Monday, March 23, 2009  

Busy Busy Busy

S has dubbed Baby A the "time vampire." And so she is... just when you think you'll have a few minutes to do something, anything... there she is, demanding something! So sometimes it takes me 3 weeks to update the blog. SIGH.

But it has been an eventful month. My dad turned 65, and Baby A got her first good look at cake. I think she liked what she saw, even though she still can only eat it "second hand."

She's also graduated to facing out in the baby carrier, which means that she no longer falls asleep on dog walks, but also that she has a lot more fun (and we can go on more of them, so Abby is a happy doggy!)

She also got 2 lovely bibs from Chaos and Mayhem - I love these bibs so much that I already have raided my stash for some suitable yarns, and plan to cast on as soon as I finish a pair of socks for our lovely neighbor who gives us the occasional home cooked meal or freshly baked loaf of bread.

And speaking of finished - I knit S a sweater! It's mostly the Cobblestone Pullover from Interweave, but with some modifications. It fits him, and he was actually able to wear it before it got too warm!

I feel like there was so much more I wanted to post about, but instead all I can think about is putting away the laundry and feeding the dog. Such is the brain of someone who dealt with a baby who decided to pass on just about all of her naps today!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009  

Hand Knits for Babies

Whew! Time is flying, and not much blogging gets done. But we're slowly but surely settling into a "schedule" with these amazing things called "naps" and "bedtimes," so things are definitely looking up! I'm still plugging away on S' sweater - I've almost got the body done, and need to add about 3" on each sleeve before joining everything for the yoke. At this rate, I'll finish just in time for spring!

To distract you from my inability to take pictures of any actual knitting, allow me to present what Baby A thinks of her handknit hat and mittens, courtesy of Mommy...

Apparently she'd rather have cold hands and a cold head. Silly baby! Luckily, she is MUCH more appreciative of the hand-knit sweaters, like this lovely one from Ann...

and this equally luscious one from Shanti...

What a lucky baby! And not to be left out, S finally got to give Baby A her very first birthday present from Daddy - a limited edition fountain pen engraved just for her. While she did try to grab it a few times, apparently "writing with a fountain pen" is not one of the skills she'll master by 3 months, so we're putting the fountain pen somewhere safe until she's old enough to use it!

S has also, by necessity, been practicing his baby-soothing methods. Here is my personal favorite - he bends her over his hand and jiggles her with his knee until her tummy feels better - and sometimes she falls asleep...

... but sometimes she doesn't, which necessitates a puppy walk with her strapped to S' chest. She's extra-pissed about the hat, so she's tickling S in the armpits to get even!

But don't worry, Abby is definitely a big help. Not only does she selflessly go on extra puppy walks some nights, but she also makes sure that the blanket we use for tummy time doesn't blow away! What a helpful doggy!

This past weekend, S' parents were in town on their way from Florida to Minnesota (yes, they brought the snow. Blame them!) So Abby had her little buddy, Barney, to help keep Baby A in line...

And finally, we all enjoyed a quick walk in the snow yesterday - and Baby A got to use her snowsuit!

She fell asleep on the walk, so S thought she should make a little snow angel before we went inside.

(good grief, I think this post is completely nonsensical, but at least it's a post!)

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