Thursday, January 28, 2010

Good Neighbors or Button, Button

I made a from a pattern (I always think "recipe") in Stitch Magazine. My sweet neighbor Jill asked me if I could use some old pants that needed to be retired and of course I said yes. When she was dropping them off she also asked if I could make a small bag for her out of them. I immediately thought of this pattern (recipe).

jill's bag pattern from stitch mag

I had in mind to make myself one as well and almost cut out my fabric at the same time but didn't for whatever reason. And now I am glad. I like this bag, but it isn't the kind I would carry (I need far more room for diapers and rice puffs) and though my bag would be made of different fabric I would have cut it to line up the same (since I was going to use some retired corduroys as well) and I feel like the effect isn't the same as the picture in the magazine where the sides are different from each other. Though it may just be the denim that is throwing me. I tend to keep denim in jeans and the occasion skirt and away from everything else...
The finishing of this bag took a while because I needed a button- for want of a button?- luckily when I told Jill what the hold up was she said she could bring over a jar of buttons and low and behold, she had the perfect button. Unbelievable! So now it is off in the hands of it's new (old?) owner and I think they will both be very happy together. It was such fun to hand it to Jill the first time! :)

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(sorry about the flash photo- the snow made it very dark yesterday....)

At 9 months~

9 months 010, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

You are:

Saying "giggle","hoydle", "doydle", "deedle" rolling all the consonants.
Rolling to get everywhere.
Scooting to get everywhere.
Getting two teeth! on there way in on the bottom!
Clicking said teeth on your water glass.
Standing holding onto things.
Swinging in your own swing at the playground.
Entertaining yourself to sleep a lot.
Crying when one of the parents walks away, even if the other the other is still there.
Crying when we take away a "toy" (like a magazine you are about to ingest all of)
Grabbing everything! Watch out!!
Sleeping through some nights.
Skipping naps.
Chewing on shoes.
Smiling and laughing at the dog and cats.
Eating anything we give you.
Having your baths alone in the tub.
Clapping your hands and feet.

(19lbs and 13oz. Still 28 inches long.)

Monday, January 25, 2010

35th birthday card

35th birthday card, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

Tomorrow is the birthday of my most wonderful, giving, loving husband. I am so happy to have a day to celebrate him! He makes it possible for dreams to come true and realities to be enjoyed. Which is pretty much all you need. In the last couple weeks he has been supporting me through the heartbreak of what has happened in Haiti. And he drills holes where ever I ask. And he offers solutions (if I asked for them or not;)
He cleans up after I make dinner. He cleans up after the cat (baby, wife, dog, other cat...) explodes.
He draws amazing pictures with delightful stories. He plays beautiful music that makes Emerson smile ear to ear. He worries about me but doesn't seem to mind even when it becomes apparent that I have, in fact, lost my mind.
He is the best papa our boy could ever wish for.

Happy Birthday Senor! We love you sooooooo much!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Present Continious Form of the Verb

We are still here.
We are smiling and swinging.

8.5 months swinging (8)

We are inspecting and re-arranging.

shelf re-arranging

We are walking and observing.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti needs your help!!

I have added a button from Doctor's Without Boarders. Please give what you can. I can't even say anything else here. I feel like my heart is broken.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Baby quilt in a baby nap


After the last post I got two emails in quick succession suggesting that having E facing forward was not a good idea and after looking at the information I see that is indeed the case. Problem is, with it being not getting much above freezing outside here the last few weeks it takes a shoehorn and a foot to cram him into the infant seat and still have enough clothes on not to freeze.


Solution, a blanket!! And while I could have gone and purchased a zip off kind of thing it would be made of polyester and then I would be worried about him over heating during a melt down (which the car seat tends to cause if the stars are not in proper alignment.) I'd been thinking about making this anyway and this just forced my hand.


The unbelievable part is I made this and am now posting during one nap. Is it without bumps and ripples? No. Did I sew the binding by hand? No. Is it perfect for being wrapped in to and from the car and then snuggled into in the car seat? YES!
Recognize that flannel?

The jumping legs are just for fun.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


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Can we (I) talk about this little guy for a few minutes? I know it is in between the monthly thing I do but he is changing so much right now! For one, he weighs 20 pounds. Yes, 20! That means out of the infant car seat we have been stuffing him into like a sausage and into a "little boy" car seat.

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And oh the things there are to see from this angle- He looked around at us and out the window and smiled and talked and stared until he couldn't take it any more and passed right out.

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On that same trip he got to eat a fresh puffed rice cake from the H-mart for the first time and he has been loving them ever since. Byebye puree, hello solid solid food!
I asked the nurse if she thought he would walk before he had teeth and she said don't worry, those gums can chew up just about anything. Teeth? Who needs 'em?!
He wants so bad to crawl. He scoots and pulls and slides and last night he even pulled his bum off the floor from a sitting position. The nurse also told me don't be surprised if he skips crawling in favor of walking, or if he only tries the crawling for a week before moving on. I can't believe it.
His hair is also coming back in very fast now, you can almost see the difference every morning. It just gets fluffier and fluffier. And the chattering, more and more complex. I am so thrilled to hear him talk, knowing he is strengthening his muscles and learning each sound. One day he will say, "Hey, what about a waffle for breakfast?"

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Right now he has been out of me almost exactly as long as he was in me. Which is crazy. I can't remember him not being with us.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


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I saw this q&a over on Joanna's blog and thought since this year has been so eventful I should write it down. Surprise, surprise - there are a lot of baby things in the answers. Sorry if it is too sickly sweet. I'm in that kind of mood.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Had a baby. Became a stay at home mom. Started selling things I make. Researched diapers. Obsessed about curtains.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't know if I made a resolution last year. This year I only resolve to keep going and try to experience each moment a little more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Do I count?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandfather died. It was a little like a time warp cleaning out his place with my four month old child along. My experiences with my grandfather seemed a lifetime away.

5. What countries did you visit?

The South.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I got so much from 2009 that I don't feel like I lacked anything. Except money- but isn't it always that way?

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 26th and 27th- when I began labor and gave birth.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Becoming a mother. It has been more amazing than I could have ever imagined. I expected it to be very hard and exhausting in every way but it has been so natural and rewarding.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Forgetting to mail thank you notes people. All of you who sent gifts, support and hand-me-downs. I really do think of you and thank you every time I use what you gave us. I just suck at letting you know!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a couple stomach things but aside from that I have never felt better.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The massages for our anniversary. The Moby and Ergo.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My whole family and all my friends for the amazing support we have received (especially in the beginning.) And my husband who has been more than my partner, he has been my cheerleader, my benefactor, my love. What more could you ask for?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The media's.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Baby things and food, I've been hungry this year.

15. What did you get really excited about?
Family, celebrating, bringing E home, tiny baby feet, happy dogs, travel, sleeping in, eating well.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Anything by Norah Jones or the Beatles or Buena Vista Social Club

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Certainly thinner.

– richer or poorer? Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I can't think of anything I regret this year. It has been amazing.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How did you spend Christmas?

At home with family enjoying myself.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I certainly did. E is more enchanting every day. John gives me more than I could ever give back.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Thirty Rock- Blerg!

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Not even a little.

24. What was the best book you read?
I read a lot so what I am mentioning is fairly recent. Nurture Shock was amazing. I am reading The Magicians right now and it is pretty good. Ina May Gaskins' books changed my outlook on birth- thanks Dag!

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

That babies want to hear you sing even if your singing would make others run screaming.

26. What did you want and get?
A sweet baby and the time to watch him grow.

27. What did you want and not get?
I can't think of anything.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to visit family in Atlanta and SC, got a kindle and homemade creme brulee. I was 29.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Keeping my paycheck when I gave up my job.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Into maternity clothes and then out of them.

32. What kept you sane?

An amazing husband, a sweet boy and coffee.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

Health Insurance overhaul.

35. Who did you miss?

Nicole and Jen. Pregnancy and infants don't leave much room for outside adventure. Maybe next year.

36. Who was the best new person you met?

The other moms in my birth class and more recently Rachel and Sadie who keep E and I in tea parties and cookies.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Being a new parent is exhausting on some levels but it gives you more back than you would have ever guessed AND if you put it out there someone might just want it.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

All you need is love, da da da dada dah!