Hayden and Layla's Place

Sleeping update August 21, 2010

Filed under: Mommy on Layla — karagoodwin @ 8:24 pm

Layla has properly moved into her crib now. I should take her pack n play bassinet out of my and john’s room but I haven’t had the heart yet. I am mostly happy that she is in her crib because it means that she is sleeping so well, but there is still a little bit of sadness that she is just that little bit older already.

She is sleeping in her crib during naps (when we are at home and she’s not sleeping on the go, anyway) and at nighttime. I tried introducing an earlier bedtime (7-8) because she was sleeping so late in the mornings I thought she might need to be put down earlier, but that didn’t work. One thing that was hard for me to appreciate until I was a parent is that just like you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink, it is hard to make a baby (or toddler, or anyone I suppose) sleep if they don’t want to. I can put her in her crib at 7 but even if I think she is tired she will cry. She is too young (in my book) to cry it out at this point, so the two times I have tried putting her down early I have ended up getting her as soon as she cries and bringing her back down to be with me and John until she falls asleep properly.

This morning when I went to get her she was 180 degrees turned around from how I had put her down. I was scratching my head in confusion because I hadn’t heard her rustling around overnight or in the morning and she was swaddled for goodness sake! I don’t know how she turned herself so much that her head was where her feet were when I laid her down, and vise versa. I would understand if she had been screaming her head off at some point (and thus wriggling her body around) or something but she never gave any indication of what she was up to! It did make us laugh, though.


“Make It Perfect” Shearwater Kaftan

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I finished the shearwater kaftan shirt that I feel like I have been making for ages!  I used Anna Maria Horner Little Folks voile fabric in Baby Bouquet.  This was the first time I had sewn voile.  It was fine but much less forgiving than the quilting cotton I am used to.  I made several mistakes while sewing this, but I had to keep repeating to myself something I read on the Badskirt blog: Not to fear, I have a seam ripper and I’m not afraid of it!  I really like how it turned out, but I’m afraid it is a tiny bit too small for me.  (I had wanted to get a photo of me wearing it, but I haven’t done that yet and John’s not here right now that will be forthcoming.)  I will happily make another one in a medium, but the annoying thing is with garment patterns you first have to trace the whole pattern in the size you want to make, then cut the fabric from what you traced.  I’m a little bummed that in order to make another one I have to retrace the pattern in the slightly larger size.  Not a big deal, just when I was tracing it the first time I was thinking next time I made it I would be going straight to cutting the fabric! 🙂  Impatient much?


Lazy Days Skirt

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I was inspired by my friend Faith to make this quick Oliver + S Lazy Days skirt. Like Faith, I altered it slightly by using fabric instead of ribbon on the hem. This was a very quick and easy project – I think it took me less than 2 hours start to finish (thank you, Layla, for taking such a good nap so Mommy could work on this while Daddy and Hayden are off boating in Bloomington!). I was happy that the skirt allowed me to use some fabric that I had had around forever trying to find the right thing to do with it. I love the Michael Miller Par Avion fabric that makes up the majority of this skirt, but I have had trouble matching it to other fabrics so haven’t gotten to use much of it. The bottom hem was scrap fabric from an Amy Butler Birdie Sling bag I had made for my mom earlier in the year.

The skirt is a present for one of Hayden’s playmates. She turns three on Monday and is having a party this week. I hope she likes it!


Ice Cream Dress August 11, 2010

Filed under: Mommy,Uncategorized — karagoodwin @ 9:28 pm

My friend Faith told me and our friend Stephanie about a “sew a long” where people sign up into an online community where over a specified period of time everyone made a dress from the same pattern.  The two hosts posted hints and tips over the time to help, and members could ask questions of the community along the way if they got stuck.  I decided it sounded like fun and joined.  I hadn’t made a garment from a pattern before so what a great time to try for the first time, when I had the support of nearly 300 people!  The pattern was for what was called the “ice cream dress” from Oliver + S.  I made this for Layla in size 12 – 18 months, so she should be able to fit into it when it gets warm next year.  I was hoping by then her growth will slow down some so she can fit into it for a longer period of time than she is fitting through her current clothes! 

It was so fun making this dress, and I love the result.  Layla was not impressed when I was trying to work on it with her in the swing or on a quilt on the floor, so I found the best way to sew it was while wearing her in her baby carrier.  She falls asleep pretty quickly that way, and I could actually get a good stretch of sewing time without interruption (as Hayden was always napping, asleep for the night, or off somewhere with John).  The pattern comes with two dress variations and one blouse version, so I will definitely be doing those at some point.  At the moment I am working on this shirt for myself.  I started it a couple of weeks ago and have not been able to carve out much time for it.  It has buttonholes which is the first time I have done those, so I had to teach myself how to do that which took up some of the little time I have been able to devote to it.  Now that Layla has started taking naps in her crib, though, maybe I will have more time (although Hayden is not taking a nap every day now so maybe not!).


Mommy, please say “Oh my Gosh”

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden,Uncategorized — karagoodwin @ 9:09 pm

Hayden got a book out of the library called “Giant Dump Trucks.”  The first time he asked me to read it I hadn’t really processed the title and when we opened it and I saw the size of the dump trucks I was shocked and said, “Oh my gosh!”  Well, he was really thrilled about my reaction and every time he asked me to turn the page he wanted me to say “Oh my gosh!”  Over the next few days he kept getting out that book and as he turned each page he would say, “Mommy, please say ‘oh my gosh!'”  He would smile so big when he was bringing the book to me that I would know what book he was carrying before I could even see it.   The cutest part was how he would mouth the words as I said it.  You would be amazed, too, if you saw the size of these trucks! 😉  We took the book back last week, but he has moved on to other truck books where he wants me to say “oh my gosh.”


Sleeping in Her Big Crib August 10, 2010

Filed under: Mommy on Layla — karagoodwin @ 7:44 pm

Layla is sleeping in her crib for the first time as I type this. She has been sleeping in our room at night in her pack n play basinett since she came home from the hospital. During the day she’s just been sleeping as we go – in the car, in her baby carrier, in my arms, etc. I hadn’t raised the crib mattress from when Hayden slept in there and wasn’t planning to get the mattress pad and sheets on it until then, so it wasn’t ready for her to go in it yet. Then yesterday I finally raised the mattress and washed the pad and sheets. I figured at the very least I would have a good place to lay her down when I was upstairs once I did that! Then a couple of hours ago the three of us were upstairs and she fell asleep while I was feeding her. I thought I would try out the crib and see how she got on. I swaddled her up, closed the shutters, and she’s been out like a light for 1 1/2 hours! I don’t think I am going to move her in there at night yet. She is still sleeping through the night, but it’s sooo nice to just take two steps to pick her up and feed her instead of walking down the hall, so I’m happy to give her a little longer in there. 

I couldn’t resist taking a cheeky picture of her when I went in to check on her. 🙂


Layla on the Playmat

Filed under: Mommy,Uncategorized — karagoodwin @ 7:30 pm

I got out the playmat we had for Hayden when he was a baby a couple of nights ago for Layla.  It was so cute watching her look at the toys hanging from it with amazement.  She was kicking her little legs and had her eyes and mouth wide open for the longest time.  She made some excited noises, too!  I had gotten it out when Hayden was asleep and we knew that he’d be all over it when she played on it when she was awake,  Sure enough, the next morning when he was up and I put Layla on it again he was right there next to her.  🙂  He was sweet though, making the music go for her and showing her the toys.


The stats

Filed under: Mommy,Uncategorized — karagoodwin @ 7:17 pm
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Hayden and Layla had their 3 year and 2 (and a half) month check ups last week.  They were both at the top of the charts!

Hayden – 36.5 lbs (90th percentile), 40 in(95th percentile)

Layla –  14.1 lbs, 24.5 in (95th %ile for both)

They are both doing well.  Layla has a red mark under her left eye, which the dr diagnosed as a hemangioma.  It is “an abnormal buildup of blood vessels” which can occur anywhere in the body.  It grows for the first 12 – 18 mos of a baby’s life and will completely disappear on its own.  Luckily, it is completely harmless as long as it does not start growing into her lower eyelid.  If it does that then it will impede her vision and we will need to get it removed.


Hayden, You’re 3! August 9, 2010

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 9:39 pm

Wow, Hayden!  How can you be three already?  I loved Daddy’s blog that he wrote on your birthday.  I echo everything he wrote.  You are such a special boy, and I feel so lucky to have you in my life.  I like how Daddy captured what you are like at this age.  The only thing I have to add to that is that you are a very gentle soul.  I have always thought of little boys being very rough-and-tumble and mischievous.  You are definitely all boy with your love of cars, trucks, tractors – anything with wheels really.  But you are very careful, gentle, and respectful.  You often tell me to be careful – going down the stairs, walking around your train track in your room (although in that case you are clearly more concerned about the track than my safety 😉 ), etc.  You really don’t pay much attention to Layla yet, but even in your indifference you are careful around her (albeit with lots of reminding from Mommy!).  We never really even had to baby proof that much for you in regards to getting delicate things out of your reach.  Even as a toddler you didn’t really bother with something after we told you no once or twice.  I took it for granted until other children started coming over and getting into things that I didn’t have to worry about with you. 

It has been a wonderful three years.  Here’s to 100 more !  😀  I love you.


Dear Hayden – My Three Year Old August 4, 2010

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Dear Hayden,

You have just turned three, despite you telling me in the weeks leading up to your birthday that you are going to turn five.  I think in the last few days we have decided to agree on the fact you were two and now you’ll be three.  You have of course been asking what will you turn after you are three.   I’ve just tried to change the subject so you don’t get too confused!  Otherwise you’ll expect a birthday and presents every week!!

You are the most amazing little boy, and I cherish every moment I get to spend with you.  I look forward so much to the weekends (or “it’s not a daddy work day”) when I get to play with you. I feel like we do a lot at weekend, and I feel that you always want to be doing things with me.   You always want to know exactly what we are doing.  In the morning you’ll ask where we going, and then “what we doing after” that, and “what we doing after”… etc.  Typically you wait for us to tell you, but just this Sunday morning, you made up your own mind and asked to go on a “Bike ride with daddy”.  Of course we did, because I’m a sucker and will do whatever you want!!!   And the bike ride was great!!  In fact I took you past the local golf course and pointed it out to you, as I like to make sure you see all the important things on our rides.  You then told me; “I want to play golf with you daddy when I’m older!!” – Music to my ears.  At the end of the ride you turned and told me that you “want to go to the golf show, colts game and a baseball game!”

I feel right now you really enjoy spending time with me, I feel you really look up to me, and I feel that you really love me.  I hope those things never ever change.  I asked tonight who you loved and you immediately said Daddy.  I did ask who else you love and you told me Mummy and Layla – so I know it’s not isolated to me, you know you have a fantastic mummy too, and a beautiful little sister that you are doing so well adapting to.

You are such a boy!  You love anything on wheels and anything involving a ball.  I think you take after me in some of that, but you get your good cute looks from your mummy.  You have a ridiculous amount of toy cars for a three year old, you are so good, and you always seem to do what we tell you, that we can’t help giving you rewards for your good behavior.  Also we just love your reaction to getting something.  You are so grateful, you always say thank you, and then you play with your latest toy for hours and always want to take it upstairs to be with your.  Somehow you are only three but you’ve been two about 6/7 baseball games, 2 Pacers games, 4 Colts games, the Speedway 3/4 times, etc.   I’ve never shied away from exposing you to these things and every time you react so positively and well behaved that we have been able to take to more things like this than many people experience in their lifetime.

You are a great sleeper and a great eater.  Green beans and broccoli might be a push, but you eat veggie burgers (lucy burgers!) and hummus which keeps your mum happy, and you love chicken nuggets and steak, which keeps me happy.  You love fruit and home grown tomatoes which keeps everyone happy!

You have a fabulous sense of humor.  You might be a little guy, but you already know how to be funny.  Occasionally we’ll read a book and you’ll know exactly what the different pictures are, but you’ll make up something else just to get a reaction of us (e.g. it’ll be a Turtle and you’ll tell me it’s a Giraffe!!)

You are tough.  If you fall over, or knock something, you don’t really care.  If you cry we know you’ve actually hurt yourself.  Even if you hurt yourself you just ask us to kiss where it hurts, and then everything is OK.    That works fine except for when you hurt you bottom!!

I could write for hours on how special you are, and how much you mean to me, but I think you get the idea.

Happy Birthday Hayden!

Love Daddy