August 28th, 2011 . by Melissa

Jack has been playing “pretend” a lot more and it’s been very entertaining to see his imagination develop. The other day I gave Jack a play-doh kit as a reward for being such a good, little passenger on our return flight from Utah. In the kit there were 4 shades of play-doh and multiple molds to create anything and everything you’d need for a picnic. I knew at one point or another Jack was going to mush all of the colors together so I just let him at it. I was watching him from the kitchen and I noticed he wasn’t really using the molds. I tried to show him how they worked but I think he was just too young to be interested. When I came back over to him again, sure enough, he had lumped all of the play-doh colors together into one, large mass. Then I watched as he took an empty play-doh container and topped it with the multi-color lump. At first I thought he was trying to put the play-doh back in the container. But then he pretended to lick the mass. I stepped back for the bigger picture and realized he had created a pretend ice cream cone. I asked him, “Did you make an ice cream cone??” He nodded and smiled very proudly and went back to the pretend licking. Of course a picnic (or any meal!) wouldn’t be a picnic without Jack’s favorite food…ice cream!

And here are some pics I couldn’t resist posting. Jack grabbed my glasses off the night stand and decided to give them a try.  I love it!

Yes, this little man is my sunshine.




Jack Sends His Love

August 23rd, 2011 . by Melissa

My dear friend Diane asked me the other day if Jack “understands” that I’m having a baby. The question reminded me to share this cute, little story on the blog before I forget it!

On Sunday, we flew home from Utah. We had a 3 hour nonstop from Salt Lake to Indy. Nothing awful. Still, we packed a few snacks for Jack to tie him over during the trip. Mid-flight the attendants routinely offered us their complimentary snacks. We grabbed some cookies (the yummy Biscoff ones that only Delta serves) and some pretzels. I had been feeling great for most of our time in Utah but all of the sudden the nausea came back with a vengeance (and is still lingering, ugh!) My nausea this pregnancy has been much worse than it was with Jack and is agitated by an empty stomach. So after two hours on the plane I desperately needed to either open my bag of pretzels or open the barf bag. I grabbed the pretzels. Jack was sitting on my lap at the time and of course wanted some for himself.  I tried to offer him Cheerios instead but he, of course, wanted what I was having. He grabbed the pretzels out of my hands and started to shove them in his mouth. Since there were only 7 mini pretzels in the bag to begin with I was a little worried after Jack had eaten 2 and was clutching in his little hands, two more, that 3 would not be enough to stave off a looming up-chuck. So, I asked him if I could eat one of his reserve pretzels for the baby. I told him that the baby needed some pretzels too. So, he took one of the pretzels in his hand and slid it in an opening between two buttons on my shirt, near my belly. Then he dropped it, patted my tummy and gave me a big smile. I laughed out loud at the cutest display of love and sharing I’ve ever seen come from my little toddler. I think he’ll be a great big brother!

Utah Trip

August 22nd, 2011 . by Melissa

Like Mother, Like Son

August 8th, 2011 . by Melissa

I was a big fan of snuggling stuffed animals when I was little, and as you can see Jack really, really is too. And yes, he insists that all 7 of his furry friends be present each night and knows when one is missing…we’ve tried a few times to pull a fast one on him, but to no avail!

Maternity Skirt

August 8th, 2011 . by Melissa

I can never seem to find a comfortable maternity skirt that is reasonably priced, cute, knee-length, and the right size. So, I decided to make my own. Here’s the tutorial I used in case you want to make your own, too! It was fairly simple to create and all in all it only took 4 hours. I do suggest checking out the book she recommends in the tutorial, Sew What! Skirts. It was extremely helpful and totally free from my local library! I tested the elasticity of the maternity band and  I think I will be able to wear this skirt through the 9th month…unless I’m  having twins and then we have bigger problems. :)