*~*~*~*Spotlight on Melany!!!*~*~*~*
I've actually only been sewing for a few years. I picked it up to make some cloth diaper covers when the kids were much younger. My MIL gave me her old sewing machine when I was pregnant with my daughter and I used that for a few years. I took a quilting class with my MIL about 2 years ago and that is only the 3rd quilt I've finished. The fabric I had purchased when I was pregnant with my daughter to make her a quilt... :)
My husband talked me into buying a newer sewing machine from this century last year (the old one is from 1960 and it really is a tank) and I've really been enjoying that. It's actually a quilting machine, but that just seems to mean it can take heavier duty projects, which I like. Now, I am teaching my 7 year old how to sew on her grandmother's machine. I think my MIL is VERY happy about that. My son also wants to learn how to use it, so I am being careful in calling the machine both of theirs. I found a needle guard on ebay and need to figure out how to put that on since it is a heavy duty tank of a machine that will sew through your fingers.
I've made a few dresses for my daughter and I'm kind of planning some thing for her and baby to match when we go to a wedding over the summer. I might have enough fabric to make a little bow tie for my son, but I'm not sure what my husband will say about that. It will make a cute photo, even if he won't wear it.
I also like to knit. I took a class on that when I was pregnant with my daughter. I used to take the bus to work when we lived in North Seattle and I worked in Bellevue. I'd knit a hat every 2 weeks or so. The kids had a big hat wardrobe, to say the least, but it made for a good bus project. I learned the hard way that socks are NOT a good bus project if you get to the heel while on the bus. :) Also, circular needles don't fall and roll under the seat.
Pete says I sat next to him once or twice his first quarter at the UW (also my first quarter since we both were transfer students). I don't remember that, but considering I was one of the few girls in the EE classes, it would make sense that I stood out. Spring quarter of that year, we were in Electromagnetics and he somehow talked the professor into assigning us as lab partners. It was supposed to be random to discourage cheating. The professor thought it was cute and we were inseparable after that, but really just as friends. He waited through two boyfriends. AND, he taught me how to solder. He was an electronics tech in the Navy prior to going to college and actually taught that skill to me during our first Electromagnetics lab on transmission lines. When we did start dating, we'd been hanging out as friends for a few years and it was fall of our Senior year. I got a job offer with a three-letter acronym in DC at the start of Winter quarter and he asked me to stay in this Washington. I applied to grad school at the UW and was accepted for the following fall. We got engaged in May and I planned the wedding over that summer. I'm not sure if I would have stayed if I didn't have a job, I really was at a different place, mentally, at that point in my life where I had put school and life first. I'm glad grad school worked out. :) When we started the wedding planning that summer, my relatives kept asking me when the baby was due since we were rushing the wedding planning so much. We actually were meeting with the pastor and he asked point blank, "Is there a reason you're rushing that I need to know about?" It was kind of fun to lead the family on. The real reason was I didn't want to plan a wedding during grad school. So, we were married 1 week before my first quarter in September of 1999. We've known each other since 1997.
When I was making them, you couldn't find cute pattern PUL, so I made mine with fleece and lined them with white PUL. That was actually fun because the inside ended up being fleece, which is water repellent anyway and nice and soft. The most important tip is to add a wash tab if you are using velcro. This is so the velcro can hook onto itself when you wash the cover. Otherwise, you pull them out of the wash and end up with the chain of heavy diaper covers. Not fun. :)
I also never ran my PUL covers through the dryer. I had a drying rack because I worried that the heat from the dryer would wear out the waterproofing too fast. They were typically dry in less than 30 minutes. Some of the covers with a fabric/canvas binding along the edges would take a little longer, but the PUL and fleece was almost dry after the spin cycle on the washer.
Sadly, we love to sit and watch movies. BUT, when we get out, it has been fun the last two years (this year not included) to ski together. We put the kids into lessons and then we get to ski all day, have lunch together as a family, and ski all afternoon. Sometimes we'll ski as a family after their lessons end, but we can't keep up with the kids by the end of the season. This year is a little different. Pete is skiing, but I get to participate in lunch, only. Next couple years will be more like that. We also like to do some hiking as a family, which has been fun. The kids aren't up for long hikes, but it's nice to get out together when it's warmer. Prior to kids, we used to bike A LOT. All over Seattle, I miss that. It's harder to take the kids out here because there aren't as many trails and I'm not comfortable with the kids riding in the shoulder.
Best pregnancy related thing... Watching my daughter sing to my belly. She is so excited and it's even sweeter when baby kicks in response.
Movies aren't sad! That's one of my husband's and I major together activities as well. Technically, I'm joining him in something he likes to do more than I do, but I have fun too, and he compromises by watching movies that are on my level (currently, mostly PG13, LOL), and saving his other crazy movies for when he watches them by himself. But it's kind of nice to snuggle up on the couch together!
That is such a sweet mental picture of your daughter singing to your belly! Love it!
Oh you should so make a little bow tie for your son! I made one out of cute woodsy fabric once for my little guy and it is adorable and was a super quick project. There were lots of free tutorials online. My son loves it and everyone always compliments his outfit when he wears it. :)
We're also big movie watchers... mostly because by the time the kids are in bed, we're too tired for anything else! lol!
Your DH sounds so sweet! I love that he secretly arranged for you to be lab partners! ADORABLE!
Remind us again-- how old are your kiddos and how many do you have?
Two children. My son will be 9 in February (he was due in March...). My daughter turned 7 in December (she was born on her due date).
I am convinced I tempted fate by taking loads of stuff to the goodwill in June, only to find out I was pregnant in July. :) So, there will be a 7 year difference between this baby and my next youngest.
Girl. And, not so much on the names. We were leaning towards Anna, but my brother and his wife just used it as a middle name and didn't sound thrilled that we had it on our list, too. :(
My first one was super fast. I used hypno birthing. My only complaint was when I called my doula and asked her to come to my house, as we had talked about, she told me to call her when we headed to the hospital. Have a few beefs with this doula and we didn't use her for the 2nd one. So, we finally go to the hospital and I'm only at 2cm. I'm using the hypno-birthing techniques and really focusing inward, but they have to get the IV in, then they have to monitor you for 20 mins before you're allowed to go to intermittent. This was TORTURE. Meanwhile, I'm keeping very quiet, with my eyes closed really focusing on the hypnobirthing techniques. They finally get the IV in (or so they think) after 1.5 of poking and the nurse decides to check me since it had been 2 hours and I was quiet. I was at 10. Then she sprang into action. I didn't feel the need to push, but this was my first labor, so when they start telling me to push, I did. But, it really took another hour before I felt the urge and baby was born after "2 hours" of pushing. My water actually broke right before he crowned. 5 lbs 7 oz, he was a little guy. I had some blood pressure issues and he was born at 38 weeks. The blood pressure was what my doctor attributed to the smaller size. They wouldn't take the IV out until I pointed out that nothing had dripped into me and than the post partum nurse just yanked it out. That, and I threatened to pull it out on my own since I couldn't push myself up on the bed. Nursing was horrendous, I didn't know to unwrap the baby buritto and listened to each person who walked into the room and told me I was doing it wrong without bothering to listen that the last person had corrected me to do what I was doing before they walked in. Baby latched on once, a nurse broke the latch and he wouldn't latch on, again, until he was 6 weeks old.
Second labor was less pleasant. The first one went so fast that the doctor was there at the start. I went in at 4cm and went fast to 9.5. Stayed at 9.5 for about 6 hours, which was not fun.The broke my water, they made me go from intermittent to constant monitoring. They made me use internal monitoring. And I could tell that the doctor was thinking C/S at that 6 hour point. I wanted to be awake for the birth since I could tell he was getting nervous, so asked for an epi, which they jumped on REALLY fast, as in minutes from my request (I think the guy was outside waiting). Getting into the position for the epi was what it took to get that last bit out of the way. I sat up after that and told them it was time to push and then the doctor sent the surgery team away. I wish someone had turned off the epi at that point (as was in my birth plan) but I wasn't thinking of it and no one did. 1/2-way through pushing I had to be directed and the epi fully kicked in once she was born. 45 minutes of pushing. 8 lbs 9 oz, born on her due date (by my chart, not my LMP). She had her hand near her face with the cord holding it up there, which explained why it took so long at the end to reach 10. This time, I didn't let them take her off my chest until she fell asleep. She nursed within 20 minutes of being born and actually started to have those BF poos before we left the next morning.
This time I am planning a home birth. If I do end up in the hospital, I will be much more vocal. It frustrated me that my plan was ignored even though everyone was aware of it, especially near the end. I really needed my doula and my husband to be more vocal about some things, like the epi being turned off or the baby not being taken from my chest (my son), but I think hubby was scared when I finally got the epi for the 2nd one because they "thought" they weren't telling me where I was headed but I could hear everything, even the stuff out in the hall.
Edited by Melany - 1/11/13 at 6:06am
I keep remembering more from the previous 2 birth experiences. It's funny, I think I blocked parts out for years and now, it's coming back. Like I didn't remember until recently that I was in the bath for 1/2 an hour or so of my first one and with the back labor, I wanted to sit like a frog and they were still trying to get the IV in at the same time. I kept putting my face almost in the water and it really made the staff nervous. HAHA. It kind of paints a funny picture. I also had completely forgotten that I sat on a birth ball for most of it, when I wasn't in the bath. And, I never saw my nurse's face, I had my eyes shut the entire time. It's funny what comes flooding back as I'm looking towards a 3rd birth that my mind managed to block out for years.
I have a friend who just this week was talking about how there were a lot of things she didn't remember about the first time she gave birth, and then she'd read about something or hear about someone's experience and have this flashback and realize that it was something she had done too! Or it would remind her of something that happened in labor, even if not exactly the same. I wonder if that's pretty typical.