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Archive for the day “December 28, 2011”

To Nap or Not Nap

Our little girl has finally fallen asleep in the Moby wrap. After Several attempts, including nursing down in our bed and swaddling and rocking, she is finally out. Just as I was putting her down, Z woke up. So I suggested to M to take him out to play in the snow. So they did.

I was dozing off with her suckling on me and feeling semi-successful. A few minutes later, she detached on her own and I was free to move around and get comfortable. However, as luck would have it, her big brown eyes opened and she gave me a huge smile. Back to square one, my nipples were getting sore so I decided to just swaddle her and put her in the crib.

I let her fuss and cry it out for a for a few minutes and then there was silence. I felt relieved for a moments, but not for long. 5 minutes after I had donned my snow pants, jacket, mitts to go and join the boys, she started crying. Up I went again, to rescue her. This time, I use brought her down and was going to let her stay up. What the heck, says M. Just let her stay up and see what happens.

It is exhausting though, I tell you. I’m so glad she is finally resting because I do want her to get better soon. We’ll see about sleep tonight.


New Business

It’s that time of year again when our business slows down. Every year, it seems that we are faced with a new challenge. Jewelry for us was very slow and we found that we had to drop our price points down a lot. Sock Monkeys needed a push so M started an Operation Sock Monkey Drive and it was a success.

We participated in so many shows this year but about half of them were flops because of poor advertising or wrong neighborhood. One show cost us $150 and we sold less than $50. And another one we sold $6! So we have decided to rethink our crafts.

At every show we notice that food items always sell – regardless of whether other items sell or not. Cupcakes are always popular. So this Valentine’s Day, we are going to be selling sweets.

We are currently working on some ideas for our label and packaging. Most packaged baked good kits make at least a dozen more for quantity. Sometimes you just want to bake a few so you don’t have to eat it all yourself. So we were thinking a mini batch kit.

So far, I have one idea for labels. Here it is. Let us know what you think.


V asleep in my arms

I’ve discovered it is much easier and more convenient to bring her swaddle downstairs because I can swaddle and nurse her to sleep here. All I have to do is take her up and put her in the crib. I never have to leave Z for long unsupervised. Why did I not think of that earlier?

Precious Kids

I told M about this project I’m starting in 2012 and he asked, “why not start now? It’s good practice.” So here is my 1st post for the project.

Violet in the bath, after 5 days of no bath. She was so sick with a cough and cold that there were times in the night when she would only sleep if I held her. Despite her discomfort, she still manages to give us lots of smiles everyday.


Zander in pigtails, eating a baby cucumber and watching NBA highlights in YouTube, and daddy sneaking a kiss. On his cheek.



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