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Posted on Jul 02, 2007. 5 comments

I've stumbled across some really great fiber blogs/artists during my tenure on Ralvelry, and a scattering of other blogs at other times. I'll share my favorites here
Marina (I bow to Marina's colorwork. I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy.)
Leigh's crochet skills move me. That gold bracelet? Brilliantly done.
Lacefreak and Missalicefaye put my lace knitting skillz to shame. To shame I tell you.
Adorable Baby, Cute Bootie Designer, and Dutch to boot (That Dutch blog's for you, Roberta).
For the curious I've devised a plan for the Five College Sweater sleeves. You may recall that I lost the pattern somewhere in my house shortly after Maya's birth. I've been chicken-winging it ever since. I decided on the number to cast on, the pattern (Four or five inches of seed stitch followed by stockinette), and the decreases thanks to the Knitting Fool's Drop Sleeve Sweater Calculator, and after much squinting at Susan's picture from the Webs catalog. I acknowledge the sleeve stitch appears to be moss or double seed, so I am taking the easy road so I can keep my decreases straight.
Hard to believe this is the face of a child who will have FOUR teeth by the time her 7 month birthday rolls around.
sweetbabyfickle.jpg
She has opted to partake of food after much consideration. What really happened was our Pediatrician recommended we try feeding her at night instead of in the morning (her usual food refusal time). The Husband gladly took up the chore since the idea of giving baby food instead of milk kinda bummed me out a bit. The attempts at feeding went over like gangbusters. Ever the hypocrite I'm making the photographic evidence Pop Up since I'm not wild about pictures of other peoples kids covered in food.
I had some nursing troubles starting at the end of May, and I'd like to share with other Mommies an invaluable resource, www.kellymom.com. My milk supply became overabundant when Maya started to spread out her feedings a bit, and I had back to back clogged ducts for over a month. I finally gave in and bought myself a bottle of Soy Lecithin and haven't had one since. I'm a little sad and the tapering off of our nursing relationship, but I adore my new found freedom of having hours between feedings. Especially since we worked through the clogged ducts.
In the event you are not a nursing Mommy, I have some cool info for you too. Here's a list I've compiled from various resources on things to do with your child. I have not been to every website listed, and I make no claims as to their content. Some activities are free (I'll mark those with an *), some cost you dough, and some I don't know one way or the other. Getting out of the house really depends on the temperament of the Mom and Baby. For me it was a matter of retaining what little sanity I had left. Around four months old, Little Miss Fickle became what I can only describe as bored at home. And so the crying would start. Escaping the house became my way of discovering local interests and also occupying Maya, preventing her from crying her little fool head off. She screeches like a Spotted Owl in public now but I'll take it over the hysterical crying any day. I almost feel the need to dispense earplugs to whomever is in hearing radius. Almost. But then I remember as an American we are all covered by Free Screech, and surely an innocent, teething monster is entitled to share her excited hoots and hollers with the rest of us, no?
But I digress, back to the list at hand:
Gymboree Classes (So very not free)
Local parks*
Local Public Library Storytime and other programs*
Barnes and Noble/Borders Story Time*
Hospital Mommy Groups
Reelmom movies
Museums/Zoos/Aquariums* (Your Mileage May Vary-these are not usually free in SoCal)
Annual Passes to local Theme Parks
Mall* (Unless you like to shop, then I might suggest freezing your CC in a block of ice)
Playdates*
MOMs club
Book club
Jr League
Take an evening class
Stroller Fit
www.strollerstrides.com
www.Mothersandmore.org
http://www.themommiesnetwork.org/
Mommy & Me Yoga
search meetup.com for Mommy groups
lamaze association groups
Early Childhood/Family Education (ECFE) program thru local school system
http://www.mops.org/Groups/group_search.php

Comments

  • Posted by Heidi on Jul 03, 2007

    such good advice Michelle. When I was a new mommy with my first one I became a shut-in and it was no fun at all, I didn’t even knit in those days…
    Visited all of the links, and the lace bloggers make me want to knit lace….what would actually happen is I would buy great yarn for knitting lace and then just look at it while my brain goes duuurr durrrrr….
    “real” food has not yet passed Kahlan’s lips, I don’t intend to start solids until it is very clear that she is ready…follow your instincts.

  • Posted by stephanie on Jul 05, 2007

    About the screeching… When my boys did that I would very gently and briefly put a finger or two over his mouth and calmly tell him “no. indoor voice please baby.” It helped a little bit, but little was better than none. I think I only did that when we were out. I think I got the idea from my La Leche League group.
    (Which frankly is a better source for transitioning to solds than most pediaricians. I integrated advice from both and it worked well for us.) I can give you my experiences if you’d like it – they’re positive. Just let me know.

  • Posted by stephanie on Jul 05, 2007

    About the screeching… When my boys did that I would very gently and briefly put a finger or two over his mouth and calmly tell him “no. indoor voice please baby.” It helped a little bit, but little was better than none. I think I only did that when we were out. I think I got the idea from my La Leche League group.
    (Which frankly is a better source for transitioning to solds than most pediaricians. I integrated advice from both and it worked well for us.) I can give you my experiences if you’d like it – they’re positive. Just let me know.

  • Posted by lyssa on Jul 02, 2007

    Clogged ducts sound really awful. That would make me cranky.
    I really want to see how your five college sweater turns out. I want to make one…how are you liking the yarn?

  • Posted by Roberta on Jul 02, 2007

    those knitting links … i am drooling.
    The little Maya monster looks very happy about her upcoming baby monster teeth. I know you like the curled lip pics, but that smile is adorable.
    Dang, almost finished another thing. you’re on a roll.
    ps congrats on the unclogged ducts (?)

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