Protect Your Baby Boys

Boys are more vulnerable to neuropsychiatric disorders that appear developmentally (girls more vulnerable to disorders that appear later). These include autism, early onset schizophrenia, ADHD, and conduct disorders. These have been increasing in recent decades (interestingly, as more babies have been put into daycare settings, nearly all of which provide inadequate care for babies).

Wow, I’m surprised to see this from Psychology Today. Full article here.

Long-Distance Grandma

IMG_20161230_090407Until last summer, when our third grandchild was born just a few miles from our home, I had only experienced being a long-distance grandma.

This has been a very hard thing for me, but I know I’m just one of many grandmas whose grandchildren live far away.

I’m very fortunate that my son and his wife Skype with us every weekend, so we get to see our sweet grandson and granddaughter and watch them grow up that way. Thank God for Skype!

The photo above was taken when the kids came up at New Year’s. I would not normally put their faces online, but thought it was OK since they’re disguised as PJ Masks characters (as is Grandma; I think I’m “Gekko”).

They are such adorable, bright children, and I love them dearly.

Quilt for a New Grandchild

IMG_20160616_1600483_rewindI pieced this top long almost a year before the announcement that my newest granddaughter was on the way; I saw the fabric in a catalog and had to have it, but found that I could get more of it for my money on Etsy. But the line is so muted that it doesn’t photograph very well. You can get a clearer look at the line, called Babes in Farmland by Timeless Treasures, HERE. Here’s a shot of the quilt up close:

IMG_20160616_1601494_rewindThe top sat in my UFO collection until just a few months ago; luckily I had plenty of fabric left over for the backing:

IMG_20160616_1602560_rewindI quilted it in a meandering pattern. Another fun project, made with love for my newest granddaughter.



More Baby-Safe Baby Dolls

IMG_20160610_2203192_rewindWhile hunting for a doll pattern (see previous post), I found another pattern I liked. I decided to make it in all three sizes for my newest granddaughter. They looked so cute together that I used the grouping at my daughter’s baby shower. You can find the pattern at Craftsy; it’s a free download, but you have to give them your email address. Totally worth it, I thought!