Saturday, February 1, 2014


It is official. Sweet Potato is POTTY TRAINED! 

And yes, I am shouting it from the rooftops!! 

Biggest lesson I learned: Wait until they are ready. I tried multiple times. I wondered if she'd ever get it. It all was a waste of energy.

About 3 weeks ago, Sweet Potato realized she was down to her last diaper. [Truth be told, I thought there were more diapers in the closet. I was wrong.] On the spot she said, "Mommy, I have to wear underwear." I went along with it totally expecting another failed attempt, but I was wrong (again)! She averaged about 3 accidents a day for the first 3-4 days. After that, she'd have an accident every 4-5 days. We have now gone over a week without a single accident. Plus, she's keeping her diaper dry overnight and during her occasional naps. It's heaven!

I heard all sorts of stories from mom's who potty trained about being scared to go anywhere with a newly potty trained child for fear of not finding the bathroom in time. Perhaps it's because she's older and has better control, but we haven't had any issues. I know we may have an accident here and there, but overall this was the easiest process because she did the work. We weren't stressed (except for those first few days) and once she got the hang of it no incentives were needed. We started with M&Ms but that quickly proved unnecessary. We did reward her with Hello Kitty underwear after she went 3 days without an accident. I have never been so happy to plunk down $12.99 for 7 pair of obnoxiously pink underwear.

Sweet Potato we love you and couldn't be more proud. Many thanks also to both sets of grandparents who not only prayed for this day, but have offered multitudes of ooo's and ahh's over poops and pees. You folks are the best!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Six Months Old!

Someone recently turned six months old in our home. She is a silly little Pickle! Always the tongue is hanging out. Always. She is sitting on her own for longer stretches, and while she has yet to roll over unaided, she can nearly sit-up from a laying position.

Her eyes light up when she smiles, and her laugh is a little bubbling brook! She adores her Mama. We're seeing signs that she wants to play with her sister and what Sweet Potato has she wants too. Pickle also seems to enjoy toys more than I remember Sweet Potato. She wants something in her hands to chew on, play with, inspect. Solid foods have started and so far she's tasted avocado, banana, peaches, and puffs. Our chubby cheeked girl has already tripled her birthweight! It's amazing to think of how tiny she was in July. While we're still seeing some delays with her premature birth, we're thankful that nothing is causing real concern.

Height-- 26 1/2 inches  (75%)
Weight-- 15 lbs 14.5 oz (45%)
Head--  16 1/4 inches (25%)

More than anything our littlest girl is loving. Slobbery kisses, hugs, snuggles, she gives them all with abandon. We're reveling in this half year mark and know that the real fun is just beginning!

Happy Six Months Sweet Pickle! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Little Owls Knit Shop

The past few months have been busy. Busy with emails, writing press releases, establishing social media, helping to tag and display yarn, planning knitting classes, and encouraging a new friend on a wonderful journey.

This week is Little Owls Knit Shop's Grand Opening. It's an old store given new life as a warm, colorful, and friendly place to meet and greet yarns and fiber friends. If you are local, you'll definitely want to stop in and take advantage of all the special events!

While I'm not working retail hours yet, I have been busy helping Sadie, the owner, behind the scenes. There is so much to do in a yarn shop that is not directly related to the yarn on the shelves.

At this point, I'm teaching beginning knitting classes, a fingerless mitts class, and there are a couple more early spring classes getting ready to hit the schedule soon. I'm so thankful to be able to help Sadie and watch this store launch.

This new venture is definitely responsible for the quietness on this space. Still, I wouldn't trade a thing... okay maybe I'd like a clone (one of me to mother, one to knit) but really life is as good as it gets right now. One lesson that has been reinforced lately, is how much this Mama needs some away from home time. I'm more productive, happier, and a much better mother and wife. Apparently, I work best with a little pressure. :-)

Happy Knitting Friends!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Here comes 31!

Thirty had it's joys (a new baby, renovations to the house) and it's bumps (pregnancy, anemia) but overall it was a good year. Thirty-one is looking to be even better! 

For starters, my sweet husband took me to see a fantastic movie at my favorite theatre. A great date with a great man in a fun place. Can't get much better than that!

I've got a new haircut, which I love, and feels so much more me

And in just 10 days time I'll be officially working at new yarn shop! Little Owls Knit Shop is coming to Camp Hill, PA. The doors open to the public on January 7th and I'm thrilled to be helping with this new venture. Since I'm nursing a non-bottle taking baby, I'll be teaching classes and doing behind the scenes stuff (think administrative assistant type stuff) to start. But I'm yearning for the day when I'll be able to pick up some retail hours and work a weekly schedule. 

With this new responsibility has come a renewed energy and joy. The opportunity came at precisely the right moment and I'm thrilled to be working with a team of women who love fiber, and are pure fun! 

This year I'm also hoping to reclaim my body and get back into exercising. I'd love to be physically fit enough to run a race or two come fall. Maybe even one as a family?!?

When David and I were on our date, he asked my feelings toward this year. I think this year will be full of renewed energy as I get back into hobbies I love, great expectation coupled with deep contentment as we watch our daughters grow and learn, and brimming with joy. Joy of life, of love, of giving.

And maybe if I'm lucky, my eldest will be potty trained. One can hope! ;-)


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

*I promise to write more soon. It's been a wonderful holiday season and we're delighting in our blessings. What a wonderful place to be!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Four Months Strong!

Pickle dearest,

You are four months old and full of chubby smiles. You have this great half grin accompanied by sly little eyes! Oh how we wish we knew what you were thinking! At four months you are...

  • Trying your darnedest to sit up. Serious stomach crunches are your forte. Daddy and Mommy sometimes speculate that you'll be pulling yourself up before you roll over. 
  • You love to be nursed asleep and rarely fuss once you are laid in you crib. 
  • You have officially moved into your own bedroom.
  • Love to scoot in circles in your crib. We're never sure what position we'll find you in!
  • Prefer a sitting position to being cradled, or even up on Mama's shoulder. You like to look around and take in your surroundings.
  • Sweet Potato and you are growing your sisterly bond with bedtime snuggles and silly smiles. You can often be seen gazing at your sister while she's telling a story with the most loving smile on your sweet face.
  • Your eyes light up when you grin.
  • Starting to "talk" to us in coos, grunts, and tiny squeaks

As for growing, you are still small but definitely not tiny!
  • Height    24 1/4 inches (50%)
  • Weight   13.5 lbs (30%)
  • Head Circumference   15 9/16 (25%)

We Love you Pickle!!