Converting Our Night Owl

Elly is a night owl. She doesn’t turn in for the night until 3am.

She started this habit about a month after she was born. Most of the info I read seemed to suggest that she would eventually grow out of it so I didn’t fight it. When Elly turned 4.5 months old, my patience began to wear thin. Enough was enough. I wanted to go to sleep with my husband and wake up sometime before noon.

With Dan on my side, I concocted a plan to wage war against Elly’s natural internal clock. The plan required us getting up at 7am no matter what time we went to bed the night before. The day was to be filled with a normal level of stimulation for Elly. At night, I would start my nursing and soothing regimen earlier.

The 1st night brought no change. The 2nd night saw little improvement as Elly went to sleep an hour earlier. The 3rd night we were back to status quo. The 4th night was the worst with Elly staying up till 4am.

It was after night 4 that I waved the white flag.

Little Elly has won Round 1.

Dan and I need to regroup and come up with a plan B.

One Car Status Maintained

During our engagement and the first years of our marriage, we had 2 cars. However, once we moved to an apartment that was within walking distance to the train station, my car sat idle. When the battery died, we donated it rather than maintain a car I only used once a month.

Since Pottstown hasn’t had a train running through town in many years, I had come to rely on a bicycle to get me from point a to point b. Unfortunately, Elly won’t be road worthy until she is one year old. Her neck just isn’t strong enough to handle the bumps of the road until then.

At first, I was only taking her places that were within walking distance from home. Then came the day when I needed to travel outside the mile radius surrounding our home in order to attend a doctor’s appointment. I mentioned it to Dan and he complained about having to rent a car again. It started to make sense for us to buy a 2nd car just to avoid the rental fees. Determined that there was another way, I looked into public transportation.

I had known for years that Pottstown had a bus system. What I didn’t know is how extensive the system was. Come to find out I could get almost anywhere within the town limits along with a few shopping plazas right outside of Pottstown.

The day I took my first bus ride with Elly was so empowering. I didn’t need to wait until Dan returned home with our only car. I didn’t need to rely on our local Enterprise. I could get to all my favorite stores in Pottstown anytime during the day that I wanted.

No more did I have to listen to Dan’s request/plea for a 2nd car. The day I relayed my bus ride experience to Dan was the very day that he conceded defeat.

I had won. We shall keep our 1-car status.

First Quilt of 2010

Made especially for Pat and Marina’s 2nd child, since I had made their 1st child this quilt.

Being a 2nd child myself, I was determined to not let the birth of their 2nd child pass without making something for her.

Pattern: none. It’s just a simple patchwork design.
Size: 36″ square
Fabric: Top is 100% cotton flannel. The batting is 100% polyester in a high loft. Back is a soft minky fabric made out of 100% polyester. (It does go against the rule that quilts should be made with all cotton fabrics, but I couldn’t resist. It was so soft).
Quilting: Combination of stitch-in-the-ditch, simple geometric designs and cookie cutters.

Timeframe: bit sketchy since I’m not sure when I started but I’ll estimate 2 months
Quality Assurance: Approved by Elly

With the quilt done, I can now start stocking Elly’s closet with handmade dresses. Have I mentioned recently how much I love my new machine?

Barely Knitting

In the past 3 months since Elly was born, I think I have knitted 2 rows on her shawl and 8 rows on her blanket. I worry that I will never finish them.

During my little windows of free time, I prefer to cook, since I am constantly hungry, or to sew on my fancy new machine.

Yet, I miss knitting terribly. All the pretty yarn beckons to me, asking to be touched. Already my queue of items I hope to knit one day is no longer realistic.

Still I regret nothing. Elly is my pride and joy, especially when her goofy side shines through.

Yes, that is a Piglet ring around her chubby thigh.
No, I did not put it there. She did.