I only made one serious resolution for 2014: be better about birthdays. I’m usually pretty terrible and can’t decide what to do for gifts, and then I procrastinate and don’t even end up sending a card. My mother in law is the queen of birthday cards and never misses our birthdays, Mothers’/Fathers’ Day, or our wedding anniversary. She always send a card and a check. She’s the best.
So anyway — as usual, I was stressing because I wanted to to something nice for my sweet nephew Christian, who is exactly one week older than Nixon, who will be 1 year this Saturday. I figured there weren’t too many things I could buy that he doesn’t already have.
I was browsing away while nursing Nixon before putting him to bed and came across some ideas for DIY quiet books . . .
. . . so, you know, why not. I’m awesome. I can do that . . .
. . . and the felt monster quiet book was born.
My 3-year-old was obsessed with every page of this book. She didn’t want to part with the baby monsters (you can remove them from the train cars). This was surprisingly easy to make. I used felt, white thread (K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, Stupid), felt glue (maybe not the best idea for small pieces a baby could rip off and eat?), and polyfill. I didn’t really run into any problems while making this, but it was time consuming (15-20 hours, making my own patterns). Thank you babies for being so good.
Now I have to make one to keep my own kids quiet during church. Dang it.