Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Friday, April 29, 2011

Diaper Rash Makes Me Feel Like a Bad Mom

It's been a Week. Yes, a capital W week. Nothing particularly bad happened, and nothing earth shattering took place but it was a Week. For no real reason I was tired every day this week, and before you can say "of course you were tired, you are taking care of a baby"... my baby slept straight through the night every night this week except last night. And I'm not talking "5 hours is through the night at this age", I'm talking 11 hours straight through the night. So really, I have reason to be tired and no reason to complain about being tired.

Maybe it was the endless dreariness and rain. Rain. Rain. Rain. It has rained and/or thunderstormed everyday this week. Seriously. April showers came in with a vengeance just to end off April with a bang, I guess. The poor dog had to wait to go out until my husband came home every day this week because really, you can't take baby out in a thunderstorm. It's just bad parenting.

We had two outings this week. We went to my husband's work on Monday and back to visit my old school (I started at a new school this past September) on Wednesday. Other than that Tuesday, Thursday and Friday were just hang out days at home. Yesterday we did have a visit from the cable repair man because the TV in basement and the TV in the bedroom have not been working. Right when he called to say he was here I was upstairs changing the baby so I told I would be down in a minute to let him in. Then Avery promptly peed all over herself. So I tried to deal with as quickly as possible while simultaneously trying to lock the dog in a room so he wouldn't jump all over the cable guy. Check and check. I let the cable guy in and explained the problem as best I could seeing as anything electrical in our house is not my area of expertise.

Now, unfortunately the cable guy had an accent and I am horrible at understanding people with accents. It's like my ears and my brain disconnect as soon as someone with an accent starts to talk. I feel so bad because I am constantly asking people with accents to repeat themselves. So with this small, but significant barrier to communication the cable guy started his work. Did I mention that the dog has started to howl from the upstairs room that I locked him in? No? Well, he did. Meanwhile I am running between the cable guy to try and understand his questions and then answer them with my limited knowledge and the baby who is getting bored with every place I put her. Gym Mat? No. Swing? No. Bouncy chair? No. In my arms? No. Dog still howling? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Eventually we got to the point where we had called my husband at work for help, one TV was working, the baby was now crying loudly and the dog was still howling. The cable guy gave me his cell phone number and said that when my husband is home to have him call. Yep. Will do.

Whew. Well, since that was done we went upstairs to let the still howling dog out of the room and change the baby again. And what happened dare you ask? Remember how Avery peed on herself before the cable guy came? Yep, you got she did it again...and poop! It's like she just waits for me to take the diaper away. It's gotten to the point now where she will poop and I will go upstairs to change her. However, once I clean her all up, get the bum nice and air-dried and the barrier cream in place Avery will poop again!!! I swear she knows what she is doing because she gives a little giggle every time too. We are practically going through 2-3 diapers at each change! GRRRR.

How did I remedy this situation you may ask? The best way possible...Avery and I snuggled together in the comfy chair for her afternoon nap. Nothing like baby snuggles to make everything better.



Thank goodness for weekends and husbands.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

It's been three days of thunderstorms here and the constant dreariness is getting to us, well maybe not Avery, she is always pretty happy! We have a return of the diaper rash from a few weeks ago. The house is demanding to be cleaned. The cable TV isn't working.

We are in a state of general blahness. Come on Mother Nature! Bring on the spring.

Monday, April 25, 2011

MIA

I know, I know...I have been missing in action.

Last week was a crazy week with my husband away Wednesday night at a doctor's appt, and then he started baseball on Thursday night so I had two full days of baby wrangling all by myself...which is exhausting. On Friday we were off to the in-laws for the Easter weekend and when we arrived home yesterday all I had the energy for was a nap!
BUT....

I have an interesting post planned very soon...something I think SB in particular will find hilarious.

Hope y'all had a great Easter weekend and didn't eat too much turkey/chocolate/etc!


Monday, April 18, 2011

40 bags in 40 days...hmmm, I love me some purging

I recently read a post over at the Little Lucy Lu blog about a challenge called 40 bags in 40 days. The idea is to purge your house of 40 bags of unnecessary stuff in 40 days. The challenge originally calls for this to be done during the 40 days before Easter (Lent) however, I have already missed that boat! I am just going to start now and purge, purge, purge for the next 40 days.

Bec over at Little Lucy Lu created a list of all the places she would be purging from and since I also love making lists I am just going to jump on that bandwagon as well!  My husband and I actually started some spring cleaning and purging on Saturday so I am going to back track my list to include all that great work we did on the weekend!

1. Kitchen pantry
2. Microwave cart
3. Cupboard above the fridge
4. Cupboard above the stove
5. Silverware drawer
6. Utensils drawer
7. Cupboard to the left of the sink
8. Cupboard to the right of the sink
9. Pre-Maternity clothes
10. School resources stored at home
11. Craft supplies
12. Cupboard between the stairs
13. Credenza in guest room
14. Bookshelves in guest room (x 3)
15. Storage area beside the freezer
16. Blue trunk in the basement
17. Underneath the bathroom sink
18. Shelves in the laundry room
19. Boxes in the laundry room
20. School resources in the basement
21. Paper trail in the kitchen
22. Paper basket in the living room
23. Entertainment unit in the living room
24. Book shelf in the living room
25. Bar area
26.

Well, maybe not 40 bags! That's all I can think of at this point but I am totally sure I will come up with more as I start the cleaning and purging. I am going to attempt to get it done in 40 days but if I don't make my deadline than I will just extend it. I mean really, what's really going to happen if it takes me longer? Nothing!!

I am already looking forward to a much cleaner, less cluttered house!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Look What I Can Do!

I finished!! My first knitting project that is NOT a rectangle and I am super impressed and proud of myself. I feel like I am on a bit of a high and just want to keep on knitting and knitting and knitting! The possibilities are endless....

Remember it looked like this a few days ago...



and then it looked like this...


Finally, after some sewing together of the pieces it looks like this...


It's a bunny!!

I can't wait to make more for my sweet little girl.

I found this pattern from Lion Bran Yarn. They have a great site where you can access free patterns, buy yarn and other supplies and even watch videos to help you learn more about knitting and crochet.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Big 4-0-0!

Yesterday was my 400th post.


Wow.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Knitting, Knitting, Knitting!!

Have you  guessed yet?? Do you know what I am making?

Here's some more progress to help you guess...


Don't you love variegated yarn?

So I'll give you a little hint...if you go to Make it and Love It you will see an awesome book of knitting patterns by Rebecca Danger. She has been leading a 6 part series on how to knit and now that it is over she is giving away her fabulous book. My project is in the same genre as the projects in her book.

She also has an etsy store which you can find here and a blog which you can find here. I know for sure that if I don't win the pattern book then it will be first on my shopping list!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned on the Internet

Once you are done reading here be sure to pop on over to Paisley Passions for the Wandering Wednesday Blog Hop! There are many amazing blogs and some great crafting ideas to be found!


It's amazing what you can learn online...and I don't mean an online course, although they are great too, I mean from Google or YouTube.

Some of you may recall that about this time last year I went home to have my grandmother teach me how to knit. I started with a very simple scarf...and I am proud to say that scarf is DONE. It just under a year's time! LOL (oops! I really underestimated how tired I would be when pregnant and then with a newborn. Plus, as a new knitter I am pretty slow.

But I am happy to announce that I have finished the scarf AND an afghan I made for my sister's wedding gift. (On second thought, working on the afghan made have slowed up my work on the scarf, right?)

Anyway here is the very first scarf I've ever knit:

It started out as just teal a year ago but last week I got very tired of knitting a plain rectangle of teal and I wanted to try changing colours because I had never done that before. I must say that changing colours was easy but weaving in the ends was really difficult. I think I need to find a video on YouTube to help me with that!


Thank goodness it's still cool enough some days that maybe I can actually wear my scarf.




So now for the BIG project! I decided I wanted to knit my sister an afghan for her wedding so she would always have something that she could remember that I had given her. I found an easy pattern on the Lion Brand website and started it WAAAAAAAY back in the summer. It was originally supposed to be only one panel of knit/purl but when I finished the edges curled up and I thought it was too small.



So I decided to make two more panels for either side and to knit the outside 5 stitches on each edge to stop it from curling under....and then I had to sew it all together! Whew.






I must say I am super proud of completing this afghan on time! 

So this is my next project in progress. Can you guess what it is?




So are you wondering yet what any of this has to do with the title of my post? Thought you might be. Teaching yourself how to knit is somewhat difficult especially if you are like me and are a visual learner.  I love that I can put anything into Google or YouTube and find a video that shows me new knitting skills. Thanks to the internet I now know how to kfb, k2tog, work in St st, and many others!


Here's a little more progress..any guesses yet? I'll give you a hint...it won't be a rectangle when it's done! That's right I've moved beyond a scarf!



Monday, April 11, 2011

A Wonderful Weekend for a Wedding

My sister's wedding this past weekend was a great time. There was plenty of family and friends. The sun came out to play and in time for pictures. Dancing, dancing, dancing. Here are some of the pictures from the 2-day affair!


Feeding the bride...matron of honour duties are never done!


Hair in rollers, it's a good look for me I think.


Junior bridesmaid takes over the babysitting duties.


Bride and the baby.


The best man brings the gift for the bride...


... and it's a diamond bracelet!


My finished hair!


Bouquets


Ceremony room


Wedding altar


Finished bride's hair


Vows!


Signing the registry




This is where I realized that my sister's status was listed as "spinster" in the registry book!


Awww!


Weddings are very tiring. very.


Beautiful bride.


Bride and groom


Cake


Father - daughter dance


All the cousins together for the first time in 6 years!

What a great time!

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's Here!!!

My sister's wedding is finally here! We are heading off later today for all the festivities so I won't be posting this weekend (unless I find a free moment) but I will be back next week with loads of pictures and all the details.

Have a great one.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Expanding the List

Lately I have been on the hunt for new blogs to read and follow. I have really been interested in looking for crafting blogs and new perspectives on things. I think I have gravitated more to blog reading these days because it's quick and easy. I can read a blog in between diaper changes and bottle feeding. I can read a blog while holding a baby in one hand. I am quite the multi-tasker, eh.


In order to find some new blogs today I am going to link up to Wandering Wednesdays over at Paisley Passions.


This is my first time participating in this blog hop (or any blog hop in awhile). I am really excited to see what I find, and to see who finds me!


In regards to my other reading, novels and the like, I have been doing pretty well even with a baby in tow. All those naysayers who told me while I was pregnant that I would never read again once the baby came...duh duh duuuuh!! were obviously wrong.  I may have slowed down a little, seeing as I do not have full entire days to read, but I am still reading and can honestly say I haven't really even felt like I have lost that much time that I would usually devote to reading. Now that I am not working I don't have any lessons to plan, or assignments to mark so really I just replaced those activities with the baby and my reading time seems to have stayed relatively in tact. What will happen in the fall when I return to work is anybody's guess.


In the last few weeks I have completed a few really good books...so good in fact I am feeling a little in lurch as to what to read next. The first book was The Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay. This book was actually a bargain buy at Chapters that I just happened to pick up and LOVED! Of course. I love anything that is historical fiction so this was right up my alley. I found myself mesmerized by the story of Nina Revskaya, a Russian ballerina who has decided to auction off all the jewelry that she collected over the course of her illustrious career. Nina began her career as a ballerina in Russia under the Stalin regime and thus the story's setting is one of intrigue, hardship and fear. The story alternates between Nina's present day life in Boston and flashbacks to her life in Russia. We are also introduced to Grigori Solodin, a professor of Russian literature whose own background is a mystery. He knows he was born in Russia before his adoption and he owns a piece of jewelry that matches some of those that Nina is auctioning off. The interplay between these characters and the historical setting made this one a fantastic page turner!


Secondly, I recently finished reading Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig. Loved. Loved. LOVED. IT. I am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind and this book has been on my TBR list for a while...I even started it awhile back but didn't get past the first few pages. The thing I liked best about this book is that Rhett was my favourite character from GWTW and I was never a huge Scarlett fan so..... this book was perfect for me. It tells the back story of Rhett and what happened in his childhood to make him the man that he eventually becomes, it also paints a very realistic picture of Scarlett (who, to be honest, was a pretty awful person for most of the book). I highly recommend this for anyone who is a Gone With the Wind fan.


Lastly, I am currently reading Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli. This is an inside look at the phenomenon of Harry Potter from the woman who runs The Leaky Cauldron which was the pre-eminent source for all new Potter during the hype surrounding the publishing of the books. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have read through the entire series multiple, MULTIPLE, times. I am currently trying to decide if it's too early to start reading them aloud to Avery. She's 12 weeks old. :) I have wanted to read this book for quite awhile as well. Although, I am a huge Potter fan I never followed all the hype or have ever visited The Leaky Cauldron but was drawn to learn more about the phenomenon. I am finding the book wildly fascinating and have been reading every chance I get. I am looking forward to visiting some of the websites mentioned in the book and learn more about the Potter fandom after the fact!


After that...who knows? Any suggestions for what I should read next? 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Good Morning Monday!

Well, if you live in Sounthwestern Ontario than you woke up this morning to torrential rain. Okay, maybe not torrential but a whole heck of a lot and this was after a beautiful Saturday with spring-like temperatures and sunshine, a pretty good Sunday and a snowstorm Sunday evening. Seriously, Mother Nature? What's your problem?

But here inside my cosy little house things are going well. The baby is down for her first nap of the day, and her best one. Why is it that she is able to sleep the longest in the morning after just having slept through the night? Strange, right? Anyway, I am here drinking my morning coffee...gotta love the Keurig machine and deciding whether to stay up or try to get a few more zzzzz's myself.

Such a conundrum.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Stats and Other Interests

I find looking at the stats of my blog endlessly interesting. It never ceases to amaze me that people out there are at all interested in what I have to say and even more fascinating is that many of the page views are for posts from the past...how do people find this posts unless they are followers and want to look back? Interesting, interesting.

I really do wish that people would comment more on my blog. I never really seem to have too many comments except for the dedicated few (SB, Diane, etc) that have followed from the beginning. I think a part of it may be that my blog is about nothing these days. When I first started writing and reading blogs I was mostly interested in doing so in order to find other books bloggers and I posted about my own reading. My blog and it's contents have evolved and I totally understand that the book bloggers out there that I used to converse with so frequently may not be so interested in what I am saying these days since it so rarely (or never) has anything to do with books.


I have been thinking quite a lot about my blog and what it is about. Like my title says, it's about thinking and mostly what I think...but is that enough to really get people interested enough to follow my blog and to comment on a regular basis? It seems not. I think I have fallen off on the frequency with which I comment on other people's blog and that may have lead to the decrease in new followers, as well as the comments coming in from current followers. I am sorry for that. I think I will make it my new goal to comment on at least one blog everyday. If I want people to comment on my blog than I should be commenting on their as well.


I have found myself reading and following a lot more blogs that have to do with parenting, children, and crafting these days. It seems my interests have shifted with my new lot in life as a stay at home mom. More often than not these days I am looking for an outlet with which to express myself and to keep my mind working. I am very used to being busy, busy, busy and sometimes I find that staying here at home with my lovely baby just isn't as mentally stimulating as one would hope. Of course there are the days where I couldn't possible think about anything but the baby but those hard days are becoming fewer and fewer as I get more confident and the baby gets older. There are many days now that I find myself wanting to more in between the feedings and play times with Avery. 


If someone asked me what my blog was about, what would I say? What would you say if asked?

Daddy's Love

Check this out! Everyday since the start of the school year this Dad has been dressing up to wave at his 15 year-old son's school bus in the morning. It started as a joke to embarrass his son and now it's just fun for everyone. He's on day 132 and has worn a different costume everyday, but he needs ideas so if you have any go to the blog and help him out!

Wave At The Bus

I wonder what he will dress up as next?

Last Words...

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe