Saturday, August 21, 2010

Week 4-40


We're into the final few hours before heading to the hospital to have this baby! We pushed back the delivery date as far as we could (to give him a chance to decide to come on his own), but my doctors don't want me to wait any longer, so unless he decides to come tonight, we'll be heading to the hospital to be induced sometime tomorrow morning.

Noah took a few more pictures of me earlier today. It's weird to look back now at those first few months. They seem so long ago...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Baby Name Options #13 - Google Maps

Just when I think I'm done making lists of baby names, Google creates an interactive map that lets you see the most popular names around the world!


You can view names by state in the US, in addition to a few other countries, although I'm sure they'll add more soon. You can also search by name to see where any one name falls on the list in other countries. Sort of fun to see what's popular around the world. Just in our family, I found out that Sean is #1 in Ireland, Ella is #1 in New Zealand, Chloe is #1 in Hawaii, Ryan is #1 in Nova Scotia, and Noah is #1 in Belgium. Go to http://www.babynamemap.com/ to see more...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Baby Name Options #12 - Artist Names

I meant to do this one a long time ago but it was hard to decide if I should choose the name because I like the artist, or the artist because I like the name. I decided to do both, so this is a list of a few of my favorite artists and photographers who happen to have interesting or unusual names. Enjoy!

Ansel German "with divine protection" 

Mount Williamson - Ansel Adams (American photographer)

Auguste French variation of August "majestic, venerable"

The Kiss - Auguste Rodin (French sculptor)

Claude French from Latin "lame" 

Grainstack, Sun in the Mist - Claude Monet (French painter)

Edgar German "prosperous spearman" 

The Rehearsal - Edgar Degas (French painter & sculptor) 

Henri French variation of Henry "estate ruler" 

Behind the Gare Saint Lazare - Henri Cartier-Bresson (French photographer)

Jacques French variation of James and Jacob "supplanter" 

Car Trip, Papa at 80 kilometers an hour - Jacques Henri Latrigue (French photographer)

Jasper English variation of Casper "imperial" 

Flag - Jasper Johns (American painter) 

Lewis English variation of Louis "renowned warrior" 

Fish Cutters at a Canning Company in Maine - Lewis Hine (American photographer) 

Marcel French "little warrior" 

Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 - Marcel Duchamp (French/American artist) 

Pablo Spanish variation of Paul "small"  (And yes, I would probably call him Pablo Honey.)

Guernica - Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist) 

Pierre French variation of Peter "rock" 

The Swing - Pierre Auguste Renoir (French painter) 

Sargent Latin "to serve" 

Madame X - John Singer Sargent (American painter) 

Wassily Russian variation of Vasili "royal, kingly" 

Several Circles - Wassily Kandinsky (Russian painter) 

Weston English "from the Western town"

Pepper No. 30 - Edward Weston (American photographer) 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Burp Cloths


Easiest project I've attempted so far! These burp cloths are made with a scrap of cute cotton on one side and two layers of extra absorbent flannel on the other. Should be good for soaking up lots of little messes...

Baby Name Option #11 - Chuck Norris

So the other day my brother sends me a text message - "Charles Norris Markon." Leave it to Ryan to suggest the name of his favorite TV action hero, but to be honest, the thought has crossed my mind more than once (usually as I'm watching baby roundhouse kick me from the inside). 

Charles French from German "free man"

Norris French "northerner"

And really when you think about it, a baby named Chuck Norris would probably be off to a good start in life. As some of you may know...

  • When Chuck Norris was born, the only person who cried was the doctor. Never slap Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris never wet his bed as a child. The bed wet itself out of fear.
  • Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris can build a snowman out of rain.
  • Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
  • Chuck Norris can tie his shoes with his feet.
  • Brett Favre can throw a football over 50 yards. Chuck Norris can throw Brett Favre even further.

And finally...

  • If at first you don’t succeed, you’re not Chuck Norris.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We're ready when you are...


Noah and I have been busy cleaning the house and finishing up little projects getting ready for the baby to arrive. It's really nice to have a clean house, but if this baby doesn't come soon we're going to have to start dusting and vacuuming again! Seems like a good excuse to buy a Roomba...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Knitted Baby Blanket


It's taken a few months and many long road trips up to the cabin and back, but my knitted blanket is finally finished! 



Once I had started I decided that I wanted to add a little texture, so I alternated between the knit stitch and purl stitch when joining the squares together. 


I also stitched around the edges with yellow yarn to make it a little less plain, and to fit in with the milk & honey color scheme in the baby's room.


And it's all made from cotton so it even feels nice in this hot summer weather!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tomatoes

Today's harvest included a bucketful of beans, two heirloom tomatoes, 4 roma tomatoes, a handful of chocolate cherry tomatoes, and a couple jalapeno peppers. Looks like it's time to start making gazpacho, salsa, and other tomato-ey goodness.


Week 31-38


Only 2 weeks left to go!!! It feels like the last 9 months have gone by so fast, yet so slowly at the same time. I'll admit that having swollen feet and getting up to use the bathroom 100 times every night are not fun, but I'm going to miss feeling all of the baby's little kicks and wiggles...even his hiccups. 

I've actually enjoyed being pregnant for the most part, but there are a few things I've missed as well, like being able to sleep on my stomach, the ability to wear socks without worrying about cutting off my circulation, gardening (all of my gardens are looking sadly neglected), oysters, various cheeses, and all of the other food and beverages that have been off limits...and it'll be nice to be done with the twice weekly doctor's visits. 

But the best part...we're going to have a tiny baby to take home at the end of it all! I can't wait to squeeze his little baby feet and kiss his cubby cheeks...