Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Household Management Strategies.

What have I been doing lately to better manage our household?
(and when I say "manage our household" I mean get everything done and enjoy life during this adjustment to three boys....)

-To save a few minutes of laundry time, I’ve been washing all the towels and then just hanging them back up. No need to bother with folding and trying to put them away.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crocheted Minion Hat

I said I wasn’t going to take any custom orders, but an old friend contacted me the week before we had this little guy and asked if I could make a “Minion Hat”. It’s from a movie, I haven’t seen it, probably won’t see it, but this is the hat. She sent me a picture of what she wanted.

minion hat (1)

I haven’t made anything else lately *sigh* but am working on a few other custom hats I said I’d make for a this store.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What I’m reading lately.

I haven’t cooked more than two nights in the past three weeks. And by cooked, I mean ‘coordinated dinner’.  From the freezer or maybe made a salad.

It’s great. But no recipes to recommend at the moment. I haven’t made any food.

I said I wouldn’t take any custom crochet orders for awhile. Well, I had some requests and took a few. So I’m trying to finish them. But it’s hard to crochet when you’re holding your newborn in one arm and playing football with the other (mommy of three boys now.)

And it’s hard to sew when you’re either outside overseeing some ‘landscaping improvements’ the older boys are making to the driveway or finding their work gloves that they can’t find. Also when it takes two hours to put the newborn to bed every night. And that’s past my new bedtime.

But I wouldn’t really want it any other way. I don’t really have a major desire to sew right now anyway. Post-partum hormones, right?

But here are a few new [to me] blogs I’ve been reading lately (while sitting reading my iPod and breastfeeding Mr. Newborn):

My Life and Kids (hysterical)

Ob/gyn Kenobi (what can I say? I just had a baby, so reading about birth stories and OB horror patients is interesting…)

The Matt Walsh Blog (his post on what stay at home moms DO every day made me interested in following his blog…)

So. What blogs do you recommend?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Crocheted Hats.

So. Here are a few more hats I’m sharing with you. I’d made a variety of hats both to sell at a local shop and for our little guy, Joel to wear. However, he gets a little whole lot grumpy when I stick a hat on his head. (If you can’t tell.)

Sept 24 (11)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cord Keepers

I pinned this idea a few weeks ago and made these cord keepers just the day before I went into labor with this little guy.
cord keeper (3)

Monday, October 7, 2013

My Starboard Skirt

I loved the tutorial for making the Starboard Skirt by Simple Simon and Company the minute I saw it. And back in August, I decided to sew up my own version. I was eight months pregnant, so it wasn’t something I really could wear at the time.  Since it has an elastic waist, I could get it on but it looked ridiculous on a pregnant lady.
brown skirt (2).

Friday, October 4, 2013

Breastfeeding Essentials.

I'm tired. This little guy sleeps great during the day. And he's slowwwwly improving at night! He's 11 days old now.

He started off at 8 pounds 5 ounces and at four days old weighed 8 pounds. Not a big weight loss; all babies lose some weight. They have fluid that is excreted plus if they're breastfed, mom's milk doesn't come in for a few days. They don't consume much fluid, but the colostrum that they do eat is important and more than enough to keep their ping-pong ball-sized stomachs happy. Happy enough, anyway.