28 August 2007

Recap: August

Oh my, how time flies! It's hard to believe that August is ending, Margaret is nearly 5 months old, Elisabeth is almost 9, school has started, life comes at you fast (to quote Nationwide Insurance). So much has happened this month and we have been so incredibly busy, that I have not had a moment to think long enough to compose a blog posting. I have been trying to keep up with reading everyone, but frankly that has suffered too.

So, let's see, we left of with my brother here...we had a wonderful time with Ben. We all (as in the 5 of us and my sister, Becka, and boyfriend, Dustin, and Ben met us at the hotel later that night) drove to Merritt Island to my cousin's wedding over the weekend. This trip was much nicer than the last one, Margaret did really well, the weekend was pretty much stress-free. We went to the beach and as you can see, Margaret pooped out on us. My cousin's wedding was in the afternoon, so after going back to the hotel to clean up, we all piled into our van and drove to the church. We finally got a nice picture of the five of us, as well as a great picture of Becka, Ben and me. The wedding was really nice and it was great to see most of the cousins again, as well as cousin's kids, our family is growing so wonderfully.

I took Ben and the kids to one of our favorite places in Gainesville, the butterfly rainforest at the museum of natural history.
Later in the week we dropped Ben off at the airport and he headed back to Indiana before going back to France for the semester.

Then the craziness began. Margaret started daycare on the 13th. But then we decided to have one last hoorah before my orientation started that Thursday. So we drove down to Orlando to visit Epcot center with friends of ours. We had a blast! We had never done Epcot with the kids and I'm glad we did this month. Elisabeth and Joseph both loved the "Journey into Imagination" ride, with Figment as the star, this was my favorite ride when I was younger too :) They also both loved the World Showcase and really enjoyed "visiting" the different countries, it helped that they could make a mask and have it stamped in each country and that they could collect an imprinted penny from each country. For most of the day they got along really well, you might have even said they love each other.

OK since I started this post almost a week ago, I am going to publish it now. I will update more soon, maybe later tonight or tomorrow. (9/6)

03 August 2007

4 months old!

It's so hard for me to believe that Margaret is 4 months old. But she is.

She had her 4-month check-up yesterday. Her doctor is so pleased with her growth. She weighs 12lbs 6oz and is 22 1/4 inches long, almost on the growth chart for a 4 month old. But if you adjust for her prematurity and go back to about a 2-month old, Margaret is 50% for height and 90% for weight!

Dr. Mas was also very pleased with Margaret's development, saying she is doing everything a full-term 4-month baby should be doing.

She told us to wait to start cereal till 6 months, in order to give Margaret's suck/swallow reflex more time to mature.

She got her vaccinations again too. This time she's gotten more of a fever than last time, so we're doing tylenol every 4 hours. Other than that, she has been ok, just a little cranky and tired.

My brother, Ben is here, we picked him up Wednesday and he stayed with us that night. Last night he stayed at Becka's, our sister. Today we are going to Merritt Island for our cousin's wedding tomorrow.

Every one of these pictures were taken by Elisabeth and Joseph while we were out to dinner Wednesday night. Pretty impressive huh?

01 August 2007

Some pictures I had forgotten I took this week :)

Slumber Party!

Catching Minnows

The Modern Girl

Blue Eyes

Oh, the sun's just too bright!

Red Hair!

Bed head :)

Breakfast Time

Sibling Love, sometimes it's just too much!

More about those knits

So here's the list of works in progress
1. The Mable dress for Margaret, done
2. "Labor" socks, these are the bed socks that were intended for wearing during Margaret's birth, one done, second foot left
3. Betsy socks, foot left on both socks
4. Palette Fair Isle, lots left
5. EZ February baby sweater, done
6. Estonian socks, one sock is half done
7. a sweater for Elisabeth from this book, lots left
8. a Mason Dixon bib, done
oh, and I added a project that I just couldn't resist, a Knitted Babe, I only have half of her body done now, but she is a quick knit.

I am checking them off!

And now, as promised, a little bit about those finished projects...

This is the Mable dress. This was started back in March, intended to be the dress Margaret wore home from the hospital. When she decided to join us almost 2 months early, I was a little preoccupied, and believe it or not, I had a real hard time sitting and knitting, even though I did a lot of sitting. Working on something for baby, that was intended for our happy time, when she was sitting in the hospital, was very difficult.

So, finishing this was very healing for me. I love it! I finished the little slippers too. It's adorable on Margaret. She wore it to church a couple weeks ago and will wear it on Saturday to my cousin's wedding.

It is made in KnitPicks Shine Sport in cream.

Here are the "Labor" socks, same story as for the dress. I was making these to bring to the hospital, in case my feet got cold during labor & delivery. They are almost done and will be nice to wear around the house this winter. These are done in KnitPicks Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk (now discontinued, I think)

Right next to the socks is the Mason Dixon bib. These are such an easy knit, I added a ruffle to the bottom. I still need to weave in the ends and add a button. This is done in Peaches & Cream cotton, in Gumdrop.

Finally, this is the EZ (Elizabeth Zimmerman) February baby sweater or Gull Stitch sweater. I *love* this knit. I started this shortly after Margaret was born, I needed something new to work on. I wasn't sure if I was going to finish it, but I really fell in love with the sweater as it grew. I have buttons picked out, they are from my button box, check 'em out, 49 cents for 5. I still need to sew them on the sweater. This should last Margaret for a few more months, we always need a sweater in the diaper bag to deal with the a/c here.

I knit this is some acrylic baby yarn, I think Bernat, I know the color is called denim something, anyway the yarn was given to me for Christmas by Mom and Dad. This sweater will become a standard gift for me, I think. I have several other balls of the baby yarn, perfect for gifts, easy wash and wear.

I will be pulling out some of my unfinished cross-stitch projects after I get a few more knitting projects off the needles. I have about 5 or 6 projects that need attending to. And there is some sewing I want to do as well. How much can I get done before the fall semester starts with my orientation on August 16th?

I managed to get a couple pictures of Elisabeth and Joseph at the park yesterday, no action shots though. Of course, Elisabeth closed her eyes, oh well.

This evening, I pick up my brother, Unci Ben, from the airport. I am so excited to see him. He has not met he new niece yet. I can't wait!

In the meantime, laundry, reading, knitting and quiet, the kids are at camp today. Oh, I may go to campus today, to see one of my professors who retired in May. She has been cleaning out her office this summer and has set aside a box of books for me, such a wonderful gift! Did I mention she is my favorite professor? I am so sad she retired, I would have loved to work with her for my graduate studies. She will remain in Gainesville though.

Have a blessed day!