So I’m pregnant.  I’ve tried to inform most everyone by now… close friends and family.  IF you are someone that reads this blog and I didn’t tell you personally, my apologies it’s possible we’ve missed meeting up or talking recently. 

Life has literally been a whirlwind.  It all started May 18th.  I came home from a night out with friends and noticed a few things.  I had waited all week to start my period and it never came.  All of a sudden, I just knew I was pregnant.  Brian came home after being at Rock on the Range and I told him my suspicions.  He immediately went out after midnight to get a pregnancy test.  I took it and passed, so it seems.

To say I was shocked was quite an understatement.  I was immediately excited and scared shitless.  I thought of all the potential problems, my weight, my age, my health issues and a previous miscarriage.  I thought about the house and how many changes we need to make, about my uncertain future with Abbott… and just everything all at once.  I think I may have only slept about an hour that night.

I finally was able to push it all away and just thought to try and be patient.  Yeah, that didn’t really work.  Monday morning, I was on the phone as soon as the doctor’s office opened and tried to schedule a prenatal appointment. The couldn’t get me in for about 2 weeks.  I then called my PCP and they were able to get me in same day.  I wanted to make sure of what medications I should continue on.  So of the 4 I am supposed to take, I had to discontinue using 3 of those.

In the meantime, my doctor referred me to a Diabetes Educator and I met with her on Friday the 24th.  She wanted me to track my sugars for a week and send them to her.  I did so and on 5/31 – she was concerned and sent them to a high risk doctor and he wanted me admitted.  So I went to live at the hospital for a few days. 

They did many, many, many finger pokes to check my sugars and started me on insulin.  I had an ultrasound, which I couldn’t really see and we got a little photo of a blurry blob.  My ongoing therapy is to inject insulin 4 times a day for now.  Two different ones at breakfast, one at dinner and another at bedtime.  I also have to test of course and keep track of that info and send to the doctor on a weekly basis.

Today I went to my original OB/GYN for my first official prenatal appointment.  I got a new ultrasound that was definitely clearer.  Because of a monitor mounted on the wall, I could see all the stuff on the ultrasound which was nice.  I could see and hear the heartbeat.  I also saw my ovaries. 

So, this is the beginning of my journey.  I’ll probably update frequently with information about what is going on with me.ImageThe test

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2013 Goals – And the sweater begins

As I planned for the year I really wanted to have some completed garments this year, specifically sweaters.  I had a list of items I’ve been wanting to make – the first pattern is called Shift of Focus.  It’s sort of a swing style/cardigan sort of sweater.  It has really interesting shaping which is part of the reason I liked it so much.

In order to make this sweater, I needed a pretty sport yarn.  I ordered Blue Moon Fiber’s BFL Sport in “In the Navy” color way which is a pretty kettle dyed looking blue.  All that background aside, I finally started the sweater today.  The sweater is all garter stitch with lots of short rows for the interesting shaping.  It’s going along well and my plan is to try and do as much as I can in the next 3-4 week so to see if I can finish by my birthday – this is a stretch goal, but if I can figure out how much knitting I need per day perhaps I can make it.  Pictures to come later!

2013 – Goals – Completed Tote

So part of my goals for 2013 is to make more accessory bags, totes, etc.  I will try to do at least one per month as I set aside time to sew and work on quilt blocks.  I have a ton of excess fabric that was given to me by another friend and I would like to use as much of that up as I can.  It’ll be awhile, but today, I have completed my first bag.  It’s reversible with a pocket on the “inside.”


2012 Goals – the review

I got a good chuckle this morning by looking back at my goals. I guess I should have made a point to look back at the list occasionally to stay on track.

Here is 2012:
1. Complete the Learn to Knit Afghan (63 total squares, 4 done so far) – More squares done, but no where near finished
2. Make at least 6 pair of socks – NO SOCKS! However I did complete more than 6 shawls/cowls so I think that is an adequate substitute
3. Stash bust!!!! This I actually did, but I also acquired some.
4. Make significant progress/finish the Sock Yarn Blankie, need approx 542 more squares – progress made, but not much
5. Make 2 more Dipped Infinity kits, Secret Garden and Find me a River – This was attempted on both they were half done, but had yarn yardage probs so they were frogged
6. Finish 5 WIPS: February Lady Sweater, Tank, BOM Afghan, CPH, Lia Sweater (sleeves) – progress made on BOM and one sock WIP was completed but nothing else
7. Read 20 books including rest of Harry Potter – did read more than 20 books however, not the rest of HP YET.
8. Spin more – spun some, but not as much as I wanted

So I had 8 major goals and less than half finished – not sure what that says about me, except perhaps, I’m really not as organized as I could be.  Organization is one of my key plans for 2013, so if I can continue the way I start, my 2013 list might actually see completion.  I hope to post more so that I can keep myself accountable and make progress.

Happy New Year – 2013 Goals

I’m determined to GET more done in 2013.  I will need to figure out a way to do this, but it all starts with a goal – actually goalS.  So I’ve made a list that is quite lofty, maybe these are a stretch, but if I can make myself accountable and stay on task, I think it is a definite possibility to finish these items.  Some of them are lengthy, but not hard, it just requires the power of stick-to-itiveness.  Ok with that ramble over – here is my list.

Craft Goals 2013

Make 6 sweaters/cardigans

Finish Elysium, Summer Wave Tank and Lia
Make 6 Shawls/Wraps
  1. Juneberry Triangle
  2. Curatio
  3. Damask
  4. Glacier Sweep
  5. Hawthorne
  6. Guernsey Wrap
Maybe – Leaves of Grass
Finish Girasole, Wayfarer, Trapeze, Purple D, Taygete
  1. Sugar BOM – stay on track
  2. Finish Craftsy BOM
  3. Make more accessory bags, totes and change purses (try for 1/month)

1. Paint more
2. Take better pictures, more often!

Cooking : new recipes via Pinterest

I’ve spent today doing quite a bit of cooking. I’ve been loving Pinterest as its helping me explore new recipes and try different foods. What’s weird is that I have a ton of cookbooks that never get used. Lately everything I make comes from the net and usually Pinterest.

Today I decided to try a Sriracha chicken recipe and this cheesy creamy potato dish. Am going to have some steamed broccoli on the side, too. For dessert s’mores bars. So while the has taken me a good chunk of the afternoon, I also made several other items to get me through the week.

I just love these little pep/pinch bowls. It makes a few extra dishes to wash, but its also nice to have everything pre-measured. These are the ingredients for the chicken marinade. Some oil, Sriracha, garlic, rosemary, lime juice and Greek yogurt. This is the marinade and another of my favorite kitchen items is this handy little mini whisk. If you don’t have one, get one, I probably use this every time I make something.
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For breakfast, quinoa breakfast frittata type things – baked in a muffin tin. The recipe was for minis but I used my jumbo tin. They look delish, but I’ve not tasted yet. I’ll throw these in the freezer and grab one to take on the go and reheat at work. Quick fast and healthy!
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It’s no big secret but s’mores are probably one of my most favorite treats. I found this a short time ago and have had it on my mind ever since. The recipe was pretty quick and easy however one of the main ingredients is marshmallow cream. That stuff is REALLY hard to spread and sticks everywhere. It was a little trying but the end result looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

Since the breakfast recipe called for quinoa and I’m making another dish tomorrow that uses it I decided to make a big batch. Tomorrow’s dinner is grilled steak, green beans and quinoa Mac & cheese. Obviously there’s no Mac in this but I’m sure the cheesy quinoa will be delicious. It has green onions and garlic in it, so I minced those up and placed in a labelled baggie.

I’ll also be making quinoa burgers tomorrow for a reheat quick supper this week. Again, the quinoa is already prepared, I shredded the zucchini, onions, garlic etc and placed em in labelled baggies and will throw that together tomorrow.

So my next couple of meals will be very quick and easy. And if you sense a quinoa theme here you are quite correct. It’s my new super food. It seriously goes with everything. It took me a bit to get used to the taste but now that I have I’m totally subbing it for anything that uses rice. Last weekend I made a cheesy broccoli quinoa recipe that I loved. You can serve it hot or cold,sweet or savory. It’s so versatile and the texture is more pleasing to me than couscous. By the way it’s a great source of fiber and protein. I’m on the lookout for new quinoa uses so if you have them, please share!

Ps all recipes discussed here are on my Pinterest food or dessert board.