Friday, February 15, 2008

Time goes so fast....

It's hard to believe that over 2 months has passed since my last post. Life moves so quickly, especially now that a 3rd babe is added to the mix. Here's a quick update of some projects I finished up in December. Mushie Face got a Waldorf doll for her 2nd birthday in November.

I finished up our Advent calendar *just in time*. The pockets along the bottom have little wool felt ornaments in them that hang on the snowflake buttons on the tree. The tree is green babywhale corduroy quilted to the 2 layers of snowflake flannel, which has a layer of wool batting between them. The pockets are rows ofwide whale cranberry corduroy with appliqued numbers on each pocket.

And here are the Waldorf teething dolls I made for SnugBug and my neice, T, who is 2 weeks older than SnugBug. The left one is SnugBug's and the pink floral is T's. SungBug's body and hat are organic cotton "Alphabet Soup"; T's is pink floral flannel. Their heads are high quality Dutch tricot stuffed with humanely raised wool batting. They each hold a hard wood teething ring that's been sanded smooth and oiled with a non-toxic beeswax polish. I'm anxiously waiting for the day that SnugBug can actually hold and use his baby :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Better late than never!!!

10 days past his estimated due date, our wonderful baby boy joined our family on November 17th at 1:00pm, weighing in at a hefty 9lbs, 21" long, with a 14.5" head. Our homebirth went smashingly and I could not have asked for a more successful, gentle, stress free birth than what I had with this little one.

I awoke at 5:50am to hit the bathroom and upon returning to bed, felt my first contraction just past 6am. Since I had been having prodromal labor on and off for over a week, I didn't really think too much of it. But then 6 minutes later, another was felt, and then another , and another. I was FINALLY in labor!!! We called the midwife and my parents at about 7:30am to let them know that things were progressing. At this point the contractions were about 4min apart, but I was able to function through them. The kiddos woke up and M and I got breakfast going. After breakfast, I broke out the birth ball to help with positioning and to keep my hips moving. 9am brought the birth assistant followed shortly by the midwife. About 30minutes later, my birth "team" arrived. I don't think I've ever had so many people in our apartment, LOL. Our team was made up of my mom, who along with M is my main birth support, my dad, he was responsible for watching the kiddos, including my 2.5yo little brother who came along, my 18yo sister, she floated between helping with the kiddos, taking some pics, and helping the midwife and birth assistant. Along with these 3 people came my mom's best friend who was visiting from NJ and her 17yo daughter (my sis's best friend). While they didn't have any specific jobs to do, they helped with the kids, too and did whatever tasks were asked of them. So, let's see... yes, I had 11 other people present at the birth of my 3rd child, crazy isn't it??? But you know what, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Having all these people kept me talking and moving and not focusing too much on the pain of the contractions. In fact, by the time the contractions were hard enough for me to have to really focus on them, I would sit and roll on the birth ball, cover my eyes lightly with my hands, breathe through the contraction, and pick up the conversation where I had left off. All the while, my birth team was bustling and talking around me. It really helped me to have so much activity, I was thriving on it.

At about 12:00pm, I told M it was time to fill up the birth pool. The contractions were coming harder and faster and I needed the pain relief of the warm water. The team moved quickly to get the pool filled and by 12:30pm, I was laboring in the warm water, thankful for the relief it brought. About the time I got into the pool, my body said it was time to push. Relaxing myself and giving in to my body, I let the contractions do their job and quietly hit transition. I moved to my knees and leaned on the pool as the contractions washed over me and M climbed into the pool. About 15minutes later, I could feel the baby descend and get ready to crown and I let the midwife know the baby was coming. With the next contraction, my body began pushing the baby out and while my midwife told me I needed to slow down the pushing, she also recognized that I wasn't actually using force to push, it was my body doing its job. I focused on controlling the pushing so as not to "shotgun" my little one out of the birth canal. As the head emerged, the midwife realized this little one was following in Mushie Face's footsteps and was being born "in the caul" or in the bag of waters. Just as we had to do with Mushie, the bag was cut with a pair of scissors. The next contraction delivered the shoulders and the baby slipped into M's hands. The midwife helped unwind the cord that was loosely around his neck. At 1:00pm, our beautiful baby boy entered the world, completely covered in vernix and protesting loudly. Immediately he was put to my breast. While sitting in the birth pool bonding, we were joined in the room by Little Man, Mushie, and my little brother, all eager to see who was making all the ruckus. After having their curiosity satisfied, the kiddos returned to the playroom to continue their adventures with my dad.

We waited for the cord to stop pulsing before M cut it and the midwife collected blood samples to type the baby's blood. A few minutes later, M took the baby and I got out of the pool and moved to the couch to deliver the placenta. After delivering the afterbirth, baby and I got cozy on the couch covered in blankets to warm up and nurse.

This birth was truly a testament to the amazing abilities of a woman's body. While I would like to say that I had "control" during the whole birth process, I just can't. My body did its job and I turned all control over to it. I didn't fight the contractions as I had during Little Man's birth, I welcomed them. I didn't even push, I let my body ease the baby out in its own timing, focusing my attention only on the forcefulness of the pushes. And while it may seem strange to some, having a houseful of people to talk and converse with during labor really helped move things along. Maybe that was part of the problem with my labor with Little Man, other than M, who was stressed out becoming a first time father, I had no one to converse with, to hold my attention. Some women use focus points, I talk :) I thrive on social activity and why wouldn't it make sense that it would help me in labor?? The birth of our third child revealed so much about my needs in labor and about my body's abilities, it was truly an enlightening experience.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Our latest edition...

Nope, no baby yet. So what am I referring to?? Take a look...
This is our new and improved Famyil Bed. On Saturday, a new queen sized mattress and boxspring set were delivered. Within an hour, we had the side-carred crib dismantled, the new mattress set put together and pushed up against the old set, and new linens gracing the set. TWO queen sized mattresses!!!

Currently we're sleeping the warm blooded family members and the cold blooded family members, LOL. Little Man and I are sleeping on the mattress closest to the wall with a sheet and a light cotton blanket on us. Mushie Face and M are sleeping on the other mattress complete with sheet, down comforter, and some nights, the velour blanket at the foot of the bed. Although, I think Miss Mushie is slowly moving over to being one of us "warm" members because I've been waking up to find her sans sheets or blankets.

So what do *I* think of our new Family Bed?? Well, we have 120 inches of mattress from the wall to the end of the second mattress, and mama still only gets to sleep on about 6" of space. Hmmm.... how does that work???

Sunday, September 30, 2007

This update's for you, E.

Okay, okay, I get it. My best friend E has been bugging me for an update and I finally have a moment to sit down and give one. This will be just a quick sewing/ crafting update, as the life update will definitely be much longer. Lots happening 'round here, but that's for another post.

So, on August 15th, Sewing Mamas began their bi-annual Stash Game. The basic gist of the game is to use whatever fabric you have in your stash, don't buy any for the length of the game, and to sew, sew, sew as much as you can. There's a whole point assignment, blah, blah, blah, prizes are awarded, etc. The game ran from August 15th to September 15th and I pretty much got most of my Christmas sewing and baby sewing done. Here are my finished stats:

Grand Total: 1425 points (I came in 2nd :)
Yards sewn: Just over 102yds

2 Boppy covers
6 contoured burp clothes
9 produce bags
1 lavender neck pillow
5 pairs of corduroy pants for Little Man
2 pairs flat front corduroys for Miss Mushie Face
5 long sleeve raglans for Little Man
5 peasant tops for me
1 peasant dress for Mushie
4 velour dresses for Mushie
6 pairs leggings for Mushie
hemmed 7 baby tees
3 kimono tops for baby
7 pairs pants for baby
4 pairs of flannel lounge pants for Little Man
2 crib-sized top sheets
7 pairs of lounge pants for my 2 yr old little brother, G
2 men's raglans for M
2 pairs of corduroys for me (hoping they'll fit post partum)
3 art smocks for Little Man, Miss Mushie, and little bro G
2 long sleeve raglans for Mushie
2 velour hoodies for Mushie
velour appliqued pillow for my 18 yr old sister's birthday
1 hooded tunic w/ pumpkin appliques for Mushie
8 pairs of training pants for Mushie
2 hand-dyed wool puddle pads for baby
2 Waldorf dolls
2 doll slings
6 doll diapers
clothes for the dolls
10 receiving blankets
LARGE bag to store my wool batting in
64 criss cross coasters
12 large Fuzzi Bunz inserts
6 small Fuzzi Bunz inserts
2 potholders

Whew, I think that's it. As I said, I came in 2nd place in the Game, the mama who came in 1st beat me by 90 points. Not bad for my second Stash Game, but I think I'm burnt out now *sigh* I figure, though, when I'm ready to sew again, the baby will be ready to give me some time to sew. You can see most of what I accomplished here:

Stash Game Sewing


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

31 Pounds...

of peaches :) We went to our favorite orchard this past weekend with family and picked til our hearts' content. The kiddos each got their own little 1/4 peck bag to fill and Mama filled her canvas bags FULL of peaches. They're so incredibly juicy... I immediately made a peach cobbler when we got home. The rest you asked?? Well, some have been frozen for future use and some are being canned tonight as peach preserves or peach pie filling. Did I mention I can?? Yep. I finally was able to buy a canner and rack this year. Found it for $18 at Wal*Mart, a steal really. This is the first of the local harvest to be canned for us. Apples will follow in a few months :D

Thursday, July 12, 2007

More Baby Squishiness

My nesting has been kicked into overdrive lately and I've been trying to knock things off my To Do List at the speed of light (although for this pregnant mama, that's actually more like a turtle's pace). I started this set almost immediately after finishing the last one. Newborn/ Small Perfection Pants in Mosaic Moon's new 3-ply Uruguay Merino in "Chocolate Sky", trim is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Natural. They are so squishy, they'll definitely be keeping this baby warm this winter.

I also sewed up my post partum pads last week. One dozen 11" pads, based on this pattern. They're 4 layers of flannel and 4 layers of birdseye, I hope it's enough. Since this is my first time using cloth post partum, there's going to be quite a bit of guessing and experimenting.

I've been plugging away at the Christmas gifts, slowly crossing things off my lists, making adjustments. I'm happy to report I'm about 1/2 way through :D

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

So tiny...

I finally picked up the needles over the last week and cranked out 2 things for the new babe. The soaker is a newborn Curly Purly soaker in Peace Fleece's "Negotiation Grey". It is SO stinkin' tiny!!! I can't believe that in 19 weeks, I will have someone in my home that will actually fit it.

The pants are a pair of Wooly Wonder Perfection Pants in Montana Targhee dyed by Mosaic Moon in "Chai Latte" with matching newborn hat. This was my first time doing the pattern, and I found it to be quite an easy knit, after I got past the math part, LOL. The pants are a newborn/ small size. I made them so that they'll be a little big in the newborn stage, but they should last a while. The 3x1 ribbing I did for the cuffs looks good rolled up and the waistband will work well rolled down in the first month.. This was also my first time working with Montana Targhee. SO SOFT!!!

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