Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Carving

Today was spent getting ready for tomorrow's Halloween festivities - packing the treat bags for disbursement at daycare, minion costume at the ready, and pumpkin carving!  Last year's pumpkin carving post is here.

Arden did great with choosing the designs and with scooping and picking up stray pumpkin seeds.

She did not however, understand to keep her hands away from the knife while I was carving.  This led to me pushing her further away from me and a mini meltdown.  I'm suffering from what is likely strep throat and laryngitis so I can't get into lengthy discussions and soothed feelings the way I'd like.  Dave intervened and distracted her until the tears stopped.

I'm not much of an artist/carver, but they turned out well enough I think.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Minion Costume

A Jennuine Life DIY Minion Costume

This year for Halloween, Arden requested to be a character from her favorite movie - "Yellow Guys".  You would know it as Despicable Me.  Despicable Me is the first movie she started to pay attention to, and I think I've seen it at least 50 times now.

Despicable Me Movie Graphic

A Jennuine Life DIY Minion Costume

This was a good year for this type of costume; one involving more creativity and crafting than sewing since I'm pretty busy with the baby and a preschooler.  We had our test run at her dance class Halloween party and I think trick-or-treating is going to be a major hit this year.

A Jennuine Life DIY Minion Costume Hoodie

Plain yellow hoodies in a 2T are a little difficult to come by, so this is a plain white hoodie from a local embroidery and screen printing shop that I dyed yellow.  It took the color beautifully, I think.  The hair is the cheapest black yarn I could find and tacked down with a narrow multiple zig-zag stitch so I can remove it later and she can wear the plain hoodie.

A Jennuine Life DIY Minion Costume Overalls with Gru Symbol

The overalls are just boys Osh Kosh from Target.  I cut out and stitched the G symbol for Gru, the main super-villain.

A Jennuine Life DIY Minion Goggles

The best part are the child-sized lab safety goggles I ordered and then spray painted the edges using stainless steel paint.  I only did a narrow band to leave her peripheral vision intact and made the eye holes as large as possible.  I think they turned out really cute.

We'll probably have to explain the costume to anyone who hasn't seen the movie, but I think those who have seen it will appreciate it.  I really like unique costumes, so maybe I'm a bit partial.  Dave is planning to dress up as Gru to take her out, so I guess that leaves me home with the baby to hand out candy.  I would really like to take her around so maybe we'll haul out the sit n' stand stroller and take the whole family for a spin around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Fun

It's beginning to look like fall around here in the mitten state.  We have two apple trees in our yard, and this is the first year we've harvested the apples.  Normally it's just a free-for-all for the squirrels and our dogs.  We think the dogs have a conspiracy with the squirrels as they will pull the apples from the tree, take one or two bites and then drop them where the dogs can get them.  Laser put on 10 pounds this apple season because they were so prolific.  Arden is helping Daddy make homemade apple butter - makes the house smell super delicious while it's cooking!

We took a trip to a local farm to get pumpkins.  This ended up being a two-day adventure as the first day we got there so late after Arden's nap that all the activities were closed.  So we picked out a couple of pumpkins and then took the whole family out for sushi dinner.

Arden is such a good eater of foods you wouldn't think of as preschooler foods - she loves edamame and will try our nigiri rolls (only the cooked ones).  We also got the "trainer" chopsticks and she did a great job picking up her yaki dori - chicken on skewers.

So, back to the farm - they have an animal petting area with rabbits, goats, miniature horses, donkeys, and llama.  In the goat area, there's this neat ramp system where you can buy food for the goats and then crank it up to the top platform for the goats to climb up and eat.

Arden and I went on a tractor hay ride through the fields.  We got to stop and pick out gourds for each of us...

And an ear of indian corn each.

Then we went on the cow tractor train ride through the same fields.  I was surprised to be invited to ride as well - I was a bit cramped in the cow made from a plastic barrel, but it was fun.  There's also a horse carriage ride you can see following in the background.

Arden and Daddy went through the little hay maze - she found her way through really quickly!

And this is what Hadley did for the entire time - she really likes being snuggled up in her carseat.

I've got Arden's Halloween costume all finished and will be sharing pictures as soon as I can get her in it during daylight hours.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out - more of an adaptation than anything I sewed myself.  Here's a hint - she asked to be a character from her favorite animated movie.

Does anybody want the apple butter recipe?  It's Dave's recipe that my Mom gave us, and it's super yummy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Establishing Routine

It's been nearly three weeks since Hadley arrived into our lives.  My body is recovering well, and we're all doing remarkably well with sleep and routines.  We were monitoring her weight gain closely for the first couple of weeks because she lost a couple more ounces between being discharged from the hospital and her well baby visit with her pediatrician.  I was trying to exclusively breastfeed, but we had to supplement with a little formula to meet her feeding demands and she went from 8 lbs. 2 oz to 9 lbs. in less than a week.  This is pretty much par for the course for us as we had to supplement Arden's feeding a little as well.

Arden has truly exceeded any expectations I had for her as a big sister.  She is very gentle with Hadley and completely unprompted says goodnight to her with things like "cutie pie" and "I love you".  She brings toys for her to look at and is always willing to help bring me things while I'm feeding Hadley.  We discovered that she can swap out DVD's on the machine in a much easier fashion than my father can!

The little fair isle sweater I knit for Hadley fits really well right now, so I've been devoting any free time I have to trying to finish Arden's matching one so I can get a picture of the two of them together before Hadley outgrows hers.  I have the back and both front pieces completed, leaving the arms and cowl to go. 

Hadley is a really sweet baby - we've taken to calling her mouse to Arden's monkey moniker since Hadley is pretty quiet except for some squeaks and squawks and happy little grunts while feeding.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Love at First Sight

Hadley Marie arrived on her due date of Oct 3 at 10:14 PM.  I was scheduled for an induction the next day, but after having contractions throughout most of the day, I had called my husband and asked him to come home around 3:30 PM.  I tried laying down to be sure the contractions were continuing.  They were, so I called my OB at 4:00 and they said to head to labor and delivery.

Once we were at labor and delivery, they checked me and I was dilated to 1cm, which is where I had been for the past week or so.  I was also 100% effaced.  They reported back to my OB and she said to admit me since we lived in the next town over.  The plan was to give me a sleeping pill to try to allow me to rest overnight and then carry on with my induction in the morning if I had not begun active labor by that time.

We were pretty much settled into the room by around 6:30.  I was having pretty regular contractions, but I was handling them well.  Since they hadn't restricted my diet and room service was closed, Dave ran out and got a light dinner for the two of us. My cervix was checked and I was at 2cm.

By the time Dave returned, my contractions were a little stronger, but I was still managing them well with walking and breathing.  We decided to carry on with the plan for Dave to go where Arden was staying overnight with a friend and help settle her in for the night.  While he was gone, I took advantage of the jetted bathtub, which really seemed to make things better.  I was just about wrapped up with a round of in-bed monitoring when Dave got back around 9PM.  We had begun discussing pain control with the nurse and decided to go one more round in the tub and then start working on an intrathecal injection.

After only a short time in the tub the second time, it was apparent that my contractions were getting much stronger and the warm water wasn't helping enough.  I sent Dave out to tell the nurse I needed to get pain relief.  When I got out of the tub, my membrane ruptured and then the fun really began.

The nurse wanted to get me into the bed to check my cervix and get the monitors on.  I was having a hard time managing the pain and was taking Dave on this weird little shuffle dance around the room to handle it.  Finally I was able to get a breather and got into bed.  The nurse checked my cervix and said she was pretty sure I was dilated to 9cm, but that she wanted another nurse to double check.  The double check confirmed 9cm.   I was beginning to feel urges to push at this point and got pretty freaked out because I could tell by the apologetic looks on the nurses faces when I asked about the intrathecal that I was having this baby naturally whether I wanted to or not.

Several nurses rushed in and started prepping for delivery.  My OB who lived nearby was told to hurry in, and they told me to blow away the urge to push.  I tried, but my body was pushing for me.  Another Doctor here for a different patient came in and took control.  I received a local injection and an epesiotomy.  Hadley Marie was born at 10:14 PM with only a few pushes.  As soon as she was out, I only had eyes for her and the fear and pain of my lightening-speed labor was quickly forgotten.  She was so big with chubby thighs and cheeks!  My doctor arrived shortly after the delivery and completed our cord blood donation kit, the placenta delivery, and my epesiotomy repair.

Hadley is 8lbs., 14 oz, and 21 1/2" long.  This puts her a full two pounds heavier than her big sister at birth, and about one inch longer.  She is a very quiet little girl so far and we've already started calling her mouse because of this and the little squeaks she makes.  She's doing a good job nursing when we can get her to wake up long enough.  Lately she seems to have figured it out and if anything is a bit too good at sucking.

We have no plans for another baby, but if for some crazy reason we find ourselves doing this again I'm demanding an induction the week prior to the due date and I want and epidural started as soon as the induction.  I'm afraid we'd have a roadside delivery next time!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jack Kid's Duffel

Over the course of a couple of days, I managed to get fabric for four of my kid's duffel bags cut out and two of them sewn.

I'm calling the striped version the Jack duffel after my nephew who's birthday prompted the creation of the first bag.  This one is listed in my Etsy shop - Jennuine Design.  The other one I finished is a present, so no pictures.

No baby news yet - we're just patiently waiting.  We made it into October, which I'm happy about since I like the opal birthstone for October more than the September sapphire. 

I'm ready though - I can't wait to see this new baby and see what or if there are similarities or differences from Arden as a baby. 

In the words of Jack Johnson, just sitting, waiting, wishing...
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