Look at my thirsty bunch...I don't know why they look so tired. All cute and all tired, this was after our walk...but two of them up there didn't do any walking! The other one though, the furry one, did plenty of pulling.
It was a hot sunny day (mid October and 77 degrees), and I guess I needed a challenge. So I gathered the troops and we went for a walk. Me, and that beastly and playful dog along with those two adorable little monster kiddos in their buggy, pushing them up and down our neighborhood's hills.
We were out under the beautiful sunny sky and all the while we're walking I'm holding the leash while the furry kid a.k.a. little "Ms. Pully Longstockings" was attempting to tug us in the directions of squirrels every 2 minutes. Notice the tiny little foot-long leash on Aleethea? Yep, there's a really good reason for that thing. Where is Cesar Millan on days like this? Some days I can almost see him drive up to our house in one of his shiny new rental cars, then take Aleethea for a walk while inline-skating up our block. Wouldn't that be awesome?!
So by the time I got to the corner with the babies and the beat, I was sweating. A dog, an almost 4.5yr old, an almost 2.5yr old, and a bicycle-trailer-convertible-stroller-thingy. But do you see how comfy Joey and Lily both fit in that thing? hehe. They're so adorable, and they love sitting next to each other too. It was such fun for them to be riding around like that, just hanging out and noticing nature, and telling each other the funniest little stories.
They call that orangey goodness their "buggy", and it is awesome - it handles really well - so very easy to maneuver, and I also easily schlepped it down our front porch steps. Anyway...getting back to that 6-year-old pup up there...how many times can one say "heel" without sounding ridiculous. I mean really. I need the Dog Whisperer to come whisper something to Aleethea. Something to the effect of "ack!". That should do it, yes? After we turned the corner she did start heeling and walking a bit more calmly...but wow was she all trying to be the pack-leader, trying to get me to follow her lead. Can you imagine? She is hilarious. What a smart pain in the butt that German Shepherd Dog is! She has the energy of a pup, and it's a good thing she is not only amazing and beautiufl, but also 99% trained...because that other 1% is a wild beast! And gee those hills in our neighborhood are much steeper than they look from the car window.
All in all, what a wonderful workout, and lots of fun for all of us.
I can't wait til tomorrow to hook the bike trailer up to my bicycle, and also connect Aleethea's doggy-bar to my bike too. ha! Wish me luck.
Thursday (day 4/5): Last nite for the very first time -- Lily stayed dry all night!! This is a very big deal because she nurses in the middle of the night, yet continued to stay dry. Then today Lily went potty first thing in the AM, then approximately every 2 hours thereafter. She stayed dry during a 2 hour naptime. Yaay!
Friday (day 5/5: Last nite Lily stayed dry again!! That's 12 hours, people! Nursed in the middle of the night too. Then during the day today she visited the potty a bunch of times, all with successful happenings. :) And each time, before she had to go she would let me know without me asking her - and then she would go find the potty! She would also be specific as to whether she needed to go #1 or #2. And, Lily did not have any accidents all day long! I am so proud of my little kookla! (doll in Greek)
Here's Lily with her potty charts. The point of these charts was simply to have a spot to jot things down such as when she went potty, and then another spot for Lily to have some fun and add some stickers. We kept the potty chart in the bathroom, and the sticker chart in her room. Along the way, plenty of doodling, scribbling, and chicken scratch ended up on the charts. They were also a key aspect in our potty training, in addition to a learning experience for Lily, and of course plenty of fun. :)
Look at how happy and proud of her accomplishment Lily appears to be in these photos:
So, this concludes our potty-training boot camp, and my baby girl is no longer in diapers! Joey wasn't potty trained til he was 3yrs + 4mos...so having Lily out of diapers at just 28mos is so very refreshing. And...kind of sad too. :(
umm...ok I'm over it. :)
No more diapers! No more stinky diaper pail!No more changing tables!
Lily is now officially potty-trained! Mission accomplished!! woohoooooo!!!! :D
The best thing about potty training? Lily gets so excited when she goes #1 in the potty, she's just so happy when she hears the sound of the tinkling! :) And she runs around the house all day wearing nothing but a little t-shirt. It's the cutest thing because her adorable suntan lines are still so visible, so her cute little beige bottom bounces all around the house, while her little brown legs are running. She really loves getting stickers, sometimes hearts are her favorite, sometimes VeggieTales - and she runs up to her potty chart and takes a few minutes to decide where she wants to carefully place her new sticker. Then she asks if it's time to "do the potty dance, Mama?" :)
So here are the details...because I know you are just on the edge of your seat! hehe.
Tuesday: In the middle of the night Lily went # 1 in the bed, so when she woke up at 7am she didn't have to go potty first thing in the morning, but finally went at 10am...in the potty! Hooray! Throughout the day she only had one accident in the afternoon. Something I realized - is Lily just doesn't need to go to the potty as often as big brother did. He went every 30 minutes, but she goes every 2 hours, sometimes 2.5hrs! Oh and she stayed dry during her 2 hour naptime. How wonderful is that?!
Wednesday:Last nite at 4am'ish Lily went #1 in the bed. She woke up at 8am and right away did #1 in the potty. Yaay! Throughout the day she went #1 twice in the potty, and also did #2 in the potty this evening. A few accidents today while too busy playing with big bro to stop and visit the bathroom. :) Again dry during her 2 hour naptime, which is great!
Warning: Lots of potty-mouth going on around here.
Last week we read No More Diapers for Ducky, and watched Elmo's Potty Time way more times than I care to admit. We've been talking about the potty, and singing all sorts of potty songs...all in preparation for today...the big day. The day we started potty-training our toddler, with the hopes of another successful potty-training boot-camp, just like we did with her big-bro.
And so it began. 8am this morning. Our baby girl Lily, 28mos, said good-bye to diapers! Then we spent 10 hours inside today, all day, sitting on the potty every 30min. She would sit there, usually not willingly, but heavily bribed/persuaded/distracted, with high hopes of stickers. :D Gotta love how the whole sticker thing still works! But, she would just sit there, and do nothing much but just sit on the potty, and have me read her books, and play with water while sitting there...but...no peepee. Nothing. Nada. Dry. Oh, but she did pee quite nicely on the floor 4 times. Yep, once in the playroom, once in her room, and twice in the kitchen. Yeah, she had that peeing on the floor thing mastered by 5pm. hehe.
So, 10 hours goes by...and then what happens? Then DADA comes home after work, takes Lily to the potty, and what happens? Can ya believe this nonsense - she goes #1...IN THE POTTY! Hooray for Lily!! And yeah, sure, GREAT job DADA. He comes struttin' home after being out in the fresh air (ok, being at work...but still) and I'm cooped up all day, spending most of it in the bathroom...and he gets to wear the pee-pee crown. Nice. A big ol' pat on the back for you there, Pee-Daddy. *giggle*
So what is a Mama to do? I wait. Quietly. Plotting my next move...and then, when the moment is right...Lily and I go to the potty, and what happens?? After 10 minutes of deep concentration...she DOES #2 - IN THE POTTY!! Woohoo for Lily's very first #2 in the toilet! And yaaayyyy for this Mama's craptastic potty-training skills!! How about a crappy hi-5!
I know, I know, I should calm down a bit...because it's just Day 1...but I may not survive another full day of this doo-doo!! haha - so I will bask in the glory...yes, the glory of poop, because my baby girl was just so pottylicious today. Thank you, my dear bloggy/FB peeps, for going thru this crappola with me.
And to The Hubbs Joe, I hope you're reading all this caca, and just know...that you'll always be...#1. :D
We were happy to find an apple-picking orchard just approx an hour drive from Durham, located in Ramseur NC. Here's my lovely little 2 year old Lily, checking out all the leaves on the ground, and all the butterflies as she walked thru an apple orchard for the very first time. Wearing her apple denim dress, to match her big brother:
My silly sweet Joey, of course with the bucket on his head, cracking up like it was just the most clever thing in the whole world. Isn't he a cutie?:
My big boy, starting out on his very first apple-picking venture:
And sitting on Mama's shoulders to reach up high:
Counting his apples as we went along...
After all that work, it was time for some serious play! We headed to the picnic area where a bunch of tire swings awaited us. I swung Joey so high and so hard on this tire swing, he giggled all the way, and thought it was just the best thing. I agreed:
Here's a close-up of the apple pants I made for Joey. They're denim, comfy, with huge pockets, and so cute on him!
My baby girl Lily would've stayed on this tire-swing all day!She is quite the adventurous little one:
And having fun doing what they love doing in open fields...running free and far away from Mama and Dada! :)
After the Apple Orchard, we invited some friends over and made an Apple Danish Pizza with the fresh apples. The kids picked apples called "Pink Ladies", also known as the brand name for Cripps Pink apples. See? I am just a wealth of knowledge today. Something else I know is that when the farmer said we had picked apples which are called "Pink Ladies", my mind went directly to this:
Anyways...back to kid-friendly stuff now...we did however enjoy a few of these at the apple orchard...super yummy apple-cider slushies. We're in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, so it was in the high 80's that first day of October:
And getting back to the apples we picked...if you do try the Apple Danish Pizza recipe, it's lots of fun to make with kids as they're plenty of steps that they can assist with. It is really a delicious (fattening) recipe - but it did taste more like a cheescake than a danish or a pizza. I'd suggest using more apples than the recipe calls for...maybe 3 x as many. And a less-tart apple than we picked.
We had made a very big deal of Joey starting preschool for the very first time. We baked him a cake, we sang "Happy Preschool to youuuuu", and we talked it up for months.
This is what was going on in the above photo...we were just about to get into the car to drop off my big boy, my 4yr old kiddo for his first day of school.
Me: "Who's ready for the 1st day of pre-school?"
Joey: me! me! me! I am!
Lily: me! me! me! Mama, I want to go with Joey to happy pre-school!"
When we dropped him off at school that very first day, Lily turned to the empty car seat next to her, then started crying, and saying "I miss my friend!" Ugh, the sweet little tears were flowing.
And now, it's been 3 weeks into the school year...and what does Lily yell everyday when Joey gets home from preschool? "Happy preschool, Joey! Happy preschool!!"
The sweetest thing.
Now that Joey goes to preschool, it's very quiet around here. Lily and I get to spend plenty of Mommy and Me time together. It's so different around here when Joey is at school for 4 days per week. So. very. different. We miss him of course, but Lily and I are also enjoying our new time together. Her personality is shining these days, she's more outspoken, and she gets to sing whenever she wants to, dance whenever she feels like it, play with whatever toy she wants to, and talk to Mama whenever she feels like it. Her new found freedom is doing wonders for her.
And oh my goodness is she bossy. She tells me where we're going, and when, and why, and how she wants to go, and what she wants to eat, and how much, and it is the funniest thing. I love it.
"Just Those First Few Weeks" - a poem By Susan Erling
For those few weeks - I had you to myself And that seems too short a time To be changed so profoundly
In those few weeks - I came to know you... and to love you. You came to trust me with your life. Oh, what a life I had planned for you!
Just those few weeks - When I lost you I lost a lifetime of hopes, plans, dreams and aspirations... A slice of my future simply vanished overnight.
Just those few weeks - It wasn't enough time to convince others how important and special you were. How odd, a truly unique person has recently died And no-one is mourning the passing.
Just a few more weeks - And no 'normal' person would cry all night over a tiny unfinished baby, or get depressed and withdraw day after endless day. No-one would, so why am I?
You were just those first few weeks my little one you darted in and out of my life too quickly. But it seems that's all the time you needed to make my life so much richer and give me a small glimpse of eternity.
In loving memory of our angel whom we lost at 11 weeks and 4 days via miscarriage.
If you're a Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, or Grandparent who believes in raising their child to love and appreciate everyone in a multi-cultural society, and who enjoys learning songs, rhymes, and cultures from all around the world...then you are going to absolutely fall in love with this children's website! Featuring "Conversations about the languages and cultures of the world, especially the songs and traditions of children."
I would tell you more about it, but I'm too busy listening to various children's songs from many different countries, and getting nursery rhymes and multi-cultural activites ready for my children to enjoy tomorrow morning. So go check it out for yourself! :) http://www.mamalisa.com
Head on over to "Mama Lisa's Blog is at http://www.mamalisa.com/blog for discussions about world culture and music...with a special focus on kids stuff!"
And be sure to "Check out Mama Lisa's World at http://www.mamalisa.com/world for music from around the world especially children's songs and rhymes in over 95 languages with English, French and Spanish Translations."
What books will you find there? These gems, among others:
"The Polar Express" read by Lou Diamond Phillips (flashback to La Bamba and whoa Young Guns!)
One of my son Joey's all-time favorites "Guji Guji!" read by Robert Guillaume. (remember Benson?)
"Brave Irene" read by Al Gore. (ummm, yep, that Al Gore.)
"Harry the Dirty Dog" read by Betty White (yep from the Golden Girls and The Proposal!)
What's the story behind the Storyline Online?
"In 2001, the SAG Foundation was given a generous grant by Verizon to create five digital videos featuring professional actors reading quality children’s books. These imaginatively produced videos fully captured the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book. Those initial 5 stories turned into an internationally recognized website that currently streams 19 stories featuring celebrities including Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Sean Astin, Esai Morales, Amber Tamblyn, Eric Close, and Elijah Wood.
Storyline Online also features supplemental activities for each book developed by an early literacy specialist. Together, the videos and related curriculum strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills of English language learners worldwide. Available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge, Storyline Online ensures that every child who has access to an Internet connection can be exposed to a story."
Storytime Online is so wonderful - my 2yr old and 4yr old both adore it and so we wanted to share it with you. And yep...it's a nice little break for any Mama. :D
Know of any other storytimes on the web? Let me know!
Hope all of you breastfeeding Mamas out there had a wonderful World Breastfeeding Week!! (Aug 1-7)
Our son Joey weaned himself from nursing at 23 mos (while I was 8mos pregnant with his little sister), and our daughter Lily is now 26 mos and still nursing strong! That photo up there is Lily when she was just 4 wks. :) Baby girl nurses a couple of times per day - and a couple of times per night. It's been a long and healthy 4+ years of breastmilk for my babies, and I am so happy and thankful that I was able to breastfeed them since the moment they were born!
When it comes to breasfeeding, the very first and the absolutle most important thing to do with a newborn baby is to get him/her to latch on correctly for the very first feeding, and also to begin that feeding within the first hour of birth. We had a wonderful Doula for my pregnancies with both Joey and Lily, so she was there to help ensure breastfeeding got going on the right path.
Not sure how to do that? If you're birthing in a hospital, ask for a lactation consultant while you are in labor. She'll arrive when you give birth and then with her help you can begin the amazing journey of breastfeeding.
What else do you need to know? Here are some resources:
Lily had lots of fun wearing this dress...for approximately 5 minutes. I love this dress!! But we couldn't keep it...I made it for a sweet customer, an awesome Mama...so it's going out to a special little girl in Ontario, Canada...for her 2nd birthday!! I hope she loves her FUN and geeky little robot awesomeness!! :D
My baby girl's hair is getting so long. In the back, her sweet and gorgeous little curls are turning into spirals! Good, because I'm sure those will hold more sticky food in them, too. :)
Lovely little hair scarf was her prop for a few minutes too since it
coordinates with the dress. And this orangey goodness? I had to
creatively take off her head, since she wanted to keep the hair scarf
for herself! "Me keep it, Mama".
Can you even imagine how difficult it is to say no to that beautiful little face?? Oh and the sentences she speaks these days are amazing. Just amazing. I'll tell you about them someday.
OK it's 5AM, the kids are still asleep...I've been up since 1AM making things happen over here. :)
Here's my little preschool-swim-class graduate!!!!! I'm so proud of my little big-boy.
Look at Joey leaping into the pool:
Joey loved going his swimming lessons! It was a four-day Level 1 swim class, one week long, for kids ages 3-5. So yeah - lots of preschool-aged cuteness there every morning. His instructor was awesome, Joey really enjoyed taking swimming lessons and it had plenty to do with his laid-back instructor who made the class really enjoyable, fun and relaxed for the kids.
Look at my future Olympic swimmer right here:
We'll be signing Joey up for the Level 2 class soon...even though Joey told me he didn't need any swimming lessons at all because he already knows how to swim. My little Aquaman. He was a monster in the pool! No fear.
1912 - 2009. Today would've been her 98th birthday. She was born in Honduras, Central America. She migrated to the US with her youngest daughter (my mom) in the 1960's - they arrived for her eldest daughter's wedding. Her native language was Spanish - and when she spoke English she had an island accent, from her youth in Belize, British Honduras. It was a beautiful accent, very interesting and I always loved it. She grew up very poor, and had many talents. Her cooking was wonderful. She was a seamstress and sewed clothing for her many children and Grandchildren. She was also a crocheter. She was very kind, and mild mannered. Yet she had a gaze that would stop you in your tracks, and make you think. She often said things like "out the light for me please" and "no true?"...and "cho man" which is like saying "c'mon...are you kidding me?". She often made her many Grandchildren laugh with her slang. And when she laughed she would close her eyes and chuckle with a big smile. In the late 70's when my brother and I were little, "Lita" would stay at our house in Queens NY to watch my brother and I while my mom went to work. Back then we would watch The Price Is Right, and get all excited about the showcase showdown, and we'd route for the contestants together. She would giggle with me while we watched Gilligan's Island. Her skin was soft and wrinkly, her hair was beautiful, silver and wavy, and always up in a bun. Except when she would brush it before bed, and I could see the lovely waves of white and silver. My Grandmother loved the Lord, and faithfully read her Bible first thing in the morning, and
prayed always, and listened to Hymns on cassette many times per day, for as
long as I can remember. Now she's an angel, but I've always considered
her one. I named my daughter Lily after her, and I thank God that she was
able to meet my children, and they were able to kiss her on
her cheek when they said goodbye. I hope she knows how much we loved her, and miss her now.
I recently realized that my kiddo has been wearing the same pair of
pants for the past 3 years! Back in the day we'd call them "high-waters". ha!
And no, it's not that my kiddo hasn't grown...but I
handmade his lounge pants to fit for years, and...looky there, it
worked! No high-waters here...unless Mama custom made them to be super cool! :D
Yep, this will be the fourth summer that my 4 year old
Joey has rocked the handmade Ankle Biters lounge pants that I made for
him when he was 15 months old! His Cabana
Striped with Green Elephants pants that he's wearing
below...well...they used to be pants...now, they're shorts:
Here's how Joey looked the very first time he wore those pants...on a beach vacation:
fun watching him grow out of...and into...these pants/shorts!
He loves those pants so much - and I adore him in them, they are just so super fun to wear!! And so, I made him another pair...the exact same cabana striped fabric with green elephants trim. Here he is with Lily (in her coordinating top, of course!) at the "Got to be NC" Festival last week:
We had so much fun that day! Hope you're having a season filled with carnivals and festivals! Good times! :D
How to grow a garden when you don't have time to grow a garden because in any free time you may possibly have, you're growing a toddler and a preschooler instead, and hopefully turning them into semi-normal children. Fingers crossed everybody.
Now let's get down to some hard-core 15 minute gardening!
Step 2: Follow the wonderfully simple instructions within the kit which will show you how to make seedbombs which look like meatballs...but don't eat them. And when your 2yr old tries to eat them, tell her there's worm ca-ca in there, and she'll stop eating them immediately...and then she'll feed it to the dog.
Oh and be very very glad that the instructions contain cute little photos...because if you're anything like me these days...you'll be reading instructions while at the same time slapping your eyelids to stay awake because of all the nighttime awakenings and nursing...and also doing the whole falling-back-asleep-thing just to awaken to swift kicks from a spunky 4yr old who insists on sleeping in the "big-bed" even after telling him his big boy bed is way better. Then baby girl hears her Mama getting the junk beat out of her TaeKwonDo style, so she wakes up scratching her Mama to nurse, yet again.
Let's move on, shall we?
Step 3: Get "Little Night Kicker" and his sidekick "Little Miss Scratchesalot" together, and schedule a playdate with a couple of their best buddies. Have them toss the seedbombs out into the yard. Notice the one-footed monster.
What an amazing read this is. If you have children, then take a few minutes out of your day and read this list of "Ten
Ways We Misunderstand Children". As a parent of a 4yr old and an almost-2yr old, I constantly refer to this guide every few days. It helps to keep my sanity in check and puts things in perspective over and over again. Enjoy!
Below photo taken during one of my kiddos' recent screaming-matches. I am thankful they have voices, and are not afraid to let them be heard! :)
With a super fun MONSTER RE-OPENING, GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!!
M O N S T E R R E-O P E N I N Gdetails:
To all my bloggy peeps, returning customers, family, friends, and if you're new here - welcome! It's so great to be back! Just in case you don't know who we are and what we do..."We're all about family and fabric, love and laughter, and handmade
super coolness. That's how we rock." - Joey & Aleethea™
And I'm Sandra, a Mama of
two completely fantastic babies (an almost 4yr old and an almost 2yr old) / wife to a super husband,
super geek, and U.S. Air Force veteran / pack-leader to an amazing German Shepherd / and I personally design, sketch,
photograph, and sew all of the custom made and super cool clothing in my handmade
children's boutique. Good times!! I adore what I do and would love to make some awesomeness for you too! You will have such fun enjoying all the compliments you and your kiddos will get when they rock my unique handmade designs - and I look forward to hearing them! Completely fab clothing made with fun and premium fabrics, each one totally made by me and custom made just for you! Please note: the waiting list for my baby and children's clothing gets pretty
long pretty quickly...and a 6 week waiting list is not uncommon. So order
what you want right away while the waiting list is only 1 week! So head on over to the monster re-opening of Joey & Aleethea and
find some super cool clothing and accessories in our Etsy shop that you
will no doubt fall in love with!! :D
M O N S T E R S A L Edetails:
In honor of YOU, once you enter our monster giveaway (which is detailed below) you are then eligible for an exclusive discount of 15% OFF your entire order!! So after you make a purchase from my shop and upon checkout in the notes to seller box you'll see there, just say "I entered your giveaway!" and then you can either await a Paypal invoice reflecting the 15% discount, or go ahead and pay and I'll refund your discount via Paypal.
This exclusive discount is only valid from Sat. May 8th thru Tues. night May 11th @ 11:59pm EST.
And just in case you're wondering...why those particular dates? Because 4 years
ago today on 5/8/06, I was due to have my first child and get launched into this
wondrous adventure called motherhood. My son Joey actually ended up arriving 3
days late on 5/11/06...so the dates signify my the original due date, and the actual birthday, of my first-born monster!
M O N S T E R G I V E A W A Ydetails:
That super fab baby blue Monsterlicious hoody shown in the photo up there can be yours FREE just by commenting here! A $52 value! Nero the Monster is charcoal grey monster, made from various fabrics he is soft, plush and fun, securely sewn onto a nice comfy baby blue hooded sweatshirt. Great for cool Spring and Summer evenings, and breezy beach days after a swim! Of course awesome for the Fall season too! Other color hoodies are available - great for boys and girls too - so if you win, (WHEN you win!) I'll
contact you for the size and color you'd like! (Sizes newborn thru 4T as a zip-up hoody, and sizes 4T thru 10 as a pullover hoody shown in the photo).
How can you enter to win that Monster Hoody? Keep reading!
Here's how to enter:
Just by leaving comments here...you'll be entered to win that super fun Monster Hoody! This is so exciting!! :D
There are many ways to enter to win this FREE handmade item shown in the above photo. See below for details:
* For the first entry/comment – just leave a comment here!
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Here are the important
dates you need to know for our
GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!!
starts today, Saturday May 8th 2010 in our shop.
SALE of 15% OFF ends
Tuesday 5/11/10, and is only for the lucky ones who enter this giveaway.
GIVEAWAY ends Friday
June 11th, 2010 @ 11:59pm EST. That's
next month on my daughter Lily's birthday. My
second monster. :D
WINNER will be announced on Sunday June 13th, 2010.
How will I find out if I won?
The winner will be announced on Sunday June 13th, 2010 right here on Joey & Aleethea's blog! So mark your calendar now -- and be sure to check back here to find out if you won!! Also to say congrats to the winner if ya didn't! :)
I live outside of the USA. Can I enter the giveaway?
Yes!!! Our monster giveaway is open to everyone,
everywhere. No matter where you live, this awesome handmade gift could be yours! So spread the word!!
How does this giveaway work?
On the day of the drawing, a random number generator will
select a number. After all
the number is drawn, the winner will be counted based upon the order in
which they comment here in this post. For example: If you are commenter #23,
and the number drawn is #23, then commenter #23 will be the lucky recipient of that handmade goodness! Please note: I keep track of the entries in my eMail folder, where they are numbered. They are also watched to avoid duplicates, and any invalid entries, etc. So please do not rely on the number you think you may be, because in the end that may not be accurate, and your number may have changed. Hope that makes sense! :)
How will I know if I won that awesomeness? I will contact the winner via eMail to congratulate you and to request your mailing address. And that's when I'll also ask the size needed (newborn thru age 10), and color too. You will then have 7 days to respond to the eMail from me, Joey & Aleethea.
Otherwise another winner will be picked. Ack!
If I win, who will ship my lovely handmade item to me?
I will personally sew and then ship your gorgeous handmade item directly to you! And oh happy day when that super cool monster hoody arrives at your door!!! :D