Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I am also considering the big boy bed transition. I don't want to overdo the big boy stuff, but two cribs... I don't know. I was all for just getting Myra a new crib at first. Logan's crib converts into a toddler bed anyway. So does the crib we want to get Myra - if the Round Rock Ikea would ever get more in stock! That difficulty got me to thinking about it, though. I mean, Logan is a pretty big boy, and it would be nice if he could get out of bed by himself sometimes. At least, I think it would. It also might help encourage a little more independence in the sleep initiation department. It would be nice not to have to sing/rock him to sleep for a half hour twice a day. It bears thinking about...
We had an appointment on Tuesday with Dr. Fothergill. I am utterly boring as a patient, which I am OK with, except that it turns out I'm anemic with this pregnancy. I wasn't with Logan at all. I'm actually a little relieved by that, as it helps explain how fatigued I've been. I started on some iron, so hopefully that will help. Myra is doing perfectly. She measures just right, has a good strong heartbeat and is already head down and in position. At this point, she's too big for any more serious gymnastics, so it is likely that she'll stay this way. At 31 weeks, she's certainly not ready to come out into the wide world, but she only has a few more things to do before she'd be fine out here on her own. It's nice to be at the countdown point. Now that the number of weeks left is a single digit number, I'm starting to feel like this pregnancy might actually end at some point.
As for getting ready for the wee princess, there are still a few things to do... As mentioned above, the bed situation has still to be ironed out, although we did get her a wardrobe for all the wee clothes that I've been making. We are planning for the kiddos to share a room, but the bigger of the available bedrooms is currently an office. We plan to move Logan out of his room and into this one, but that hasn't exactly happened yet. I want to get it done soon so that it isn't a big deal when Myra gets here and moves in, but the logistics are a challenge. Logan's room won't be hard to move, but the office is a mess. All of the filing I've been avoiding for months as well as all of my sewing stuff, and the rather extensive library all to be packed and moved. Neither Mitch or I are looking forward to it, and so, we've just put it off. We'll grow up some day. As for the wardrobe, there are two new additions as of this last week. Here they are;
I just finished the polka dot one today. I don't know what I was thinking when I cut out that hat! I am proud to say that I did not swear, but there were moments...
We are also still stymied with regards to a middle name for wee Myra. All of the names that we both like are vowel names, which gives her initials that spell a word. I lean toward Elaine, which would at least only spell MED, but those are Mitch's initials, and he doesn't love that. Nothing like staring at a blank birth certificate to get those creative juices flowing...
So, that is what's going on in the Deshazer household. If you are still actually reading this, wow! Sorry for the length, but I guess there was a lot to say...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Here is the spread.
And a close up of the couscous. The basil is a Thai variety that turns a pretty purple color when warmed or cooked.
This was our first cantaloupe to ripen, and it was so good, we can't wait for the rest!!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
The highlight of the party was the cute serenade I got from the girls! Anna and Nicky sang happy birthday to me. They were so cute - I had to share!
Here are Nicky and Anna "playing" in the sprinkler. I thought Logan was the only chicken, but in fact NONE of the kids except Lily actually got into the water, despite the fact that it was nice and slow, and not even as tall as they are. They were so funny, all circling around the sprinkler, wanting to get in, but too afraid to do so!
Here is a picture of them all running around the sprinkler, and NOT getting in!
And some video...
After all the fun, I opened gifts from the family. Logan helped. Here he is with a tissue paper hat. And video of him helping me open my gift from Mitch, a snoogle maternity body pillow, with which I have had two blissful nights of sleep, unimpeded by my burgeoning belly. Pregnant ladies take note - You want one of these!!!!!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Maybe some day I'll make something for myself... A novel concept!
In other (enormous) news, I am REALLY tired of being pregnant, which is too bad, since we are only just 30 weeks. I don't feel like I'm that large, but it seems so much harder to get around and do things than it did when I was pregnant with Logan. Maybe that has something to do with the toddler I chase around all day - he tires me out at the best of times - but I just seem so much more tired this pregnancy than I did with Logan. I worked full time right up to the day he was born with no trouble, but I can't imagine doing that this time! I really shouldn't complain, since we are both doing fine and haven't had any complications. That is the important thing, after all. Still, being tired all the time sure takes some of the bloom off of life.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
The first project was an outfit for Myra. It is a pair of little ruffle-butt pants and a little jacket that snaps closed. The pants, of course, were really simple, just basic, elastic waist, nothing fancy, but those ruffles were a bit of a challenge. They turned out really cute, and I learned a few new tricks. The top was a little more fun, as I hadn't done a raglan type sleeve before. It went together pretty easily, up until the snaps... I have a plier-type snap setter (which I now hate!!) and it chewed up the fabric. So, I got creative and sewed bows over the icky parts, and no one is the wiser! Anyway, I had a ton of fun doing it, so next will be a little dress!
But first, I felt a little guilty making all of this stuff for Myra when I have a perfectly adorable little boy who needs clothes, too! The problem is that, much like RTW clothing, there are a serious lack of cute patterns for boys out there!! Still, I've found a couple, and so since summer is the longest season here in TX, I made Logan a couple of tank tops and some shorts. Here he is sporting the first tank that I made (while eating fresh banana bread - Yum!). The fabric is a super cute print of tools that I found in the remnant bin for 50 cents. Not bad!
Here are the shorts; surfer printed for my little surfer boy. They were super simple - took about 20 minutes to put together. I love that!
Here's Logan modeling the whole ensemble. I think that as an outfit, they look a little like PJs, so he'll probably wear them separately, but still, cute, comfy and not bad for less than an hour's work!
My current project is a white coat for Mitch. He can never find one off the rack that both fits and has the proper size and arrangement of pockets, so I figured I'd give it a shot. After making all these baby clothes, the pattern pieces for that knee length coat look enormous!! So far I just have the pockets and straps for all of his paraphernalia sewn on and shoulder seams done, but I suspect I'll have the whole thing finished by Monday. Then he'll finally look presentable at work - at least until he gets covered with blood in the next Code Blue. Sigh.
And a close-up of the tie. We had it printed with a picture of Logan wearing Mitch's pager, and looking very smug. It will probably get worn mostly to the hospital, but everyone at church today got a kick out of it.
Here is Logan, opening his present. I made a shirt for Logan to match Daddy's. It is the same style, made from the same fabric and even has matching buttons. Logan was very excited to have a Daddy shirt to wear!
Here are the boys together on the steps at church, sporting their matching shirts. Aren't they cute??And here they are on the way to nursery. Anna came along. She and Logan are pretty much inseparable, which has made nursery a lot easier for us, as well as for Nick and Laurie. Once they're together, they are happy to go to nursery and no more tears!!
All in all, a successful day!
The cantaloupe is doing well, although we haven't had any fully ripen yet, you can see that we're getting close. We have at least a half dozen that are getting big and another crop that are just little nubs. Yum!!
The tomatoes are going great guns - here is the first to get red, but you can see in the picture how full the bush is. We are eagerly anticipating fresh tomatoes!!
Here is my one and only watermelon (so far). It's still a wee little guy (in fact, some of the tomatoes are bigger), but I have high hopes! We are considering doing some hand pollination, but we'll see if we find the time.
We also planted some herbs, and we have a lovely crop of fresh cilantro, basil and dill. I made some Yum Nua the other day with the basil and cilantro. It was amazing!! I'm really looking forward to cooking the beans. Don't you think they'll be lovely in a risotto? I'm off to the kitchen!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
We had dinner and the kids had fun playing. Nick has been such a huge help to us with our garden, and we finally got to share some produce with each other! The McKernans brought squash and zucchini, which we roasted in a dutch oven with some fresh dill from our herb garden. We contributed a big mixed green salad from our garden. It is so fun to enjoy something that you worked for, especially when you can share with friends. We also got a chance to chat about food storage, which is something that has been on all of our minds lately.
On Monday, Mitch had his first day in the Cardiovascular ICU. I'll leave the details to him, but suffice it to say, it has it's ups and downs, as all things do. We thought he was supposed to be on call, but we got a stay of execution on that, until Saturday. We also had our first successful FHE since Logan was born. Admittedly, it lasted about 15 minutes and treats were clearly the highlight, but we did manage to get Logan to color a picture of Jesus getting baptised. Baby steps!
Tuesday we had playgroup, which Logan always loves. There were lots of kiddos there and we all had a good time. That night, I had my Presidency meeting, and we went to visit a sister who cares for he ailing father and can't get out much. She was really cool, and despite her commitments at home, runs an Ebay business selling Polish pottery. She showed us some of her inventory, and it was pretty cool!
Wednesday was largely uneventful - just the usual round of errands, chase Logan, feed Logan, clean up after Logan, nap (whew, Mommy gets to catch up!), and dinner for the family. We would have mowed the lawn, but So You Think You Can Dance is a family obsession, so we spent the evening wishing we were more flexible and planning gymnastics classes for Logan. :-) I also baked bread - not an event at all in and of itself, but Thursday I wished I hadn't, as we had an awesome Enrichment about breadmaking. I consider myself a veteran, since I bake all of the bread my family eats, but I learned a TON from Shanna, and got a great recipe for English Muffin Bread, which is a yeast batter bread that is super easy and really does taste and have the texture of English Muffins. YUM!! We all really liked it, so I'll definitely be making it often.
Saturday Mitch had his first CVICU call, and I was busy!! We went to the fabric store for interfacing, and of course, came out with 2 new patterns, as well as two lengths of interlock for Logan. At least I remembered the interfacing... Then we went to Hobby Lobby, and since it is next door, the park. After that we managed to kidnap Mitch for lunch, so at least Logan got to see his Daddy for a bit. We went home, had a nap, and then Hayley and her three boys came over to do some sewing. Hayley and I converted a pair of her maternity shorts into a full belly panel, like the new "Secret Fit" that they are advertising at Motherhood/Mimi/Pea in a Pod. They turned out really well, so that was fun, and then we hemmed her wrap and I taught he the front cross back carry for Zander. Here's the picture!
Zander was all smiles, until he realized that he was missing out on all the playtime that the boys were having. Then he was ready to get down and join the fun!! All in all, we had a pretty good time, and Logan was good and tired by bedtime, which always makes for a pleasant night-night. Then, since I don't sleep well when I am playing single mommy, I hit the sewing room to work on my many wee little pink things. I am having lots of fun sewing up a storm getting ready for Myra. Hey, she may not have a crib yet, but she is going to be one well dressed little princess!!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
So, now that I am a "master" baby carrier maker, I'm branching out into clothing (which is how and why I learned to sew in the first place at my mother's knee). I just finished a pair of pants for Logan. OK, the pattern is for shorts, but Deshazers are a diminutive family, a trait Logan has inherited. Here are pics from today. It's hard to catch him in a still moment, so there's a little blur...
I know, he's adorable.
I'm also working on another project - the be revealed after Father's Day. :-)
And are currently expecting his sister Myra to arrive, some time at the end of August.