Little M 2.5 yrs, Little E 7.5 months updates!

I am of course terrible delayed AGAIN with this update. Work has been draining free time away, and it doesn’t help that M has been away weekends for almost a month.

But enough with the excuses, and on with finally an update on the kiddos! Little E is 7.5 months and Little M is 2.5 yrs old. The saying that “the days are long and the years are short” is so true! Both boys have changed so much since the last update, that I feel extra guilty not updating.

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Second verse, not quite the same as the first (but similar?)

I am so excited to share a huge not-so-secret secret project that is finally complete (although I am waiting for some little bits of stuff to do in the coming days).

My second Knitty magazine publication is live! This is a little vest-halter I ended up calling Spaziergang mit Emil (it means “a walk with Emil” in German) because the design came to me during those newborn days when I walked Little E for naps all the time. Those were special days because the spring was nice here, and I got to just walk around and let my mind wander, quiet and away from the stresses and deadlines of job and household. It was really life in suspended animation, and I kind of miss it now that real life has kicked in again (end of maternity leave, already inundated with deadlines and lots of work)

Not posting photographs here since the pattern page Knitty put up is so beautiful. Thanks so much to friends T, L and M who took the photographs — we all know that photography is a major component of why designs are accepted.

I am really happy to have another big project done, and this is making me realize how wonderful magazine submissions are — you work on a deadline, which means I can’t agonize over pattern drafts forever. Downside — not sure if having deadlines for what is supposed to be a relaxing hobby is always a good thing ^_^


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Swatches swatches — swatches!! And Guilty Pleasure knit

Some winter knitting design projects that I hope go smoothly has been started, and the most important step is to swatch, especially as I am still learning some of these yarns. Two of these are already on needles with the 3rd still sitting in excel being worked out.


I was also a bit wanting an autumn piece — and did the really cute and super fast knit Nob Hill. I worked it in thinner yarn with smaller needles, and did a larger size. Think the fit turned out great. It is still a bit too warm to wear it. Here is my project page of this little piece in Raverly.



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Little E, Little M combined update

Long overdue update. Little E is 6.5 month old and Little M is 29 months old, and it’s been a WHILE since I’ve updated both boys!

I am officially back at work although the transition has been a bit slow due to the visiting weeks with our daycare and all that. M-mom came again to help out which was a huge help.

I probably will only update Little E once a month now, like Little M, to make it a bit more manageable. Hopefully these updates will come a bit more regularly as we settle down into more of a routine.

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Grandparents, parents, adulthood, and kids

I’ve been so bad about updating, which is especially bad because I know grandmothers read this blog to get those updates on the kiddos. I promise a big Little E and Little M update this weekend, and back to regular updates (as I get back onto schedule).

But this post is about something else. The incident that started me down lots of thought about, well, what it all means, was that I found out yesterday that my grandmother is terminally ill. Warning that this post is long, meandering and very stream-of-consciousness.

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Much delayed Little E & Little M updates!

So I have missed nearly a month of Little E updates and the last monthly update for Little M.

A lot has been going on — first of all was that both boys (and now M) were sick over these weeks. Little E’s cold got bad enough that he had bronchitis and we needed to do the inhaler and meds, which made caring for the two of them really overwhelming for the first time. This resulted in a few (sometimes major) parenting fails which all involved not being quite patient enough with Little M’s 2 yr old tantrums. I can do better ^_^ and will keep trying to.

But both boys are healthy now, and we are at the last stretch of Little E being home with me all day. The summer has finally started, and we are actually getting some beach days in.

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Net-a-Porter and new stuffies…

Did I need more cream eyeshadows or lip treatment? No. No I didn’t. Wait, wait, rewind…

Charlotte Tilbury is the makeup artist who developed the Tom Ford beauty line, and she launched her own line in 2013. I’ve been tempted by the pretty things in that line, but decided to spend a bit more to pick up the Tom Ford eyeshadows last year instead. Then she came out with these new cream eyeshadows. I jumped.

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Autumn eyeshadow palettes for spring

I have not been wearing much makeup lately, with the newborn taking over our lives. But when I do, I have been pulling out three palettes which were promoted for the fall. Despite them being supposedly autumnal colors, I find them to fit very well for spring/summer.


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Little E: Week 15 & 16 Summary

Little E is 4 month old, and had another booster shot today. He won’t have another vaccination until the end of Summer.

I realized that I forgot to do a 100 days update (today it’s been 119 days!!). I will work on that ^_^. Since the last update, Little E has been working tons on mobility. He also has been getting fussier and having worse sleep, although compared to other babies, he’s still pretty stellar. He definitely gets overshadowed by his big brother, but I really try to be good about giving him attention.

Interesting little differences between him and Little M with learning gross motor movements – Little E likes to sit by me pulling him up (like doing a sit up) while Little M always liked to lean against me while facing out. Also, Little E likes to put his feet down and push himself up (his bottom getting off the mat) while Little M tended to kick his legs up into the air to get his bottom up. Besides the differences, Little E is working hard on turning back to front. He can get to his side, but have not gotten the movements right to turn all the way.

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Venturing into Burberry Beauty

Little E’s summary is again late this week, and I might just combine this week and next. Ah, second borns. They just don’t get as time and attention as the first!

In the meantime, I thought I’d just throw this one out onto the blog. I wrote this post while my dad was still here, and complete forgot to get it up! Better late than never, I suppose…

I wanted to try things from Burberry’s beauty line ever since they launched, but never could decide what to get. I finally picked up some pieces in March — two of which I had to order in the US and my dad, AKA the Easter Santa, brouxght them. Two other items I ordered via Burberry’s European website and they came directly here.


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