At last, the weather is cooling off. I've been waiting for Autumn since Spring, it seems. During the ridiculous heat of Summer, I want to do what all the other smart desert critters do--climb under a rock and sleep. This week we've been able to play outside without melting into puddles. Our back yard is really not the best place for children to play. It faces West, and there is not a stitch of shade, and there are bits of broken glass and rusty things hidden everywhere in the sand. This is a rental house, and although we've been here for almost two years, now, the previous tenants took "home maintenance" to a new, rather warped, level. We walk thru the yard fairly frequently to pick up garbage, but most of it is buried just below the sand, and hard to catch. The front yard is fairly free of pointy things, these days, so that's where we spend most of our playtime, and since the garage is my studio (and I mean that in the messiest, most disorganized way possible), I can sometimes even get a few things done while we're out there.
Now that the seasons have changed, it's also time to change clothes. I switched out Gavin's things this week. He had outgrown nearly everything in his drawer, and was starting to resent being crammed into too-small onesies. I don't have a whole lot for him to wear, now, since most of the hand-me-downs from Olga are pretty girly. He'll need some more pants and a few long-sleeved shirts, but I have plenty of fabric to make those. I want to try getting by with fewer things for the kids, since we have only one small dresser for both of them to share.
Olga's clothes are next. She doesn't have anything in storage, so anything new she gets will have to be made. She's outgrown all of the dresses I made for her in the spring, and she's so tall that most of the others don't cover her bum anymore. I know she can't wear them anymore, but I always have a very hard time giving away things I've made "just in case" we have another little girl someday. She's going to be a little tricky to dress for the next few weeks/months. She's gotten so used to running around in her birthday suit all summer, and she's been using the little potty so consistently, but she's more accident-prone when she has her undies on. I think some long-sleeved, but not to long-skirted dresses might do the trick for her.
I do need to make more diapers. Olga still needs them for night time and naps, but she's too big for the diapers I've been trying to put her in. The elastic has been leaving a mark on her legs. That's a job for next week. Gavin is on the edge of growing out of all of his, so half the time I use Olga's diapers for him. There is a big batch of diapers that are ready for retirement. This hard water we have really does a number on them.
Gavin really enjoys sitting at the table with the rest of us at meal times, but since he still doesn't sit up by him self, and still prefers to wiggle at all times, I needed a proper restraint for my old highchair. (Yes, this is the same highchair I sat in when I was a wee babe.) I made a new seat belt out of my old Mei Tai. I cut half circles out of each side, then bound the edges with double fold bias tape. Presto! Took about five minutes, after I got over the fear of cutting into something that was perfectly serviceable.