Archive for December, 2008

4 Receiving Blankets and a Matching Elephant

Posted by Greg on December 29th, 2008 with tags: ,

Yenari’s been on a sewing rampage recently – she found a good deal on some flannel fabric with an elephant print from Jo-Ann Fabrics so she bought the whole roll of fabric – about seven and a half yards.  So far, she’s made pajamas for herself for later in pregnancy (super elastic wide waist pajamas), 4 receiving blankets (sized 36 by 36 inches), and a little stuffed elephant toy that is well past being ridiculously cute.  Here’s the beast, roaming on a field of receiving blankets:

The elephant roaming next to a pile of receiving blankets

The elephant roaming next to a pile of receiving blankets

The elephant napping on the receiving blankets

The elephant napping on the receiving blankets

A closeup of the little guy sleeping

A closeup of the little guy sleeping

The whole set, minus the PJs

The whole set, minus the PJs

For the sewing junkies out there, Yenari has some notes for those looking to make their own receiving blankets.  She used one layer of flannel and did a hemming stitch around the blanket and folded over the corners to make mitered corners, as shown in the second picture.  For the elephant, Yenari got inspiration from a pattern she found online (but can’t seem to find now) – the floppy ears have pink fabric on the inside  (visible in the first photo), the eyes are hand-stitched with black thread, and the little guy is filled with cotton.  Now only one question remains…what sewing project will Yenari pick up next…

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16 week belly shot

Posted by Greg on December 26th, 2008 with tags: , ,

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.  Here is Yenari’s 16 week belly shot, taken last Sunday before going for a tasty meal at Jeff and Sarah’s house:

 

16 week belly shot

16 week belly shot

I would have posted it earlier if a computer virus hadn’t reaked havoc with our computer (all resolved now, thankfully).  In human health news, Yenari’s tailbone is now at the 93% level, so a big improvement over last week.  Now its not really preventing her from doing everyday things, but she gets a little reminder everytime she sits down.  The real test for her was a three day stretch of work this week – three days in a row was tough for her even when she in perfect health, so doing it while pregnant with remnants of back pain and some fresh tailbone pain looked quite daunting, but she made it through just fine and is back into the swing of things.

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Tailbone Update

Posted by Greg on December 21st, 2008 with tags:

After a couple days of serious pain, Yenari’s tailbone pain has improved by 76%.  She was in good enough shape to work yesterday and today, so things are heading in the right direction…here’s hoping that the last 24% will be gone soon!

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Serious Tailbone Pain

Posted by Greg on December 18th, 2008 with tags: , , ,

On Tuesday afternoon around 5 o’clock, Yenari was getting ready for her work holiday party and started having some piercing pain whenever she sat down, stood up, or did just about anything that involved movement.  She felt like her tailbone was falling off and that it had broken off.  Nurses measure pain on a scale of zero to ten, ten being the most painful thing you can imagine, and yup – she was rating this pain as a ten out of ten.  Now, of course we realized that this pain scale will likely be recalibrated after she experiences labor pain, but for now, this is as bad as pain gets.

She survived the holiday party, but as the night went on it got worse and worse.  Even a simple thing like getting in and out of the car turned into a painfully complex and slow process.  When we got home, we did some searching about tailbone pain and pregnancy and found numerous reports about people having problems – most of them as a result of childbirth when the tailbone actually breaks, but some people were complaining about pain during pregnancy that lasted until they gave birth!

She got into bed and actually did get some sleep, but she woke up several times in the middle of the night yelling out in pain.  Yesterday morning she woke up early and called the doctor, and they said that there isn’t much that they can do, but that if we were worried about the health of the baby that we could come in and they’d make time between the other appointments.  We went to the OB doctor and she examined Yenari – she did a full exam and confirmed that the tailbone was the problem and that there isn’t really any treatment except for Tylenol – Yenari isn’t really down with taking medicine while pregnant, so she’s bearing the pain without any help.

The doctor then did a  quick ultrasound – maybe only a minute or so – to make sure that everything was ok.  The baby was moving around, the heart was beating, and the doctor said that everything looked perfect – we were both very relieved.  Sadly they didn’t give us a picture of this ultrasound, so there’s nothing to share (come on, even Alden got a photo from his ultrasound).  The doctor said that hopefully the tailbone was injured and if so, it is likely to heal in a few days or weeks, but in the worst case it could last for a lot longer.

Yenari called in sick to work yesterday and was off today anyway, so she’s been taking it easy and learning some tricks on how to get out of bed, sit down (though she tries to avoid sitting whenever possible), sew while standing up (yup, there’s no stopping the sewing sweatshop in this house), and how to get into a car without screaming.   Last night, as we were driving from store to store trying to find a cushion that would help her sit more comfortably (no luck in finding one, however) she started in the front seat leaning forward to shift her weight off her butt, but after a stop or two decided that it was better to lie down in the back seat of the car.

Her tailbone still feels bad now, but it feels better than it did yesterday, so we’re hoping that she’ll be in the ‘lucky’ crowd that only suffers through this for a few days.  Wish her luck!

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Quilted Blanket

Posted by Greg on December 12th, 2008 with tags: ,

When we were in Connecticut for Thanksgiving, my mom set aside some stuffed animals for the baby that she came across when helping my grandmother move.  Tucked in with the stuffed animals was the beginning of a quilting project, a hand quilted 22 x 19 inch rectangle probably started by my grandmother decades ago.  Yenari, drawn in by anything sewing related, grabbed it and brought it back home with us.

After a trip to Jo-Ann fabrics, she added 3 borders around the original pattern and a backing fabric and was able to finish the sewing project that started decades before we were even born!  Since we don’t know the gender of the baby yet Yenari hedged her bets and bordered the original quilted design in yellow, pink, and blue.  Here it is:

Old quilting project brought back to life as a new blanket

Old quilting project brought back to life as a new blanket

Closeup of the quilting and the back of the blanket

Closeup of the quilting and the back of the blanket

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