AtoZ Challenge: C is for…Crochet

A to Z Challenge

C is for…Crochet
For as long as i can remember my Mum always had a project on the go whether it was on her sewing machine sat at the dining room table, or knitting in front of the TV or cleverly crocheting something out of some yarn and a hook that probably looked like a method of torture than something used for something as peaceful as crochet!

I remember being taught cross stitch and how to sew – both of which came fairly easy, I’d watch my Mum and pick it up. Knitting and crochet however were another story.

I think I was first taught knitting when I was about 16 – I’d get the hang of it when Mum showed me but then I’d put it down and by the time I’d gone back to it I would have forgotten again and would ask for the hundredth time “How do I do it?”, Eventually it would stick and I got the hang of knitting and (Eventually!) purling. With crochet it was worse, I was so busy trying to mimic how my Mum crochets that I’d always be tense and uncomfortable. Eventually I got the hang of it and realised, like writing and things like that you have to get the hang of how you do it and how you find it comfortable.

About 18 months ago, Mum sat with me and taught me how to crochet, I don’t know what it was this time but it clicked – something just fell into place and I did it. So far there’s been no stopping me. I’ve now crocheted four baby blankets, a number of squares for a giant blanket that was made to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a tetris blanket and most recently I’ve been working on baby blanket for Blueberry.

Our Sidekick's Blanket

K's baby blanket

Another Baby Blanket

Tetris Blanket

J's Blanket

Blueberry's first blanket

AtoZ Challenge: B is For…Blueberry and Baby (aka Dear Blueberry – 27 Weeks)

A to Z Challenge

B is for…Blueberry and Baby
Dear Blueberry,

I’d had this plan that I’d write to you every week. Some weeks I have a heap to write and other weeks I don’t really have much. I thing the last few weeks have sort of fluctuated.

24 Weeks

On Wednesday, we went to see the Midwife. You made your presence known by kicking the Doppler when she attempted to listen to your heart beat. It’s so amazing and such a miracle to think that 25 weeks ago you were just a bunch of cells that had multiplied and now you’re a fully formed human – some bits are still getting themselves in the right places and developing but you’re definitely there.

Baby you are wonderfully and fearfully made! God knows exactly the time at which you’ll arrive whether that’s early or late – while we make multiple plans for every eventuality!

On Sunday I was given a baby blanket by Grandma’s friend Maureen. It’s knitted and so soft. Can’t wait to wrap you up in it when you need to be warm and snuggly. Grandma had the Moses basket on her dining room table so we put the blanket in there to see what it looked like. I’m so excited little one. I can’t wait to meet you.

On Saturday, we’d watched the Six Nations rugby with Grandpa and Grandma. At one point you kicked really hard so I grabbed Grandma’s hand but then you stopped. The second time you kicked hard we managed to get her hand to my tummy in time, she felt you kick but you stopped again by the time Grandpa got there. There’s still 15 and a bit weeks I’m sure they will have plenty of opportunities to feel you kick. I’m guessing in the next 15 weeks I might get annoyed at it but I think it’s your way of saying hello.

24 Weeks
Taking a bump picture was a bit of a challenge and decided that I’d go with this one even though I took two.

25 Weeks

 

26 Weeks

Daddy thinks it’s hilarious when he catches me sitting down or standing in the kitchen and rubbing my bump. I’m pretty sure that I’ve found that if I sit too close to the desk at work then you kick and kick the desk as well as me. This week I’ve been up in time to hear the birds sing on quite a few occasions, I lie in bed and decide if I actually need to get up at that point. It’s interesting hearing the birds being loud and chirpy even at 4:30-5:30 in the morning.

I had dinner with two of the ladies that I used to work with. I was given some really cute bibs that had giraffes and other safari animals on them and a couple of baby grows. The lady who got them for me had made sure that they were a slightly bigger size so that you can wear them when you get to about a year old – she’s clever.

My Bump and I - 26 Weeks
27 Weeks

So, as part of being pregnant I have to have some extra tests. This week finishes with a glucose test to see if I have gestational diabetes. If I do I will have to control my diet and be (even more) sensible about what I eat and when I eat it. Then next week finishes with an Anti-D Injection. I’m going to have a seriously sore arm!

AtoZ Challenge: A is for…April Goals

A to Z Challenge

A is for…April Goals
AtoZ Challenge is…..
On the 1st ish of each month I blog my goals for the month and how the last month went. Some months are a little easier than others.

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How the March Goals went….

Finish the blanket I started for Our Sidekick.
I finished the blanket for Our Sidekick and left it outside his bedroom door while he was asleep. I got in from work the following day and he and Chris were hanging out in the living room. I went upstairs and when I came back onto the landing they were both stood at the top of the stairs wearing their respective “Hannah Made Blankets” as superhero capes. They both refused to run up the street for me so I could take a photo of the blankets flying behind them like capes.

Work on/Finish the baby blanket that I’m making for Blueberry.
I’ve been working on the baby blanket for Blueberry. I’m almost there – at the end of March I was down to about 3 or 4 squares to make but just needed to organise them around the squares I’ve already made.

Continue to work on my “Things for Baby” list – I’m sure I’ve forgotten something!
I got a checklist from one of the baby stores so I could have a starting point for my list. I crossed a heap off because either we didn’t need them or they’d be “nice to have” rather than “we need”. I was asked by a friend what I’d like and I’m still struggling – need to work on the list in theory.

So the goals for April go something like this…

Keep up on my body magic/Walk More
I live about a ten minute walk from where I work so for me to drive it’s really lazy. Some days it is needed because I finish work at 5 for example and have to be somewhere at 5:30 but while I can and as the weather gets better I want to try and walk instead of cheating.

Healthy/Optimised Eating
Since being pregnant, I’ve got into really bad habits with what I eat. I try and eat more fruit when I fancy something sweet but more often than not it doesn’t work, so now I’m attempting to do something about it. I know I’m supposed to put on weight but I can at least attempt to keep it in a healthy place (so far gained 5.5lbs since October and it’s still 11lbs lighters than in August last year when I started Slimming World.

Update Baby Wish List
I know that we still don’t have bedding for the cot or a change of bedding for the Moses basket so they need to go on there. I also need to get out all the baby clothes and see what I actually have in each age bracket. Then I need to think about things like an outfit to bring baby home in, but as I don’t know if we’re having a girl or boy do I take something unisex or do I take a girl outfit and a boy outfit just in case? But of course there are practical things to be done too.

Baby Shower Guest List
Write baby shower guest list (I wish Ruby could come but Australia is a little far away to come for a baby shower! Am thinking a skype baby shower might be possible). Is there an etiquette to who you invite to a baby shower? I completed a first draft yesterday but there was more people on it then I kind of expected so I’m not sure what to do. I’m guessing it’s up to me but at the same time I don’t want to miss out someone who’s really important and should be there.

Finish the baby blanket
I am really close to finishing the baby blanket so I want to get that done. I think I’ve got about a row and a half to go all the way round as a border and then it’ll be done. The question is…what shall I do next??

March 31: Currently…

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Watching:
The Good Wife (Season 3 – it’s on Netflix and I’m working my way through – almost at the end of Season 3!)
Rev (Season 3)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 10 – finally seen the wedding!!)
Wreck It Ralph

Reading:
Bloom by Kelle Hampton (almost half way through – I struggle to put it down each night! Kelle’s blog is pretty cool too).
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Listening:
Worship music or the Frozen Soundtrack. Have also added Bellowhead to this. It was my Dad’s Birthday and I got him two Bellowhead albums – I realised that I hadn’t listened to it in ages.

Making:
Baby blanket is still in progress but it is getting there. I think I have about 3 or 4 squares left to crochet and then all fourteen to sew to the main section I have so far.

Feeling:
Feeling a little less meh but did have a cry on Friday. It was only about five tears and I was holding it together until Our Sidekick hugged me. It’s always the hugs that get me!!!

Planning:
Working on the baby wish list and guest list for my baby shower.

Loving:
My snuggly warm bed unfortunately it’s a little too warm and snuggly!

March 24: Currently…

For the last couple of days my blog has been having a hiccup. Thankfully it’s been fixed and we are back up and running. Chris (my IT Whizzkid) was able to do what he could to get it fixed and here it is!

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Watching:
The Good Wife (Season 3)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 10)
Brave
The Runaway Bride
Tarzan

Reading:
Bloom by Kelle Hampton
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Listening:
Worship music or the Frozen Soundtrack.

Making:
Baby blanket is still in progress but it is getting there. I’ve been sewing the squares together while crocheting some more. I currently have a 5 by 7 blanket.

Feeling:
A bit more in one place rather than all over the place but still the tiniest things make me bawl my eyes out.

Planning:
Adventures and the layout of the nursery, the new dividing wall goes up on Thursday and I’ve been looking at paint cards to give Chris some idea what I’d like. (And working out how many shifts I have less – I’ve got that it’s 1 Saturday and I think 6 lates hehe)

Loving:
The snuggly fleece blanket that I can curl up under on the sofa. Haven’t done much napping recently but it makes me relax when I need to.>

March 17: Currently….

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Watching:
The Good Wife (Season 2)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 10)
The Lucky One

Reading:
Not a lot! Mainly Pinterest and Blogs

Listening:
Worship music – as I write this I’m listening to Redemption Songs by Kate Simmonds. It’s a bit of an older album but I still love it. When I was Lost, We’ve Come To Praise You and We Come In Your Name are my two favourites.

Making:
Baby blanket is still in progress but it is getting there. Squares 23 to 25 were powered by sunshine and blue skies.

Blueberry's Baby Blanket

Feeling:
All over the place. Pregnancy hormones are driving me bananas. They make me cry or just down right grumpy but a bit hopeless too. I feel a bit down in the dumps and little things make me stress more. I’m sure it’ll pass and if not I’ll mention it to the midwife when I see her in four weeks ish.

Planning:
Adventures. Because of Blueberry being due just before the summer holidays we’re working on fitting our main family holiday in Easter or May Half Term. Current idea is to go to Ironbridge and the local area to that.

Loving:
The sunshine. That’s two Sundays in a row where we’ve had sunshine and it’s been warm enough to sit outside. Chris worked on the garden this Sunday while I crocheted and observed. Well I’d get in trouble if I moved the dead fence panel or tried to cut the grass.

Blue Skies

Singing Birdie in The Tree

March 13: Sleep Would Be Good…

Sleep

In that way that those posts appear on Facebook like “10 Things to do while on a conference call” (if they can’t see you, crochet or knit!!) or “10 Things to do in your lunch break” (well other than eat of course!) I was about to call this post 10 Things to do while not sleeping. Why is it I spend most of the day feeling shattered and fight curling up for a nap under my desk or in my car during my lunch break (if like today I go from one thing to the next) then when it comes to bed I get a second wind and wake up again? Maybe it’s tied to being pregnant and will all make sense eventually. It probably doesn’t help that Blueberry seems to settle then around 11:30/12ish decides to crank up the kicking. Thankfully the novelty is still there and I’m often still awake even if I’m tired. Maybe I need to try some of that scented bubble bath that’s supposed to be relaxing and helps you to sleep. Anyone got any tips or suggestions?

March 12: Dear Blueberry – 24 Weeks

Dear Blueberry,

All those hormones that make a small human grow have been making me super tired and also made me grumpy and moody. All the info says by now I should feel more energetic but it’s not really happening. Mum (aka Grandma S) says that I need to tell the midwife in case I’m anaemic or something like that. You’ll learn as you grow up her and Dad (aka Grandpa) are both full of all sorts of wisdom and information. If you need help with History homework we’ll call Grandpa he’s a whizz! When it comes to sewing Grandma is your person to call.

24 Weeks

On Wednesday, we went to see the Midwife. You made your presence known by kicking the Doppler when she attempted to listen to your heart beat. It’s so amazing and such a miracle to think that 25 weeks ago you were just a bunch of cells that had multiplied and now you’re a fully formed human – some bits are still getting themselves in the right places and developing but you’re definitely there.

Baby you are wonderfully and fearfully made! God knows exactly the time at which you’ll arrive whether that’s early or late – while we make multiple plans for every eventuality!

On Sunday I was given a baby blanket by Grandma’s friend Maureen. It’s knitted and so soft. Can’t wait to wrap you up in it when you need to be warm and snuggly. Grandma had the Moses basket on her dining room table so we put the blanket in there to see what it looked like. I’m so excited little one. I can’t wait to meet you.

On Saturday, we’d watched the Six Nations rugby with Grandpa and Grandma. At one point you kicked really hard so I grabbed Grandma’s hand but then you stopped. The second time you kicked hard we managed to get her hand to my tummy in time, she felt you kick but you stopped again by the time Grandpa got there. There’s still 15 and a bit weeks I’m sure they will have plenty of opportunities to feel you kick. I’m guessing in the next 15 weeks I might get annoyed at it but I think it’s your way of saying hello.

24 Weeks

24 Weeks Take Two

I tried to take a bump picture this week but I think depending on the time of day, what I’ve eaten and the clothes I wear depends on how big you look.

March 10: Currently…

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Watching:
The Good Wife (Season 2)
Criminal Minds (Season 1)

Reading:
Not many books recently but have been reading Today’s Letters and Chino House.

Listening:
Disney CD in the car, on my iPod…..Frozen, Wicked and The Lion King OST. We Will Rock You has also been added.

Making:
Finished one baby blanket and carried on with mine. Also working on a prayer shawl.

Feeling:
Blessed and grateful.

Planning:
The wall!!! By the end of March the dividing wall should be up which means we’ll have a nursery of sorts. Tempted to go look at colours but that’ll be when Chris says it’s completely the wrong colour lol.

Loving:
Sleep! And my new team at work. My new manager is fab and so caring.