Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toddler Girl Winter Coat

I finally finished off a winter coat for Arabella.  I say finally because I began it back in November, but then I had to order some fur trim, which took over a month to arrive, and then it took me a while to get the coat finished and pictures taken.  Arabella has been able to wear it several times, but I doubt it will fit her next winter.  I should have made a size bigger!

She refused to wear the matching hat- I don't know why, since she loves all of her other hats.  

It was a quick and easy sew so I might just make another one for next year.  If she has a little sister they could even match!

Monday, April 7, 2014


It seems that spring is finally here!  After one of the coldest winters on record (we had a few days that hit -50 celcius!) we have been eagerly anticipating warmer weather.  It has been lovely and mild, so much so that we don't even need a coat, maybe a very light sweater.

Arabella still insisted on wearing her hood- she is very into hoods at the moment.  As well as pink, which is why she is wearing a coat that is too small- as long as it is pink she doesn't care!
 The little ones had lots of fun making mud pies and getting nice and dirty!

Arabella was saying 'Come Danny' and leading him about by the hand.

 Arabella is also very aware of when things are 'dirty' and that we shouldn't touch/wear them, so she took off her muddy wellies, complaning they were 'too diwty'.  Needless to say her and Daniel came in straight to the bath!

 We are just hoping the good weather holds- it is so hard to go back to snow and cold after having a taste of spring.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I suppose with two toddlers in the house one is bound to have mishaps sooner or later, no matter how closely you supervise them.  It seems we've had a fair share lately, probably because Daniel is walking now and I am getting too slow and tired in the third trimester of pregnancy to keep up with them!

We are renting an apartment in another city, since Sam is working here temporarily and we will be living here part time for a few months.  Since we only have 2 bedrooms, it was the perfect time to start Arabella and Daniel room sharing.  Something I've been meaning to do for a long time, but never worked up the courage to try.  At night its been going great, but naps are a different story.  They just want to play together :).  So on the weekend I decided to put Daniel in the storage room/pantry.

He fell asleep right away and had a long sleep, and then I could hear him very quietly making some sounds.  I thought it was odd, as he usually babbles and screeches loudly when he wakes up.  I decided to leave him while I finished something off, and when I went in discovered the reason for the silence:

 He had grabbed bags of spices, cocoa powder, beans and ripped everything open, scattering it all over.  I don't think he liked whatever he sampled, hence the crying!

Arabella always wants Daniel to sit right next to her at the table.  She likes to feed him (even though he is capable of feeding himself) but gets very upset when he takes food off her tray, which is rather funny considering she puts whatever she doesn't like on his tray and then takes her favourites from him.  A couple of days ago I got up for literally 5 seconds to get Daniel some water and when I turned back he looked like this:

Guilty party in the background...

Poor Daniel... what little brothers have to put with!

Our toilet has been semi plugged for days since Arabella flushed a spoon down it.  She was so quick and has never done so before, so I didn't even have time to stop her, although I was right there.  Sam works nights (he is gone 13 hours a day) so he hasn't had time to clear it yet.  Arabella and I had a long talk about what does and doesn't belong in the potty.  I'm not sure she gets it though.  She also loves 'helping'- yesterday she was jumping on a bag of cocoa powder and when I asked what she was doing she said 'helping Mummy' (?!)

On the other hand she LOVES this little stroller we bought for her.  That is almost all she has played with for the past 3 days.  She loves being a little Mummy and it is such fun to peek around the corner and see her doing an exact imitation of me with Daniel.  I can't wait to see how she reacts to her new baby brother or sister.

And Daniel is growing fast- he is my handsome little man now.  I love to see him all dressed up in his Sunday clothes.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blue and White Toddler Girls Dress

I made this dress for Arabella in the summer, and realized that I never blogged about it.  I didn't get around to taking some pictures until the day she turned two, (in September) and the day after that we found out we were expecting our third, so I quickly felt too sick to do anything on the computer.

I used Simplicity Pattern 2461, it is a simple and easy make but I think it is a classic, pretty style, especially in an antique sort of fabric like the one I used.  I made size two and it fit her perfectly at age two- she' had a huge growth spurt and was nearly 36'' tall and 29 lb!

 Here she is in November wearing it at a Bible Assembly- I *think* it still fits her now but just barely- I'm planning to make her another one for this spring anyway!
And it looks like I have a little helper in the making!

Friday, January 17, 2014

3 in May

It's been quite a while since I posted on my blog, but I've had a good excuse!  As I hinted in the title, by mid (or more likely end of, May, since I seem to go 'over' due) these two little munchkins will be big sister and brother!

From September to mid November I had quite a bit of 'morning' (more like all day and night!) sickness.  I wasn't as sick as with Arabella, but much worse than with Daniel.  Going on the computer always seems to make me feel much worse, so I avoided it as much as possible.  Then I wanted a cute way to announce our newest addition- maybe a shirt for Daniel saying 'Big Brother'- but I never could find one.  Time has flown by since then and since I'm 23 weeks already, now's as good a time as ever!

I had a scan at 12 weeks to confirm dates, and again at 20 weeks.  All looks well, except we couldn't see baby's face at 20 weeks, as he/she wouldn't turn around.  We've decided not to find out the gender, since we found out with both Daniel and Arabella, so I'm really looking forward to the surprise!

Daniel was one on Dec. 27
so he and the new baby will be 17 months apart (and Arabella will be 32 months).  It's been an adventure having two babies close in age, so I'm excited to see how it will be with three little ones!  Arabella and Daniel get along very well most of the time.  They do have little squabbles at times, like any siblings (mostly over toys!) but they are always next to each other playing, and when Daniel cries Arabella gives him a big hug and tries to cheer him up by giving him a toy or treat.
Now that I am feeling better I have some sewing and projects in mind, so hopefully I will be able to post about those soon.  Wanting to share a project is always good motivation for getting it completed .

Friday, September 20, 2013

Henrietta is here!

Last week I posted about the Henry Owl and I am pleased to say that our owl arrived several days ago safe and sound!  We decided to name her Henrietta, as she looks more like a girl owl than a boy.  :)
As soon as Arabella woke up and saw Henrietta she was very excited.  I let Bella look at her and she examined Henrietta closely and then gave her a big hug.

Arabella is fascinated with Henrietta's big button eyes.
 Arabella thought Hetty could use a bit of soothing (maybe she misses her first home!) so she put her in the swing and had fun swinging her for quite a while.
Later on I found Bella sitting in her special reading spot with her favourite dolly on one side and Hetty on the other.

If you haven't checked out the Henry Owls yet please do!  They are so cute and beautifully made.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Potty Trained!

I am happy to announce that Arabella is officially potty trained!  I would actually say she was done at about 19 months, but she had a fear of big toilets, so when we went out she would have to wear training pants, as she would hold on as long as possible but not longer than a couple of hours.  There is nothing more embarassing than sitting in a nice restaurant and hearing *tinkle tinkle* and a little voice saying 'uh oooooooh!'

We had a phase last month of lots of accidents, even at home- good thing we have wood floors!  It seemed she was getting too busy with her playing to stop and tell me she had to go to the bathroom.  I was getting a little tired of having messes all over the place, and considered putting her back in diapers, but it seemed a shame as she had been doing so well and had been going days without accidents.  So we went back to potty 'bootcamp' and for several days I took her whenever I thought she had to go, instead of waiting for her to initiate.  She wasn't too pleased about that, but it worked! 

Then I thought that perhaps having her in training pants/a diaper when we went out was confusing, so we started bringing along her little potty in the van, (we had already tried this when she was 18 months) and she happily sat on it when we told her to (before she would cry as though she was terrified!)  The final victory was last night at our evening worship.  She told me she had to go potty (as usual, she always tells us when we are out but then refuses to go) so I took her, sat her on the big potty, and she went without a fuss.  Very exciting! 

We found John Rosemond's book Toilet Training without Tantrums very helpful, and it clears up a lot of misconceptions regarding 'early' toilet training (when really, a few generations ago training you 1.5-2 year old was quite normal!  Just think of having to hand wash diapers- you'd want to train as soon as possible too!)  If you have a strong willed little one like our Miss Bella, you might get some protests on the way- but it is worth it, and a good way for a toddler to learn self control and that they can't have everything their way. 
We love the Baby Bjorn potty, and I am thinking of getting a second one to keep in the van.  Arabella likes to help clean it (after I've cleaned it myself!)  

Henry Owl

Aren't these little owls adorable?  Several months ago one of my favourite fellow bloggers, Kat at Art's Chili Pepper, had her tenth baby, a sweet little boy named Addison (nickname Henry).  Shortly after birth Addison was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, and his big sisters have lovingly started raising funds to assist children with Down's.  They have been making these sweet little owls- each one is handmade by one of Addison's talented sisters. 
You can read all about it at Kat's blog or her daughter Kaitlin's online shop, A Stitch in Lives, to find your favourite!  I had a hard time choosing one, and some are already sold out.