Wednesday, January 12, 2011

25 lbs.

25 lbs is approximately what I have gained so far this pregnancy.
...with 4 weeks to go.

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about this new little person lately.
That's what I call her, a little person.
She will grow, learn, form opinions and be influenced by the people and places around her...just like the rest of us. She's a member of our family already...she is perfectly formed (fearfully and wonderfully made) and is spending the next few weeks putting on weight until the time that she is ready to join us on the outside. Already she has grown so much.
She is already such a part of the family even though we don't call her by name...and no, I'm not sharing that yet ;)

The voices of her siblings, her daddy and especially her mommy are well known to her already.

I was talking to my husband this morning and remarking that if I had gained 25 lbs on my own it certainly would not look the way my protruding abdomen looks now!

I decided I should take a few more 'before' pictures. I don't think I'll be wanting to post, nor will anyone be wanting to see 'after' pics of my belly!
Just the beautiful little miss that will most likely be another cookie cutter of the rest of her siblings.

I'm getting really excited now. I think it's more of a preparation and anticipation. It's not quite the same as having my first, the not really knowing what to expect. I think I pretty much know the ropes now, even though every one is somewhat different, much of it is the same. I am much more comfortable with the itty bitty stage than I once was.

We are still in the rooting stage with all of them.
You know that quote "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings."

I like this even better though.

"that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God." Ephesians 5:16-19 (emphasis mine)

I've been very blessed with my 25 lbs!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A 'Wooly' fun afternoon

I'm back!
I had some technical difficulties but thanks to my wonderfully talented husband who is not ONLY handsome but also Handy, I can blog away!

I've decided to blog about knitting! Yay!!! (think Kermit the Frog)
Ok, so maybe it's not so exciting for everyone.

My 3 oldest kiddies have been after me for quite some time to teach them to knit.
I did begin teaching Addie last year but we didn't get too far.

So last week I finally went out and bought them their own 5mm bamboo needles (bamboo is less slippery and 5 mm is good size for small hands).

I'm actually letting them use some of my real wool. Aren't I fantastic!? Ya, well,it gives me a reason to buy more ;)

So I've cast them each on 24 stitches because they want to knit themselves scarves.
That works for me, this way they can work on just plain knitting - I don't think I have the patience at this point to teach them to purl.

So as they sat watching an old Muppet Show video Dane and Addie are furiously knitting away at their scarves.
I got Winter started on a scarf for her Barbie. She excitedly said "Thanks Mommy! Can you do most of it?" Gotta love her honesty.

Well, over the course of the day Dane and Addie have visited me several times for help but I think they're getting the hang of it...and enjoying themselves!

Dane even said, "Maybe we can knit instead of watching tv that way we'll save more hydro." To which I giggled.

Now as I'm typing this up I'm taking a break from my own current project - a pair of felted slippers. 1 down 1 to complete. Then comes the felting. This will be the first project that I have felted...on purpose!

If you want to check out a great knitting book try Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.Her blog She's very witty and loves knitting. There are patterns in the book but it's not that type of knitting book. Who knows, you might be inspired.

Even though I seem to knit in spurts and mostly during the cooler months of the year, I have discovered something about myself. I am a Knitter with a capitol K!