26 March 2013

Some Thoughts and Baby Updates

I don't know why I do it to myself, but I love reading other bloggers' updates about their children. I guess when you feel like they're your friends, you care about their kids, too!

But then sometimes I go into 'panic mode' after reading them, especially if they're anywhere near the same age as Cora. For a lot of milestones, Cora has just been a lot later doing them than other babies. It has never been an issue, and we know she's fine. But I can't help the comparison! Instead of dwelling on what she's not doing, I'm going to focus on all the things she actually does today. I haven't done monthly updates on this blog (I never planned to), so here is just a general update on my little one.

Cora turned 14 months old today! Here is her chair picture from this morning:

I'll be keeping up these pictures monthly until 18 months, then we'll switch to yearly. And we'll also be doing first day/last day of school eventually.

So what has Miss Cora been doing lately?

She says 2 words: "yeah" and "dada". She occasionally babbles "mamamamamaaaaaaaaaaa" which I guess means she is addressing me? It also sometimes sounds like she says "Degas" so I like to ask her "Who's your favorite artist?" trying to get that response. She usually answers, "Yeah." (So much for tryin'!)

She has discovered both her nose and her belly button recently. She sticks her fingers up her nose a lot, and we make her take them out. I love that she has discovered her belly button because it has made diaper changes easier. She just plays with her belly button while laying down. This is much better than when she just wanted to touch her poopy butt.
Loves that belly button!
She sorta took her first 2 steps this past Saturday (Mar. 23) in her great grandmother's kitchen. She hasn't done it since, and she prefers to crawl everywhere. She can walk next to us while only holding one hand, and she laughs when we do it. She has a ton of control over her motions and can go down into a perfect squat and also push herself up into a "downward dog" position.

She can pull up on her ride-on car and push it around. It's pretty obvious from all of this that she knows how to walk, but she's just too stubborn to do it.

She loves playing with the magnets on the refrigerator. And she will let go and stand independently while holding magnets. I don't think she even realizes what she's doing.
Look Ma, no hands!
She sleeps with some toys in her crib, but sometimes has her arms around her stuffed kitty. I named the cat Bianca, even though it's really Marie from The Aristocats (which I've never seen).
She sometimes sleeps with her Mousey, too (no name yet).
Cora goes to bed at 7:30. Our bedtime routine consists of me nursing her in the living room while watching Wheel of Fortune on mute (B can't stand the clapping and that ticking wheel). Then she gets in her pj's an comes back out to the living room where we read a book and then do her bedtime prayer. We do the nighttime joyful prayer from this book and look at the picture on the page.
 "Father, Thank you for the wonderful day. 
Watch over me as I sleep and bless me and all those I love." 
Then we do the sign of the cross. She had been doing the "Amen" part on her own (sometimes just kept clapping), but has since stopped. She then kisses her daddy goodnight, and we go to her room. With the light on, we rock with her over my shoulder and I sing a verse or two of "Amazing Grace." Then I put her in her crib and wind up her musical giraffe that plays "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." I say good night and turn off the light while the giraffe continues to play. Most nights she falls asleep within 15 minutes and never cries at all. She has some toys and board books in her crib to play with, so sometimes I don't actually know when she falls asleep.

For naptimes, we do basically the same as bedtime, except that we don't nurse and we choose a daytime prayer. And Daddy isn't usually here. Some days she takes 2 naps, some days she takes one long (2 hour) nap. And some days she refuses to take the second nap and is a big fussball in the evening, so we move dinner earlier and she goes to bed earlier. She throws her toys and books out of her crib sometimes, too.

She hates wearing socks and takes them off any chance she remembers she's wearing them. We don't put her in shoes much yet, and I would like to just keep her barefoot but our apartment is a bit cold for that. She doesn't like hats or hairbows either. I really think my baby just wants to run around naked.

She loves books, especially an old NMCRS 2012 dayplanner. (The 2013 one has her picture in it!)

She has 10 teeth, including the 2 first molars on the top that sprouted about a month ago.

We started brushing her teeth about once a day (when I remember). I tried to just do it with water, but she resisted. So I broke down and bought the Oral-B toothpaste for babies. She loves it. I hold her on my hip in the bathroom and brush her teeth. She likes looking in the mirror during that, of course. Then I let her brush her own teeth, and we use a plastic shot glass to drink water after. She still makes a mess with the water, but we're getting there.

She eats almost everything we do, and she eats a lot. She eats an entire banana when she has one. Then she'll eat some cheerios and raisins after it and we'll call it breakfast. She gets half a sippy cup of whole milk at lunch time every day, and sometimes cries for more. She ate almost an entire apple whole last week after eating her dinner. B tried to give her a bite-size chunk to eat, but she threw it on the floor and went back to eating the whole apple. We had apple slices the next night, and we found out she will eat those.

We still go to story time at the library at least once a week. We have learned some fun rhymes there that we do later at home too. One of her favorites is Icky Bicky Soda Cracker. She also loves "The Wheels on the Bus" and will do some of the hand motions, including the wipers going "swish swish swish."

I made a book of her first year, and I love it. I ordered 3 copies, so each of her grandmothers could own one.
I made it on Mixbook. If you want to try it out, here is $10 off your first purchase!
Even though she's not walking, Cora seems to get into everything. She can reach the top of the kitchen counters and pull stuff off if I leave it close to the edge. If I'm loading the dishwasher, she comes over and takes the silverware out of the bucket. Including the knives. She always wants to push buttons on my computer, especially the Windows button (it has a picture!), so I can't use my computer when she's awake unless it's at the dining room table, running on battery power. The same is true if I try to use my Kindle or read a book. She always wants in on the action. I now only use those things when she's asleep and play with her or do household tasks while she is awake.

Cora is also a pretty awesome shopping buddy, so running errands just has to be after a nap and a meal, and she's good to go. She's a pretty happy baby, and loves to make noise.

Overall, Cora is a lot of fun. B and I are having an awesome adventure as first-time parents, and our little girl lights up our lives every day!

25 March 2013

Menu Planning Monday: Meatless

This week, I'm going to do our completely meatless meal recap. This is what we ate on Fridays this Lent. (We still have one Friday to go, but I'll be in Georgia and it's supposed to be a 'fasting' day so I'm guessing I'll just eat PBJ.)

Friday #1: Southwest Fettucine
Link to recipe.
Friday #2: Homemade tomato soup, grilled cheese, smoothies (with spinach!). This was completely inspired by this post by Anima Kinsi. Here's the link to the tomato soup recipe. And one for the smoothie recipe.

Friday #3: Macaroni and cheese (from a box) with peas and spinach thrown in for good measure--and to use up a bunch of leftover spinach. More smoothies. (B was out of town for the Reserves, so I let us have a semi-bad night.)

Friday #4: Baked fish (I think it was tilapia?) with a few dashes of Season-All on top. Frozen mixed vegetables on the side.

Friday #5: Church Fish Fry! All-you-can-eat, but we had to wait in line for an hour to get in!

Friday #6: Refried bean burritos. I put B in charge of this day to give myself a night off. I was going to the grocery store the day before, so I asked him what he needed and got it. And that's all I did! (I even went to Target while he and the baby made dinner. He said he used a recipe he found online, but doesn't recall what site.)
This are just some of the leftover burritos.
Linking up today with Menu Plan Monday hosted by The Young Retiree and Taingamala and Lenten Meal Plan Monday by Beth Anne's Best and Tales from Astoria.

Also, proof that my child eats whatever we do:
❤ A baby and her burrito ❤

24 March 2013

What I Wore Sunday (Vol. 14)

Yesterday was a double header with Jesus.

We went to daily mass in the morning because it was being said for B's grandfather that passed away in early February and then we were having brunch with lots of family members afterward. Later in the day, we hit up the vigil mass for Palm Sunday since B is working today (as usual, as usual). I have never in my life seen that many people at a daily mass before. Then again, I haven't been to daily mass at this church before. My uncle says there's usually about 100 people(!), and he said this one was way more. The Saturday one has confession immediately following, so they were out in full force yesterday. This is my first time living somewhere super-Catholic, and it kinda weirds me out sometimes. I should love it, right?

Linking up with FLAP
So this outfit did double-duty, both 8am and 5pm. The dress is new--my first foray into both chambray and shirtdresses--and we were running out the door in the morning so quickly that I didn't have time to figure out accessories. I had a watch on in the morning, but I guess I took it off at some point. If you have a suggestion on how best to accessorize this (long necklaces? scarf? trucker hat?), please leave me some comment love!

Check out that cloth diaper cover!
Dress: Old Navy // Tights: Target //
Boots: I forgot the brand but they're from Shoe Carnival

Also, crosses made out of palms. Are they okay, all you Scrupulous Sallies? I've always thought there wasn't a problem, but the priest said something about respecting your palms since they are blessed and to put them back on the table if you were just gonna throw them out. (He did not specifically say not to do origami with them.)

As for the crosses themselves, I didn't know how to make them until a few years ago when I looked it up on YouTube. Then I forgot about it for next 12ish months and had to look it up again. I was trying my best to remember the steps in the car on the way to church. I failed. I sat there twiddling with it before mass and a little bit during offertory and gave up. Good ole internettin' bailed me out once again after we got home.  [Here's a link to the video I used]

I hope you all have the holiest of Holy Weeks, and get your bums to confession if you haven't already! I'll be on a plane to Georgia on Wednesday to see my side of the family for Easter. Baby's first plane trip!

Speaking of the bambina, I'm pretty sure that yesterday, at 13 months, 3 weeks, and 4 days old, she took her first steps! She sorta walked two steps from me to B's aunt with no help, then sorta fell into her arms. And of course we couldn't get her to do it again. (She is stubborn!) Why can't we ever have milestones that I can truly figure out? (On that note, I *think* her first word was "yeah" but B thinks it was "dada." Those are the only words she knows right now anyway.)

21 March 2013

Cloth Diaper Reviews: All-In-Ones

 We have been using cloth diapers for almost a year now. While we have mostly stuck to tri-folded prefolds and covers using this set-up, I have been adding in all-in-ones (AIOs) and a few pocket-style diapers to see if I liked them.

Today I'm going to review 3 of the AIO's we have used. These are all one-size AIO's, which means they should be able to be worn from newborn(ish--I would say at least 8lbs, really) to potty-training.

I paid for all of these (didn't win any), have been using them all for at least 6 months, and nobody is giving me any incentive to review these. (There is one affiliate link at the bottom for the place I use to buy most of my cloth diapers. I only make money on it if you actually buy something.)

The "too long, didn't read" version is that we didn't like the first one (to the point where I sold it off), like the second, and love the third. Read on for details.

First up: ones&twos AIO (link to website)

ones&twos AIO, shown on Cora at 6 months old, about 15 lbs.
I was really excited about this diaper when we got it. It's pretty affordable, retailing for around $17 at most sites, and it's a one-size (usually 8-10lbs all the way up to 35ish). It can be used with or without the additional soaker piece that comes with it. The booster just tucks into a flap on the front of the inside.

We used it without the extra soaker for a little while. I think it was around the 6-month mark we started using the extra part all the time. Then around 10 months, she was wetting through this diaper every time she wore it. You could visibly see the wetness around the legs and sometimes just in middle front of the crotch area. Wetting through the front is where I draw the line, so I ended up selling it on Craigslist.

  • Stickiest aplix EVER! -- also I find aplix diapers very Grandma/caregiver-friendly
  • Price
  • One size
  • Laundry tabs (I refuse to buy any velcro diaper without them!)
  • Trim
  • Synthetic fiber touches baby's skin (I'm starting to think that my baby just wets too much for synthetics)
  • Leaks out the front
  • Aplix was actually so sticky it was hard to undo with one hand
We were able to use it for a few months, but it definitely didn't make it all the way through. I don't know if I should have 'stripped' it or what. The truth is that my cotton prefolds are so easy to deal with that I don't really know how to handle synthetics.

Overall, I would give the ones&twos AIO 2 stars out of 5. 

HOWEVER, I recently found out that ones&twos sells an additional bamboo soaker that you can stack in there, and that may have a good solution for me. But I haven't missed it too much since selling.

Next up: Bumkins AIO (link to website)

This is the only cloth diaper I haven't bought off the internet. Somebody tipped me off that the Pensacola commissary had started carrying some cloth diapers, so I decided to see what they had. It was these Bumkins AIO's for a fabulous price! I think it was $12.99. Definitely worth trying for that price! I have not seen the price that low online, however. So I guess you need to call up your military friends and send them on a hunt. (Don't call me; we have moved on from the military!)

Bumkins AIO on baby around 6 months and 15 lbs

Bumkins AIO, shown on baby around 12 months and 21 lbs.
(I find it fascinating that the only thing that changed in 6 months here was the rise.)

This diaper is a cotton material on the inside (their website says blended cotton and bamboo rayon) and has a tongue design. The tongue helps the diaper dry quickly (and I always dry everything but my covers in the dryer). The tongue then pushes into the pocket and it has snaps to snap it down.  I kind of think those snaps are unnecessary, and I feel like I should unsnap them when I take it off baby. But that area is usually pretty pee-soaked, so it's not the most fun task. I usually don't pull the tongue part out though, and it often agitates out in the washer (I have a HE top-loader, since I know you're wondering).

Bumkins AIO inside, ready to be put on baby

Bumkins AIO with the tongue flap out. You can see the snaps here next to the fold.
This is how it comes out of the dryer.
I also think they went a little snap-happy with the front snaps. I mean, it's great that it can fit all sizes, but there are 5 snaps on each side to snap when putting the diaper on.

  • PRICE!
  • Truly only one piece
  • One size
  • Adorable prints to choose from (including lots of Dr. Seuss prints)
  • Natural fiber touches baby's bottom
  • Tongue part agitates out in my HE top-loader
  • So. Many. Snaps!
  • Tongue snaps into place, which means I'm touching pee when I unsnap it
  • Sorta hard to stuff when rise isn't all the way up (it's closed on the other end)
  • Why is it leaking??!

Overall, I like this diaper. I usually will not put her in an AIO for night-time, but this one happened on her once for night around 8 months and I was quite impressed! (No leaks!) However, we have had a few side leaks in this one in the past month or so--and actually just had one while I was in the middle of writing this review!--but I don't plan to get rid of it (yet?). I asked in a forum about it, and someone told me that I shouldn't leave her in a diaper for more than 2 hours (the leak was right at the 2-hour mark). Umm, maybe I'm just really spoiled with our trifolded prefolds and covers then! A 14-month-old baby shouldn't need to be changed every 2 hours, in my opinion. Does anyone have any suggestions? I think I just may need to tweak her fit some.

I would give the Bumkins AIO 3.5 out of 5 stars. (It was 4 out of 5 until the leak just happened. Sigh.)

Lastly: GroVia AIO (link to website) (my affiliate link to buy this on Mom's Milk Boutique)

This is one of the first AIO's I bought. I had been considering the Grovia AI2 (all-in-two), but somebody on some forum told me it actually took longer to dry. I wanted to try some AIO's for various reasons any way, and this one went on sale because I think they were retiring the print. The 'sale' was still more than I had paid for a diaper, but so far it has been worth it. These go for about $24 at most retailers.

The GroVia has a 'flap' design to make drying quicker. It comes with an additional snap-in booster that you can use for heavy wetters or night time. It is all organic cotton on the inside. We used it without the additional booster until she got to be about 9 months old. We never had a leak, we just knew she was wetting a lot more heavily so I decided to start using it. This diaper also has side snaps, which took some getting used to.

GroVia AIO on baby at 6 months old and 15 lbs.
GroVia AIO shown on baby at 13.5 months, about 22 lbs.
Closer picture of the side snaps

GroVia AIO with extra soaker snapped in and ready for baby

GroVia AIO unfolded and with extra soaker
Alright, I don't make claims like this usually, but this is my favorite diaper EVER. Seriously. It is so trim, but holds so much! We have never had a leak and have been using it for close to a year now. It dries in the dryer in the same amount of time as the prefolds.

  • Organic cotton touches baby's skin
  • Optional snap-in booster
  • Super trim
  • One size, even if you don't believe it when you put it on your chunky 4-month-old. (Kids slim out a bit.)
  • No stuffing
  • Never had a leak--super absorbent
  • Expensive!
  • Side snaps have a bit of a learning curve and not always Daddy/Grandma-friendly
  • Sometimes leaves some read marks on her legs, but she's never been mad about it or seemed like she was in pain
The GroVia AIO gets a 5 out of 5 from me.

Have you used any of these diapers? What did you think?

18 March 2013

Menu Planning Monday

I have blogged in the past about how I meal plan.  I wrote that over 2 years ago, before we had a kid, but that's still how I do it! The basic premise is that I don't assign meals to actual days. Instead I just have a list of about 7-10 meals that I shop for, and then decide the night before which meat to thaw and what to eat the next day. We don't live near a commissary any more, so my shopping is now done at Aldi, then Meijer, and occasionally Kroger or Wal-Mart.

Linking up with The Young Retiree and Taingamala
One of my newer issues with meal planning is our gym time (or Saturday night church) combined with keeping the baby on schedule. We usually get home from the gym or church a bit after 6, and the baby needs to eat at 6:30 so that she can go to bed at 7:30. It's a bit of a scramble, but we often start giving her food before all of our dinner is ready.  She generally eats what we do, but about 70% of the time our side dish is mixed vegetables (from the freezer aisle), and she loves those. They take less than 10 minutes to make, so that has been our solution lately! (And sometimes I pre-make dinner or use the slow cooker, of course.)

Instead of telling you what we're going to have this week (I need to go grocery shopping and do some planning today and tomorrow), I am instead going to tell you what we had for the past week!

Monday: Pork chops, dipped in an egg wash then breaded with Italian bread crumbs and baked in the oven in a bit of melted butter. Both Betty Crocker and Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks have easy pork chops recipes, if you're starting to think about it!

Tuesday: Leftover pork chops. We have been doing a small faith community for Lent and had to be there at 6:30, so I try to plan leftovers for those nights.

Wednesday: Sausage and pepperoni freezer pizza (DiGiorno--yum!)

Thursday: Chicken roll-ups, served over rice mixed with peas and carrots and topped with cream of chicken soup. I have seen some recipes for these on Pinterest, but they over-complicate it and kill it with extra and unnecessary types of cheese. Mine is just boiled-then-shredded chicken mixed with a little cream cheese (which I'm starting to think might also be optional) and then shoved into crescent rolls and baked. Throwing the cream of chicken soup over the top is what makes these really good, no matter what you put in the rolls. These are a big hit at our house, and one of my personal faves.

Friday: Went to our church's fish fry! That was an adventure, to say the least, but the fish was yummy.

Saturday: Hamburgers and tater tots. We can't own a grill (apartment livin'), so I made the burgers in a cast iron skillet. I even made a small "slider" for the baby.

Sunday: Leftover hamburgers, more tater tots.

Tonight we're having baked fish topped with a bit of melted butter and Season-All. We're going to the gym, and hey, fish is quick and easy!

Side dishes were either frozen mixed veg (I combined the peas and carrots with the rice on Thursday) or a salad. Baby likes croutons =)  Out of the past 7 days, I only really cooked 3 nights, but we only ate out once. That's just the way I like it.

Oh, I forgot to mention dessert! After a self-imposed 2-week ban on eating sweets, I finally tried out the cake pop-making pan that my MIL got for Christmas and let me borrow. Here are a few of the sweet, sweet results:
Chocolate cake on the inside. Yum!

17 March 2013

What I Wore Sunday (Vol. 13)

Nothing like a good easy link-up to pull me out of a blogging funk!

But first off, our new Pope. I love him. By participating in stuff like Fantasy Conclave, Adopt a Cardinal, and other sundry 'guess the Pope/learn about Conclave' fun, I was really interested in Conclave this time around. I really didn't care much when Benedict XVI was elected, even though I was a practicing Catholic. I guess I was just a self-centered, overachieving, and over-busy college student at the time and had trouble seeing the world outside my dorm room walls.

Ah, but on Wednesday I watched with nervous excitement as we waited for the announcement. I will never forget it! I think I was almost in tears by the time he was announced--and I couldn't even understand what was being said. The baby napped through it all, but I took a picture of the TV because, hey, digital cameras are awesome.
Although his name is slightly wrong.
(Not the 1st until there is a 2nd. You have John Paul I to thank for being cocky and sneaking in a I.)
On that note, this makes me laugh:
via Catholic Memes

Okay, now on to the fashion show! I went to mass last night so I didn't feel obligated to wear green. But I did it anyway.

This outfit has another DIY element. That infinity scarf is really just part of one of my husband's old t-shirts that was too big for him. I used this tutorial, but once you read it, you'll see you don't really need much of a tutorial. My only issue is that this shirt was cheapo cotton so it isn't the soft and stretchy kind. I have read some tutorials about brining your shirts for that feel, though, and I might just give it a go with this.

Scarf: old t-shirt // Sweater: Charlotte Rusee // Shirt: Motherhood Maternity (thrifted, and yes, this still looks fab after all the baby weight has been shed--hooray for ruching and I like the longer length) // Pants: Alloy (I should buy more petite-length pants via catalog/internet) // Shoes (black Mary Janes with black socks, seen below): Jellypop via ?? // Probably-too-casual-but-brand-new-watch: Timex Ironman, a gift from my husband who knew I needed a watch to run and swim in! (from Meijer, I think)

I attempted to use the prop of a half-deflated balloon left over from baby's birthday (which was almost 2 months ago), and this was the tragic result:
Awk. Ward.

Linking up with FLAP

08 March 2013

7 Quick Takes (Hoosier Snow Dump Edition)

--- 1 ---
Who is ready for CONCLAVE?!
By this time next week, we might have a new pope!! How exciting is that?

I made a guess on FantasyConclave.com on who the next pope will be. I also got to guess what name he will choose, and I actually think that was fun to guess too! I chose Pius XIII as his name :)
(This is also over on my sidebar for the next week.)

--- 2 ---
I'm starting to wonder what will happen first. Will Baby Cora take her first steps, or will we have a pope? She almost did it this morning at library story time. But then she didn't.

--- 3 ---
I made sangria for the first time!
mad housewife makes yummo sangria
This was on my 101 list. And the name of the wine I chose was . . . not an accident.
--- 4 ---
We got snow-dumped on Tuesday night. Most of the schools were cancelled on Wednesday. I think it's officially the most snow I have ever seen, so of course I had to bundle up the baby and take her out into it. She did okay for a bit, then she proved she really was my daughter by hating it.

--- 5 ---
My husband B had quite the trial leaving for work in the snow on Wednesday morning. His job has to have someone there 24/7 (and no, he doesn't work at Super Wal-Mart), so he obviously wasn't getting the day off. But he was trying to leave at his usual 6am, and the stupid apartment complex snow-plower caused him a lot of grief because he . . . plowed.

Basically, the plow had only done a rough plow of the main apartment street and kicked all the snow to the side, thus creating a 3-foot hill at the area where everyone comes out of their garage (it's kind of like a side street or alley). B tried to scale the 'hill' in his Buick Century and failed. He tried digging himself out with his bare hands, then came in to get some gloves and boxes and who knows what else. (Note: we don't own a shovel. Yet.)  He eventually had to change his clothes before he left since he was all wet.

Then he called me right after he got to work (as I was waking up for real) and told me he was pretty sure he left the garage door open. (He did.)

--- 6 ---
But I do have a very nice husband who cleaned all the snow off my car right after getting home from work that same day. Then the plow finally came to really plow the parking spots, and B told me to run out and move my car. So I ran out in my slippers with no wallet or coat and drove around the block a few times.
She still has Florida plates, and she was not too happy about this white stuff.

--- 7 ---
All of that crazy weather-talk to say this:
I am officially a resident of Indiana now! A Hoosier, as we say here.
Those fingers need lotion like whoa.
I had to pass a 'written' (on the computer) test about driving, and it was actually kind of hard! I got the first question wrong, and Cora was fussing a lot next to me, so I wasn't even sure if I would pass. But I did, and then a week later I got my official license in the mail.  I was still hanging on to my Virginia license before this, and I hadn't lived in that state since 2010. It's nice to have a home again. And be registered to vote where I actually live.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

03 March 2013

What I Wore Sunday (Vol. 12)

I have nothing profound to say today. B is at his Drill Weekend, so it was just the babe and me last night. It involved my first cry room alcove experience (not a fan), so enough said about that. We went out to breakfast this morning with some of B's relatives. That's becoming my little monthly tradition so I'm not stuck just talking to a one-year-old for days on end. They also won't let me pay for my meal, so that's . . . kinda awesome.

Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple once again

Oh, that black thing is a skirt. Here's another view.

Blazer (it's denim, btw): American Eagle // Sweater: Old Navy // Tank top: Mossimo via Target // Skirt: bottom half of a black suit (I think it was from JCPenney?) // Tights: Target // Boots: Bare Traps via DSW

I'm not so sure about the pink tights decision now that I see the pictures. They probably would have been better with taller boots. But the tights matched the little lapel pin on my blazer and my homemade headband!

I made this on my pregnancy-fueled crochet binge over a year ago. Here's the post with more details on that.

And that's all I got today.