I’ve been knitting and crafting a lot lately, even if I’ve been too on the go to blog. Seven month olds, apparently, are constantly moving! He may not be crawling yet, but he can zoom. He doesn’t feel it interesting to go after a toy. But me sitting nearby eating leftover steak and potatoes and veggies, and the kid had gone five feet in five seconds. Whoah, baby! I see you! I let him try the broccoli… in the high chair. Living room floor eating by baby is a level of disaster I’m not ready for.
Speaking of, he is eating solids again! He had half a container of apple puree tonight! These are the incredibly exciting victories of my life now. So, about that knitting?
Mostly I’ve been working on a gift project for a known blog-reader, so… that’s not bloggable. But I started another pair of socks:
And the Sprossling fronts are coming along:
I also have been working on a sweater for Gabe. I finished the back and sides up to the armholes, and started the first sleeve. Rocking! Do I need to mention that someone has been sleeping a bit better? Evenings downstairs, without a baby next to me, have really amped up my knitting time. Also, I’m finally caught up on most of our DVR shows except Once Upon a Time (don’t spoil the silliness for me).
Hmm. Baby food. Knitting. I also had a wonderful first Mother’s Day- George not only watched the baby for me, we spent pretty much the whole day together as a family. With no complaining about choice of activities! We went to Fibre Space for their moving sale (and I bought a sweater’s worth of yarn, and sock yarn- because apparently I really needed another stamp on my 100 dollar card…whoops). George stood outside with baby in the stroller… and was one of three dads doing exactly that. Ha! We also went out to dinner, the three of us and a friend of the family. First time we’ve gone out together with baby since he was only a couple months old, so that was pretty snazzy!
Pretty pretty baby:
Playing with toys!
For those keeping track, he’s too big for almost all the nine month clothes. That 95th percentile for height, plus cloth diapers, really does amazing size things for a skinny kid! 12 month clothes are apparently normally worn by kids unlike Gabe who can actually… move on their own and sit up. It’s pretty funny, seeing him in the occasional shirts (not onesies). This coincides perfectly with him being interested in his diapers… luckily he can’t undo the snaps on his own! Sheesh.
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Well, four years I think after I promised I’d make these, I decided Gabe is only going to get more mobile. So before I fight with him and the hot iron, time to whip out my covers. Bonus: maybe he won’t notice the XBox and PS3 for a while longer?
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I do actually do many crafts. I sew, for example. Quilt, even. I have finished exactly one quilt- and my mom did the binding (since I wanted a baby-friendly silky binding). I actually finished it ages ago- the quilting was done before I got pregnant, intended for someone else’s kid. And then it sat there, unbound, until I was pregnant and found out it was going to be a boy, and Mom helped me finish it up.
It seems like every month, Gabe needs a bigger blanket. First it was a little bitty one since he just lay there.
Then he started to roll, and he needed a bigger space, so we moved up to bigger blankets and the beautiful quilt from Lady Manda:
He still loves that quilt, but now that he’s getting really mobile we rotate it with the even bigger one that I made. Who knew years ago when I picked up the quilt kit at the Quilters Unlimited show, that I’d actually finish the project, hand quilt it, and use it for my own little man. When he crawls right off of this one, I guess it’s time to lay down a sheet (or give it up and babyproof the whole first floor).
Baby’s so mobile, you can’t even hold him half the time. He’s gotta zoom!
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It goes slowly with mr. not so much sleeping. Proof!
Love the stockinette right now. For real.
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I love it when Grandma comes to town. My mother makes everything better. Crazy to think that someday, Gabe will (hopefully) feel the same way! Though I bet I won’t wash windows when I visit him… will I?
Monday: Haddock with veggies en papillote
Tuesday: Mustard milanese (a Smitten Kitchen recipe, of course)
Thursday: Bison chili
Friday: Chicken and rice
Sunday: St. Patrick’s Day- so corned beef and cabbage
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Sock it to me, indeed. I’m on a second sock! Brilliant! Here’s the first one, which I do love. These socks really are just what I needed. Relatively interesting stitch pattern, which is easily memorized. Gorgeous color and squishy yarn. Perfection.
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We’ve been rocking the vintage around here. I stopped wearing my wedding band and engagement ring about a year ago. A whopping couple months into pregnancy, my fingers were way heavier than ever before. Cue the growing edema throughout pregnancy, and the high blood pressure, and all that jazz. But here I am, closing in on five months post-partum, and I couldn’t handle it any more. Even if I do shrink down more, I’m already below my pre-pregnancy weight, and I miss my rings. I never actually sized my engagement ring to fit- since it’s a vintage ring from my husband’s grandmother in the roaring ’20s, I didn’t want to mess with the platinum any more than I had to. So I’ve been wearing it loose for years now. Conveniently, it now fits perfectly. So I sized my wedding band up, from a 6 to a 6.5 to match! I’m so terribly happy to look “legally wed” again- I didn’t really care while pregnant, but it seemed off to still be without my rings when my boy is getting to be so big! Photo proof- though also proof that I haven’t had a manicure (even a self manicure) since October. Time to get on that.
Gabriel is also rocking the vintage look today. Grandpa George brought over a cute set of coveralls a few weeks ago, new and never worn but purchased by George’s mom in 1969 or so. He’s already growing out of it, so I snapped a few photos to document both the cute outfit, and how incredibly big he’s getting already!
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