Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It's not so bad...really.

So, last week I turned 30. Time marches on. It really wasn't as traumatic as some people make it out to be.

My actual birthday was great! DH woke me up to feed the baby and when I went into the living room, I saw that the baby had my present. A nursing necklace. (It is something that Mama wears to try to keep baby focused on the task at hand instead of jerking it's little head around to see what is going on, and the baby can play with it instead of pinching Mama or grabbing her hair.)

Later on, when we actually got out of bed (around 7), DH surprised me by making me a pot of coffee and fixing a cup of it just the way I like it. Then my family started calling, and DH went and cleaned both bathrooms and started laundry while I chatted. Later we went to lunch at Wild Bill's (my choice, love the burgers), ran some errands and then later went to Aqua to meet some friends for happy hour. It was a nice day. I wouldn't mind turning 30 again next year if it would be as nice as this one.

I received a wonderful present from Carol. As soon as I saw the return address on the package, I got all excited and told DH, "Ooh, that Carol, she makes the cutest presents for her friends and finds just the right chart to stitch for the recipient." And true to my words, she really wowed me with this fob...perfect for a "Treehugger's Wife". The little charm says "Believe". It is on 40 ct. linen and the teensy tiny stitches are perfect. Thank you again, Carol!!

Another present that I got was a Moby wrap. It was from Dad & J. My step-mom is the type of person that hounds you and hounds you until you finally give in and tell her what you want. This was all I could think of that was not diaper related.

I love the Moby. We haven't gotten the hang of the ring slings yet, and I still wanted to wear the baby (and try to get some things accomplished during the day), so I decided on the Moby. LOVE IT!!! Super easy to use also.

I started crocheting a pair of wool longie pants for Connor. Why? Because it was killing me not to. And crocheting goes really quickly. I first attempted to knit them, but after ripping them apart for the 4th time, I gave up and picked up a hook. I am using Lion Brand "Wool Ease" yarns and no specific pattern. Just increase / decrease as I feel like. This is the backside of the pants...not perfect, but it is a start. And yes, the stripes are supposed to be random like that.

I might have Connor wear them for a while on Saturday so that nobody pinches him for not wearing green.

The kite festival was cancelled because of weather, but has been rescheduled to April 14. We are so going!


Tuesday, March 06, 2007


So, I have a birthday coming up...a big one. Big in numbers only. It means that I will have to change the little blurb under my blog title from "twenty-something" to "thirty-something". Yep, the big 3-0. Weird. I still think of myself like I am 23. I *think* that we might be going to Aqua on Friday for happy hour by the pool to watch the sunset and see friends. We have been going for the past couple of weeks. I am always the designated driver.

And I don't want presents for my birthday.

When someone asks me what I want for my birthday and I immediately think of things for Connor that I want to get, is that just a little strange? Especially since it is usually diapers or diaper covers? DH is too cheap frugal to convince justify spending $30 on a diaper. We are a prefold, snappi & cover kind of family. At least he went along with the splurge to get unbleached indian cotton prefold diapers. Don't want to get too out of control.

I mean, who wouldn't want these awesome custom embroidered diapes for their baby's bum? These are from Middle Earth Diapers

I am seriously considering getting a green (Rainforest) Berry Plush and having the "recycle" logo custom embroidered on it. Maybe that would soften up DH a little.
And these...these seriously rock in my opinion...who wouldn't want their baby to have a cute little monster booty?

They are "longies", knitted with wool yarn. Plain longies can go from $30/pair up. Longies with designs or other embellishments can go from $45 to well over $100 for a pair!! I have got to work on my knitting skills and figure out a cute similar pattern so that when we move back to cold weather in 2008, I can make some for Connor.

If you want to see more cute pictures of monster booty, you can go to the blog of the lady that makes them...Crankypants blog. She also makes Sock Monkey booty longies. Super cute!

Speaking of cold, I never thought that I would say 73 degrees was cold. I willl say it now, 73 degrees is COLD! I am freezing my tuchus off here. It has been rainy and chilly for the past 4 days. And the house is sticky from all of the moisture. I just noticed that my refrigerator has condensation on the outside. Yuck! To my friends and family on the mainland, I know your hearts are just bleeding for us. : )

Connor is 8 weeks old tomorrow. He has started to go 3 hours between nursing sessions and has started sleeping through the night (8 or 9 pm to 5 or 6 am)... YAY! At his vaccination appointment last week he was 13 pounds and almost 25 inches long. BIG baby! But the doctor wasn't concerned at all...he was a really great doctor (Dr. Stewart) and I wish that we could see him regularly. We talked at length about breastfeeding and food choices. I think that we will not be introducing him to cow's milk when the time comes and instead opt for soy or rice milk. But that is a long time down the road. And did I mention that breastfeeding has gotten TONS easier? It happened practically overnight around 6 weeks or so. It is like something just clicked and it has been smooth sailing ever since. Buh bye frankenipples. I set periodic goals for myself for breastfeeding. It was 2 weeks, then 4 weeks, then just make it to 6 I have set the bar at 4 months. Then it will probably be 6 months. By then he should have a few teeth and I will re-evaluate.
Here he is on a quilt that his Grandma D sent to him. Our little monkey.
This weekend there is a kite festival thingy here on Saipan. Even though I have never been to one, I told DH that we are going. I think that kites are neat and the craftsmanship is amazing on some of them. So, if you are going to be in the Garapan area, it is Saturday 10 am to 3 pm at the American Memorial Soccer Field. Hopefully there will be tasty food as well. My appetite is crazy! I have lost all but one pound of baby weight and have been wearing my "pre-pregnancy clothes" since about 3 weeks after Connor was born. Yay me!