only want to be one thing. It’s too much work to be 2 things, I’d have to fix people teeth and make food and help my kid get dressed and stuff, I don’t want to do all that.”

I’v spent the greater part of this week trying to figure out how to make training pants from a prefold diaper, then the greater part of the afternoon drafting a pattern and working it out.  By golly I think I have it!  here is the tutorial

One prefold diaper for the inside (i used a premium size diaper)
pul or fabric of choice for the outside
piece of ribbed fabric for the band
elastic (enough to go around both legs and waist
pattern (I used the Wee Weka pattern found here http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/images/WeeWeka_Knickers.pdf)
Step 1
Cut your Pul (or other fabric) from the pattern.  I made mine a little wider than the pattern called for, and I also added a little extra around legs because I wanted the pul to wrap around to the inside to prevent any wicking (more about this later)
Step 2
Trace your pattern onto your prefold.  Do not add any extra around legs this time, but otherwise cut just as you did for the pul piece.
Notice  in the picture for  step # 4  how the fabric is cut slightly narrower on the prefold than it is on the pul piece of the trainer.
Step 3
Using a regular 5/8 seam allowance sew legs as shown, making sure to line up the fabric (this is a little tricky since we cut them slightly different here, but you can do it.  make sure you catch all layers here.
Step 4.
Mark each leg in about 3/4″ in from the corner ( I used a pin, but you can use what ever you like)  I also took this picture before I did step #3, but you get the idea
Step 5
Now you are going to measure from one mark (or pin) to the other and than subtract one inch.  This is the length of elastic you are going to use for the legs.  Tack it down at both marks you made as so
Step 6
Your almost done!  Now turn right side out and it should look something like this
Step 7
Now follow this one closely.  You are going to pin right sides together where the trainer is going to meet at the sides.  I can’t really explain it any better that that, but here is a picture
Notice the “hole” in the center, and how you can see the elastic sort of loop through the legs.  Match up the sides paying attention where the two different fabrics meet, making sure to line things up nice and even.
This is what you should have when you turn it so the prefold is on the inside and the waterproof layer is facing out.
Step 8  Cut your ribbed fabric for the waistband.  I sorta guess at this one.   I measure the trainer and make the band a few inches smaller.  I also cut a piece of elastic that is a further inch or two smaller and with right sides together along the narrow end of the band sew the side of the band, with the elastic just slightly off center (the picture makes more sense that my words do😛
Now fold it wrong sides together and you should be ready to sew it on the trainer.  Mark it into quarters, and also mark the trainer into quarters.   Line everything up and with a stretchstitch sew the band on your trainer.  If you have a serger you might want to clean up the edge of the trainer before you sew on your band.
See how the pul layer folds in a tiny bit towards the crotch.
Hope this is useful to anyone who might want to give it a try.  Make sure to post pictures of any finished products, and Feel free to link my tutorial to any of your sites

I’v been working on some prefolds for my beautiful Avery who is nearly 22 months.  Of course just when they all came in the mail and I embellished them, found two lonely diaper pins and mastered folding the diapers and pinning them (up until this point we had done pocket diapers) she has a sudden interest in the potty.  Now normally I wouldn’t even begin to think about toilet teaching a child this young, but when they are taking their pants off every chance they get and telling you the second that they have peed, well, who am I to hold her back, right? so the fun begins.  I scoured the Net looking for a pattern to use my prefolds and turn them into training pants, preferably with a water proof outer, but to my dismay, there was not a thing out there that I could find.  Sooooooo, that brings me here.  I am going to make up my own pattern.  wish me luck!