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November 1st, 2009

05:50 pm

UGH!  I've given up!

You can now find me at http://pfarfigknittin.blogspot.com

I'll still check up on all my friends here!

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October 30th, 2009

04:00 pm
I need a new journal layout.  I like the style I have now, but the creator of it uses a free photbucket account and at the end of every month, her bandwidth is exceeded.  It makes it a pain in the butt to read my Freinds Page (I know, I don't update ever, but that's a different story).

Any suggestions for a classic, don't have to change every season, not in the least bit cheesy, layout or author of layouts?

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October 4th, 2009

09:20 pm - WOW!
It's been an extremely long time since I actually updated my journal, huh?!

To tell the truth, I have no time.  I have a 7 month old who is now a mobile baby.  I work 45 hours a week, plus commute.  I'm trying to put more focus on my home and my family.

I appologize for not updating here.  I'm more of a FaceBook kind of girl now.  It's much easier to do quick one line updates than to write a whole paragraph.  No worries though, I refuse to ever use Twitter!

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August 4th, 2009

01:16 pm - Making my own headboard

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm DIY type of girl..  Anyone who knows Chris, knows that he's not.  I'm also an extreme deal hunter, but I won't sacrifice quality.  Chris will usually opt for the cheapest thing.

Seven years ago, we bought our first mattress.  We went to Slumberland's clearance warehouse while we were living in Minnesota.  There was a fantastic deal on a very comfortable mattress that we just couldn't pass up.  It was an odd-sized mattress, but I didn't really consider the consequences of bringing it home.  It's an Olympic Queen; the length of a king, but 6 inches wider than a queen.  Because of that, the bed doesn't fit into a regular bed frame: too big for a queen, but too small for a king.  We ended up just putting the boxspring and mattress on the floor and it has remained there for 7 years.  I've had dreams of a bed frame, but I've never been able to find anything within my budget, so we've never done anything different.

My house drives me nuts.  Normally, I take a week off around the time that we move so that I can find a place for everything and arrange everything the way I would like it.  Last year, I wasn't able to take any time.  July is one of the busiest months at a bank (start of a new business fiscal year), and I was pregnant and on a weight restriction anyway.  It was a mess of a move.  I still have no idea where a lot of things are.  When I started putting the living room together, everything extra got thrown in the bedroom.  We have a beautiful bedroom, but it was hidden behind all the clutter.  So this last weekend, I said enough is enough, and made cleaning up the bedroom the whole goal of the weekend.  We did a fairly good job, and filled a whole car full of bags for Goodwill.

I decided it was a perfect time to do something about the bed too.  I looked into the inexpensive metal frames, but decided, why bother.  We'll be getting a new mattress in a few years anyway, so why spend money on it now?  However, I could do something about a headboard and making the bed look a little more finished.  I went to Be Jane and found the basic instructions on how to make an upholstered headboard.  (Sorry, no pictures of the progress!)

My supplies:
2" thick piece of plywood that Lowe's cut down to 80"x48" for me
3 Hangman picture hangers (the EASIEST way to hang things!)
staple gun and 5/16" staples borrowed from Dad
drill with 1/4" bit
2 queen sized eggcrate mattress toppers
Twin sized extra-loft batting
3 yards of suede fabric
11 1.25" cover buttons
6" upholstry needle and thread

The result:

I'm pretty proud!

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August 2nd, 2009

10:11 pm - No Electronics
I put an electronics ban on our house this last weekend.  No TV, computers, video games, radio.

It was really nice.  We were so much less distracted.  We actually ate every meal TOGETHER (rather than in seperate rooms).  I cooked!  We cleaned!  I made a headboard for our bed!

I feel better.  I feel prepared for the week.  We should do this more often.
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June 22nd, 2009

02:09 pm - Answers but no answers

Today we met with the neurologist as a follow-up.  We were expecting some firm results from the MRI and EEG, but we didn't get them.  The hospital was delayed at getting the EEG readings to him, so he hasn't been able to to formally interpret it.  We talked about the MRI results instead.  The Children's Hospital we were at is a teaching hospital, so we worked with a lot of students, interns, and residents.  One of the residents had interpreted the MRI, and noticed that his head was misshapen.  We knew that already though, as he had a funny shaped head at birth (not quite conehead since he came out sideways), and it's quite common in back-to-sleep babies.  Usually, the brain is not affected by this, but the resident felt there was some overflow and constriction of blood vessels because the brain had shifted to take up this misshapen space.  The neurologist is not sure that there actually is constriction of the vessels or if they just look funny because they're in a different position.  So he's going to get together with an attending radiologist to go over the MRI results again.  We should be able to get the EEG results tomorrow.

However, the neurologist felt that because of the prolonged length (1 1/2 hours) of the seizure and the potential for family history (my grandmother has epilepsy, but it's uncertain if it's a result of brain trauma or if it was genetic), that Benjamin should be medicated with anti-seizure meds.  We'll keep him medicated for his first 2 years, and then, if no major episode breaks through, we'll take him off the medication and see if he has anymore seizures or if he has outgrown them.

This is a sigh of relief for me, even with no firm answers.  I take comfort in the knowledge that he's being protected, and he's got one of the best neurologists out there.  He even wrote the textbook on treatment of the first unprovoked seizure in children!

Take a look at this camera ham!


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June 19th, 2009

11:40 am - Please keep Benjamin in your prayers!

3:30am on Wednesday, I woke up because Benjamin's breathing changed.  He still sleeps in the pack-n-play in our room (THANK GOD!).  I went over to his cribside and was terrified to see that he was having violent tremors on the right side of the body!!  It was very strange because he was wide awake, alert, and smiled when he saw me, but his right eye, right side of his mouth, his tongue, and his right arm and leg were twitching and flailing.  He couldn't swallow, so was drooling very much, and it must have been affecting his nostrils also because he was breathing as if he had a stuffed-up nose.  We called 911 and were transported to the emergency room, where we had to wait a half hour for the doctor to see us (I understand that a man was coding down the hall, but MY BABY is sick!!  a very mom moment).  Five minutes before the doctor came into the room, the tremors stopped.  They had lasted for 1 1/2 hours!  They then admitted him into Children's Hospital here in Milwaukee.

Benjamin was ordered a CT scan, blood cultures, a MRI, and an EEG.  We're still awaiting the results of the EEG, but everything else came back clean.  That is fantastic because it rules out the very scary diagnoses like hemmoraging, tumors, or cancer.  So, all we know now is that besides having a focal seizure, he is otherwise normal and healthy.  The EEG should help us determine if this was a one time episode, or a potentially persistant condition.

My poor baby was a trooper through all of this, but I don't think I'll ever be able to sleep again!  Everytime he moves, sighs, or snorts in his sleep, I'm jarred awake and spring to his cribside.  I told Chris that Benjamin is staying in our room until he's 18.  I don't know if I'd have noticed the breathing change through the monitor!

Please keep my baby in your prayers: thanksgiving for the results we have gotten and hope for the results we're still waiting on.  Thank you!


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June 14th, 2009

08:41 pm
After much complaining that I am not getting enough sleep, that I always get up with the baby and let Chris sleep, that I stay up with the baby while Chris gets to nap, and that I'm falling asleep while standing at work, I finally was allowed to take a nap today.

...only to be poked awake 15 minutes later and told "no seepy!"


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May 22nd, 2009

09:59 pm

Wow!  I haven't posted in a long time!  I keep telling myself I will, but I've got to make it really interesting with pictures and everything because I don't have a lot else to say!  My digital camera is full and I haven't had the time (or energy) to clear it out to my computer.  So no pictures yet.

I'm working...a lot!  I put in 45 paid hours a week (plus I take 45 minute lunches), and we take Benjamin out to my parents every day so that adds significantly to drive time.  I'm gone from 6:30am to around 7:00pm.  Benjamin and I hang out until his bedtime at 9, and he's usually up for the day between 4-5am, so I really cherish my days off with him.  Now that the weather is getting warmer, I'm having a hard time dedicating time to anything that's not outside!

Speaking of Benjamin...
He's 3 months old already!!  He's a rediculously cute little man.  We had pictures taken last Sunday, but we have to wait until next Friday to pick them up.  Wait until you see the cuteness!

I created a blog just for Benjamin.  I'm likely to update that more often than this one because I haven't touched my knitting since I finished the baptismal gown.  Obviously, there's nothing to post about on the crafting end of things, and I don't want to overload you on baby stuff since this blog was really for knitting.  Check us out at Little Monkey's Mommy.  I've got some more updating to do this weekend.  I'm so looking forward to the bank holiday!!
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April 23rd, 2009

03:42 pm - The Baptismal Gown

I am so proud of this gown.  I started knitting it the week I found out I was pregnant.  Our families have two very distinct traditions surrounding baptisms that I wanted to carry on to my children.  Chris' family has a gown that 3 generations have worn for their ceremonies, and each child in my family wears something handmade for our ceremonies.  I wanted to combine something handmade with the gown for my son to wear.  I chose to use the slip from the family gown and handknit a new overlay because the lace on the family gown has been quite damaged by kicking baby feet.

I had given you updates on my progress over the last 10 months, but when I got to the body of the gown, with the ENDLESS chart repeats, I didn't want to bore you.  But now, it is finished and Benjamin wore it for his baptism on April 19th.

Pattern: Drops Design Christianing Gown
Needles: US2
Yarn: 9.5 skeins of Louet Gems Pearl in Champagne

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