Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Evelyn's 4 Month Update

We had a little photoshoot the other day because Miss Evelyn just turned 4 months old!  Before she was born, I was told that the time just flies by, but oh my goodness!  I didn't realize how fast it really goes!  It's as if the moment we brought her home, someone pressed fast forward on my life.  She's really been blossoming into her own little person this month: a beautiful, curious, high energy little girl that loves music and is not a big fan of naptime!  She's figured out how to roll from her back to her front this month, and has been rolling from her front to her back for quite some time.  She's been working on scooting around a bit, and has been trying to sit up on her own, though she'll still need a bit of practice before she masters those skills!

As you might be able to tell from these photos, she is a little redhead right now, with a fiery personality!  She's figured out that she can communicate with us in ways other than crying, though, which is a welcome development!  Her favorite way to tell us she's annoyed with something is that she essentially makes a motorboat noise, and furrows her brow.  I think she likes doing it so much that even if we've rectified the situation, she still has to make it!

One thing that has been a little tougher this month is that I did go back to work on May 2nd. I didn't technically take "maternity leave" with Evelyn, because I have a position where I only work May through September, and we were fortunate that she was born right in the middle of my break.  So, we had quite a bit of time where it was just the two of us, but it was still incredibly hard to drop her off at my parents (who are providing daycare for us) the first week or so.  I'm not afraid to admit that I cried on my way to work the first few days, and I'm still begging my parents for pictures of her while I'm at work.  We are still breastfeeding, which has been a little bit of a hurdle, since that means that I have to fit in pumping sessions in addition to the other work that I need to get done.  So far, everything's been going well, though, and we haven't needed to supplement, yet.

Evelyn has also been teething, and has been for a while.  We think she'll be getting her upper teeth first, but we'll see which one ends up popping through.  Because of this, she's not exactly sleeping through the night like she used to.  Once we can get her asleep, she's still a pretty good sleeper, and only wakes up once (around 4:00am) to eat.  I can certainly live with that!  She's been such a good baby, and even though she's a lot of work, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Joe and I love her so much, and can't wait to see what she'll do next!

Bow is from the Little Poppy Co.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Beverly Hat from April KnitCrate

I love knitting hats!  They're quick and easy to knit up, and you can do a lot of different things with them.  So, I was really excited when I unboxed my April KnitCrate, and found that the patterns included were for two brightly colored hats!  Before I get too far, if you haven't heard of KnitCrate, it's a subscription box specifically for knitters that includes two patterns (one beginner, one intermediate/advanced), yarn to make the project, and a fun extra!  So far, I've been really impressed with this service, and have had so much fun making all of the projects.  It's really helped me get out of my comfort zone of creams, greys, and blacks (are those even considered colors?!?) and also introduced me to new techniques!

This month, I got to play around with a color scheme that I would have probably been too afraid of if I'd  been left to my own devices - a bright aqua with a pop of mango!  The yarn is Deliciate, which is a 100% Superwash Merino Wool, from Vocabulary Yarn in Hawaiian Ice and Cara Cara Orange.  As usual, there were two patterns in this box, and I chose to do the intermediate pattern, the Beverly Hat, which uses the blue as a main color accented with a fun, orange pattern that just screams tropical to me.  It was knit in the round which means there is almost no finishing.

Personally, I like to wear this hat with the brim unfolded and a little slouchy, not only because I just like that style, but because I have a small head, so most hats tend to run a little big on me and end up being slouchy anyway!  But, it can definitely be worn beanie style if you fold the brim up a little.  It was a little chilly outside when I took these photos, so you can see I'm wearing a white long sleeve shirt, but I think I'd rather pair this hat with a black or white V-neck t-shirt, a pair of jean shorts, and some nice sandals for a nice relaxed, beachy vibe.

I've really loved this hat so far, and it may convince me to get a little more color into my wardrobe!  As for now, I think I'm going to turn my attention to my May KnitCrate!  I just opened it yesterday, and the unboxing video can be found over on my YouTube channel.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

*This box is sent to me for review.  All opinions are my own.