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Evie is a month old now!  I’d like to say it went fast but it didn’t.  It is however a big blur!

Two weeks ago I felt like something was wrong,  She screamed a lot and only ate for 5 mins at a time.  Clearly this wasn’t right.  I called her ped and they got me in right away.  She was losing weight!  She was down from 6.11 her birthweight to 6.3.  They gave her a bottle of formula, which she sucked right down.  I have to say this broke my heart,  I bawled my eyes out.  My 2 sons never had a bottle, let alone formula.  I felt like such a failure.

We scheldueled an appt with a lactation consultant for later that day.  Again, I felt like a failure.  I mean, I nursed the boys for over a year each.  Why couldn’t I do it this time?  We discovered her mouth and my nipple just weren’t lining up correctly.  What was easy for the boys now became a constant fight with Evie.   She also fell asleep almostimmediately.

The prescription was force her to stay awake and nurse for at least 20 mins on each side, then give her a bottle, then pump more milk.  Luckily I had something like 9  bags of milk in the freezer, not bad for a two week old baby.  Unfortunately the frozen milk ran out and I had lost a lot of my milk so we had to resort to formula for her bottle.  Again, it was hard.  Nothing against mothers who formula feed, I just feel that mommy milk is 100% better.

I felt like a cow.  My days turned into nursing, bottle feeding, pumping and keeping a log of everything, diapers and feedings.  Night and day.  I was burnt out, exhausted and crying a lot.  Luckily, last wed, her weight was up to 6.7!  It was working!  I could tell, she was a happier baby, cooing and awake much more often.  She has another appt this wed and I’m sure she will be at least her birthweight.

It’s been hard, especially when strangers come up to us and tell me how tiny my baby is.  “Yes, thanks, she’s slowly starving because nursing is so difficult, thanks for remining me.”

She’s doing great now, and at most we only have to give her 4oz of forumla a day.  Yesterday it was 2.

So obviously, I haven’t had time for knitting.  I only have one project on the needles, Branching Out.  I’m using a delicious Baby Twist Alpaca.  I’ve managed 6 repeats in… 3 weeks I think?  Sad.  I did get my invite to ravelry!  Haven’t had a chance to do more than sign up though, I’m prettyfbonnet if you want to add me!

Hope you’re all doing well, and thanks for reading, I didn’t mean to disappear!

I hope to post photos soon, I have some fun ones to share, Zane’s chess tourney, Mom’s belly dancing, Mom with her 4 grandkids, Andrew’s “yoga” and Sean’s baby feet tattoo… lots!

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DH spent the weekend making bamboo flutes with the guys.  He deserved a break from diaper duty.

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My mother, a lifelong flute plater, says his flute sounds wonderful.  He is so proud.

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dear boku,

it’s not you, it’s me.

actually, i take that back, it’s totally you.  first you didn’t cooperate with a scarf pattern, then you messed up my “around the world bag”, then to insult me, you totally destroyed Knitty’s beautiful foilage.  I know I really shouldn’t but I’m going to give you one more chance, then I swear I’m kicking you to the curb.  I mean it this time! I just hope all this tension and strain doesn’t break you.

love, me.

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We took evie on her first long walk this weekend.  We took her in the stroller since it was such a long one and Daddy wanted to push her.

evie had her 2 week well baby today.  homebirth = earlier appts evidently.  she  still hasn’t gained her birth weight back (6lbs4ozs today down from 6lbs11oz) but her reflexes were fantastic.  Dr is not at all worried and says she’s so strong and active she may be burning calories faster than she is eating.  He wants me to nurse her only every two hours, no sooner.  Seems counterintuitive to me.  I’ll try it out I guess, but i’d rather feed her when she wants to eat.

Sorry for the messy typing. sometimes it’s hard with a nursing baby on y0ur lap!

In truth, this is just another chance to show of my Evie.

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But since she came so early, everything I had made for her was way too big! I knit up a premie sized hat real fast. Even the store bought hats were too big.

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Here’s the specs:

Pattern: Twinkle Premie Hat

Needles: size 4

Yarn: sorry, don’t know! A very thin soft yarn that matches one of the few NB outfits that fits her

Mods: Instead of 8 repeats, I only did 5 or 6, I know it says premie hat, but even with just these few repeats taken out it is still a little big.

She was a little camera shy today. Plus her skin is peeling and red still. Someday she will be pretty!

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36…37…38 weeks

Isn’t that amazing, I can actually see getting bigger in such a small amount of time. Wow! I knew I felt bigger but, neat!

BTW, that tattoo? DH and I got matching celtic cross tattoos on our shoulders instead of engagment rings.

I got 2 hours of sleep last night. I got 3 hours the night before that. I’m exhausted! Thanks to my idiot roommate who for some reason has to do laundry and dishes at 2am. I mean, cmon! He doesn’t work, he goes to school for like…. 4 hours a day twice a week. He has all freakin day to do all this crap! So tired and this isn’t helping my migraine one bit.

5 more days! Contractions haven’t been as often as yesterday, but they are 25 or 30 seconds instead of 10. So possibly we’re getting somewhere. I hope these are productive, if not it’s a lot of pain and lack of sleep for nothing. I do notice I have much less patience and snap at DH almost constantly. I dunno, it’s hard to stay positive and cheery under migraine/contraction/lack of sleep conditions.

Knitting Stuffs

My first project and what really got me started knitting again was this baby blanket. I usually knit in the winter, and it’s usually just one scarf. This year being put on modified bedrest seemed to spurn an intense interest in knitting. Until June I never knew how to do more than knit and purl on straight needles. Since then I’ve made socks, sweaters, toys… I’m a little impressed if I do say so myself.

blanket So Evie’s baby blanket, I started in March and finished in June. At the time we didn’t know if she was a he or she. I love orange! This reminds me of creamscicle ice cream bars. It is just a simple 5×5 basketweave.

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I have done so many baby things I wanted to do something for me! All the things I’ve made this year and absolutely nothing for me. I figure, I’m going to have a baby next week, lets treat myself! I’ve had some plymouth yarn Boku in #3 for a few months, I bought it because it was next to a beautiful hat the lys shop owner had made. Yesterday I decided I’d make a scarf. The pattern is Orca Tails and it is beautiful! However, that said, there is absolutely no way I could wear this scarf. My redheaded Irish skin just won’t handle that itch. My hands can barely stand it. I like the stripes and the fall colors but wow! I’ve also heard of people having problems with it breaking but I haven’t had that as of yet. I may be a loose knitter?

Instead I think I will take on my first felting pattern and make myself a “what goes around bag“. I admit that it’s possibly I was swayed by the Beatles posing next to the bag. But either way, it’s a pattern I think I can do, has little if any seaming and I have enough yardage for it.

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This is my weekend of knitting.

Yarn for Layette: Bernat Baby Softee.  There’s nothing wrong with this yarn, I just don’t particularly like the colors.  I wish they had had a better selection. Yarn for Toy:  I dont know, a thick chunky cheap acrylic type yarn.

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Pattern: Two Needle Cable Baby Booties were simple to make.  As much as I hate seaming this was super easy and they’re cute.

 Needles: US size 6 straights

Mods: none

cable of booties

A close-up of the cable and the eyelets.  I used a cheap pink ribbon to tie it together.

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Pattern: Spiral Rib Hat

Needles:  Number 6 circs

Mods: I cut out a repeat of the first 18 rows.  I wanted it to fit a newborn.

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PatternBaby’s Thumbless Mittens

Needles: size2 dpns

Mods: added the pink ribbon

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My very first knit toy!

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Needles: size 7 dpns

Mods:  First off I accidently embroidered the face onto the body.  Oops.

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It was my first time embroidering really, it came out funky but alright.  Here he is posing in front of our Cowboy Bebop wallscroll.

So since I had to make the face a body I added a few more rows of KFB and twice the rows of straight knitting.  Also I accidently turned him inside out and left it that way after  the embroidery so his body is WS!

I have to say, this was another super easy pattern, no seaming which is a mega-plus in my book.  Check out all of her patterns, they are so cute and simple.

DH really wanted me to add bunny ears but I like the way he looks armless and legless.  So I made him a scarf out of leftover Vanna’s Choice chocolate and mustard.  I think a hat may be in order as well.

I stuffed him with leftover scraps of yarn, which worked much better than I thought it would.  I’m going to start two more today, for my boys.  I want to have a present for them when they come visit me and their new sister in the hospital.

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This gave me a giggle, but really, have you tried knitting while naked? Don’t your breasts get in the way? Or is that just me being 9 months pregnant?

Thanks everyone who has commented lately, it’s given me something to smile about. I try to go back to everyone’s blogs, because I have no idea how to directly reply to anyone. I know it’s possible but it seems to escape me. Any tips?

I’ve finished the body of the seamless yoke baby sweater.

(funny stuff, I did a search for the link, on the office computer, had a typo and got this:
Did you mean: shameless york baby sweat? Why no, not really. I don’t even want to know what that means!)

Anyways, the sweater is cute. I messed up a bit on the end, but all that means is it’s a bit longer than it should be. The directions just kinda assume you know how many rows are between buttons and such. Also um, I did the sleeves differently, using my favorite way of doing sleeves. I’m not sure it will work. And then there’s the fact that I ran out of yarn and I don’t have $8 to get more. Or money for buttons. So I have a sleeveless cape type thing! It’s cute none-the-less. And a good way to occupy myself during this miserable week.

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It just looks wrong though doesn’t it? I mean besides the fact that there’s no arms. And it needs blocking. I dunno, I’m getting stressed, it looks funky! I feel I should frog it, what do you think?

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Closeup of bottom details and buttonholes. I love the yarn, debbie bliss cashmerino. But it just looks wrong! Am I crazy?

So way back a month ago I started some thumbless no-scratch mittens for Evie (who am I kidding, all I make is things for Evie!) Well I didn’t finish them because I just was iffy on the yarn and the colors. Last night after the Princess Leia bonnet finished I started on a new set of mittens. I haven’t bought any for her and I realize I can use socks, but why do that when I can keep my mind and hands busy and just make her some?

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It’s not the best yarn, Bernat softee baby. But at least it is multi-colored and will match almost all her outfits, right? All I can do is knit from my stash for awhile.

I really need to make some things for my boys. They are 8 and 6 and all I really have left in my stash is a small bit of wool and a lot of acrylic. I was thinking mittens? Any one have any ideas?

Pregnancy stuff

I thought I was in back labor last night. It was terrible. I tried to take a shower but some godforsaken reason we didn’t have any water pressure. WHY? DH has carpal tunnel, he did his best to do some massage but he was in a lot of pain too. I tried to just go to sleep between the contractions that are constant (which, I dunno, do you have contractions during back labor? In the front I mean?) but not in any pattern whatsoever. I got into bed around 930, knew it was a bad idea, and sure enough the restless legs kicked in. All I wanted to do was call the doctor and demand he take this baby out! Luckily I stayed sane and just tried to get through the night. I got an hour or two of sleep, woke up to knit and watch hell’s kitchen (don’t tell me what happens I’m not caught up yet! And was there not a new Top Chef this week?!). Kill time, kill time, kill time. Never heard back from the receptionist about my high blood pressure and swelling, and they are closed today and Monday. Well, the doctor works at a free clinic today, maybe someone will be in the office.

Tuesday looks so far off!

heat It’s a terrible photo I know but it makes the point.  It’s supposed to be 103 degrees today.  Ugh! This is my car parked in the shade.  I can’t wait for fall 😦

I’m done.

37 weeks tomorrow and until… last Friday or so I was coping.  But 4 days straight of what is probably the worst migraine ever, restless legs, incredibly swollen feet, unable to sleep, peeing every 20 minutes… etcetcetc… I’m just miserable.  More than miserable really.

Are you tired of hearing about my migraines?  I know poor DH is.  It’s nothing new for me to have migraines; I’ve had  them since I was 13 or 14.   But not daily!

I have done everything I can for this one.  My next stop will have to be the ER for another shot.  What fun.  So I’m killing time, waiting to see if DH can get some time off work to drive me up the hill to the ER.  I may break down and have my roommate take me, but I really really don’t want to do that.  I don’t really care much for him and being stuck in the car with him for an hour with a migraine sounds miserable.

Evie needs to be born so I can take my migraine medicine.  I don’t know how much longer I can deal with all this.  3 weeks I guess, right?  A few days ago that didn’t seem so long.  I know I’m not the only pregnant woman with migraines.  How the hell do you deal with this?  You’d think the third time around I’d have gotten a grasp on this.  It just gets worse each time.

I can’t lay down and rest or the restless legs really act up.  It’s almost tolerable if I’m sitting up.  I’d love to lay down and rest my poor head but I can’t.  So I started knitting this seamless yoke cardigan.  Ever seen someone miserable knitting?  I bet it looks fairly amusing.    It’s a fun pattern, not too difficult for a broken brain.  I’m using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino; the tiny stitches and very soft yarn gives me a very nice sense of accomplishment.

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And it takes my mind off wanting to cut off my head.

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