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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Brittany Hamman Photography

I just finished a shoot with Ben for his one year mark. I needed some good shots for his party and I think I got some... Please click on my "Brittany Hamman Photography" link on the lower right side of the screen and tell me which ones are your favorites. I can't choose...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hardwood floors + bare knees = poor Benny

I have been stewing over how to help ben and his knees when he is crawling. I tried rugs and mats, but they don't cover the whole floor. I stumbled upon this cute idea of repurposing old socks into leg cozies. I had a pair left over from the sock creatures I made and cut them to the correct length and added a band at the bottom. I am so excited and can't wait to make more. They take about 10 seconds to complete! Super easy. oh and don't mind bens mood. This is the best photo of the leg cozies.

Friday, August 21, 2009


I am finding way to many cute things on the web not to share with you all.
quiet book here is the template
bird mobile

I found this tutorial on how to make a baby sling. I own a mobi and love it, so those of you who don't have a mobi and want to make a sling here are the instructions.

pacifier holder
magnetic ABC's
baby booties
cute quilt

ok I am done for now...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Last night at young womens a lady brought a book about sock monsters and I fell in love. So today Ben and I went to a thrift store and fourn some interesting socks and I made them into monsters for him. The black and white one is named Poppy, the tall one is Zumba, and the small one is Nugget. I have a few more socks and am on the hunt for more, so I will post the next batch of monsters when they are finished!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Weaning has begun

well, I decided that the month prior to my first born turning one I would start to wean him. That time has come and I am having mixed feelings. Don't get me wrong I am really excited to get a certain part of my anatomy back to normal, I am just worried for Ben. He REALLY loves to nurse. It is comfort for him, and I know it will be so hard to take his "lovey" away (a lovey is like a teddy bear or blanket that they use at nap time or when they need comfort). I am supposed to introduce a new one, but am having difficulty choosing one of those too. He will probably be carrying around for quite a while, so I have to choose something acceptable to be seen in public.

Yesterday was the official starting day. I have a weekly schedule where I slowly take away each feeding. He now only has a feeding when he wakes, and then he can't nurse again till after noon. He was really whiny and clingy. He didn't sleep well during his first nap. Then when he could nurse he was so wound up from not having it, he didn't want his second nap.

So this morning I gave him extra cereal for breakfast and another helping for a snack right before his nap, so he is really full. Hopefully he will want to sleep better. We shall see.

What have you all tried with weaning?
What lovey's have your children had?
any tips on the whole process?

Thursday, August 13, 2009


So I found this fabric by Amy butler that I absolutely am in love with. The problem is that is is discontinued. So I found a yard on e-bay, but I had to select the project I would be using it in carefully. I chose to make a cute apron out of it. I would wear this cooking, crafting and sewing. So I have had the fabric and the pattern for a while now, and in one hour I finished it. I am so happy with it and LOVE the lotus fabric that makes up the main part of the apron. it is so comfy and it ties in a bow in the back! I think this would make a great smock for kids, so i am going to downsize it and use it in my new clothing line coming out soon!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sloppy Joe's

This is Ben's first Sloppy Joe. He had so much fun feeding himself!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Four years

Wow! Time sure flies. July 15th Daniel and I celebrated our four year anniversary. We went out to a restaurant called The Bleu Olive. It is Mediterranean and was very yummy! We had hummus for an appetizer and we almost filled up on that. It was so good! Then I got a pasta and Daniel got the sea food medley. It was the perfect portion and so good! Then we went to the play Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. It was awesome and I had such a blast! Thank you honey for a wondeful night! I love you! Thank you mom for watching Ben!

4th of July

I know it is August but I have been so busy with our house that I forgot to post a ton of photos. So For the 4th Ben and I went with my parents and Joe to Baudette, Minnesota. We stayed with Dan's family. We rode up in this tiny truck that had no air conditioning. Ben did really good for what we went through. He slept through most of it. We watched a parade, ate walleye, went shopping, had a boat ride, and spent time with family. The boat ride was adventurous because we had trouble with the moter. We got half way to where we were going and the motor flooded, we were luckily by a marina so we got out and waited for a while. when it finally started we could only go really slow so it took a long time to get back. It was nice though! We had a fun trip and can't wait to take Daniel back next time!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Ben had his 9 month check up last week. He actually turned 10 months right before his appointment. I don't know why they scheduled it that way, but they did!

Height: 27.5 in......25th%tile
weight: 17lbs 4 oz......10th%tile

So he is a little small. I guess he got my short genes poor guy. I hope he grows out of it. He is doing wonderful otherwise. Growing like he is supposed to. He is standing up all by himself, but not walking yet. I just can't believe that he will be one next month. Time flies. I am planning his birthday bash and am so excited to celebrate it in our new home!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I am so excited to post that Ben slept through the night last night! We finally moved our bed into our bedroom and for the first time in Ben's 10 months we didn't sleep in the same room. I also started the cry it out method again. It only took him three days and he doesn't scream, he just whines a little and falls asleep. Then I woke up this morning to find that it was MORNING and not just a few hours later! I really felt like I am well rested and ready for the day! I sure hope he does it again!