Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
On Monday, I turned to the new page, chuckled, and read it to Nate (a Gamer):
"Knitting is better than video games because: You don't have to take turns with your sister, it never runs out of batteries, and you never lose three hours of work because you forgot to save your game."
With that last sentence, Nate turned, got that smile on his face that is really truly laughter in hiding and said:
"Unless you drop a stitch. Then you've lost 10 hours of work."
Monday, January 25, 2010
2. Where was your first kiss? In the driveway of my boyfriends parents house. I was 17. It's true. 17. It was not good. Also true.
3. Have I ever seriously vandalized someone's property. Um no. Unless toilet papering someone's home counts?
4. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex. Sadly, yes. And I regret it.
5. What's the first thing you notice about your preferred sex? First thing I noticed about this sentence was the use of "preferred sex". Interesting. Just to note, I prefer men. First thing I notice, their face. When I was still dating, specifically their teeth.
6. Have I ever sung in front of a large group of people? No. Have you heard me sing? Played musical instruments though, yes.
7. What really turns you off. People who are rude and obnoxious.
8. What do you order at Starbucks? Depends on the day. Usually a Grande Caramel Macchiato and a chocolate chip banana loaf for G.
9. What is your biggest mistake. An old relationship.
10. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose. I can't believe I will admit this, but when I was younger I used to pretend I had sprained my ankles or wrist, just so I wouldn't have to go outside during recess. Seriously, kids had to go out in -30C. Ridiculous. And saying that makes me sound like I'm 80. "Back when I was young...."
11. Say something totally random about yourself. I love pure genuine laughter.
12. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity? Yes, that girl from the Titanic, or Drew Barrimore.
13. Do I still watch kid shows? Hello, I have two kids. Yes.
14. Did you have braces? From the age of 7 until I was 18.
15. Am I comfortable with my height. I'm just under 5'4. That's fine with me.
16. What is the most romantic thing someone of your preferred sex has done for you? Most recently? The day after I came home from the hospital, I woke up to Nate having gone and bought me my favorite Starbucks drink. It was incredibly sweet.
17. When do you know it's love? Perhaps the answer to #16. Someone buying me a coffee and I find that incredibly sweet.
18. Do you speak any other languages? French and Kiswahili, but both are kind of rough around the edges now.
19. Have I ever been to a tanning salon? Yes, the months leading up to my wedding.
20. Have I ever ridden in a limo? Yes, when I was 19 in Victoria.
21. What's something that really annoys you? Knowing the person you are talking to isn't listening to a word you are saying.
22. What's something you really like? Lattes.
23. Can you dance? No.
24. Have I been rushed by ambulance to the emergency room? Thankfully no.
25. This one said I was supposed to tag 5 people, but I'm not really into that. If you too need some blogging material, feel free to use this little meme, and be sure to let me know :) Would love to see others answers!
- He sleeps great at night, waking every 2 or 3 hours to eat, then for the most part, falls back asleep.
- Naps during the day - ha! This little man thinks he might miss something and spends most of his day alert, or I spend my time coercing him into sleeping. With slings, rocking, and many a soother fight (he is not a fan).
- He is putting on weight like crazy. Our last lactation appt he was up to 8 pds 6 oz. A gain of a pound in a week.
- To answer Sophie's question, we have been almost formula free for a week now! As a BFAR patient, I never thought I'd ever be able to say that. But, so far, we are exclusively breastfeeding. We see the lactation consultant in two weeks time, and if things are still going good, we will start weaning off the Motillium and see if my supply stays up. At my last appt, he fed in 15 minutes and was getting 80 mL. Our Dr. was very impressed (and so was I!).
Tomorrow, I will do Lady Mama's Meme :)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I'm still busy knitting, and am working on a project for Grace's birthday and a shawl. I'm mostly found knitting with a nursing pillow on my lap and a babe fast asleep. I'll take my knitting opportunities when they present themselves - it truly is a great form of relaxation. That is until I can take up running again. I had originally thought of signing up for a couple late summer races, but am now re-thinking that until I know how my healing goes. Perhaps a short fall race will happen this year. Maybe a 10K. My goals are slowly being re-shaped and I'm ok with that.
But, I do need some blogging material. Anyone have any questions for me? You ask, I'll do my best to answer :) Or perhaps once of those blog quizzes - I could do one of those for all of you to read too :)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Jillian, one of the trainers, is a bit harsh, but I've come to like her. On the show last night she was drilling into one of the contestants who is there with her Mother, about how showing emotion shows vulnerability, and strength. That by showing emotion it helps us to work through our feelings and become a better person. I whole heartily agree (but I also find no shame in crying... even over ridiculous things). Jillian went on to tell this woman that she is just like her Mother, and her daughter is going to be just like her. Frankly, it pissed this woman off. But the point was, we learn by example, and our parents, our caregivers, are that example.
As kids, my brothers and I weren't enrolled in a whole swack of sports. My youngest brother hated hiking, I hated swimming. My eldest brother was the only semi active one being a very skilled swimmer. But our parents - I recall them being in tennis leagues, then racketball clubs, I can recall going to the gym with them to watch them play a game or two. From there, when I was in University, they moved onto the game of golf. They never pushed active pursuits on us, or told us how to eat, or how much to work out, they just lived it. And, it turns out, my brothers and I absorbed it.
As adults, my two brothers are amazing cyclists, and love to hike. I love to run... ridiculous distances. We all have our food vices (who doesn't?) but we all eat relatively healthy and take care of ourselves. We learned by example. Actions do perhaps speak louder than words.
It was food for thought last night, and I enjoyed looking back and seeing how my parents quietly moulded me into the person I am today. And I'm thankful for their gift. I hope I can be the same type of example for my kids.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
- Taken care of two kids on my own for short periods of time. Only with minor breakdowns (me, not the kids).
- Realized I have knitting projects all over the house. A sock upstairs for when I'm waiting for A to wake between feeds, a sweater downstairs for when I'm doing the same thing, and a shawl that seems to get toted back and forth with me but rarely knit on.
- Been eternally grateful for the help of my Mom. I'm not sure how this week would have faired without her.
- Been thankful that Nate has work despite it has taken him out of our home. Always grateful for work.
- Been amazed at how wonderfully Grace is taking the transition to having a sibling in her house. Every day gets better with less outburts of frustration. There have been lots of head touching, toe tickling, and questions of "what's wrong with Aidan?" I know I am going to love watching their relationship blossom.
- I've been starting to feel better every day. Then I say that and end up taking more Motrin. But really though, I think the healing is happening and soon I'll be able to pick up a pot of water. I hope.
- Been frustrated at the limitations after a c-section. How do people elect for this? Seriously, a vaginal delivery is so much better. And I'll keep saying that. Honestly the truth.
- There have been first baths, and belly buttons being revealed. Love it.
- There have been visits from close friends that make my heart warm and my days not so long.
- Cherishing these sweet moments with someone so wee, and already missing each day as it passes.
Here's to another week ahead. I can't wait to see what it holds :)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Mom used to have a knitting machine when I was younger, and the machine had come with a ball winder. We have been busy the past couple years winding our yarn skeins by hand. It was a couple weeks ago Mom remembered the ball winder down in her basement. Today we gave it a go with a few of the skeins I have that are needed to be wound for current projects I have, or will have, on the go. We quickly had all my skeins wound up into pretty little cakes. (The one wound into a ball is one I did by hand).
What is all this yarn for you ask?
The green and teal yarn (Colorway "Alli") is for another Unique Sheep KAL (Knit-a-long) that started back on January 10th. The first clue had 19 rows to be knit by January 22nd. I'm currently on row 3, and mostly am found knitting a row with a babe fast asleep on my lap. I don't think I'll make having the first clue complete by the 22nd, but I'll be content doing as much as I can and finishing up a little late if need be behing the Ravelry group.
I'm also contemplating the idea of sewing myself a nursing cover. I have one I'm borrowing from a friend and it looks pretty easy to copy.... now the question is time.
I seem to be able to knit with a babe on my lap... do you suppose one can sew with a babe on your lap?
And all three projects to work on after a toddler is in bed. Hmmmm. Good thing I find doing crafty endeavors relaxing!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Aidan Reid entered the world hollering at 4:40 pm on Wednesday, January 6th... but of course, not without some unexpected twists and turns. Labour started at 1:30 in the morning that day with contractions that were steady enough we made the move to the hospital around noon. After a few hours of labour at the hospital, things took a turn and Aidan's heartrate started dropping with each contraction. From there, things become a blur, but the call was made to do an emergency c-section. There were complications it turns out with his cord and my placenta. Our midwives say they've never seen a baby taken so quickly. We are relieved that Aidan is with us, and that we are both healthy. We are recovering well and made our break from the prison (aka hospital) yesterday afternoon.
He's a tiny little man weighing in at 7 pds 8 oz and quite lengthy at just over 21 inches. And of course, we all think he's absolutely adorable.
I'll be back in a couple days with pictures - right now we still have to send out e-mail announcements with photos to family, so photos on the blog need to wait for a bit yet. Thank you all for your notes of congratulations on my previous post. We are so thrilled to have him home with us :)
Monday, January 4, 2010
Mrs. Spit - if I received a million dollars for being the only woman to maintain pregnancy forever, here are a few things I would do with it:
- Pay off our mortgage.
- Set aside enough money to be able to comfortably stay home with my kids and not have to work outside the home.
- Donate money to research on hemangiomas. Part of the process we go through at the Children's hospital is mainly for research as they don't know for sure why hemangiomas happen.
- Donate money to a brain trauma institute. Not sure which one, but it's a miracle Nate is still with us after a serious brain injury as a teen. I'd like to pay our good fortune forward.
- Go to Australia & New Zealand. It's the one place Nate and I can agree on that we'd both like to travel to.
I could keep adding to that list, but those are the top five things that pop into my head. Heck, if a "man" can get pregnant, then who is saying that this babe may not just stay in utero indefinitely ;)
Tacha - I think I was holding on to get past the Christmas and New Years dates, as those are already birthdays in our family. Now that those are past, I'm now feeling slightly stressed that my Mom leaves this coming Monday for a few back to back trips that take her away from this country for almost four weeks. The idea of Aidan being born and my Mom not being here, or he being born and not having her help the first couple of weeks frightens me. I am now just praying he'll arrive - soon.
Ok, now the organization. I became lax later this past year and stopped updating my sidebar list of 2009 projects. Oops. I hope to be better with my 2010 list in the year ahead. But, I have added items to the 2009 list. So hop on over, click on the link and go take a gander. Most of the additions are knitting projects, and I know there are things that I've forgotten to include. But it is still a good summary of the crafty things I did in 2009.
Now off to knit. A fellow blogger is knitting in her own city tonight, praying Mr. A will arrive. I'm off to "join" her. Perhaps two knitters knitting in unison, praying for the safe arrival of a little boy will set things in motion...
Sunday, January 3, 2010
So far I've been:
- Knitting. I cast on the shawl for Erin on Dec. 24th thinking there would be no way it would be completed before our babe's arrival. It's almost done.
- Been going on walks with Grace. Even in -12C bundled up in snowsuits and scarves. There was alot of prodding on our walk today to keep going, and the promise of hot chocolate at home had to be given. I'm not sure how many more days she'll agree to venturing outside.
- Sadly alot of Disney movie watching.
- And Treehouse (local Canadian cartoon channel).
- Baking - we've made Gingersnap cookies and Cinnamon buns this weekend.
- Napping. I'm not usually a napper, but I now can't make it through the day without one.
And there have been attempts to get this babe on the move. You name the oldwives trick, we've probably tried it. Save castor oil. I'm not willing to go there. Tomorrow I have a chiropractor, and a massage appointment lined up. Tuesday another round of accupuncture. Thursday I see my midwives. Saturday my older brother flies home... last time he was here was November and we were sure that the next time he'd see me would be sans belly with a babe in arms. It's a little frightening to me he may still be seeing me with the babe in utero.
The main thing I need a distraction from are my thoughts. Too much thinking and pondering on the "when", "now", "ever"? is happening. Any suggestions to help me/Grace pass the minutes?
Saturday, January 2, 2010
After having all my Christmas knits done, I was searching for a new project to cast on, and decided on her shawl. After a bit of trouble understanding the cast on, and shouting out for some help from fellow 'Ravelers', I got into a groove. The shawl was going quick. I actually thought last night I might get it complete before this babe appears. There be the problem.
I got smug. And I hadn't inserted a lifeline. 3/4 the way through a lace shawl and, if a mistake was to be made, it would be really hard for me to find it. But I was thinking that this was a piece of cake. Until I got to the end of a row last night, 400 some stitches, and realized one was missing. I had either dropped a stitch, or forgotten one. Some explicit words were said and I put the shawl down. I've learned when a mistake is made, some space from the project is also needed.
This morning after an acupuncture appointment (a small attempt to convince Mr. A that he should indeed decide to be born) I went to a coffee shop, sat down with a peppermint mocha, and tinked back my work. Over 800 stitches, and an hour and a half later, I found my mistake. I no longer feel smug about this shawl. And I think I need a break from it. I've put it, and the marker where the mistake is, back in it's project bag, and am going back to working on Nate's sweater (a tedious 1X1 rib). But rib is simple, or should be, and mistakes (cross my fingers) should not happen with such a mindless knit.
My lesson has been re-taught to me. Don't get smug. It will come back to bite you.