Thursday, March 28, 2013

stitch markers

I needed some stitch markers for this granny square I was making, so I used some paper clips, which worked just fine, but I wanted to make them a little cuter so I curled the ends.
then I looked online to see what other wire stitch markers were out there that people were making and I found this post for making simple markers.  I like how cute and little they are :)
the plastic coating was a little finicky to work with and would tend to split on the cut ends, so I think next time I'd be a little more careful and score the plastic with a blade first and then clip the wire so it doesn't split and peel.
all in all I'm happy with how quick they worked up and the use of stuff I already had on hand.

Monday, March 25, 2013

such a big boy!

Jack is growing up so fast - faster than I remember Leo growing!  at 2 months Jack was in the 90th percentile for weight, 75th for height, wearing 6 month clothes, eating what feels like all the time during the day, and now he's sleeping all by himself in his own room!!
Leo 5 months
Jack 2 months
Jack has been a much different experience than Leo was.  Jack latches and eats really well and slept pretty good through the night to begin with.  he was staying in bed with us so I could feed him through the night without getting up since I didn't need to get up for a bottle, but he kept getting bigger and when he started fussing more in his sleep I looked into some white noise to hopefully keep him calm and still so Matt and I weren't falling off the sides of the bed!
 an article I read said babies who are 4 months old reach that "magic" weight of 11 lbs. and don't need to eat so much at night anymore... Jack was over that at one month old!  I have noticed in the last month he doesn't eat as much at night so I got a Soundspa Lullaby and tried putting him in his crib one night with the rain sound going.  he went down without a fight and slept so well! :)  I woke up missing him in the middle of the night (he'd been asleep for about 3 hours) and heard him fussing a little on the monitor.  he wasn't awake and would probably have put himself back to sleep, but I needed him to eat.  I fed him and he went right back to the crib for another good stretch.  he is even fine in his room for naps during the day.
we're at a week of sleeping in the crib now and so far it's going great - which I'm happy and sad about.  I'll just have to get used to waking up and seeing him through the monitor instead of looking right at his sweet little sleeping face next to me :(  sometimes, after Matt leaves for work and Jack wakes up hungry I go bring him back to our bed to nap for an hour or so until it's time to get up, which is gonna bite me in the butt later, I'm sure! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

crochet rocks

I crocheted over some river rocks with embroidery floss.   turned out a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I just made a circle and then branched out with chains from there until it was big enough to cover the rock, then I decreased around the rock until I got to a stopping point or ran out of embroidery floss.  if you need more details than that, here's a post that explains how to do it.

the idea was to use them as weights for napkins or paper plates outside on picnics, but I think I'll put them in a glass container until we're out and about again.
I like how the backs look, too.  it's a little harder to crochet against the rock but once I realized it didn't have to be super tight I managed to make it work and stopped scrubbing up my hook.

Monday, March 18, 2013

smiley Jack

we went to Oklahoma to visit Nana over the weekend.  Jack did awesome on the car ride there and back, and was so good while we were at Nana's house.  he's been real smiley and giggly lately so I'm glad she got to see :)  Leo had to stay home with Matt, but it was nice getting out with Jack and my mom.
Jack is starting to stay awake longer during the day and enjoys when people make faces at him, so we've been "playing" more.  Leo doesn't like to share his space with Jack so I've been entertaining Jack at tummy time since he's not even aloud to watch Leo play with trucks!  I'm hoping that passes soon.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

granny squares

my mother-in-law needed some help with a granny square pattern recently, so now I'm in a granny square mood!  I found this cool bobble spiral pattern that I really like :)  this would be cool to make really big and use as a baby blanket or something.
for now this is finished, so I think when I expand more of the pictures on my walls I'll just hang this up as filler until I collect more pictures.  maybe I'll frame it... I dunno.