Stash busting: Project Mom Scarf

I am on a mission to bust my yarn stash, especially reducing those yarns that I bought right when I started knitting again (new years 2011) that were cheapie and didn’t have projects attached. They were also not the best quality yarn because I just didn’t know any better back then.

First one finished is a scarf for my mom!

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Little E: Week 6 Summary

It seems like everything happened at week 6. This is supposedly the peak of fussiness, which means everything starts to get easier from now on. I remember with Little M, 6 weeks was a bit of a turning point for us. We are now half way through the “4th trimester.”

I am also unofficially able to do everything this week. However, I shall not, since I do not have my post-partum checkup until next week. Still, just knowing that I soon can wear little E, pick up little M, and finally take that well deserved bath, makes me giddy.

The one big thing that did not happen this week was the okay from the hospital ortho doc that Little E’s hip brace comes off. Although they assured us that the vast majority of newborns who need the brace will have them off by 6 weeks, at our visit, the head doc said that the hips are not quite there yet. He then adjusted the brace quite significantly, which made me even more suspicious of them saying that we do not need to adjust the brace as Little E grows. We then went to another ortho doc for a second opinion. This doc’s sonographic measurements were 10 to 20 degrees off from the hospital doc’s, and found Little E’s hips to be totally normal. He said we definitely do not need the brace. So M and I have a difficult decision to make – which doc’s recommendation do we go with? Update on this once we make a definitive decision.

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solar eclipse!

We saw the partial solar eclipse today! Over Greifswald, it was about 60% coverage.

Between 10 and 11am, everyone were out looking up. I took a nice long walk with Little E (because he was actually not napping well today, and needed the stroller) and saw lots of people. Some of them offered me these cool homemade devices to look at the sun. I just did the good old, look at the reflection in water thing. but those contraptions were kind of cool.

Too bad I didn’t know how to photograph it, although there are plenty of very beautiful photos and videos of the event online.

 

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Little M monthly summary: Month 24

Little M is 2 years old today! This is huge – we have officially entered into the scary bit of toddlerhood. Oh boy! For his birthday, Little M got a cool digger truck thingie, a set of real legos, and of course, cake. Poor little M has had a LOT of changes last month – new baby, a change of caregiver (mil then my dad, both with their distinct way of doing things), bad colds that meant he couldn’t go to daycare for a while, lots of medication to take for the colds, etc. And on top of that, we decided to potty train – not a good idea! Details under the potty section on that little adventure…

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Little E: Week 5 Summary

We had Little E’s checkup last Thursday – the little bugger was 5 kg then, and still growing quickly. My arms get tired holding him now. Great that we have another good eater. I can’t believe we are going into Little E’s second month — it has all flown by in a way that it didn’t with Little M. He is now getting his fat rolls and multiple chins. Very cute.

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It feels like Christmas in March! (Thanks to my dad, the Easter Santa)

My dad — my lovely dad — arrived beginning of the month to help out with our new addition to the family, and I am stoked since my parents were only able to visit for a brief period of time when Little M was a newborn. He had one entire luggage filled with gifts for the boys, M, M-family and so on. This post is dedicated to the beauty goodies he brought for me!

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Introduction to Kiko

While M perused an electronic shop during our one day trip to Dresden, I accidentally ventured into a Kiko shop.

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Kiko is an affordable cosmetics brand from Italy which reminds me a bit of NYX, in that they offer good quality products at drugstore prices. Before I went into the shop, all I knew of the brand was that occasionally, I’ve heard it mentioned on beauty blogs.

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Little E: Week 4 Summary

Its nuts that a month is over – it has flown by. It still feels all very new, and with all the illnesses and such, I think we are all still trying to get used to the new family set-up. Unfortunately, Little E’s runny nose has turned into a slight cough. We will see the pediatrician for checkups on Friday, and will ask for the cold to be checked out. But so far, no fever, and Little E nurses well, has plenty of wet diapers, so there seems to be not much we can do.

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Little E: Week 3 Summary

An eventful week! Little E got his first (slight) cold this past Friday, thanks to his brother the germ bomb. We all felt a little sick too, including an earache for me and sniffles for all (M and M-mom). But all seems okay, since besides the runny nose, there has been no other problems (like fever, cough, etc.)

M-mom is leaving tomorrow and my dad will be here as well. A changeover of grandparents, changeover of language, and lots and lots of changes in just a month in our flat. As much as we loved M-mom being here, I am also excited for my dad to be here for an extended time. This would be the first time since, I think early university years, that I have had this much time with my dad (and back then he worked long hours, so this may be the MOST time I will have spent with my dad that I can remember).

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Dresden shopping — Roses in December!

So of course, I had to take advantage of the Dresden trip to do some shopping. First off, I picked up some Lush goodies at half price for girlfriends back home. I already have so much bath stuff to go through, I didn’t go crazy there.

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