Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Lot of Randomness

Pin It Now! Things are crazy here and I have all kinds of thoughts running through my head so I figured a totally random post was in order. However, I will divide it up into categories for you!

The Party
Doing well on that front.  Finished the cupcake stand and photo banner (even though I ran out of ribbon and had to go get more).  I didn't finish my other project with the polka dots and haven't decided if I'm going to or not.  Yesterday I deep cleaned the whole basement (playroom/family room, guest room, and bathroom) and today I plan on tackling the master bed and bath.  

Tomorrow I'm going to do a test run of the cupcakes for two reasons.  First, I want to see how the rainbow color thing works out.  Second, so many of my friends have had mixed reactions  from their kids the first time they are given cake (some are totally scared, others don't know what to do, etc) that I want to have Avery try it first without all the pressure of tons of people watching her!  Wednesday night is the evening my parents come over for dinner each week so I thought that would be the perfect time to give it a shot.  Hopefully then at her party she will know right what to do and we'll get some great photos...or not, who knows!

One thing that I forgot to mention in my last post was that I do have a great birthday outfit for Avery.  I wanted something custom made so I looked around Etsy but couldn't find exactly what I wanted.  So I got on fabric.com and found the perfect fabric. It has polka dots in the exact colors of the decorations.  So then I got back on Etsy and did an alchemy.  Never did one of those before but you submit a request for anyone that would be willing to make you a custom item and you explain what you want.  I had a bunch of people respond, picked one out, and she made us the most darling outfit.  It is perfect and didn't cost as much as I thought it would.  So excited about it!

Since Eric got back from SF, Avery's sleep has been great (knock on wood).  Three nights she has slept until 6:30 or 6:45, I give her a quick 10-15 minute feeding and then put her back in her crib until 7:15/7:20.  She usually doesn't fall back asleep but plays quietly.  Well, this morning she slept until 7:10, which is almost her wake up time anyway.  I was so excited!  Now, if only I could sleep through the night!  Haha!  I find myself starting to wake up at about 4:30 or so (which is when she usually wakes up for a feeding) and then sleep restlessly, waking every 30 minutes or so, until it's time to get up.  This morning I couldn't fall back asleep after 6:30 and finally gave up at 7:00.  Oh well, that too will come!

However, as much sleep as she got last night, she was one grumpy girl this morning, which is not like her at all.  She was whiny, cried a lot, and very clingy.  Not sure what was going on there, as I sit here while she's at nap, I'm wondering if she might be teething.  She almost 1 and still doesn't have a single tooth so it could very well be that.  When she gets up I'll see how she is doing and might give her a teething tablet if she's still cranky.  

A Great Loss
Yesterday morning Eric's former boss and the father of his best friend past away (we'll call him J for this post).  He'd been living on machines for the the past month after having multiple strokes.  He was an incredible man and will be greatly missed.  

Eric and I owe so much to him!  Eric got his degree in finance but has always had a passion for computers.  J knew this and when he started looking for an IT person for his company, he hired Eric even though he had no experience.  It was a small company and Eric was the only IT person there so he got to have complete control over everything.  J let him do a lot and he experimented with some very cutting edge concepts.  Due to all the experience J gave him, Eric was offered another job that paid twice what he was making and as hard as it was to leave, Eric knew it was what was best for our family.  J completely supported Eric and was so happy for him. They even gave him a PS3 for a going away present.  If it hadn't of been for J, Eric never would have gotten his job and I never would have been able to stay home with Avery.  Like I said, we owe him so much!  He was such a wonderful man!

I have many more things running through my head but I won't bore you anymore and plus I think I hear Avery starting to wake from her nap.  Off to make lunch and then run some errands.  Hope you have a great week!


  1. You sound like me right now, so much going through my head. The sleeping patterns for Avery could because she is going through a growth spurt or the teething. Doodle Bug sleeps for hours when she starts to get another tooth, right now we are working on number 8. To help ease her pain I keep teething rings in the fridge because they get to hard in the freezer and passys in the freezer because they don't freeze and before bedtime we give her half of a dose of tylenol or a teething tab. It works wonders. Last night she went to sleep at 9pm and didn't wake up until 10am...it was really nice! Good luck with all your task and have a great week!

  2. Soon! The party is SOON! I am still slacking in the prep dept but hopefully I will get it done tomorrow. Are you doing the cupcakes with the multicolor batter type thing? My best friend did that for her daughters cake last year and it turned out so cool!

    I'm glad she is sleeping better for you. Lets just hope you didn't jinx it!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. He sounds like he was a great man. The kind the world will miss. Many hugs to you and family on his passing.

  3. @ Krystal, I hadn't thought of the sleep and teething being connected! But that makes so much sense. I think I even mentioned in the post that I thought she might be teething. She's been grouchy, clingy, and wanting to chew on everything!! Hmmm! Love teething tablets and cold teether, they seems to keep her happiest. Thanks for all the insight and tips! I really appreciate it!

    @Render Me Mama, I am going to try the rainbow cupcakes. I did a trial run with just 3 colors and they turned out great. So tomorrow I'm going to try it with all 5. I hope it turns out as great as the 3! Thanks for all your sweet comments too.

  4. Liz, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. It sounds like he was a great man and will really be missed. On a much lighter note, I too have trouble sleeping when Nate is sleeping well. Or the dog wakes me. It's so unfair! Not one tooth? Ugh - probably teething. Teething really shakes things up in our home and I feel like Nate was teething from 6-12 months old. Part of me just wishes they were born with teeth!

  5. Thanks Amber, he will be greatly missed!

    I know what you mean about teething for so long, I swear she's been working on them for 6 months! Haha!! Being born with teeth would definietly make it easier, except maybe nursing! Haha!

  6. I can't wait till your birthday party! Looks like you are as detail oriented as me and I bet it going to be a super fun and cute birthday!

    I especially can't wait to see the custom birthday outfit!!!