Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Birth Plans

VBAC Birth Plan 

● Unmedicated as possible, with as few interventions as possible.  I don’t know what I will want for pain relief yet, but I prefer as  many natural options to be made available as possible.
● Use of water/shower for pain management.
● Unrestricted movement.
● Self­guided pushing. I’ve done this before, and pant­pushing  works best for me. I will NOT be doing the “hold my breath and  push as hard as possible” method.
● Upright or however I am comfortable for birth. NOT on my back. ● Minimal cervical checks.
● Minimal monitoring.

After Baby is born: 
● Skin to skin right away. If I can’t do it for whatever reason, put  him with his dad, he’s prepared for skin to skin as well.
● NO circumcision.
● Vitamin K is fine, but NO eye ointment. I’m disease­-free.
● If any supplementation is needed, I will express colostrum or  milk instead of using formula.
● Do not bathe, etc, till I can be there. I missed that experience  before and I do not want to miss out again.

Cesarean Birth Plan

● Family friendly as possible if not an emergency. 
● Please do not sedate me. I want to remember my child’s birth.
●Please use sutures or something else, instead of staples. I do not well with bits of metal stuck into my body for any reason. I don’t even  have pierced ears! 
●Skin to skin with me or his daddy as soon as possible, don’t “burrito”  him right away. ●Breastfeed as soon as possible. My husband knows how to hold a  baby to breastfeed if I am “out of it,” please allow him to do so if  needed. 
● Delayed cord clamping. 
● NO circumcision.
●Vitamin K is fine, but no eye ointment. I am disease­-free.
●If any supplementation is needed, I will express colostrum or milk. No formula.
●Do not bathe, etc, him before I am able to be a part of it. I missed  those things with my daughter and I want to be there this time.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

SO Many Baby Knits (and Crochets)

Sadly, none of these are for Fritzy.

The booties are this pattern: Michelle's Preemie/Newborn Hat and Booties

The ball is this pattern: Val's Original Yarnball Pattern

The others were just made up as I went. :) The top two photos could be gifts for someone I know.... The rest is for charity.

Saturday, April 11, 2015


It's a Doc McTiri! :)

She picked out this little Doc McStuffins play set yesterday with some money that my aunt Kathy gave her. She loves Doc and playing doctor.

We had a growth ultrasound on Thursday. They think he could be a little over 6 pounds already! o.O We're almost to the point of shifting focus from keeping him in to getting him out. I can't wait!

I'm 35 weeks and 4 days. (35 and 3 here.)

I didn't realize I stick out so far, but it sort of makes sense! :)

Garage sale season is starting! I can't wait to hit up a few. It's an obsession that was transmitted to me in the genes. I'm transmitting it to Tiri. ;-)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tiny Dolly Booties

Tiri wanted to take her doll to my aunt's house yesterday. Sometimes she decides one baby is It for a while and plays only with her (or him, depends on her mood) but she also says she doesn't have enough doll clothes.

Honestly, I have to agree. Terrible, terrible knitter mommy, I know. :)

So, I made the doll a nice little pair of booties.

Here is the pattern.

Baby weight yarn, I used Bernat Baby Sport Ombre
Size F crochet hook
Size E crochet hook
Scissors, etc for finishing

Make two alike.

With size F hook, chain 3.

Round 1: Sc in first chain 11 times. Join with slip stitch to first st. (12 st.)

Round 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, join to first st. (12 st.)

Round 3-5: Repeat round 2. (12 st.)

Now you will begin to work flat instead of in the round.

Row 5: Ch 1, with chain counting as first st. Sc in next st and following 9 st. DO NOT JOIN. (11 st.)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc across. (11 st.)

Row 7-11: Repeat row 6.

At the end of row 11, join to the first st of the row with a slip stitch.

Chain 2 and dc around the ankle opening of the bootie, joining to the ch 2 with a slip stitch. I ended up doing 14 dcs, but you may be more or less. Make sure it is an EVEN NUMBER though, so weaving the ankle tie through works better.

Ch 1, sc in each dc. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing up the heel seam.

Using the E hook, chain 60. Tie off. Repeat for a second chain. Weave in the dc ankle row for tied. You make wish to tack it down with the seaming tail so the tie can't be pulled out.

Sew seam, weave in ends. :) Put on a dolly.

Here is a scale photo, so you can see how big these bootie are.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Marching On...

Coming down to 35 weeks now!

I received a package in the mail on Thursday with a gorgeous knitted layette from a Ravelry friend, Heather. I haven't taken any pictures yet, but it's lovely! I can't wait to take pictures of him wearing it and share them here and with Heather. She made them with grey yarn, that she had dyed rainbow accents into. It's gorgeous and so meaningful.

NST went well last time. He kept getting away from the monitor, and battering it. Result was the heartrate strip wasn't too great (all the interruptions) but the movement tracker was wonderful! ;-)

I've made a few more charity items too. These are bound for Yarnology for the collection of baby items to send to Tanzania.

Pretty Tiny Twist Hat

I can't get the picture to work right now, so here's a straight link to my most favorite recent charity hat. :)

Pretty soon we're going to have a baby again..... O.O

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baby Hats (Big Surprise?)

I've been slacking a bit with the knitting and crocheting. Just feeling slow, and my hands aren't as happy as they were. I think I need to have my chiro work on them again tomorrow. I can't *not* make things though, so here is what I've managed lately.

This one was made mostly during my birth class. I'm thinking of keeping it, if for no other reason than that. :)

Charity hat. I was going to take it to WIC, but we shall see. It might go to the Yarnology knitting group instead.

These are for Fritz. I called them Diaper Bag Booties and Diaper Bag Hat. They were supposed to be a set but the hat came out rather bigger than the booties. They should both fit him eventually though. They are in the diaper bag, for those times when you encounter unexpected chilliness.

Charity hat using a whole small skein I got on clearance at JoAnn's. It's very soft, but a pain to work with as most boucle yarns are.

These two use scraps that I found at this tiny thrift store in Winona, MN. I went there on a whim on Friday and there were three bags of scraps and partials that screamed "We want to be stripes!" So I brought them home and they are indeed becoming stripes. These will probably be donated to Sacred Heart Hospital. The gray is a skein of Simply Soft that Kathy got for me a while back.

Last one! This is a simple sideways crochet hat pattern (I found this one on the Care Wear website). I did the largest size, but it seemed a little short, so I decided to make a nice edging on it. I'm pretty pleased with how the edge turned out. :) The colors are really purple and lavender, so the lacy edging really makes it pretty and spring like. It will go with the two gray hats to a hospital.

That's the last FO I have for now. I've been knitting on a red and blue hat today, using some mill ends from JoAnn's and another of the little scrap balls, but I'm only about half done, if that. Looks pretty nice so far though. It's going to be another charity hat.

I do want to do some more socks or booties for Fritz... it's the whole "PAIRS" thing that's slowing me down. I'll get there though.