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Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Review of One Size Cloth Diaper 3.0 - Grasshopper

Originally submitted at Diapers.com

bumGenius One Size Cloth Diaper 3.0 - Grasshopper

New & Improved 3.0 includes newborn insert and one-size insert

 

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Wish I had 30 of these

By Andrea, mom of three from Bismarck, ND on 11/20/2008

 

5out of 5

Pros: Good Value, Highly Absorbent, Fold Well, Wash Well, Easy to use, Adjust easily

Cons: Limited colors

Best Uses: Toddlers, Crawlers

Describe Yourself: Parent of Two or More Children

I use these diapers every day with two kids, a crawler and a toddler. I love that they're easy to adjust the size and absorbancy with more liners. I use these every night and all day, and I wish I had enough to use them exclusively. Fitteds with covers are good too (and have cuter prints), but they can not compare with the ease of use of the BG's.

(legalese)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Look! It's snowing!


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Originally uploaded by andreatoman

What little boy doesn't look forward to a snow day? My boys had a blast!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Boys at play

I looked out my window to see my oldest son climbing up into my plum tree. My first instinct was to freak out and tell him to get down out of the tree. Instead I grabbed my camera and captured a little boy at play.
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Later he came to the door and asked for a blanket. I complied, and he snuggled up on the lawn furniture.
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Nick was having fun too. He picked up sticks and branches, anad had the most fun carrying this large find.
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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fluffy Mail!

I got fluffy mail (aka - cloth diapers) today!!! I ordered two Mutts from www.muttaqinbaby.com - a Med FS Kumquat Peter Panda and a Med Baby Shape Mint Chocolate Ponies.
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I had a friend who told me that she cloth diapers because they're so cute. I was a little confused at the time, but I'm feeling the love now!
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cleaning out my Closet

Since I had Zeke back in May, I've been spending a lot of time re-thinking my wardrobe. There's nothing like the drastic changes that a post-baby body endures to spark a desire to reinvent your personal style. With that in mind, I've gone through all of my winter clothing and sorted it into stuff that fits well, accents my best features, and is not outdated, and then everything else. Some things have gone to Repeat Performance to consign, and a few items have gone to the thrift store. I have a whole pile of jeans that I need to cut apart and do something special with - I'm thinking of an outdoor blanket, but we shall see.

Here's one of my new looks, showcasing my new (from consignment store) cashmere sweater, long necklace (doubled, also from consignment store), and Gucci handbag (Ebay, and had it authenticated by my friends at The Purse Forum).

I love watching Tim Gunn's Guide to Style on Bravo. It was my inspiration for reworking my wardrobe. I used Tim's list of 10 Essential Elements to decide what I need to specifically add.
Basic Black Dress - Have
Trench Coat - Need
Dress Pants - Have
Classic Shirt - Need
Jeans - Have
Any Occasion Top/Cashmere sweater - Need
Skirt - Have (in spades)
Day Dress - Have
Jacket - Have
Sweatsuit Alternative - Huh? This one I'm always stumped by, but the idea is something super easy that also looks super sleek.

The only problem with this list is it doesn't include shoes and accessories, so I turned to
The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece
for inspiration here.
I bought:
Tall boots
Long necklace
Big colorful bangle
Casual purse
Still looking for:
More long necklaces
A nice digital watch
Evening Clutch

Neil and I have always said that if you want something to last, you need to pay for quality. That means keeping quantities low, but in the end I feel like we have really nice things that make us feel good about our purchases. I also like Tim Gunn's rule that most trend items shouldn't cost more than $20.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Living up to your potential

Ugh. Sometimes I just feel so underutilized and overworked. I do all the “normal” mom stuff and some work on the side, but something is missing. Right now, I just feel too intelligent to waste time poking around with legos.*tearing up*

*sniff*

Sorry.

I can not go back to work, even if I decided I wanted to. I have three beautiful boys three and under, and daycare, well, it would be a negative opperation.
I’ve done direct sales, and I’m tired of being gone evenings at supper and bedtime. Besides, they didn’t exactly fullfill my need for intellectual stimulation.
I’m not a genius, but I do think I’m pretty smart. I have a BA in Education. I considered architecture, art, engineering, etc., but decided that education would allow me to pursue all of those interests in a limited sense. Looking back I wish I had picked something mentally draining like mathematical engineering, but I don’t want to take the time to go back now.
I feel like I’m trapped at home, not creating something that will make the world immesurably better for my children and making myself independantly wealthy. I’m tired of using my powers to live frugally on a shoestring.
I need some validation, ladies!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Forests burn, houses crumble, banks colapse.

Forest fires are very interesting. They destroy life. They decimate large areas, taking out thousands of old trees. They chase wildlife out of the area, killing some in the process. Forest fires ruin vistas, turning once beautiful landscapes into charred and desolate slopes.
Yet after the fire passes, life returns. Because the old growth is gone, the new growth is able to grow strong. Animals reenter the area and reestablish territories. The new trees grow tall and strong, and they too become old. The cycle begins again.
Sometimes people build houses and buildings too close to the forests. It's understandable, the forest is a beautiful place. It provides great shelter, lovely views, and plenty of food. But the fires will come.
Forest managers know that the secret to preventing large and destructive forest fires is to remove old dead growth before it can become fuel for the fire. The forest managers spend a lot of time and effort carefully selecting old growth and removing it, along with any dead debris. By keeping the forest floor clean they may not prevent every fire, but will make the ones they do encounter more manageable.
We need forest fires. If the dead debris is not removed, new growth can not thrive. If there are no forest managers, or if they do not do their job, then the forest must burn to allow for the renewing of the land.
I say let the financial lending institutions burn. The old growth needs to be cleaned out and the dead debris needs to be removed. Pouring massive amounts of money into the fire will not put it out, it will only force the fire to spread elsewhere. We need to dig some trenches to contain the blaze, but we cannot expect to snuff it out without suffering some losses. The fire will burn out eventually, and next time we can learn from this lesson - keep the forest floor clean, and the next fire will not be as devastating.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Road Trip


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Originally uploaded by andreatoman

We went to visit Karen in Rapid City last weekend, and she took us to Spearfish Canyon and then to a little lodge coffee shop in Spearfish. We had a great time visiting her and checking out the sights. Nick just loved all the water, with the creek, the fish ponds, the waterfalls and this little fountain at the coffee shop. Neil was holding him back to keep him from bothering the fish that were swimming in it.
Karen is doing well enough, Her surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday. My MIL is down there with her and will be coming back later this week. I pray it goes well.
Oh, check out my Knit Ruby blog if you'd like to see the shawl I started to knit for Karen. I hope to get it done before September is over.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Aunt Karen

Yesterday Neil's aunt Karen was diagnosed with cancer. I don't know what kind, only that it seems to be in her lymph nodes. The doctors are optimnistic - it doesn't sound as bad as they first thought. Neil and I are taking the kids down this weekend to visit, do some shops, and hopefully cklean her house for her or something like that. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Babywearing

Back in January, my friend Alyse got me interested in a wide variety of "crunchy" family ideas. One was homebirth, though I already had an interest. Another was cloth diapers, for which I could see an immediate financial advantage. The last, babywearing, didn't seem to have any obvious advantages.
I had held all of my babies, and worn them with the standard Baby Bjorn carrier, but I almost always used a stroller when out and about. At home, I typically let the baby sleep in his crib or play in his bouncy seat.
Long story short, I let Alyse talk me into trying a couple of her slings. I used them right away with Nick (while I was still pregnant), but he wasn't very interested. I did some research online, and found that babywearing promotes bonding, allows for easy (and even hands free!) nursing, and comforts both mom and baby.
Since Zeke has been born, I've used the baby slings a lot more. I found the pocket sling type to be easiest to use for quick in and out, and especially with a small baby since they aren't expected to support themselves at all. I have also tried a wrap, and I like that for the versatility and greater security. I have gone back and tried all my slings and wraps with all of my kids, and I find the wrap to work best with Nick and Zeke, and the pocket slings to work best with Jackson and with Zeke when he was first born.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Almost...

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Mission Organization

Faithful reader, you are in for a shock. I have decided to split my blogging interests into two seperate spheres. With that will come some changes.

First, all knitting related posts will be made to Knit Ruby. That leaves life and kids and love and other such things to remain here on The Ruby Life.

Topics I intend to discuss here include:
Life with a baby
Living within your means
Relaxed living
Work from home
The Stay-at-home-family - both parents work from home
babywearing, pouches, carriers, and wraps
Cloth diapering

Second, I'm trying to rearrange my ads and content to make it easier to navigate and to share valuable stuff with you. I want the ads that display to be relevant, not something like "14k Ruby." Not that I don't want a 14k ruby... But you get the idea.

With that in mind, I'm looking for some feedback. I would love it if you would explore my blogs and check them out. Kick the tires, so to speak. Let me know what works and what doesn't. II look forward to any suggestions you might have.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Steady as she goes

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Neil took this picture of me this afternoon. Apparently, I knit in my sleep now.

I'm up to the gusset stitches on my Tiger Pants. I'll finish that and graft tomorrow, and then start on the legs.

For only 5 days into the knitting olympics, I think I'm doing quite well. My biggest obstacle will be if I don't pace myself on the longies and the socks. I know I can get those done lickity split, but if I do I will have only the tunic to finish out the competition. I prefer to have more variety in my knitting day to ward off boredom and sore hands.

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I'm crusing right along on the Hippie Tunic - I'm now up to the ribbed waistband. Two days of 2x2 should cheer me up to go back to the lace pattern....
...Oh, great. Just realized I forgot to change needle sizes three rows ago when I switched into the ribbing... Argh! I'm going to have to rip that back and switch needles. :( At least it's only 3 rows.

Great Expectations

With all this knitting olympic fever in the house, I decided it was time for some ground rules. Specifically, ground rules related to the other people in my house, in support of my knitting. I found a great list of Support Team Roles and Responsibilities, published by Megknitficent. It clearly outlines what I expect of DH and the kids during this period of extreme knitting.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What event is this?

I had to break out my calculator today. Apparently my math is rustier than I thought, because I had figured out the short rows for my Tiger pants and the repeats for my Hippie Tunic all wrong. Apparently I was planning on knitting dresses for Zeke and I, instead of pants and a tunic. I had 78 rounds for Zekes pants instead of 35 (forgot to divide in half for front and back and allow for short rows in back), and I had 31 repeats of the lace pattern instead of 31 rounds in the lace pattern for the Hippie Tunic.

I discovered all this when figuring out how much knitting I need to do each day to finish on time. With my incorrect numbers, the task seemed very daunting. Now that I have everything worked out right (hopefully), it seems much more manageable.

I'm nearly finished with my first pair of baby socks!
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I think the next pair I'll knit a little bigger, as these are a little short for my big footed baby. Have I mentioned before their shoe sizes? At 37 months, Jackson wears a toddler 10. At 19 months, Nicholas wears a toddler 6 (he has very thick ankles). I have no idea what size Zeke is, but I figure he's on par, since his feet are quite long. These socks will work for him for a little while, but not too long.

Malabrigo Tiger Pants
I had to rip back a few rows on these to reposition the short rows. Can you see how beautiful the Malabrigo stitches are? They're so uniform and smooth... I love it.

I'm about 10% done with the Hippie Tunic. I need to knit aproximately 15 rounds a day to finish before the Olympics are over. So far, I'm on track.
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I love the pattern. It reminds me of a crochet afgan my mother once made. I think that's how I associate it so well with "hippie." I do keep thinking I should have knit it in hemp...

Keep watching, I hope to have my first FO tomorrow!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A little shopping, a little sightseeing

I've been working on my Ravelympics projects. Today I added some rows to the Hippie Tunic and Tiger pants.
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The Hippie Tunic has a great lace effect for a chunky yarn. I love how it looks like a net, and how it builds concentric V's around a tulip shape. You can't see it too well in the picture, but maybe once I get a few more rounds on it will be clearer.
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My Tiger Pants are coming along nicely. I love how drapy the Malabrigo is - it just flows. If I set it down it pools almost like water. I can tell they are going to be super comfy for baby Zeke. Plus it's so soft, I could just sit and knit with it for HOURS.
I went out in search of needles for my baby socks. I thought I'd try Magic Loop, but I couldn't find 32" or longer US 3s, so I went with DPNs. And I went with cheep DPNs, so I could get this:
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Crystal Palace Yarns Kid Merino in Fern Mix. I'm hoping to do the long sleeves from One Skein. I think the mohair haze will tone down the varigation enough to make it look super fine.
Oh yes, the baby socks.
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These little cuties knit up super fast. I could do a sock a day. It took a little bit to get used to the stretchy yarn and the way the pattern marks rounds and the heel section. The pattern says to work on two circular needles, but I don't have two circs so I got DPNs. Instead of using stitch markers, it calls for keeping all the heel stitches on one needle and all the top stitches on the second needle. I ended up using one DPN for the top stitches and two needles for the heel and gusset stitches. I then used a stitch marker to mark the start of round for the gussets.

Opening Ceremonies

I watched the beginning and ending of Opening Ceremonies last night. It was spectacular! I saw the 2008 drummers (that's two-thousand eight musicians/artists) with the syncronized drumming. I loved the colors - the gold and red together. I may have to look for some yarns in a similar colorway. Anyway they were all together, perfectly syncronized. Their drumsticks and drums lit up as well. It was REALLY cool.
I cast on for Tiger Pants and for Hippie Tunic. Pictures are forthcoming - a friend borrowed my camera for a wedding. Anyway, casting on for Tiger Pants was hell - my figures were off. The directions say you need an even number of stitches, but I found I needed stitches divisible by 4 for the 2x2 ribbing. I ripped it out 3 times before i finally got it right. I'm now past the ribbing and the first set of short rows, and it's looking good! I have no doubt that it will be finished in time.
The Hippie Tunic didn't give me quite as much trouble, except that I cast on a little tight and the first row is a lace pattern row. I had a hard time with the ssks and k2togs. That I also had to rip back about 70 stitches on. I believe that when you first start a project, it is important to start it right to build a good foundation for what is to come. I insist on fixing small problems that I would probably let slide later in my knitting.
I'm going shopping later for needles for the baby socks. I have to decide if I want to Magic Loop them or use DPNs for size 3s. Any preferences? Maybe bamboo?
Oh yes. I went to AuneGirl's for the Opening Ceremony for the knitting olympics. It was a great party! HiLite had some music selected, and she and AuneGirl had a torch ceremony all planned out. I made some Sweet Taffy Apple Tartlets for everyone.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

They're screaming in the background

I took my camera and followed the boys outside today. I set up a piece of fence across the driveway to keep them from running straight down it and into the street. Anyway, the boys were playing in the dirt and having way too much fun, so I thought I'd take some pictures. Nick walked back to the garden, and Jackson delared, "Let's go on an adventure!"DSC02747
We followed Nick back into the garden, and I thought I saw something moving through the grass. It jumped ahead again. I asked Jackson, "Is that a frog?" I tried to follow it and keep between it and the boys, just in case (you never know). It was a cute little baby bunny! Jackson came around me as it jumped away, and all of a sudden we heard a "Eeee! Eeee! Eeee!"
Jackson stopped dead in his tracks, because it was coming from his feet. He started to freak out, and screamed, "Aaah! Aaah! Aaah!"
I was laughing inside, but all I could say was, "Well, get OFF of it, then!" I went over and picked him up, and the poor second bunny darted from under his shoe and took off.
The boys have gone back to the garden many times today, hoping to find them again. No luck yet, I'll let you know if I hear any more screaming.

Gearing up for the games

I swatched for my This Tiger Pants, using the Itchy Fingers pattern in Malabrigo.
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My guage on 7s is 4 stiches and 5 rows per inch, so about on target for worsted weight. I love how the colors pool - we'll see how that plays out in the actual pants, or if it does end up looking more "stripey" as I predict.

I did try a run of "knitting backwards," and I'm so glad I don't have a project that will require that for this Ravelympics. It was doable, but very slow.

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Why, yes, this IS a hand-wound, center pull ball. I know, my mother taught me well. :D

I still need to learn Magic Loop, but I figure those baby socks won't take long anyway, so I'll either learn tomorrow night at the Cast On party or Saturday at Barnes and Noble.

Hmm.. I still need to track down the needles I need for my Hippie Tunic.

Alright, I'm all geared up to cast on... Tomrrow at 7am CST - or, perhaps I'll wait until after coffee....

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Keep 'em happy

Who doesn't love a happy baby? I've learned, after 3 little boys, that 3 month olds only want one of 4 things - Eat, sleep, poop/change, and attention. I can about guaruntee that if your typically happy baby isn't happy, that one of these things will cheer him/her right up. Usually I only have to go through the first three, and we're good to go.
Zeke is starting to enjoy company, however. He'll sit for a while in his bouncy seat, but he enjoys it much more if Nick or Jackson talk to him. Jackson likes to play patty cake with his little brother, and Nick loves to bring him one toy after another. Zeke coos and talks to anyone with eyes. I just love when he smiles!
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I put him in the longies I knit for Nick a while back. They're a little long, but fit well through the waist and hips. It's super cute, and a reminder that he's growing fast. I have to re-adjust his carseat everytime I put him in it, even in the same day.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Training and qualifiers

The knitting olymics are fast approaching, set to coincide with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Cast on is at 7:00 am CST on Friday, August 8th, same time as opening ceremonies.
I will be competing at the Ravelympics on Ravelry.com with Team Tardis (is my Doctor Who fanatacism showing?).
My events include: Sock Put, Sweater Sprint, and Baby Dressage.I plan to knit four projects in ten days. The "This Tiger Pants" for baby Zeke, two pairs of baby socks in red/orange and green, and a tunic style sweater for me.
So far, I have wound my Malabrigo for This into a ball. I still have to swatch for This and for my tunic, and learn magic loop for the socks.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

You guessed it!

It's Malabrigo merino worsted in the Roanoke Gold colorway. I think it looks tigerish, and will make adorable longies for baby Zeke. :) I'm saving them for the Ravelympics. Go Team Tardis!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

I got one!

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Care to guess what it is?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Something old, something new

Now that the summer months are here, I've been hanging the lanudry out on the line more often. It dries much faster that way, and I appreciate that I'm saving money. I like to shake things out before I hang them and make sure they're straight, and then fold each article as I take it off the line.

I've bought two pouches since Zeke was born - one red with white flowers, and one cream with a brown leaf pattern. I really like how simple they are to pop the kids in and out of. Today, I attended a babywrapping class and learned how to tie a simple wrap. They were also selling wraps to raise money for donating free wraps locally. I bought a plain brown one. I like how they distribute the weight more evenly. I don't think Zeke is too fond of it yet. I really want to work on it with Nick - he's been having some attachment issues lately.

I went out to Sage Junction last Saturday, and was sad to hear that Katie will be closing her doors as our LYS. It's only to make room for something new though - and in September there will be a new LYS coming to downtown Bismarck! I can't wait to have a comprehensive Local Yarn Shop.

Must remember:
Garage sale this weekend, get Jackson's preschool stuff together, wrap Nick.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Stopping to smell the roses


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Originally uploaded by andreatoman

This is the life. Really, what can be better than making a home where everyone is loved? I can't imagine anything better than sitting with my boys in the evenings and reading to them.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Ballet T-shirt, all finished


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Originally uploaded by andreatoman

I dug this out a week ago and did my first post-baby fitting. It was WAY short, so I added another 3 inches, for a total of aproximately 30 extra rows. I did break into a new skein , finishing just under 2.5 skeins.
Here it is, all done. It's very breezy - I'll need to find a dark tank top to wear under it for modesty. It stretches a great deal across the bust - it looks a bit like wearing a fishnet top.
I do like the color, and it was fun to knit. I could see obvious progress very quickly, and the yarn was easy and comfortable to work with. I had 3 tie-ins the whole project, so with CO and BO ends, only 5 to weave in. Not bad.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Everything and Nothing

What a week! Everything changed, and yet nothing changed. The other day I looked in the backseat and annouced, "Okay boys! Time to get out!" There are three now, but I still can say "boys" and not "kids" or "children."
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My boys are so good. Jackson has been taking care of Zeke, and Nick is learning very quickly what it means to be gentle. Zeke is so alert and happy - I don't remember either of the older boys acting this way at such a young age. I think he really benefited from not having the drugs (pitocin, nubain) that the older boys had when they were born.
I am finding my speed again with three boys. I'd estimate that I'm running at about 80% now. There's always something going on that I have to go do, and I'm glad I can do the things I want to.
I haven't made too much progress on my knitting this week, though I did start a Fair Isle Hooded Capelet from Loop-d-loop. I found the book for $10 at Tuesday morning - talk about a deal! I can return the library copy now.
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Now that I've learned to knit continental, I don't care as much for big needle knits. Still, I was able to purl continental, so that's a nice addition to my knitting skills. I like the open yo increases - it adds an interesting dimension to an otherwise flat project.
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I also added about 10 rounds to my Lillian Tank Top. It's knitting slowly because of the lace work, but I'm getting faster at it.
Nick pulled out one of my needles on the Hemlock Ring, so I've got some rescuing to do before I can knit any more on that. Oh, and he lost the needle (of course). It might be on hold for a while.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Living by the hour

I found myself counting Zeke's age in hours. He's two hours old, now he's five. Right now, we're up to 78 hours. I can't believe how quickly he's changing!
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After the births of Nick and Zeke, it seemed to me that time hit the skip button when I looked at my older children.
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Suddenly they were so much bigger and could do so much more than 12 hours ago. Jackson is a big brother now in a new sense - he has two brothers to look out for.
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Nick's curiousity keeps him coming back to check on Zeke, and he too seems so much more capable.
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Together they are so special to me - I picture them as the best of friends, looking out for each other and finding all kinds of mischief to get into. I wish I knew of a song about little boys and how much their mother's heart goes with them everywhere they go.

I haven't really done much of anything the last few days. I wanted to knit or read, but I find myself staring at my children instead. Still, I did add a couple rounds to my Lillian Tank Top.
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I like how the variations in color move like waves through the lace pattern.

Friday, May 9, 2008

It's a....

BOY!!!

Zeke - 1 hour old
Ezekiel Edward Toman (Zeke) born at home, on purpose. :D
9lbs exactly
born at 6:47am almost exactly 5 hours from when I woke up.

Zeke - getting measured
He's happy and healthy, and a fantastic nurser! I'm well, and tired. I plan on spending the next few days at home resting, nursing, and knitting.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New stash

Shayne stopped by this morning bearing gifts. Thanks Shayne!
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DSC02225There was even some BAMBOO! Yummy! I have no idea what to make with it, however.

So of course I immediately set about finding things to do with all my new stash. :)
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First, I'm making the Lilian Tank Top for me out of the blue variegated Bella Colour. I'll make the large, since I doubt this yarn will be very stretchy at all. I actually did a gauge swatch this time, since it's a fitted garment. Good thing I did, I had to drop a needle size.

Second, I started a Hemlock Ring doily in blue.
DSC02227I think my MIL will like it. She LOVES blue, and has a penchant for doilies.

I also lanolized all my wool diaper covers today. Wet wool is kinda stinky. *bleh* Hopefully that won't be much of an issue with them as diaper covers.... We shall see.

Friday the 23rd - Lion Brand yarn goes on sale at Hancock for the weekend.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Now what?

I finished knitting my Ballet T-shirt. Well, almost finished - I still have to weave in ends, but I'm waiting until I can try it on after baby is born and make sure the length is sufficient.
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I've been redecorating in my craft room, and I've decided to make the things I use every day beautiful. Here's one example:
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I think it looks cool with the different color glass and my supplies. Plus, it's all contained!

Baby, you can come out any day now, you hear? I had a checkup today, and I'm 90-100%, 1-2cm, and 0/-1 station. So maybe sometime this week???

Friday, May 2, 2008

You spin me right round baby...

Wow, does this Ballet T-shirt work up quickly. I'm going to have it done before baby gets here and I won't be able to wear it!

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Okay, so probably not, since I won't bind off until I can be certain the length is long enough. But it does knit up fast.

No baby yet

Still no baby. I have about 2 weeks to go before something *has* to be done, so really, baby has plenty of time still. :)

I picked up my library book yesterday. It's Loop-d-loop by Teva Durham, and there are lots of gorgous patterns in there! I'm starting with Ballet T-shirt - it's knit entirely in the round with NO seams, just one continuous strand of yarn. The pattern is fairly simple, and the yarn is so soft - Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece in Rug Red. It's a really old color, but it looks great on me.

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My little SIL made me a beaded stitch marker for it! I love it, and everytime I come to it I know to mark a round. It's quite handy to have one that's different.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My latest obsession

I'm constantly on the lookout for things to keep me busy as I anxiously await the arrival of Toman Baby #3. I've been knitting A LOT, and that has led to collecting books about knitting. Recently a friend had me sign up with , an online book club that lets you trade books you have for books you want. I love the opportunity to clean out and declutter, while at the same time making room for books I really want. When you sign up, you start with 2 credits right away that you can use to request books other members have listed. Then, every time you send out a book, you get another credit. I'm thouroughly enjoying my new book collection!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mental Block

I think I figured out what my mental block is for having this baby. I feel overwhelmed, and I fear that it will only get worse. I already have two small boys who run me to the ground daily. Neil helps a lot, but he gets frustrated sometimes and then he's no help at all. I feel like I'm going to be all alone, crying, trying to make three crying boys happy when no one wants to be.
If that's not it, then it might be that I want a girl sooooo badly. I've been referring to this baby as a boy now for as long as I can remember, but I want a girl. I'm afraid I won't get her, and then I'll have to morn not having a girl and at the same time bond with my new son.
I recognize that this is all a part of God's plan for me and for our family - that he knows what I want, what I need, what I can handle, and what I can't. I also know that it's a little too late to say I can't handle any more kids.
I don't have the answers. Give me a few posts, it will take me a while to work through this.

Monday Night Knitting

I met a new knitting group last night! I found them off of Ravelry.com, and we had a great time. I enjoyed seeing what others were making and the yummy yarns they were using, and I learned a few things too.
  • I pick, and I throw. I pick when I knit, and I throw when I purl.
  • Self-striping sock yarns self stripe no matter what size you make.
  • Yummy yarns almost always come from somewhere else, not North Dakota.
  • I could do two-stranded colorwork, I just have to try. So, I'm going to try with a fair isle headband.

So that means I need to get a couple WIPs off the needles so I can use those needles for something else. :D It's a great distraction from the coming new baby.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Due when?

Because I was still breastfeeding Nick when I got my LMP, we had a hard time dating this pregnancy. In retrospect, we should have done an early ultrasound to date it, but we didn't. What does this mean for me? My EDD could be off by up to 2 weeks!!! That puts me with a EDD range of April 18th-May 2, and a birth range of April 4th-May 16th. What on earth am I going to do if I go until the middle of MAY???

Saturday, April 19, 2008

40w2d

Yesterday was my due date. I thought I would be more upset about "going over," but I feel less anxious now that it's past. I can't wait to meet our new baby - I did send Neil out to buy something pink "just in case."
I spent most of today chasing the boys around at Grandpa's. We played in the backyard. We played in the front yard. And then the backyard. And then the front yard. Back and forth all afternoon. I'm sooooo wore out - I told Neil I feel like I used to feel right after soccer practice.
I got my Ravelry invite yesterday! It is one cool site, with lots of organizational tools that I just love. I don't post much about my knitting, but that may change since Ravelry can read the RSS off of here.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Looking back


It's the end of January, and I'm now at 29 weeks in my 3rd pregnancy. There's so much to tell, but lately I've found myself looking back to my first two births, wondering how they will compare to this new introduction of life.

My baby was due on July 1st, 2005. Every appointment with my doctor led to an induction on that date. Nothing was wrong, but I was tired of being pregnant and she was ready for me to have this baby. I continued to put it off though, hoping I would go into labor naturally.

On the 3rd, I felt more antsy and uneasy than usual. Again, nothing in particular stands out, simply a feeling of readiness.

Finally, at 5:00pm, I gave in. I called my doctor to set up the induction. My doctor was on call over the 4th of July, so she had me come in right away. By six o'clock, I was all hooked up.

What follows was mostly a jumble. The contractions strengthened with the Pitocin, and I eventually requested Nubain to deal with them. I felt helpless, lying in bed, watching The Wizard of OZ on TV. All of the monitors prevented me from getting up, and I didn't pee all night. My husband said I was halucinating, talking about purple buses and dinosaurs. At some point, I had him call my mom and my sister, who stayed with me all night.

The next morning I was ready to push. The worst part was feeling like I had to push, but constantly being told not to. It was agony! I had to wait half an hour for the doctor to arrive.

After the doctor arrived, I pushed for about half an hour, watching the clock. His head was delivered, and I felt relieved that I had done it.

Wait, no. He wasn't out, yet. His shoulders were stuck, and I was exhuasted!

"Come on sweetheart, push! You have to push for the baby!" My husband said. I could feel the tension in the room build. DH was nearing panic.

"I can't! I can't!" I said, but stopping wasn't an option. Someone helped me sit up and curl around my belly, and I remember using my hands to help push him out.

Out he did come, and cried! He was 9lbs, 8.5 oz. A wave of relief washed over the room. When I got to hold him, he was the most beautiful boy I'd ever seen. Yes, he looked like an old man, (my friend likes to say that all babies do at first) but I thought he was beautiful.

My mother-in-law, Jackson, and me