Tuesday, July 22, 2014

39 weeks...

Our little "Cannon"ball is 9 months old.
Life with Fingerprints: Weekly baby photo, chalkboard prints, weekly onesie

This guy is a pool regular these days. There's a reason why kids in Arizona learn to swim at such young ages - we start them in the pool pretty young.

He's a solid boy weighing in at 19 lbs (50%) and 29 inches tall (95%). He's built the most like Mr. B. We're expecting him to be mobile any time now, but I'm not looking forward to it. It's funny because your first kid you want them to hit all their milestones as quickly as possible - if they don't they're doomed to be in diapers forever. Then you have a couple kids and you're grateful that they're not crawling around because they're much easier to keep an eye on when they just sit at your feet.

At nine months he's still breastfeeding, although its growing more and more difficult as he gets older and easily distracted. Because of his height, all of his onesies and sleepers are 12-18 months and he's still in a crib in the laundry room. He's learned to drink from a straw and is getting better at getting food to his mouth, although right now he's mastering "fist" eating.

Give me a couple weeks and I just may have manipulated his first words to be momma. There's got to be some perks to staying home with the kid all day!

Every rose has its thorn...

Our trip to Idaho was awesome in more ways than one. But what fun would a trip be without a little drama, right?

When Steve flew in to Idaho straight from China, we met him at security with "Welcome Home Daddy" signs. The kids were crazy excited and just plain crazy in most regards - especially Bennett. When he saw his dad walk through he screamed and ran. He was more hyper and happy than his usual hyper and happy self and his excitement was hard to contain. I found myself saying several times, "Don't do that...stop running...you need to stay by me..." but of course he was oblivious.

As we walked out to the curb, Bennett immediately started straight for the street and we pulled him back. He saw our ride pull up and he quickly ran to it. We pulled him back, however, he did not realize the car was still pulling up slowly to the curb, and he stumbled off the curb and stepped/fell in front of the front wheel. I saw it all happen. It was slow motion, partly because the car was moving so slowly. His leg twisted and the top of his foot went to the pavement and the wheel sat on top of the bottom of his foot. Before the car had time to back up and before we could pull him over to the curb, there was a lady right next to us, on the phone. She was directing us as to what we needed to do and it took me to realize she was on the phone with 911.

I'm not sure where she came from, but she identified herself as a first responder who witnessed it happen and stayed with us until more help arrived. This is where everything became a little foggy. I heard some sirens and it didn't register until the firetruck was sitting in front of us that I realized the sirens were for us. Bennett was screaming and inconsolable and questions were being asked left and right. I think I explained the situation to at least 6 people and grew more sick every time I described it. The more strangers that surrounded us on the curb at the airport, the more Bennett panicked and begged to go home.

Not wanting to scare the kid anymore than we had to, we declined further help (including transport) and rushed straight to the ER. That was the longest 7 mile drive ever with a child screaming in pain in the back seat.
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The ER was quick to address us and his immediate pain and he even received x-rays quite quickly. However, then there was the waiting period to hear results. The pain medication worked quickly and before long he was zonked out on my shoulder.
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He stayed that way until they came in to scrub his wound. Not just wash...scrub. No amount of painkillers can mask that pain and he fought it. In the end, I was holding down his upper body and Steve his lower body, as the nurse worked quickly. They brought him a sticker after the scrubbing and he thought it was a bandaid for his "owie". He insisted we put it on his leg!
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The doctor came back with shockingly good news. No broken bones. Even the toe that was standing straight up when we walked in - no broken bones. A lot of ligament damage and road rash but no broken bones. We learned children's bones aren't quite developed leaving them more pliable - which saved us in this case. I nearly cried with relief but instead my body just let out a huge sigh of relief. Steve's body was already in a state of shock from traveling across the world and only sleeping 5 hours out of 48 so just knowing that we could be on our way home was music to his ears.
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They bandaged Bennett up, gave him a prescription for pain and we were on our way. It was a long day. I couldn't help but he filled with joy, relief and complete gratitude at the circumstance. That little boy had angels watching over him and protecting him. Within minutes of being in the car, he was sleeping again and I looked back at him. Tears rolled down my cheeks thinking of how different and tragic this day could've been for our young family.

Bennett was definitely not himself for a while after that. He couldn't walk and he would scream in pain when his foot was bumped or jostled. But slowly his body repaired and healed itself - the body is an amazing thing and we take for granted the miracle that it is. We had to wash his wound each night which was a wrestling match in and of itself and he wasn't able to wear a shoe for a while. The first couple days we carried him around everywhere and after that he figured out he could crawl around which saved both our arms!

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I thanked my Heavenly Father many times that day and every day after that our little guy is alive. Life is so fragile and can change so quickly on us and I was reminded of that in a very gentle way.

Monday, July 21, 2014

World travelers...

While we were in Idaho - Steve was galavanting around Asia for work for two weeks (hence we stayed in Idaho so long!). After he landed in China I got a text from him that said he found some stowaways in his luggage. Sure enough he sends a text with Minnie Mouse, Mater, and a Lego guy and tells me to show the kids. They were beyond excited and confused as to how they ended up in their dad's suitcase.

Over the course of two weeks - Steve would send new pictures everyday with his stowaways and their adventures and it would excite the kids, especially Bennett, beyond measure. I'm going to officially crown Steve with the "Most Thoughtful Dad of the Year" award. Seriously - who comes up with that and then follows through?? Its like Flat Stanley does Asia...but better! I Love that man with my whole heart and he really is the best dad ever!
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
Life with Fingerprints: Minnie Mouse, Mater and Lego guy travel through Asia
These three have more stamps on their passport than I do!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Sewing...

I've got a girl who decides she wants to do something and then is relentless until it happens. (Like mother, like daughter, right?!) So goes the story with sewing. She found out her older cousins were taking a sewing class several months back and claimed she wanted in on the fun. I thought it was a passing idea and pushed it off. And then it came up again, and again...and again. I knew at this point, until that girl spent time at a sewing machine she was not going to let it go! I pacified her interest for many months telling her it was the perfect Idaho summer activity. And you better believe once we got to idea she asked, "when do I get to start sewing?" There's no time like the present and we created a 5 project course to wet her appetite and build some skills!

Project 1
Hallie had never even sat in front of a sewing machine so we were starting with the basics of all basics - straight stitches. She practiced and practiced on scrap pieces of fabric until she turned out 4 scraps that looked like this.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew

Project 2
She proved she was ready for a new challenge. We moved on to a simple beaded necklace with directions from HowDoesShe.com
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
We ended up buying wooden beads instead of marbles (much lighter to wear around the neck) and she's ready to make one in every color to match her school outfits!

Project 3
Continuing with her only mastered skill - straight stitches - project 3 was a pillowcase. We went to Joanns and she picked out 1 yard of fabric. We used an existing pillowcase to make a pattern and she went to work again.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Who needs a pillowcase because I know someone for hire!!

Project 4
We threw a curved line in this project and it was a little difficult for her, a knit headband from HowDoesShe.com She had to learn to leave the needle in the fabric, lift the foot and rotate the fabric. Throw that on a stretchy knit and it was hard. So she went really slow, painfully slow, and kept going and it turned out better than I expected.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew

Project 5
The culminating project was her very own skirt to wear. This is what she had been dreaming up the whole time she talked about sewing, she wanted to make a skirt. There are a hundred different skirts you can sew and many of them have an elastic waistband (which would require more help and training on my part) so I was excited to find instructions for a knit skirt with a knit waistband. Head over to SimpleSimonAndCo.com to find the pattern and instructions.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
It was seriously so easy and came together so well. Because we were working with a knit, I had Hallie sew the pieces together and then I serged the edges after to make sure it held well.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
The sense of pride and accomplishment that washed over this girl when she first tried this skirt on was priceless.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
You better believe I have one excited girl for her first day of school outfit!

After she completed her final project, I was seriously amazed. She did so well and kept wanting more. We made several trips to the fabric store for more supplies so she could keep sewing. I helped her cut everything out, but she was the one behind the machine. She's ready for more. She's planning Christmas presents and more outfits - I love it.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew


More Idaho adventures...

A trip to Idaho isn't complete without a little sawdust right. And although I dreamed of bringing something back on the top of my car - Steve insisted that the only projects that I could work on were projects that would stay at my parent's house.

I can always find something to work on...and the toy closet won my attention. It was a typical hanging closet with toys lining the floor and stacked as high as could be without toppling over. We cleared it all out and built in 8ft shelves that ran the length of the closet. Much more functional and easier for the kids to keep it somewhat clean.
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

Hunter went fishing with my brothers and dad and was pleased as could be with his first experience.
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

We came across some roadkill and stopped to show the kids. They were impressed and equally scared that it might come back to life. I sent this picture to Steve who wasn't with us and he texted back, "You can take the girl out of Idaho but you can't take the Idaho out of the girl." True story.
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

We met our new nephew for the first time and gathered as an entire family for his blessing. There is nothing like a newborn next to your baby to realize your "baby" is really a giant!

Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

The kids were pretty proud of themselves for starting a band. My sister served as their drum major for a couple songs. They asked me to make lunch, bring it outside and enjoy their show. I obliged.
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

Steve tried impressing the kids with his tree climbing abilities. Hallie proved it wasn't that difficult!
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

We spent time with my brother and his family at their house and let the kids explore.
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures

I was able to see friends and extended family. We ate otter pops after running through sprinklers. I got my fill of frozen yogurt and WinCo bagels a few times too many! The kids played with cousins. Hallie played duets on the piano with my mom. Hunter was the resident dog caretaker, making sure he was fed and was always willing to play with him. Bennett would wake at the crack of dawn before anyone else, rummage through the kitchen and then plop himself on the couch with a movie.

We had a great time and oddly enough the month went by too quickly. I wish more than anything that it was a 12 hour drive and not a 17 hour drive to Idaho - we'd take at least another trip each year. But instead, we escape the desert heat and make my parents cherish their quiet house when we leave! Love those parents of mine. Until next summer...
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
Life with Fingerprints: Idaho summer adventures
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