Saturday, May 23, 2009

Finding the time

That is the title of my life right now. I'm always "finding the time" to do everything... dishes, going to the store, laundry, reading to the kids, taking the dog outside, knitting, watching something from the DVR, blogging... and everything is squished around going to work.

The summer is coming soon, and I'm thankful for the fact that I will be off, and hopefully time won't be as scarce. :)

We returned from a work trip at White Point Beach Resort a little bit ago. The conference was useful and I think the kids had a nice time exploring the beach, swimming at the pool and looking at the bunnies (the place is full of wild bunnies that have been tamed over the years). It was fun and I'm always amazed at the ocean. I grew up beside it, but our beaches often have gentle waves and warm water in the summer. The open atlantic is like ice and the waves are awe inspiring and huge! I wish I had been better at taking pictures during this trip. Here's a shot that I stole from the website...

The grand opening of TataTushies drew quit a few visitors and lots of entries for our free-for-shipping draws. We didn't make a whole lot of sales, but hopefully as we get some positive feedback, word-of-mouth will work in our favour. :) It's a fun venture!

Here's my only contribution to the stocking so far. I've had to resist the urge to put it on my own son's behind... lol His change table is already filled with wool! It's a pair of shorties (diaper cover) with a matching doll:

I'm working on something girlie for the next stocking. :)

News from the kiddo front... G is a busy little man. He has starting to cruise around furniture a little, although I don't think he realizes he's doing it yet! And E is enjoying the warmer weather and wants to play outside constantly. She's also had a word explosion over the last several weeks and I don't think there's anything she can't express these days. It's a fun time. (I'll add some pictures soon)

And as if I don't have enough things to do, I've started taking a little "me" time to exercise. I go to an aquafit class once a week and last week I started a couch-to-5K run program. You don't realize how out of shape you are until you try running for just 60 full seconds! I've lost 3 pounds so far, so only 5 more to go before I'm pre-baby-G size. ;)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Knitting for other little bums

Other babies may soon be modeling my knitting. :) I've joined up with my friend to start a little online shop of handmade baby goods. I have fun knitting and sewing, so why not offer it up to others? I have yet to actually finish a project to sell, but our grand opening will be on May 27th!


We also have a Blog and you can find us on Facebook.

I'm really looking forward to this little business venture. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thoughts on Sleeping Through The Night

His grunts and whines echo from the baby monitor on the bedside table. A quick glance at the clock never reveals morning; it's always between 12 and 3am.

I pull myself from bed and tip toe into the hallway. A two-year-old sleeps nearby and I certainly don't want two little ones awake in the middle of the night. I slip into the darkened room and feel my way to his crib, the light from outside illuminates a hungry 7-month-old, sitting up and still half enveloped in the swaddle from bedtime.

I pick him up and hold him close to my chest. I make quiet "shush" noises in his ear to keep the protests of an empty tummy quiet long enough to duck back into the adult's bedroom.

We lay back down in bed and snuggle under blankets. His tiny hands are often like ice as he rolls toward me, flailing and frustrated that I'm taking more than 0.005 seconds to settle next to him.

He nurses.

His small warm body is curled into mine and I hear the satisfied sounds of eating. I know his eyes are likely still closed and soon we both fall back to sleep. I'm too tired to move him back to his own bed and honestly, I don't want to. It's a quiet, blissful time of bonding. I'm most grateful for breastfeeding during these wee hours of the morning and although most give a tiny look of pity when I reply "not yet" to the sleeping-through-the-night questions, I'm secretly glad. I don't want my baby to abandon our nighttime routine just yet. I love it and wouldn't change it for the world.