Pearls of Wisdom: You’re doing a good job.

I mentally drafted this post off and on for the past few days, but when I sat down to actually write it, I scrapped all the things I’d been thinking about writing.  Because a deeply personal post would have been about me, not about you, and I want this to be about you.

My parents always taught me that the best gift to give is the one you’d like to receive.  So today, I’m telling you what we all so earnestly need to hear some days: You are doing a good job.

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If you’re a new mom and no one (most especially that brand new, non-verbal baby) is telling you, YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by your personal life, your job and your many commitments… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe your family is going through a rough patch, or the bills are piling up, and you never feel like you can get enough done in the day… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe you feel guilty for working and leaving your babies with someone else… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe you are raising pre-teens or teenagers and you are wondering where those sweet little babies went… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Life is really hard some times, even sometimes in the midst of your happiest days and seasons.  Whatever it is that is weighing heavily on your heart today, I just want you to know that you are trying your hardest; YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Know someone who might need to hear this?  Tell them. Chances are you are right, and they need to hear it more than you could imagine.

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Baby Bathtime Essentials

I keep working on a draft post about our favorite baby items, but it’s too massive and daunting for me to get around to finishing, apparently.  It dawned on me that breaking it into smaller pieces would help me actually finish a post, so here goes: our favorite baby bathtime essentials!

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Well, for starters, a rubber ducky isn’t essential… but it’s real cute!

We love the munchkin flexible cup with a handle.  It won’t hurt baby if you drop it on them (not saying anyone would do that…) and it isn’t slippery when wet.  And it has a handle, which just makes it easier.  You can do without it, obviously, but it does make bathtime easier and it’s a cheap addition to your routine  at $4.99 from Target.

I use a brush in the tub to scrub Adella’s little noggin to prevent cradle cap (or “the cradle crap,” as we call it).  It’s $17.30 for a two-pack of Ambassador baby brushes on Amazon (I leave one at my parents’ house for when we visit there).  The bristles are stiff and so far it seems to be high quality.

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A recent addition to our bathtub was this Pottery Barn Kids kneeler pad.  I love that it’s really thick and it SAVES my knees, it has a velcro loop for hanging on a hook or towel bar, and that it isn’t crazy colors like most kids things are.  Unfortunately though, this gray Pottery Barn one is no longer available, but the blue Whale kneeler is still available on Amazon for $15.99, and I like it too.

And speaking of hanging, I hang it from these Puj nubs.  I got them originally to hold our Puj tub (more on that next) but since it’s a 3-pack, I saved them for other things.  One of those things is our whale kneeler.  It holds on strong and is white to match the tub.  I love them!

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Now that AG is bigger, we use this Summer Infant bath seat that I actually got used and just scrubbed the heck out of it.  But it’s only $12.84 on Amazon!  It’s simple and folds up small to store away once they outgrow it, which I’m all about.

We keep this Munchkin Dots non-slip bath mat in the bottom of the tub to keep the seat from slipping and sliding around.  I will say that it’s actually not really a favorite – it doesn’t actually suction to the bottom of the tub, and you have to pick it up and let it dry after each bath time because otherwise it will mildew under there.  It’s not a good long-term solution, but it was cheap and it’s cute and it works for what we use it for now.  Once we outgrow the bath seat, I plan to order these Puj adhesives, which will hopefully eliminate the mildew issues as well as will actually stick to the bottom of the tub.  Any other favorite non-slip products you mamas and daddies out there can recommend?

And Burt’s Bees bath wash is a favorite, but we also like Aveeno lightly scented baby wash.  It’s REALLY hard to find unscented baby products, but AG has very sensitive skin like her mama and we have to try to find them.  Any recommendations?

We used the Puj tub in the sink for the first 2 months of Adella Grace’s life, and LOVED it.  However, our little bitty baby grew into a pretty big baby really quickly, so we moved her to the tub about a month ago.  For newborns, I cannot recommend the Puj enough.  We loved it for travel, too.  So lightweight and easy to pack up!  And so comfortable, AG fell asleep in it a couple of times. :)

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In the future, I also plan to order the Puj Snug faucet cover.  Can you tell I’m a fan of the brand?  I love their modern, clean aesthetic without all the wild and crazy colors.

I love a good bath and so far, so does Adella Grace.  I know bath time will only get more fun as she learns to play…. so parents: What are your bathtime essentials and favorites?

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

 

Knitting: Pacifier Leash Pattern

I have been steadily knitting away on my Slope Tank (I might finish before winter?) so that I can start some fun new projects for my little one… but all that will merit a queue check later on!  In between to cure the boredom of row upon row of stockinette stitch in the Slope Tank, I’ve been whipping up these adorable knitted pacifier clips.  Thanks to the inspiration and guidance of a fellow Instagrammer and pattern designer, @jenishopeknits (check out her Ravelry page here!),

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I knitted a few of them and have it figured out enough to share what I’ve done.  It’s a quick little project that is perfect for using up scrap yarn and makes the perfect baby gift.

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Knitted Pacifier Leash

Tools: pacifier clips, double pointed needles in size appropriate for your yarn

Knitter’s Tip: I used worsted weight yarn and size 5 DPNs. I preferred the tighter (and sturdier) fabric the smaller needles created since pacifier clips tend to take a beating!

PATTERN

Cast five stitches (or any odd number, depending on size of yarn) directly on to the clips edge.

K1, P1 (seed or moss stitch) every row until pacifier leash reaches desired length (I like them a bit shorter at 6 inches or so).

Once leash reaches desired length, bind off all but 2 stitches. Work i-cord from those two stitches for 3 to 4 inches, break yarn and pull through. Attach the end of the i-cord to the other side of the fabric and weave in ends.

Add a pacifier and a baby and voila!

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Improvised Direct Cast On: Create a slipknot and secure around one DPN. Loop working yarn over needle from the front and around the back of the clip’s bar and through the opening. This creates the first “stitch.” Wrap the working yarn back around the DPN from the front, then through the clip opening again from the back (stitch two). Continue until you reach the desired number of CO stitches.

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Yarn pictured: Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in Grace Kelly colorway and Spud and Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream, both purchased at Fuzzy Goat.  Pacifier clips purchased on Etsy here.  Baby not for sale.

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And just a reminder to my readers: Maiden South Knit Night is back now that I am! :)  We’ll be SIPPING and KNITTING at One.Two.Three. Monday, August 1st, from 6 to 8 pm.  Come sip and knit with me!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls