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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teeny Tears

About a month ago, I was poking through to see if anyone really does pay attention to this blog.  I found a blog that had a link to one of my blog posts about making eye mask for babies in the NICU.  Poking around her site, I found this site: http://teenytears.blogspot.com/ .

"Teeny Tears is a service organization that provides tiny flannel bereavement diapers to hospitals and bereavement support organizations at no charge for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss. "  The goal is that there is one diaper for the baby and another as a keepsake for the family.

Oh....my.....goodness.....I was blown away.  And of course, had to add this to my list of things to do as I have been looking for some way to honor my son who would be 10 this September 1st if that terrible birth defect, Congential Diaphragmatic Hernia, had not take him from me.  But what a better way to honor his memory than to donate to the hospital where he was born.  I decided to set myself a personal goal of 100 diapers ready to donate by September 1.

To make it easier on myself, rather than use a paper pattern, I took quilters plastic template and cut out the patterns on that.


Then all I have to do is trace the template with a fabric pen and then cut them out.  I have averaged 6 micropreemie diapers and 6 preemie diapers per yard of fabric.

As of today, I have 46 cut out.

Only 54 more away from my goal

Then will come the sewing.  I figure to do it in shifts.  Get them all cut out.  Sew a stack at a time.
 

I am still waiting to see if Women and Infants needs these.   Project Sweet Peas partners with them for other supplies and was starting this but that is part of Project Gabriel.  And I already donate to CHERUBS HOPE Totebag project so adding to Project Sweet Peas may be too much.

I do not know the hospital's needs or requirements.  I hope to hear from Project Sweet Peas soon or I will reach back to Teeny Tears to have them make contact with the hospital.  I would love to able to help them meet a need. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Quilt squares rescued and given new life.....

Previously I posted about finding two partially completed quilt projects.

One was a toddler quilt that I rescued and completed.  I was able to quilt and bind it with the extra pieces of batting left over from the teacher quilts.

Here it is finished:


Well, the other quilt project was a twin quilt pattern made from The Yellow Brick Road pattern.  It was a cat fat quarter pattern made originally to match one on Amanda's bed.  But it was put away while we sold the old house and forgotten about for almost three years.

Here is what I found sealed in the basement:

Squares ready to be assembled

So I assembled all the squares.  All 65 squares were ready to be sewn together as a quilt top.  But I had the teacher quilts.

By the time the teacher quilts were completed, I was feeling the need for another peasant skirt, not another quilt......I love long, full skirts and they are hard to find as long as I like them.

Made this well-loved skirt last year
So I bought fat quarters to make myself a patchwork peasant skirt.....and started cutting....and cutting....takes a lot of 6 inch squares to cover this hinny. :D  And then it dawned on me!!!!  I had squares already assembled!  Waiting to find new life!!!!

So I plotted.  Did some math.....not my strong point....doubted myself....reworked the math....and then started sewing, and sewing, and sewing.  Again, takes a lot of material.....

I did not want to deal with trying to create a waistband with all those 1/4'' seams from the quilt, so I added a band of material at the top which became my border of the quilt.

Then gathered all the rows........

Hemming, again with all those 1/4'' seams from the quilt squares....what to do....what to do?  Quilt binding!!!  After all, this is a quilt-based skirt.

And after all is said and done, this is what I ended up with:


I am in love.  I do wish I had used one more quilt square in the first tier and increased from there for the next three.  The first tier is not as loose as I would like but it still looks pretty!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Teacher gifts done just in the nick of time!

Today is the last day of school.  As of 2pm today, I will have a second and a third grader.  They requested quilts for their teachers which put me in a tail spin with it being the first week of June.  But as of 11PM last night, I finished hand-tying the last of the three quilts!!!  YAY for me.  Not so much for my fingers and shoulders......

Drum roll please.........

Here is Amanda's one-to-one aide's quilt.  Mrs Elizabeth HAD to have the birds.  I had been hesitate to use it as it was sooooo bright.  But Amanda knew better and it looks lovely.


Amanda's teacher was easier in some ways.  She liked the colors.  The only problem I ran into was that she wanted to "help" which involved taking a rotary blade to the quilt top once it was pierced together.  I had to sew the two holes left by that.  I love the blues and greens in this quilt so much I want one for myself....

Then we come to Tessa's teacher, Mrs G.  Tessa wanted coffee cup fabric but finding fat quarters in that theme was impossible.  I came across one that will be released in August too late for this but I have my name on the wait list for me!!!

I found this fabric set.  I like the orange, browns and blues together....reminds me a bit of coffee.  I may need one of these for myself.
So I managed to pull it off and the girls took them to school today.  I hope that their teachers understand how much they mean to my girls......

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My new sewing area!

Before we moved in 2009, my sewing area was the dinner table and my storage was the front hallway.  Obviously not condusive to long-term projects such as quilts and clothing.  I would have to unpack everything and either pack it back up again when done or push it to the edge of the table and hope for the best.....When the house was put on the market, I was in the middle of a twin quilt for Tessa.  Unable to leave everything out while people were looking at the house and while we were packing to move, I put all the materials into a large plastic ziplock bag.

In the new house, all my sewing stuff was put into the basement.  I would rummage through looking for whatever I needed.  I had a folding table for my sewing machine.  I did make the girls nightgowns that year but it was a very hap-hazard area.  More and more yarn got stuffed down there.  Spools of thread fell out and rolled all over the basement floor.  Pins and hooks fell to the floor and were swept into piles.  It was not pretty......

This February, my husband built an area in the basement to use as a playroom for the girls.  He built walls and we just finished with carpet.  So now came the part for each of us to clean our areas. 

Massive amounts of yarn, material and thread were thrown out.  Between the dust of the basement and the construction of the playroom, the fibers of the yarn were dirty.  Some half-finished projects were tossed.  Some kept.

I switched tables for the piggies and moved a plastic shelving unit.  Picked up a 9-cube unit with 4 fabric bins.  Craig moved one of the lights and added another to the area as well as putting up a small sheet of peg board.


I moved tupperware containers of completed projects for sale and rescued yarn under the tables, securely closed.  Fabrics and small skeins of yarn to the 9-cube unit.


My new peg board for ribbon, scissors and rulers



My only issue is with my room-mates.....
PIGGIES
Baby piggy

I share my space with the piggies and the litter box on the other side near the washer and dryer.  Craig thinks that it is only fair as he spent 10 years in the other house with the litter boxes in a tiny room.
So now, I just to move my sewing machine downstairs from the dining room where it resides with the current projects that I am working on.....


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

The downside of being able to sew, crochet, knit or quilt is that your children want you to create gifts for their teachers.  I cannot just pop off to Dunkin Donuts and get them gift certificates.  No,  I have to work my hands and back to the bone.  But I guess since these folks spend more time with my daughters than I get to, they deserve it!

So my daughters decide that I have to make their teachers a quilt.  Oh DEAR!!!!!  I compromised with them by saying I would make a baby-sized quilt as a wall hanging.  Cause the last day of school is June 18th!!!  Luckily, they agreed.

I emailed the teachers to play off each other asking what they liked.  Did they like cats, dogs, coffee, beaches, gardening.....anything that I could use as a theme or color pattern for the quilts.  I got answers back and scoured the Internet looking for fat quarters that matched the themes.

Both teachers like coffee.  Go figure.  It is Rhode Island and we have a Dunkin Donuts on every corner.  We created coffee syrup flavoring.  We eat coffee ice cream.  But finding coffee fat quarters was driving me batty.  There is an AWESOME fabric collection coming out in August.  But that does me jack-diddly right now.

So last night, we jumped over to Joann's to see what fat quarter bundles they had.  Not much.  Sigh. 

But Amanda grabbed a bundle of fat quarters and INSISTED that Mrs Elizabeth, her one-to-one aide, NEEDED this fabric.  It was bright.  It was metallic birds in jewel colors.  I needed 6 and it only had 5, so Amanda picked a random yellow to go with it.  I wheedled.  I showed other suggestions.  One other pretty one she said would be for Mrs Murphy, but Mrs Elizabeth NEEDED this.  So it came home with us.

Amanda has Autism.  She gets fixated on certain things.  One of the things she is insistent on is STYLE.  She has a very defined sense of style for a 6 yr old. Mrs Elizabeth has helped make the last half of Amanda's school year so successful.  We were so worried that she would not be able to make the year in an integrated setting and Mrs Elizabeth certainly helped make it happen.  Without the support and effort of Mrs Murphy and Mrs Elizabeth,  Amanda would have had a much worse year.  And we want to show our gratitude.


I posted on Facebook asking for opinions:

What do you do when the fabric and colors that your daughter picked for her teacher's gift are hideous? Amanda picked this for her Aide. The fabric bundle is birds and I needed one more so she picked this yellow. It is a wall quilt. Do you get it? Or tell her it was not right?

People basically said to go with what Amanda wanted.  So I sat down and started cutting, sewing, ironing and cutting again last night.  And by 11pm, I had all 20 squares assembled.  Took a picture, posted the update to Facebook and took my tired and achy self to bed.
WOW!  Bright!!!
 I showed little Ms Priss my hard work this morning and she wanted to bring it to school.  Sorry kiddo, mommy still has to sew all the squares together, sew the rows, add borders and backing and hand tie this bad boy!

So after the girls got on the bus, I sewed the squares into rows and sewed the rows together.

In all its glory

Put on your sunglasses!
So the little diva was correct.  It does look good together.  I just hope Mrs Elizabeth realizes that Amanda loved her so much that she had to have this fabric for her.

Would your child's teacher or aide have appreciated this?  Would you?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Rescued quilting project

QUILTING: The art of cutting pretty fabric into pieces to sew together and cut up again before being sewn back together......

Yesterday I posted about finding a partially completed quilt top.  All the squares had been sewn together and even one row of squares had been sewn before the project got stored away.


I have been trying to figure out how long this project had been in storage and realized that the fabric came from The Fabric Place which has been out of business in Warwick for almost 4 years.

Last night, I sewed each row of squares together and ironed them.  Then sewed the rows together and added the border.

TADA!!!!!!!



With the borders added

Close up of the pattern
This sweet quilt top is off to the wash tonight along with the pretty paw print backing to ensure that there are no musty smells from being stored for so long in plastic.

Pretty paw print backing
 I really forgot how much I loved quilting.   That may be why there are multiple projects started.  I made a tiered peasant skirt last year from unused fabric pieces.  I know there is one of half finished quilting project.  And I believe enough fabric to make two Christmas kids quilts.  Tomorrow is supposed to be a rainy day.  Perhaps more set up for my sewing area and a deeper foray into my fabric stashes are called for!!!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Love of quilting

I have not done any quilting for some time now.  Since before I moved into this house in November of 2009.  I had put away a fat quarter quilt that I had started cutting up when we decided to put the old house up in August 2009.  I had to pack up all my projects to have the house ready to view and never really set up a new area in this home.  I had sewed some things but really the area was a disaster.

We are cleaning out the basement and organizing our areas now that the playroom has been completed.  I am finally organizing my sewing area that I share with the 5 guinea pigs  :D  I got a 9-cube shelving unit with fabric drawers.  Craig put up a peg board on the wall and I am setting up a second folding table to create a T-shaped sewing desk.

I have a co-worker whose little man turns 1 in August and has invited us all to share with her excitement on his big day.  So what does a crafter do?  Starts planning ANOTHER project!  WOOT WOOT!!!

I start scouring for fabric.  Immediately come across the center piece fabric and enlist my co-workers for opinions on coordinating fabric choices.  Order it and got it over the weekend.

Last night I started cutting the three fabrics.  Cut out the squares for the main fabric. Pieced the coordinating fabrics that I had cut into 16- 2 1/2 stripes and cut out the 31-6 1/2'' rectangles and the 40- 2 1/2'' rectangles.   Then it was bedtime!  Well, after I check out how it will all look together.  Then it was REALLY bedtime.


This morning I sewed the 40 pieces together into the alternating squares and sewed two rows together.  Very pleased. 


I had forgotten how much I loved doing this.  The sewing....the cutting....the ironing....the final piece assembling itself.

So while cleaning the basement over Memorial Day Weekend, I came across two quilting projects that had been bagged up and put away.  One project has been put on hold of over 4 years!  So I took it to work today to see if I can salvage the project and was astounded to see how close I actually was to completion!



All the squares had been pieced together!  I even had one row sewn together.  The fabric had been in a closed bag,  I even have the border and backing that I had purchased for it.  Just needs to be sewn all together and then I will throw it in the wash before adding the batting and hand-tying the quilt.  Just to get any musty smells out and to iron over 4 years of wrinkles. 


BORDER

BACKING-actually sad that I do not have more of this instead of the border
  Might as well finish it up and put it up online at my Etsy store.  Then perhaps complete the fat quarter quilt that is half started.  Waste not....want not.....

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tandem Bike Riding Continued......

So, Memorial Day weekend was another couple of successful bike rides!!!

Saturday, we rode around the neighborhood before lunch.  It was so warm.  Amanda had a blast.  She did lots of pedaling with Daddy.

Monday, we went to the Blackstone River Bike Path.  We rode 5 miles.  2.5 each way.  Amanda was nervous at first because she did not recognize the area.  But soon as we pedaled over the river and along the waterway, I could hear "WHEEEEE" and "Daddy, go FASTER!!!!!"

She was so happy.  It was great.  This was what we wanted to do as a family.  Amanda's autism and sensory delays threatened to not allow us to do this.  But the WeeRide Pro-Pilot allowed us to be able to do this.

So if you have a child with Autism or any other disability that interfers with them being able to ride a bike with you, please consider this.  It has added to our family.  Amanda is enjoying bike riding.  Looks forward to getting on the bike.  And wants to go faster!!!!!

I have already ordered the secondary hitch for my bike to make for easy changes and a new seat post that I can attach it to easily without crushing the suspension.  Hopefully, she will adjust  to me on the front!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WeeRide Pro-Pilot update



I sent an email Monday and got a response today to call the company directly with an 800-number. 

Ordered an additional hitch for my bike for 20.00 and then 4.95 for shipping.  It is being shipped today or tomorrow.

I will just need to take the basket attachment off my bike and replace the seat pin.  The seat may need to be raised a little too.

My Schwinn Discover Hybrid

Of course, biking with Pro-Pilot and Amanda on the end will greatly increase the workout and the soreness for the next few days :D

This way, she can ride behind Craig part of the time and with an easy switch of a linch pin, we can put her behind my bike.  Then both of us can ride with Tessa ahead.

Cannot wait for the hitch to arrive!!!!!!!  Now to get myself a basket for the front for juices and water for the family.  Yay us!!!!



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

On a bicycle now built for two....

Saturday morning, Amanda's tandem bike attachment arrived!!!  She was very excited and ran out to see the Fedex man.

That afternoon, Daddy put the bike together.

Watching Daddy read the instructions

And they were off for a brief test ride.  She was very nervous.


She did not pedal at all.  Just hung on for dear life!  But they went around the block.

Not so keen on the hill and turn.

But it was a successful test. 

And Sunday, late morning, we arrived at Rocky Point Walking Path.


Getting set to go.....
 And then they were off.  She yelled at him all the way down to stop.  He would stop and allow her to settle and then start off again....This repeated a few times until he just kept going.

She hung on tightly, very nervous until they went around one corner and I heard "WHEEEEEEEEE" from an excited little girl.

Tessa and I followed until we caught up with them.  Rode until the end and turned around.

Her bike gathered lots of attention from walkers and fellow bike riders.

Stopping to show off the bike

Starting back again
On the ride back, I rode behind them and coaxed Amanda to start pedaling.  She needed to be reminded to switch legs.  First she was just moving her legs forward and back.  So I rode behind yelling "LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT! RIGHT!!" until she remembered what to do.  Then I just told her what a great job she was doing.

Craig offered to stop and let her play at the beach and she did not want to stop.  So we raced up the hill to the start.

All in all, it was a great first bike ride as a family.  She knew she was safe.  Hills are still not her favorite.  We have to get another hitch attachment for my bike and remove the basket holder so it can fit.  But for now, she is comfortable behind Daddy.  Amanda will be able to learn to deal with the sensory input of riding a bike and learn to control her balance.

So, for your littles, who for whatever reason, cannot ride unassisted, this is a great alternative.  You know they will be safe and able to keep up with the family. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bike riding with Autism

Tessa learned to ride her bike without training wheels last fall.  She has been wanting to go bike riding with both Craig and I for ages.  Now that the warm weather has come and both Mommy and Daddy have new bikes, the poor girl is so excited to go.

Amanda, on the other hand, cannot ride a bike unassisted.  Even with training wheels.  She is distracted by the world.  The multiple sensory inputs of the wind in her face, sun in her eyes, having to pedal the bike, steer the bike all while trying to pay attention to where she is going and the world around her.

We toyed with a few ideas.  One was a tricycle but finding a tricycle in her size is difficult without spending a great deal of money.  The adaptive tricycles are extremely cost-prohibitive.

I scoured Amazon.com and came across this:

Bike USA Junior Stabilizer Wheel Kit
Those wheels attach to a 20'' BMX Bike Frame.  I started doing research on the type of bike.  Went to lots of bike stores looking at bikes to see which ones could have this attached and still be a pretty princess bike for our Ms Panda.  Asked many associates on their thoughts.  Showed it to Amanda to get her opinion.  I thought it was a great option.

Last Saturday, we took turns trying Amanda on Tessa's old bike with the regular training wheels.  She was so anxious and scared.  We both were cramped and sore from holding onto the bike, hunched over.  Reminding her to pedal.  Trying to get her to steer.  Watching her as she watched her shadow on the ground.  I realized that this was going to be too much for her right now.

But we are not ready to leave her behind.  And her sister needs to bike with both parents too.  And she is too big to ride in those trailer attachments or seats.

So back to research mode.  And I found this:

Tandem Bike Attachment
 The attachment will fit both Craig's mountain bike and my hybrid.  She has the option of either pedalling or not.   She just needs to sit and hold on.  This way, she can join us biking and slowly gain her confidence and learn to deal with all the sensory inputs of bike riding.

I bought it last night and paid 9.00 to have it shipped for Saturday delivery.  Will post pictures and let you know how it worked out.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Knitting beyond my comfort continued....

Yesterday, I blogged about my attempt to knit beyond my comfort zone by knitting a lovely sweater seen here:


Zoe Sweater
It is a top-down knitting pattern with lace work and cables, both of which I have never done.  I have knitted a ballet sweater for my daughter that required seed stitching at the edge and the rest was knitted in stockinette stitch and seamed together.  I knitted it in 5 pieces, two arms, the left and right side slanted front and then the back.  It was cute.  But this is one piece with picking up stitches to complete.

The new techniques that I would be learning would be lace work, cable stitch, casting on in the middle of the work, picking up stitches and binding off in purl stitch.  WHEW!!!  Wow, that is a lot when I write it out!!!  Thank goodness for YouTube videos!!!

I posted that I was not convinced that the pattern emerging looked right, but that I was not giving in and frogging it.  That I was going to believe and follow the pattern. 

I looked and looked at my emerging work.  I looked and looked at the pattern picture.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.

LIGHTBULB MOMENT


It is upside down!!!!  Turn it around and I am in a happy place.
I continued with my stitching, confident in my pattern.

Then tonight, I realize that it cannot be that way as this is a TOP DOWN pattern.  Stress.

It has to be this way.....see the markers where I would slip the cap sleeves off....


It could be the rolling of the stockinette stitch that is throwing off my perception of the project.

Sigh................

Just when I thought I was working this right.  I have only 5 more rows until I slip the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn.  Then, perhaps, I shall see this more clearly.




"In your pattern, believe, my young padawan." Yoda, as a knitting instructor, says in my head.

"Yes, Master Yoda."





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Knitting beyond your comfort zone

As I have previously mentioned, I am better at crochet than knitting.  But I know that my knitting skills are never going to improve unless I start knitting projects outside my comfort zone.  I have baby hats on DPNs under control now and felt it was time to push my boundaries.

I saw this sweater this weekend and feel in LOVE with it!!!

Zoe Cardigan

I have never done lace work or cables but I decided to give it a whirl and bought the pattern.  I LOVE instant downloads :D

Grab myself a longer size 6 circular needle and some lovely silk bamboo yarn and off I went!!!!

Here is where I was at yesterday:


Not completely convinced that the cast on stitches at the end are correct....


 Today, I am here:



Still not convinced it is correct.....

I shall keep trying to see how this plans out.  I am not giving up and frogging yet.  The lace work and the cables are coming out beautifully and I am in love with the yarn.  If I am able to pull it off, this shall be a gorgeous sweater with a nice drape.  So I shall endeavor to carry on believing in the pattern and my pattern reading skills, which luckily, are pretty good as the pattern has left out a step or two so far.

Wish me luck and check back in for my progress!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Placement meetings and IEPs


Nothing makes a parent of a special needs child panic and sweat like getting home the annual meeting notices.  It is May and for us, it is THAT time of year again.

So at the beginning of May, I got home the notice for Amanda's placement meeting where I would meet with a room full of professionals, all of whom had already decided Amanda's placement for next year should be.  All this prior to writing her IEP.  Amanda's IEP expires at the end of June, technically.  And placement for 2nd grade needed to be made.

Oh God....oh God.....the nerves.  This year has been so difficult for her.  And the last few weeks, she has had to be removed from the classroom for tantrums.  Even with a one-to-one aide, she has struggled.

Where would they ship my baby off to?  She was so excited to be able to attend the same school as her sister this year.  She had to attend a different school for Kindergarten.  She would be heartbroken to have to move.  But honestly, if the school did recommend it, I would have to go with it.  This school has been incredible in trying to understand Amanda and teach her. 

What if they recommended retention?  Would I be able to hold back Amanda?  Her handwriting is difficult.  The thought of her handling the Math Minute quizzes and other things Tessa has done this year is something I could not even imagine her doing.  The anxiety of doing as many math problems as possible in a minute would put her over the edge.  But she is smart.  She knows her stuff.  But again, if the school recommended it, I would go with their recommendations.

So this morning, I head off to the school after a not so lovely night of sleeping....Wait in the office with butterflies doing mach 1 flight testing in my stomach.  I head down with Mrs M, Amanda's teacher, to a room filled with people.  There is the school psychologist, Speech therapist, school Social worker, school's special educator, the principal and Mrs M.

So Mrs M started talking about Amanda's year and how even with everything that they have done, with in itself is impressive, Amanda still requires more support.  That she has made great improvement and belongs in 2nd grade and that she feels that she does belong in a regular classroom, she just needs that much more support.

Drum roll please.....Here is comes.....

Ms D, the principal, says that she has created a classroom that is a partial self-contained.  It will have a special education teacher and an aide.  It is like a home room set-up.  That the goal is to have Amanda in the regular classroom as much as possible.  But this room would be there if she needed pullouts to help with academics or breaks, rather than a desk in the hall for one-to-one work if the aide was at lunch.  A safe room when she cannot control herself or needs self-regulating time with a weighted blanket or beanbag chair.  A place to present new materials and give her time to learn it such as with the Math Minutes etc.  This way, she will maintain the relationships that she has built in the school and still be safe and meet her educational needs.

I started to tear up.  I cried in the meeting.  Here is a school doing everything in its power to keep my baby there.  Most schools would have welcomed the opportunity to say "She needs these accommodations and it is available at THIS district school."  Not this school.  The principal went toe to toe and pushed for this classroom so that the students who needed more support did not have to be placed elsewhere.  A school that in only its second year of inclusion is doing EVERY in their power to keep THEIR students there.  This is a principal who cares deeply about her students.

I remember when I wanted Amanda to attend Kindergarten there.  This team strongly suggested where she ended up.  Ms D walked me to the office and I will never forget these words, "No matter what Kindergarten she attends, she comes back here.  She is OUR student."  Imagine what those words mean to a parent?  Someone WANTS your child.  Not something we experience often.

So Amanda will be placed in a classroom created for her and a handful of other students that this school wants to keep there but need more support.  Right now, there are about three 2nd graders, one 1st grader and one third grader.  No one older than 3rd grade.   Mrs M said that the group of 1st graders that Amanda and the other two have been with have been compassionate and learning themselves.  They also do not want the typical children to lose that by taking those who need more support away.

I was blown away today by my daughter's school, teachers and principal.  I walked away wanting to have flowers delivered to the school.

Not every day will be easy.  But today was a good day and I walked outside and set those butterflies free to fly where ever their hearts desired.............


Friday, May 11, 2012

Ode to a good night's sleep.....

Amanda slept through the night last night. Third night in a row!  And for our Panda, that is huge.
Craig had to wake her each morning.

Last night I tucked her into bed and pulled up her weighted blanket.  She cuddled down up the blanket and looked up and said, "Thank you so much Mommy for making my new blanket.  I love it."

There is nothing more rewarding than that.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A weighty subject-part 2


 I finished Amanda's weighted blanket Tuesday night. 

She was already in bed when I finished.  I had to run a 1/4 seam around to close in the ends and tidy up the blanket.

She was still up at 10pm so I brought it up to her room and placed it on her bed.  She was very happy.  She has either a head cold or allergies right now and was pretty miserable trying to sleep. 

Checked on her about 20 minutes later and she was out!  And she stayed in her room all night and woke up in a good mood, except for having to scrub dried snot off her face.

So on THAT note, here are the pictures of the finished product.

All tidied up with strings cut


On top of her bed in the morning





Tonight, Craig drove out and got her some allergy meds to help with the stuffiness.  She could barely eat dinner because she was so stuffy.  About an hour later, off to bed she goes.  Snuggles down under her new blanket.  8:40 rolls around and miracles amaze us.....she is not moving around in her room.

9:30, I go and check on her.  She is OUT.  Sleeping peacefully.  IN. THE. DARK!  She had turned off her lamp!!!  Amanda has slept with a lamp on for over a year now due to anxiety and nightmares.  

She turned it off and went to sleep!

Whether it was the allergy meds, the blanket, or a combination of both, I will certainly take it!!!!  She was relaxed enough to turn off her light and go to sleep!!!

Sleep well, little Panda-girl.  Sleep well.