Where Are My Feet?


I can't find them anymore! I have to lean way forward to catch a glimpse of them. Which is probably a good thing, because they're in bad shape right now because I can no longer care for my toenails well. I can still cut them, but I can't get close enough to them to see if I'm cutting them in a nice straight line. Lord only knows what they look like close up! I'm 21 1/2 weeks along now. 18 1/2 to go, if she cooperates and crosses the finish line at 40 weeks. I hate to say it, but I can't wait. I know, I know, just wait another month or two or three and I'll surely be very uncomfortable. I'll look back to this time and wonder what in the world I was complaining about. Don't get me wrong---I do feel great. But I feel weird and slightly uncomfortable as well. Round enough where I can no longer bend at the waist. Fat enough where Mark now instictively gives me a helpful shove from behind when I'm trying to roll myself out of bed. Strangely shaped enough where getting onto the floor seems like the most ridiculous idea ever, unless of course someone is there to help me back up to a standing position. I know this is all just the beginning. I know that many women before me have had babies and been pregnant, and this is natural and normal and my body will be just fine. But it's hard to wrap my mind around it all. How in the hell will my skin stretch that much? It's as tight as can be, no matter how lubed I keep it. How will I maneuver myself when I already feel like I'm getting in my own way? Will I one day lay down and not be able to get back up? If a nearly one pound baby laying on my bladder causes me to nearly pee myself, what will a 6 or 7 or 8 pound baby do to me? It completely astounds me. I know I'll do just fine (albeit perhaps less than graceful). But the whole thought of it just seems out of the realm of possibility! Women really survive pregnancy, huh?? ;)
We've named her Zoey Isabella, by the way. I think she will be born wearing tap shoes, boxing gloves or both. Her movements are constant. Remind me at 8 months to take it easy on the sugar, or I will never have any rest.
Not much crocheting around here unfortunately. I have been working on Zoey's first hat now for almost 3 weeks and it's finally near completion. My upper back is in a world of hurt, and it seems the only time it feels decent is when I give up crocheting for a while. And when I say while, I suspect I may need to give it up for a very long while. The idea of it doesn't sit well with me. But I'm getting really sick of back pain, so it's looking like crochet will be on the backburner for even longer.

2009 Here I Come

I've been doing a lot of reflecting on years past lately.

2006 was a very difficult year for me, emotionally, until I moved in with Mark in October 06.

Followed by a slightly better 2007 emotionally speaking, but Mark was hit with $30,000 in medical debts. We were a team by then, so it not only affected his finances, but it greatly affected mine. It was very rough for a while there, living hand to mouth all the time and running up large credit card bills so we could eat. Marley's vet bills were astronomical that year as well.

2008 improved financially to a degree, but we still spent thousands on our silly cat in the first half of the year. It tapered off during the second half, though, and she seems to be doing well now (the vets trained us on how to adminster certain costly treatments at home to save money...and I'm talking about saving thousands of dollars here!).

There were some fantastic things that happened in 2008. In late 07 on Christmas Eve, Mark proposed to me. In October of 2008 we found out we were having a baby, and then got married about 10 days later. The year ended fantastically.

There was a lot of heartache in 07 and 08, dealing with family illness and uncertainty. The second half of 2008 brought wonderful news though, and I'm optimistic that the news will stay positive for years to come.

2006 and 2007 saw the resurrection of my old friend, crochet. 2008 saw the vast expansion of my skills, as well as the opening of my online store with Sara: MABS Crochet. Between Etsy and craft fairs we had a profitable year.

The second half of 2008 also saw a drastic decline in my crochet. It started off because I was too busy during the wedding planning. Then I was too tired in the first trimester. And now crocheting triggers an older back injury and causes neck soreness. Grrrr.

What will 2009 bring?

First and foremost, 2009 brings financial stability to a degree. We get out of debt this year. How wonderful is that?! We will add a baby to our family, which will diminish our financial stability to a degree, but I think we have things under control to handle it well and with ease.

2009 brings the rebirth of MABS Crochet. Out with the old, and in with the new. My focus even before becoming pregnant has been on stylish children's and baby hats. See this item for an example. I'm not really sure what it is about hats, or what it is about making stylish hats for the little ones, but I'm very drawn to it. And now that I'm having a baby, well I've got that weird nesting desire to make baby items. Sara plans to switch her focus as well to gloves, fingerless gloves, and mittens, among other things. We hope to quickly reach our 100th Etsy sale, which we are not far from.

2009 also begs the question: Where is the Crochet??

Hopefully lots of crocheting is right around the corner. I've put the hook down for almost 6 months now, and I really miss my old friend. Stay tuned to see what the hook and I come up with in the coming year.

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GIRL!!!

We had the ultrasound on Monday and they confirmed it. I was so sure it was a boy. Mark and I couldn't be happier. I'm 19 weeks now...just about halfway there.

Naturally Caron Yarn

I've never been fond of Caron yarns. Not sure why, but if I needed some acrylic for a ghan or what have you, I'd reach for RH Soft long before anything by Caron.


Well, the other night Mark was in Best Buy for what seemed like ages, so I walked next door to AC Moore to look for some yarn. I wasn't really sure what I wanted and was walking the aisles looking more at colors than anything. Caron's new line of yarns (or maybe not so new, it's been ages since I've been to a craft store) caught my eye. So I picked up two skeins of the new Naturally Caron. One was Spa, which is a bamboo/acrylic blend, and the second was Country, which is a wool/acrylic blend.


I'm making a winter hat using both the Spa and County. My only complaint was the lack of color selection, as I would probably have prefered to choose either Spa or Country instead of both. But, the two colors I picked to go together look great and the hat is very soft. I'll post pics when I'm finished with it. The hat is extremely soft and squishy. Very nice.




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