Monday, 28 July 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
We love the children's swimming lessons with Tamara at Baby Swimming. We started when Elizabeth was just 10 weeks old and now she's three and a half YEARS old! Which means that it's time for her to move on. Dolphin Swimming School was recommended to us and I've just heard from them about classes for my little lady. She'll be doing their 9.30 Saturday class from September.
So this means that Zachary gets to start with Baby Swimming! His class will be right before Toby's, still on a Saturday. Exciting times :)
I think that Elizabeth has mixed feelings about swimming. She enjoys being in the water and splashing around with Daddy but isn't that bothered about actually learning to swim. Don't get me wrong, she loves that she can do a lot of it on her own but I can't see her wanting to continue lessons once she can swim properly. I doubt she'll be interested in progressing to diving or trying to improve her speed. I don't blame her either - I'm not a fan of the water. But she's still young enough not to know that she can stop and young enough to enjoy it all anyway.
Toby is quite different though. He also started when he was 10 weeks old and he'll be 2 in 8 weeks time, but his attitude to the water is very different to Elizabeth's. At the start of the year, we almost stopped his lessons as he just cried all the time. Then one week everything changed and we have no idea why - he loved it! Something clicked for him, I think. He started to realise that he could move himself in the water, rather than being dragged through it. And now Toby is a little swimming star. He wants to swim constantly when he's in the water, he wants to jump straight in if you stand him on the side and he can't wait to actually do the lesson. Of course he likes the play aspect too but he really just wants to swim. Toby may well want to continue swimming when he's older; he's clearly inherited his Daddy's love of the water.
Monday, 21 July 2014
So this is the pattern I was following. I chose the dress on the right and went for the most basic variation of it - no bows, no frills, just the dress.
The pattern consisted of four pieces; skirt front, skirt back, bodice front, bodice back. In hindsight I should have paid a little more attention to where I was placing the pattern pieces to make sure that the finished dress would flow well across the join between the bodice and the skirt, but at the time I was just focusing on having the pattern the correct way round on the fabric and making my cutting-out accurate.
So the first new skill I had to overcome was bias binding. I'd heard of it but had no idea what to do with it. I found the instructions difficult to understand so I had to read them quite a few times and also consult Google before I felt ready to give it a go. It turns out that once I'd done it, the instructions made total sense. The neckline was relatively easy as it was square but I found the curve of the armholes much more difficult. They're not really smooth but still sit well and look decent so I'm happy.
Then came the zip! I've added zips onto simple cushion covers before but again, nothing like this. I had to overlap the fabric from the front bodice section with the back bodice. There was lots of reading and re-reading and consulting both Google and my Mum but I did it and am very pleased with how it turned out.
Everything else was really just basics. I don't have an overlocker/serger so I used both stright stitches and zig zags for my seams. I double-rolled the hem at the base of the skirt and was chuffed to bits that all my pieces and seams lined up well.
Elizabeth loves her new dress and ran into pre-school telling everyone that her Mummy had made it. I love that she loves it and that's all the praise I need.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Hurrah! I finally have one child that doesn't wear nappies! Three weeks ago, the last weekend in June, we made the decision to stop putting Elizabeth in a nappy at nighttime. We had been talking about it with her for quite a while but it had got to the point where every other morning her nappy had leaked. She's just too big for them. So that Saturday morning we told Elizabeth that she didn't need to wear a nappy at night any more, even though she was showing no signs of being ready for this.
Bedtime came and we explained to E that she didn't need to wear a nappy any more. Her response was something like 'that's because I'm a big girl!' We told her that she could leave her bedroom if she needed the toilet and that she needed to wake up if she needed the toilet while she was sleeping. We heard her go to the toilet half a dozen times before she fell asleep and she was dry when we went to bed. She woke up needing the toilet at some point in the night so it was a great first night. The second night she slept through with no accidents. The third night we had an accident to clear up.
Since then we've had maybe 5 or 6 nights where E has had an accident but the problem is that E just sleeps through it and we need to wake her. I'm sure that'll stop but in the meantime I'm getting less sleep and doing more washing.
Elizabeth is so pleased with herself though and we're both very proud of her.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
I've just woken up to a grumbling Zachary; it's 4am and he's hungry. I can't believe the time as his last feed was 9 hours ago!! Over the past two or three weeks, he's done the odd night where he's slept for 4.5 hours, or one night was even 6.5 hours. At two months old, this is very different to my other two children. Whilst I accept that these longer sleeping stints are occasional, they're going a long way to helping me feel less tired every day. Thank you Son the Younger.