Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yay for me

I've been busy lately.

What with? Oh, you know, provera, 50mg of clomid, semen analysis. You know, every day kind of stuff.

But serouisly, I had my appointment with my OB and she took a look at my charts and agreed that it's time to add in meds to TTC. My labs had already come back fine from just a little bit ago and essentially, I'm just not ovulating on any kind of regular basis. Yay for me!

It's weird to feel both excited and sad that we've found ourselfs here, needing tests and medication to have a baby. Sad my ovaries hate me. Excited to start on meds I'm super hopefull will help. I honestly never thought we would be here. But who does? But it is what it is.

I'll work on some interesting posts for next week, this week I've got some crazy side effects from the provera like feeling like someone beat me with a baseball bat on my lower back. Yay again for me :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Quiet Book Basics: Planning and Supplies

I mentioned that I was starting a new DIY project, a Jewish Quiet Book for A. It certainly isn't because I don't already have a million half finished projects. I just have craft ADD and can't stick with one for long.

Anywho, I said I would bring you along for the fun so this is where it starts. Before you start buying up supplies for your quiet book, which is very, very tempting, have a plan first! Some questions to consider about your quiet book are:
  • how many pages?
    • this will probably be cut in half as you go along, don't feel bad
  • what is the theme or goal of your quiet book?
    • mine is obviously religious in theme but there are millions ideas to go off of
  • what age are you looking at?
    • this will affect how heavy duty your book is and finishing touches like if there are buttons or snaps
  • what do you already own that you can use? what can you borrow?
    • I have over the years collected a myriad of felt, ribbon, buttons, etc
    • I own a sewing machine I can kinda use but my mom is a great resource
    • My mom has a machine that can do button holes and surging
Once you have answers to these questions you want to start sketching out ideas for each page. I can't draw on paper to save my life but I've always been partial to computer layouts since high school. So I decided to design mine on the computer using combinations of free clip art and the free photo shop like program Gimp.

I'm use to using Photoshop but I can't find my disc for it all of a sudden. It was old, way old, from 2001 old. Even with my Photoshop being that old, Gimp still does not have all the bells and whistles. It looks similar in the interface and has the same kind of learning curve Photoshop does. But it's free. Actually free. Not, download it and you have 20 days before they charge your credit card, kind of free. No, just free. And for that reason, it's the perfect software.

Once you have your book all planned out you can finally go shopping! This was honestly one of the best parts of this project. I of course first went through all of my sewing and craft stuff and gathered it all in one place. Then with my ideas, layouts and coupons (serouisly, why is crafting stuff so expensive?!) in hand I headed to the local craft places like Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Joann's and a local fabric store with My Mom. Some supplies I ended up needing for the quiet book were:
  • fabrics (pre-wash and dry on low all fabrics before cutting out pieces)
    • fabric for the cover - any fabric works
    • muslin fabric - each pages base was made out of this
    • felt - for details; I used the most of felt
    • fat quarters - when you need a pop of color or pattern
  • thread
    • regular old thread, various colors to match fabrics
    • embroidery thread, various colors to match fabric
  • Pellon - turns any fabric into self sticking fabric
    • this stuff is amazing! I wish I would have known about it before when I was making stuff for the classrooms I was in!
  • extras
    • buttons
    • snaps
    • velcro - the clear backed sticky kind is your friend
    • ribbon
  • misc sewing items
    • fabric scissors
    • seam ripper
    • cloth pen
    • sewing machine
I will be sharing over the next few weeks months all of my layouts and templates I made for A.'s Jewish Quiet Book. I will also show you page by page how it's coming. Hopefully A. likes his book at the end!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Star Wars Nursery

I will be honest, before I met The Husband and had A. I never once had any intention of ever having a Star Wars nursery. No. Not even once. Even having My Dad as a Star Trek, computer programing, sci-fi geek, not one thought. But slowly, I gave into the idea when A.'s room turned over into Star Wars from outer space robots.

If we were to have another little boy, A. and the new baby would eventually share a room. And while any future boy is of course able to make up his own mind about Star Wars, liking it while living in our house appears to be the best choice.

I think that a Star Wars nursery can go right if you remember not to have it every where in the room. I feel like we've found a good balance already in A.'s room and really I would just be adding a crib with sheets to his room. I would end up buying a second crib to match A.'s so that the beds would match. I am one of those weirdo's who actually liked their convertable cribs.

Anywho, I wanted to make up a board, pretending I was starting from scratch. Isn't that crib fantastic? It cost more than our first bed, box spring and frame put together. That's a snazzy crib.
star wars nursery
2) Star Wars knitted lightsaber rattle - $25
3) Ikea knappa light - $25
4) Darth Vader pillow - $20
5) Babyletto Hudson 3 in 1 crib in grey - $400
6) A long time ago in a galazy far far away crib mobile - $36
7) Star Wars cotton crib/toddler sheet - $35
8) Red herringbone rug - $89 for a 5x7
9) Star Wars Remote Controlled Lightsaber Room Light - $30
10) Lexington green rocking chair - $130

Monday, October 8, 2012

Today blew

Short and to the point today.

I have nothing to add about a house besides that in mine A. was sick last night. Strip down the sheets and give him a shower in the middle of the night, sick.

Oh and I finally threw in the towel and called my OB and confessed that while this is only the 10th month trying and only one chemical pregnancy, I want an appointment to start with some basic tests. I am sick of cycles that are 28 days one month and 55 the next. I am sick of not seeing a temperature shift until day 18 or as long out as day 34, if I see one at all. I am sick of spotting and an 10-11 day luteal phase. I know I'm just at the begining but I am already tired.

So today blew. I'll be happier on Wednesday. Promise.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bath time shaving cream paints

I try and do activities with A. but simple ones. Anything overally involved or too many steps, hes not interested. So when I saw the idea of rainbow shaving cream bath paint idea I knew that it was one to try.

What you need
cheap shaving cream
baby soap
1 -2 drops each of food coloring
container for the paints
paint brush (optional unless your kid won't finger paint like mine)

A. really loved mixing up the paints and seeing what color they would end up being. The green ended up staining A.'s skin just slightly so I had to scrub his skin, so watch out for that.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Spiced Coffee

I haven't always loved coffee. In fact I didn't start drinking coffee until the 2nd to last semester of school and right before I got pregnant with A. I know, awesome timing. But now I have an addiction to it. I should note that however, I love the idea of coffee in the sense that I'm not ever drinking black coffee. No, I prefer mine with flavors and whip cream.

I also am a sucker for seasonal flavors, including pumpkin spiced lattes from Starbucks and Frozen apple cider from Biggsby. I've already had one of each and can't wait to have more before they are gone.

So when I saw this Pumpkin Spice Latte by averie cooks, I knew I had to give it a try. Thankfully I had everything but the pumpkin already in my cupboards. I ended up using it more as a template.

Pumpkin Spiced Coffee
So obviously this isn't a latte, those have steamed milk and espresso, well the real ones do. I found the pumpkin spice add in to be yummy and think it would go great with hot chocolate and milk. In fact, I made A. pumpkin spiced milk. I ended up using 2 tablespoons for a 8 oz glass of milk. I ended up using 6 tablespoons for 2 cups of coffee. It was spiced but not over kill but know that I like spicy pumpkin pie so you may want to cut back the pumpkin pie spice. This makes a boat load of pumpkin spice mixture. I have way more then enough for a week's worth of coffee.

1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp brown sugar

Mix all ingredients together.

Add to your favorite coffee.