Baby Maple Crafting

So Maple was born in September and there’s been lots of cool things that I’ve made for her. It’s kind of fun to see her in so many handmade items whether they are hand-me-down handmade items that I made for her sister or brother, or new items made for her. This post is about some of the cool things that I’ve had the opportunity to make specific for her.

Since she came a little bit later than expected I was able to knit her an adorable sweater called the Top Down Garter Stitch Sweater by Nancy Munroe and she’s been wearing it quite often. I thought a garter stitch cardigan would make a nice thick knit fabric that would keep her warm. This pattern has been a very practical make. It was easy (and seamless!) to construct and it is a very useful item for a young baby because it’s super easy to take on and off.

I absolutely love the book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger. I’ve made many things for my older kids out of that book and I continue to be in love with just about every single pattern in it. I made Maple some booties and a little hat out of some beautiful rainbow colored malabrigo yarn rios that I had in my stash. I purchased it at Santa Cruz yarn shop and the colorway is chameleon. The yarn was also used in the top down garter stitch jacket but I mixed it with just a plain worsted ivory colored wool because I liked the idea of toning down the colors. I’m happy with the result.

I used some gorgeous stash yarn to make Maple some super cute pink booties. She’s been wearing those frequently. The pattern is called baby hug boots and it’s free on ravelry.

For Maple’s monthly milestone photos, I made her a cute little whale. We were thinking about what kind of animal to make her and my husband suggested a whale because he loves whales so much and we live close to them. The pattern I ended up using is called Lasse the Little Blue Whale by Alexis Hamann-Nazaroff. I made it with jingle bells on the inside to make it rattle. Her little whale was there to meet her in the hospital when she was born and the older kids have had a lot of fun playing with it and rattling it at her as well.

I was able to make her the Hosenmatz baby pants out of some stashed yarn that I bought long ago in Monterey. The yarn is by frog tree and it’s a sock yarn that’s made out of bamboo. I thought it would be nice for some baby pants because I really liked the color and I didn’t have any other plans for the yarn. I used some other stash yarn for the top and the cuffs of he pants. It is knitpicks sock yarn and I remember that the colorway is called evil stepmother. I made the four to seven month old size and so far they’re too big for her but at her growth rate I get to feeling in the next month or so she’ll be in them.

As far as sewing, I had a chance to make Maple a side snap shirt which she’s been wearing quite often. When shopping for baby Maple’s arrival, I had a lot of trouble finding a side snap shirt in any color other than white. When I can’t find something to purchase, that means it’s time to start planning a project. With the extra time I had waiting for her, I ended up planning this bonus project. So… I found some really cute cotton jersey fruit fabric that was very busy. There’s a few hidden flamingos on it as well. It’s turned out to be a pretty fun shirt that she seems to be comfy and cozy in. It was fun using a hammer to put in the snaps! I bought some extra fabric to make her a pair of matching pants which are currently cut out and ready to be sewn.

Side snap shirt

Top down garter stitch sweater

Hosenmatz

Little whale

Truth?

I’m just getting around to reading the July 2019 issue of the ASHA Leader and there is a really interesting article that I’m loving about pseudoscience versus truth and how to defend scientific and evidence-based practices and our growing culture of social media. The article is titled “Does Truth have a Future” and it’s written by Nancy Volkers. The article is speaking to me a lot as a professional with regards to the populations that I serve as well as as a parent in regards to my own children and how I parent them and teach them to digest media and information.

It’s so important to remember that effective and evidence-based practices are usually never a quick fix. It’s especially important to defend science and the process of science. This is something that I think about it my parenting quite often and I find myself having more conversations with my older child about thinking things through and really questioning results that are found too easily. I find myself encouraging her to discuss that she is learning something versus she’s learned it as well as avoid using terms like I’ve mastered this or I’m an expert. This mentality of a continual learner versus someone who has mastered something is really important in the discussion of science versus pseudoscience.

It seems to me that many pseudoscience treatment procedures appear to not only dennounce scientific practices, they claimed to have found the answer. On the other hand, scientific evidence based practices are a continual spectrum of knowledge that slowly build upon each other. I remember when learning about research in college and graduate school we began to understand what a slow process research really is. This scientific process is essential to understanding how things work. I know I’ll always be open to new and evolving ideas as a professional and I’ll always be open to understanding new research. There’s never a one-size-fits-all solution. A career as a speech language pathologist is a commitment to endorsing the scientific process. We must make continual effort to fine-tune our skills in line with what research is indicating is appropriate.

Pajama pants

I finished sewing some pajama pants and matching doll dress for the kiddos. It always feels good to make something that they use and love. They picked out their own fabric and were super excited to wear them.

Weekend in Yosemite

Bathrobes for the family

For some reason Aleksa wanted a bathrobe just like mine. This translated to me modifying an adult bathrobe pattern that I already had into a cute kimono robe to fit her. As I was making it, little guy decided he HAD to have one too and my husband jumped on the bandwagon as well. A few months later, the whole family has some homemade cozy flannel bathrobe s (just in time for winter). I’m pretty proud of myself for how nicely they fit. Maybe one of these days I’ll attempt a garment again.😁

Time Flies

One thing that I’m coming to realize as a parent is that time goes by so quickly.  I’m looking at photos on my phone and google conveniently makes me these flashback photo comparisons that really make me think about times that seemed like yesterday, but in reality they were a YEAR ago (or sometimes more).  I think about all of the things I’ve meant to do that just haven’t gotten done.  Part of me knows to forgive myself and think about being present, however the other part of me pushes myself to work harder to achieve more for my family and be better.

One example of this is reading.  I realize that I have not been reading enough with my daughter.  This is particularly on my mind as she’s having some recent challenges with reading.  I think about how I could have facilitated her passion towards reading more than I have.  We read together, but I haven’t taken her to the library as much as I should have to pick her own books.  I’ve often been tired and moved through our reading time quickly instead of treating it like a fun and engaging time for both of us.  I’ve often been climbed on and had books torn out of my hand by my young son which prevents me from reading books with more complexity and age-appropriateness for my daughter.  The past week has made me feel like a failure and has made me realize how much time has flown by.

But then again, I stop and think about all that I have done right.  She is creative, fun, playful, and DOES love to read.  Even though I haven’t done it all right or always had time to be perfect for her, she’s doing pretty great.  It is a reminder to me to check in with myself and the priorities of our household.

This parenting and life thing is pretty crazy.  You definitely can’t have it all, but I have everything I need.  I’ll keep a positive attitude and remain even more mindful of parenting choices going forward.

Backyard garden 

Did a lot of work on our backyard today! We planted some pumpkins and carrots and also got a fancy purple tomato cage to keep the tomatoes from falling over. We also planted some perennials: lantanas, salvias and A mystery purple flower that I can’t find the name of. So far we’ve only had a mild slug problem in the garden and I’m hoping the gophers don’t discover all the plants I planted.