I had good intentions. But Miss Hazel Theodora decided to not only drop to one nap a day (!) - three months ago(!)- but to make her one and only nap a 15 minute catnap (!).
When she first dropped to one nap a day at only 10 months old, I assumed it was a (temporary) napping strike. Because I have parented 4 other children and none of them dropped to one nap a day until closer to 15 months old. And yet they have all had several napping strike fake-outs.
Still, if there is one thing I've learned from parenting these five kiddos, it's that every child is different. Well, that and for goodness sake, enjoy them, hold them, and cuddle them, because as the cliche goes, it really does go so fast.
Especially nap time. That part goes really fast! ;)
The 15 minute napping thing has meant that productivity has taken a nose dive around here, especially since we're homeschooling again. Oftentimes I just wave my white flag and save all of our more intense one-on-one tutoring work like math corrections and grammar until after Dan gets home. There are plenty of other things the kids can work on in the meantime. But doing so means I have less time at night and on the weekends, and sewing inevitably gets moved further and further down on the ol' priority list.
Iris is a great little sidekick to have working alongside of us. She likes to mirror what Tia is working on and she is so content and proud to be included. We also give Iris her very own main lesson book for her most beautiful artwork. When we make these things special, if even reverential, by lighting a candle or allowing only one picture to be made in the book each day, it only adds to the excitement.
But Iris also loves her preschool and it's only three mornings a week. It gives her a few hours to burn some energy, work on art projects and have her own little thing, while we try to get as much of our work done as we can. Plus the community there is incredible. Preschool teachers in general are like 300% nicer than the national average (am i right?) and these teachers are even nicer than that!
So Iris will be starting her third week of school wearing a Hanami dress. Or, more specifically, a Hanami dress with pompom trim, side bows, and pockets. I also shortened the bodice by about an inch.
Let me talk about this zipper for a minute. I've had a couple of breakthroughs when it comes to installing invisible zippers. One is to use Wondertape to place them. It holds the zipper perfectly and there is no need to baste it into place. (Always, always be sure that your zipper is not twisted before you install the second side of the zipper, though. I'm speaking from experience here. Ripping zippers is not fun.)
No matching the print along the seam this time, folks. See above paragraphs on napping situation and please, don't judge. :)
Second, after looking at my previous zippers installed with a zipper foot, I realized I could actually stitch even closer to the zipper teeth by using my regular presser foot. You know how you iron the zipper teeth flat before you sew on the zipper? Well, the regular presser foot holds the teeth nice and flat so you can sew right next to the zipper teeth. And it saves you the step of having to change your presser foot- for the win!
Iris was pretty crazy about this horse fabric (Horseback by Sarah Watts for Cotton & Steel). She went so far as to declare the horse as her new favorite animal, booting her previous favorite - the shark - from first place. A surprising turn of events given she confided in me that she loves sharks because they're mean and then bared her teeth. :0
Comparatively, the horse seems downright saccharine.
She also told me she likes wearing this hoodie with a pointed hood because it makes her look like a witch. However, she is equally drawn to 'nice' characters as well, choosing to be Anna over Elsa 100% of the time. The girl has a vivid imagination.
Even Anna needs to hide out in the pantry once in awhile.
Iris' middle name is Lucia. (Although for a long while, she told everyone her name was Iris Garcia instead of Iris Lucia. Garcia is a pretty common last name here.) Lucia means light.