a little v-day gift for my little girl. a quilted heart. to hang in her new bedroom. to remind her how much i love her. and always will.
i fell in love with carrie's heart the minute i saw it. i managed to sneak in a bit of sewing yesterday to get this done in time for today. valentine's day. i had never paper pieced anything before. and i learned that you have to add seam allowances to the pieces. well. i just improvised instead. just cut out a bit heart. and drew lines similar to carrie's lines. and started sewing. then i fixed everything i sewed. and it turned out perfectly. i think. (if you want to make one. you can get her free pattern here.)
it would be great to make a new one every year for her. and it would be great to stitch a message on the back of each heart. then she would have a little collection. i think i might be onto something here.
(h-kun didn't get a handmade heart. instead he got some chocolate. some delicious german organic chocolate. and he was happy.)
i'm not going to lie to you. the last week has been rough. ROUGH. but sometimes all you need to get you through are some chats with good friends. smiles from the little one. and some gluten free pancakes.
baby girl. i can't believe you are two months old. my gosh. i feel like you have been here. part of us. part of our family. for much longer. and how you have changed. in two months. you and i have come a long way. and that is a good thing. we are definitely falling into our new normal. and i am liking it. i am really looking forward to month three. yay.
// you and i watched your first movie together // you discovered your tongue and stick it in and out constantly // you started using soother when you go to sleep // you moved up to size 1 diapers // i love how you get up on your kittle elbows while falling asleep on my shoulder // you love your papa and you love staring at him // he reads you japanese stories // you are getting longer // you outgrew a few of your sleepers // you have a strong neck // your papa has some great tricks to get rid of your gas // you are my sunshine // you are indifferent to your sleep sheep // you like your bjorn chair more and more // you sometimes still pee when you get changed // everybody says you are a beauty // i agree // you blew out your diaper for the first time // you enjoy dancing with your papa // he sings japanese kids songs to you // you like the clicking of the camera when i take photos of you // you prefer bathing with me than in the baby tub // you have the best baby smell // you went shopping for the very first time with grandma // you sometimes hold my thumb while eating // you grab at your face when you are frustrated // you are getting chubby cheeks // we call you our chubby monkey // we cheer when you have big burps // you ate a restaurant for the first time // you grab my hair // we call you anika strong neck // or monkey bum but you prefer monkey pants // you are so cute when you hold your soother in // you went to starbucks with us for the first time //you got fat wrist wrinkles // you had your six week check up // you are the only one who likes my singing // you like singing the hokey pokey and you love the actions // you have developed little talking noises // you have hairy ears // you have long, pretty eyelashes // you sometims have bedhead // you love your toy mr. jangles // you have a little yelp // you look up at the ceiling constantly // you mimic us sticking out our tongue // you smile more and more // you are becoming more interactive // you love sleeping on us // you need to be swaddled // you like your activity mat // you often forget that's there's more milk // you almost need a hair cut // you met your cousins judah and evangeline // you don't like tummy time so much // you discovered how to suck your thumb // but you rarely do // you recognize my voice // you follow your dad and i with your eyes // you have a new sounds that sounds like you are saying 'hi' // you hit your toys while on your activity mat // you went for some walks in the park and along river // you were snug in your brown bunting bag // we call you kuma-chan // you've got dimples instead of knuckles // your legs are chubby // and your arms are getting chubby // and you have a chubby chin // you like your black and white cards // your aunt julie sings to you // you love talking with grandma // we moved to new place but you still sleep with your me // your dad is good at putting you to sleep //
this internet stuff. and the people i meet. is overwhelming at times. some people in my life don't get it. and that is because they have never expereienced the connections you can make over the world wide web. and how those connections can turn into friendships. sincere ones. filled with many commonalities.
i have a handful of good friends. great friends. that i have met in person. all because of this little blog. i've met them in japan. in calgary. in toronto. in vancouver. and in victoria. and i get to meet another new friend this weekend. right here in calgary. yay! (hi ali.)
well. one of my dearest friends lives in denmark. (hi ruut.) we were lucky enough to meet up in japan a few years ago when she was there on a holiday. we had arranged a little swap recently. because i love most things danish. and everything she creates. my gosh. i got the parcel last week. and was blown away. totally overwhelmed by her talent. and her generosity. handknit treasures. sewn goodies. fabric treats. the best little sleeper. and some hand-me-down onesies from her baby girl. i am in love with everything she sent. for sure. but the hand-me-downs are extra special. (ani-chan is wearing one in the photo above.) because everytime she wears one of them we will be constantly thinking of little keina-chan. who definitely needs a few little prayers these days.
i love you, internet. for introducing me to my blog friends.
i'm leslie. and i lived in japan. with my japanese fella. and i was so happy about that. i am now back in canada. after four and a half years away. i am learning to love this place all over again. h-kun will join me in the fall. which i am very excited about.
thanks for stopping by. and taking time to look around. and interact with me. please do not copy anything from this blog without emailing me first. thanks.