Archive for January, 2009

25 Things About Me

  1. I wish I started having children earlier.
  2. One of my favorite books is Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
  3. Angelina Jolie is my favorite actress (and I’m not embarrassed to admit it).
  4. I wish my mom had taught me to sew when I was a kid.
  5. My first job was as a file clerk at an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
  6. When I was young, the books that made a big impression on me were The Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
  7. Hard to believe now, but I was a cheerleader for 3 years.
  8. I met my husband in high school. We finally married 13 years later.
  9. I attended 8 colleges and universities before getting my degree (including community colleges and 4-weeks of “study abroad”).
  10. Needless to say, I’ll probably be paying down my student loans for a very long time.
  11. I finally got a degree in Graphic Design.
  12. I am considered a small business owner (even though the only employees have been my husband and I).
  13. I love to garden.
  14. I love to take photographs.
  15. I love visiting other countries. Actually this would be my #1 favorite.
  16. I like girlie music: Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morrissette, Avril Lavigne. Maybe I have a thing for Canadians?
  17. In my next life, I would like to be a successful architect… or writer.
  18. A few of my favorite architects are Michelle Kaufman, Richard Neutra, and of course, Frank Lloyd Wright.
  19. Whenever I order a sundae from a fast food place I ask for half hot fudge, half caramel.
  20. I taught snowboarding for 2 years.
  21. It was 1998 when I knew someday I’d have a little girl named Autumn. Here she is, 10 years later, although Autumn turns out to be her middle name, and not her first.
  22. I like shoes, but I mostly tend to wear Danskos or flip-flops.
  23. I really enjoy eating out at new restaurants.
  24. I really like modern design.
  25. Today is my birthday.

2009 “Green” Desk Calendar Giveaway


A sample view showing the different flower and plant images, and the plastic display holder.

I have (3) beautiful 2009 desk calendars to give away. Each has been printed by BB Print Source using 100% clean wind generated electricity, vegetable-based inks, and 100% post consumer recycled card stock. To participate, continue reading…

Obviously my life changed has changed dramatically since Chloe’s birth and it is no surprise that she is all I want to write about now. That said, I’ve been thinking about starting another blog, more geared to the mother I am now, including my thoughts on raising a child and my experiences with baby products. I hope to post about other things too, but I feel like now is a good time to start fresh somewhere else.

I’m also trying to think of possible web site names. Sadly, Paperseed.com is already taken. My favorite alternate so far is Paperseed Baby, but I’m afraid both Chloe and I will out grow it in a couple years. I also like Paperseed Blog, but I feel like specifically calling it a blog might be limiting, too. Other possibilities might be Paperseed Kid, Paperseed Ink, etc.

For a chance to win a calendar, I’d appreciate any comment with your thoughts on the new (possible) blog, your choice/suggestion for a new web site name, or anything else you feel like saying. I’ll use the generator at random.org to pick the winners early next week. Thanks and good luck!

Chloe’s first play date


Chloe defending her toys from the “big” kids – Just kidding!

Chloe had her first play date today with baby Ava and baby Lorenzo. Both are about 9 months old. It was striking to see how different they are from Chloe – so interactive and alert, with the beginnings of their own little personalties and character. Chloe pretty much just watched as the “older” babies enjoyed toys, made vocal sounds, and moved around on the floor. I tried to take photos, but all I got on camera were blurs. I’ve never been good at photographing people, but I have a feeling I’m going to be getting a lot of practice.

More Handmade Burp Cloths

Finally finished these burp cloths today. Actually, it took me several days over the course of two weeks just to make three. I did each step a bit at a time, whenever there was a spare moment between caring for baby and everything else. Most new mothers would have probably made these types of things while they were pregnant. However, I didn’t want to do too much, for fear I might jinx myself. From this nice tutorial.

P.S. I hate to say this, but don’t buy the organic Gerber diapers to make these burp cloths. They wash up really wrinkled and feel more like gauze than sturdy cotton fabric. Plus they’re more expensive.

Wooden Vespa

Um, wow. I wish I was riding around town in this.

Inauguration Day 2009

I think it is true what they say – that I’ll always remember where I was and who I was with the morning Barack Obama got sworn in as President of the United States. I guess it is no surprise that I was at home with Chloe. She must have felt the importance of the day, too, because she was all kinds of lively. Here are just a few of her facial expressions that captured my heart.

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Shot

Chloe got her first set of shots at the pediatrician’s this morning. Six vaccines in three shots and one oral dose. I can write here that is was a terrible moment for both of us, but there simply aren’t words enough to express how my tiny baby screamed in pain, her face heartbreakingly red, her little body clenched and gasping against shot after shot after shot. It was bad enough to helplessly watch a strange nurse hurt my child, but I was asked to help by holding down Chloe’s little arms, too. Thank God the succession was over quickly. I felt so distraught and exhausted afterwards, crooning and rocking and comforting as best I could. I had to keep reminding myself that this was for her own good, to protect her and keep her healthy. I’m so glad it’s over, and that there are two months to steel myself before the next set in March.