28 and 30 weeks - Phoenix

>> Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm very behind on my pregnancy updates (over 3 weeks!) so here are 28 and 30 weeks...

I'm feeling ok.  I'm very ready to be done though.  It has become very difficult for me to hold
Georgia, which is a problem because she loves to be held and I love to hold her!!
We are both trying to get used to me not being able to pick her up any time.  It's hard for us, but
we're trying.  My upper stomach muscles have been killing me, and I started getting some bad
Braxton Hicks contractions (which was strange for me, because the only times I got them
with Georgia, they were barely noticeable).  I'm trying to up my water intake (which I needed
to do anyways) and not lift Georgia too often.

Right now I'm having a lot of pain in my ribs.  Any time I take a deep breath, bend over,
twist my body just a little, or blow my nose.  It's pretty bad.  I'm trying to take it easy and let
my ribs heal.  It's difficult.  I would definitely appreciate prayers as we're dealing with this!

We cannot WAIT for Phoenix to get here.  We're so excited!!!


Georgia's Big Sister Bunny

>> Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Meet Pumpkin!

When I go into labor, my Mom will be coming over to care for Georgia.  I want to have a small "big
sister" pack of sorts, full of fun things for G to do with Nana.  Probably a new book and movie, a few
fun snacks, and a special gift.  I thought about it for a while, and I decided that I would knit her
something (since a yarn-creature would be most loved by her).  I searched for a long time to find a
pattern that I really liked.  I wanted so badly to make this gorgeous octopus, but figured I just didn't
have the time to focus on that pattern before Phoenix's arrival.  So, my next favorite animal that I
found was this bunny.

I've actually been wanting to knit this for a couple years, but I never had a good reason to do so,
until now! :)  I was a little nervous about making her, simply because of the size.  But it turned out
to be quite easy and very quick!  I finished her in just over a day.

When looking through all the projects on Ravelry, I was concerned about a few things, so I omitted 3
rows from the bottom and took my time putting her face on.  I couldn't be happier with the outcome!
[you can see all my project details on Ravelry here]
I'm so pleased with it and cannot wait to give it to Georgia.  She saw it a little bit as I was making
it and she'd randomly come over to hug the big body or kiss the yarn.  I'm pretty sure she'll love it :)

Before I put her face on, I was referring to her as a boy.  But once she had a face, I knew she was
really a girl... and I've decided to name her Pumpkin!  Seeing as how she's big and round like a
pumpkin, and we will be gifting her to Georgia in October :)

Here are some more pictures:

Last night, before she got a face.
And yeah, it's called big cuddly bunny for a reason.  This thing is huge.

Isn't she adorable!?
I want to make a little family of them, but they'd take over the house with their size ;)


26 weeks - Phoenix

>> Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby Phoenix is somewhere around 13.6 to 14.8 inches long
and is in the 1.5 to 2.5 pound range!

In the last week and a half she has become much more active.
When our families came over on the 5th, I told them all how
calm and quiet Phoenix has been compared to Georgia.  No
joke, the next morning before I even get out of bed, she start
totally wigging out.  I mean, super strong kicks, all over the
place, for quite some time.  Then she settled down and was
fine.  But ever since that morning, I have been feeling her
much more often!
My theory is that she finally turned from breech to head-up
(that's how she was at my next appointment) and now has
more room to move around comfortably.

I feel like I'm looking huge, but in comparison with myself
at this point with Georgia, I'm almost exactly the same (just
a slightly different shape to my belly).

Can't believe we're in the double digits for days!  95 days
from today until our due date!!!  Can't wait to see what her
birthday will be :)
I'll make a post in the next couple months taking guesses
for birth date and birth size :D that was fun last time!


Nixie's First Sweater

>> Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm so excited to show you Nixie's sweater!  Just finished it today.
I'm very pleased with the way it turned out.  The pattern was super easy
to understand and follow, and the sweater knit up quickly and easily.

The hardest part for beginners would be knitting with double pointed
needles.  But if you're comfortable with that, then you'd have no problems
with this pattern!  Very basic, leaving lots of room for variation if you want
to personalize it or make it fancier.  I wanted the plain look, and I adore it.

Here are the details for Phoenix's sweater...

(it's free, but you can only download it if you have a Ravelry
account - which I highly recommend having anyways!!)
edit: My friend Lydia commented and said that you should
be able to download it without an account!  I am always
signed in to Ravelry, so I didn't even think to check.  Thanks,
Yarn: CotLin - color Wallaby - just a bit over 1 skein
Needles: US size 6 circular and double pointed
Notions: Seven 1/2" buttons
Finished length from neck to hem: almost 8"
Finished width laying flat: almost 7"

I chose to do short sleeves instead of long.  When I picked the
sleeve stitches back up, I just finished each with the 4 garter stitch
rows instead of adding any length.  I followed all other
instructions without modifications.


Isn't it darling and cute?  I adore it.  I'm just itching to have her in
it. As long as it fits well, this will be the first thing she wears!  Since
I'm having a homebirth, the first thing she wears is essentially her
"going home outfit" :)


Some Prep for Phoenix...

>> Friday, July 11, 2014

We've been doing some prep for Phoenix's arrival in a few months.  It feels good to be making
progress towards being ready for her.  My nesting instincts have really been kicking in this week.

On Wednesday I found all of Georgia's newborn clothes and all of the receiving blankets, burp
cloths, etc. that we used with her.  Here they are, washed and dried, ready to be folded and sorted.

Tired pup.

This was one of those days.  You know... those days when you drink your hot tea
out of your husband's ginormo coffee mug because a teacup just won't cut it.

I just love my cute little table to set my tea on ;)

This was the outfit Georgia was wearing when Jean came to visit and got these
super sweet pictures of her.  I can't wait to see Nixie in them!

Luna always has to sit in the laundry pile.  She'll sit there until I've pulled the
last piece of laundry out from under her.  Then she usually gets up.

I got the Pooh bouncer set up so that Georgia and the pets could get used to
it being out but not being theirs.

I also got the co-sleeper set up for the same reason.  It's fun to be able to tell
Georgia that it's for Phoenix and get her excited about the baby.

Sweet Sam.  I've noticed that he'll randomly come sleep at my feet, but I don't
notice him lay down.  All of the sudden he's there, or I've accidentally nudged him
with my foot because I didn't realize he was there.

So I know I said I wanted everyone to get used to not using the Pooh bouncer...
but when I found Sam sleeping in it on Thursday, I just could not bring myself to
move him.  He slept there almost all day.

Georgia's good about staying out of the bouncer, but she loves giving Sam lovins.

We also had to bake a chicken pot pie and some cookies... for Phoenix, of course.
Hey, she got them too! ;)

Georgia's a pretty good helper in the kitchen, especially for being under 2.  She tries, anyways.
Always helping me load/unload dishes from the dishwasher and helping me make a mess when
baking and cooking ;) not that I needed help with that.

She's learning to use the mixer.
Who knew it'd be so hard to keep one's hand out of the bowl while it's mixing? ;)

One more shot of him sleeping in there... because it was just way too cute.
I get a kick out of the positions the cats sleep in.

Today, my Mom came over to help me make a few lasagnas.  One for dinner, two to freeze for
later use.  We'll probably use one closer to Nixie's arrival when I'm very tired, and one after she's
here and I'm even more tired! :P
Mom is always a big help when she comes over.  She never wants to stop working and helping.
I have to make her sit down!  And Georgia just loves when Nana comes over.  Lots of snuggles :)

We made the lasagna rolls and then froze them to bake later.
The rolls are waiting to go in the fridge to harden here.  Once they were hardened, we packaged
them 2 in a sandwich baggie, with 4 baggies in each freezer gallon baggie (8 rolls per lasagna).
We'll cover them in sauce when we go to bake them later.  I'm excited to see how they turn out!

I would love to do some more freezer meals to have ready for after Phoenix gets here.  Not
having to do much to cook with a new baby is so nice!  We had many friends and family bring
meals to us when Georgia was born and it was so helpful.


Happy Fourth! {2014}

>> Sunday, July 6, 2014

From our little family of four!


Knuts About Knitting

>> Thursday, July 3, 2014

...and apparently a little corny today, too.

I have been on a knitting run lately.  I just can't get enough.  I want
more yarn, more babies to knit for, and more projects in general!

Last week I finished a baby blanket for Ben's cousin's baby (due
this month).  I fell in love with this blanket and this yarn.  The pattern
was complicated enough that I didn't get bored with it, yet easy
enough that I didn't have any problems at all.  Well, I did drop a
stitch at one point and about had a meltdown (ask Ben), but that wasn't
due to the pattern ;)

If you're interested in the pattern, you can find it here on Ravelry for free!
Or, if you're not on Ravelry, you can find it on this site (you have to scroll a ways).

I chose to do less stripes, and a different color pattern.  I chose the colors
according to the design of baby Cove's nursery!  Actually, when I was
deciding on a pattern and colors, I looked at Danielle's pinterest board for
this baby, and that's why I chose the chevron and these colors.  Then she
posted pictures of his nursery and I'm so glad I went with this pattern
and these colors, because I think it goes perfectly!

I went with Knit Picks' Shine Worsted yarn in white, robot and reef.
This yarn is so soft and I think it's prefect for a baby blanket.


I have a feeling that we'll have an early knitter on our hands.  Georgia just
loves yarn and anything made with yarn.  She even likes going through the
Knit Picks catalog!! :)


After finishing Cove's blanket, I was able to really start working on
Phoenix's blanket!  I'm so excited about it.  Very simple and so comfy.

I also started a sweater for her, which I'm super excited about as well.
It's coming along well and I just can't WAIT to see her in it within the
next 4 months!  How crazy is that??  She will be here in less than 4 months.

Phoenix might have to share a room with all my knitting things, if
my stash and supply stock keeps growing ;)

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