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Incredibles Costume Tutorial

2 Nov

Making Halloween costumes is one of my favorite traditions I look forward to every year.  I have to admit I always wait until the last minute (I was making our masks 20 minutes before we left the house this year) but I really do enjoy it.  Anyone can make a family of Incredibles in a few easy steps.  Check out how below!

Materials

Red and black leggings
Black socks or boots
Red t-shirts
Black turtlenecks
Black underwear/bathing suit bottoms
Yellow duct tape
Black, orange & yellow felt
Black elastic
Black foam sheets

For the tops:

Print out an Incredible decal.

Trace the decal onto your black felt and cut out shape.  Next cut out the orange sides, trace on to orange felt and cut out.  Lastly, cut out the yellow “i” and trace onto yellow felt and cut out.  Place all pieces together and attach with hot glue.  If you were very ambitious, you could sew them on.

Take your red t-shirts and attach the decal with either hot glue or again you can sew it on.  Our t-shirts, which I purchased at Michael’s for $2.00 each, were a little big so I sewed them to be extra tight.  We all wore black turtle necks underneath our shirts.

For the bottoms:

I purchased everyone red leggings.  Let’s be real, who has red leggings in the closet?  Not us.  I bought the kids ones at H&M and the adult ones in some random store in our mall.  We all wore black leggings underneath our red ones to create the right look.  Believe it or not, we do all own black leggings!  I wore tall black boots and the boys wore black socks and black shoes.

For the underwear, Adam and I wore bathing suit bottoms and Jayden wore an old pair of leggings that I cut the same size as a pair of his underwear.  He felt more comfortable when I told him they were leggings cut up instead of underwear.

For the belt I had purchased enough orange felt to sew on to our underwear but time was tight so I decide to buy yellow duct tape (they were all out of orange duct tape at A.C. Moore).  I measured our waists and cut two pieces of duct tape to length.  Then I stuck the two pieces together and attached with another piece of duct tape in the back.  I was a little skeptical how it would look but it took a fraction of the time and looked just fine.

For the masks:

I used a template I found online to make our masks.  I traced the template onto black foam sheets and then again on black felt.  I made two small holes and threaded enough elastic through to fit everyone.  Then I hot glued the black felt on top of the foam to hid the elastic and to create a thicker look.

I think that covers it!  I told you it was easy.  If you have any questions, please ask!  I am really not that crafty but I can follow directions very well!

An INCREDIBLE Halloween

2 Nov

If you recall I have a love/dislike relationship with Halloween.  My feelings are still the same but I was excited when Jayden decided he wanted to be Dash 2+ months in advance.  Let’s be honest, an entire family of Incredibles is a little more difficult to put together than a few Pirates.

Jack-Jack and Minnie Mouse

I searched online for The Incredibles costumes.  They were plenty online that ranged from $15-$40.  The problem is Jayden and Adam are tall and thin, therefore they wouldn’t have fit properly.  So it was off to the mall and craft store to see what I could put together.  About $32.00 later we had 1 Mr Incredibles, 1 Elastigirl, 1 Dash and 1 Jack-Jack.

Mr. Incredible

Items Purchased
 
Black Felt – $1.45
Orange Felt – $.58
Yellow Felt – $.29
Black Foam Craze – $.49
Elastic – $1.49
2 Adult Red Leggings – $7.50
2 Kids Leggings – $8.00
3 Red T-Shirts – $6.00
1 Onesie- $4.00
Yellow Duct Tape – $1.97 (50% 0ff)

Total $31.77

Dash

I wanted to stay under $25.00 for all 4 costumes but I couldn’t find any leggings cheap enough.  I am happy with the way the costumes turned out and we all had so much fun playing the role of a superhero!

Want to see how I made each costume?  Check it out here!

My Favorite Newborn Items

21 Mar

I promise this will not become a baby blog but since Jax is now 3 weeks old and I kinda feel like I got the hang of things, I decided I would share a couple of my favorite baby items that I’ve been using this time around.

My absolutely favorite item are flat diapers.  Don’t you remember the old school cloth diapers that our parents wore?  They are amazing and no I am not using them as diapers but rather burp cloths.  Jax is a spitter and frankly I don’t like being covered in spit-up or projectile vomit so these cloths have been a life saver!  I had purchased other burp cloths at Babies R’ Us and I am not a fan of them at all.  They are way to small and don’t soak up the spit up nearly as good as the flat diaper does.

I’ve talked about these before but I am still in love with my aden and anais swaddle blankets.  They are so light and soft.  I also love that they are big so you can really get a good swaddle that lasts.  Not only does Jax love them but Jayden also uses one at night to cuddle with.

I am not sure the brand of my next favorite product but it’s simply a waterproof multipurpose pad.  I use one on the changing table and one in the bassinet.  It is great for catching pee and spit-up.  These is one of those extremely cheap items that makes life a little easier.

Lastly, I know some people think it’s a waste but our bassinet is probably the most multifunctional piece of furniture we own right now.  I put Jax’s cloths, birth cloths and swaddle blankets all underneath the bassinet in the storage area.  It also has wheels so I can easily move it from room to room and to top it off, he absolutely loves it.  He would rather sleep in the bassinet then being held.  So odd, I know!

Here are just a few of my current favorite newborn items.  Ask me again in a couple weeks which ones are my favorite and I am sure I will have a different opinion!

2 weeks and counting…

16 Mar

I can’t believe Jax is already 2 weeks old.  I swear it seems like we just left the hospital!  He had his 2 week old check-up yesterday and all went well.  I brought out Jayden’s “Bluebook” yesterday to see how differently the boys measured up as:

Jayden

Birth Weight: 7 lb 13 oz

2 Week Weight: 8 lb 5 oz

Birth Height: 22 in

2 Week Height: 22 1/4 in

Jaxon

Birth Weight: 8 lb 5 oz

2 Week Weight: 9 lb 10 oz

Birth Height: 22 in

2 Week Height: 22 1/2 in

The doctor was happy to give us a clean bill of health and so were we; all praise to God!

Below is a picture of Jayden at 3 weeks and Jax at 2 weeks.  Although the pictures may not do it justice, it is absolutely unreal how much the two look alike.  I can’t look at Jax without seeing Jayden.  Those Harrington genes are pretty strong!

Introducing Jaxon Carl Harrington

13 Mar

Baby Jax's 1st Photo

It’s been ages since I last posted but this time I actually have a reasonable excuse… Baby Jax entered this amazing world!  Everyone has a birthing story and here is how mine began:

I was a week past my due date when I headed to the gym to hop on the treadmill with plans of walking until I couldn’t walk anymore.  Before I started I was speaking with another Mom who mentioned acupuncture.  Long story short she said she was a week overdue with both of her children when she made her way to an acupuncturist in town.  She said she was in labor within an hour of leaving both times.  I immediately asked Adam, looked up her phone number and within 30 minutes I was sitting on the table ready for some needles.  Around 9 PM on Tuesday, the contractions began.  Although 20 minutes apart, I was so happy that I was going into labor on my own; with no medical assistance.  It was a long night of contractions every 20 minutes.  By 9 AM they were 8-10 minutes apart and by 2 PM they 5-6 minutes apart.  I headed to the hospital (at the request of my husband and mother-in-law) at 3 PM and I was 4 CM dilated.   At 6 PM my water had broke and by 8:30 PM I was asking for an epidural.  At the time I didn’t think I could handle the pain anymore, however, looking back I honestly think I was just so exhausted from not sleeping the night before that I just wanted to rest and I knew the epidural would allow me to do so.  I was already 8.5 CM dilated by the time the epidural started to work.  I rested for about an hour and before I knew it everyone is telling me it was time to push.  6 pushes later, Baby Boy Harrington (we didn’t decide on a time until the next day) entered the world weighing 8 pounds and 5 ounces.  He measured 22 inches long and had a set of lungs on him that the entire hospital could hear.  He literally cried for the first 3 hours of his life.  I looked at Adam and asked why he was still crying, ha!  But the good news, he slept from  1 AM to 8 AM that night.  Thank goodness because I was absolutely exhausted.  He was a bit fussy in the hospital and even for the first couples days at home but (knock on wood) he is a doll now.  Nursing every 2.5 hours and gaining weight like it’s his job!  Praise God!

So that’s my birthing story!  No dramatics and problems, it was smooth sailing.  After I had Jayden I remember telling Adam I don’t think I could ever do that again but I was wrong; along came Baby Jax!  Thankfully I had a good pregnancy (my husband might tell you differently) and a wonderful birthing experience that I could totally see myself doing it again!

More on how life with two kids is going tomorrow!

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.  1 Samuel 1:27

You Don’t Have a Wipe Warmer?

13 Feb

This post may seem a bit harsh for some and others will understand exactly what I mean.

No I do not have a wipe warmer and I never will.  I also don’t have a bouncy seat that sings and one that vibrates, a table swing and a full-blown-take-up-your-entire-living-room-swing nor do I want one.

I ventured out to Babies R’ Us the other night and was shocked when I saw how many unnecessary baby items they have for sale.  A wipe warmer?  Come on.  A baby monitor with a video camera?  No thank you.  Diaper pails?  I’ll pass on that one too.  Designer crib bedding?  Looks darling but a Chamois Crib Sheet from Pottery Barn and a blanket will do.  I think a lot of times when preparing for a newborn to arrive it is easy to think about what we want as parents rather than what an infant really needs.  So why am I being some laissez faire about the arrival of our newest miracle?  When I packed up Jayden and headed to Croatia I brought the following items:

May 2007

Receiving blankets (Greatest blankets ever invented)!

Burb Clothes

Travel System Stroller

Clothes

1 Rattle, 1 Soft Basketball

Pacifiers

Sleep Positioner

A Hooter Hider

And that’s about it.  Maybe a few other small things here and there but we basically went over with the bare minimum.  Did I assume we would buy things over there, yes but much to our surprise, the only things we bought was a pack n’ play for Jayden to sleep in and a breast pump that was universal.  And to top it off, we were happy as clams!  No complaints and I never wanted or felt I needed to buy anything else!  So for the 2nd time around, we are going with the same approach.  Less is best (and besides I hate clutter)!

If you have any newborn must-haves, please share them!  I’d love to see if I am missing out on something.

5 Years Ago…

8 Feb

…Our baby boy was born!  I can’t believe that my baby is 5 years old today.  Maybe it’s the pregnancy emotions but I have been emotional for well over a week now.  It seems like just yesterday Adam was headed off to Croatia while Jayden was just days old.  I waited patiently for the mailman to arrive everyday to see if he had that magic ticket.  Sure enough, 9 days later the mailman hand delivered Jayden’s passport and said, “Now go and be a family.”  The next day, Jayden, myself and Auntie Jilly were off to be reunited with Adam.  What a wonderful day that was.

I can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am that God has blessed us with such a sweet young boy.  He certainly can turn a frown upside down within a matter of seconds.  Adam and I continue to give thanks everyday for such a happy and healthy child!

I “borrowed” a little interview from my friend, Erin, that she asks her kids when it’s their birthday.  Disclosure: it was an hour past Jayden’s bedtime when I asked him the following questions, so he was getting a bit silly.

Interview with Jayden, Age 5

Favorite book: My Magic Tree House Chapter Books

Favorite movie: Cars 2

Favorite color: Black and White

Favorite food: Mommy’s Crockpot Chicken

Favorite thing to do: Play with my cars

Favorite place to visit: Pepe Mike’s House, Auntie Lizzy’s House

What do you want to be when you grow up? A basketball player, football player, a golfer and a tennis player

What makes you laugh? Daddy

What makes you sad? When I fell off my bed, hit my head and had to get 7 stitches

What is your favorite thing to wear? Dress clothes

What is one place that you have never been that you would like to visit? North Carolina (No idea where this came from.  I didn’t even know he knew about NC – ha)

What is your favorite sports team? The Celtics and the Mavs

Who is your best friend? Greyson, Daddy, Oma and Gramie

What is your favorite restaurant? McDonald’s

What is your favorite snack? Cheez-Its

What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream? Vanilla

 


The Pregnancy… Thus Far

5 Jan

I have yet to blog about my pregnancy but I guess you can say it’s been kinda uneventful (which is a great thing, if you ask me)!  If there was one thing I would tell mothers of 1 it is to not expect pregnancy #2 to be anything like pregnancy #1.  I feel the exactly opposite this time than when I was pregnant with Jayden.  With Jayden I was ill (morning sickness, vomiting, etc.,) just about the entire time and I’ve experienced little to no sickness but major body aches and pains.  Our bodies amaze me.

Here are some random pregnancy questions answered…

When did you find out?  I found out in the middle of July.  At first I thought the heat and 3 straight weeks of basketball camp was tiring me out but come to find it it was a little more than that.

How far along were you?  I was a little over 8 weeks when we first found out.

How far along are you now?  33 weeks and counting!

Due Date: 2/22/12

Did you have any morning sickness?  As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t experience the same amount of morning sickness as I did with Jayden.  It was clock work with him, I knew when I was going to get sick.  I did get sick a few times but nothing too bad.

Have you had any weird cravings?  In the beginning, all I wanted was juicy fruits and now any type of cheese and milkshakes.  I went from eating healthy to not wanting anything healthy.  Boo!

Do you want a boy or girl?  Believe it or not, I always said I wanted 2 boys and then a girl.  But right now, all I pray for is a healthy baby!

Do you have any names picked out?  We honestly have not decided on anything.  It will be what my husband says, “a game time decision.”  However, according to Jayden if it is a boy his name will be Dirk Rondo Harrington.

How much weight have you gained?  TMI!  I gained 63 lbs with Jayden so I am trying to keep it under 50 lbs this time around.  So far I am on track!

How long have you been in maternity clothes for?  Believe it or now, I can still wear some of my non-maternity shirts (the longer style ones, of course).  However, not so much in the pants department.  Thank God for leggings and jeggings!

Anything different from your previous pregnancy/pregnancies?  I mentioned some of this in my introduction but another thing Adam and I both have noticed is how fast this pregnancy is going by.  I honestly feel like we just found out I was pregnant.  I guess that’s what happens when you have another little one to care for!

How random were some of these questions?  Super random but I hope you enjoyed them.  I would upload a belly picture but I wouldn’t want to scare anyone!  For now, if you have any name suggestions please send them to me.  I’d love to read them!

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

4 Jan

May 2011

My dear friend, Maria, passed a blog post onto me and I had to share it with all my readers.  Have a tissue handy; maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones or maybe I am starting to grasp reality since my baby with my 5 years old in a few short weeks.

25 Rules for Mothers of Sons

1. Teach him the words for how he feels.
Your son will scream out of frustration and hide out of embarrassment.  He’ll cry from fear and bite out of excitement.  Let his body move by the emotion, but also explain to him what the emotion is and the appropriate response to that emotion for future reference.  Point out other people who are feeling the same thing and compare how they are showing that emotion.  Talk him through your emotions so that someday when he is grown, he will know the difference between angry and embarrassed; between disappointment and grief.

2. Be a cheerleader for his life.
There is no doubt that you are the loudest person in the stands at his t-ball games.  There is no doubt that he will tell you to “stop, mom” when you sing along to his garage band’s lyrics.  There is no doubt that he will get red-faced when you show his prom date his pictures from boy scouts.  There is no doubt that he is not telling his prom date about your blog where you’ve been bragging about his life from his first time on the potty to the citizenship award he won in ninth grade.  He will tell you to stop.  He will say he’s embarrassed.  But he will know that there is at least one person that is always rooting for him.

3. Teach him how to do laundry.
..And load the dishwasher, and iron a shirt.  He may not always choose to do it.  He may not ever have to do it.  But someday his wife will thank you.

4. Read to him and read with him.
Emilie Buchwald said, “Children become readers on the laps of their parents.”  Offer your son the opportunity to learn new things, believe in pretend places, and imagine bigger possibilities through books.  Let him see you reading…reading the paper, reading novels, reading magazine articles.  Help him understand that writing words down is a way to be present forever.  Writers are the transcribers of history and memories.  They keep a record of how we lived at that time; what we thought was interesting; how we spoke to each other; what was important.  And Readers help preserve and pass along those memories.

5. Encourage him to dance.
Dance, rhythm, and music are cultural universals.  No matter where you go, no matter who you meet – they have some form of the three.  It doesn’t have to be good.  Just encourage your son that when he feels it, it’s perfectly fine to go ahead and bust a move.

6. Make sure he has examples of good men who are powerful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity.
The examples of men with big muscles and a uniform like Batman will surround your son from birth.  But make sure he also knows about men who kick a$s because of their brains (Albert Einstein), and their pen Mark Twain, and their words (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and their determination (Team Hoyt), and their ideas (The Wright Brothers), and their integrity, and fearlessness (Neil Armstrong), and their ability to keep their mouths closed when everyone else is screaming (Jackie Robinson).

7. Make sure he has examples of women who are beautiful because of their brains, their determination, and their integrity.
The examples of traditionally beautiful women (like Daphna Blake) will surround your son from birth.  But make sure he knows about women who are beautiful from the inside out because of their brains (Madame Maria Curie), and their pen (Harper Lee), and their words (Eleanor Roosevelt), and their determination (Anne Sullivan), and their ideas (Oprah Winfrey), and their integrity (Miep Gies), and fearlessness (Ameila Earhart), and their ability to open their mouths and take a stand when everyone else is silent (Aung San Suu Kyi).

8. Be an example of a beautiful woman with brains, determination, and integrity.
You already are all of those things.  If you ever fear that you are somehow incapable of doing anything – remember this:  If you have done any of the following:  a) grew life b) impossibly and inconceivably got it out of your body c) taken care of a newborn d) made a pain go away with a kiss e) taught someone to read f) taught a toddler to eat with a utensil g) cleaned up diarrhea without gagging h) loved a child enough to be willing to give your life for them (regardless if they are your own) or i) found a way to be strong when that child is suffering...you are a superhero.  do not doubt yourself for one second.  Seriously.

9. Teach him to have manners.
Because its nice.  and it will make the world a little better of a place.

10. Give him something to believe in.
Because someday he will be afraid, or nervous, or heartbroken, or lost, or just need you, and you won’t be able to be there.  Give him something to turn to when it feels like he is alone, so that he knows that he will never be alone; never, never, never.

11. Teach him that there are times when you need to be gentle.
Like with babies, and flowers, and animals, and other people’s feelings.

12. Let him ruin his clothes.
Resolve to be cool about dirty and ruined clothes.  You’ll be fighting a losing battle if you get upset every time he ruins another piece of clothing. Don’t waste your energy being angry about something inevitable.  Boys tend to learn by destroying, jumping, spilling, falling, and making impossible messes.  Dirty, ruined clothes are just par for the course.

13. Learn how to throw a football.
Or how to use a hockey stick, or read music, or draw panda bears (or in my case alpacas), or the names of different train engines, or learn to speak Elvish, or recognize the difference between Gryffindor and Slytherin, or the lyrics to his favorite song.  Be in his life, not as an observer but as an active participant.

14. Go outside with him.
Turn off the television, unplug the video games, put your cellphone on the charger, even put your camera away.  Just go outside and follow him around.  Watch his face, explore his world, and let him ask questions.  It’s like magic.

15. Let him lose.
Losing sucks.  Everybody isn’t always a winner.  Even if you want to say, “You’re a winner because you tried,” don’t.  He doesn’t feel like a winner, he feels sad and crappy and disappointed.  And that’s a good thing, because sometimes life also sucks, no matter how hard (as moms) we try to make it not suck for our kids.  This practice will do him good later when he loses again (and again, and again, and again, and again…..)  Instead make sure he understands that – sometimes you win – sometimes you lose.  But that doesn’t mean you ever give up.

16. Give him opportunities to help others.
There is a big difference in giving someone the opportunity to help and forcing someone to help.  Giving the opportunity lights a flame in the heart and once the help is done the flame shines brighter and asks for more opportunities.  Be an example of helping others in your own actions and the way your family helps each other and helps others together. 

17. Remind him that practice makes perfect.
This doesn’t just apply to performance-based activities (like sports and music) but also applies to everything in life.  You become a better writer by writing.  You become a better listener by listening.  You become better speaker by speaking.  Show your son this when he is just young enough to understand (that means from birth, folks – they are making sense of the world as soon as they arrive), practice trick-or-treating at your own front door before the real thing.  Practice how you will walk through airport security before a trip.  Practice how you order your own food from the fast food cashier.  Practice, practice, practice.

18. Answer him when he asks, “Why?”
Answer him, or search for the answer together.  Show him the places to look for the answers (like his dad, or grandparents, or his aunts/uncles, or his books, or valid internet searches).  Pose the question to him so he can begin thinking about answers himself.  Someday, when he needs to ask questions he’s too embarrassed to ask you – he’ll know where to go to find the right answers.

19. Always carry band-aids and wipes on you.
Especially the wipes.

20. Let his dad teach him how to do things.
…Without interrupting about how to do it the ‘right way.’  If you let his dad show and teach and discover with your son while he is growing up, some day down the road (after a short period of your son believing his dad knows nothing), he will come to the realization that his dad knows everything.  You will always be his mother, but in his grown-up man heart and mind, his dad will know the answers.  And this will be how, when your son is too busy with life to call and chat with his mom,  you will stay connected to what is happening in his life.  Because he will call his dad for answers, and his dad will secretly come and ask you.

21. Give him something to release his energy.
Drums, a pen, a punching bag, wide open space, water, a dog.  Give him something to go crazy with – or he will use your stuff.  and then you’ll sorry.

22. Build him forts.
Forts have the ability to make everyday normal stuff into magic.  Throw the couch cushions, a couple blankets, and some clothespins and you can transform your living room into the cave of wonders.  For the rest of his life, he’ll be grateful to know that everyday normal stuff has the potential to be magical.

23. Take him to new places.
Because it will make his brain and his heart open up wider, and the ideas and questions and memories will rush in.

24. Kiss him.
Any mother of sons will tell you that little boys are so loving and sweet.  They can be harsh and wild and destructive during most of the day.  But there are these moments when they are so kind and sensitive and tender.  So much so that it can cause you to look around at the inward, reserved grown men in your life and think, ‘what happens in between that made you lose that?’  Let’s try to stop the cycle by kissing them when they’re loving and kissing them even more when they’re wild.  Kissing them when they’re 2 months and kissing them when they’re 16 years old.  You’re the mom – you can go ahead and kiss him no matter how big he gets – and make sure he knows it.   p.s. (this one is just as important for dad’s too). 

25. Be home base.
You are home to him.  When he learns to walk, he will wobble a few feet away from you and then come back, then wobble away a little farther and then come back.  When he tries something new, he will look for your proud smile.  When he learns to read, he will repeat the same book to you twenty times in a row, because you’re the only one who will listen that many times.  When he plays his sport, he will search for your face in the stands.  When he is sick, he will call you.  When he really messes up, he will call you.  When he is grown and strong and tough and big and he feels like crying, he will come to you; because a man can cry in front of his mother without feeling self-conscious.  Even when he grows up and has a new woman in his life and gets a new home, you are still his mother; home base, the ever constant, like the sun.  Know that in your heart and everything else will fall into place.

Two on Tuesday

28 Dec

…on Wednesday!

I swear there aren’t enough hours in the day.  Or maybe it’s the fact I need at least 10 hours of sleep these days to function all day long.  Either way, my blogging has taken back seat but stay with me.  My hopes to be a better blogger in the new year will happen.

What I’ve learned this week is:

1. 1 gift is just as special as 10.  It all unfolded the Christmas of 2009 when Jayden was just 2 years old.  We had bought him so many gifts; gifts to just unwrap and by the end of the holiday I was an emotional disaster.  It got to the point that Jayden would unwrap a gift and ask, “What’s next?”  He didn’t even look at what he was getting after a while.  I knew something had to change.  So for the past 2 years Adam and I decided we were going to slash the stash and we did.  This year it wasn’t hard because Jayden’s Christmas List consisted of about 5 things; Toms shoes, a baseball helmet, pants, batting gloves and a jersey.  It was so special to see Jayden sit down and really enjoy what he was getting without asking, “What’s next?”

2. Giving is an important lesson for anyone; at all ages.  As I mentioned above, we “slashed the stash” and we also showed Jayden how amazing it feels to give.  Adam allowed him to go to the store and picked out a couple things for me for my stocking.  He picked out a pink hair brush and lemon juice (I love water with lemon – ha).  When I opened those two things up his face was glowing.  He was so proud to give me a gift.  We also did this by adopting a family at church.  Jayden went to the store and picked up gifts for a little boy who according to him, “doesn’t have enough money to buy any gifts.”   It’s the little things at Christmas like giving that will forever make an impact in the heart of a child.