Happy 1/2 Birthday Chickadee

Someone had a BIG weekend. Not only did we celebrate our risen Savior at Easter, but Chickadee turned SIX months! How are we half way to a year….the way time is flying blows my mind. So let me update on what has been happening this month….

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Dear Baby Girl,

This month has been one of my favorites. You continue to become the most amazing little girl, & I have loved watching your personality develop this month. You are so observant and inquisitive. Scratching different textures has become one of your favorite past times. Any material that makes a sound when you scratch your little fingers against it brings a smile to your face. We made your longest trip to date to Greensboro, NC to visit your great grandmother. It was a 7 hour journey and you had so many secrets to share with Grandmomma when we arrived.

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Baby girl you have become obsessed with your feet. You finally were able to grab and hold on long enough to all out suck on your big toe. We are all impressed. I often carry you around in the Ergo when we go shopping. You definitely prefer riding on my side so you can always see where you are going. Another spot you love hanging out is the exersaucer and jumping up and down & up and down….while grabbing with all the fun that surrounds you! Your first trip to the nursery at church was on March 9th. You did great! We were worried about leaving you for the first time with folks we don’t really know, but I think we (I) was more nervous than you! Speaking of big happenings at church, you were baptized on April 6th. It was a beautiful day with family to celebrate you and promise to lead you to Jesus. You looked beautiful wearing your great great grandfather’s christening gown.

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We introduced you to a world outside of milk this month. You love trying to hold a sippy cup and can almost tilt it enough to take a sip on your own. Food has also been a fun experience. I’ve been “making” your baby food. So far you’ve tried bananas (April 6), avocado (April 16), and pears (April 17). Pears and bananas you are a pretty big fan of….avocado, not so much.

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Another big milestone…..this baby girl can sit up folks. You starting getting close about two weeks ago, but as of April 18 (just one day shy of 6 months) I think we can say you are now seeing the world in a whole new perspective. Now, I can’t say that I would leave you sitting in the living room and run get a glass of water….but you are becoming more sturdy each day! 

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Now I must admit things are going pretty well….however, things aren’t always peachy around here. For example…..8 out of 10 times you ride in your car seat, you have a blow out. Like the we have to change your whole outfit kid. We’ve gotten used to it and now that the weather is warmer I have a new strategy. I put you in with your outfit usually unsnapped and pulled up around your shoulders. That way your outfit at least doesn’t get ruined. It seems to be working pretty well. ALSO, last week you decided you would take 30 minute naps instead of the hour and half ones we had both become accustomed to….praying they get back to normal soon!

It has been an amazing 182 days little lady. You have grown and changed so much in your first 6 months, and we know the next will be the same. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for us :o)

 

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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

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I know what you are thinking and I PROMISE this isn’t your grandma’s meatloaf folks. It is soooo much better! I don’t know why meatloaf always gets such a bad rap. If cooked right it is really an amped up version of a hamburger with a to die for glaze if done right! And here my friends, it is done right, so jot this recipe down and enjoy!

Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1 cup ketchup
  3. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  4. 1 - 1.5 lbs of lean ground beef
  5. 1 cloves of garlic
  6. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  11. 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
  12. 3/4 cup oatmeal
Instructions
  1. 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf/bread pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup ketchup, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl combine beef, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, dry onion soup mix, 3/4 cup oatmeal, and mince in garlic. Combine well. Then add 1/3 of the brown sugar/ketchup mixture
  4. 4. Pour another 1/3 of the brown sugar/ketchup mixture into the bottom of the lined loaf pan
  5. 5. Place meatloaf into the loaf pan.
  6. 6. Top with remaining brown sugar/ketchup mixture
  7. 7. Bake for 1 hour or until the a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees
  8. 8. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing
Adapted from Sweet Peas Kitchen
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This is the perfect meal when hosting friends. Serves plenty and turns out great every time. Even your grandmother would be impressed! It was quite delicious with cream cheese mashed potatoes, biscuits, and veggies.

 

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How to Sew a Baby Sleep Sack

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Does anyone know what happens 14 days from today? If you aren’t sure, let me enlighten you. COLLEGE FOOTBALL kicks and Auburn begins it’s quest for a much better football season. Baby girl has no idea what she is getting into or her parents love/obsession with college football and the Auburn Tigers. After finding out I was pregnant we told some of our family her due date to which my uncle replied, you know that is the Alabama vs. LSU weekend? Yes, we know….we’ll see what we can do :o)

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So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that one of my first projects for little one shows hints of orange and blue! She will be quite small for this season, so I decided an embellished onsie would be the way to go! I’ve seen them called everything from a sleep sack/gown to a baby maxi dress. But for our baby girl it’s her first Auburn cheerleading outfit.  It was pretty simple to put together, so let me share with you how to sew a baby sleep sack.

 Now, what you will need will vary a little based on the size of the onsie you are using. These direction are for a 0-3 months size, so you’ll have to add a little here and there if you are making one for a larger size. (Also if you would like to see the directions in full without pictures you can scroll down to the bottom). 

Supplies: 3/4 – 1 yard of main fabric, 1/4 yard of ruffle fabric, ribbon or elastic, thread, sewing machine, onsie, scissors

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Step 1: Create a pattern using the onsie as a guide. You are going to want to use the width to be about half an inch wider than the width under the arms. I taped two pieces of paper together to trace mine, and I’ve included the measurements so you can see about what size it needs to be. 

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Step 2: Fold your fabric in half and pin your pattern on top. Cut out your fabric. 

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Step 3: I don’t have a picture of this step, but at the top of each piece fold over a 1/4 of an inch and hem.

Step 4: With right sides together stitch each of the long sides from top to about an inch from the bottom. You want to make sure you STOP about an inch from the bottom to leave room for adding the ribbon or elastic.

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Step 5: Now we are going to work with the inch hanging out at the bottom. Fold the bottom up to where the stitching stopped and iron. Now stitch along the top (the frayed part), leaving the little openings on each side. 

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Step 6: Slide the onsie onto the sack bottom. Match up the seams and pin in place.

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Step 7: Stitch the sack onto the onsie. Now this might seem silly, but make sure you open up the bottom of the sack, unbutton the bottom, and slide that onto your sewing machine to reach where to sew. 

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Step 8: Now you can thread the ribbon or elastic through the bottom of the sack/gown. 

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Step 9: Now it’s time to create the ruffle. Measure the length around the top of the sack. The measurement of your fabric will be 4 inches x double the length of the sleep sack. 

Step 10: Fold in half with right sides together and stitch closed. Then turn right side out & iron flat. 

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Step 11: Using a basting stitch (set your sewing machine to the longest stitch and lowest tension) sew  right down the middle. Do not back stitch.

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Step 12: Now create your ruffle by pulling on the bottom thread of your stitch slowly gathering the fabric.

Step 13: Pin the ruffle in place, lining up the center stitch with the stitch line on the onsie. Sew in the same fashion as when you attached the sack.

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Now a few other options….you could definitely get this baby monogrammed! Also if you used a more “flexible” fabric like t-shirt material it might have a little more give and comfort to baby. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m not a professional sewer in any sense of the imagination, but I’ll try my best to help! 

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 Here is a link to a printable PDF of  instructions for how to sew a sleep sack (no pictures).

I can’t wait for football and our baby girl to arrive!! WAR EAGLE everyone. Have a great weekend!

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