I finished knitting this baby sweater. It didn't take as much time as I thought it would. It's a little big because I was too lazy to check my gauge. When I realized it was bigger than I thought, I couldn't bear the thought of ripping out my work again. Better big than small!
About 3 more months to go...Here is what I do everyday that I'm getting so sick of now. I prick myself on the finger in the morning right when I wake up-- this is my fasting number. Before I get to feed myself in the morning, I have to inject myself in the stomach with insulin. An hour after that I have to prick myself again to see what my number is. (We're looking for anything below 140-anything higher isn't good). Then before lunch I'm allowed a snack, 15-30 grams of carbs. Then lunch time, I eat my allowed 45-60 grams of carbs and test an hour after that...this goes on until my after dinner snack. I eat three whole meals and 3 small snacks. I prick myself 4 times a day and for now, shoot insulin only in the morning - but as my pregnancy progresses, I may have to shoot insulin maybe during dinner time (as I had to w/ my first pregancy). On top of that, I have to write everything that I eat in a log so the doctors and nutritionist can see if I'm eating anything wrong and to see if they have to adjust my insulin levels...so far so good. I really can't wait until I can eat a meal where I actually feel full and where I can eat dessert. I told the doctors I cheat once in awhile and they said it's understandable and OK!
**on a crafty note: I crocheted this cat and made a little dress fo rher:
Haupia is a coconut flavored dessert - and there are many variations of this recipe. Click here for one version...but here is an easy, very easy version of this recipe which I like but can't eat until my pregnancy is over as this calls for TWO cups of sugar.
List of ingredients: 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 2 cans coconut milk ; 6 packs of unflavored gelatin and 1 cup of water
Combine the 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water until the sugar is dissolved in a pot over low-medium heat - then add the coconut milk - but don't let it boil.
In a separate bowl, mix the gelatin and 1 cup of water together. It kind of looks like this:
Mix all together. I make sure the coconut milk mixture isn't too hot when I mix them all up. Then put in a pyrex (9x13).
After a few minutes you will see the coconut milk go to the top and the gelatin on the bottom so it makes a nice separation - like a layered type of jello. Put in the fridge to chill - and that's it! I call it jello haupia. I got this recipe from my aunt who's from hawaii and it's actually called "haole haupia". If you like coconut, you'll like this.
I'm starting to knit again. I promised a friend I'd knit her baby a hat. I'm almost done with this one. I also bought yarn yesterday during lunch time at work from Art Fibers to knit a sweater for the new little one. Hopefully I actually finish it before she can grow out of it. I knitted a sweater for my son when he was 1 1/2 but but by the time I actually finished it, it didn't really fit him. It wasn't the best of work anyway and I think I messed it up with the buttons I deceided to put on it. Anyway, this peach and cream sweater is going to be a pullover with raglan sleeves, kind of like those jersey t-shirts. I described what I wanted to do and they put it in their software with the actual yarn I was using and it spit out the pattern for the size I'm planning to make. I'm using size 10 1/2 needles for the most part so hopefully I'll knit it up quick.
I also finished making zippered pouches for gifts and swaps. I took a close up so you can see a little bit more of the fabric. I love the monkey fabric.
It's a day off from work today because my back was hurting and for some reason my stomach is feeling heavier and I just didn't feel like going to work even though it is one of the busiest months of the year for me. After March I'll have 3 more months of work - can't wait but then again I'll also be losing sleep when I'm on leave.
I attempted to make a couple softies last weekend. First I made the bear from this book. My son wanted me to make the bear so I made it. He didn't like the fact that his arms were missing so I put some on and I altered the face a bit.
I tried making the Aranzi Aronzo monkey but it came out like this...
I'm not too good at sewing curves on a machine so I tried making my own softie pattern with straight lines only and came out with this.
#2 is on the way. Here's a picture of the "positive" results. There's no guesswork here. It will either say it or say you're not. ....The ultrasound technician also said the baby will be a girl. When I checked the chinese calendar it said boy but my due date is 7/5 and I figure I'm going to probably give birth at the end of June (which will then make the prediction for a girl true). This calendar was correct for my first baby. Those of you who have kids can check and see if the calendar is correct for you. I asked if he was sure and he said no one has ever come down to tell him that he was wrong. He also said he saw "labia" ridges -- I'm not sure if you can go wrong there.
I also have the gestational diabetes. I'm banned from sugar until I deliver. It does help keep the weight down but it's no fun at all. I had this w/ my first preganancy too but this time it came earlier so I couldn't eat too much sweets in the first place. I told my sister that I want to have a "sweets" party after I give birth. The fun part about this is that I get to poke myself in the stomach and shoot insulin...three and a half more months...
Last Saturday was a stay at home and sew day - though I did go to Calico Corners to buy some fabric. Here are pictures of my finished products and modeled by my son. The cosmetic bag is for one of my cousins, the two bags are for my husband's nieces who came to visit us from L.A., and the two pillows are for our couch (cotton, so I can machine wash them).