11 months

I feel like this month someone took my baby and streeetched her out. Though she still has plenty of baby chub, she is starting to grow more up than out.

She is all energy and curiosity lately. December was so busy with craft sales and travel that I really needed her to be on her best behavior. And by some miracle, she was.

Of course most of the time she was crab-crawling or cruising around the house getting into trouble. But at least she was in a good mood!

Early in the month her Denver grandparents came to visit and took on the back-breaking job of walking her all over the place.

We had early Christmas with them, which featured these adorable Babiators.

She’s always looking around for someone to engage with. She’s big on clapping and waving when she feels like it.

She learned to shake her head no. But I think it only means no about half the time.

Our house looks like it has been hit by a toy tornado. But most of the time she can be found playing with anything but toys. It’s messy, but I like that she’s trying to learn more about the world around her.

The hair refuses to be tamed.

She still eats pretty much anything we give her, but I don’t think it will be long before she starts getting picky. We’ve also discovered the magic of Cheerios as both a toy and food.

For Christmas we traveled to Minnesota and Wisconsin, where she got to experience a number of firsts:

First bone-chilling cold. It was -13 the morning we left.

First time seeing snow.

And eating it.

She got to hang out with her buddy, Aldo, in Minneapolis.

First sledding with daddy.

We even had a sleigh ride, which was pretty cool.

First pom-pom hat.

First Packer jersey.

And of course, first Christmas.

She and her cousin Grace were pretty darn cute in their matching Christmas pjs.

I know her Wisconsin grandparents really enjoyed the time with her. And Mike and I enjoyed our first overnight trip to Duluth, just the two of us.

We were pretty grateful for a baby who traveled so well.

The plane ride home was full of babies, including maybe 18-month-old twins who screamed most of the flight. Instead of being annoyed, I just felt terrible for the mom. Harper can be a handful, but lately a pretty happy one.

I almost forgot to say that she took a few steps on her own during our trip. She’s not walking yet, but as soon as she decides she’s ready, she’ll just do it. Then we’ll really be in trouble.

One sweet show

I know it’s been a while, but I just felt like I had to say what a great time I had at the Temescal Alley holiday fair. 

It was an especially chilly day for the bay area, so I had cozy items that could appeal to both shoppers and sellers. At one point I looked around and at least 3 people in view were wearing my things. That was a pretty awesome feeling.

I also bought some goodies from vendors around me. This adorable upcycled dress for Harper came from Berit’s Lilla

And I had to get one of Jen Hewett’s screenprinted bags, which I gifted to a friend.

It always feels good to have a successful show, but I also loved being part of the spirit of the indie shops that line the alleys. It kind of reminded me of friends who opened shops in Des Moines’ East Village. Fun people, doing what they love, making an old neighborhood new again. In this case, tiny shops came out of old horse stables and carriage houses. 

My photos don’t do it justice, but it really is a cool place to shop. Maybe one of these days I’ll get to Doughnut Dolly before they sell out. 🙂

Bonus: Now I have a few rope baskets at Walrus, a cute shop full of upcycled household items. 

Goals for 2014

Maybe if I put them here I’ll be more likely to remember them!

It would be pretty hard to top 2013. Unless my only goal was to get more sleep, which would be hard not to do.

I’d like to…

• Think a little more about self care and maybe an occasional ladies night.

• Wean Harper when we’re both ready.

• Get back to a lot of the healthy habits that worked for me before. Firing up the Nutribullet I got for Christmas, for starters. Taking more walks, etc.

• Reorganize my wardrobe (currently a huge mess) so that I have a cute daily uniform that does not include yoga pants. 

• Work on overcoming my fear of flying, which always makes travel so uncomfortable. Our last trip was better. I want to believe this is possible.

• Pursue buying a house. We’ve already gotten started on this one.

• Pay off as much debt as we can. We got a bit derailed in 2013 when we added a third person to our house.

• Find a daycare provider so I can work part-time some days. 

• Plan some more nights out and trips with Mike.

• Have my products available in more local venues. Already making some progress on this one.

• Continue working to simplify my product line to make it more cost-effective with the limited time I have.

• Design new products using super thick wool and my own wool cord. Most excited for this!

And finally, I am going to rework my blog a little. I have to pick a new design because my WordPress theme is no longer supported. With that I think I will pare down posting a little since I have very limited free time anyway. I still want to post recipes, thoughts on motherhood, and information about my business. But instead of double posting all my travel photos here and on Facebook, I think I will just post them there for friends and family. For DIY projects I will continue posting on the Goodsmiths blog. And I’m thinking about pursuing some other freelance work if it fits in the picture. 

I’m sure it’s the same for everyone, but the year you have your first baby sort of knocks you off your foundation and you have to wobble your way back to a steady self. Life with a toddler and a baby business is hard, but it’s good, and it’s a little easier everyday. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014 to all of you!