There's no place like HOME

Well I have had quite the week. A routine sonogram turned into a 1 week stay in the hospital on complete bed rest. This last week was filled with powerful drugs to stop the contractions that I was having and many painful shots in the legs to prevent blood clots from the inactivity of being on bed rest. They managed to stop the contractions and switch me to an oral pill that performs the same function as the drugs they were giving me via IV. I have to stay virtually inactive at home and I had to send my son to stay with my mom and mother in law to avoid having to pick him up. He is 17 months old and weighs app. 25 lbs which is more than half what his sister weighs and she will be 6 March 1st, he’s a big boy. The most painful part of it all was being away from my children. My daughter sounded so pathetic on the phone that I cried every time I spoke to her I have only seen my son once in the last 8 days and I feel really guilty being home without him here. My sister has very graciously agreed to stay with us so she can help me while the hubby is at work. She has been helping with getting Missy to and from school and getting me what I need from the store and kitchen both while at the hospital and now at home. My whole family rallied to help and I am feeling even luckier than usual.

Some may wonder why I didn’t know I was having contractions. Well my body has the unique ability to go through the early stages of labor with no pain. Until my water breaks I feel totally fine. In fact when having Woodji they were giving me drugs to induce contractions and I still felt fine this baffled the doctors and nurses on call. Right now I’m already three centimeters dialated and I did not feel anything getting there. Very lucky right? But once my water breaks look out. The pain is fast and intense. I start dialating like someone flipped a switch and went through the birth of both children with no pain killers at all. Missy came too fast to even get an IV in and Woodji was in distress and it was inadvisable to get pain killers, but even if I could have gotten them I was ready to push within minutes of asking for them. But enough about scary labor pains and contraction talk. I have knitting.

This is the February Baby sweater from The Knitters Almanac.
Baby girl A's sweater

February Baby Sweater
Pattern:The Knitters Almanac, Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Knitpicks Shine Sport in Crocus (Stash yarn that was going to be a tunic from IK but I never would have finished it at that gauge)
Needles: Knitpicks Classic Circular Size 3 (Love them BTW)
Started: Some time in December (I think)
Finished: 1/24/07
Loved: 1/24/07

I know it looks different. I apparently lack the necessary brain function to knit lace and was lost and off pattern by the third row. I switched to SS and winged it. I love it. I added a row of eyelets to run a ribbon through as a closure.
Now I’m making a baby blue tomten for Baby boy B. I should have lots of progress due to all of the bed rest. For those of you who read here that have blogs that I visit I promise I caught up with everything you guys are up to but I haven’t had time to comment. Happy B Day Gleek, nice Tute Jess, your sweater looks great so far Carrie (that is Baby girl A’s middle name btw after my Great grandmother), go Bears Jess, I like you haircut V and your mitten Lisa.

Swaps and do-alongs

I just wanted to post to some new things I have jumped on board with. First up the Miniswap over at MommyCoddle.
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I was too late to participate the last go round. I really think that Missy will enjoy receiving a package from someplace else in the world. She really likes to look at maps and hear facts about other places. She also needs to work on sharing so I think it will great for her to work on things to give away to others to drive home that point. Right at this moment she is in the middle of the living room floor trying to make the box my new sewing machine came in into a doll house (more on that after its test drive tomorrow). She is wallpapering with construction paper right now. I may find her some inexpensive wrapping paper to use while we are out enjoying this lovely spring, excuse me, winter we’re having. I mean really it was easily 70 degrees out today.

I have also joined in for the next Project Spectrum, but I know anyone reading this blog already knows all about it from last time.

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The other new button hanging in the sidebar is for Snap a dozen days over at Unwind.
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I found this on a blog that I can’t recall now. I find it much less daunting to join short term things like the miniswap, and things I don’t have to do daily like snap a dozen days and project spectrum. I think that the concept is great. I had to drop the photography class I was enrolled in at school when I found out that I was pregnant with Woodji and I was really disappointed. We have a really great digital camera and a basic but nice 35 mil film camera (and two Super 8 camera’s from Film 1 in case you wanted a full inventory) that I would love to utilize more fully. So this is a chance to read the manuals and try some features other than point and shoot. I already have a subject in mind for this month and I even have some ideas for the coming months too. I can’t wait to get started on them all. I hope some of you join in too.

For Teacher

Missy’s teacher Ms. R gave her a gift even though we don’t really celebrate the “holidays”. Any one that knows my daughter knows that she loves dolls, all kinds but especially Bratz dolls. While these dolls are a little shall we say sexy she loves them. She has named every doll she has ever had, and she easily has 50 full size Barbie and Bratz dolls and 50 or more random tiny ones from Happy Meals and the like. She can remember all of these doll names even after not seeing them for months and in some cases more than a year as we put several in time out because she constantly left them in the floor. I say all of that to inform you of just how much she appreciated Ms. R giving her a new Bratz doll. She named her Damica and she became the sister of the last two Bratz dolls she received from a cousin and an aunt a few weeks before. So as a thank you I made these for Ms. R.

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Ms. R's gift

Projects: Eye glasses case, zipper pouch, wallet and tissue holder
Fabrics: Denim, apple fabric, corduroy, and muslin for lining
Started: Sometime over winter break
Finished: In wee hours of the morning 1/02/07
Loved: In the wee hours of the morning 1/02/07 ;)

I used some of that great apple fabric used by some fellow Brooklyn bloggers at Brooklyn General. That was my first trip there and it was so lovely. I also got several colors of wool felt that feels and looks light years better than craft felt. I left before I spent a fortune in there, but I’ll be back, soon ;).

Talkin' 'bout resolutions

Why do we bother? Better still why do I bother? But here we go:

1. Try to keep a cleaner house.
This will be complicated by my husband’s insistence on leaving no less than three jacket and 4 pair of socks in the living at all times, including now.
2. Remember to take time for me.
If I take better care of myself I can take better care of my family. I always feel better after I’ve had some time to recharge my Nettie battery.
3. Try not to get so worked up over things that I cannot change.
This one keeps making it on the list but truthfully I don’t think I am any better than the first time I tried to do it.
4. Work hard on business.
I flaked out on two things this year and it really hurt me emotionally. While one was out of my hands the other was totally on me. I have confidence issues and they played big in that one.
5. Oh yeah, be more confident in my abilities.
I have a problem with self criticism and it is crippling at times. I can do many things well. I’ll write it again. I can do many things well. It’s okay to say that, I’ll remind myself daily. Maybe I’ll make a sign.
6. Craft more with Missy.
This week more than ever we have done crafty things separately and together. She has shown an interest in everything I have worked on and loves the doll I made her from this book. She still loved it when her teacher gave her a new Bratz doll the next day.
Missy painting
These were on sale at Save-a-thon in Brooklyn. She loves them and she painted them so well.

Senora
This is Senora, named after the Harry Belafonte song “Shake Senora” (Missy has eclectic taste for five year old). She likes to pretend to shop and pack and unpack bags. This is her bed after unpacking. She has also “designed” and painted several fashion designs this week.
7. Start saving for a family vacation.
Missy really wants to go to Paris and see the Eiffel tower. She talks about it everyday. If I start saving now by the time the twins are old enough to give a crap we can afford to go.
8. Spend wisely.
This will incorporate misc. crap purchased on sale, Clothes that look exactly like everything else I own, take out food and lots of other stuff. We don’t have take out that often, but we always have from the same place when we do. The people in our local Chinese restaurant know it’s us when we call ; )
9. Be a better friend/granddaughter.
I keep in contact with most of my family but my relationship with my paternal grandma could use serious work. I have also fallen out of touch with many close friends that I miss. This is directly related to taking time for me.
10. Remember to make time for my son.
Missy had me all to her self for five years and I feel a little guilty having the twins so soon after Woodji. He is very easy going so I’m hoping the transition is smooth.
11. Continue to make time for my sister.
She will be starting College next year and I want her graduation, prom and her final “free” summer to be fun.
12. Don’t forget about the knitting. I go through craft phases where I want to go out and get a whack of new supplies for something. But the knitting, when I finish something, always makes me proud.
13. Learn to spin.
I bought the spindle and roving and even tried it. But no go. I’ll try to teach myself again and if it doesn’t work I’ll take a class during my “me” time.
14. Remember to make time for my husband.
I don’t want us to start to feel like the parents to the kids and not each others’ partner. If we’re happy they’ll be happy.
15. Continue to write without the security blanket that was my screenwriting class.
I have so many ideas for scripts, short stories, sitcoms, drama’s, children’s books you name it. But ideas need to be brought to fruition in order to mean something.
16. And lastly, which may be difficult with so many little ones, spend more time taking advantage of all the free and inexpensive activities offered for kids in NY. I planned on this one and was suddenly so tired I couldn’t stop falling asleep all the time. Whoops I was pregnant ;). Once the morning sickness started I wasn’t going too far from home for a while.

Well there it is. Happy New year everyone. I hope to know you all better in 2007! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment I really appreciate it. I hope to have more to say next year.