Tuesday, December 29, 2009

- Baby

Well, she's going to be a year old in about a week, and what a year it's been. My darling daughter is my joy! She's got 6 teeth, is walking and running, hasn't crawled in about a month. She says a few words, plays jokes, and is generally a ball!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

- Beer bread

1 1/2 C. Unbleached flour
1 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
4 1/2 t. Baking Powder
2 (or to taste) Clove garlic, skinned and chopped
1/2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Fresh Dill finely chopped
Fresh Thyme finely chopped
1 12oz. room temperature beer (not non-alcoholic)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, garlic, cheese, dill, thyme (both dill and thyme add to taste) and beer in large nonreactive bowl. Mix together until dough is thick and fully mixed.

3. Place dough in lightly greased bread pan bake for 50 minutes. Take out and enjoy.

Monday, October 12, 2009

- Baby stats

I haven't been too good at posting lately. Busy with baby and general family stuff. Rosa Leigh is now 28 1/4" long/tall, 18 pounds and 9 months old. She's a blast to be around, so happy.

I'm finally starting on a hat for her, I haven't been able to knit forEVER!!!! But I'm going to make Carissa Knits Snowflake hat but I'm adding earflaps to it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

- Teeth

Tooth number 3 is in, or at least broken though. The arrival of tooth #4 is imminent.

I have 8 more rows of a dress to do and it will be finished, (any bets on how long this will take?) I'm tired. That is all.

Oh, and I'm tired on MJ, he's dead, he was odd, he was a good singer, and he was fiction. The singer was not the man, the pictures were not the man, Neverland was not the man. He's gone, everyone but his family should be over it by now.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

- A Letter

Dear Palin, Your 15 minutes are up. Please get off the soapbox and fade into obscurity like you're supposed to. Sincerely, A Damn Good Portion of the American Public.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

- Added yet another thing I'm probably not going to finish.

I know I don't have time to blog. I know I don't have time to knit. I know I don't have time to read. I know I don't have time to ______________ <----enter random activity here.

Yet I just started a new google site for the family. I'm only opening it up to my family and DH's family. I've added a calendar and allowed everyone to use/make changes to it. I'm hoping we can have one site that everyone goes to so we know what is going on, coming up, etc. But I know, I'm going to have trouble keeping it up. SIGH.

On a positive note, I'm almost done with my first baby clothing outfit, that I'm giving to DH's hubby. It's the Kaia Babydoll dress/shirt thingy. Whatever it is, it's too cute, and I can't wait to make one for Rosa Leigh (who by the way said "hi" today)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

- Been soooooo long

It's been a long time since my last post. I've been so freakin' busy. With the baby, and the husband, and the son, frankly, my time is no longer my own. I've been trying to keep up with friends and family on facebook, and visit my WTE Mommas. That takes up all of my limited free time.

I am in the process of knitting a dress, which was supposed to be for Rosa Leigh, but is going to be for my husband's cousin's daughter (who has yet to make an appearance in this world) as I used the wrong size needles and it will be too small for Rosa Leigh when finished.

It's amazing how many things can happen in a month when you have a baby. She's crawling, has two teeth and two more that will appear any day now. We've gotten a new car, paid off an old car, school will be starting soon for our son, we've been back and forth from home to the Bay regularly.

I've gotten addicted to my crackberry and am lamenting all the time I lost not just breaking down and getting one years ago. I am wishing someone would come up with some good knitting apps for the blackberry, so I could merge all of my loves.....Right now this is where I am. I would like to update my blog once a week, but I know that is a foolish and unatainable wish right now. So I will have to settle for 'when I can'.

Monday, June 29, 2009

- My little drama mamma.

Rosa Leigh the actress:

We went shopping. When we got home we went to get her out of the car, but she was 'obviously' asleep. Head down, eyes closed, shoulders slumped, the whole shebang. My husband was going to get her out of the car, but he sees her asleep, and says "I'll go open up the house, you get her out." He says this as he's walking away.

She hears him walking away, and didn't realize I was right there watching her. As soon as Darwin stepped away, her head snapped up, eyes open, smiling....then she sees me. Eyes get wide, head drops to chest, shoulders slump, eyes close, and BAM we're 'back asleep'.

I start laughing, she flutters her eyelashes like she's just waking up and she glares at me for 'waking' her up. LOL.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

- I've donated

I've donated breast milk to the Mother's Milk Bank in San Jose, CA.  My extra frozen milk is on it's way to babies in the neo-natal unit.  I have donated 559.75 ounces (or 34lbs) of breast milk. 

I am very excited and happy that I can help someone's baby! 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

- Baby update

Rosa Leigh is 5 months old now.  Time sure does fly.  She is rolling over, doing her damn'dest to crawl.  She'll be movin' a mile a minute any time now.  Two days ago her two bottom teeth popped up and out of her little gums. 

She giggles constantly, and plays games with her Daddy.   Her favorite is when he trys to kiss her, she waits til the last minute, then turns her head.

Sometimes when you are playing with her, she will try not to smile.  Then when she can't help it any longer she will turn her head and smile...."if you can't see me, I can't see you".

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

- Happy baby.

I have such a happy baby. She is always smiling. She wakes up smiling. I swear in the past 3 days she's gained about 10lbs. She's a CHUNK. Her arm rolls are starting to overtake her hands, and her forearms make her look like Popeye!

She's so big and I can't believe how fast it's going by. She's going to be 5 months tomorrow! Can you believe it?!?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Donating Milk

I'm going to donate milk.  Since Rosa Leigh is eating about 5 to 6 ounces while I'm gone, then eating a TON when I'm home, and I'm pumping more than she can eat, I want to donate milk.

I still have colostrum left!!!  I don't want this to go to waste, so I've contacted a milk bank in CA and I've got between 200-300 ounces to donate.  That will still leave me with a ton of milk stored for Rosa Leigh in case she starts to eat more.

But since she is 4.5 months, and at 6 months she'll be eating some solids during the day and BFing at night...I'm still going to be pumping during the day the same amount, she's going to be eating even less....I'm going to continue to donate.

Since the milk goes to neo-natal babies, and really, I don't have to put out any extra effort, I'm gonna do it....anyone with me?  ;-)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

what a difference two months can make

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

- haven't posted in a while

I know I haven't posted in a while, but damnd if my little angel doesn't keep me busy.  I've got some new pictures of her (she's now 4 months old), and I'll have to post them.  I've started (ok, I'm 4 rows in...that's a start) the baby ugg boots.  I found the pattern on http://www.ravelry.com.  I can't wait to make them, I just need to find the time.  Between working, baby, son, hubby, sleep, eating, and random otherness, I don't have much free time.

Also since the little one is teething, she alternately wants to be held, put down, picked up, put down, to chew on Mommie, put down......

Friday, May 1, 2009

OMG seriously?!?

All I have to say is, WOW, really swine flu?

Ok, you're not going to get it from eating pig...if you think you can get it that way, I hope Darwin (Charles, not my husband) comes up and slaps you silly. 

On a different note, my daughter is DEFINATELY teething.  She's kinda bottle feeding, she's getting huge.  She'll be 4 months on Sunday, and last time I weighed her she was 13lb 7oz, 24 inches long...that was two weeks ago.  Since she's been in a hell of a growth spurt for the past week (or 10) she's got to have gained at least a pound.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Is she?!? Hmmmmmm.

We have signs of teething, but they could also be signs of getting older.

Now Rosa Leigh isn't a fusser, she crys when hungry, overstimulated, or tired. Her crying consists of Wah...meh...then she's done. Enough to let you know something is going on, but not really screaming. She can produce tears, but rarely does because she doesn't cry long enough....YES, I AM A LUCKY WOMAN, this I know.

But the past week, she's been fussier than usual, drooling a LOT. Gnawing on her fist, and when I let her suck on my finger, she is no longer sucking on in, but chewing on it.

The other day one of her cheeks was swollen, red and hot to the touch, with no visible rash. It didn't bother her when we touched it, and it was gone the next day.

I can't figure out if she's growing or beginning to teeth.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

- Diapers.com a cool site

So if anyone out there needs to buy diapers, a great site is diapers.com. If you order by 6pm on a business day and order more than $49 worth of merchandise, you will get free 2 day shipping.

I placed an order today at 4pm and they said it should be here (at my home) tomorrow.

A coupon code for $10 off of your first order is LETA3319 this code will not expire! And I believe you can order any amount and it will work!

I made arrangements for daycare today....I cried. I still have 18 days at home with my little angel, but after that, I have to work. Since it's no longer 1950 and you have to have two incomes....sigh, I want to stay home with her, ahhhh, if I was only independently wealthy life would be good!

Monday, March 30, 2009

- And the baby has a personality

My DH gave Rosa Leigh a kiss and she tried as hard as she could not to smile. I mean she tried HARD not to smile. She finally couldn't hold it in, first one side of her mouth smiled. Then she cracked a HUGE grin, but as soon as that gummy grin popped out, she turned her head (like if I can't see you, you can't see me, and the smile doesn't count). When she finally got her grin under control, she looked back at him with a straight face as though to say, "You didn't get me. You can't make me smile."

Anywho, here is a video of my baby and her silly smile. Hope you like it.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

- Fake Isle

Below are the pictures of the Fake Isle hat I made for my DH.

It came out great! I'm making another one, I love it.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

- Fair Isle, an attempt

I'm getting brave people, I'm going to attempt Fair Isle. My first attempt at it will be the Fake Isle Hat. I'm going to use Patons SWS 70128 Natural Blue and Patons Classic Wool 00225 Dark Grey Mix. I think it'll turn out well. I am a tight knitter, and so I'm going to have to watch that.

I would like to say that I am drooling over Patons Silk Bamboo yarn and Joann's is having a sale. And if you search you can find a free shipping coupon code online. I am so tempted, but I have to get my car fixed first. SIGH!!!!!!

- Hats: for a friend, for myself, and to donate

I've been making a lot of hats lately. I think because they are quick, easy to put down then pick right back up, and they are giving me a sense of accomplishment.

These two hats I made to donate to the hospital I gave birth to my daughter in. They are preemie hats.

This hat I made for a friend's baby. I put it on my daughter just so she could model it. It's made in the same pattern as the one I made for her. A quick knit, with no seems it's great for a baby.

This hat I made for myself. I love it. It is so simple, yet looks deceptively difficult.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

- Knitting comission

So I have my first knitting commission! Woo Hoo! It's for a hat like I made for Rosa Leigh. It's for one of the woman on WTE (www.whattoexpect.com. I'm very excited!

I also talked to a lady at a local baby store and she said if I make a few hats she'll put them on the shelves and try to sell them for me. How exciting!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

- Made a hat

I made a hat for my kiddo, no pattern. It's an earflap hat with no seams. I made it from 100purewool. It's single ply Padua. I made it a little big so it'll fit her next year.

These pictures are the best I could get, as she wasn't in a picture taking mood.

If anyone wants the pattern let me know. Right now I'm making another one for a friend. The one I'm making for her is in Camo colored wool. I'll get a pic before I mail it to her.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

- Market bags

I've found some great patterns for market bags. I found them on Ravelry. But I will link to the patterns here for those who (for whatever reason aren't members of Ravelry.

Sully Market Bag
Sundance Market Bag
Windmill Bag
Monkey/Market Bag
Recycled Market Bag <--- Made out of plastic bags String Bag

Although, the one I like the best is the Girlfriend Market Bag, but you can only find it on Ravelry.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

- Some pictures

Here you see Frankenstein brownies we made on Halloween (I'm a bit late getting this picture up).The next picture is a Rosa Leigh burrito. :-) Ok, she's in a blanket (A GORGEOUS BLANKET) crocheted by a friend (Amber).

Ahh, a classic, Rosa Leigh in her swing. I don't know if she or Daddy like the swing better.

My Grandma Rosa Leigh holding her namesake and her Great-granddaughter Rosa Leigh.

Daddy and baby taking a nap.

Baby and brother.

Ahhh, sibling love and laughter.

Rosa Leigh loving her quilt.

Freshly washed Mohawk. Don't mind the date, this is really her two month birthday, but the date is wayyyyy off.

Go Baby!

- Drama Queen baby

My 9 week old daughter is starting to get a sense of humor. Yesterday, she was fussing around wanting to eat. I got her all ready, pulled out the utter and she QUICKLY shoved her hand in her mouth. I looked at her and pulled her hand out and started to pop in the food machine, and she started he heing/cooing with a big smile. You could tell she was trying to joke with me. Like "look mom I can get my fist in my mouth faster than you can feed me."

She's also starting to act. I know I'm in trouble. The other morning I she woke me up smacking on her hand. A sure indication that if I didn't wake up and present the utter that crying would commence. :-) So I got up and walked over to the bassinet. We made eye contact and then all of a sudden I see a smile, her eyes close her head fall to the side and her hands fall limply to her side. But then I notice her left eye, is slightly open. She's watching me. I mention to this 8 week old drama queen that "I know you're awake." What to I get but a quick smile (eyes still half closed as though asleep), and her head turns to the other side.

When I picked her up she yawned and stretched like she just woke up. Little drama queen.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

- Answering a comment

Someone left a comment on this post. They wanted a pattern, and apparently the link didn't work. Alas, links die. But lucky for us there is the Internet Archives!!!!

Basically if you have a dead link you copy it into the archives and about 90% of the time it'll pull it up for you. Nothing ever really dies on the internet. But in the interest of ease I've copied the pattern below.

Here you go, and hope it helps.

Doily Style Dishcloth
Deisgner: Unknown
Rating: Medium

Materials: 1 ball 50 gr. Bernat Cotton Yarn. Set of 4, #7 US or 4.5mm needles
Cast on 8 stitches
Divide stitches onto 3 needles. Place marker at first stitch.
Round 1: Knit through back of loop of each stitch to end of round
Round 2: (yarn forward and knit 1) 8 times (16 stitches)
Round 3: and all odd rounds, Knit
Round 4: (yarn forward knit 2) 8 times
Round 6: (yarn forward knit 3) 8 times (32 sts)
Round 8: (yarn forward knit 4) 8 times (40 sts)
Round 10: (yarn forward knit 5) 8 times (48 sts)
Round 12: (yarn forward knit 6) 8 times (56 sts)
Round 14: (yarn forward knit 7) 8 times (64 sts)
Round 16: (yarn forward knit 8) 8 times (72 sts)
Round 18: (yarn forward knit 1, yarn forward knit 2 tog. Knit 6) 8 times (80 sts)
Round 20: *yarn forward knit 1 (yarn forward knit 2 tog) twice knit 5. Repeat from * to end of round. (88 sts)
Round 22: * yarn forward knit 1, (yarn forward knit 2 tog.) 3 times. Knit 4. Repeat from * to end of round. (96 sts)
Round 24: * yarn forward knit 1, (yarn forward knit 2 tog.) 4 times. Knit 3. Repeat from * to end of round (104 sts)
Round 26: * yarn forward knit 1, (yarn forward knit 2 tog.) 5 times. Knit 2. Repeat from * to end of round (112sts)
Round 28: * yarn forward knit 1, (yarn forward knit 2 tog.) 6 times knit 1. Repeat from * to end of round. (120 sts)
Round 30: * yarn forward knit 1 (yarn forward knit 2 tog.) 7 times. Repeat from * to end of round. (128 sts)
Round 31: Purl.
Round 32: (inc. 1 st in the next st knitway, knit 15) 8 times (136 sts)
Cast off purlways.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

- Can someone explain this to me?

I can't figure this out. Ok, I can, but growing up in a time of (GASP) Metal monkey bars and slides with with cement or wood chip underneath, I don't understand what kind of parents would buy Baby's first headgear.

No I do know what kind of parents would buy this. The kind who get their kids out of any jam, jump up and gasp at the slightest bump. The kind who can't take a joke, are politically correct all the time. The kind whose kids will not be able to fend for themselves when they grow up. The kind whose kids will be living with them for the REST of their lives....not because of the economy, but because their parents have so severely damaged them they aren't able to have normal relationships with their peers. JEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

- So excited

It's amazing what you get excited about when you become a mom. I got excited about her 3 lb weight gain. About her first smile, thought it was hysterical the first time she peed on me, etc. Today I'm excited about:

the 176 pairs of Nature Babycare (the USA site is here)diapers and the 750 wipes I ordered from Target.com

Now tomorrow I'll be excited about the Rum Cordials and the Amaretto Cordials I ordered. And who knew but they're Kosher.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

- To Breastfeed in Public or Not to...

I grew up seeing women breastfeed in public when traveling in Mexico and Central America, it was quite normal.  Personally, I could care less.  I've had big breasts since they popped out one day and said "Hi" to the world.  So frankly I'm used to people starting, whether I wear a sweatshirt or a tanktop.  :-)

Now, I've never been one to show them off, I'm a little shy for that, but I'll tell you what in the last 5 weeks, my attitude has changed significantly.

1) I'm going to feed my baby when she's hungry.  I figure, adults and children eat anywhere and everywhere, so can my daughter.  Adults and children are better at dealing with hunger than my 5 week old infant, so bully to you!

2) I'm not going to flaunt it, but if you stare, then you see what you get.

3) Trying to cover these ginormous bazoooms is difficult, I'll do my best, but frankly, I'm no magician.  :-)

4) I will NOT feed her in a bathroom.  I don't eat in my own bathroom, I'm sure as hell not going to feed my baby in a public bathroom. 

5) If it's not to hot/cold I don't mind feeding her in my car, but I'm not going to sit in my car in 20 degree or 115 degree weather.  Both of which we have here.

6) If I'm at a Mommy's group, (especially La Leche group) I'm not going to go out of my way to hide them, especially as all of the other Mommies are feeding their babies too.

I don't think I'm exceptionally gungho, but frankly, they're boobs.  According to my son, "You've got utters?!?  That's cool."  They're for feeding.  I'm not going to make a spectacle of myself but if you look you might see something, if you stare you definitely will, and well.....I don't care.

- I've never liked/respected a celebrity so much.

Here is the link to the story. But the basic premise is Salma Hayek who is a breastfeeding mom. She went to Africa, saw a baby who was starving and feed him. Yup that's right she breastfed someone else's baby. A stranger's baby. I have to give her much respect. That is amazing. You don't expect selfless and humane acts from celebrities these days. In the era of spoiled rich bitches like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, etc. It's nice to hear of someone who does for others is such a very human and personal way.

Just for fun Here is a story about a Chinese police women who breastfed a baby after their last large earthquake.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

- Holy weigh gain Batman

Ok, so I weighed my baby today, and here is her weight gain:

Jan. 3rd - born 6 lb 13oz
Jan. 6th - Still in hospital 6 lb 6 oz
Jan. 9th - Dr. apt. 6 lb 14oz
Feb. 6th - Weighed prior to eating 9 lb 6oz <-- 3lb weigh gain in 5 weeks.
Feb 6th - Weighed after eating <--9 lb 11.5oz <-- so she ate 5.5 oz in 12 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

- Hysterical products

Ok, I've only got two, but here they are:

Subtle Butt you have to watch the video, it's hysterical.

Milkscreen a simple two minute test that tells you if you have to much alcohol in your system to breastfeed.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

- Diaper

So I thought it would be good to post my diaper suggestions. I have found the best diapers for my daughter are:

Nature Babycare

I was planning on cloth, but she came early and I hadn't contacted the local diaper service. My cousin made a diaper cake for the baby shower, and used biodegradable diapers. I have found them to be WONDERFUL! They don't blow out (and damn if my lovely daughter can't shoot some poo, how she is so little and holds so much I'll never figure out). Anywhoo, they are compostable, and she doesn't get a rash when she uses these. You can find them at Babys R Us, some Toys R Us, Amazon...I ordered mine at Target.com using a $5 off coupon I found online (but should have used my AAA discount). Oh well. I'd love to hear other diaper recommendations, be they disposable or cloth.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

- Loving my daughter

I love this kid. She's a constant joy. I can't stop looking at her, staring really. I'm sure she's wondering why and who this strange woman is who is constantly in her face. :-)

I took her to work today, and while I know people always say "Oh your daughter is beautiful." I never get tired of hearing it. I love showing her off, and hearing people say how pretty she is. :-) I know they are telling the truth which makes it so much better (he, he).

She's gaining weight well, and growing inches in days (or so it seems). She changes so fast it's hard to keep up. Her hair is growing like a weed, and she's so much more curious and aware every day.

It's so fun to see the changes. One day I'll be able to knit again, but right now, I don't miss it so much, because I've got something to keep my interest. :-)

Oh, and I've joined facebook, it's pretty cool.

Monday, January 26, 2009

- The question has been asked

The question has been asked, "Who was my secret stork?" The answer.....I never found out. :-)

I still don't have a clue as to who it was, and don't know if I'll ever find out. Hopefully, when I get back to work in a few months....

Saturday, January 17, 2009

- Got a free breast pump

I'm a member of a pregnancy forum, which I love. I've met some of the most wonderful women!

About a month ago I filled out a survey and won a free breast pump. How awsome is that?!? It's a MiPump by Learning Curve. I already have a Medala Pump In Style that my insurance paid for. Here is my first impression of the MiPump:

Ok I got mine yesterday via UPS. It was a surprise because I didn't get an e-mail saying I'd won one. But hell, I'm not upset or anything. I boiled all the parts today, and tried it out.

I'm going to have to try it more, but here is my first impression thus far:

1) It's quiet. I like that.
2) It's compact, which I love. I like the different ways you can use it. In the holder, out of the holder, with batteries, pretty cool.
3) There are soooo many parts, I still don't get what they all do.
4) Like everyone else, I wish it had a booklet, not that big ass poster. It's too much, and I don't want to carry a poster around with me.
5) On my first try it only pumped 2oz. Now my sides pump differently, so for the left 2oz is fine...for the right I should have gotten at least 4oz if not more.
6) I can't figure out that bar thingy. I tried it and the cups kept rolling back off of my breasts. Also there is so odd white stuff in the connection area that came off on the bottle and I don't know what it is. It looked like putty.
7) I still can't figure out all the parts (yup, I put this one twice).
8) The hose is kinda tense, but I'm sure that'll work itself out.

I'll keep using it, trying it out, but so far I like the medala pump in style better...but I'm also more used to it, and the medala has it's own issues!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

- My beautiful baby

I HAVE MY BABY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was born 1/3/09 at 8:12pm. She was 21 inches long and 6lb 13oz.

My water broke (gushed) at work on Friday, 1/2/09 at 3pm (18 days early, I was due 1/20/09). I went home and Darwin took me to the hospital. After 29 hours of labor (contractions 1 minute apart, VERY strong) and trying everything. I dilated only to a 2. Dr. and Nurses were confused, and told me I was a medical oddity. :-)

I ended up having to have a c-section. I had to have two spinal blocks the first one didn't take, so they had to do a second. That one took a long time and they almost didn't want to let Darwin in because they almost had to put me out completely. When they told DH that he started praying, and before he could "amen" they realized the second spinal and the, "massive amounts of Lidocane, enough to kill a normal person" according to the Dr., finally took and they let him in.

Rosa Leigh Eloah K.... is beautiful. I cant stop staring!!!! I'll post pics and more later. I got home yesterday around 2pm. So I was in the hospital from Friday at 4pm until Tuesday at 2pm. I was so ready for home. I am EXHAUSTED, and my mom, DH's mom, my SIL and DH's aunt have been lifesavers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and she was born on one of her Auntie's birthdays. How cool.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

- Announcing the birth of......

I would like to announce the birth of my daughter, Rosa Leigh Eloah K.....  She was 6lbs 13oz, 21 inches long and born 1/3/05 on her auntie's birthday.  She is beautiful and amazing and I can't stop staring!

I will be focusing on her, and sleep :-) for the next little while, but I will post when possible.