Saturday, August 1, 2015

Doing Things

Reuben is two weeks old yesterday! He already looks different from his newborn photos. And I no longer look 9 months pregnant, but I still look 4 months pregnant. I want my waist back, please. They say it takes 6 weeks. I'm still wearing my maternity clothing. My boobs are so huge they don't fit into any of my nice summer dresses. Also, breastfeeding. How do you do that in a dress?

There really is nothing to report. He sleeps, and poops, I change him and feed him. He's cute and I love him. I can't wait for him to grow up. He has so much hair. And such cute clothes. And I found a way finally to put him down. He loves to be placed on his belly (don't worry, I make sure he can breathe). He's a belly sleeper!

Also he has a rash. His doctor says it is an infant rash and nothing to worry about, but it sure freaked me out when I first saw it.

I literally have nothing to say lately. I thought I would have all these emotions and ideas but I've only been in reaction mode. It's so different then I thought but still just as wonderful and hard and amazing.

I am learning to do a lot with one hand. Today I made lunch for the first time since I gave birth (hah cooking) and I burned the rice. Cooking and watching a baby is crazy making.

How are you guys doing? I'm sure I'll have something for this space eventually, but right now I just want to sleep and take a million pictures of my newborn's toes. Did you know he makes little contented kitten noises when he sleeps? I'm hooked.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baby Boy Whale Banner

I wanted something cute to hang upstairs above the changing table/playyard in my office. My office, that is now being taken over by baby things...but oh well. It happens. I decided to make a "Boy" banner with whales on it! I was really excited and spent 4 hours trying to crochet the letter "B" before giving up and just googling it, so this tutorial is really just for the whales. The video tutorial also goes through how to chain everything together. You'll have to go to the moogly blog to find the letters.

To make the whale, use a 4.5mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn. I made four whales, and I used the same yarn and hook to make the letters as well.

Terms Used: (All USA terms)
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain
sk: skip
hdc: half double crochet

Whale: Made in continuous round, do not join with sl st

R1: magic ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring (8 sts)
R2: 2 sc in each st (16 sts)
R3: (*Sc in next st, 2sc in next st*) repeat 4 times, sc next stitch and chain 7, turn.
R4: Skip first ch, in second ch from hook make (hdc,hdc,dc) in the same ch space
then sl st in the next ch, sl st next ch, chain 2 turn,
R5: skip first ch, in second ch from hook make (hdc,hdc,dc, sl st) in the same ch space
R6: sl st, hdc, skip 1 ch, dc twice in same st, hdc, next sc, next sl st, next sl st, next sl st
in the next st I do a hdc, then another sl st. to make it more square on the bottom.

I made 4 whales. Then I used the Moogly alphabet pattern to crochet a "B," "O," and "Y". The letter pattern does not belong to me, and you can find it here! I tried really hard (like hours) to crochet a "B" by myself and it just didn't work. So I just googled one--if someone else already did all the work to make a crochet alphabet, I certainly am not going to complain. I used the same worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm crochet hook for the letters as well.

Then I strung the B, O and Y together on a chain, and than hung the cute little whales from the letters with more chains!

What do you think? I love it.

Friday, July 24, 2015

One Week

Where has the last week gone?! Reuben is one week old. I feel like he's always been a part of our lives. I feel like he belongs here. I also have no time. Please don't ask me if I've remembered to brush my teeth. When you don't have a "night" anymore it's kinda hard to remember to brush your teeth. Actually I should be sleeping right now since baby is sleeping, but I have things to do. People who sleep when your baby sleeps--when do you shower? When and how do you use the bathroom or do laundry?

this helps!
Honestly so much has happened I don't know if I can articulate it all, much less grasp my emotions. I filmed Reuben's birth story, and will post that video as soon as I get around to adding some pictures to it. Who knows when, because I have no free time. Taking care of an infant is a full time job, and also requires someone to take care of me as well--because I literally do not have enough arms. And until yesterday I couldn't even control when I would pee, so yeah. Take that into consideration. Sitting down still hurts, but it's a lot better. I can walk without shaking. However, I can't walk far without running out of breath. And I have a tiny human who needs me.

He is so tiny guys. And I love him so much. I knew breastfeeding would be hard, and it is! What I didn't know is that putting clothing on an infant is like trying to wrestle a cat into a paper bag. Poor Reuben. Good thing its July and he really only needs clothes for bedtime. I have no idea why the onset of a diaper change or onesie makes him scream bloody murder but it does. New experiences, I suppose. I always feed him after and it does help calm him!

So far my two favorite items are the boppy and my nipple cream. The boppy helps me achieve so many breastfeeding positions comfortably, and I am sure you can guess what the cream does. Also, I seem to have birthed a kid that does not ever want to be put down. Like ever, or he will instantly cry and wake up. The only thing that I can put him in is the boppy. Apparently it feels like a hug. I literally could not live without it.

So how are you guys? Has time stopped for you, too?