Esperando con Anciedad: 39 semanas

¿Cuándo llegará mi bebé?

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Se aproxima la fecha pero yo ya quiero tener a mi bebé.

Yo no he sido de mucha paciencia para abrir regalos, empezar a comer, y sobre todo esperar 9 meses para poder abrazar a mi bebé. La espera me mata. Ya quiero tener a mi bebé, pero todo a su debido tiempo.

Llevo ya unas semanas sintiendo dolores pero nada que dure lo suficiente para decir, “¡ya es hora!”

Mañana llegan unas amigas a quedarse conmigo unos días para ayudarme con mi hijo y con los quehaceres de la casa. Estoy tan agradecida con esas personas que me han apoyado durante este embarazo.

Inicialmente me dijeron que me aliviaría el 30 de octubre (mañana) pero hace dos semanas me informaron que mi fecha es para el 3 de noviembre. Al principio me sentí como que me agregaron un año, pero ya me he resignado a que va a llegar cuando él quiera, aunque de todos modos intentaré otras cositas.

Mañana tengo cita con el Dr. y me van a despegar las membranas. Desde hace dos semanas estoy dilatada 3cm pero quisieron esperar hasta que tuviera 39 semanas. Dicen que este procedimiento es un poco doloroso pero que esa misma noche me puedo aliviar. Vamos a intentar eso ya que también mi bebé corre riesgo de infección y lo más rápido que nazca, mejor.

Con mi primer hijo, me alivié 3 días antes de la fecha que me dijeron pero tuve un parto de 22 horas. Ahora no importa si se tarda pero que sea más rápido.

Se dicen que hay varias maneras de provocar los dolores pero es importante de consultar al doctor antes de hacer cualquiera de estas cosas:

caminar

subir y bajar escaleras

comer comida picosa

sexo – la esperma ayuda a dilatar el cerviz

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manejar en terracería o una calle con muchos bordos

columpiarse

vinagre balsámico – me encanta en ensaladas

oregano

ponerse a gatas y mover las caderas

hacer sentadillas

meditar, respirar profundo e imaginar que se abre el cerviz y que el bebé se baja

Muchas de estas cosas serían muy dolorosas si las hago, con eso de mi dolor de caderas y con mi ulcera, así que trataré algunas cosas y si no seré paciente.

Ya tenemos todo preparado. Es increíble la diferencia de mi primer embarazo. Con mi primer hijo queríamos comprar TODO, pero ahora nos damos cuenta que un bebé no requiere de tantas cosas.

Claro, tenemos suerte que va a ser niño otra vez porque usará muchas cosas de su hermano mayor. Otra cosa que nos ayuda es el usar pañales de tela, ya que uno se ahorra como $1,000 al año!! Es tan fácil y la verdad me gusta más que pañales desechables, y no está nada mal de que ayudamos al medio ambiente.

Mi hijo pregunta que porque hay otra silla en el carro. Le decimos que es para su hermanito pero señala a mi pancita y dice que ahí está su hermanito. Va a hacer un cambio muy drástico para él pero de verlo como es tan tierno con otros bebés y con sus muñequitos de peluche me hace sentir tranquila.

Por cierto no hemos dicho como le pondremos al bebé, así que lo diré: se llamará Julian Zander Hernández 🙂 Nos tomó mucho tiempo para decidir el nombre. Otros candidatos eran Sebastian, Atzín, y tantos otros más. Nos encanta el nombre Julián porque se oye bonito en inglés y en español. Y el nombre de Zander, pues queríamos Julián Alexander, pero hay tantos Alex que decidimos usar la forma moderna y con “z”.

Ya estamos listos bebé así que ya te queremos conocer.

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Crochet time: Making it work in a busy Mom’s life

It might not seem like it, but I do have a life.

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How do I manage to be a wife, mom and have time to crochet? Well, let me explain. It all comes down to wanting to do something and making time for it.

A little background of how I was always so “busy” to crochet.

My husband and I moved in together in 2006 and got married in 2007. I was still in school and working a part-time job at Mervyn’s and at Best Western, working graveyard shift. My husband was at the restaurant everyday. He didn’t have a day off. We were pretty much work-a-holics. I quit my jobs to become a tutor at DLS and in 2008 I graduated UCSC. That fall I began teaching, while continuing at my tutoring job. We were still very busy working, but let me fast forward to how our lives changed….

We were expecting. I continued teaching, and tutoring many kids from K- 12 and even some from community college. I went back to work as a teacher when Jayden was about 4 months. I crocheted a lot during maternity leave. It was the first time ever that I had all that time. I didn’t have to make lesson plans or grade papers. I could actually pick up a book, or some hook and yarn. I crocheted a blanket, beanies and many things for my DS.

I realized crocheting really helped with my stress.

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The stress came back when the day care I had set up for Jayden fell apart. I didn’t trust anyone with him and he was only 6 mos. Luckily I got offered a full time job as a family personal assistant and they allowed for me to have my son. It worked for about a year. I traveled with them and I had my son with me at all times. There still was little time to crochet.

My ulcer continued to give me trouble, I was always moody. My husband and I were having a lot of problems because we were always too busy or I was away for work.

Then one night I decide to continue to crochet. I crocheted and crocheted and if I wasn’t crocheting, I was reading. I was at peace. There was no stress and no complaining.

It might sound corny but crocheting saved my life. I was about to sink into depression since I had to quit my jobs to be a stay-at-home-mom. It might be what continues to save me know that I am officially at home raising my son and expecting another one.

I have an amazing husband that supports me and loves us, his family. This pregnancy has given me limitations. I was very active and energetic before but now there are days where I can’t walk. I am also a very independent woman and it can be a problem because I never ask for help.

I was getting depressed when I realized I wasn’t contributing financially. There were days where I felt worthless. I couldn’t do chores, stand up long enough to cook, bathe my son, or do the shopping, because I was in so much pain. My husband saw how this affected me and he stepped in without me telling him. He would come home ,make dinner, do some chores, take Jayden to the park and do the shopping. My pride was killing me. I should have been doing all of that. I wasn’t working a full time job, but as much as I tried, my body wouldn’t give.

So what did I do? I crocheted. I realized I am creative and I do make wonderful things. I am not worthless. I have a talent and I am loved.

67d5f88bd60de8670f504cc281fb4427So now that I am feeling better I decided to continue crocheting. I always make time for it. We don’t have cable and it is amazing how much television interferes with our lives.

So, how do I do it? Let’s look at my day today as an example.

5:00 a.m. I woke up, I didn’t get up because I need a lot of rest. I went back to sleep.

7:00 a.m. woke up again and this time I did get up. I took a shower, Jayden was still asleep.

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Made breakfast, did some chores around the house and husband left for work.

9:30 a.m. Jayden woke up, gave him his breakfast and got him dressed.

10:45 a.m. We left to go to the chiropractor

11:30 a.m. Left the chiropractor’s office and went to the store and even had time to go to Beverly’s to pick up a new crochet hook I had my eye on.

12:30 p.m. Took Jayden to the park to shake the wiggles out and had lunch (that I packed in the morning).

2:00 p.m. Came home. We colored for a bit and afterwards both rested.

2:30 p.m. I woke up from the nap, but Jayden continued napping. I got up to make dinner.

3:00 p.m. Jayden woke up from his nap, had a snack and we played with blocks.

4:15 p.m. Husband got home. We talked about our day and he spent some time with Jayden, while I sat down and guess what? CROCHETED!!

6:00 p.m. Dinner had been warming up  and we sat down for a family dinner. Tonight we had spaghetti. (Jayden’s favorite)

7:00 p.m. husband and I cleaned up, dishes were washed, trash was taken out.

8:00 p.m. Jayden and daddy took a shower and I CROCHETED.

9:00 p.m. I read Jay a bed time story and he fell asleep.

9:30 p.m. Husband and I hung out in the living room, I CROCHETED, he followed up on his baseball, chatted on Facebook and I blogged.

10:30 p.m Bed time.

So you see how I make time for it and my dear husband understands how important it is for me so he takes over. Jayden likes attention and we are slowly trying to let him do more independent activities, with a new baby coming, and all. I am 100% positive that I will be very busy once baby arrives. I’ll just have to find some time to crochet, even if it’s 10 minutes, for my sanity.

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There are nights where I can’t sleep so I get up and sit on my nursing chair and crochet until I fall asleep.

So you see friends. This mom does have a life. Not as exciting as you thought, but I make the best of it. I do not sit around and crochet but when I do crochet I do sit and rest, because staying home and raising a toddler while pregnant is a tough job.tumblr_mchw6fOpfk1qgelzlo1_500

Makes what I do that much more special huh?

I still have to stay beautiful so I’ll leave you to get my beauty sleep. Goodnight.

Crochet Gifts for Every Occasion: Baby

If you are friend or family, sooner or later you are bound to receive a crochet gift. I can make about anything in crochet, but what I love to do is baby items. Babies look adorable in crochet hats, booties, and blankets. Sure I can go through registries and buy something that won’t take as much time, but one thing I will tell you, If I make time to do something for you, you are indeed special 🙂

This is my recent baby gift for a friend’s baby. I saw that in their registry they had asked for leg warmers, so what do I do? I crochet some leg warmers… and a few other things. Here is what this beautiful baby received from me.

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I don’t remember how I made the leg warmers. That happens to me a lot. I pick up a hook and some yarn and say “I think I’ll crochet this today,” and it all magically appears.

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And I kept going. These leg warmers needed a matching headband, and voila!

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I also ordered a pack of rattles a while ago to use on all of my amigurumi and I tested them out putting one inside this beautiful little owl. The rattle is a perfect size and it’s loud enough to be stuffed inside amigurumi. I can’t wait to make more.

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To top it off I added the cutest beanie ever that supports and encourages breast feeding. The pattern for this is pretty simple, like any ordinary beanie but with a few rows up before increasing.

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One of the items that was not crochet but indeed handmade is the blanket with ribbon tags. Babies love tags and this can be used as a burp or quick wipe cloth.

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Handmade gifts are always the best and I love the face of appreciation and happiness when they receive them.

DIY Halloween Costume: Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George

Something about me… I LOVE  Halloween AND making my own costumes.

This Year, my son is really into Curious George. He already has a stuffed George so I thought it’d be perfect if he’s the Man in the Yellow Hat. So here’s the end result and below is a step by step on how I put everything together.

Man in the Yellow Hat Costume

*Fun Fact: The Man in the Yellow Hat was nameless up until 2006. His name now is Ted!

I knew from the beginning that it was going to be difficult to find yellow pants and a yellow button down in toddler sizes, so my only option was to find white clothes and dye them yellow.

On one of my spontaneous shopping sprees at Old Navy, however, I found myself face to face with the perfect pair of yellow pants and on clearance!!! I bought them with a discount coupon of course, and they came out to about $7.

I went straight to the socks and found tall brown socks for $1.50. Score!

I was on a roll!

I decided to go into Ross  to see if I could find some brown boots or Ugg looking things. I came across the perfect brown boots! They were $14 and my son has been asking me for boots since he saw me in some.

I then went to my nearest Goodwill and found a white button down for $2.50.

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I only needed the dye, the tie and the hat. I went into Beverly’s and bought some felt (which was on sale for $3.99/yd) and bought 1/2yd and a small strip of black felt and black ribbon.

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Once I had everything I went ahead and washed the white shirt. The next day I dyed it using Rit dye in lemon yellow. The instructions were easy to follow and the shirt ended up the same color as the pants.

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So now the tie…

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I measured the shirt from the collar down to where the pants would hit and that turned out to be around 10”. I then cut a 2.5” x 20.5” strip from my yellow felt and folded it in half. I cut small circles form the piece of black felt. I got lazy and instead of sewing them, I used the hot glue gun. I cut a narrow strip for the neck and put it in between the folded tie. I then sewed a border around the tie to make it more sturdy.

The Hat

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The hat was a tricky. I had no idea how to do it! At this point I stopped writing down the process and just went for it.  I basically cut another strip tall enough to be the top hat and long enough to go around the head. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to create a sturdy brim, and then it occurred to me. I went through my cake supply stuff and found  a 12″  round cake board. I had to use some math to figure out the circumference. I cut a whole and made 1″ cuts on the cylinder part so I could glue it onto the board. I then went ahead and covered it all in felt. To close the top I pinched it together and sewed, but you can glue too. With a circle I covered the top and glued together. I glued the black ribbon around and it covered the seam perfectly.

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Finally costume complete!!

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I am darn proud of it, too. I really hope the baby stays in a bit longer so I can take my son trick or treating.

In the morning when I showed him his costume he wanted to wear it. So now, everyday he asks to wear his yellow pants and his boots. He might be the man in the yellow hat after all.

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Flashback:

Last year I made all of our costumes. Here are some pictures 🙂

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… and you better believe I am already planning out next year’s costumes for our family of 4!!

Crochet: Boot Cuffs/Socks

Fall is here and that means I will be wearing boots all the time. No, really all the time. I have more pairs of boots than I do flats or sandals.

The other night I came across the question, “What should I crochet?” Boot cuffs was my answer.

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Now, I didn’t follow a particular pattern but I did use the following stitch pattern.

I used Red Heart Yarn in Buff Fleck, and a I-9 (5.5mm) crochet hook.

I just worked a chain and wrapped it around my calf. I worked a few rows up, enough to be tucked inside the boot and peek a bit. After two rows, I increased to create a “v” look.

For the border I worked double crochet on back loops only to create the ridges. Here’s a close up.

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I’m pretty happy with the end results but they do make my boots a bit tight, so be aware of that when choosing your yarn. If I do more I’ll probably use a less bulky yarn.

Crochet on!

Chiropractor, Pelvic Pain, Due Date

Everyday I get asked how I’m feeling and I can’t help to answer with a “fine” because no one wants to hear a pregnant woman complain about pregnancy symptoms. The truth is I’m not fine.

I have been in pain more than half of my pregnancy. The hip and pelvic discomfort have made it difficult to do many everyday things. I’ve tried to ignore the painful symptoms and enjoy this pregnancy because I’m feeling it might be my last!

Last month I did one of those chiropractor screenings in search of some relieve. During the screening they told me I was putting over 5 lbs. on my left hip. I went in for a further evaluation and although they could not perform and x-ray, the Dr. felt my hips were lose not only due to the hormone relaxin, but because after I gave birth to my first son, my hips never really went back to their place. This caused them to pinch a nerve and that’s what was causing the pain.

For a week I went in everyday to get adjusted and for the last two weeks I’ve been going every other day. Chiropractic treatment has REALLY helped me and I’m only sorry I didn’t seek treatment earlier.

It also turned out that the chiropractor is the dad of a former student from my first year of teaching. This helped with the treatment cost and made me feel very comfortable.

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So the hip pain is gone, but now I have a new enemy… Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), pelvic pain. The symphysis pubis is a joint that connects the pelvis and again good old hormone relaxin has softened the ligaments.

Symptoms:

back pain, pelvic girdle pain, and hip pain,

grinding or clicking sensation

pain down inner thigh, made worse by parting your legs, walking, going up and down stairs or moving around in bed

worst pain is at night and can prevent from sleeping well, getting up to pee…

overall… damn painful

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My chiropractor is working on this and I hope I get some relieve so I can get at least a good night’s sleep before baby comes.

This leads me to the question “When is baby getting here?”

Soon I hope!

Last week I went in for what I thought would be my 36 week check up to find out they had moved all of my appointments, canceled that one, and changed my due date to Nov. 3rd!!

That’s only 4 or 5 days more, but for me they felt like a year. I can’t believe that up until 35 weeks they were going by Oct. 30 as my due date. I don’t understand what they did. I know my body and I’m having this baby in October, and all this discomfort will be worth it.

Crochet: Minion Hat

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Here’s the Minion hat I did for my son.

I plan on doing the one with the one eye for the baby and I too can have my own minions that will work for me. The pattern is pretty simple and it only took me a day to complete the entire hat.

Working with a simple earflap beanie pattern and after 12 sc rows,  I switched to black yarn and started the goggle band part of the hat.

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I stitched two rows of blue around the hat and the flaps, to finish off with two sets of braided yarn.

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The eyes have four colors, black, brown, white and gray. I made two identical circles and sewed them on the part that shows the uneven-ness of the yellow-black color change.

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