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Tuesday, April 30

First Jennifer linked to it, then Jenne, and now me. This birth story made me woozy with baby envy, and reminded me so much of Sam's birth. I'm not eager to have another baby anytime soon, but when I look at that little newborn...and then when I look at my feet and see Sam, wearing my preemie cap and busily filling and unfilling an Evil Dead lunchbox with newspaper scraps...

Where did my newborn go?

While I'm on the subject of birth, congratulations are in order for Steph, David, and new baby Lauren! What a sweetie!

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Would you believe two in a row?

I also forgot to say that I updated the craft page with a picture of the newest finished cap. I started on the sweater for the sister-in-law, too. So far so good, but I already had to start over because I misread the pattern. It's coming along nicely now, though. (Well, so far it's pretty straightforward; the back starts as a simple rectangle, after all.)

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Monday, April 29

Finally, a new entry!

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Sunday, April 28

Finished a little knitting project yesterday, but I can't say what it was until the recipient receives it. I will say that I was so, so proud of myself! It turned out be-yoo-tifully. As soon as I finish the little pink preemie cap, I'm going to get started on Christmas presents. I need to get some nice yarn in sufficient quantities first, though. I think I'll start with the sister-in-law's present; it's going to be a (gulp!) sweater. My first!

Sam has begun a new game this weekend. It involves grabbing the nearest object, hurling it into the air, and yelling at the top of his lungs. Repeat ad nauseum. This was cute when it was a small ball of yarn, and decidedly less so when it was my knitting needles. (Well, the yelling was still cute. "Bah! Ah-bah! Bah-buh-bah!")

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Friday, April 26

My baby tried to eat a bug. I saw him putting something small into his mouth, but I was able to get it out. It was a ladybug.

Yuck.

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Oh, sweetness, it's even harder than I thought it would be...

So, I have a question. If you're working in the round and it says to do stockinette stitch, do you knit or purl? Do you assume that you're working on the outside of the hat or the inside? Right now I still have another inch or so of ribbing to do. It's another preemie hat, by the way.

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Friday Five:

1. What are your hobbies?
Knitting is my primary hobby at the moment. I also do quite a bit of reading, and I enjoy writing (obviously).

2. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Teapots! I have a small collection, but I love them all.

3. Is there a hobby you're interested in, but just don't have the time/money to do?
I'd like to be able to garden, but not only do I have a brown thumb, but we also don't have the space for it. I could always go down to our local community garden, which would be free, but I don't have the energy to schlep Sam down there and tend both him and plants that would likely die before yielding anything.

4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity?
Well, I recently sold a couple of articles to a parenting mag. Does that count?

5. Besides web-related stuff (burbs, rings, etc.), what clubs do you belong to?
None. I'm not even a dues-paying member of La Leche League yet, and that makes me feel a little guilty. I do belong to a play group, though, and we love that.

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Thursday, April 25

We went to the zoo for playgroup today. I went ahead and got us a family membership since it could be a good fun place to add to our rotation of activities.

Sam had a blast, yelling at the bears and chasing the other kids in wagons. I pushed him in our bike trailer/stroller, and he happily honked the horn and babbled to everyone we passed. It was a great day.

Of course, now he's getting ready to pitch a fit because he can't get into the latched entertainment center...

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Forgot to say yesterday that Sam didn't even notice the shot when it was given. He was playing with my keys and didn't even look up until the nurse was applying the Band-Aid. Then he coughed irritatedly at her and went back to playing.

For being so cooperative, he got a Thomas! He's been trying to kidnap the one at the library for some time now.

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Wednesday, April 24

We had a well-baby checkup today. No real reason; it had just been a while since his last one. Plus, we had decided to wait until the Spring to give him a tetanus shot, since the vaccine shortage had made a tetanus-alone vaccine unavailable last winter.

Well, it's still unavailable. It's back-ordered for a year. Drat! So, under the advice of our trusted doctor, we went ahead and gave him Diptheria-Tetanus. Sam likes to play outside so much, and his feet are already covered with tiny scratches, so it didn't seem wise to wait. Anyway, I was mainly concerned about the pertussis component of the typically given vaccine, so at least we didn't have to deal with that.

In other news, Sam's weight curve is slowing. I'm not surprised, considering how active he's become. He's now about 20 pounds and change. He's on a higher height curve. Eric was a string-bean for his first eight years or so, so perhaps Sam's taking after Daddy in that respect.

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Monday, April 22

I was just playing downstairs with Sam while Eric (home sick from work today again) went upstairs to lie down. After about half an hour, Sam crawled to the foot of the stairs, pulled up on the baby gate, and shouted, "Bo! Buh! Bo! Buh!" Over and over he shouted it, shaking the gate and staring at the top of the stairway.

Finally, I called Eric. "Somebody wants you, I think!" He came to the top of the stairs, and waved and smiled down. Sam grinned and shook the gate. Eric tried to go back to bed, then, but Sam wasn't having any of that.

"Buh! Bo! Bo!"

Finally, chastened, Daddy came downstairs as summoned. Appeased, Sam went back to happily chewing on his computer cables.

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Sunday, April 21

Can you guys please send some healing thoughts in Eric's direction? This sinus infection is kicking his butt, and it's not only making him miserable, but (to sound totally and completely selfish) it is also making my life a nearly joyless existence. He can't really help with much of anything Sam-related, and the house is turning into a giant trash heap with garbage that he would ordinarily be able to take to the trash on his own. Sam is preventing me from being able to tend to Eric as I'd like to, so I'm beginning to feel frayed to nothing. It's driving me nuts!

Oh, and I hate seeing him feel and look so miserable. But doesn't that go without saying?

I ran out to the grocery store during Sam's nap today to fetch him more tissues and orange juice, but Sam woke up a few minutes after I left and spent the next half-hour yowling "Ma-ma! Ma-ma-ma! Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma!" until Eric's head was ready to explode. We're all grumpy people around here.

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Saturday, April 20

Hee-hee! Now that my secret pal (from Aimee's list) has received her gift, I can show you what I made! Witness: the Tote Bag.

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So Bekki can stop feeling alone, I'll just announce here that, at least for today, we have no life. My husband is dying of a wretched sinus infection, which has rendered him into a moaning, writhing heap of goo on the sofa. My son just finished strewing about the room his nice lunch of peas, crackers, and strawberries (no allergies here so far!) and is now dismantling the living room, piece by piece.

I'm feeling bored, but can't figure out what to do. I could knit, but the square slippers just aren't intriguing me right now. (How many squares can one knit before becoming totally bored?) Any other suggestions for projects? I could just start on the caterpillar that I want to add to Sam's birthday stash.

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Friday, April 19

I finished Sam's bunny!

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My baby talks in his sleep. "Bah...bah..."

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Friday Five:

1. What's your favorite TV show and why?
Probably either Buffy, which I just started watching (we don't get cable, so we had to wait for it to move channels), or Law and Order. The dialogue always cracks me up on Buffy, and I love long-running plot themes. Law and Order is always so well-organized and tightly constructed. Oh, and then there's The West Wing! I can't decide.

2. Who is your favorite television star?
One of the members of the cast of The West Wing, but I'd be hard-pressed to pick one. They all work so well together.

3. What was your favorite TV show as a child?
Maybe the Cosby Show? I don't really recall.

4. What show do you think should have been cancelled by now?
One (or all) of the Judge Judy knock-offs that are so rampant on daytime television. Not that I watch, but you understand what I mean.

5. What new show do you hope escapes the axe this season?
Eric disagrees, but I really like The American Embassy. I didn't think I would, but I'm enjoying it.

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Holy crap, I think I actually fixed it. The blog was dead, and now it lives! Huzzah!

Now, promise me this will never happen again, please? Somebody?

I'd post more, but we're late for playgroup. Later!

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Tuesday, April 16

Oh, good grief, yesterday was an awful day!

After the bee incident, my heartrate had just about returned to normal when I glanced at Sam's face and saw what I perceived to be streams of blood running from his mouth. Turns out that we bought him the brand of crayons that melt in your mouth, not in your hands! I had just finished wiping the red from his mouth and tossing the paper towel in the trash when I saw that he was happily re-dying his face - this time black.

(Mind you, he does know what crayons are really for. The top surface of his desk will attest to that fact. Paper is too easily tossed to the floor to allow for desk coloring. Methinks I need to start taping down the paper.)

When, not ten minutes later, I saw a second bee (die, sucker, die!), I decided that we were leaving the house. Fresh start, you know? We went out to the park. Well, firstwe had to get some sunscreen for the boy. Was he grateful for the added protection? His loud protests as I applied it would indicate otherwise.

We had fun on the equipment, especially the swings, but Sam began to complain soon. He wanted to be held, snuggled, close to Mommy's neck, regardless of the 85 degree weather. I complied, but his sweaty head made me think that our sojourn was at an end. I carried him back to the car...

...where he went into full-blown meltdown mode. He did not want to leave the park! He did not want to get into the car! I comforted him as best I could and we headed home; he fell asleep after a few minutes, giving me hope that he would awaken refreshed and happy.

Nope. He grumped for the rest of the evening, even through his usually beloved bath. He finally conked out early, leaving me to breathe a sigh of relief.

That is, until he woke up at midnight, ready to play. Gah.

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Monday, April 15

Oh, gosh! I just humng up the phone with Eric and looked up to see a humongous bee, or hornet, or something hovering over my baby as he colored (my baby colors!) a picture!

I completely freaked out, yelling and waving at the bee and chasing it over to the window. I ran to grab a piece of newspaper, and when I came back, Sam was crawling over to it! I grabbed him, moved him away, and the bee took off and flew around the room. When it tried to land on Sam again (did it think he was a flower?), I went ballistic and slapped it with the newspaper. It fell to the floor, where I pummeled the life from its body. Straight-up violence, no ice.

Nobody hurts my baby.

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Sunday, April 14

I posted some new progress over at Tangibilities. Sam's birthday is coming up, you know. I've got another project finished, but I can't upload the pictures just yet. Soon! I'm also working on some slippers that I need to photograph, but at the moment they're just a pile of three-inch orange squares...

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Yes, the outfit is a little girly. I happen to think he looks adorable. You be the judge.

Sitting
Mama's going to get me!
Chase me

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Friday, April 12

Friday Five:

1. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
My very favorite restaurant is currently Tandoor, an Indian place that serves wonderful food and where I received especially friendly service when I first nursed Sam there. (This from usually very brisk and quiet staff!) Most often, though, we go to a sports bar called Ralphie's, where Sam can get a balloon and all the waitresses fawn over him and carry him around.

2. What fast food restaurant are you partial to?
I like Arby's. I wish they still carried the Triple Cheese Melt, though.

3. What are your standards and rules for tipping?
I'm a twenty percent kind of girl. Most of the time, I end up leaving around two bucks when it's just me.

4. Do you usually order an appetizer and/or dessert?
About half and half. More often than we should, probably. I'm a sucker for the sweets, and Eric loves all things cheese.

5. What do you usually order to drink at a restaurant?
Depends on the time of day and where we're at in Sam's schedule. If he's recently awakened and it's morning or early afternoon, I might have a diet soda. If he's getting tired or bedtime is approaching, I'm a water girl.

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Thursday, April 11

Thanks for all the comments and the email about my mother's situation. I know she's probably handling this much better than I am. I wish I could be as positive a person as she is, and most of the time I succeed. Moments like these, though, reveal my true colors. I hate that.

Sam's helping me feel better, though. He's refusing to sleep (naps are so passť), but is being a ray of light regardless. He's decided that his toy piano works much better as a travelling instrument, and he's pushing it about the room like a walker. He also trapped me out of the house this morning; when I went to put a letter in the mailbox outside our front door, he crawled quickly to the door and pulled up on it. I couldn't open it without making him tumble out, face-first onto concrete. He thought it was a hilarious joke, pounding on the glass and giggling. Finally I managed to open the door and catch him as he fell.

What a great kid. Ten months in less than a week!

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Wednesday, April 10

Okay, it's up. I'll put up the recipe later, when Sam isn't conked out on my lap. We had a long wagon ride today, and he's tuckered out.

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Teething sucks.

Last night I made lasagna from my mother-in-law's famous recipe for the first time. Eric almost cried; it was perfect.

Sam is in a silly mood. Whenever I go "Oh!" at him, he cracks up. Just got a dose of teething gel, he did, so he's feeling much better.

Mom called last night with some startling, joyful, and unnerving news. I'll post an entry in the journal later today, I hope.

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Monday, April 8

Well. I didn't anticipate that.

I laid Sam on the bed, lowered the blinds to make the room darker and to obscure his view of the steadily falling rain. I covered him with a soft blanket, nursed him to sleep...

...and woke up two hours later. Well, I guess we both needed our naps today.

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My son, apparently excited by the sight of Eska's picture, started whomping on the keyboard and somehow created a large black rectangle that follows my mouse about the screen, framing whatever I do or type. It is incredibly annoying, and I have no idea how he did it or how to fix it.

I hope Eric calls me back soon, and that he has a clue about it.

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Saturday, April 6

My men are napping. They look so peaceful up there under the covers, all spread-eagled and taking up the whole bed with their long arms and legs.

I wish I could join them. I could use a nap. If I can't do that, then I'd like to be knitting, or baking, or just be outside for a walk or a bike ride.

Instead, I am working. I could just cry. I like having a job, but I am bored, bored, bored.

posted by Carrie - 03:03 PM
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This is amazing: Chinese identical toddler twins, separated by adoption, are reunited after nine months. Here's the follow-up article.

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Friday, April 5

I'm on a mad posting spree!

Oh, my sweetness and light, Sam is so close to walking. He just started cruising the walls without the benefit of furniture or ledges - just hands pressed to the surface for balance help. When he stopped a foot or so away from me, I held my hands out for him to see if he would walk to me, but he wouldn't leave the wall; he just whimpered until I came close enough for him to grab my hand.

Nine months old, mind you. Did I sign up for an overachiever?

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I cannot believe it is already noon.

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Friday Five:

1. What are the first things that you do in the morning to start your day?
When Eric gets up for work, Sam is almost always already awake and crawlingt about the bed, so I play with him while Eric gets ready. We wave goodbye to Daddy, the Sam crawls to the window to watch him drive away. (He bangs on the glass and waves; it's quite precious.) Then I dress myself and Sam, and we go downstairs for breakfast.

2. What are the last things that you do at night before going to bed?
After I nurse Sam down, I usually sit in bed and knit while watching TV.

3. What daily routine have you recently added to your day?
The knitting. It's a great way to wind down at night, and it makes me feel more productive than if I was just watching the boob tube.

4. What routine do you wish you get rid of?
Friday floor-mopping. Yuck.

5. What's the one thing that makes you feel like something is missing if you don't do it some point within your day?
Again, the knitting. I feel frustrated if I don't get to do a few rows each day. It really helps me get rid of the frustrations of the day that would otherwise eat at me internally.

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Thursday, April 4

Whine...whine...whine...

The only time he stopped whining all day was when we went out to Target for a lightbulb. Then he was quiet, at least until we got to the baby clothing section so I could look at the clearance racks. Then he tried to shoplift Bermuda shorts and screamed when I stopped him.

He bit me hard a few minutes ago after asking to nurse. I took him off the breast and he howled. Luckily, Daddy came home right then, so Sam cheered up after only a few minutes. Now he's cruising around the room holding onto furniture; so far, he's made it about three-quarters of the way.

Oh, and while I'm adding my own whine to Sam's, wouldn't it just figure that when my libido finally has begun to return since Sam was born, horrible days at work would rob my husband of his? (Yes, too much information, I know.)

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Wednesday, April 3

At Aimee's request, I've got Tangibilities updated with pictures of my completed pillow and my newest finished project, a knitted preemie cap. I've also got another project underway, but since it's a gift for somebody who might be reading...well, you get the picture.

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Tuesday, April 2

New entry up - two in a row!

(By the way, the guy in yesterday's picture was actually my cousin, Jason.)

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Monday, April 1

New entry up in the journal.

Boy, it's a nice day for the first of April. Probably too cold for the shorts I'm wearing, though.

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