Friday, May 23, 2008

What I know to be true ...

In no particular order ...

1. There is definitely a reason why most women have babies in their 20's or 30's ... it's exhausting! But, no matter how tired I am, this adorable face just melts my heart and makes me smile!

2. Exer-saucers are God's gift to moms (or grandmas) who have supper to cook, or laundry to do

3. Moist Arrowroot cookie residue must be wiped up immediately or it becomes the equivalent of concrete cement .... perhaps they could use it as mortar in arid countries? Hmmmm...

4. The baby who sleeps 12 hours through the night at home, will awaken every 4 hours, requiring complete clothing/diaper changes and a bottle

5. I can completely change a baby,who is sleeping and drinking from a bottle, from head to toe, without ever having to remove said bottle from the baby's mouth and using only one hand.

6. Oxyclean laundry additive removes all current and even former stains, acquired from formula spitups, or feeding mishaps ... YES!

7. When the baby isn't interested in eating from his high chair, he will happily sit on the tile, in front of a large mirror and eat it there! Whatever works.

8. When there's a baby in the house, nothing else gets done ... and that's OK. It will still be there to do at a later date.

9. Golden retrievers are wonderful with babies ... great babysitters, spill licker-uppers, pillows, pull toys, guards, play mates, etc.

10. It was the best, most exhausting 10 days of my life ... a real gift to a women who was never able to have biological children of her own ... and I'm already missing him immensely.

I'm still working on my scarf and am making progress, but it doesn't look any different from the last photo, so I won't bore you.

I'm thinking about getting a lace blocking wire kit. Do any of you have one? Would you care to comment and let me know which kind you have and where you got it, and whether or not you would recommend it?


Rachel said...

That's so sweet, and too true! I just had a baby on Sunday, so I'm definitely finding all this out again (I've already got two).

mames said...

great job and great list. it is crazy, the whole baby stage, but also really rewarding. i am very impressed and proud of your ability to jump in and hang in there for ten days.

glad to know knitting is still on. i have yet to block lace with wires. i usually put in on string and then hang it outside. but i have yet to knit lace with points, etc.

Marianne said...

I'm glad you had such a wonderful time together ! It's fun AND exhausting to have a baby around :-)
I don't own a real blocking wire kit, I always use welding rods from my DH, works out great too !

Danielle said...

It sounds like you had a wonderfully rewarding 10 days with your little guy :) I do remember those days, they are hard but brief because you blink and then they are in kindergarten. Then you blink again and they are going to college like my sisters kids, and blink once more and they have kids of their own.

I don't usually knit lace, so I can't help you out about lace wires. Anne Hansen on uses them all the time, perhaps you could email her. I bet she'd have a great suggestion for you.

Jackie said...

Wonderful list. Babies are very tiring.

God bless.

Virtuous said...

LOL!!! @ list especially #5

And you are so true what a great 10 gift!

So glad you are back!

Everyone has been buying the Cocoknits blocking boards like hot cakes!

Not sure if I want to splurge on that quite yet. Others use exercise mats as the cheaper version! FYI :o)

Tara said...

Thanks for the Oxyclean tip! I'll definitely check it out. And to answer your question, I have a lace blocking kit. I bought it at KnitPicks, and I always use it for lace. Blocking is by definition a pain, at least in my humble opinion, but I find you get quick results when using blocking wires.