Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wow, I'm a lucky girl

Not only do I get to be this guy's mom (one week old today, yay for you buddy!)
But I've made a new friend! Eric over at Quirk Books, publishers of the super popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and my fave crochet book at the moment Creepy Cute Crochet. He heard how much I was digging Creepy Cute and sent me this!

Winattack right? It's full of awesome baby books, craft books, knitting books and Quirk Classics like Android Karenina. He also sent me Witch Craft, available this Friday, October 1st. I've browsed through it this afternoon and am totally dying to try just about everything in it. Stay tuned for some witchey crafts if I can tear myself away from this delicious morsel for a few moments.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jack Danger is here.

So we left for the hospital at 11 am on the 22nd with this.

And came home on the 23rd with this.

I'll be busy smothering the crap out of this baby over the next couple of weeks. Expect me back with renewed vigor in time for some Halloween awesome. For now, I leave you with a Jack snack. Mmmmmmm... delicious. <3

Thursday, September 16, 2010

38 Weeks

38 weeks today! Momma is increasingly uncomfortable and not sleeping well at all, but overwhelmed with excitement at the imminent arrival of our little Jack. I can't stop smiling. Today is my last day of work. I'll miss my buddies at the office but it will be nice to be able to nap during the day, hopefully catch up on a little of the sleep I'm loosing at night and maybe being home will afford me the energy to finish up the few baby projects I had left on my list.

Over the last couple of weeks, I've slowly completed these baby leg warmers and matching hat. For the legwarmers I just sort of made them up as I went along, I've no idea if they'll fit. For the hat I used Jane Richmonds top down tutorial from Love in the Mommyhood. Ive been wanting to try this for awhile and while I think I ended up going way too big for a newborn (totally my fault) I'm pleased with the results and the tutorial. If you've got a head measurement or the recipient handy to try the hat on, its a fantastic way to knit something to size without swatching. Yay for indulging my laziness!

I've also been trying to come up with goodies to hang from the bars and mobiles that attach to Jack's bassinet and bouncer. I'm not the kind of gal that likes the junk that comes with that stuff... it's so commercial and boring to me. Amigurumi seemed a good solution but since I can't (strike that, couldn't) crochet to save my life I kept putting it off. Last weekend I busted out my copy of Creepy Cute Crochet (thanks Kim, it's about time I know) and made this little skeleton. He is totally lopsided and ridiculous looking but I learned so much in the process that I'm fully confident I could make something much less crappy next time. I've developed a pretty bad case of carpal tunnel in late pregnancy so that project may have to wait till after I deliver, but what a great activity to keep me busy while nursing! The days sure stretch out as we get closer to Jack's due date. I can not wait to meet this baby.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gardening, stash busting and true love.

Finally, something to show for my not very hard work in the garden this summer. A giant zucchini and a large yellow squash! I made 2 loaves of really delicious zucchini bread last week and I've been wanting to make more to freeze as well as to attempt a version including chocolate chips. Yum!

This afternoon I used a disposable nursing pad as a template to make these washable nursing pads. I used some weirdo flannel that was included in a package of fabrics I got for super cheap at the thrift store awhile ago for the fronts. For the backs I used some leftover terry cloth scraps and the sleeves of a robe we were given on the Caribbean cruise we took last winter. Judging by those materials you can see how badly I needed this destashing challenge. Sad. Anyhoo, I now have a large stack of washable nursing pads to wear at home. Yippee!

Lastly, this evening Bruce took me to Cafe Juanita to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. This man is my favorite person in the whole world. He is my best friend and I can not wait to become parents with him. Love you so much Bruce. Happy Anniversary baby!