Friday, February 27, 2009


Yesterday I was considerably more productive than I could have expected considering I have a toddler and a 2 week old! I was pretty impressed with myself - especially since Cuddle Bug was testing my patience for most of the afternoon. He's at the I'm going to ignore my parents when they're talking to me stage. I was repeating myself all day yesterday:

"Do not walk around the living room with open markers."

"Don't use your markers on the living room rug."

"We don't draw on the furniture!"

"I love that you adore her so much, but please don't kiss your baby sister when she's nursing. It distracts her."

"We don't put our Lego trains on the stairs. Someone could get hurt."

"You don't get to tell Mommy no."

I hate days like that. I feel like a witch of a mother telling him "no" and "stop" and "don't" all day. But what alternative is there? Markers on the furniture and someone falling down the stairs... We can't have that! There's got to be a better way to get through to him, though. Any mommies with toddler experience who care to weigh in?

All the behavior correction aside, I actually had some time to finish AmeriKat into an ornie for my sister! Cuddle Bug amused himself with his art supplies and Lady Bug napped in the Moby Wrap while I sat at the table and finished this little pinkeep ornament (sans the pins).

Another overcast day means another bad picture. The fabric is the backing fabric. Believe me, it's a lot more blue IRL.

AmeriKat by Calico Crossroads
Stitched one over one
Thread: Crescent Colours and DMC
Fabric: 26 count white evenweave
Stitched: 2/22/09 - 2/23/09
Finished: 2/26/09

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! I'm hoping to get my first giveaway ready this weekend. At this point that depends on whether or not we get the heat in the car working so we can go out tomorrow. This morning DH reported to me that the car's heater wasn't working on his way into work. We can't take the kiddies out in the freezing cold with no heat in the car :/

Thanks for all your wonderful comments and support. I so appreciate them :)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Thank You and A Finish!

Thank you all to the ends of the earth for you kind messages and congratulations on our new bundle! You are all so sweet and wonderful! We are truly blessed!!!

I've got a few minutes while Cuddle Bug watches Word World on PBS and Lady Bug sleeps in her swing next to me. And that means I can update around here!

We are continuing our adjustment. DH returned to work on Tuesday so I'm getting used to being a stay-at-home-mom of 2. Lady Bug had her first well-baby visit with the pediatrician on Tuesday. It was my first outing with the two kiddos all by myself. Things were going fine until we entered the exam room. I had been telling Cuddle Bug for the past week that we were taking his sister to the doctor, but he didn't have to worry because he wasn't going to get checked out. He was just there to help his baby sister. It didn't matter. As soon as he walked into the exam room he had his usual meltdown. I was trying to answer questions for the nurse, fill out new patient paperwork, undress Lady Bug, and calm my poor terrified son who at one point opened the door and went screaming down the hall! By the end of it all, I was frazzled to say the least. But we survived, and I figure I'm stronger because of it.

I stitched up a little design on Sunday that my sister had asked me to make for her last April. I never got around to it even though it's a small piece. I did the main design Sunday. Then when I was up nursing Lady Bug early Monday morning I decided it needed more blue, so I added the blue border. I like the way it turned out, although if I could do it again I would have stitched the cat with 2 strands instead of 1 for better fill. I changed "July" to "USA" and I'm very pleased with it. This will be finished as a little ornament. I'd like to get around to the finishing in the next few days, but things are busy around here lately so I can't be certain when it will actually get accomplished.

You'll have to excuse the poor lighting in the photo. It's terribly overcast today.

AmeriKat by Calico Crossroads
Stitched one over one
Thread: Crescent Colours and DMC
Fabric: 26 count Evenweave
Stitched 2/22/09 - 2/23/09

In other news, I'm planning my very first giveaway to celebrate our many blessings and my return to blogging! More to come on that this weekend! I'm excited :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Update! My Amazing Life!

It has been much much much too long since I have made an entry on my blog! I have so missed the stitching blog community and I can only hope my absence won't have removed me from this wonderful circle.

I have been away so long because my life has been so abundant with blessings the past several months. We purchased a home and have spent a lot of time and energy getting it just right for our family. We have been building new friendships. And most of all we have been readying ourselves for the arrival of a new baby.

Our sweet baby girl decided to make her appearance early on the morning of February 10th - several days past her due date but right on time none-the-less. We are absolutely overjoyed to have welcomed her into our lives! Cuddle Bug is fascinated with his new baby sister, DH is smitten, and I am a much more confident mom this time around!

We are still getting settled in with our little Lady Bug. We are adapting, forming new routines, and finding a new "normal."

I'm a protective mommy and don't really like posting head-on pics or names of the kiddos in a public forum such as this. But I will make an exception for this one post and introduce our most recent blessing :)

Sweet Baby Sarah
February 10, 2009 - 5:40 am
7lbs 10 oz - 19 and 3/4 in