Friday, February 27, 2009
I saw this over on Jessica's blog and I thought it looked pretty cool, I love getting a little window into the thoughts and surroundings of others so I thought I would do one as well.
Right Now, I am:
smelling... fresh apple baking in the oven
feeling... content with my family life going on around me
reading... Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson (from Jon and Kate plus 8) and the Seeds of Change catalog
enjoying... M's weekend at home
wondering... What to serve at tonight's pray group
hearing... M and L counting pennies
listening... to God's still small voice, telling me to be thankful
drinking... soon to be some apple spice tea M's is brewing
wanting... enough yarn to start on my first sweater project I'm dreaming up
loving... lazy Sunday mornings
looking... at this wonderful project and thinking about how fun it would be to donate a bear
Hope everyone else is having a wonderful lazy sunday morning!
Monday, February 23, 2009
The nasty cold that assaulted my system for over a week is finally leaving my house and making it's way to torture some other poor souls, but alas I am free! During the time that I was down I managed to crank out a few projects, 4 to be exact and here is the second one I get to share with you (the first was the leg warmers) it is the embroidery I did for my brother's wedding gift. I still haven't figured out what to put at top and whether it should be a framed sampler or a pillow, so I am begging for some opinions here!
In return for your opinions and suggestions I offer you this:
So here are the rules that I am supposed to follow (this reminds me of the chain mail letters that used to litter my email in high school):
1. Put the logo on your blog or post
.2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
One Hook Wander- Even if you wouldn't have sent this to me, I'd still be passin' it on to you
A Friend to knit with
The Toby Show
OK, so you know what, I fell short, but I've actually decided that I'm going to put up a list of blogs I love in my sidebar and that will just have to count!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I woke up that morning late the day before my due date, like most of my mornings, sleeping in while my husband M took care of our first daughter L downstairs. I'm sure the only reason I woke up that morning before 10am was because my sister was in town and I wanted to take her to the Farmer Market with me. So, after a quick bite and putting on my nice spring clothing we traveled to the next town over for their wonderful Saturday morning farmers market. Soon after we arrived I started to feel some light contractions, mostly like pressure which I laughed off and continued on with my shopping. Fresh fruits, yummy veggies and some beautiful flowers to look at while in labor. I finished my other errands, getting loads of groceries thinking that maybe, just maybe this will be the last time I grocery shop before my baby is born.
The contractions continued around 6 minutes apart, they didn't hurt at all just felt like pressure. I made sure to relax my jaw and my pelvic area during the contractions and focus on my opening. M was already doing the dishes so I decided to get in on the clean up so that we would have a nice clean home to give birth in. I wiped down the counters, swept the floor and then vacuumed. I had wanted a clean and quite home to birth in, but I hadn't thought it would be so easy! At 7:30pm I asked Micah to install the car seat, which I felt he could no longer stall on. While outside my contractions started to die out to every 15 minutes apart and only about 20 seconds long. So we then hopped into the car and went to the store and walked around there. My contractions kicked back up as I walked and spent some money I didn't really have. At about 9pm my abdomen was starting to hurt from the weight of my belly so we left and went to rent a movie. Once home we popped in the movie and I lay on the couch hoping to get some rest, but apparently my body had different plans for me. My contractions started to pick up to 5 minutes apart and 40 seconds long and I had to breathe and concentrate through them. At 11pm we turned off the movie and started to fill up the birth pool, just in case which was in our dining room.
While M was busying himself with the pool, I turned on Mad TV and walked around watching that between contractions. I also gave Paula an update at this point. Around midnight I turned off the TV. and stood out on my back porch looking at the stars with M for awhile. I went back and forth from the living room, to the porch, to the kitchen where the tub was being filled feeling lots of pressure. I took the time to slow dance, kiss and look into my husband's eyes during the contractions. I felt so alive at this point truly connecting with my baby, my husband, God and the earth around me. The pain woke me up and filled me the great knowledge that only laboring women can know. I knew at this point that I would have this baby by morning so at 1:00am I had M call Paula and tell her to come on over.
It took her awhile since she was at work and would have to call someone in to replace her. I started leaning heavily on M for support during the contractions feeling his love and strength. I would look into his eyes and feel all the love and faith that he had in me. I imagined this birth being a gift to him, as we danced under the stars, my wonderful husband who is my strength. We kissed each other softly feeling the love and warmth this baby would be bringing into the world.
The tub was filled now as Paula arrived at 2:30 am. As a contraction would come on I would call out for M and he would help me to find a comfortable position to labor in. Paula checked my Blood pressure and the baby's heart rate and started setting up her equipment. At 3:15 am she asked if she could check my cervix and I said OK since I was curious to know how things were going down there anyways. I was 3cm dilated and 90% effaced, active labor. During the exam I felt a popping sensation and had my hardest contraction yet. It came so fast that I was unable to get on top of it as I moaned out in pain. I stood up expecting to feel a gush of water between my legs, but there was nothing. I needed something to take the edge off, I wanted water, so I went upstairs to take a shower with M. The hot water only lasted a few minutes before it ran cold. I felt defeated. I came downstairs and tried walking outside with M for a few more contractions. At about 3:15am I told M "I have to get into that damned tub". Paula said OK and I went ahead and got in. I tried getting into the position that I had envisioned giving birth in, on my knees with my arms lying on the side of the pool. This position however did not work for me I felt extreme pressure on my pelvic bone, so I flipped around and ended up in the crab position with the water supporting my weight. I was able to sway my hips around in circular motions which I had been doing for the past few hours. This helped a lot with pain and I was able to get the pressure of my pelvic pone.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Pop up playhouse from P's birthday last year + all the pillows from our couch = hours of FREE entertainment!
Since M was on duty and I couldn't just look at the ceiling all day I decided to put my hands to work and I am really surprised with all they accomplished while I was laid up. The embroidery I showed you last week is nearly finished and I made these legwarmers for my nieces birthday.
These are made from KnitPicks Comfy in Flamingo and Cashew it took awhile to get here, but I was really impressed with the quality, it's SO soft. The pattern is from Never Not Knitting. I am about 75% done with a second pair as well, which I am planning to give for P's birthday, so that is what I will be working on today. M was a such a great dad this weekend, he took care of all of us without one word of complaint and he even got the laundry caught up for me! Sorry for the brag, I just really thought he should should get some recognition here.
Hope everyone else is finding some entertainment in these dreary winter days.
Monday, February 16, 2009
It started off innocently enough with the exchanging of gifts (see my gorgeous flowers up there). Well things quickly heated up from there (and not in the good way). Our landlord needed to come by and inspect a leak in our downstairs which is below our bathroom. So, even though I was sick with a nasty head cold and it was Valentines, we still needed to get this done. I'm sure you can guess that this is leading to something and here it is, mold. Mold in the drywall, but thank God it was only where the leak was. I rushed the girls upstairs to get dressed and we quickly fled the house with a diaper bag and the dog. Being asthmatics we can't be to careful.
We called our local relatives and all had some sort of stomach virus, so no way were we going there! The rain was pouring down, my head was pounding and we were homeless for a day. We drove around, shopped aimlessly and finally landed at my moms for dinner to brave whatever her baby had (which turned out to be a virus and she was just puking from the snot). We cuddled up, watched a movie and eventually went home to our house that had been cleaned up and had double air purifiers going the whole day.
Still throughout all this our cool was kept. It's truly amazing how much parenthood changes you, we laugh in the face of peril and spray air deodorizer when life just plain stinks! Long live the Valentines day curse!
Friday, February 13, 2009
and getting ready with cards and gifts for tomorrow festivities,
(paper cutting was from free download at little acorn, it's my first ever!)
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I made it out of an old sheet, can't you tell from the nice hem?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I would have had it finished within two days, but just as I was one row from finishing it I tried it on and it was to small. I just knew that there was no way it would close, I guess I have a bigger head then I thought. So with great dismay (mostly because I was excited to wear the dang thing) I took it off the needles and ripped out about 14 rows. I finished the next evening and have been wearing it most of the week (in fact, I'm wearing it right now).