Lincoln’s First Christmas

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What a whirlwind this past week has been! We have had tons of family in for the holidays and it has been non stop visiting. Now that we have a new baby everyone wants to meet him. It has been nice having lots of hands to pass Lincoln around and give Mike and I some time to enjoy visiting with everyone.

At Mike’s families Christmas it was the year of the baby Santas. His niece has a six month old baby name Landon and they were both dressed up as Santa. It was quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. I can’t wait until they are a little bit older and are able to play with each other. Landon noticed Lincoln and gave him a couple of loving smacks in the face but Lincoln was oblivious to the whole thing :)

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On my side of the family, my newest cousin Maximus is ten months old so Lincoln will have another buddy to play with. Maximus did lots of pointing at his baby cousin and I can’t wait until the two of them are able to play with each other too. It’s very exciting to have two other little boys, born the same year, in the family.

Mike and I gave each other gifts this year for the first time since we started dating. We usually buy a big joint gift together and skip the smaller surprise gifts. I have to admit his gifts were much more thoughtful than mine. He bought me a beautiful handmade necklace with Lincoln’s name, birthday and birth stone. He also had a shirt made with Lincoln’s head on it. I laughed pretty hard over it.

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Even though Lincoln wasn’t old enough to enjoy Christmas, he was already made the holiday more fun. It is fun watching the family interact with our little boy. He was definitely the best Christmas gift I could ever ask for :)

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Lincoln’s One Month Update

 

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It’s hard to believe a month has already passed since I had my little Lincoln. I’m not really sure when the time has gone but it certainly has not been spent sleeping :)

Lincoln is getting so big! At his one month checkup he is up to 12 lbs and 23 inches long. He is already growing out of all of his 0-3 month sleepers and I just pulled out 3-6 month. It really amazes me how different brands of baby clothes vary widely in size. Some of the 3-6 month sleepers are smaller than 0-3 and they aren’t even going to fit him.

In the past week I have really started to see some changes in my boy. He is starting to hold his head up really well. He is focusing on objects much better. He is starting to sleep by himself a little bit better instead of only taking naps in my lap. He is also going a little bit longer in between feedings.

Now only if he would just sleep a little better at night. He likes to take a long afternoon and evening nap and then stay up until 1 AM. Then he will sleep but he’s up every 2-3 hours to eat. I have to say it’s getting slightly easier but I am still one tired mamma.

Besides lack of sleep, I have recovered fairly quickly from his c section birth. My incision is a tiny bit tender if I press on it but I have felt pretty normal since around week two. On Lincoln’s 1 month birthday, Mike and I went out for our first date night to his work Christmas party while our friend baby sat. It was great to get out just the two of us and have a little break from non stop baby care. It was also a super exciting day for me too because I was able to fit into my pre pregnancy pants. I still have a little more weight to lose but it feels so good to wear normal pants again! I do not miss those maternity pants one bit.

I do wish I was getting more sleep but Lincoln is really a pretty good little baby. He doesn’t fuss that much unless there is a reason and it’s usually pretty easy to calm him down if he is upset. He does love being held so I spend most of my days with him in my arms and I’m learning how to do everything one handed.

Mike has been the best father and husband. He is great with Lincoln and has kept our house running smoothly by cooking all our meals and keeping up on the house cleaning. I do not know how I would get by this crazy newborn phase without him.

We are looking forward to spending our first Christmas together in a couple days with our boy as a new family.

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His puppy is holding him :)

Crochet Baby Elf Hat



crochet baby elf hat

This may not be the most practical hat but it sure is cute! Before Lincoln was born I was obsessed with making him as many different hats as possible and I really wanted a Christmas themed hat to take his pictures in. I searched forever on Ravelry and Pinterest and had a lot of trouble making a decision. There are so many cute possibilities!

I finally decided on the long tailed baby elf hat pattern from Ooodles for Noodles (Update: This pattern is no longer available). I used a small amount of Red Heart Super Saver red and white yarn from my stash and made the pom pom with my pom pom maker.

This hat was super simple to make since it’s mostly double crochet. I made a small modification to the ribbing and alternated between front post double crochet and back post double crochet because I wanted a real ribbed look. The ribbing gives it a super stretchy brim so it fit Lincoln at 6 days old and it still fits at 5 weeks with room to grow. It would be super easy to adapt to a bigger size by adding some extra increases before starting the ribbing.

The first three pictures are from when Lincoln was 6 days old and last two are at 5 weeks old.

crochet baby elf hat

crochet baby elf hat

crochet baby elf hat

crochet baby elf hat

crochet baby elf hat

Lincoln’s Newborn Photo Shoot

 

I’m sharing these a little but late but who can blame me with a tiny guy taking up all my time. I wanted newborn pictures of Lincoln but I didn’t want to pay the hefty price tag that is associated with getting them done professionally. Mike’s cousin has a lot of experience with photography and an awesome set of equipment to go with it so we asked him to take Lincoln’s pictures and he came over when Lincoln was 6 days old.

Let me say that getting a baby to cooperate and pose in the adorable poses I wanted was quite a feat. We had the hardest time getting him to sleep and he was not a fan of being undressed. Many hours and shots later we did end up with some super cute shots of my chubby little guy so enjoy a picture explosion :)

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Crochet Toddler Monster Hat Pattern

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Crochet Toddler Monster Hat Pattern

My friend’s son just turned one. Of course I had to make him a cute little hat for his birthday. I saw a picture of my cousin wearing an adorable crocheted monster hat on Facebook the other day and I had been thinking about it ever since. When I saw my friend’s son dressed up as a character from Monster Inc for Halloween I knew I had to make a little monster hat.

I always check out patterns on Ravelry first but there was nothing like what I had in mind so I came up with my own design. I looked at a million other hats on Pinterest too for inspiration. I only used yarn I already had in my stash so that is what shaped the color scheme. I think this will be on the list to make for baby Lincoln one day. Right now he has plenty of hats so I will save it for a future project for him :)

Materials:
H hook
J hook (for mouth)
Worsted weight yarn in navy, orange, green, white and red. I used a mix of Caron One Pound in navy and white, Loops and Thread Impeccable in orange, Red Heart Super Saver in red. I’m not sure where the green is from.
Tapestry needle
2 black buttons

Abbreviations:
HDC- Half Double Crochet
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet
SS- Slip Stitch

Instructions:
Gauge- First 4 rows from center to edge= 2 inches
Sized for a 16- 18 inch head. 6 inches long

Hat
In navy
Rnd 1: Magic Ring. CH 1. 9 HDC in ring. Join with SS to top of first HDC (9 HDC)
Rnd 2: CH 1. 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (18 HDC)
Rnd 3: CH 1. (1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (27 HDC)
Rnd 4: CH 1. (1 HDC in first two stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (36 HDC)
Rnd 5: CH 1. (1 HDC in first three stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (45 HDC)
Rnd 6: CH 1. (1 HDC in first four stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (54 HDC)
Rnd 7-15: CH 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC. Fasten off. Weave in Ends (54 HDC)

Earflap
In navy
Join yarn 6 stitches from center of the back of the hat. CH 1.

SC in next 10 stitches.

Turn. CH 1. SC in next 10 stitches.

Turn. CH 1. SC decrease over first two stitches, SC in next 6 stitches, SC decrease over last two stitches.

Turn, CH 1. SC in next 8 stitches
Turn, CH 1. SC decrease over first two stitches. SC in next 4 stitches, SC decrease over last two stitches.
Turn, CH 1. SC in next 6 stitches
Turn, CH 1.SC decrease over first two stitches. SC in next 2 stitches, SC decrease over last two stitches.
Turn, CH 1. SC in next 4 stitches
Turn, CH 1.SC decrease over first two stitches, SC decrease over last two stitches.
Turn, CH 1. SC in next 2 stitches. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat on other side.
Join in back and SC around entire hat, putting 2 SC at the base of each side of the earflap.


Spikes
Make 3 orange and 3 green
Magic Ring. CH 1. 6 SC in ring. Join with SS to top of first SC.
CH 1. SC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first SC.
CH 1. (SC in first stitch, 2 SC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first SC.
CH 1. SC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first SC.
CH 1. (SC in first stitch, 2 SC in next stitch) Repeat around. End with a SC. Join with SS to top of first SC.
CH 1. SC in each stitch around in next 3 rounds. Join with SS to top of first SC. Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Big Eye
In white
Magic ring. CH 1. 10 HDC in center of the ring. Join with SS to top of first HDC.
CH 1. 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC
CH 1. (1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in next) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC. Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Little Eye
In white
Magic ring. CH 1. 10 HDC in center of the ring. Join with SS to top of first HDC.
CH 1. 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC
CH 1. 1 SC in stitch around. Join with SS to top of first SC. Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew one button onto each eye and stitch onto the hat, using the picture as a guide.

Mouth
In red
CH 22. Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing.
Shape the chain into a silly smile and stitch onto the hat, using the picture as a guide.

Braids- Make 2
Cut 3 strands of green and 3 strands of yarn 25 inches long.
Using a crochet hook, pull strands through the bottom of the earflap.
Tie a knot, braid and tie a knot at the bottom. (I leave the last knot loose until I have the other side done to make sure both sides are even.) Cut off excess.

You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.

I actually got this hat to fit onto my head form so you can see how nice the spikes stick up.

Crochet Toddler Monster Hat Pattern

Crochet Toddler Monster Hat Pattern

Crochet Toddler Monster Hat Pattern

If you liked this pattern then check out my other crochet patterns and projects.


Lincoln’s Birth Story

 

Three and half weeks have already gone by since my little boy was born. It all feels like one big sleep deprived blur :) I wanted to share his birth story before that becomes one big blur for me too.

I was scheduled to go in to the hospital to be induced 6 days late. My doctor wanted to schedule me one day earlier than one week overdue because she was working the evening and next morning and she was trying to be there for the birth. Mike and I went to the hospital at 8 AM on Wednesday November 13th. My IV of pitocin to start labor was started at 9 AM.

Then started the waiting game. The nurse told me to walk the halls to get my labor going and Mike and I made several laps around the labor and delivery floor trying to get my contractions going. I was really glad I had brought my robe from home because the hospital gowns are a bit revealing. Sometime around noon the doctor broke my water to get things moving more quickly. It actually took two tries because the first doctor couldn’t get it done and only gave me bad cramps.

After my water was broken the contractions got pretty intense and I asked for an epidural. I couldn’t feel anything after it kicked in, including my legs. The nurse had to switch my from laying on one side to the other several times to keep the epidural even on both sides. It is no fun to not be able to move your legs to get comfortable and I drove Mike crazy asking him to keep adjusting my foot because it just didn’t feel right.

Finally at 10:50 PM it was time for me to start pushing. My doctor had arrived shortly before so I was happy she was going to be there for the birth. Two and half hours later there was no baby and I was exhausted. I couldn’t push anymore and my doctor opened up the option for a c section. I didn’t want to give up but I had no energy left so I asked to have the c section.

Mike got a set of scrubs to wear and I was given a fresh round of drugs to numb me up before I got wheeled into the OR around 2:00 AM. At 2:15 my little Lincoln was born. He wasn’t so little after all, weighing in at 10 lbs 1 oz. When my doctor pulled him out she said “He’s enormous!”, “He has a double chin!” and “Look at all that hair!”

I had an ultrasound the Monday before and the ultrasound tech thought he was 9 lbs 10 oz but she also thought her machine might be off because the last time he was measured at 34 weeks he was only 5 lbs 13 oz and expected to only gain two more pounds. Turns out her machine was pretty accurate because I had a big boy in my belly! He also was transverse, meaning he was crooked, when he dropped so there was no way I was going to get him out by pushing. That made me glad I gave up when I did because my doctor said that she could have allowed my to push up to four hours.

Recovery was a bit rough at first since I was in a lot of pain from the surgery but after some wonderful pain meds I started to feel better and I was wheeled up to a regular room. We had a great staff that took really good care of us in the hospital but I was ready to get home to a normal bed without constant interruptions by the time we were allowed to go on Sunday. By that time I was able to get up and move around on my own and I was feeling a lot more like my old self. It was exciting and scary to be wheeled out of the hospital with my new baby boy. I loved being able to dress him in his Browns hat, that I made for him, which got tons of compliments on our way to the car.

Lincoln’s birth went pretty much exactly what I didn’t want to happen. I didn’t want to be overdue, I didn’t want to be induced and I didn’t want to end up with a c section after a long labor. In the end though it doesn’t matter because I got a healthy beautiful baby boy out of it. I survived labor and now I’m just trying to survive sleep deprivation with a hungry little newborn :)

Now I’ll share some fun pictures from the hospital photographer. These were taken on Saturday November 16th when Lincoln was two days old.

 

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Animal Sweater Roundup

Animal Sweaters


I’m normally not one for really trendy pieces. I like to jump on the bandwagon after at least a year or two to make sure a trend will stick around for a little while. Some trends I just can’t get on board with. A huge blogger favorite is the chambray shirt, which has been around for awhile. I bought one and returned it because it wasn’t right on me. Maybe I’ll give it another try but it just doesn’t seem to fit my style.
Animal sweaters on the other hand are just too cute. I don’t know why I love this trend but I just do. I rounded up some cute options to share since I am still on outfit post hiatus. There are some cute options and also a couple more classic ones. I think the tan dog sweater and white/black bird sweater would stay relevant a little longer than the other options (but the others are so cute!)
1. Kohl’s Fox Sweater
2. Kohl’s Raccoon Sweater
3. Old Navy Dog Sweater (On sale for cheap!)
4. JC Penney Dog Sweater
5. JC Penney Owl Sweater
6. Express Bird Sweater

Crochet Striped Earflap Hat Pattern 0-3 Month

Crochet Striped Earflap Hat Pattern 0-3 Month


Our friend’s had a little boy in September and of course I had to make them a hat (what else would I give a new baby?) Mike wanted me to make a Browns hat and I was short on time so I decided to make a Browns colored hat instead of a football helmet hat. I made it in a 0-3 month size so hopefully it will fit him most of the winter.

I really like the versatility of this pattern and I think it would look really cute with lots of different color combinations or maybe an added flower to turn it into a girl hat.

Materials:
H hook
Worsted weight yarn in brown, orange and white. I used Loops and Threads Impeccable
Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
HDC- Half Double Crochet
SC- Single Crochet
SS- Slip Stitch

Instructions:
Gauge- First 4 rows from center to edge= 2 inches

Hat
Rnd 1: Starting with brown. Magic Ring. CH 1. 10 HDC in ring. Join with SS to top of first HDC (10 HDC)
Rnd 2: CH 1. 2 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (20 HDC)
Rnd 3: CH 1. (1 HDC in first stitch, 2 HDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (30 HDC)
Rnd 4: CH 1. (1 HDC in first two stitches, 2 HDC in next stitch) Repeat around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (40 HDC)
Rnd 5-6- CH 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (40 HDC)
Rnd 7: In white.CH 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (40 HDC)
Rnd 8: In orange. CH 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (40 HDC)
Rnd 9: In white. CH 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (40 HDC)
Rnd 10-12  In brown. CH 1. 1 HDC in each stitch around. Join with SS to top of first HDC (40 HDC) Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Earflaps
Join in side of hat. CH 1. SC in next 6 stitches
Turn, CH 1.SC decrease over first two stitches. SC in next 2 stitches, SC decrease over last two stitches.
Turn, CH 1. SC in next 4 stitches
Turn, CH 1.SC decrease over first two stitches, SC decrease over last two stitches.
Turn, CH 1. SC in next 2 stitches. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Repeat on other side.
Join in back and SC around entire hat, putting 2 SC at the base of each side of the earflap. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Braids 
Cut 6 strands of brown yarn 24 inches long. Pull through the bottom of the earflap with a crochet hook. Tie an knot. Braid and tie another knot at the end. Repeat for the other side. I like to leave the bottom know loose until I braid both sides to make it easier to keep them even. Cut off any excess.


You may use any of the patterns I create for personal use. If you would like to make an item to sell with my patterns you must link back to the pattern on my blog. You can not sell my patterns as your own.

Crochet Striped Earflap Hat Pattern 0-3 Month

Crochet Striped Earflap Hat Pattern 0-3 Month

Crochet Striped Earflap Hat Pattern 0-3 Month