Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getting Back on Track

I haven't been crafting much since...May. Everything happened in may. We started our kitchen renovation. We found out I was pregnant. CJ started going through an excruciating sleep regression. I just didn't feel like doing much besides getting rest.

I've been trying to get back into the swing of things lately. I was recently invited to a Busy Bag Exchange. For those of you who don't know, the participants of a Busy Bag Exchange make a number of DIY toddler activities beforehand and then meet up to exchange them, so each participant ends up with several different activies.

I was kind of short on funds so I was trying to come up with a craft that I already had supplies for. I finally settled on making soft books. A while ago my brother-in-law gifted me with several big binders full of outdoor fabric swatches that the landscaping store where he works was going to throw out. They have been sitting in my workroom for a long time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use them. The books are all a little different. Here's a couple of examples:

 I used applique patterns that I had already made for other projects so while it was a little time-intensive to make the number needed for the exchange, it required very little preparation.

The other project I'm working on is a scarf for the midwife who delivers Baby Girl. I made one for the midwife who caught CJ, so I figure I have set a precedent. I found the pattern on Ravelry and while it looks complicated, it's actually one of the simplest patterns I have worked with in a while. It is mostly just straight knitting and purling plus one row with some knit togethers and yarn overs to give it the nice lacy effect. It's something I can easily do while watching tv because it doesn't require a lot of concentration. Even so, I still  have quite a ways to go!
Next up is getting some more items in my Etsy shop, which has been sadly neglected in recent months. However, I think I may have worked my sewing machine too hard making the soft books (it's really not cut out for sewing such heavyweight fabric) so I need to see if I can repair it before I can get back to work.

Friday, October 12, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 11)

We're all going on a short trip out east in the near future. I'm really looking forward to it because I'll get to see my extended family but I'm dreading it at the same time. CJ is not a good traveler. Well, the traveling part is ok but it's the sleeping while traveling that's not. Basically, he doesn't. Not ever. He staunchly refuses to nap and wakes every 20 minutes to an hour at night. It makes it hard to enjoy trips! 

Earlier this week I bought a white noise machine to help with this problem. We usually run a box fan outside his room for white noise but that is a bit bulky to take on a trip, so we thought we would try something a little more portable. We tried it for the first time on Monday night and it was a complete disaster. He was absolutely terrified of it. I have no idea why. The machine was on when we were getting him ready for bed and he was freaking out, so we turned it off and took it out of the room but apparently the old "out of sight out of mind" thing doesn't work anymore. He was so scared that it took him an hour (with me checking on him frequently) to finally go to sleep. Needless to say, the demon machine is going back to the store.

I'm finally working on updating my music collection. I haven't synched my ipod in years. I have no idea how some of that stuff got on there. Plus there is a lot of pirated material that I want to delete. Oh, and it's still full of songs that I listened to in my youth that drop the f-bomb quite frequently. It's kind of embarrassing. But cleaning it off is a BIG JOB that I'll probably be working on for many nap times to come.

The house is almost back to it's pre-renovation state; I just have to finish reorganizing the guest room/my office and then I will no longer be mortified by the state of my home. I. am. thrilled!

I love seasonal soup. I recently made this Butternut Apple Soup recipe and it was absolutely wonderful. Plus it was super easy to make, and that's always a good thing. I'm making another batch later this week and freezing it so I can  have it on hand for the cold winter that the Farmer's Almanac is predicting.

Speaking of freezing food can you believe I've never done that before this year? Life is so much easier now that I have a collection (albeit small) of frozen meals ready to go. I am making an effort to get that freezer full to bursting before Baby Girl gets here.

I'm taking part in a program run by the county called "Moms on the Move". Basically I have to wear a pedometer every day and try to get my weekly average to about 2,000 steps above my baseline, which was 6,800 steps a day, and when  I turn in my step log I get prizes. My baseline wasn't great, considering that doctors recommend that one takes at least 10,000 steps a day. I really thought my baseline would be higher since at the end of the day I feel like I have run off my feet, but I guess I do a lot of standing (dishes, cooking, etc) rather than actual walking. So I've been making a point to walk more and I've managed to increase my average daily steps by 3,000! It's not a marathon, but it makes me feel happy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

15 months, or, who is this toddler pitching a fit on my floor?

My baby just turned 15 months old a while back and seems to be  hitting developmental milestones--temper tantrums included--every other day. I hate to seem him growing up so fast, but I suppose it is a good thing considering that his baby sister is due to make her debut in three months or so.
He's been walking full-time for a few months now (although he still crawls for fun) and is so active that he hasn't gained any weight since his 12 month checkup. The only times he's still are when he's sleeping or looking at his books, or strapped into a carseat. He's grown 1.5 inches taller, though! He likes eating in theory (as long as it's a food he likes, i.e. toast, noodles, fruit, or cheese--not much else) but the problem we're having is that he gets bored after a few bites and wants to get down and play.

He's a climber--the other day I found him sitting on the dining room table banging away on my laptop, which I thought was safe up there. We're taking a "Baby and Me" class at the community center and he loves the tumbling part so much so that he keeps trying to take cuts in line so the teacher will help him do a somersault again.
He's got quite a few words now, including: Dada, cat, vroom, moo, boom boom, toot, toast, more, ball, bye bye, and text. "Mama" is conspicuously absent. I'm trying not to be offended:)

He continues to be an excellent babbler and will carry on whole conversations with old ladies at the grocery store. He's definitely got the tone and cadence of speech down, if not the vocabulary.

His imagination made its appearance last week! I finally realized that when he was holding toys up to his chin and laughing to himself, he was actually pretending to talk on the phone. He does this with mostly tv remotes and and a scientific calculator that he somehow appropriated into his toy collection, but in the absence of anything with buttons he will use anything from a yardstick to a chicken nugget.

Although his temperament has gotten a lot better since he was a fussy baby, he can still be very opinionated and dramatic. If he doesn't get what he wants he will throw a very theatrical fit, complete with his hands over his face and flinging himself to the floor. When this happens I usually just ignore him and start looking at his books by myself, which for the time being he finds interesting enough to get him out of tantrum mode.  

I'msomadI'msomadI'mso--hey, is that a book? I like books!

That's my boy.