I hadn't realised how much hard work it was going to be having the birthdays side by side! We've got Cameron's birthday party tomorrow which is more for the adults than for him bless him, its my dad's birthday next Wednesday as well so its kind of a joint thing! Then by the end of next week I don't think I want anything more to do with birthdays thank you very much!
Hopefully Sunday is going to be spent dyeing lots of silk and cashmere sock yarn. A nice quiet day with the horses for company while I forget about cakes, balloons, singing songs and presents. Sounds like bliss...
Happy Birthday Cameron Bameron! **
You can see now why child number 3 is going to take some planning can't you? It has to be August 12th to fit in with our schedule! (not next year though, maybe the year after?)
These last 12 months have just flown by. I remember as clearly as if it was yesterday what I was doing this time last year. I had my first contraction at 9.30. By 10.30 they were coming every 2 minutes. By 11.30 I was pacing around the kitchen with contractions every minute that were so strong I couldn't speak through them, Wayne was stuck in traffic on his way home, Brooke was about to start watching her 3rd DVD of the day and the labour ward were expecting me ASAP. I remember being close to a panic stage when I thought I was going to have the baby at home with only Brooke in the house. The sense of relief when Wayne walked through the door just before noon was unbelieveable. Suddenly, I knew everything was going to be OK.
We got to the hospital around 12.30, arriving with another couple. Lucky for me her contractions were every 5 minutes so I was whisked into the only available room while she had to wait in the hall. I was around 5cm dilated and wandered around the room for a while, had a bath and listened to Wayne and his running commentary on everything. Around 3.30 I was beginning to feel as though I needed to know how I was doing, I was only using a TENS machine for pain relief (as I did with Brooke) and I felt like I needed to know how much longer I had to go. When the midwife found that I was only 7cm she broke my waters and everything happened at once.
I don't remember the panicked details when the waters were meconium stained. I do remember the midwife running to the door and shouting for a paediatrician, me being sick and Wayne just being fantastic and holding my hand. I remember the paediatrician and midwife laughing at the clothes we had ready for baby telling me that there was no way the baby was going to fit into them. I was really worried that I would burst my eardrums while pushing (as I did with Brooke) but at 15.45 Cameron was born with no worries.
He checked out fine, I checked out fine and everything was as perfect as it should be. It was only when I was feeding him a few minutes later (like Brooke he knew exactly what he was doing!) and looking out of the window at Wayne on the phone to our parents that I had an overwhelming sense of deja vu. We were in the same room that I had given birth to Brooke in, 4 years and 1 day earlier. That felt right somehow. I joked with the midwife that we would book the room for our third child on August 12th in a couple of years time and she just raised one eyebrow at me and said "planning the third already" I guess it was a little soon!
Here he is about to empty out the basket of rubbish yesterday morning while Brooke opened her presents.
Aaah. Daddy's boy!
Pole dancing in his future? I think not!
The first year has been amazing. Being parents of 2 children has taken a lot of getting used to. Cameron is totally different to Brooke, more physically demanding and adventurous. He is walking confidently, climbing the stairs and having mini tantrums where he hurls himself to the floor if you tell him no. He gravitates towards things that he knows he is not supposed to touch, teases his sister by holding toys out to her and saying "ta, ta" before snatching them away and shouting "dont" when she tries to take them. He has the best Dr Evil cackle I've ever heard and we all laugh at him when he does his evil baby impression. He loves his sister to pieces, when we are in the house without her he walks through the rooms looking everywhere for her and shouting "Br, Br. Hello"
Or at least his version of Hello. Which is more like Hewwo. Which he also says into the phone, or anything else that looks remotely phone like. For instance a remote control, book, toy or plaster. He is our gorgeous little troublesome bundle of boy and we all love him lots.
I may dream of nights of solid sleep where I don't lay in bed listening to him awake in his cot and praying that he will put himself back to sleep; I may look at him when he is covered with dribble and slobbo, holding his arms out to me for a cuddle and think "gross"; I may long for a whole day with Wayne where I don't have to remember to close doors, put hot drinks out of reach and constantly wipe someone's nose; but I love him to pieces. I never imagined what it would be like to have a boy, I always assumed I'd have another girl but you know what? Mr Cameron I wouldn't swap you for the world... Love you lots little man. xx
** It is very hard to rhyme words with Cameron but Brooke likes to try. She usually calls him Cameron Bameron Shameron Delameron. Who knows why? Who cares, its cute!
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August 10, 2005
Happy Birthday Brookie Cookie!
Wow - 5 years old today! She got up 5 times last night because she couldn't sleep which means that I also got up 5 times. With her. And 2 times with Cameron. I may have been in bed for 8 hours but got no-where near that much sleep. Oh well, no more moaning - its a birthday!
I do know this is such a cliche but I just can't believe how quickly the time has gone by and how grown up she seems now. I can still remember being pregnant with her, the day that she was born and every minute since then. Here are a few photos from this morning's present opening ceremony.
Cameron waking his sister up. (love the morning hair Brooke!)
Brooke opening her first present and being more impressed with the gold ribbon than anything else. (see the plaster on her finger? Chopped the top off in the door last week. Lots of blood (Brooke) tears (Brooke and mummy) laughter (Cameron, he just doesn't get it) and plasters (Brooke) It was a scary moment)
Showing Cameron her art box.
Top presents - magic pen set as seen on TV (But how did grandad know that's what I wanted? I didn't tell him? Is he magic?) Bratz skateboard (thanks Cameron, now I can zoom around all day) Click click Polly's new trick set (just like the one my friend Ellie May has, thanks mum!)
We're going out for dinner tonight and plan to go somewhere that she can be covered with balloons and sang to by the whole restaurant. She'll like that. Then home to bed and up tomorrow morning for Cameron's big day.
Here are the 5 most memorable moments from our 5 years with Brooke.
- Going into hospital just after lunchtime on August 10th 2000 not sure if I was having contractions or not only to be told that I was 7cm dilated and we'd have a baby by tea time. (Wayne - what time do you have your tea?!)
- Putting my back out when she was about 18 months old and standing in the middle of the lounge, unable to move waiting for Wayne to come home from work. Watching Brooke gradually realise that I couldn't stop her from doing anything as she systematically trashed the room, climbed all over the furniture and pulled down everything she could find.
- Hearing her sing Happy Birthday to Wayne's mum on her 60th on a microphone in front of a whole house of people. Totally off her own back she just walked up, took the microphone out of her grandad's hands and sang. Not a dry eye in the house.
- The first dance with Wayne on our wedding day when we looked down half way through and saw Brooke standing at our feet holding her arms up to join us. She danced the 2nd half with us, all snuggled up in between us. Perfect. I think its really special that she was a big part of our day, the best bridesmaid in the world.
- Seeing her a year ago when she came into hospital to meet her brother for the first time and despite her disappointment in not getting a sister watching her hold him, stroke him, talk to him and realising how much she was going to love him...
Sniff. I love you Brooke, best girl in the world!
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August 09, 2005
Drowning in silk *
Help. We're drowning in HipKnits silk here. No time to knit. No time to blog.
Note - I didn't think I was that hard on Rowan the other day. If you notice from my post there were 2 designs that I did not like at all and 8 that I did like although I won't be making all 8 of them. So enough with the hate mail already! I do not have enough time to read all my emails as it is and any that tell me I'm a terrible person for not liking those 2 designs will certainly not get a reply. Even Wayne told me that I was too mean and I told him the same thing that I will tell you now. I stand by my opinion so get over it!
Now, back to the silk if you don't mind..
* What a way to go though!
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August 08, 2005
Birthday doll cake
Brooke's birthday is on Wednesday but she had her party at the weekend. This is the cake I made for her which is the same as one my mum made for me when I was about 5. Apart from that I had Sindy in mine and Brooke had a Bratz doll.
I really don't like the Bratz dolls and wanted to use one her Barbies instead. Only when I made the cake and cut out the piece in the middle for the doll I realised that her "dress" would only come up to her knees if I used Barbie. I was thrown into fits of panic at 9pm on Friday night until I found one of her Bratz dolls, removed the feet and found that she was just right. The fact that her top matched the icing that I had bought was a lucky co-incidence.
The party was fab. We took 13 kids to the forest for a teddy bears picnic. My mum and sister hired bear suits and dressed up as giant teddies and came wandering out of the forest before being set upon by a tribe of 5 year olds! I couldn't get good photos of them because they are all surrounded by kids and I dont want to put photos of other people's children on here. This one is Jenna bear and this one is grandma bear! It was hard work but a lot of fun. My sister organised the whole party from the food, to the party bags and the games. She rocks! Thanks Jen...
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August 05, 2005
Usually a new Rowan magazine gives me lots of ideas and motivation to pick up those needles and knit. At first glance, this one offered not so much. You can see most of the patterns here at the Laughing Hen's website so that you can follow me as I skip through the fab, the not too bad and the downright scary! It took me a couple of looks through the magazine before I found anything I liked, my first impressions were that they were trying to hard to be modern and hip and missing the point somewhere. To me, Rowan is classic. They are never going to be a Phildar, Rebecca or other modern fashionable designs. I see them as traditional, classical and very English.
Anyway, back to this mag. On the I will definitly make this list are :
The cover tank, Electra. Love it, love it, love it. Have most of the yarns in my stash for it. Will be knitting it soon. Did I mention that I love it?
River. Totally beautiful, elegant and lacy and with only 2 skeins of Kid Silk Haze? Why would you not want to make this? Mine will be beadless because that's the way I like it..
Now for the I really love these but may not make them :
Abigail scarf. Too much crochet for my skill set but it is beautiful.
Tara. Not sure I'm a big shrug wearer but the design on this one is perfect.
Petticoats. I love this and want to make it but would I wear it? Maybe not..
These next 3 are part of the not so bad really collection :
Charlotte. I'm all ponchod out but I do like this.
Snowflake. See Charlotte.
Eowyn. Same designer as Charlotte. Interesting but not a must knit for me.
Are you ready to be scared? The worst 2 designs in the whole book in my opinion were the Panda sweater. Why, why, why? Its horrible. Totally horrible and at the same time totally not Rowan. What were they thinking? Don't do it again, OK?
Armi is also pretty bad. Unflattering design, unflattering photo. Its just bleugh.
I'll be sorting through my stash at the weekend for yarn for Electra. I already know that I'll be making River in hot pink. I can't wait!
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August 04, 2005
Hmmm, there is a suspicious lack of knitting going on over here at the moment. Let me see, what can I distract you with? Oh yes, a photo of my very own pirate princess.
She had a dress up day last week and although the theme was supposed to be pirates she insisted on dressing up as a princess (as you do) in the end we negotiated and she was a pirate princess which basically meant she got to wear her Belle dress along with a headscarf, eye patch and parrot! Bless her...
What else is going on? Well I have deep purple hands due to the fact that I forgot to wear gloves when I rinsed out some of the HipKnits silk that I've been dyeing. I am having huge amounts of fun spending my evenings outside dyeing silk and cashmere, its great. I've got poor mum winding cashmere from cones into skeins so that I can dye more sock yarn for you all next week. Well, she did say she'd do anything she could to help, a statement I'm sure she'll never make again after this week!
I'm up to repeat number 6 on Kiri but I've noticed that I made a mistake right back on repeat number 3. Sigh. To fix or not to fix? That's been put to the back for a while until I decide what to do.
Tonight is all about making cakes. Its Brooke's birthday party on Saturday so I'm going to make her cake tonight and while I'm at it I may make Cameron's as well. How long will a sponge cake last if I pack it all away? Maybe not the week that I need it to until Cameron's party on 13th, what do you think?
I didn't get a chance to flick through those books yesterday but I hope to today. Maybe. If I get my work work done in time, get to the post office and make my cakes. Or cake. Depending on the advice I get from all of you about how long I can keep sponge cake for.
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August 03, 2005
I love getting fun mail, its like Christmas and Birthday's all rolled into one. The new Rowan mag and a book on dyeing yarn arrived this morning, I love both the tank top and the model's hairstyle on the front cover of the Rowan book. Believe it or not I haven't looked inside yet, I'm saving that treat for lunchtime when I can sit down with a sandwich and have a proper look through it. I may update with some thoughts this afternoon / evening if I get time.
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August 02, 2005
I'm not planning to bore you with another Kiri update (5 repeats in) so instead here is a picture Brooke drew for me at the weekend. She bought it through to me and said "mummy, this is a bit complicated so I'll explain it to you. Sit down"
Quote Brooke "See the 5 bunnies? You have to try and get them into their bunny holes which are at the bottom of the page by following the lines. OK? See the little girl in the bottom corner? That's me. See all the little dots? They are cheese and bread. What you've got to do is try and get the bunnies into their bunny holes before they eat the cheese and bread. If they eat the cheese and bread they will follow the trail all the way to me and then I will stroke them and cuddle them before I put them in their bunny holes. If I get to stroke all of the bunnies then I'm the winner. If they all get to their holes without eating the bread and cheese and being stroked by me then they are the winners. See? I told you it was complicated mummy" End Brooke quote.
Where does she get her imagination from??
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August 01, 2005
The handspun yarn is up over at HipKnits. All of my skeins ship with a free pattern that gives you 3 choices as to what to do with the yarn. The final choice is just to pet it which seems totally reasonable to me!
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