Sunday, May 02, 2010


It's an exciting time in the Nannersp household. We're having such a blast with our sweet Em.

Last weekend she and I headed out to the March of Dimes' March for Babies. While horrific traffic made us too late for the actual walk, we were still there to support our friends Heather and Mike, in memory of their sweet Maddie. Many, many thanks to the super thoughtful folks who sponsored us at the walk.

I wanted Em to have a fun outfit to wear at the walk. For less than $8 and an hour and a half of my time in front of the TV, I was able to whip up a fun purple tutu using this no-sew tutorial.
(My strips of tulle were 15" instead of 30" like the tutorial.)

I see many more tutus in Em's future, and probably in the lives of her toddler gal pals.

The outfit was a big hit with the other walkers, and I love that Em still has no qualms about busting a move in front of strangers. She couldn't help but boogie to the nearby tunes, and I think some of the Sparks cheerleaders were considering kidnapping her for their squad, even though she's not "fabulous and over forty."

My friend Jessica and her son, B., who's only slightly younger than Em, met us at the walk. We hadn't seen them since B's birthday, so it was great to catch up. The kids had fun hanging out while we waited for Team Maddie to return.


That evening she made some more pals when she met Meghan's youngest, Zach, and Kristen's son, M. Em was particularly enamored with M, and it was safe to say he dug her, too.
Photo by Anya.

Em & M

Em is talking up a storm these days. She repeats so much of what we say, and more and more of her toddler jargon is being replaced by actual words.

She's learning about various animals. Dogs are her absolute favorite, and she'll stop whatever she's doing to tell me that she's heard a dog barking in our neighborhood. She also has a thing for ducks, although she thinks anything with a beak is a duck, including toy chickens and pink plastic flamingos. When asked, she won't tell you that they say, "Quack, quack." Instead, she says, "Coke, QUACK!"

She says "tinks!" when given something, and "peas!" when she wants something. When she gets really excited or impressed (and she's easily impressed), she exclaims, "Oh, WOW! WOOOW!" When she wants what we're eating, she says, "Oh, num num!" When she wants to give a kiss, she leans in and says, "Mmmmmwah!"

As each month passes, I think, "This is such an awesome age! Can it really get any better than this?" And somehow it does.

"I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that." - Gillian Anderson


  1. Em really is such a doll!!!

  2. what a great post! everything about it made me smile. thanks for sharing about Em - i love to hear about how much she is growing :)

  3. Love this post.

  4. Don't you just love how they are learning so many new words right now?! I sure do. And I think they get really excited when we understand what they are saying. I can't wait to see her!

  5. The tutu is so adorable!

  6. Just imagining Em dancing in her tutu makes me smile. :)

  7. Such a cute post. You did a fantastic job on that little tutu! She rocked it and I think could definitely use a few more. :)

  8. My friend's 9-year-old just had a tutu birthday party! Good thing you learned how to make 'em early - you may need those skillz for years to come!

  9. Em is gorgeous! I love the tutu! I just paid a ridiculous amount for one for my daughter's birthday and you made that for $8! I must learn how! :)

  10. Can you make me a tutu? That looks like fun.

  11. it is incredible how quickly they learn and how much they soak in at this age. and it only gets better, my friend.

  12. Em in a tutu is pure sunshine from the sky. Great post.

  13. This post is wonderful!

    Em is precious -so glad I got the chance to meet you guys. Next time I'm down your way, we'll have to catch up!

  14. I totally used a similar (if not the same) tutorial for the no-sew tutu when I went to Burning Man! She's so adorable. You should try different colors, like purple and blue go great together. :)