11.10.2014

Diary of Wade: 11 months

Hi guys! Sorry I'm a few days late - day light savings really messed us up around here. One day I went down for a nap at 3:30 pm and kept right on sleeping through the night. But I think we're almost back on schedule.

Only one more month until I'm the big O-N-E! I've been busy trying to pack as much in as I can before the big day. I've been exploring, standing, crawling. I still love lids and bowls and plates - and now I really like stacking things on top of my lids/bowls/plates and then trying to make them spin.

crawling to mom 1 crawling to mom 2 crawling to mom 3 crawling to mom 4 crawling to mom 5 crawling to mom 6 crawling to mom 7 crawling to mom 8 crawling to mom 9

I like helping dad play games on his phone, sometimes I make a move, but he doesn't really like that. And I like helping dad throw Stella's ball. It's so much fun to watch her chase it! Sometimes I chase after the ball with her.

Mom, dad and I jabber together all day. Sometimes we have laugh contests or see who can shriek the loudest. Dad is always saying da-da-da for me to mimic and Mom is always saying ma-ma-ma. I also really like sitting on the couch eating puffed popcorn from their bowl. I feel like such a big kid, and mom thinks it's cute so she lets me put as many pieces in my mouth as I want!

I'm sleeping through the night and trying to convince mom that I only need one nap a day. I make sure to stand in my crib and bounce when she comes in so she see's how cute I am and how not tired I am so she'll let me come out and play.

I really like scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, pears and cut up grapes - but yogurt trumps all.

Next month I'll be a big kid - maybe then I'll get my walking down?!

11.05.2014

Baby gate hack

Ever seen one of these baby gates? 


Of course you have. They're always at yard sales and thrift stores or leaning against the walls of those with small children. Have you ever seen one functioning the way they're supposed to? Nope. So why are they everywhere in such abundance?! Cause they're cheap. The one above is $10 on amazon. And it promises that you don't have to drill holes into your walls. But this thing is full of empty promises. 

I got one for free from a woman moving - we bought the guest room bed from her and she just kept giving me stuff that she didn't want to take. And I wonder why I have so much crap! I also got a bench from her that I'm redoing right now. But I digress. 

I could never make this thing wedge against the wall. Wait no, one time I did. One time. After way too much effort. And it was high enough above my baseboards that Wade could almost fit under. Ummm...that defeats the purpose. And immediately after getting it set up we needed to go downstairs and I had to take it down. Grrr. 

Then I tried just leaning it against the wall and within 5 minutes Wade knocked it over on himself. This thing is supposed to improve the safety in my home. 

So we went to this system: 

wall hooks for the entryway

Ghetto! Not ghetto-fabulous, just ghetto.

Yes, that is a spare baby mattress and one of my dining room chairs. I'd just slide the mattress back and forth. Looks ridiculous, but it worked well. And Wade loved having a chair to stand at cause places to stand are the best!

But part of the minimalism challenge that I'm doing this month is re-purposing stuff. I don't know that it's actually part of the challenge, but I'm making it part. So as I was going through the utility closet I found this leaning against a wall and decided to make it work.

wall hooks for the entryway

I went down to our little local hardware store and got a small piece of 1x2 wood. They had a cut off piece that was the perfect size - so it cost me less than a dollar. We don't have a power saw of any type - which I really need (want) one - but I used our little hand saw and got the job done in about a minute. Each board (stick?) is 18 inches long. Since I knew it was going on the stairs and would lean against the wall a bit, I screwed it on with the front longer than the back. If it were free standing I'd get longer wood and attach it in the middle.

Also - I attached the wood close to either end so I could still extend and contract this fairly easily. I can also loosen the screws a little and fold the wood in so it can still store nicely.

I might still play with the design a bit, but right away Wade went over to it and it didn't fall on him or fall over! And it opens up the hallway really nicely.

And I moved the chair to a less in-the-smack-middle spot so Wade still has a standing post. Cause that's important.