Thursday, November 30, 2006
On the homefront, it looks like we will be getting a storage unit for a month or so, so that even if Dad comes right after Christmas like he's planning, that the baby's room will be done and ready. We had planned that the garage will turn into a den, and the dungeon (our spare room that contains all of Travis' computer/dragon/medieval weponry/books/stuff) will move into the den and the dungeon will turn into Sean's room. The original plan was that my Dad would come down (he's a contractor, you see) and help us with the garage>den plan in November. Then it turned into beginning of December. Now it's after Christmas, because he wants to be here when the baby comes. I can completly understand this, since he wasnt here when Jake was born, but still I am not comfortable with creating Sean's room a week before he's due to arrive. Guess I'm neurotic like that. Especially since we have so much to go through once he has a room - the attic is full of baby stuff like crib/stroller/carseat/clothes/feeding stuff/etc. All of it has to be scrubbed clean before Sean can even think to use any of it. Also, my baby shower is Saturday and I assume that I will get presents - and I currently have no place to put them. I have clothes with no home, diapers with no home (both of which are currently living in my MIL's closet). Stress I tell ya. BUT, with the storage unit comes something we can control. It lets me move all the crap out of the house that we dont need yet in the garage and the dungeon, and lets me concentrate on Sean's room.
Now I just have to figure out how to make the dungeon's paint - which is a very dark blue (like, well I see lots of examples around me but nothing thats universal. Just dark like a medium dark denim) into something that is appropriate for a baby without having to paint the whole entire room! I have been thinking of doing some kind of cloud looking faux finish, but I'm not sure yet. Suggestions would be great!
I still have not had time to look at the camera instructions, I have been pretty busy whenever I can on the Christmas top. I dont really want to call it a sweater since there are no sleeves (yay!) but you know.
I have been working on the www.knotlooseends.com website a tad bit - Gnombert's page has many more pictures, and they actually seem to be working. I was not, however, successful in creating the about me page, er, my portion of the about me page. I'll try again once I'm not up to my eyeballs in proofreading.
That's it for now, really. Tomorrow is December 1st and time to start the Advent calendar. Wonder how likely it is that Jake will share his little bits of candy? Yeah, I didnt think so either.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
And also, a website. www.knotlooseends.com is up and psuedo functioning. Well parts of it are functioning. Other parts, not so much. You can see pics of Gnombert in some of his travels, and you can see the main page of it. I'm trying to add a catalog page to put up all the stuff we have for sale there. Trying being the key word here. It wouldnt be so bad if the program didnt suck so bad. It's ok in the morning, but by afternoon it's so slow it times itself out when I try to do anything - especiall add pictures. It doesnt like pictures. Wonder if it's the old blogger in disguise? But anyway, along with catalog pages, I want to add an about us page (a mini profile of all us gals that are part of KLE), a blog RSS feed where people can come every day to see our favorite blogs - and shop for stuff while they are there! If there is anyone reading this that knows internet magic, and has free time, please let me know and I will put you to work! And now that we have a website, if only we could win the damn lotto we could open our store - aptly named Knot Loose Ends! One can dream.
I have successfully written out 1 Christmas card, but I have been proofing all day along with trying to make this website thing work. The proofing is about 1/4 done. I hate doing this part of my job, but hey, what can ya do.
Jake has decided that I am not allowed to have the same shoes as he has. I want them black Converses SOO bad. My MIL had called the BX to have them hold a pair in my size for her for me for Christmas. Jake said I could have pink. Or purple. Or white like Grampy (my dad) but not black. And I like the black ones. We'll see how it turns out.
My baby shower is on Saturday. Not a lot of people coming, but that's fine I suppose. I guess that since it's getting so close to Christmas that everyone has holiday stuff to do, shopping and family and all that. It should be a fun time. And there will be cake, so of course that will be good.
Babyville: Sean's fingernails are growing long. Dont be suprised if you need to trim both finger and toe nails after he arrives.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
A week's worth of Babyville: Sean's tastebuds develop. Lunar Month 9, 32 wks LMP - he weighs 3.75 lbs or 1702 grams and is 16.19 inches or 42.4 cm long. He may hiccup (really really often), cry, taste sweet and sour and respond to pain, light and sound. I may gain weight faster now than any other point in my pregnancy (it was the pants, I swear). Sean's brain and nerves are developing and directing bodily functions. The volume of amniotic fluid begins to deminish and his bones are getting stronger, limbs get fatter and skin takes on a healthy glow!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I like it, I dont care what they say! I have about 1/2 inch left on Dad's sock before I start the toe. It is going much quicker than I remembering the first one going... which is a very good thing! It felt like the last one went on forever! But, I guess I shouldnt be too excited, I feel the same way about the patterning on the birthing sock which will be coming up next, no, not Sean's hat, but my 2nd birthing sock. That is because I cannot give birth with A birthing sock, but Sean can come home with no hat because he will be wearing a hoodie... nice logic, eh? I thought so too.
I am struggling with what to get for my Step-Dad for Christmas. He doesnt wear socks, I am hoarding all of our Home Depot gift cards for ourselves and the Chocolate Cake he wants just doesnt seem substantial enough. Is substantial spelt right? Oh well. Anyway, so I was thinking that just beceause he doesn't wear socks, doesn't mean he wouldn't wear a sweater? Course I'm not sure that he even owns pants... shorts - in spades... but pants, not so much. You can wear a sweater with red beach shorts, right? For those breezy days? Yes? No? Urg, maybe he will get a chocolate cake.
I think that's it for now. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to bring you a pic of a pair of Daddy socks... wish me luck!
Babyville: (explicit words ahead... caution!) Sean's testicles have dropped from his abdomen, where they grew, into his scrotum. (see, told you).
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Lets see, I had finished the birthing sock and I've gotten to the gusset of my Dad's second sock. By this evening I hope to be done with that and on to the round and round bit.
Sean's hoodie will not be able to have a zipper in it - so I've got to get the buttons out to see what will work with it. I have those cute little car buttons, and I thought about them but I think they are too small. I think that I will use them though for the booties.
After Dad's second sock is done, I'll do my other birthing sock then work on Sean's hat. It really doesnt have much left before I do the decreases - which will require math, and counting... wish me luck!
I got a new book from Zoomba - 100 Crochet Projects. It's a pretty big book with lots of ugly patterns in it, scattered among a few cute ones. I need to sit down and mark the ones that I like. I dont know how long this one will last in my book stash - I'm just not that thrilled with it. Even the patterns of the cute things are not things I love, just like - not a good sign! I also just ordered (with my birthday Barnes & Nobel gift card from Tracie thankyouverymuch) the 2007 Crochet Calendar and http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9781405452328&itm=2 this book. It looks interesting, and I really do need help with the knitting. How sad is it that my plan is that after I'm done with the birthing sock and Sean's hat and Dad's sock that I will work on swatching knitting - to see if I can figure out how to do it right? I know, backasswards. Yep, that's me! Moving on.
Everything is going rather well, I had to go to DQ this afternoon for an emergency Blizzard... whoops! But it was so good!
I saw this on the way home the other day. Now maybe it's just me, but shouldnt a spare tire
be something that would actuall function as a spare tire? Can you see it, the BIG GAPING HOLE on the left side there? Yeah, scary.
Babyville - (sorry my slackerdom has gotten us behind) You may have more Braxton-Hicks contractions but dont worry. If you have many in succession you might actually be beginning pre-labor. If that is the case, call your doc right away. Try laying down and see if the contractions subside. (sidebar - yeah, these are kicking my arse! I am particularly un-fond of the ones I get while driving. Wonder if I can get a cot in my drivers seat?). 31 Wks LMP - Sean weighs 3.31 lbs or 1502 grams and is 16.18 inches or 41.1 cm long.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
The top shows it in the pattern, the bottom of the foot shows just straight knitting and lets the yarn show itself off. See why I love it? Anyway, thats where that stands.
Once this sock is done, I'll do Daddy's other sock. I will try really really hard to motivate myself to do Daddy's other sock... especially since I have had no luck convincing him to lop off his other foot to save me from myself. I'll keep trying though!
The other day when I was driving home from work it was raining and icky, but I saw this:
Can you see it? A rainbow blob in the middle of the clouds? It had no rainbow parts on the other sides of the clouds - no arch, nothing. It was really cool to see.
Good news on the baby front... no more quaint little hospital for the baby... My insurance finally bucked up and started flying right! They added the real hospital back! YAY! Sean has been hiccuping often. I let Jake feel it the other night and he was thrilled to pieces. He says "That means he's growing!". I love baby logic!
Speaking of Jake and logic, he asked Travis the other day "Daddy, why do squirrels eat their homes?" Uh, huh? was Travis' response. "Well, squirrels eat acorns, and acorns become trees, and squirrels live in trees. So why would they eat the acorns?" Travis mumbled something about too many acorns and plenty of trees, and left it at that. We were both kind of awestruck at the thought process required to come up with that.
Babyville: Sean's body continues to grow quickly. His brain is developing well with different sections taking shape.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Nothing really on Friday, except I finished Sean's hoodie - I put it on the doll so you could see what it looks like on - I still need to get a zipper put in, then it's ready. http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/brandeekins/2006_1105Image0005.jpg
Saturday was the craft fair and the duel mine and Tracie's birthday party. I didnt sell much at the craft fair but it was more than my booth cost. Tra did well, selling a shrug and getting a commission for a baby blanket. Kerry sold a dishcloth - but since it was like an all day crochet meeting, it was ok! Then we headed back to my place to get ready for the party. Lots of fun, food and libations were had (not by me - I drank tea). I have some great friends that fed the yarn habit, and Loews card from my Mom to help with building the extra room. My MIL is also giving us Home Depot, and my aunt gave us a Home Depot card for getting them into Disney - they were thrilled! So we've probably gotten about $300 so far toward the project which is wonderful!
Sunday I went shopping at Kohl's and got 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of socks and a Bed-In-A-Bag with 2 sheet sets for $112. I was so excited! And I was able to pay cash with the money from the craft fair plus some birthday money. Then to Joann's to get a zipper and a couple other things to use up my gift card there (What's sad is that I still have $2.12 left. That wouldn't be so aad if it werent a $10 gift card! That just means more shopping to come!) Then home, where we had the crappy bucs game and then to Bailey's 1st birthday (a friends little girl): she really REALLY liked her cake!
Babyville: On Friday I am officially in my 3rd Trimester. Sean can make grasping motions and likes to suck his thumb. 30 wks LMP, he weighs 2.91 pounds or 1319 grams and is 15.71 inches or 39.9 cm long!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Let's see whats going on... I had my 3 hour fasting glucose test yesterday, it was long and painful, I have 2 puncture marks on each arm as souviners. Joy. I had Damarys take a pic but you cant really see them. Oh well. During my doctors office confinement I got the cuff and a few rounds of my birthing socks done. I'm using an actual pattern it's called a waffle rib. 3 rows of k2p2 rib then 1 row of purl. I like how it looks, I love the colors. It's been a bit difficult for me since I am not a fan of ribbing since it involves paying attention, but it looks nice. Here's it so far:
I should find out either tomorrow or Friday the results of my test. I hope I studied hard enough... gestational diabetes sucks.
Tonight is crochet group, I have purposly been not working on Sean's hoodie, because I wanted to have something to work on there. Let me see if I can remember what I have done - back, 2 fronts and 1.5 sleeves I think. I have 1 sleeve connected to 1 front, and I think that's as far as I've gotten. I should be able to finish the other sleeve tonight, and stitch most or all of it together. Once thats done I'll work on the hood. Tracie's got the idea to make it as a rectangle, stitching the top long side together to make the hood and stitching the bottom to the top of the jacket. Hopefully that will work. Otherwise I will have to look at some of the other patterns out there for them. I have been writing down this pattern as I go, and will post it later on - hopefully. We see how well that worked for the sock!
Saturday is the craft fair at Jake's school. It was so good last year, I really hope that we do as well this year! It's always such a great turnout, which is suprising since it's a pretty small school, and even smaller church! But hey, thats all good! Saturday evening is Tracie and I's b-day party. Should be lots of fun, the high is only supposed to be like 77, so we will easily be able to accomodate a bon-fire. yippee.
Oh, on the way home yesterday I saw this: http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/brandeekins/trainingwheels.jpg. Now I've seen 3 wheel motorcycles, but never a motorcycle with training wheels! I was amused.
Babyville: Sean is getting fatter (because he needs so much help with that... considering his mac-n-cheese belly) and the skin is less wrinkled after filling out.