Monday, 10 March 2014

Our New Addition

Two weeks ago today we welcomed our new baby into the world! I am so happy to not be pregnant anymore and to hold lil' miss E in my arms.

She was born at home, in the water, after a natural induction (I'll go into what exactly that means in another post), 10 days past my due date. I was cared for by a very loving and caring midwife and surrounded by friends and family. Our house was full of joy and love as she was born. The boys were not home for the birth. We thought about having them share in the experience, but we ultimately decided otherwise.

My days are spent almost entirely nursing the baby (8-12 times a day), feeding children, changing diapers, and trying to give all the kids some attention. We are adjusting to our new family and our new routines. It hasn't been an easy transition all around, but we are managing and it's already getting better.

The last two weeks has flown by in the blink of an eye. I'm reminded how quickly this sweet newborn stage goes by and I'm trying to enjoy all the snuggles and sweet moments. Before I know it she'll be crawling, then walking, then running. I'm going to make a point of reminding myself often to just slow down and bask in the moment. There will always be new happy and exciting moments, but this one is right now and it will be gone before I know it.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Hello New Year

Bye-bye 2013. Hello 2014!!! 2013 really threw me off. I spent the first few months of the year doing school, doula work, and assisting births with a midwife. Then toward the end of May we found out we were expecting our 4th baby.

The next few months were a blur of sickness. I was never sick at the beginning of my pregnancies with the boys, and this baby was a whole new ball park for me. To all my friends that complained of morning sickness, I am so sorry I wasn't more sympathetic. Now I know differently. Morning sickness is not restricted to the morning. I'm pretty sure I was some sort of zombie for about four months. At twenty weeks we found out that we're having a girl! I'm still not convinced. After three boys, I'm totally expecting this one to come out with a penis.

Fast forward to the end of summer... I started feeling alive again and then fall quarter started up. Microbiology kept me busy for the next three months. It was an intense class, but has been my favorite class by far. The really exciting part is that it was my last class! Well, my last prerequisite anyhow. I took the placement test, know as the dreaded TEAS test. Now I'm ready to apply to the nursing program and cross my fingers that I'll get in on my first try.

Another big thing for me is that I stopped crocheting. I haven't held a hook in months. I intend to go back to it someday. Right now, with a baby on the way, nursing school applications to fill out, three big boys to raise- one with autism and one with ADD, I just can not handle it. And guess what? I'm happy. My load is lighter. I have less expectations from myself. I can focus more on my children without looming order deadlines. It's a happy thing.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Nursing Beanie Pattern...It's back!!!!

I had removed the old pattern last year when I was trying to make improvements to it. Here is the pattern in 0-3 month size. The rest of the sizes are available as a free download on Here for a Link.

Materials Used:

Worsted Weight Yarn in Two colors

US H/5.50mm hook, or hook to fit gauge. Be sure to check gauge.

Yarn Needle


Hk: hook
Sc: Single Crochet
Ss: Slip stitch
St: stitch
Hdc: Half double crochet
Gauge: 2x2 inch square in sc= 7 stitches and 9 rows. To make a gauge swatch, crochet a 2x2 inch square. If there are more stitches and rows, go up a hook size and check gauge again. If there are less stitches and rows, go down a hook size and check again.

R1: With pink yarn, make magic loop. 8 sc in loop. Tighten loop. Do not join rounds.(8)

R2-4: Sc in each st around. If you want a longer nipple, add another row here.(8) 

R5: Hdc in each st around. (8)

R6: *2 hdc in next st* Repeat around (16)

R7: *Hdc in next st. 2 hdc in next st* Repeat around. (24)

R8: *Hdc in next 2 st. 2 hdc in next st*. Repeat around. (32) Slip st in next stitch. Fasten off pink yarn.

R9: Join main color in any stitch. Ch 1. *Hdc in next 3 st. 2 hdc in next st.* Repeat around. (40)

R10: *Hdc in next 4 st. 2 hdc in next st.* Repeat around. (48)

R 11-17: Hdc in each st around. (48). At end of round 17, sc in next st. Sl in next st and fasten off. If you would like a longer hat, continue this until you reach the desired length.  Weave in ends.

***Feel free to sell items made from this pattern. Please just give pattern credit in any online listings to Once Upon a Baby.***


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