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Andrew holds Evie while Zane helps support her head.  They love being big brothers and when they are at their daddy’s house they call to talk to her.

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While it is true Daddy has big feet, Evie is so tiny!

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Thanks to Daddy, Evie gets a head start at being a gamer girl.

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Every little girl needs a Raggedy Ann.

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Grandma Carrie holds Evie while Daddy fills out her baby book.

Overall things are going well, today is Daddy’s first day back at work and he sure looked sad to leave us.  15 minutes after he left Evie rolled over!  Not even two weeks old, what a strong baby!

I promise to have knitting pictures soon!

Good news! The boys had reading placement tests this week, to see what groups they should be in. I was a tad worried about Andrew, he can read but he never showed us how well till this week. My little 1st grader is reading at a level most 3rd graders read halfway through the year. His teacher/stepmom said he only missed two words, one was frightening and… I can’t remember the other. Andrew was telling Evie (or more accurately, my tummy) that she needs to be born soon, he’s ready to teach her how to read!

Zane, no one was worried about him. He’s been reading since he was one. Yes, one. Amazing stuff. He was very proud to tell me that even though he is in 3rd grade he reads better than most 11th graders. That’s right, Zane reads at a level almost 3 times higher than what he should. I am one proud mommy!

boys Smart AND cute!

They come home from their Daddy’s house tomorrow. I can’t wait. I miss them while they are gone. Never thought I would be one of those people sharing kids and having to schedule all that mess. But we’re all a LOT happier now.

Pregnancy News

Not much to report really. I had a lot of contractions yesterday, for an hour there it was every 5 minutes. Evie is such a tease. I wasn’t too excited cause I knew it is still a tad early at 36 weeks. But they are at least every hour or so, if not more often. I could have this baby now and be perfectly happy.

Heartburn has been a bitch and a half this week. I never had it with the boys!

The same thing with morning sickness. I threw up once with Andrew and never with Zane. I threw up twice this week alone! Whoever said morning sickness is just for mornings and early pregnancy is NUTS! (I threw up at night and I’m 36 weeks, there goes those theories!) So many things are different about this pregnancy. I wonder if it’s cause it is a girl this time, or cause it’s a different daddy or just cause I’m 30 instead of in my 20s. Maybe a combination of all 3.

Still have a migraine, but after 6 months straight, I dunno, I kinda get used to it I guess?

Evie’s nursery is pretty much done. I’d repainted a few months ago from ugly bright brick red to a pretty mint green. I washed all her clothes and sorted them into age groups. I got a rocking chair, boppy pillow, changing table, basinette (for our room) newborn diapers. All that’s really left is to move the furniture and move sophie’s litterbox and food. I need to pack my suitcase and get some lanolin and nursing pads. Every time I think I’m all ready I realize there is more to do!

Have you seen these nursing covers? i got one as a gift yesterday! The woman who did my pedicure and I were talking about nursing and she asked me if I had one, I said no, I’ll just use my baby sling (which I am dying to use, hurry up Evie!). I guess she really likes them cause she brought me a very cool orange one! What a nice surprise. The pattern is sadly not on that site(though the ones that are there are just as great), but it is so awesome I plan to use it for something else once Evie is done nursing.
Knitting News

I’m working on a secret surprise. It’s nothing spectacular, but I don’t want to share till it’s done cause if it doesn’t work or looks silly I’ll be embarassed!

I also got yarn for another pinwheel sweater.

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The “white” is really more of a grey, so it will be a pretty grey/purple/pink for Evie. If I need more yarn, I’ll finish it with some of the cream that is left over from the first pinwheel I made.

I love futurama, if for no other reason than it gives me great blog titles.  I’m now at 36 weeks.  Still have a migraine.  The appointment today went well, if not faster than I’d like.  I guess I got used to having a midwife with the boys.  She would sit down during our appointment and actually look at me and talk to me and ask if I had questions and not make me feel rushed.  As much as I like my doctor as a person, and his bedside manner is definitely not the worst I’ve ever seen, I still feel a tad rushed.

We did the test you do for whatever infection at 36 weeks.  Like I said, it was rushed, but I do remember doing it with the boys.  If you have the infection they put you on antibotics before the birth.

We talked about my migraines and he referred me to a nuerologist and refilled Vicodin.  I’ve been to this neurologist and he’s probably got the award for worst bedside manner.  I asked the receptionist to hold off on the referal, I’m sure the migraines will be better after Evie is born and my hormones settle down.

We planned an ultrasound for next week.  Evie was measuring big a few weeks ago at the last ultrasound, and since the boys were big, hopefully we can have Evie sooner than September 18th.  A big baby + migraines should = inducing early in my book.  At this point where I’ve had a migraine daily for the last 6 months or so, I’m all for having the baby early.

I stopped on the way home to take some photos at the overlook.  My doctor is a half an hour up the hill from me and the view is lovely.

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Now for some less artsyphotos.

The boys had their first day of school yesterday.  They had a blast and so far like it so much better than their old school.  classroom

Books for Zane in 3rd grade.  Sean and I laughed to ourself about the cursive book.  You learn cursive, use it for 3 or 4 years then never really use it again.  Zane has been reading since he was 1 and the only way to hide things was to write in cursive.  I guess that is out now.

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This year Zane can chose an elective.  He was thinking about music or drama.  And after school he was thinking about dropping kung fu – which he’s done for 2 years now – and being in the chess club.  Sometimes I really worry that he is going to be teased and beat up.  He’s too smart and sensitive for his own good.  The teeny girl in pink behind him is his step-sister.

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This is Zane’s teacher this year.  Pregnancy brain attacks!  I can’t remember her name.  She was very nice and he really seems to like her so far.

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Drew’s classroom theme this year is handy helper.  Here he is cutting out his hand.  It was very amusing to see 3 or 4 parents actually cut out their child’s hand for them.  Amusing and sickening.  By the time your child is in 1st grade it is definitely time to step back and let them tie their own shoes and wipe their own bottoms.

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Drew’s first grade teacher is also his step-mother.  Funny how much they look alike!  But trust me, he’s definitely my child!  I have been very blessed that my ex-husband had such great taste, Kristi is the sweetest kindest woman I have ever met.  We get along great and her being part of the family has allowed us to stay a family.  The ex and I cannot talk, at all.  If it weren’t for her, visitation and child rearing would be a daily struggle.  We’re all really excited that Drew has her for a teacher.

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The school mascot wandering around the campus.

It’s time to go get a pedicure!

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Piggle, as modeled by DH’s monkey.  I made piggle for my sons’ step-sister/ex-husband’s adopted daughter.  Families are so confusing nowadays!  At any rate, I didn’t feel comfortable posting photos of her on the net so the monkey helpfully stepped in.

Pattern: Piggle by Knitty

Yarn: Lion’s Brand Baby Soft in White

Needles: size 2  DPNs

Modifications:  120 stitches seemed huge!  I never gauge, I know I really should.  I cut the stitches down to 100 as she’s a year and a half old and the pattern says toddler to adult can wear the same size.  Not the way I knitted it.  To place the holes (which you sadly can’t see since monkey has no hair) I worked 20 stitches instead of 25 and to shape the crown and do the decrease I just sort of randomly worked with the pattern as I went along.  I did 12 rows of decreases instead of 18.  Surprisingly, even with all that, it still turned out.  I’m pretty impressed.

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Now the question remains, will B wear it?  She pulls hats right off, so we figured if her hair was sticking through it will be harder to take off.

On the needles now:  a newborn hat for Evie.  I’m playing around with different stitches and generally winging it.  That means that I’ve started and restarted it at least 4 times now,  but at least I’m learning how different stitches go together.  Also my MIL’s scarf.  I haven’t felt like picking it up lately.

 The Park

The boys and I enjoyed the cooler weather and took off to the park yesterday, after a quick stop at the farmer’s market for watermelon honey.

andrew

When the boys were younger, strangers would ask me if they had different fathers.  I always thought that was pretty rude, I’d never ask a perfect stranger something so personal!  But to answer once and for all, yes, they do.  Drew got my fair skin and freckles.  He’s such a wild child, class clown, noisy little boy.  He makes me laugh hysterically.  He had a rougher time with the divorce, being younger.  He has a lot of emotional growing to do.

He also has a difficult time comparing himself to Zane.  Zane is a genius.  Quite literally.  It’s hard for Andrew because his brother is so smart and witty and charming.  Drew needs to find his place and who he is and stop trying to be like his brother.  I pray it happens soon, it’s too hard to go through life as it is without feeling like you aren’t measuring up.  Compared to kids his age, Drew is very smart – farther ahead in reading than anyone in his class.  He makes up jokes on the fly.  I wish he could see his good things, more than he sees his bad.

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Zane is much more photogenic – in that he will stand still for a photo.  So I generally have more of him.  He got his daddy’s darker skin and hair.  He’s going into 3rd grade on the 20th.  Where did the time go?!  It used to be when I was talking about my baby I was talking about him.  Now “baby” means the one in my tummy.  Zane is a terrific big brother, he was talking to Evie and telling her to hurry and be born so he could read to her and teach her to read and how to do baby sign language.  He’s very sensitive and it is difficult to be the the smart sensitive boy.  He is a yellow belt in Kung Fu so at least he can protect himself if the bullies pick on him.  His step-mother teaches at his school and she says his 3rd grade class is full of little boys just like him.  I’m relieved, last year it was all little jocks who didn’t seem to want to play with him.  I hope this year will bring him a lot of new friends.

What a busy busy weekend.  I’m exhausted.

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Blossom is going… mostly well.  It’s going to need some serious blocking since I guess I haven’t learned how to knit without it curling up yet.  I also think I got the ribbing done on the wrong side, but I don’t feel like starting it all over unless I absolutely have to.   And the only people who will know it’s wrong are you and me.  I won’t tell if you don’t.  My only complaint is it is a bit tedious since it’s mostly all just stockinette and garter stitch.

blossom close up

I think it’s turning out alright however.

zane knitting

Zane has been wanting to learn how to knit so this weekend we worked on casting on.  Next time I think I will just cast on for him and teach him the knitting because he was getting discouraged.  At least he learned how to do a slip knot.  Every little boy should know that!

cast on monkey

Here’s Monkey being cast on.  I like how it is striping up.  I like these colors together.  Monkey has been a bit neglected for Blossom, but I’ll get to it!

packed sophie

Poor Sophie, she misses the boys so much when they go to daddy’s house.  She tried to pack herself.

pizza evan

I got to babysit my nephew Evan this weekend.  He weighs about 24lbs.  I’m 7 and a half months pregnant.  My back was killing me!  But he is so adorable.  Here he is passing out during lunch.