glitter time.

Oct 7, 2008

pumpkin suppliesclaire and i had our little craft time today with tons of glitter and mini pumpkins. i have to say claire wasn’t much help. she just laid back and chilled while i worked away! 🙂 i’m not really sure how successful this project was. by the end my entire kitchen table was covered in glitter (my a/c must have caused some sort of glitter drift) and the pumpkins ended up looking so-so. i need to email jaimee rose and ask her how in the heck you glitter them since it’s nearly impossible to pick them up after you slather them in glue. it gets all smeary and sticky but i tried my best.  here’s the results.

pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin

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for jina.

Oct 7, 2008


our autumn wreath.

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tiny feet
1. a lunch with nostaglia. pb and j sandwich with a side of raw carrots and dip. all i needed was to add one of those little cartons of chocolate milk. hmm, where do you get those from besides lunch ladies?

2. baby dream smiles. claire has the most heart melting smiles in her sleep. gummy ones with dimples and the sound your mouth makes when it’s really big. i can’t wait until she smiles at me like that.

3. wreaths. i have one for every season and it makes me giddy to put up the fall one every october. i wish i had a reason to stare at my front door more!

4. a google chat with my sister in law alex. somehow she makes me feel so supported and cared for just by simple, everyday conversation. i love her.

5. adrian. he got up to feed claire @ 5:30am so i could sleep, got ready for work, and kissed me goodbye saying, “i’ll miss you today.” perfect.
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oh how i adore martha stewart. is there anything she can’t do in the most perfect mary poppins way? one of my biggest dreams is to convince her to be my mentor and start my own hipster homemaker empire. except instead of button down shirts everyday, i’d wear flirty retro dresses from anthropologie and chie mihara heels. a girl can dream, right?

anyway, one of her most genius ideas is glittered pumpkins. jaimee rose over at the az republic has already gone glitter crazy for two years in a row and i am joining the club. i plan on buying a few little pumpkins in white and orange, then head over to michaels to get some of martha’s glitter glue and glitters and having my own little craft day with claire. it will be a nice distraction from her upcoming ct scan, neurosugeon and neurologist appointments on wednesday. plus it will usher in october at our house and i am all about creating an autumn atmosphere in our hot weather. i’ll post pics of the fun tomorrow!

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claire bunnyi thought i’d better give an update of what is going on with claire bear since i’m not sure how much everyone knows. although there is a lot that adrian and i will not know until claire gets bigger and develops over the years. here’s the story so far- claire was born at 35 weeks because i had dangerously low amniotic fluid (i was in the hospital @32 weeks.) she was frank breech, which means her feet were hooked above her shoulders (ouch!) and because of this, we recently discovered she has hip dysplasia. she will most likely need to be in a soft brace for a couple months to correct it, no biggie right? if only that was the only thing she had to overcome! claire was born with a part of her brain missing called the corpus callosum. it basically helps the two sides of the brain communicate. combined with that she has a few cysts in her brain as well. both of these issues separately are usually not too serious but combined raise more of a red flag. her doctors tell us that what they see so far is very promising and baby’s brains adapt so well and make new connections in amazing ways. we are faithful that her brain will continue to grow, repair and develop as we have already witnessed. she may have some delays but we do not have any reason to think they will be significant. claire also has some blockage in her kidneys and they are being closely monitored. her specialists are hopeful that the blockage may clear itself as she grows and since the function is normal right now they do not want to do anything. we are so thankful that her kidneys work and seem to be healing themselves! lastly, claire has serious feeding problems. at the hospital we discovered that she has a weak swallow and aspirates thin liquids. we tried thickening her formula but still had a choking episode so she is fed with a tube that goes from her nose to her stomach right now. we are starting feeding therapy on friday. god is so good that he provided a therapist so quickly for her! the doctors are again confident that the poor swallow is something that will improve over time and will not be permanent. so there you have it. our little miracle. she has already proven she is a fighter and full of strength and wonder.

for you created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. i praise you because i am fearfully and wonderfully made. your works are wonderful, i know that full well.
psalm 139: 13-14

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Oct 5, 2008

just an fyi that we added a photo page on the right sidebar. it links to our flickr account, where you can view the pics in different sizes as well as print some if you want. we finally got a new camera yesterday since ours broke a couple weeks back so look for lots of model shots of claire, she likes to play dress up!

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welcome to our vender family blog! i have been meaning to start something to keep all our family and friends in the loop since baby claire arrived but as many of you know, the transition of new mommyhood along with the many hurdles claire faces have delayed me. adrian and i also plan to use this site as a creative outlet for our little hobbies and interests so don’t be surprised if you see a recipe for cupcakes followed by some nerdy technology find from adrian. just teasing babe! anyway thanks for visiting and i hope you’ll keep coming back!

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