Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WOW - You saw it here first


All it takes is knowing that you should do the right thing & then doing it.

P.S. Omg, I just got a "thingy" to work...

Are you ready

I know which quilt I will show case - I think. (It won't be anything new....)

BTW I am an idiot, I can not for the life of me figure out how to get the code - so I posted a "photo" of the thingy. (I did the Control-A, etc. I only captured the last line of the code - 3 times.)

I'm gonna meet one of my Peeps (she used to have a blog now she is just a reader) for dinner Friday night at an Italian place near my LQS. I am excited!

How cool am I to have gone from the very technical term - Thingy to the old school cool term peeps.

Let me return to my tea. (I am not even cool enough to drink coffee/latte/cappuchino, etc.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I did something quilty

but I have nothing to show for it...

I took care of two pieces of obligation sewing & pulled the fabric for the third one.

I also pulled my "new" (I bought them a long time ago, but haven't used them so they are still technically "new" in my warped brain & some of those are only "new to me" because I swooned over them when I saw other people photos a long time ago.) novelty prints to finally cut into them. GEESH, it has been a while since I made a decision to do that. (I only pulled them, never quite got to the cutting part.) I also pulled some of novelties that I am hoarding & I will cut 10.5 inch squares to show off a generous amount of them on a scrappy back for my "Mommy I Spy" quilt. Where else can you use a novelty print of a Tiffany lamp? & That way I can use all of my "Pretties." (I never got around to cutting those either.)

Since I don't really look at blogs on the weekend (barely any computering at all) & did not look yesterday, I missed out on two sales. I guess that is a good thing because that money is still in my pocket!?!? (I still wanna buy what I saw on sale.)

On the weekend, we took my boy for some clothes shopping, but to make it special, we took the last operating ferry on the Potomac to Leesburg, Va. to the outlets. Jacob needed some long sleeved onesies. :o) May he never grow out of onesies. :o)

Last night he pulled off his socks (to tease me with those cute toes) & boy were they fun to chew on! He also helped himself to my bread pudding. No lack of an appetite on that little guy!

Back to the blogs to see what else I missed out on...

Oh, & I've decided that I don't care for crock-potted vegetables (Unless they are in a soup or stew) but the crock-potted beef turned out nice!

1 chunk of beef (I used brisket - great deal at Trader Joe's)
a bit of oil
1 packet of onion soup mix
3/4 cup of water
(Carrots, onion, potatoes - if you like them crock-potted)

brown the beef on all sides (I oiled my pan to help with this)
place the beef (on the vegetables - I will have to figure out another way to keep the meat out of the liquid - maybe foil balls)
mix the soup in the water
pour over the beef
cover & cook on low for 6 hours.

Go out for breakfast with a friend, run some errands, return home & waft the lovely aromas. In the future, I will boil my carrots & potatoes - I like them better that way.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In the span of 6 days

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
In the span of 6 days, Jacob has gone from "I can pull myself to a standing position" to "I can crawl up the stairs!" All while holding onto one of the cups.

Monday, September 21, 2009

How do you irritate a baby?

Add buttons, lots & lots of buttons.
DSC08773.JPG (The shirt tail was not staying tucked in.) On a mommy made quilt.
His feet are not that big... A photo without the harsh sun glare. The shirt & vest were "snug." The pants were ready to fall off. Oh well for everything being size 12. He was so not happy.
Hag Sameach! The tie... :o)

Friday, September 18, 2009

L'Shana Tovah

L'Shana Tovah
Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

I am ready to start cooking for the holiday that starts at sundown. On the menu are a sweet chicken dish that includes sweet potatoes, apples, pineapples & carrots - sort of stew like, so I will not have to prepare any sides. I am also about to bake a honey cake.

So we will usher in a sweet new year as I wish a sweet new year to you as well.

Happy Rosh Hashana.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday design wall part deux

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

This is how my parts will be sewn together.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We are in so much trouble...

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

The baby gate is at the top of this 4 step set of stairs... I usually set him down on the mat & he plays contently. Not anymore. I guess that I will have to place him in his exersaucer while I run to the car & mailbox & while I start his laundry & our dinner.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Design wall Monday

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

So this is the photo that I was going to share last week...
(Yes, that means that I have not touched this in a while.)

At least I haven't started anything new, I have actually been working on binding. :o)

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

Yehi zichram l'bracha. May the memories of those who were lost be a blessing to all whose lives they touched.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Pass the tissues

I have to start from the beginning (even if I may be repeating myself.)

Once upon a time ago, I had a plan.

I was going to deliver naturally & I was going to nurse my baby.

My baby was breech, so we did not even try to deliver naturally. I think I took almost the other extreme when delivering my baby.

Growing up, I did not have a lot of exposure to babies, but those I did come in contact with had been nursed & I really bought into the health aspects. I wanted to do what I felt was best for my baby.

I had concerns in the hospital, especially when it was determined that Jacob lost more than 10% of his birth weight, but I did not get to see a lactation consultant until I was checking out. My equipment was o.k., she thought that the baby might be a bit tongue tied (he was not). Between that & the scheduled nursing sessions at the hospital that I did not get to attend for one reason or another, we did not get the greatest start.

At home, I hired a lactation consultant/baby nurse who helped with his latch.

I thought that everything was going fine. My baby was not miserable, as a matter of fact he slept rather well. When he stirred, I fed him.

I remember one night when we were on the couch so that daddy could sleep & he latched on all by himself. I could not have been happier. This is what I was meant to do for my baby.

Following the advice that I had read in far too many books on the subject. (If I knew any better, I should have questioned the length of time that he was or as the case my be wasn't nursing.) Since it was getting close to time for me to return to work, I started to pump so that he would have enough for his bottles. (not knowing how much he actually took while nursing, I had no idea how much was enough.)

Right about the time that I went back to work, we had another check-up & found that unfortunately, he was not gaining weight as he should. (He fell off the growth chart.) So we had to start waking the baby in the middle of the night for a feed, he should not have been sleeping through the night yet. (& we had been listening to the "do not wake a sleeping baby advice.") He also was spitting up a lot, so at this time we also started a prescription to help with the spitting up.

After his shots, I was able to nurse him & that got him over the pain & made me feel good, after feeling awful about his crying after getting shots.

Daddy was home & in addition to the paltry amount that I was able to pump, was using the frozen stash. On advice of the doctor, we started to supplement with formula. I was still feeding him every chance that I had - I now question if I tried to feed him often enough? He wasn't always interested & he did not stay for any length of time, we always used both sides.

Soon, it was time for daddy to return to work & for the baby to start day care. They complained that he did not have enough milk... I was still pumping as much as I could - up to 4 times in an 8 hour time frame, while still feeding the baby. I even got up in the middle of the night to pump some more.

After one or two weight checks, we were sent to a specialist who added a second prescription & upped his milk/formula to three 8 oz. bottles. (That was probably the fix - more calories, the bottles give him what he wanted with less effort.) At the same time, I was lucky to pump 8 oz. in total per day.

For quite a while, we were nursing in the morning, he was getting 3 formula only bottles during day care & we nursed before bed.

(Some where in there, he started to eat cereal & loved it & then started to eat the food that I pureed & love that as well. My boy, he loves to eat.)

(Since I wanted to stop nursing when we were ready & not when my body quit producing, I started a prescription to increase my milk flow - minimal effect, but when I stopped the initial dose, my out put dropped by half - based on the pumping.)

When we went to New York for father's day on the train, when he fussed I was able to comfort him & then he was able to take a nice nap in his stroller.

Then we went to Portland & he refused to nurse in the evening.

We continued to nurse in the mornings, our time, in the dim light, in a quiet warm cocoon. Unless we were interrupted & then he was off seeing what else was happening. & he was hard to relatch especially on his least favorite side.

Then he started to bite. Those three little baby teeth are sharp. (I guess they have to be to get through the gums.)

On Sunday night, while getting him ready for bed, it hit me like a wall of bricks & I bawled. & then I would wipe my tears & smile, so that he would smile & then I would uncontrollably bawl again (this went on for a while - I am crying now recounting it.) I wasn't initially able to express why I was crying when asked. (Some of those were tears of joy, that I have a baby boy who smiles at me & who recently was taken off of his medications because he is healthy.) When I was finally able to express myself fully, I sobbed.

& then yesterday, I listened to him & he weaned me.


I took this photo to remember the moment. This was our last time. He is only 9 months old & I only feel like 1/2 a failure. You see I wanted to nurse him until he was at least a year, and I easily could have been one of "those" mothers. I really wanted the weaning to be mutual.

This morning when we woke him, he had cereal & I choked back the tears. He was happy & went back down for a nap until it was time for him to get ready for day care. I went back to bed & cried into my pillow.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Get ready to start craning your neck

All of the big quilts at the Maryland State Fair were hung from the ceiling, so to look at them, you had to look up - usually with out enough space behind you to actually be able to look up. I seriously took some of these with my hands in the air, with my arms behind my head... (Can you picture it?)

closer (using the zoom feature.)
DSC08693.JPG (made without a panel)


Monday, September 07, 2009

My Boys

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas
Mind you the female cat is nowhere to be found...

Part of this is the cats stubbornness regarding leaving his nap spot. But he is fairly laid back & will put up with quite a lot.

I'm trying

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

At my grandmother's house, Jacob was trying to pull himself into a standing position - he got there, but his father decided to help...

We don't have carpeting in our living areas, it was fun to see Jacob crawling on the carpet.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

cat toy, kittens, great toys

Originally uploaded by aviva_hadas

Yes that is "the" cat toy in the nest. (I use the term "the" loosely as we have several of those cat toys.) I did not see him "put" the toy in the nest, but then again, I did not see him put the birdy in the nest.

That toy is a good one, he started playing with the opposite side - feeling & gumming the leaves. He then looked in the mirror, then he figured out how to pull off the birdies - now he puts the birds in the nest & has started to play with the fish.

I mailed the last of the kittens today, sorry for the delay but packaging & making it to the post office just wasn't in the cards earlier. In all I mailed about 12 kittens out - boy was that a big litter!

Thanks to those who sent checks to cover the postage.

We are going to the state fair tomorrow, so keep your eyes open for some new quit photos!