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Welcome to the World

This post has taken me a while to write. Not so much because I didn’t know what to write- I know what I want to say. And not because I don’t want to write it; I do. I guess the reason it has taken me a bit is because it’s still so very surreal. Writing about it makes it seem more real, which is also terrifying.

On October 6th, at 1:17am, I woke up, not knowing why. After laying in bed for a few minutes, I realized I woke up because I was having some mild cramp-like pains.

At 2am I headed downstairs to tell my husband I thought I was having contractions. The poor guy was just about to come up to bed when I told him this; instead he sat up with me while I walked around, bounced, and timed them.

At 4am my contractions were pretty regularly at 4 minutes apart, and getting more intense. We called the doctor, packed up, and headed to the hospital. This is where my timeline gets all confused, and I have no idea what time it is anymore.

I labored for 24 hours. 16 of those hours I did without painkillers, without an epidural, without drugs. My original goal had been to have a natural childbirth. All the women in my direct line of descent had quick, easy childbirths (<6 hours). Mine? Long, drawn out, with little progress made at each check. By hour 17 I was in so much pain and agony that I convinced the nurse to give me an epidural. I literally could not take it anymore. Each contraction had me in hysterics, and it seemed each one brought me no closer to the end. I wasn’t dilated enough to push, and the contractions were so strong at that point they were making me throw up. Finally at hour 20 I was told I was allowed to push, so I did. For five hours. Five long, agonizing hours. This is where we found out that the head was stuck. I spent most of those 5 hours moving around into positions trying to get the head shifted. Nothing helped. At the end of the five hours I was told they recommended a c-section. This was the one thing I had hoped to avoid, but by this point I was exhausted, I was stressed, and I was feeling like a failure.

At 2:04am on October 7, 2014 this beautiful boy came into the world:

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His name is Connor Tiberius. He was a whopping 9lbs, 2oz at birth. Apparently he was a bit too large for my body, and I wouldn’t have been able to evacuate him the natural way anyway.

Connor is now 1 1/2 weeks old, and I am in love with this kid. He has the grumpiest old man face most of the time, but when he smiles it is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. He loves his snuggle times with daddy, and naps on mom are the best thing ever.

these past two weeks have been exhausting. I have slept less per night than I ever did in college, I have been peed on and spit up on. I spend most of my day on the couch nursing, so J has to do most of the housework right now.

And I love it all. Well, except for the parts where I’m crying hysterically because it’s 5am and he hasn’t slept since midnight and is fussy and I don’t know what to do. But that is what husbands are for.

We are so very, very blessed to have him, and I cannot wait to watch this tiny little person grow into a unique and wonderful human being.

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First Finished Object Friday

A lot of crafters participate in Finished Object Fridays, but I take so long to complete things that I’ve never joined in. This week, I finally have a few items that are 100% done, so why not participate this time around? Heck, if I’m feeling really daring, I might even do WIP Wednesday next week!

On to the finished objects! First up: Baby Sophisticate Sweater for baby Dez. This was knit out of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran ( I think…I need to find the ball band). This is the 3 month size, and is so teeny it’s squeal-worthy. Go ahead, you know you want to. I’ll wait.

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Next up is Owlet, by Kate Davies. This was such a fast and easy knit (hard to refrain from a joke there…). I really enjoyed this pattern, and am seriously considering knitting the adult version for myself. Or maybe I’ll knit SD one so they can be twinsies at Christmas. Because kids LOVE IT when you dress them identically. This is out of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, in the 6 month size. Our families have a history of large babies, so my hope is that this will fit him during the second half of winter.

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And…that’s pretty much it. I’m not finishing much around here, lately. Environmental Law is kicking my butt, and we’ve been trying to spend as much time with SD as possible before she leaves tomorrow. Tune in Wednesday to see what I’ve been knitting on to date.

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Things are Happening

They just aren’t getting blogged very regularly. SD arrived two weeks ago, and we’ve been busy running around to her activities, and entertaining screaming 7 year old girls in our house most evenings.

Needless to say, things have been hectic lately. Add that on top of crazy fieldwork, and it’s been easy to feel overwhelmed. To combat that, I decided we should take a spontaneous trip to the lake- no work, no computers, just enjoying early summer in the mountains. We had amazing weather for it, and it was great to just relax and enjoy nature for a bit.

 

It was fantastic coming back from a weekend like this. I feel more refreshed than I have in a long time. Even better? We head back up at the end of this week! This time we’re hoping the wild blueberries are ripe when we arrive.

Someone has also decided she wants riding lessons. She’s had two now, and looks like a natural in the saddle. I’m so proud of her. Best part is, it’s something she really wants to do and looks forward to. Her pony’s name is Buddy, and he reminds me of some stubborn ponies I’ve ridden in the past. She’s already been working on trot on the lunge line during her lessons. She rides around with the biggest grin on her face- I’m surprised her cheeks aren’t aching by the end! Below are some photos and a video of her riding.

Of course, this means there is little progress for me to show you on my other endeavors. I’ve just finished one sweater for baby-to-be, and am working on one for a friend. I also just picked up a huge box of blueberries, so next time I should have a tutorial on making blueberry jam.

What fun things do you have planned this summer?

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Success!

This past weekend, I hosted a trunk show for my business. I set up on the front patio of my local yarn store on Saturday. It was a gorgeous day- not too hot, just enough of a breeze, and sunny. The store currently carries only one size of bags that I make, so I loved having the opportunity to showcase a wider range of sizes, plus introduce new items. Overall it was a very productive day, and I am glad I did it.

Here was the set-up:

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Here are the large box bags and drawstring bags. These large bags are amazing- I can fit a completed adult men’s sweater in one! These are nice for those large projects. The photo on the right is notion pouches, DPN holders, and needle rolls. These were all brand new items, and I loved having the chance to show them off.

These next two photos are just an overview of the set-up. A really cute location, and a ton of fun to do.

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Now on to some more fun personal stuff!

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First up is shawl progress. We had such gorgeous weather a few weekends ago that I spent the afternoon on our patio knitting. This of course involved lunch on the patio, too. We eat nothing but the best here- mystery meat in a tube. The shawl is complete, with a few modifications. I didn’t do the lace edging, and instead did a garter stitch border. I wish I had more mats so I could have blocked it a bit more vigorously, but it is still pretty generously sized. I am so madly in love with the fiber and color that I am tempted to buy another 8oz and spin some more.

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I also went on a baking kick. This was a rosemary potato bread recipe I’ve had for a while, but never tried. This came out exactly like the Wegman’s rosemary-sea salt bread. It was delicious, and gone within a few days. I couldn’t believe how large the two loaves were going to be- these things proofed out huge!

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Then it was pie time. Blueberries aren’t quite in season here yet, but they are on sale at the grocery stores, so we decided it was time for blueberry pie. It’s my basic pie recipe- baked shell, with the hot filling poured in and then chilled. It takes 15 minutes, start to finish, and is always a hit.

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I will say, all of this activity seemed to wear someone out. She tried to help as much as possible (read: get underfoot and then be cranky when she accidentally got kicked); but finally resigned herself to napping over by my wheel.

 

 

 

And what would this be without a photo of my current WIP?

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That right there is 21 weeks. I feel so much larger than I look! He is becoming quite active- the kicks are visible now, and half the time it feels like an alien is trying to burst out of me. We are officially past the halfway point! I guess this means we should start working on putting together a nursery…or planning a nursery…

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In like a Lion, out like a…Lion?

I would apologize for not posting in a month but honestly… I have had way too much going on to blog. March has been a whirlwind of not only crazy unseasonal winter weather, but also activity! Right about the time we moved into our new house, we received some surprising news:

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There’s a baby D on the way! We are so excited, and nervous, and thrilled, and terrified. That contributed a lot to the lack of blogging. I was so sick and tired for the entire first trimester, that doing anything besides getting up, going to work, coming home and going to sleep was too taxing. Plus it’s hard to keep a secret like that when you have a blog. I mean, there wasn’t much I could talk about besides “looked at baby knitting. Was sick all day.” 

What’s new in knitting? Well, I started a baby sweater! This is the owlet pattern by Kate Davis. I needed an easy pattern to start out with, and I have wanted to knit an owls sweater for ages. This seemed like a great one to start with. I’m already binding off the neck, and only have to graft the sleeves, weave in ends, and block it.  This sweater will be done in no time!

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Oh, J’s 2013 birthday socks? I finally  finished them last week. They are done, ends woven in, and sitting on top of his dresser. I am so glad to have those done. I never want to look at that pattern again. 

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Other than that, not much going on. My full-time job has me working more than full-time right now, so any free time I have is spent doing homework for my graduate class, or trying to keep up with housework. I’m hoping now that I’m in the second trimester that I’ll be able to keep up with things a little better. In the meantime, I plan on spending the rest of this gloomy, rainy, sleety Sunday sitting on the couch with a hot mug of tea and some knitting to relax with. 

 

 

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