Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sixteen months.

Whew! I don't know about you, but KCW and Halloween really knocked me out. I am only just now slowly easing back into the swing of sewing. My first goal is to clear off my ironing board, which is piled high with projects in various states of completion! Argh! I don't mind having a couple works-in-progress hanging around, but at some point, it becomes a burden. I hit that point like ... three months ago. I need to knock a few things out so that I can move on. I have been super inspired lately, but also really scatterbrained!

Bimaa Sweater - cowl neck


First up, some leftovers from KCW that I didn't get to. I whipped up a long sleeved shirt for Joe that I will try to get some pictures of at a later time, and a Bimaa Sweater for Maggie. Last time I made the hoodie version; this is the cowl-necked version.

Bimaa Sweater - cowl neck


Isn't the color just gorgeous? This top started life as an XL men's t-shirt that I nabbed at my local thrift store. I wasn't sure what to do with it - honestly, I wanted it all for myself! But it wasn't quite enough fabric for me to work with for myself, so I made it into a cozy pullover for Mags.

Maggie is sixteen months old now! She's a very busy baby. She's learning lots of words now - she says "mama," "dada," "dog," "hat," "that," and "choo-choo." Girlfriend is always on the move and keeps us all on our toes. She loves any kind of food (don't even think about trying to eat around her without offering her a bite!) but she requires only the best when it comes to beverages - it's mama milk all the time for Maggie. Although I am ready to pump wean at work (and have been for months), Maggie takes one sip of cow's milk and hands the bottle to her dad with an expression of disdain, as though to invoke the royal "We are most displeased." Attempts to force her to switch over to regular milk resulted in a very sad baby girl and daddy.

So I am still pumping once a day at work. Blargh! Only the best for my Mags-McGee, I suppose. It's hard to get too upset that your baby loves your milk so much that she won't even touch that (far inferior, apparently) cow's stuff.



Bimaa Sweater - cowl neck


Most of my photos turn out a bit blurry. Miss Margaret is solidly in that hard-to-photograph toddler phase. When I pull out the camera, she runs for me, because she wants to see the digital photos of herself from the other side of the camera! So photo-sessions are essentially games of "chase the mama." Oops, she almost got me!

Bimaa Sweater - cowl neck


 Maggie is a really outgoing and social baby. She loves to cuddle with me, but she doesn't have a lot of separation anxiety and loves to play with other children and meet new people. She's easy-going and adaptable ... as long as she gets her boob-juice, anyway!

She and Joe play together a lot these days. There is conflict - sometimes a lot of conflict - but it's obvious that they genuinely like each other too. Joe is (sometimes) very patient with his little sister and takes obvious joy in her. Maggie, for her part, practically idolizes her big bro.

Maggie and Joe playing trains


My heart skipped a beat recently when Maggie picked up the bunny I made and started carrying it around and playing with it, like it was her baby. Joe was never into dolls or stuffed animals, preferring trucks and trains over cuddly things. So it's pretty special to see Maggie playing with a softie that I made just for her!

Maggie with her bunny


 Which reminds me of a teeny-tiny sewing project I did recently ... bloomers for Bunny! According to Joe, she needed underwear, and I could see his point. There, now she's much more decent. Of course, Joe says, "Those are pants, not underwear." I tried to explain about bloomers, but gave up after a bit. You're right Joe, she's wearing pants under her dress. So apparently I still need to make her underwear?

Bunny bloomers


Sewing tiny clothes for small bunnies is fun, so who knows, maybe I will? But I really want to learn to knit (beyond scarves or dish cloths) and make Bunny a hooded sweater! Just what I need - another hobby, right? Maybe I should stick with what I know.


12 comments:

  1. The photos are adorable, and I love the outfit's color combo!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I couldn't resist the mustard/rust combination, I just love both of those colors and I love putting Maggie in unlikely/unbabyish colors. :-)

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  2. She is just so edible with those curls coming on and that hairclip and the snuggly new top! Great photos, even with the blur. Pumping at work is a pain... seems like such a distant memory for me now I think 'did I even do that?'. I used to have to use the boardroom, ha!

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    1. Her hair is getting long enough to clip back, and although I have resisted headbands and flowery/glittery clips, I have to say, there's something about that barrette in her hair that just SLAYS me. So sweet.

      Pumping is a bit of a pain, but at least it's only once and I do have an office door that I can close so I spend my pumping breaks working or goofing off on the internet or responding to blog comments, and it's not so bad. :-)

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  3. She's such a cutie! I have the blurry-photo-problem with my baby too. And he also loves his mummy milk.

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    1. Yeah, she's too fast for me! And of course he loves his mummy milk - mummy milk is the BEST! Don't you know this milk was tailored to MY SPECIFIC NEEDS, mummy? Hehe. Picky customers.

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  4. oh inder i love this so much. the sweater is amazing and i love the color paired with the mustard pants.

    good for you for pumping for so long. now that's dedication! :)

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    1. Thank you! Oh, how I love beautiful autumn colors. I can never get enough rust or mustard or avocado ... I think I never really left the comfortable 70s kitchen of my youth. :-)

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  5. Miss Maggie is gorgeous - love her new top. Also love bunny's bloomers - your stories of Joe always make me laugh.

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    1. I realize that "pants" means underwear to a lot of folks, so the funniness is either diluted or increased based on that fact! :-)

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  6. Worlds could collide if bunny had a cowl-necked sweater! I love that top of Maggie's, and the green version too. Maggie is so cute. I like the photo of Maggie and Joe playing together -- their resemblance to each other is amazing.

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    1. Ooooh, what a good idea!! And yes, it's fascinating to look at siblings, isn't it? Some sibs look REALLY similar, and some don't look similar at all. Genetics is such a crazy and fascinating thing. Maggie looks like my paternal great grandmother! What were the chances of that? Especially since I've been told I look like my mother my whole life!

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