Thursday, December 20, 2007
1. I've been a vegetarian for 10 years as of this summer! To celebrate the hundreds of animals I've saved from a cruel death, we got an SUV with leather interior and a DVD player...I guess you have to balance things, or just become someone you don't want to. Actually, our honda pilot is a low emission vehicle and has an eco setting where it uses less gas. And, they are made in the US, so there ya go.
2. I've met a ton of famous people (or, well, I used to). Pat Benetar's husband, the drummer of the cars (wait, it gets better), Bonnie Rait, Julia Butterfly, Sting, Robin Williams, Sean Penn, the writer of Thelma and Louis. My husband met Mr. Rogers, I think that's even better than all of mine! Most of these celebrities I worked with at Rainforest Action Network, the rest are from #3 Interesting Fact. (Except P. Benetar and the Cars dude, that's another story!)
3. I worked with Koko, the gorilla that uses sign language. Most people find this interesting. It's how I met my husband and some of the best people in my life (Maria, Gillian, Marilyn, Micheal), it's also one of the worst days of my life-when Micheal the gorilla died.
4. I like to read the fine print on commercials. It's amazing what they'll try to get away with.
5. I like words you can type with one hand-water or treat are my favs. So is Carter! This is handy when breastfeeding but you have to be on the correct side.
6. I seriously need a pedicure.
PS. Holiday update as soon as I download pics.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Santa came to our house a little early this year! We enjoyed some old traditions and made new ones. We decided to do Santa with the kids, it's fun to have a little magic in your life, even if you are devastated when you find out the truth! We thought the threat might come in handy also-Santa is watching you need to be good!
We opened presents in the morning, the guitar was a big hit! DH (dear husband) made a yummy breakfast-waffles w/berries and cream and eggs. Then we made yummy treats and let Butters lick the spoons!
We also had the memorial for Great Grandpa this weekend. Butters did well, but I guess I tried to prepare him too much. He kept telling people very loudy, "WE NEED TO BE QUIET IN CHURCH. GRANDMA, WE NEED TO BE QUIET." The baby was hungry the whole time and pooped in the middle of it, right next to the person videotaping, and it was loud. Clyde was everyone's favorite and always smiling, the church had to use the overflow room. The pastor asked how many people were his students and there were a ton of hands. Makes me think about being a teacher.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Girl is 2 months Wednesday and smiling up a storm. She's got the cutest little Elvis smirk. That's one of the little things I don't want to forget. The way she squishes up her face when she stretches to look just like Butters as a baby. Her big eyes when you hold her upright, taking in the world. There are a million little details I need to commit to memory. Too bad I can't remember anything these days!
We were up late nursing last night and Snoop Dog's reality TV show came on after my trash TV (Girls Next Door-I know, I know, I'm an enigma-a feminist who watches BadForWomenTV). It was funny for the first 15 minutes. Snoop has a bumper sticker that says, "My Kids are the Schizznit." Anyway, I went to bed before the end and I don't know if yoga helped his stress levels or not, I can't imagine him being any more relaxed. He had a nickname for all his kids, "This is Cloe, we call her Choc." What's the point in naming your kids if you never call them by their name?
We lost a special person in T's family this weekend, his grandpa. I feel so bad for T, I don't really know what to say to comfort him. He was lucky to know his grandfather as an adult, all my grandparents passed away by the time I was able to drive. But it came as a surprise, we just saw Grandpa at Thanksgiving and he was teasing me like always and still very active. Grandpa was a wonderful person who volunteered, built strong houses for people, taught hundreds of students and had a BS in BS from BS. We'll miss you, Grandpa!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I was rushed trying to leave for knitting group yesterday, I get a little flustered when we are running late. But it's about having fun, I'm going to knit for chrissake! We get to the library and I discover I forgot to strap the baby INTO the car seat! My friend told me we are all allowed to give ourselves one mistake a day, but that's a pretty big one. It makes me think of the mom who has 5 kids and forgot about the baby in the car. When I only had one I thought, how horrible! How could you EVER forget your child. I'm not saying it's excusable or that I've done it, but I can kinda understand HOW you could forget... anyways, here are some pictures of the kids from today. Happy Thanksgiving.
He said he is putting a hat on her head! She liked the attention.
Here she is getting a kiss from brother, which looks cute and sweet and gentle until I tell you that he gave her the scratch on her forehead. We are working on that...
by the way, Butters is still in his PJs and it was like 1:00 in this photo!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
My day starts off with order chaos as well. Dog needs to go out, Butters wants some chocolate milk, baby needs to be fed, I need my coffee. What comes first? In this case, the dog because it's probably raining, then chocolate milk, then let the dog back in, then feed the crying baby. I feel so bad for little E because Butters never had to wait for things and he could nurse and sleep in peace, whereas she has someone headbanging her half the time.
Notice who was last? Not the baby, woman, ME! You didn't even think of me, did you? I'm so going to earn my mother's day present(s).
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We had a visitor this weekend-Aunt Butt Pincher! (She doesn't like having her photo taken).
Butters shows how gentle he can kiss. We've been dealing with some over activity in that area. He goes a little wacky when I nurse the baby and has bumped heads with her a number of times. I have to go upstairs or I yell too much. If anyone has some extra patience they can send me, I'll take it!
Aunts give you chocolate. Mere was a huge help with the baby and Butters. Gave me a chance to work on some Christmas knitting. And gave T a lot of free time. Ironically, the morning she left was the worst night yet. Ellie was up every 1.5-2 hours. Butters woke up and couldn't decide what he wanted-his bed or mom and dad's, T had to get up at 4:30 am to take Mere to the airport. So, by 7 am when Ellie got up for the last time, all I wanted to do was get a few winks of sleep before Butters woke up for the day (usually around 8)...
Here's what was outside my house at 7:30 AM, yes, it's a jackhammer!
It's nothing a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks can't solve. I didn't get one today, but I had one yesterday (maybe that's why the baby was up?) anyway, they are super yummy.
Speaking of the holidays, here are some great posts and places to visit for gift and making your own gift ideas. I can surf the Internet with one hand holding a baby, but I just can't type much, hence the short posts. T is holding baby right now!
Cool Mom Picks-great site for responsibly made toys
Sew Mama Sew
Thursday, November 8, 2007
We went to Olympia this weekend. Baby went on a nursing strike, but luckily I had the family there to help. Got help from a lactation consultant and now we are back to growing big!
This is how much you can knit with a baby on your lap, nursing at 1 in the morning and 3 in the morning and 6 in the morning, every day for the last 3 days.
This is what we are doing right now. Baby in the sling.
No, no, no. Butters is becoming more opinionated about his picture being taken!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Older brother likes to give her kisses and "touch her gentle on her head." She doesn't seem to be enjoying it in this photo, but usually tolerates it!
Amazing Fall day (T took this from our yard).
Giving birth at home was totally amazing. I mean, yes, it was painful and parts of it really sucked (like puking!), but I got to labor with my family around me, we didn't have to take a car ride anywhere, and I was in a comfortable welcoming place. My husband laid next to me in bed and I was on my side, hugging him to death and asking if it was okay to push. "Let your body do what it wants to," Ali, my midwife said. I did, and it did and the baby came easily. Her being 2 lbs lighter than her brother probably made a big difference also! I felt fantastic afterwards and when Butters woke up in the morning, he had a baby sister!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
We are all doing well. More details to follow, here are her stats:
Born at home on October 12, at 3:06 am
Weight: 7.5 lbs
Length: 21 inches
Name: Eleanor Meredith
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Today is my husbands birthday! Will he have to share his cake for the rest of his life (and her)? Will we sing, "Happy Birthday, Baby WhatsHerName, and Daddy, too I guess....Happy Birthday to you!"
Will his cake next year look like this:
(oh and Daddy, too)
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I had some contractions last night but nothing since. Won't be long now! I see Adelaide has jumped ahead in the (non-binding) name poll. We are going to wait and see what she looks like to decide the name.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Look who decided they needed to nap again, the Seahawks game was boring but it wasn't that bad!
This was the drop off after falling asleep in the car. He looks huge, doesn't he. Didn't fall alseep until 10:30 pm on the days with naps, I think I like no nap better!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This photo includes three sweaters: Liane made the blue and orange Baby Surprise Jacket, the pink and brown was knitted by Carrie and I made the pink-lilac February Sweater in the lower corner. This was my first Zimmerman project and I loved it. I made some modifications, did the top in Stockinette and the sleeve on 2 circs so there was no seaming. I made the buttons from polymer clay. I am grateful to these fine crafters for taking the time to make something for my daughter. The time involved and the love that is put into each stitch will be passed down to the next generations.
In other crafty baby news, I finished a rag quilt for the baby girl. Here it is stretched on the couch with my belly in the corner for scale. I picked purples, pinks and oranges, they don't all go quite together, but it's okay for now. I figured if I'm surrounding her by this much pink, I need a little balance, so I cut the fabric strips in a Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci was a man who liked numbers, his sequence, 0,1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc is represented in nature and pleasing to the eye. You add the first number to the second for the third (0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, etc). He's also known for the golden ratio and various other formulas. His wife probably figured it out, but he's got the credit. Butter's girlfriend is encouraged to say, "I'm beautiful AND smart," by her mom, and that's what I was thinking for this blanket.
So, two more weeks to go, I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore, but wait for Grandma to get here! If anyone has an opinion on a name, vote on the sidebar and help us decide!