Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Maggie is 22 weeks old!

Miss Maggie is 22 weeks old today.  She seems to be doing a little better with the sleeping this week than last week so maybe that was just a blip. Poor little bug has conjuctivitis this week and her eyes have been seriously goobery- the joys of big brothers! She should have a wonderfully robust immune system by the time she is school age becasue I swear she has caught every litte bug that the boys have brought home from school.  Apparently this round of conjuctivitis is viral so there is not much to do except wait it out.  So we are waiting it out and doing routine eye swabbing and hand washing.  It doesn't really seem to be bothering her except for some restless nights but who knows whether her eyes are bothering her or she is just having some restess nights! She is still my happy girl for the most part. She smiles every time she sees me, even through her goobery eyes, and it just melts my heart everytime!

I have been having a little knitting ADD this week. I'm still working on the dog from Spud and Chloe but it's been slow going since I don't want to work on it while the boys are around. It's gotten to the point where it is recognizable as a toy and I want it to be a suprise. So I cast on a little newborn charity hat and a sweater for Xander. The hat is for on the go and the sweater is for knitting at home when the boys are around. Hopefully the sweater will be for Xander's birthday.  I'm making him a wonderfully wallaby with some mosaic moon yarn I got in a co-op last year.  It's the first time I've knit with the mosaic moon bfl and it is lucious.  It's a good thing I made the sweater a size up because it is going to be a warm one.  It is so nice and soft too though. I haven't really knit enough yet to see how the colors are going to be but I have a feeling they are going to come out nicely, although more stripey that I had anticipated.  Stay tuned and come yarn along with us at Ginny's place.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Maggie is 5 months old!

My princess is five months old! Her new thing this week is shaking her head. It's hilarious. You look at her and ask her questions and she just shakes her head "no"!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Maggie is 21 weeks old!

The theme of the week is sleep or rather the lack there of... Maggie is a really good baby overall but she is getting to that age where she doesn't fall asleep anywhere at the drop of the hat. Since we lead a rather busy life slechping from school to swimming to work to the gym, etc, etc poor Magster is having a bit of hard time with it all. She gets overtired and then she gets quite fussy. She can't seem to get out of her own way long enough to fall asleep, with the eye rubbing and fussing. I think it is funny that babies have to learn to fall asleep. They do it so well at the beginning and then they hit this age around 5 months where it seems like they lose that ability and have to relearn it. In Maggie's case it also seems to be linked to her need to be with someone at all times.  She is constantly aware and watching everything going on around her and she has become especially aware of being left alone.  One thing is for sure she doesn't like being alone and she particularly doesn't like it when I am not there. So last night she slept in her own room for the first time. I was trying to get her to fall asleep on her own not while nursing. I made the mistake of not encouraging this ability with James and he still has issues falling asleep on his own so I'm hoping that lots of practice with Maggie will encourage better sleep habits. It went pretty well actually.  She did seem to wake up a little more often than when she sleeps in my room but with her pacifier and her mobile going she was able to fall back asleep pretty quickly for the most part. I did nurse her one time but that is pretty normal for her anyway. So we will practice napping in her crib today and see how that goes. Hopefully she will learn some good sleep habits and be able to fall sleep on her own without quite so much fussing. 
Does anyone have a good remedy for baby eczema? Both the boys had it but Maggie seems to be resisting all my normal remedies. She has it really badly on her arms where the boys had it on their legs- don't know if that makes a difference?
On the knitting front I haven't made much more progress on my dog from last week so not much to show. I've finished the body but am still working on the rest of it. I've got all kinds of knitting plans waiting to be put in motion though so I just need to get Maggie sleeping better so I can find some additional knitting time. Come and yarn along with us over at Ginny's place.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Maggie is 20 weeks old!

My sweet girl is almost 5 months old! It's crazy how fast time flies. She rolled over for the first time last week. She's gotten very interested in her feet.  It is so funny to see her laying on her back examining her toes with great intent. I'm just waiting for them to end up in her mouth sooner rather than later. She's able to hold things now so she spends a lot of time holding her Sophie la Girafe teether.  It's amazing how it goes straight from hand to mouth! She is the master of putting things in her mouth that is for sure. She is also trying really hard to sit up but is little a weeble wooble when she does.  It's really funny to see her wobbling back and forth while alternating grinning and looking startled at her own self.

I started working on the dog from Spud and Chloe but I didn't get very far yet.  It's not been a good week for finding time for knitting. I've been working a lot and with the snow, I got to spend an extra special long time at work. So I'll just have to keep chugging away but now I have to go back to work...

Happy Ash Wednesday! Come and yarn along with us at Ginny's place.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Maggie is 19 weeks old!

Maggie and James chillin'
As always Maggie is a perfect little chub. She is such a happy girl most of the time. When she is hungry she definitely makes it known! She is really trying to pull herself up and can now sit in a supported sitting position.  She is very close to rolling over but hasn't quite managed it yet. It's been kinda of a weird week in general.  I got mastitis and one thing I have learned about mastitis is that it hits you hard and fast and pretty much knocks you down flat on your tush! I didn't really get out of bed for 5 days straight so Maggie and I spent a lot of time snuggling and nursing while I tired to get better.  I'm feeling much better but am still not at full speed yet. I go back to work tomorrow so hopefully I will be feeling well enough... Of course yesterday in the midst of still being pretty sick myself I found out that my my mom broke her leg while on a ski trip to France.  She is in the hospital there and is having surgery today.  I haven't been able to talk to her myself but hopefully I will be able to speak with her this afternoon and check in personally.  It's hard to be so far away because there isn't really much that I can do.  I'm hoping she will be well enough to come on as scheduled on Sunday but I guess we will see.

Xander and Maggie snuggling...
As for farm updates we had a not so good day yesterday with lambing.  Midnight and Peep lambed, twins for Midnight and triplets for Peep but only 3 out of the 5 survived... Too cold I guess.  Of course they lambed while Frank was out so it was too late to try and save them by the time he got home and found them. Having not actually witnessed the lambing it is hard to know if they were stillborn or got cold or what exactly happened.  The realities of life on the farm... But we have 3 healthy lambs who are doing well this morning so it could have been worse.  Sadly we expect some lamb loss every year so let's hope this is all for the year! We are expecting potentially as many as 40 lambs this year so we have a ways to go yet before we are done.

Speaking of farm life my knitting has been somewhat farm related.  One of my goals for 2013 is to make most (not all...) of the toys from Susan Anderson's Spud and Chloe on the Farm.  I completed the barn this week.  I used a washable wool so I wanted to make sure the whole was washable so I used plastic canvas instead of cardboard (as suggested in the book) for the inners.  As it turns out I should have used a thicker canvas for the front because it came out a bit flimsy but I'm going to see if threading some pipe cleaners through might help stabilize the front a bit.  It works as is because the sides help hold it up but it would be nice if it were sturdier. It''s cute though and will provide the framework for much creative play I am sure!  I'm working on the dog now and ideally I will have that and the chicken done for Easter and then maybe the cow for Xander's birthday.  I also am definitely going to make some hay bales and buckets. After that we'll see...

Come and yarn along with us as Ginny's place...

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Deniz!

Wishing you a wonderful happy 35th birthday in heaven my darling. I still miss you everyday. Sing a chorus for me. Goodnight spoons.

In memory of Deniz Sarikaya, my dear friend, 1978-2005