August 19, 2013

Happy Hollow!

There's a kiddie amusement park/zoo about 6 miles from our house. We've never been for a variety of reasons. Until yesterday. Some friends were going, so I tagged along with SchondyTot and left Schondy home with BabyTuesday. We had soooo much fun. And it was so good to spend some Mommy time with SchondyTot. I know he's missed me.


He was absolutely in love with the goats. He kept grabbing their tails and then would shriek and dance when they flicked him away.


Then he went on the frog jumper ride ALONE! I swear that kid has no fear. I could have ridden on it with him if we'd waited, but he promised me he'd be fine, so I went with it. And he was great! Scared, maybe, but he totally didn't show it (much).

Frog Hopper

The rest of the rides were pretty tame.

Fire Trucks

Ridin' the "Broccoli"

He really wanted to go on the roller coaster, but the line was long and it was HOT, so when we were about 10 people from the front of the line, he melted and just wanted me to hold him. We'd been out in the sun a long time. I threw him in the Boba and went to get ice cream instead.

It was so nice to be reminded how much I adore him.

And making his blog debut because I've been really awful about updating: BabyTuesday!!

This is why I call my boys "Tank" and "Dozer". This is Tank. He'll be 5 months on Thursday.

Crushing the baby seat

Yesterday while I was gone, he rolled from his front to his back. It begins!

For reference, here's Dozer at almost exactly the same age.

Bouncin' at 5 months

If SchondyTot is our mover, BabyTuesday will be our talker.

September 3, 2011


I keep trying to come up with something cute or snappy or witty to say, but apparently my wit is broken. Or perhaps it's hibernating. Either way, I think I've run out of ways to say, "Oops, meant to post, got too busy, here's some pictures of the baby to make up for it." So, yeah. That.

July 28, 2011: Sporting the awesome handmade!! clothes he received from one of the Ravelry October Moms.

August 15, 2011: One of our new favorite games is eating the camera.

August 18, 2011: Grandmama came to visit and she bought Schondy Tot's first shoes!

August 21, 2011: This is Schondy Tot's first balloon. He spent hours with it, until the dog popped it. He had so much fun, I'm wondering if I need to invest in a helium tank.

August 28, 2011: Carlton is the source of much fascination.

August 28, 2011: Bathtime, always an adventure.

August 29, 2011: When Irish eyes are smilin'... they're usually up to something. See also: when babies suddenly get really quiet...

August 29, 2011: Baby's got blue eyes

September 1, 2011: Our newest trick, first begun on his 10-month birthday (8/31), is standing unsupported. Yes, I'm helping in this picture, but only so we could get a picture where his tongue isn't sticking out in concentration.

July 1, 2011

Where, oh where am I tonight?

Why did I leave you here all alone? Well, you see, life happened. We've had a lot of life happening lately. You've heard the saying, "I try to take things one day at a time, but lately several of them have attacked me at once," right? Well, We had a whole mess of them. For better or worse, we have a whole herd of them bearing down on us as I type, but the baby is sleeping and Schondy is playing video games, so I felt like I could take a few minutes to bombard you with baby photos.

So what's been happening? Well...

June 9, 2011: Schondy Tot and I played outside for a little while in the glorious weather we're having.

June 13, 2011: Schondy Tot had a playdate with one of the other babies from the October group. These two are 3 days apart in age if you can believe it.

June 18, 2011: We went to a wedding in Napa. He was a real trooper and looked like such a big boy in his button-down shirt and kakhis.

June 22, 2011: He's a big fan of food. In case you couldn't tell.

June 2011: We bought a house. (Yes, really.)

June 24, 2011: Schondy Tot started packing up toys to put in his new room.

June 2011: I finished off a new quilt.

June 26, 2011: Schondy Tot approves. That's good, since it's his.

June 27, 2011: Lulu and Schondy Tot shared some yogurt.

June 28, 2011: Bound and determined to crawl.

We also celebrated our first Father's Day and yesterday, my beautiful baby boy turned 8 months old. In the last month, he graduated out of his infant car seat, and he's started saying both "mama" and "dada" (though not really with any meaning behind them), clapping his hands and pulling up on everything in sight. He's not crawling, but he doesn't let that slow him down - he can wiggle/roll/army-crawl faster than you'd believe. In the last week, he's cut his first two teeth, mostly mastered eating yogurt from a spoon, and started laughing when we laugh. I wish you could all be here to enjoy it.

May 9, 2011

6 Months Old!

So........ hi.


I have no excuse other than...

Ooh, look! Pictures!

For Mother's Day, Schondy and the Schondy Tot did a photo shoot. I was there, but I was just the costume and props lady. Anyway. Pictures.

With the Easter Bunny Grandma Judy sent

Easter outfit 1

Easter outfit 2

Easter outfit 3


Yo, ho, ho and your little dog, too!


Surrounded by Lubies

Lulu's never been very good at keeping her tongue to herself.

Hiding under the blanket Mama knit.


Ooh! Blanket!

April 2, 2011

5 months

By some strange occurrence, my baby boy has reached the ripe old age of 5 months. I'm not sure how that happened, only that he's glorious and adorable and I can't believe what a person he is. He's beginning to sit on his own, though not for long and if you leave him there too long, he kind of slumps forward and ends up with his head between his feet. While yoga instructors might be thrilled with that position, he's not sure how to extricate himself and just gets frustrated. He's rolling back-to-front, though he's still having trouble with getting that one arm out of the way. And he's beginning to figure out how to really make use of the doorway jumper, which he hurtles around in at top speed while squealing in glee at the top of his lungs. There's an awesome HD video of him doing this over at my MobileMe gallery (Sorry - I'm not going to post a link. Trying to keep things as anonymous as possible. Email me if you don't know where my gallery is).

I've started work on SchondyTot's quilt. I'm now in the final phase of piecing together the top, where I actually have to make some decisions about final size and placement of things. This is the exciting part, but also the part that scares me. It's where it becomes obvious if you've lined up all the seam allowances right and cut all the previous pieces the right size. If you cut corners (pun intended) earlier, this is where that bill will come due. Otherwise, I'm working, driving back and forth to daycare what feels like a hundred times a day and trying desperately to keep up with life.

I haven't been able to participate in the last couple photo-of-the-week challenges due to my work schedule and not having enough hours in the day where we're all here, all happy (and not sick) and all awake, but I do have a couple to share, as well as some just random adorableness, of which there's no short supply.

So 3 weeks ago, the theme was Water Babies and.. I won!!

Since I won the week, the theme of the next week was my choice and I chose to feature Chew Toys! A lot of the babies in the group are now teething, and all of them have discovered the joys of cramming things in their mouths, so I felt like it was perfect timing, but then life happened and I just couldn't catch a picture that worked, beginning my streak of not having an entry, though I now have a couple photos that would have been perfect if they'd happened a bit sooner. For the most part, I can usually fulfill the challenge on Monday when I'm home all day with SchondyTot, but if I miss it on Monday, it's just not going to happen. So, had I taken the photo earlier, this would have been my entry for Chew Toys:

Last week, the theme was All Dressed Up. Missed that one, too, but I have several outfits that are needing some photos so I'm going to take the pictures and post them even if they're totally at the wrong time and don't count.

This week, Flying Baby. SchondyTot doesn't fly around too much, though it's more because he's so heavy than because he doesn't like it (he loves it). If I manage to catch one today, I'll enter it and it will be super late (the week ends on Saturday night, winner and new theme announced late on Sunday), but more likely I'll take a picture today and then won't actually post it. That's kind of what keeps happening to me.

So. Random cuteness!

Love my Grandmama and my new shades


Oh, hello!

Mom got a new carrier.

February 19, 2011

In case you needed proof

that I am insane, I made a quilt. I started it when TheSchondyTot was just shy of 11 weeks old and finished it on Thursday when he was just shy of 16 weeks old. Because clearly what every new mother needs is a project the size of a quilt to work on while she's learning to take care of her infant. On an impulse, I bought a quilt kit that was on clearance, thinking I'd use the fabric to dress up some burp cloths, but then realized that I've always said I wanted to make a quilt and, well, no time like the present.

I worked on it primarily after he went to bed, even going so far as to move my sewing machine and all the required parts and pieces down to the kitchen table so I wouldn't make noise near the sleeping baby and so I could hang out with Schondy while he played video games. I took very few pictures of it in progress, but I did capture the blocks while I was still trying to figure out how they should all fit together.

It's far from perfect. Far, far, far from perfect, and I daresay any serious quilters would be horrified at some of the decisions I made and some of my ham-fisted attempts at artistic elements, but this is the first quilt I've ever made and I think it's pretty good given all the extenuating circumstances.

When I was done with the top and needed to pick fabric for the back, I took scraps of all the different designs of the front and pieced them together to make a "swatch" that I could take with me to the fabric store. Partly because I didn't want to lug around that huge top and partly because I just liked the idea of a little block made from all the random scraps. When I was done with my swatch and after I'd picked out the back, I just fell in love with it and knew I needed to use it for something. I had a million ideas - make a pillow, make a wall hanging, make a bag, save it and combine it with others to make another quilt. Ultimately, I decided it would look really nice to put it in the middle of the back. This meant that I had to then piece the back together patchwork-style, but I think the result is really nice.

And just because I think it's a requirement to photograph any finished crafty project with the youngest critter in easy reach, gratuitous baby photos!!

February 16, 2011

Chaos reigns

...mostly because I'm back at work and SchondyTot is now in daycare 3 days a week. I didn't get to do last week's photo challenge (Upsidedown) because I just couldn't get it all moving in the right direction. And this week's photo challenge is to do something "out and about". We'll see if I can figure something out there, too. Since I'm at work until 5 or 5:30, it's awfully tough to get out during the evenings and the challenge runs from Sunday to Saturday night. Maybe I can do a late entry Saturday morning, but that's pretty much my only option. <Sigh> Never enough time.

For Valentine's Day, the wonderful Schondy gave me a gift certificate to one of the few specialty shops that combines my current two crafty obsessions - knitting and quilting - The Bobbin's Nest, AND he gave me a beautiful caffeine necklace from moecularmuse. Does he know me well or what!?

SchondyTot's growing so fast. Here he is in the Exersaucer, shocked to discover that there's a cow there!

And here he is with Grandmama (and Granddaddy in the background) when we traveled home to visit a couple weeks ago.

February 4, 2011

Photo of the Week - My Boys

This week's challenge was for the baby and his/her other parent. I was running out of time to get my entry together, so presented without comment, here's my boys:

January 25, 2011

12 weeks! And a Sleeping Baby

I can't believe it, but here we are. SchondyTot is 12 weeks old. He's discovered his hands and sucks on them noisily - especially when he's hungry. He loves crinkly toys and walking the dog.

He thinks it's his personal mission every bathtime to make sure I get drenched, too, and then protests loudly and with much gusto when we pull him out of the bath to put on his pajamas.

On Friday, he rolled over from his front to his back - we're convinced it's because he just hates tummy time that much. Today he spent 10 minutes pondering the receiving blanket I had in the car. And when we sing to him, he will occasionally "agoo" along with us between smiles.

I didn't win last week's photo challenge, but the winning photo was truly awesome so I don't feel so bad. This week's photo challenge was for a sleeping baby. Here's my entry:

January 13, 2011

All's Quiet

Life continues apace around here. I'm still on maternity leave, SchondyTot's growing like a weed, Adam's working too much. Lulu's feeling neglected and the cats don't care. We've reached a new equilibrium, I think, unexpected in this time that we were warned would be so chaotic. I think we were prepared for the worst and have discovered that life can, at times, simply adjust to accommodate one more being when the time is right. He sleeps through the night, but makes up for it by eating all day long. They tell me infants don't really eat more than 30 oz. a day, but I feel like it's 1000.

Napping in the Moby Wrap

I don't feel like I'm accomplishing a lot during the day, though I know that I'm doing my single most important task and, I hope, doing so with some small amount of competency. He's growing like a weed (14 lb. 4 oz. and 23.5 inches at his last checkup), he smiles, giggles and "hoots" when really excited. He loves "The Rainbow Connection" and to have raspberries blown on his belly.

He's not fond of being made to wait for his dinner, but who can blame him, really. He hasn't discovered his hands in the traditional sense, but he regularly gets them caught in the toys hanging from his play mat and he manages to poke at me with a fair amount of accuracy and seeming dexterity. Whether or not any of it is intentional is anyone's guess.

In two weeks, we travel to Kentucky to introduce him to the members of his family who have not met him yet. A week after our return, I resume working and he will begin spending three days a week in day care. This will, I think, be the hardest thing we've attempted yet. Seems so wrong to put someone so young in the hands of a stranger, but under the current circumstances, there is no other choice. He may or may not know the difference, but I'm already dreading the separation - even if only for half a mile.

It's 12:30am, I've been up far too many hours and the late hour has made me melancholy.

10 weeks, 3 days old

December 14, 2010

Making progress

As evidenced by the fact that I'm writing this blog post in the middle of a work day when Schondy is at work, we are making a lot of progress on a lot of things. SchondyTot is 6 weeks (and 2 days) old today and currently napping (Hooray!!). He's chubby and happy and all those wonderful things you hope for. It's definitely not all wine and roses - some days I could definitely do with a little more wine - but it's also not the predicted misery that so many people seemed to want to torture us with when describing life with a newborn. Maybe our expectations were low, maybe our tolerance is high, or maybe he's just a really good baby. Who knows?

I've been meaning to write this post for days. I've got a thousand little blog post ideas percolating in my head, but nothing that I felt like I could do much with. So in the interest of getting something up, I'm just going to throw you a bunch of pictures instead and call it good.

He's actually a big fan of bathtime. It's pretty much a guarantee for a happy baby.

Note the little black paw on the right side of the seat...

Smiling at the critters on the play gym

Can't believe how big he's getting!

November 17, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin!

I wish I could tell you that my almost three-week absence was due to something exciting or life-changing happening, but... oh, wait! There was this one little thing that happened. Usually, no children come to our house on Halloween, but this year we had one come to stay. Yes, 7:01am Halloween morning, little SchondyTot was born at home in a land speed record-setting waterbirth. At 9lbs 8oz, he's beautiful and perfect and... well, see for yourself:

About 12 hours old

Our closest friends brought dinner for us and a birthday cake for SchondyTot that night because, really, you only ever have one TRUE birthday. The rest are just celebrations of that first one.

First birthday cake

Skip a few days... Grandmama brought us some adorable PJs. These were my favorites. SchondyTot likes them because they're warm and everyone else who'd given gifts or hand-me-downs wasn't thinking that this would be a winter baby. Most people also weren't banking on the fact that he'd be nine and a half pounds, either, so that was a bit of a challenge, too.

5 days old

Daddy getting fancy with the pictures. I like this one.

5 days old

I can't believe how big he is already. He'd gained back his birthweight by 1 week and at 2 and a half weeks is now over 10 lbs!

2 weeks old

October 30, 2010

I'll let you know when it happens. Really. I promise.

I think the title says it all on THAT topic.

So I've been nesting again. Or maybe I've just been bored. Amounts to the same thing these days, now that I'm on maternity leave. As I suspected, I'm only doing moderately well with the whole waiting thing. I've been driving Schondy crazy. He's bearing it well, but I know the waiting is rough on him too.

To pass the time, I've gotten all crafty again. It was inevitable, I suppose. Among knitters, the lore goes that the baby won't be born until the last knitted thing for them is finished. If that's the case, well, I know why this baby is taking its time - I keep picking up new projects. Some of them are knitted, some aren't, but I thought that would a good way to show you what I've been up to recently (aside from serving the baby every kind of eviction notice I can come up with).

Since my last crafty post, I've completed a number of interesting things. I won't bore you with all of them, but here's the highlights:

Percival Long Dog was pretty entertaining to work on and I'm pleased with the result, though if I had it to do over again, I'd probably use smaller needles so the stuffing wouldn't show quite as much. You can't tell from the pictures (Thanks, Schondy!), but the weave is a little more open than I'd generally prefer. Oh, well. The baby probably won't notice.

Because you can never have too many long dogs in the house

He might be French, but who can say for sure?

This isn't necessarily for the baby - it's for me, really - but it's cute and I'm sure that if it lasts until the baby is old enough to care, he/she will like it, too. Since I lost all that weight, I've had a devil of a time keeping my feet warm in bed, so I decided to go the old school route and get a hot water bottle. Now that I'm pregnant, that hasn't been so much an issue, but the heat has done wonders for the various other aches and pains I've been battling. This also makes a killer iPad cover, but I'm not so sure I'm going to go out in public with it like that.

Looks deceptively like a cuddly toy...

...a sloshy, heated cuddly toy, to be exact.

There have actually been a couple of these that I've done. From the Mason-Dixon Knitting book, a great book for functional, hard-wearing patterns, came the Baby Bib O' Love. It has the best quote on the pattern, "...Make a bunch of 'em. Babies are a mess!" So I've obliged. This is actually the third one I've done (I gave one of them away) and it's been great to have something that I can crank through so quickly that's actually useful.

The colors are actually kind of chocolatey, not as dark/black as they look in the picture.

I do have a couple knitting projects on the needles right now, but they're things that take a bit longer. I mentioned before that we spent some time at the Art & Wine Festival in town a few weeks ago and, of course, we found all kinds of cute things that we really liked, but were either too expensive or just not... right. So when I needed some more "instant" gratification than my knitting projects were providing, I decided to recreate a few of those items. One of those things was a tie-dyed onesie that Schondy really liked, but that they didn't have in a small enough size. I did a little research and found out how to do that particular dye pattern and here's the result. They're not fancy, but I think they're pretty good for a first try. Don't think I've tie-dyed anything since 4-H camp a million years ago and I made a huge mess in the process, but I sure had fun. Highly recommend it if you're looking for something crafty to do.

The blue was a little wussy, but the black and red turned out great!

Also at the Art & Wine Festival was this seller with the most adorable baby blankets I'd ever seen. Each one used a couple contrasting fabrics on the front and back and then had animals appliqued on both sides - usually a turtle on the front and a hippo on the back or something like that. But the one I fell in love with was just simple birds on a checkered background with another bird on the back. Unfortunately, she was a little more proud of her work than I was willing to pay ($$$!), so I passed, though I came really, really, really close to caving. So a couple days ago, I made my own version. Love the way it came out, though there are definitely things I'll do differently when/if I attempt this again.

You can't see it very well, but the birds are all sitting on a wire...

The one on the back is, of course, the one that turned out the best.

And finally, the pictures you really came here to see, me, at ever increasing size, including today's shot, where I'm officially 40+ weeks. Forgive the funny expression on my face - I'd just woken up from a nap.




October 10, 2010

Photo Extravaganza!

<ahem> SOMEone informed me that I didn't have to post any words, so long as I post some pictures of how I look now that I'm eyeballing the finish line in this grand marathon I've been running for the last almost 9 months. So in the interest of fulfilling that wish, here's a whole pile of pictures. And almost no words.

My co-workers threw a huge baby shower for us on Thursday and were so incredibly generous. Because the shower was outside, there was much squinting going on and the lighting was... well, this is California, so it was bright. But a few of the pictures are blog-worthy. The rest I will ceremonially burn so no one is ever subjected to their awfulness.

Baby's first laptop, courtesy of one of my managers

Some adorable books by Mo Willems, courtesy of a co-worker

Check out that belly! No wonder everyone watches me nervously.

The enormous pile of gifts from my shower went the whole length of the bar. All the bags are full. They really, really, really went crazy, but I know how much fun it can be to shop for babies, and I'm eternally gratefully for their generosity and kindness.

When we got all the gifts home, there was, of course, much packaging lying around. Lulu was particularly interested in the Boppy package, so we, of course, put her in it. She was confused.


And then there's me. What you all really wanted to see. We were kind-of-sort-of-half-way hoping to have the baby today - 10/10/10 - but as the date approached, we realized that we'd both be quite happy with waiting 3 or 4 more weeks. There are plenty of other interesting dates before us, including 10/20/2010 (our 9th wedding anniversary) or even 11/11/10, though in reality, I might consider serving an eviction notice before that.




September 20, 2010

Time does march on, doesn't it?

Somehow, while I was away... working or something, I passed into the realm of "very pregnant". Not sure when it happened, but it did. Last week, Schondy turned to me and said, "you know, it's probably about time for us to get organized." Smart man, that husband of mine. And he's totally right. Now that we've gotten some other activities out of the way, that's exactly the plan - to get organized. 'Cuz it's time.

Last weekend was the Art & Wine Festival in our town. It's held on the main road about 1/4 mile from our house and it's where I usually do a lot of holiday and birthday shopping. I know that the things I get from there are pretty much guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind and unique since most of it is handmade. Schondy fell in love with the blocks from The Village Blocksmith and decided the baby needed a set of blocks... but I know who they're really for (Hint: not the baby - its father). But they are very beautiful and fun to fiddle with.

This weekend, Schondy and I went to Lake Tahoe to see a good friend of mine get married. It was a beautiful wedding - very short, but beautiful - and neither of us had ever been to Tahoe, so it was nice to go someplace neither of us had been before. I think we'd both like to go back some time when we're not on a super-tight schedule and I'm not 8 months pregnant. We've both gotten in the habit of listening to audiobooks on our various commutes and when one of us has a lot of walking to do when the other isn't around. While we drove to and from Tahoe, we listed to Stuff, a book about hoarding. We tried to find a fiction book we could agree on, but we realized this was in both our wishlists, so clearly that was a sign. Very interesting read/listen if you find yourself with a long drive ahead of you.

This coming weekend, we have plans to finally do some of that "getting organized" thing that's all the rage these days. We have no further outings planned in the next few months - we do have other friends getting married October 23, but will probably decline that invitation. I'm sure the wedding will be beautiful and I'm quite bummed we can't go, but it's about an hour away from home at the other end of a really nasty bit of highway. I'm totally game for going, but somehow we just don't think that's a good idea. <Sadness>

Except for the never-ending treadmill of work, I really don't know that there's anything else going on in our world. The most exciting thing I can think of is the cake I baked yesterday to address the bunch of beets (!) that appeared in last week's produce box. I'd read somewhere that beets made for an amazing chocolate cake and decided to give it a go since the beets were unlikely to be used any other way. Turns out that anything combined with enough sugar, flour and eggs can be made tasty. It's not the most glorious cake I've ever made, but it was made from scratch and with love and neither of us spit it out when we tasted it. Should another pile of beets show up on my doorstep, I'll know what to do. I'd love to have another opportunity to practice.



September 6, 2010

Blog Entry Titles are Hard.

I feel so awful that I missed last week. I swore to myself that I was going to get the pictures up and that I wouldn't miss a deadline. But, well, here we are. If you've been watching the news, you know what happened. Can't say it won't happen again. I wish I could say there has been lots of fun progress on the baby planning, but there really hasn't been time for it.

We've started taking a childbirth class. It's quite a thing. I do think we'll be better prepared for having done it, but it's definitely adding to the general chaos around here. We're now on the every-two-week plan for check-ups. Everything seems to be going great, though the temperature outside is making for some really uncomfortable days. At least it isn't like that every day... at least not yet.

There are various polls and pools going on for people to say whether they think the baby is a boy or a girl. So far in my work poll, there is a clear winner, though I'm not going to say which it is. I've been getting a fair amount of hand-me-down clothes, which is wonderful, but I'm working hard to keep it to as much gender-neutral stuff as possible. I was hoping to get a bit more sewing and embroidery done for some cute baby clothes, but <see first paragraph>. I've settled for knitting a couple toys and calling it a day since I can carry my knitting around with me and work on it in odd moments.





And I thought I'd show you what's really going on in the pictures I've been posting - lest you think Lulu is obsessed with her ball only when you're here, this is what she's doing the entire time I'm posing for my picture. She's been there in pretty much all of them, patiently waiting for me to pay attention to her and throw the ball. She has a seriously one-track mind. And we're pretty sure Miles has no idea what's going on.

Behind the scenes

August 12, 2010

Apologies and puppies

You probably noticed that I'm a few days late with this update. Okay, maybe YOU didn't, but some people did. All I can say is that I'm sorry, but I can't guarantee it won't happen again. Life happened and continues to happen, which is ultimately a very good thing.

And to make it up to you that I missed my usual post time, here's a video of a very cute puppy. Because everyone likes puppies, right? Especially when the puppy thinks she's getting away with something. We keep Lulu's treats in this cabinet and I was getting something out of there and left the door open. Lulu decided that was an open invitation to check out "the source". She's going after a bag of what we call "triangles of happiness" that are just cured pig ears. She loves them. The other bag has what we call "pork rollups", which is exactly what it sounds like. I chopped out the first half of the video, which was much the same. But I will call your attention to the madly-wagging tail, which I thought was officially the cutest thing ever.

See? Don't you feel better?

In other news, Mom and Dad came to visit 3 weeks ago, our mailbox finally got repaired 2 weeks ago, and we started childbirth class this week. And because it's the end of the day and almost the end of a very long week, here's the belly pictures. Discuss.




And just because I love this picture:

Three generations, all together.

July 18, 2010

Okay, so maybe I'm nesting.

Things have been busy around here lately. Not in the "we have a thousand things to do" way, but in the "I just completed my fifty-bajillionth little project" way. I suppose that's the very definition of nesting, I just have to confess that I never really thought it would happen to me, and I certainly never though it would take this particular form... not that I'm complaining.

So I've been a veritable fount of handmade things the last few weeks, resulting in some (possibly) surprising... ahem... supplies for the baby and for its parents. First, we went to the Maker Faire, which always does amazing things for my crafty mojo. It's always a little bit playing with fire to go to the Maker Faire because it always makes me want to quit my job and just go... make things. And this year was no exception, really.

There was a booth there (I think it's there every year) with walls and walls of patches with all kinds of pirate-y sayings and silly little things. And every year, Schondy and I poke at them and have a grand time laughing at them. So it was inevitable that eventually we'd actually buy something:

Because really, What Would Cthulhu Do?

The bag on the left is Schondy's sometimes-camera bag, the one on the right is my backpack. And the patch that's not attached to anything will adorn a bag or other item belonging to our offspring. Because we can pretty much guarantee that this kid is going to be special.

So after we found all these great patches, I was inspired to give patch-making a go myself. I'd seen a great tutorial on patches over at my FAVORITE machine embroidery website, Urban Threads and figured I could use that to guide me. I tried out their tutorial first, mostly because the sample project featured an amazing design that I definitely could get behind:

Yarrrrn. That is all.

And it was so much fun and so easy, that my creative juices just exploded all over the house and everything/one in it, resulting in a few more goofy little things. If they make no sense, it's because you don't know the story. Ask me about it some other time when I'm not staring at a 20-page blog entry already. Anyway, all of these are my own personal custom creations and I'm pretty pleased with almost all of them. If you can't figure out which one is totally messed up, I'm not going to tell you which one it is. :)

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a picture of an emu?

Craft felt is my new favorite thing ever.

As long as I was doing embroidery anyway, I'd had my eye on this adorable little mousy ever since it was posted over at Urban Threads (did I mention I love them?), and I'd grabbed a pile of plain onesies to customize, so this is what happened:

Note the gender-neutral green. Still cute, even though it's not pink like it's supposed to be, huh?

THEN I was talking to Sapphire about... I dunno... probably babies, shockingly enough... and she mentioned that a lot of her cloth baby wipes were just plain rectangles of flannel with the edges serged and that it probably wouldn't be hard to make some. So I hied myself off to JoAnn, figuring they'd have some pre-cut fat quarters of flannel that I could turn into cheap and cute reusable baby wipes. And I was right. 2 hours later, behold the monster stack of baby wipes for the low, low price of $0.18 per wipe:

I know they're pink. I'm a girl, even if the baby isn't.

I complained a bit about the pink wipes, but if I'm being honest, I used them up because of all the fabric I got, that was the stuff I liked the least. I did them first, so if I messed it up, I wouldn't care. But they turned out fine, so now I have pink and brown baby wipes. Whatever works, I guess.

A while back, I decided I wanted to use glass baby bottles because of all the recent news and whatnot about the frightening contents and effects of plastic baby bottles. Mostly, bottle manufacturers have certified that the bottles are safe and they've removed the scary chemicals, but I kind of feel like you can't be too safe, and I'm okay with paying a dollar more for glass bottles. But I'm also a klutz with tile and hardwood floors, so I'm using up some of my sock yarn to knit baby bottle cozies! I improvised the pattern and haven't decided if I'm sold on that particular style of tie around the top, but this was my first try and I figure I should probably crank out at least one or two more. So I have a chance to make it better:

Ugliest. Yarn. Ever. But the cozy is kind of cute.

I cranked through a quick gift for a swap buddy on Ravelry and it's so cute that I think I might need to make another one and I swear if I didn't know, I'd think it was an heirloom from 3 generations back (really proud of this one) - but that could just be the style. It's pretty old-fashioned, but I do think there are some things that just don't go out of style. I'll be shipping this off to Canada next week along with some California-made caramels for my mommy-to-be swap buddy:

Mmmm. Organic Cotton is so pretty.

And finally (we're getting to the pictures of me in just a second - I promise), I made the baby a blanket. Grandmama said that the baby must have a white baby blanket, and I was more than happy to oblige, turning out my "Ode to Short Rows" over the course of a little more than a month. I cast on the first day we went to the Maker Faire and finished it July 3. I'm so pleased with it. It did turn out quite a bit bigger than I expected, but I figure that's better than having something too small to do anything with. I don't think the picture does it justice, if I do say so myself:

Short rows for days! And days!

Most importantly, I worked all the last few weeks on making a baby. So here's the pictures you REALLY wanted to see:




June 27, 2010

New pictures and a little excitement

So last weekend, we were invited out to a little party at the home of Schondy's company's new CEO. We had a very nice time and some very nice food. Suffice it to say that the house was beautiful and amazing and we would do incredibly well to be half as successful as these people.

When we returned home that evening, there were people gathered in the area around our mailbox. We didn't really think anything of it because there are lots of people in our neighborhood who spend lots of time gathering on the sidewalk and this didn't look any different.

A few minutes after we got inside the house, though, someone starting ringing our doorbell. I was greeted by a man who informed me that a friend had been leaving his house and had "lost control of her car and knocked over the mailboxes and some of the fence." So I went to look. And this is what I found (they mailbox smashers rearranged the bits to make it look a bit less crazy and we didn't get a picture of it before it was all straightened up):

We live in a little area with 4 houses all together and we kind of share a mailbox/fence thing and all 4 mailboxes were creamed. I took down the name and number of the woman who did the damage and the people assured me they'd have someone out to fix it all right up within a couple days. Well... it's now been a week and the mailboxes are still on the ground. Happily, our mail carrier has continued to deliver to us, since our box is quite where it's supposed to be, just 3 feet lower than normal. I'm not terribly far from going out there and fixing the stupid thing myself, but there are 2 other families whose mailboxes were also smashed and I kind of feel like I need to let this take its course or... something.

Meanwhile, the baby is continuing to grow like a weed. I look more pregnant every day and feel like I'm huge, though everyone assures me I look nowhere near 5+ months along. I get the occasional drum solo on my bladder, which isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds. Maybe it is for the baby, but it's not his/her bladder being pummeled. Aside from that, I'm convinced we're growing a Rockette in there. Schondy has been audience to some of the movement and we're even getting to the point where my belly visibly moves. So here's the current progress:




June 5, 2010

It's a pony! I mean...

Wait. Maybe not. It's definitely a baby. That's for sure. We just returned from our 19-week ultrasound, the one where they tell you if you got an innie or an outie (so to speak). Schondy wanted to know, but I didn't, so we compromised. He now knows, but he's forbidden from telling anyone, including me. :) So you'll find out in 4 1/2 months which it is - at the same time I do, assuming Schondy makes it that far.

It's been kind of busy around here lately, picking up furniture for the baby and generally nesting a bit. We've been trying very hard to make this as economically and ecologically gentle as possible. So far all our large baby purchases have been of the "gently-used" secondhand variety, including the crib, changing table and the co-sleeper. I've found that I really enjoy the thrill of the hunt on Craigslist and highly recommend that route if you have something expensive you want to buy and don't have to have it right away. I got both the crib and the changing table for half-price and you really can't even tell they've ever been touched at all. You'd swear I bought them new.

So now that the big purchases are mostly behind us (car seat and a couple other larger things still to come), Schondy and I have started getting a little crafty. I've been knitting up a storm on a baby blanket. Hope to have that finished before Mom and Dad come to visit in a couple months so I can impress them with my skillz (Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad!). After that, I have a pile of other knitted things in the queue. Part of me wants this baby to wait until I'm done knitting before it makes its appearance, but I'm not sure I really want to be pregnant until 2012. I guess I"m just really glad this is a winter baby so no one will think I'm crazy for making lots of knitted things for it.

I've also come up with a handful of sewing projects I'm planning to work on - some embroidered onesies and a homemade "hooter hider" - and I've been hard at work converting my mostly-free maternity pants from low-panel style to full-panel style.

After our visit to the Maker Faire a couple weeks ago, Schondy has gotten to feeling all inspired and is contemplating a new hobby as a screen printer. I think that sounds like a great idea because every baby needs custom onesies, right?

So, um... yeah. Pictures. We all know that's really why you're here.






May 15, 2010

The return of angry cat and other miscellany

In an effort to talk about things other than my expanding waistline (yes, I'll talk about that, too), I've tried to think of what else is going on around Chez Schondy, and I have to just confess that there's not a lot. We're both working too much (as usual), and life continues its usual course, though at the moment we have a house guest.

Jayne, four-legged fuzzy child of Sapphire and Xippy, is staying with us while they're off supervising the high school graduation of Xippy's brother. Jayne is still, even after 2 pervious visits, convinced that she's going to lose her hide while she's asleep. We keep telling her that we've had many opportunities and haven't taken advantage of it yet, but she continues to howl in the middle of the night in hopes of being rescued from this awful place. So we call her "Angry Cat" and she says she hates us. But after 6 days, she's decided that maybe we're not entirely evil and we've even caught her playing with Deliah, but mostly only when she thinks we're not watching.

This weekend is the A La Carte and Art Festival in Mountain View. It's a great place for birthday and holiday shopping because all the vendors are local artists, so everything is one of a kind and unique, which always makes me happy.

Next weekend is the Bay Area Maker Faire and Schondy and I are planning to go. It's also pretty awesome. We usually end up going both days because there's just no way to see the whole thing in one day. When we started going a few years ago, there were lots of people, but it wasn't really that bad. Now, though, it's gotten so big that the crowds are CRAZY, so we try to go early, before the hoards descend.

Anyway, for those of you who are in to such things, we'd love to have to you come visit and go festival hopping with us next year. :)

And now for the pictures, which I'm posting at the <ahem> gentle suggestion of my Mom. (Hi, Mom!) This week appears to be when my little passenger has decided to make his/her presence visible to people other than me. Went to the doctor yesterday and heard the heartbeat, but otherwise, it was the quickest appointment ever. And that's really all I have to report on that front.




April 25, 2010

Yep, still pregnant.

...and if you look closely at the pictures, you can even see it a little bit. I can't say I've progressed much in any category of baby preparedness, other than the expanding waistline category. I have purchased a crib and have a lead on a matching changing table and children's wardrobe, though I'm still completely at a loss as to where I might park these things in the house once they are acquired.

We went to the doctor on the 16th and heard the baby's heartbeat through the doppler - a healthy 152 beats per minute, though at this stage all that tells us is that there's still a baby in there and it seems to be healthy. (Wives' tales don't have much to say about heartbeat speeds this early on.)

I've now completed my first trimester, which means most books and websites tell me I've entered what is commonly called the "golden phase" of my pregnancy. Whew! That just makes all the nausea this morning and the slowly-growing heartburn of this evening just melt right away! So glad the books think I feel better!

But seriously. I do feel better. I'm sleeping again. A lot. And I have mostly figured out how to fight off the nausea (eat every hour, on the hour, it doesn't matter what, just eat). Schondy has gotten no end of entertainment from my newfound ability to completely mangle a sentence if I'm not paying close attention to what I'm saying.

Sample from a few weeks ago, in March, one week before my knitting class:
"Yeah, I'm going to next weekend to the knitting expo. It happens every year in September."

Sample from this afternoon:
"I'd like to find a book that will tell me how to get a baby to sleep through the bed."

I've always said that when I got pregnant, I was going to tell the doctor to please skip the lobotomy that apparently happens to some women after they get pregnant. As Schondy (not so delicately) pointed out today, it would appear that particular "feature" of pregnancy is not optional and is, in fact, chemically induced by the baby before you even realize it's happened. Who knew!?




April 5, 2010

...and baby makes 6

Well, kids, it would appear I've gone and gotten myself a little bit "with child" (I KNOW! Can you believe it!?). As of this post, I'm 10 weeks along, due at the end of October.

Schondy and I are very, very happy, though we do alternate between moments of "Holy cow! What were we thinking!?" and moments of "This is so awesome!" I personally alternate between moments of "I have so much to do! and 6 months goes by so fast!" and "Relax! You still have 6 months!"

So, um, yeah. Not much else to say except:







(and if you're wondering how I arrived at 6, well, Miles, Deliah and Lulu were here first.)

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