Family Update

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I haven’t updated on our family in a really long time. “Baby” J just turned 3, Baby L just turned 2 and we have baby #3 is on the way! J is so smart, he had a verbal delay and after 6 months of speech therapy with a WONDERFUL speech therapist instead of being behind, he was advanced!! His speech has continued to develop at lightning speed! He knows his colors and can say his alphabet. He can count to 15, when he doesn’t get stuck on 11, lol. (7 8 9 10 11, 7 8 9…) He absolutely loves his little sister and the new baby on the way. He loves his four wheelers and tractors. We still have a few SPD issues, but he is doing so much better!!! He is also mostly daytime potty trained! He is still a pretty tiny kid, he weighs 27 pounds! But he is healthy and the doctor has finally given him a clean bill of health! 


Baby L is also extremely smart. She is speaking in several word sentences, and loves to follow her brother around. She is my strong-willed and independent child. She knows no fear and jumps headfirst into just about everything. That is, everything she wants to do. If we want her to do something and she doesn’t want to, she will absolutely refuse to do it! She is a stubborn little girl!! She is also really tiny, she is 22 pounds, but just like her brother she is healthy as can be! 


As I have mentioned, I am pregnant with baby #3. It has been a long road. It started in September of last year. I got a positive pregnancy test. The next day I started bleeding and I lost the baby before I could even process that I was pregnant. Fast forward to November. I had a doctor appointment and I told him that I felt pregnant, but I was positive that I wasn’t. He tested my thyroid and I ended up being diagnosed with Graves Disease. I told my husband that day that we couldn’t get pregnant because it could effect the baby. Fast forward another 2 weeks and even on medication I was feeling pretty miserable, so I took a pregnancy test and it was positive! I have had a rough pregnancy. I have had some anxiety issues and have been sick a lot. However, I am so happy! We are expecting another little girl, Baby E. Jackson just adores her! I am 36 weeks and she is due August 22nd. 


Please excuse my crazy hair!!! 

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Daisy Granny Square

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I have been making some daisy blankets and decided to come up with one on my own. I am really happy with how it is turning out, it is unique!

Here are the two daisy blankets that I made mostly following someone else’s pattern.



Here is the pattern for my granny square!

Daisy Granny Square

With yellow, CH 4 join with a slst to form a ring (or use the magic circle)
CH 3, counts as first stitch, 11 DC into the ring join with a slst to the top of the beginning CH 3. Fasten off
With white, join with a slst IN BETWEEN any DC *CH 12 slst in between next 2 DCs. Repeat from * around. 12 petals. Fasten off.

Join your main color with a slst into the top of one of the petals. *CH 3 loosely (or CH 4) join with a slst to the top of the next petal. Repeat from * around. When you reach the last CH 3 join with a slst into the first ch 3.

CH 3 (counts as DC) 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the CH 3 space. * 3 DC in the next 2 CH 3 spaces, 3 DC CH 2 3 DC in the next CH 3 space. Repeat from * around. Join to the top of the beginning CH 3.

*You should have 4 corner spaces and 4 edges, don’t worry if it doesn’t look square at this point, it will start looking like a square in the next round! If you know how to work a regular granny square, you don’t need to follow any further, the rest of the rounds are just like a normal granny square. If you are not sure how to make a granny square, keep reading!
Slst to the top of the first CH space, CH 3, counts as the first DC, 2 DC, CH 2, 3 DC in the same space. *3 DC in the space between the next 2 groups of DCs. Repeat from 2 times. **3 DC CH 2 3 DC in the next CH 2 space, 3 DC in the space between the next 2 groups of DCs 2 times. Repeat from ** around. Join with a slst to the top of the CH 3.

You can make your square as big as you want it, so you can stop here or keep going. I did 6 rows of the granny stitch. With each round, you will increase each side the square by 3 stitches, or 12 stitches all together, because each round adds one more space to each side. I hope that makes sense! If you need any help at all, feel free to ask!!



I haven’t made all of the squares yet and I haven’t decided how I will join them yet, but I will update as soon as I do!

Summery Infant Mesh Hat

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I wanted to make a summery hat for a newborn, so I came up with my own pattern for a mesh hat.  This pattern is very stretchy, so even though it looks really small it should stretch to fit more than one head size.  It is also easily adjustable, just add extra rows of increase to increase the circumference and a few more regular rows to adjust the height

Summery Infant Mesh Hat

Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft

Hook: 4.25mm

Chain 4 and join to form a ring

  1. CH4 (counts a DC CH1 here and throughout) DC CH1 11 times. SS to the 3rd chain of your beginning CH4 (12 DC and 12 ch spaces)
  2. SS into the next chain space CH4 DC CH1 into the same space. *Skip DC and DC CH1 DC CH1 into next CH1 space. Repeat from * in each CH space around. SS into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH4. (24 DC and CH1 spaces)

3-11    SS into the next chain space CH4 DC CH1 into the same space. *Skip DC and DC                     CH1 into the next CH1 space. Repeat from * in each CH space around. SS into                       the 3rd chain of the beginning CH4. (24 DC and CH1 spaces)

  1. CH2 and LOOSELY HDC in each DC and CH space around. Join with a SS to the top of the beginning CH2.

Note:  For row 12 I went up to a size 5mm hook just to make sure that it kept its stretchy quality.  This hat comes out very small, so it will fit a preemie/newborn head.  If you want to increase the size, the increase rows should look something like this:

SS into the next chain space CH4 DC CH1 into the same space. *Skip DC and DC CH1 into the next CH space. DC CH1 DC CH1 into the next chain space. Repeat from * in each CH space around. SS into the 3rd chain of the beginning CH4.

It is pretty much the same as increasing in other hats, so the increases will work the same, just with a CH1 in between each DC.

If you have any questions, let me know!

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Mini Crochet Basket Pattern

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I found a pattern that I really liked on Ravelry, but when I clicked on it, I realized you had to pay for the pattern.  I didn’t want to pay $4 for a pattern that I was pretty sure that I could figure out on my own.  I sat down and just started crocheting and I have to say that I am pretty happy with what I came up with!  I made this one for me, but I may make a few up for Mother’s Day.  It came together really quickly, so if you are looking for a pattern that you can give as a gift at the last minute, here is my pattern for the Mini Crochet Basket.

Hook size:  K-6.5mm

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (I used scrap yarn, so I don’t know exact colors or yardage)

Stitches: CH-chain

SS-slip stitch

HDC-half double crochet

BL- back loop

HDCDC-half double crochet decrease

Pattern notes:  This pattern is written for beginners.   I have been crocheting for 5 years and I still have trouble keeping track of my rounds when I crochet in the round, so each row begins with a SS and a CH 1, the chain does NOT count as the first stitch.

Basket

Using both strands of yarn together, CH 4 and join with a ss

Round 1 – CH 1 and HDC into the ring 12 times.  Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (12)

Round 2 – 2 HDC in each stitch around join to beginning stitch and CH 1 do not turn. (24)

Round 3 – 2 HDC in the first stitch, *1 HDC in the next stitch, 2 HDC in the next. Repeat from * around. Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (36)

Round 4 – 1 HDC in the BL only of each stitch around. Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (36)

Round 5-9 – 1 HDC in both loops in each stitch around. Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (36)

Round 10 – 1 SC in each stitch around. Fasten off. (36)

Lid

 Using both strands of yarn together, CH 4 and join with a ss

Round 1 – CH 1 and HDC into the ring 12 times.  Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (12)

Round 2 – 2 HDC in each stitch around join to beginning stitch and CH 1 do not turn. (24)

Round 3 – 2 HDC in the first stitch, *1 HDC in the next stitch, 2 HDC in the next. Repeat from * around. Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (36)

Round 4 – 1 SC in each stitch around. Fasten off. (36)

Handle

 Using both strands of yarn together, CH 4 and join with a ss

Round 1 – CH 1 and HDC into the ring 12 times.  Join to beginning stitch with a SS and CH 1 do not turn. (12)

Round 2 – CH 1 do a HDCDC over the first 2 stitches and in each stitch across.  Fasten off. (6)

Sew the handle to the top middle of the lid.

You can also use a wooden button for the handle.  I didn’t happen to have one on hand, so I made my own!

Sew in all your ends and you have a cute little basket that you can keep all kinds of odds and ends in!  I am putting buttons in mine.

The Practice Your Stitches Scarf

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My mom wanted me to make her a scarf with the Day Glow Red Heart Super Saver yarn. I looked for a pattern, but couldn’t find one that I really liked. I wanted something that would looked good with the variegated yarn and that would work up quickly. I decided to make my own using four different stitches and realized it would be a good scarf for beginner crocheters to practice their stitches. 

  

This scarf uses four stitches, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble (or triple) crochet. It’s very easy and works up quickly. You can use any kind of yarn you would like, I used Day Glow Red Heart Super Saver. I used a 5mm crochet hook, you will use the hook that your yarn reccommends. 

I know when I first started crocheting, the chains at the beginning of the rows threw me off, so in this pattern, the chains DO NOT count as stitches. Your first stitch will be in the same stitch as your chain. 

Ch 26

1. Single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook (25 stitches)

2. Ch 1 (ch 1 does not count as a stitch here or throughout) and turn hdc in each stitch across

3. Ch 2 and turn Dc in each stitch across

4. Ch 3 and turn tr in each stitch across

5. Ch 1 and turn single crochet in each stitch across

7. Ch 1 and turn hdc in each stitch across

8. Ch 2 and turn Dc in each stitch across

9. Ch 3 and turn tr in each stitch across

Repeat rows 5-9 until you have reached your desired length. 

You should end on a treble crochet row. I went ahead and repeated row 5 (the single crochet row) one more time because I felt like it should end on single crochet ocher since it started on a single crochet row. I had 145 rows. 

If you want to do a fringe, measure out 72 12 in pieces of yarn. Starting on one end of your scarf, fold 3 pieces of yarn in half and, using your hook, pull the yarn through the first stitch making a large enough loop to pull the ends through. Pull tight. Repeat this in every other stitch across. Do this on both ends. 

If you have any questions about stitches, I used you tube to help me learn my stitches. Bobwilson123 is a one of my favorite channels. I used it a lot to help me learn to crochet in the beginning. 

Crochet Fingerless Gloves

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There is a lady that I work with who is always cold, she keeps the office 80 degrees or above even in the summer, so i thought I would make some fingerless gloves to help her stay warmer.  I am going to give them to her for Christmas. I have written out instructions for what I did.  It isn’t really a pattern, but if you follow the instructions, you should end up with a nice pair of fingerless gloves.

CH12

  1. Dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across (10 stitches) Chain does not count as stitch here or throughout
  2. Ch 2 and turn dc in the back loop of the same stitch and in each stitch across (10 stitches)
  3. Ch 2 and turn dc in the front
  4. loop of the same stitch and in each stitch across (10 stitches)

4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 repeat row 2

3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 repeat row 3

Join the ends together to make the wristband.

Join with a slip stitch to the top (whichever side you want to) and ch1 (chain does not count as a stitch. DC in same spot.  DC 28 evenly across the top

Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) DC in the same stitch and DC in each stitch across.

4 more rows of 28 dc (5 rows of dc)

This row is a little tricky.  Decide where you want your thumb hole I did mine above the seam where I joined the wristband) and dc to that point.  Ch4 skip 4 stitches and dc around.

4 more rows of dc

Use and accent color and hdc the next row and single crochet the next row.  Fasten off

Flip it around and single crochet in the accent color evenly around the bottom of the wristband.

For the accent color around the top of the wristband, I made a chain and wove it in between the stitches and sewed the ends together on the inside of the glove.

For the bow I used the accent color

ch4 join with the first ch this creates a ring

ch2, 4 dc into the ring 4 times ch2 and ss into the ring

ch2, 4 dc into the ring 4 times ch2 and ss into the ring and fasten off.

wrap the main color of the glove around the middle of your bow and you are done and ready to fasten it on!

I ran out of yarn for my second glove, so I only have a picture of the one, but it looks really nice!!

Life After Infertility- If you are struggling with infertility, please read this. 

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I have several friends who are struggling with infertility right now. I want them, and everyone else struggling with infertility, to know that even though I have had babies, I still remember all the pain and heartache that comes with infertility. I haven’t forgotten what it is like to want something so bad and to have it slip out of your grasp month after month. I remember vividly the disappointment in myself and my body, wondering why it was failing so miserably to do what it was supposed to do. And I have the fear that the PCOS is going to take over my body again and I won’t be able to have another. I feel that infertility is infertility, even if it comes after you have had a baby. It hurts every time you have to stuggle to try and have something that you want so bad that others seem to get effortlessly. I remember, I really do. And I am there to talk, to sympathize with you, to give you tips on what worked for me and really to just listen, because I understand. I know that some people will not have the same ending with their stuggle with infertility as I have had. This post is for you too, I know that everyone has different struggles and I don’t post mine to hurt anyone, but just like your struggles, mine are real and sometimes I just need support. 

With that being said, I want to talk about life after infertility. I am going to be very honest today, telling you things I haven’t even told my husband. Mom life is, to put it very simply, hard. I love my beautiful growing babies, but it’s so hard sometimes! All I have ever wanted to be is a mom. If someone asked me growing up what I wanted to be growing up, I would say, “I want to be a mom”. Even on Career day, I dressed as a mom. When I finally did become a mom, I was surprised at how difficult it was. It didn’t come as naturally to me as I believed it would. I was in pain, tired and frustrated for the first 4 months after Baby J was born, then I got pregnant with Miss Priss. I hadn’t even adjusted to being mom to one yet. Life did get a little easier, I told everyone that Baby J was as close to being a perfect baby as you could get, he played great by himself, but loved to be held and cuddled, he slept through the night by 5 months and teething was pretty much a breeze with him. Despite a few health concerns with him and my pregnancy (very painful pregnancy), life was great. Then Miss Priss came along. She is a totally different baby than Baby J, which I expected, but it’s crazy! She doesn’t sleep, she has a cry like a banshee, and she is VERY insistant when she wants to be. She is sweet, loving, oh so serious and smart. She has also kept me up most of the night almost every night since she was born. I don’t function well without sleep, and there have been many tears shed by both of us. There have been nights where I want to scream and leave the house and just let my husband deal with the screaming baby. There have been a few nights where I was at my wits end, I felt like I couldn’t take anymore. I sat in bed next to my sleeping husband and I was so mad at him for sleeping. She wouldn’t stop crying and I didn’t know what to do. I would nurse her, rock her, swaddle her and nothing worked, she wouldn’t stop crying. I wanted to shake her, I wanted to scream and pull out my hair. Instead I sat there holding her, rocking her, trying to nurse her all the while tears were rolling down my face and I was pinching myself so I wouldn’t hurt her. Nights like that make me feel like I am a failure as a mom. Why is it so hard? Shouldn’t it come naturally to someone who wanted this so bad? There are other times, moments where I know it’s going to be okay, where I know I am not completely failing. When I get home from work and Baby J is yelling Mama over and over again. When I see him overcoming obstacles, and growing up happy.  When I open our freezer and see its full of milk for Miss Priss, when she reached for me over someone else and when I am able to provide the best nutrition for her by nursing her. In these moments, I know I am not failing. Life can be hard and being a mom is no different. My challenges have changed since having kids, I don’t struggle with infertility, I struggle with the fear of it. I don’t struggle with hating my body because it has failed me…again, I struggle with hating my body because it is too fat. I don’t struggle with wondering why it isn’t happening for me, I struggle with why can’t I do this like I think I should? 

Next time you see a post from someone that offends you because you think they should remember your pain, remember that I do, but I am also dealing with my own struggles, and so is that person. It’s hard when life doesn’t turn out like you expect. Also when we post about our triumphs, our excitement, etc. we are not trying to rub it in your face, we want to share with you! I have been trying to be more careful about what I post lately, I don’t want to hurt anyone, but sometimes I need to vent, like today, the mood swings I am having, you wouldn’t believe them! I hope I was able to convey what I meant to! Please just know that if you are struggling with mommyhood, or infertility, I understand, and I want you to talk to me! 
How beautiful are they??? They are truly miracles!