Hey folks, Mac here. Diana suggested I start drawing comics about funny things that happen with us and Luke, so I'll start working on that, and I've started a new blog where I can post those. In the mean time I'll be posting other sketches and things that I do, or have done recently. Check it out: My Life in Doodles
I can get this kid to smile, but as soon as he realizes his picture is being taken he puts on this "magnum" face. The one below is of the boys after a walk outside. Again, I got him to smile right before taking the picture, and then he gets that funny look on his face. Close up. Last but not least, I thought I'd share one of Luke's (unexplainable) favorite things. In our room I got a lamp to clip on the bed so that I could not have to get out of bed or wake up Mac to take care of Luke in the middle of the night. Luke thinks it's about the most fascinating thing in the world and I have no idea why.
Luke likes to sing, but for now he only does a few songs. His 'singing' consists of cooing back at me when I start to sing, and he started it a while ago with his lullabies. He likes to do "All my loving" by the beatles, but for some reason "She loves you" is not in his repertoire. That's the second song in the video where it should have been edited, but I'm too lazy for an edit so kindly stop it or pause it. Please excuse my poor singing, I almost didn't post this but Mac assured me that nobody cares about me in the video, it's all about Luke.
I've known for a while that this day would come. Luke has gotten closer and closer to this, but I was in no rush for this to happen, as it means I will have to be a much more careful parent. This morning I asked Mac to take Luke while I got my ab workout, and before I even got out of bed Mac says "He rolled over!" I rushed out and asked for particulars, but Mac didn't even see it! Mac had put him on his tummy, and when he turned his back, Luke rolled over. So this afternoon I had the video camera poised in case there was a repeat. I wasn't expecting much because I didn't think he even realized what he did, but he's done it a few times today. A mobile kid means mischief. Watch out world!
This picture doesn't quite do justice to how cute Luke and Abby interactions are(Abby is our downstairs neighbor that is just about 2-3 weeks older than Luke). Abby's mom, Holly, and I are trying to get into the habit of going on walks together. Between nap time and eating time, there really is a limited window to do this in, but today it happened to work out. Before the walk we set them down on the bed together and they seemed to notice each other, but after the walk was much more fun. They were both in their carriers facing out and we had them look at each other and they were just grinning and laughing. I just know they're going to be good pals.
Mac and I got married a year ago tomorrow, and are finally doing something with our wedding pictures. With all of the things that have happened in the past year, it just was one of those things that needed a little more time than we could invest. About a month ago we got the rights to the photos and have since been looking for the best way to publish a photo book. I checked out a bunch of different sites and programs for publishing the book, but the one I ended up liking the best was blurb. It took way more hours than I thought, but I wanted things just right so that we could enjoy it for years and years and years. I made the book public, so you should be able to view it yourselves here: http://www.blurb.com/books/534916 .
Lately my little guy has been doing a LOT better at napping. Especially when the day is very, very boring. If we leave the house for errands or to visit Nana, he gets all excited and wide-eyed and hardly sleeps. Things are, however, getting better and he lets me get a lot of work around the house done (compared to before, not compared to Martha Stewart). Isn't he angelic? Sheesh I like him a lot.
In any case, this is what I do with the hours of napping when I'm not tidying the house or paying a bill. I knit and crochet slowly, rip out when I mess up and then try again. I was introduced to the world of yarn a few times, first by my mom (I think. I'm pretty sure) and then by Alena Kesti and Jamie Knight, who taught me how to do a chain stitch in crochet. I promptly forgot everything until my good friend Mary Baker introduced me to a book called "Stitch N'Bitch". She was working on a project at work while she had down time, and I was definitely intrigued. There was one pattern that I fell in LOVE with for a baby blanket. This was back in June/Julyish, so I was pretty dang pregnant. I bought some cheap yarn in case I decided knitting wasn't for me, and got some tutoring from Mary. It took me hours and hours and hours to finally finish the blanket, but I'm so proud of it. Then in the weeks before Luke came I was going crazy just waiting around, so I got a book on crochet and taught myself the rest of the basics. For Christmas I did 4 projects-- 2 scarfs, 1 purse/clutch, and 1 neclace/bracelet set. Sorry there is not picture of the neclace, I sent them off before I finished taking pics. Here are the purse and scarf.
I would definitely have to say that my first love is knitting, but I found a little book at borders this week of crochet patterns, so I'll try a couple of those before going back to knitting something. Dang it, I just remembered there's a couple of hats I knitted for my brother Bryan around New Years that I forgot to take pictures of. OK, those are getting posted soon too. Now here are the pics of my new patterns and the one I'm starting next. I'm lusting after about 5 of the patterns, and I decided to start the Mary Jane Baby Booties first, because by the time I figure them out I may have a baby girl of my own. If not, they can go to Luke's little friend downstairs, Abby, who is just 2-3 weeks older. Here they are:
Here's to happy knitting and many more projects to post! Wish me luck, I'll need it!