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Update from the Steele house
August 16, 2010, 8:10 pm
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So…both my little chickadees are napping, and instead of napping myself like I probably should I decided to blog ūüôā ¬†This just seems like the easiest way for me to keep up with everything and document what Jackson and Isabel are doing.

Tummy Time on a blanket your Nina made for you

Hello World! Who do you think I look like???

Isabel you are such a little Joy!  You  just seem to want to eat and sleep all day.   I am ready for you to have your eyes open a little more so that you can start taking in everything around you.  I also forgot how little head control newborns have haha. You are pretty good at holding your head up for a few seconds and turning it from one side to the other during tummy time.  I am doing my best to make sure I dont just let your head flop from side to side!  (Sorry Isabel!) You are growing so much right now.  We had your two week appt last Monday and you were 12lbs 22 3/4 inches long!!  The Dr said thats the average weight of a 3 month old and length of a 2 month old.  Needless to say your 0-3 month clothes are getting pretty snug and you are already in size 2 diapers at not even a month old.

Sweet Dreams

We were very lucky with your big brother Jackson because he was a great sleeper, and so far you are too.  You wake up a couple of times during the night, but all you want to do is eat really fast and immediately be laid back down.  Last night was the longest you have slept.  You only woke up once between 9:30 and 7:30!  Not bad Isabel.

On a side note,¬†I hate when the first thing people ask you when you have a small baby is…”So are they sleeping through the night yet?!?” ¬†It makes you feel like you are doing something wrong, or you have a hard baby if they¬†aren’t. ¬†Maybe they just dont know what else to say I am not sure. ¬†But when someone asks you if a 2 1/2 week old is sleeping though the night I kind of want to say yes and let them know that she is also changing her own diapers.

Jackson and Isabel with their great Maw Maw

Road Block!!

I love watching you eat

This is one of my favorite faces you make

What a cutie

Jackson- You are being such an amazing big brother!! ¬†I was really worried how you would handle a new baby in the home, but you have done great. ¬†You seem to love you little sister so much. ¬†You love giving her kisses on her head and playing with her toes. ¬†When she cries you are very concerned and¬†adamantly¬†yell to me, “PACI! PACI!” (pacifier) As soon as I give it to her and she stops crying you smile and giggle in delight. ¬†If you hear her make noises while you are in another room you yell, “Baby!” and run to find her.

Other than being a big brother you are talking alll the time.  (as long as you are at the house or around people you know well)  You are still pretty shy around people you dont know well, but I can tell that you are getting more comfortable around others.  Your friend Fi (Fiona)  taught you something that may be your favorite thing in the world right now.  Fist Pounds!

People will try to give you a high five and you just stick out your fist.  Once they fist pound you back you point your fist one at a time to every other person in the room and hold it there until they comply.  This tends to get a bit tricky every time you get to Isabel, but we will raise her little fist in the air while she sleeps and you march right over to it and pound it.  I really need to get it on camera.

You love love love books. ¬†You like to “read” them in the car, and its so fun to hear you turning pages and making up words, laughing and acting surprised at certain parts…its quite entertaining. ¬†Your favorite book right now is, Caps For Sale. ¬†You will go in your room and find it bring it back out and wave your finger and stomp your foot saying Tsz! Tsz! Tsz! ¬†Just like the monkeys in the book. ¬†

I am still on “vacation” from my Etsy shop, but I do plan to pick it back up as soon as I have their schedules down a little better.

I am loving being a mom of 2 and it has been a much easier transition than I anticipated. ¬†I forgot how much newborns sleep! ¬†We still have our moments of insanity like last week when Jackson decided it would be fun to put toys in the toilet while I was stuck changing¬†Isabel’s¬†diaper. ¬†When I walked into the bath room and saw him standing there I said, “No Jackson, we don’t play with the toilet”, and he just stood there looking sad signing help over and over. ¬†I¬†immediately¬†realized¬†he wanted me to help get something out of the toilet and sure enough when I raised the lid 2 little red play cups were floating inside. ¬†Ekk! ¬†At least I had cleaned the toilet the day before hah.

Michaels staying busy with A&M and his graphic design work. ¬†Fantasy football is right around the corner and thats always an exciting time for the guys at our church. ūüôā ¬†If only I could bring myself to get more interested. ¬†I have¬†definitely¬†improved since we first started dating, and I am always one that can¬†appreciate¬†making something that I am indifferent towards into a game, so who knows maybe by next year I will be brewing up a draft of my own…

Well thats all for now, maybe I will try to actually get ready while they are both still napping!  Or more likely one of them will wake up as soon as I stand up to get ready.


Aprons etc!
April 17, 2010, 4:46 am
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The other day on my Etsy site I got a request to make 6 aprons for someones hostesses.  It was so fun to pick out all of the different fabrics and see them all come together.  The only down side was that I didnt get to put the pictures of the final product up on my site before sending them.  Anywho, I thought that I could at least share the pics here.  Let me know if you would like a custom apron.  My full length aprons are usually $25.00 and my half aprons $20.  For little girl aprons I do them for $15.00.

I also just finished some burp cloths out of some extra fabric I had.  I think they turned out really cute.

Lastly…We got a old wooden dresser from some friends at a garage sale the other weekend.¬† I had a vision for it, and it is complete!¬† I was pretty proud of myself with the end result so I figured I could show it off on here ūüôā¬† I painted it red and got new knobs for it which I painted navy blue to use in Jacksons room.

Growing so fast!
June 26, 2009, 9:00 pm
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Jackson turned 4 months old on Fathers day.  I cant believe how fast it is going!!  Jackson is weighing in at 17.3 lbs and is 26 inches long!   He did really great at the Dr and laughed alot at both our nurse and our Dr.  He did have to get more shots which is probably one of the hardest things to let happen, but overall he did great and took a good long nap after the visit.  Here is a pick of him later that day.

4 shots!! :(

4 shots!! ūüė¶

I took some fun pics of him the other morning doing some tummy time too, and they are just too cute not to share.





And lastly I have been doing alot of new stuff on my Etsy site lately!  I am having alot of fun with it, and enjoying the new outlet for some creativity.

Some burp clothes for my sisters baby

Some burp cloths for my sisters baby

Jungle themed burp cloths for sale in my shop

Jungle themed burp cloths for sale in my shop

Rock and Roll Tinkle Trappers that I sold to a lady in Canada

Rock and Roll Tinkle Trappers that I sold to a lady in Canada

And I have some really sweet red white and blue aprons that Bethany and Blythe modeled for me but the pics must be on the lap top.  Anyways, check out my shop and see all the new additions!!


Etsy Creations!
April 20, 2009, 9:55 pm
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So I have started up my Etsy Shop!¬† It is called themommyshop.etsy.com.¬† I just have a few things up so far.¬† I am kinda working on something different every day while Jackson naps and as I get finished I am posting stuff.¬† So more items will be coming soon!¬† You should definitely check out my site and if you need something for your little one or have an upcoming shower let me know and maybe I can make something for you! Here are a few of my latest creations…

Hooded towel, washcloths, amd "sprinkle stoppers"

Hooded towel, washcloths, amd "sprinkle stoppers"

Roll out changing pad or burp cloth

Roll out changing pad or burp cloth

Monkey sprinkle stoppers

Monkey sprinkle stoppers

Sprinkle Stoppers are a funny little product to use on your little boy during diaper changes to keep from getting sprayed! ūüôā

Under the sea sprinkle stoppers

Under the sea sprinkle stoppers


Here is one of Jackson using one in action…


Getting Crafty!
April 3, 2009, 9:47 pm
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I have always loved making things .¬† Even as a young kid I liked to look at things and then try and make them myself.¬† I remember getting my mom to teach me how to use the sewing machine one summer and then me and her making all my outfits for my four day summer camp.¬† One problem is that I don’t like to read patterns.¬† This can be good at times and awful at others.¬† My college roomates and Michael can attest to that with my blue and white knitted sweater that turned out looking like a cousin to big bird.¬† But over all I think its a good thing.¬† It was really fun during my pregnancy because I learned about so many new gizmos and gadgets that moms and babies use, and they are so fun to make!¬† So a couple of people pointed me to a site http://www.etsy.com where you can sell all things hand made.¬† I got quite inspired today and bought some new fabric and I am going to be making some new creations to put on etsy! I looked through some of the pictures I have taken of other things I have made and here are a few examples.


Pre Jackson, this was the closest thing I had to a baby ūüôā

He's even cuter than the monkey!

He's even cuter than the monkey!

Some baby beanies
A slip cover for the boppy

A slip cover for the boppy

Some non baby items...cushions and pillows for the window seat

Some non baby items...cushions and pillows for the window seat

I am excited about having something to do during the day while little Jackson does a whole lot of this…


I will keep you all updated on my latest creations.