Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday, I wasn't doing so hot. I was a mess. I wasn't sure that anyone was ever going to sleep again. I was struggling with what to do, as the Dr. recommended crying it out, and I just didn't think I could do that. I had one last book that I had read and didn't try... The Baby Whisper Solves All Your Problems. I decided to try the sleep technique in this book, and it took a little over an hour last night, but I got Sawyer to sleep and he didn't wake up again all night. I woke up, to pump, and because I would hear him rustle around and I thought he would get up... BUT, I got some sleep and this morning I felt like a whole new person. I was excited to see Sawyer, he was happy to wake up because he wasn't exhausted. It was amazing. This morning I put him down for his nap using the same technique again and he was asleep in less than 10 mins. I couldn't believe it. I feel like we may have found something that works for him, and I am soooo thankful. Even if we backslide, or it continues to take an hour, I feel good about the path we are on, and I am feeling much better about mom life. Whew.

In other, more fun news, I have had an AWESOME mail week!!! I received two amazing swap packages, and a package of goodies that I traded some sewing for. Here are some pictures:

This is my "Here Comes the Sun" swap package from Jen. It included a bunch of cotton, and a spindle to spin it, a fun book, and the blue yarn is cotton to knit Sawyer a little vest! Adorable!

My Handspun Swap package from Katelynn. Amazing stuff. There are more photos on my flickr page if you are interested in the yarn. I haven't decided what each skein will be yet, but they are all gorgeous! I'm pretty sure I am going to weave with the middle one, as the texture is very fun and I think weaving with it will really show it off. And yes, that is sheep confetti. :)

My package from Carrie. I had sewed a set of monsters for her that I traded for credit to her Etsy shop. I used that to get the handspun yarn (which is seriously beautiful in person. I love it SO much!) and then I bought the two braids of roving. My plan is to ply them together and knit something for Sawyer. 

So that is all my mail!! It really helped brighten my day today. We leave for Texas tomorrow. I am really nervous about the flight. I am such a terrible flyer. Luckily, Allie is flying with us, which will be a HUGE help. I'm hoping to get a lot of knitting done on the trip. It is going to be WARM (75-80) which will be nice. I will take a lot of pictures and report back. I have never been to Texas, so it should be an experience. :) I hope everyone has a great week, and I will hopefully continue to have amazing luck with Sawyer. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's my birthday...

And I'll cry if I want to.... lack of sleep is causing me to slowly lose my mind. My sleep plan isn't working. Sawyer is waking up every two hours like he did when he was first born. Sometimes he goes back to sleep, sometimes he doesn't. Most of the time I don't...

This too shall pass....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sleep Deprived

Sawyer has not been sleeping well at all. Which means I have not been sleeping well. I am starting to get sick again, due to the lack of sleep, which is annoying.... I was almost done with this cold and now it's back again. I finally called the Dr. yesterday (our pediatrician's office is awesome and has nurses you can talk to and they will help you with things without you having to come in. Then they also consult with your dr. and call you back with additional information. I love it) because I didn't know what else to do. He used to be such a good sleeper!! The nurse suggested feeding him before I went to bed, even if he wasn't awake. Ok. So, I tried it last night, and he slept until 3am! Crazy! Because the night before he got up 3 times in that same stretch. So, my plan is to continue to do that and to get up around 2am and feed him again before he wakes up. Then gradually move the 2am feeding until it is magically at 6 or 7 am when he is supposed to get up. It might take some time, but I am just excited to have a plan that doesn't involve him crying for hours and breaking my heart. So fingers crossed that this works out.  (I still didn't sleep well last night as I kept waiting for him to wake up. So, hopefully tonight I am over that....)

Not too much else going on. It's snowing. :) Happy Alaskan Spring! I actually don't mind it, as it covers up all the ick that spring brings. Break up is my least favorite time of the year. It is gross and yucky and it feels like it will never end...

Also, today is my last Thursday at work. This is actually my last week. I'm pretty excited. I decided to stay home with Sawyer. Work was just a bit too much for me, and being gone for the long 6+ hour days was taking a toll on both of us. I am very happy that I will be staying home, but I'm also really happy that I tried working. I think I would have always wondered if it would have been better had I not tried it. And, I think I am going to go back to clerking at the shop one or two shifts a week, which will be just enough to get me out of the house for my sanity. We'll see. I'm still planning on teaching knitting, as that is what I truly love to do...

Alright, Sawyer is down for his morning nap (oh yeah!) so I need to get some stuff done.... I hope everyone has a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Time check

So, it has been 10 days since I last posted. Crazy! I have been busy. I am better now... which is great! I took a day off of work and my SIL came over to watch Sawyer so I could nap, and that made all the difference in the world.  Luckily, Sawyer never caught what I had, so he has been his happy little self!

He learned to roll over this week, so that has been exciting! I'm pretty sure he did it just because he hates being on his stomach so much, but whatever works. I have also been able to get him back to napping, which is WONDERFUL. It has made such a difference in his attitude and everyone else's well being... he is a much happier baby when he gets enough sleep.

In crafting news, I am almost finished with his bunny hat. Just have one ear left to knit (I have to try and remember HOW I knit the first ear, as I did it on a whim while teaching sock class last week....) and then I will need to decide if I want to add any color to the ears, or leave them white. I might dye the insides of them pink (or blue...) or duplicate stitch some of the ear, or just leave them as is. We will see.

I have also finished spinning the singles I was working on.  This is some THIN yarn!! Even after it is plied (which I am working on now) I'm thinking it will be a fingering weight. Which is awesome, but it is taking forever to ply.... I want to move on to my next yarn which is for a swap.... I'm hoping that there will be enough of this yarn to knit Sawyer a little vest.  It is mostly black with peeks of green, so I think it will knit up nicely into any pattern. I'm excited to get it off the wheel.

Weston also has finished my quilt rack, so it is displaying 5 of my quilts. I need to take pictures and post for everyone to enjoy. He is now working on building my loom, which will be fun to play with!

I am also finishing up a quilt top. I was laying it out on the bed, but now Sawyer is napping, so I don't think I want to risk waking him up. Just three more rows to sew together, then sew all the rows together, and BAM! Finished top. I will be happy to have it done. It is actually a pretty neat quilt, it is just a bunch of my scraps sewed together and then cut into blocks. I only had to buy fabric for the sashing (which I actually bought a few years ago, but I just haven't finished this top) so it was a relatively inexpensive quilt.

That is really all that has been going on here. We leave for TX soon. Boo. It's also almost my birthday! YEA!! I love my birthday....

I hope everyone had a great weekend and remembered to SPRING forward... dumb daylight savings.

Friday, March 4, 2011


I'm sick. It's just a cold, and not a big deal, but I am a HUGE baby when it comes to being sick. What makes it worse is there is little I can take since I am breastfeeding. So I have been eating soup, drinking tea, and trying to rest. Which is hard when Sawyer is still on his nap strike. I'm taking today off of work (I only went in for a few hours yesterday) but still having my SIL come in to watch Sawyer, so maybe I can rest a bit. Sawyer only woke up once last night to eat, so maybe we are on our way back to normal??

Other than that, not too much going on.  I cast on a hat for Sawyer that is going to be a bunny. It's a simple roll-brim beanie that I am going to attach bunny ears to. I did all the math to figure out how big it should be, so I'm excited to see if it fits. :)

It is Fur Rondy here (which is our winter celebration) and tomorrow we are going to see a roller derby competition. Pretty excited for that, as I hear they are supposed to be a lot of fun. If it's not windy, we are also planning to go see the snow sculptures. And the Iditarod starts tomorrow!! Crazy! I wonder if Lance Mackey can win again....

I hope everyone has a good weekend!