Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thankful Thursday

Today, I’m thankful that Ella nurses like a champ.  The dreaded breast pump is tucked away in the back of a closet and I pray it doesn’t have to see the light of day this time around.

Since Hannah was a preemie, she failed to catch on to the whole breastfeeding thing despite the best efforts of the nurses, lactation consultant, and myself.  Since I’m stubborn, I refused to give her formula and spent the next 8 months pumping for several hours each day.  I pumped in cars, (secluded) parks, and I even pumped in bathroom stalls in the middle of Walt Disney World (seriously).  It may not sound like a big deal, but exclusively pumping was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. 

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My two girls, each wearing the sweater my Mommom knitted. <3

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Photo Friday- Pretty in Pink (in action!)

Ella’s not quite 7lbs and has quite a bit of room in the sweater set, but I couldn’t help but put it on her now.  :)

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She looks like a baby doll.

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Fist pump for the hospital hat Mommy made!

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Coffee Bean Hoodie- FINISHED

I finished Ella’s Coffee Bean Hoodie the day before she was born, but we were in the middle of a Nor’ Easter and it was much too dark for photo taking.  So here it is in all its glory:

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It’s kinda hard to get a good shot of the hood while it’s laying flat.  When I blocked it, I stuck a small bowl inside of it.

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I ended up having to use light blue buttons from my stash because there wasn’t any time to go button shopping.  I needed six matching buttons that weren’t too busy and didn’t compete with all the pink.  These blue ones and a light green set were the only ones that complimented the sweater.  The pale green buttons got a little lost but the blue popped just enough, so I went with those.  I can always change them out later.

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As you can see, I added a crocheted slip stitch to the inside edge after the sweater was done blocking.  It neatens up the edge and hides the color changes.  I used the crocheted slip stitches on the button band, up around the hood, and back down the other band. 

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Above is an inside out shot of the hood bind off.  It lays flat and looks nice and neat.

All I have left to do is take some gauge and finished size measurements and add them to the Ravelry page.  Hopefully I can show you an “action” shot in about 3 months when Ella grows a bit.

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Celebrate

Today we brought little Ella home and celebrated our 6th (has it really been that long?) wedding anniversary.

It’s been a wonderfully laid back day and I spent most of it nursing and snuggling with my Ella Bean.  Everyone else will just have to wait to hold her.  Mama doesn’t feel at all guilty about hogging her.  :)

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Heading Home

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Photo Friday

****Ella Gail****

6lbs 9oz (Not too tiny at all!), 19″ long

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Thankful Thursday

Today, I’m thankful for a healthy (and full term!) pregnancy.  And I’m thankful that little Ella’s ultrasounds and non-stress tests have all been perfect.

Tomorrow, at the recommendation of the Perinatalogist, I’ll be getting induced (at exactly 40 weeks!) and will finally be able to meet our Ella Gail. 

This morning, I had the very difficult,  heartbreaking task of drafting a sympathy note to a family at our church.  On Wednesday they lost their newborn son.  Baby W was born with a hole in his heart and wasn’t able to recover from the surgery they performed earlier this week.  He was only 10 weeks old.

I can’t imagine what his parents and two older brothers are going through right now.  Tomorrow I welcome a beautiful baby girl into the world and on Saturday they will be saying goodbye to a little boy that will forever be in their hearts and on their minds.

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Coffee Bean Hoodie- The Hood

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Here it is in all its hoodie glory!  It’s not finished, yet.  I have some blocking and button selecting/sewing to do.  But I just had to share my progress since I love this little sweater so much!

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I typed out all my mods with the stitch counts, etc and put it on my Ravelry project page

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The above picture was my first try. After I did the three-needle bind off, I decided that the height of the hood wasn’t quite tall enough.  So I undid the bind off and added 4 more rows.

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The final three-needle bind off.

So… 47 sts (seed stitch border on first and last 5 stitches).  Work 41 rows, decreasing 1 stitch on the last row (23 sts, k2tog, 22 sts).  Fold in half with right sides together, then work a three-needle bind off. 

Now it’s time to find the perfect buttons in my stash.

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