Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I started this blog to feature stuff I was working on but I have been so bad at updating about that. Right now I am working on a few things including scarves for Chhristmas presents. My new co-workers plus bowling league Secret Santa...that is 4 to make this weekend! I should have started a while ago but didn't really think about it.
I am also working on a baby blanket for my cousin. Hopefully I can feature it later. It is turning out really cute. I learned how to do granny squares and I'm having a ton of fun doing them.
The times I'm not working hard on these scarves I'm busy working on keeping my 5 year old busy. This morning we made Christmas ornaments for our tree. We made one for Molly and one for Jacob and then made a few presents! I am excited about how they turned out. Decorated by Nathan with love ;)
Alright, time for a quick shower and then back to scarves and possibly school work. Too much to fit into an already booked weekend!
Monday, November 15, 2010
I caught another cold. It is kicking my BUTT! The End
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
This is the first weekend we do not have Nathan since we've had Jacob. After nearly 5months of having the two most wonderful children by my side it's a little lonely in the house but there is a big lesson here.
Having two kids is much different than one. It is much harder. There is much more of your attention needed. In fact, double.
So, we're enjoying the quietness of the house even with the infant still here. Mike and I are taking this time to finally mud the hallway, fix the issues with the bathroom, and even finish the flooring. All these projects are roughly a year overdue. Jacob is sleeping through the morning so far just as well as he slept through the night! My little sickie poo is getting the much needed rest he needs finally now that he has anti-biotics for his double ear infection. Poor dude.
Nathan is visiting his great-grandpa with his grandpa in Michigan. Thursday afternoon Mike's dad asked us if he could take him to Michigan with him to visit family. Knowing there wont be much time for many more memories with Great-Grandpa Looman we said "of course". He is having blast playing with cousins, visiting with aunts and uncles and of course, seeing his great-grandpa. It is great to know he's getting this experience. However, I sure do miss my story teller and comedian. I'm glad he's back Monday and I hope he's ready for some cuddling with mommy before bedtime!
I have a goal to complete 3 hats this weekend. One for a paying customer in England and two for a dear friend of mine who has been patiently waiting - sorry Suzie!!! I promise I'm getting on it! Lucky for me it has been 90 in California so her kids wouldn't really be wearing them right now. That's not an excuse though.
Time to go get more stuff done!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday went fast and furious at work as everyone asked how my weekend went. Then hell broke loose and I spent the rest of my week at work going insane trying to keep my head above water. It was a challange. I didn't do very well.
By Tuesday I was dizzy from all the spinning around keeping up. I was weary. I had committed myself to helping out with the Christmas event at church this year and was feeling down about it. So busy. Why am I volunteering all over the place when I'm so busy??? However, we got down and dirty and most of the event is already planned. If it keeps going this easy we'll have an awesome event.
I don't really remember Wednesday or Thursday. No wait, that's a lie. Thursday was just yesterday. Mike and I had the inlaws watch the kids after school. We went out to dinner and celebrated our anniversary a whole week and a half late. However, dinner was good and we had fun together. The kids stayed the night there so we could get some sleep and get up early for this morning. Mike had his "appointment" today.
After that this morning I got to work in time to put out a few fires and do my best to remember what I had been doing this week. UGH. So wildly busy. I was excited by all the things going on but as I'm still learning I seem to also trip a bit here and there.
This afternoon I got the kids home, dishes done, laundry switched and I'm exhausted. So much I could be doing but I do not have the energy to do anything else than this blog. We still have Halloween this weekend! I know it's going to be great and I cannot wait to post pictures :) I just hope we get some sleep here and there. I could use it!!! If it hadn't been for last weekend's retreat I'm sure I would have lost it this week. I'm thankful for the time I had or I would have been a mess this week. Sometimes you just need a brain break.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Someone broke into my car, took my diaperbag and a purse of mine (lucky it was empty). Then, after finding it didn't have any money or ID they tossed it all over the road. Like trash.
I seriously hate how some people have no care or concern for others. It's like they're missing that piece of their humanity. Someone should slap their mammas for raising them so poorly.
Slap. Their. Mammas
In other news, I'll be taking another 6 weeks off from school. Lots of time to do some more Etsy stuff right? Lets hope that is what happens.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I have a friend who just lost her nephew and her brother's family could use some financial support. Now, if you've ever known someone who has lost a child you know the COMPLETE devistation that can occur. Add trying to figure out finances (hospital bills, funeral arrangements, and more) and you find yourself in a deep hole.
Please read my friend's blog, and if you are so compelled please make a small donation. Anything helps.
I am especially upset because I have finally finished my finals for school and have a week off in between classes. This is great because normally there is no time in between and right now work doesn’t want to pay for my next class. It’s about financial statements and apparently in marketing there is no real reason to know that stuff. Which I understand, but I can’t afford a $2,000 class on my own either. YIKES. Wish me luck.
Yeah, so I finished finals and this will give me time to work on some fall orders and presents for people right??? Not if I’m sick! I have some awesome new patterns too which I will not be able to test out either. So, dear sickness, it is time to leave and find someone else (not in this household) because to be honest I do not have the time, sick leave, or money to deal with you.
I don’t think it cares.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I love these dudes. They are going to be the best of buddies.
They were both so crabby and then I laid them by each other and whalaa! Happy campers. It gave mom a chance at a cute pic and then of course a moment to brush her teeth before bedtime :)
Monday, September 27, 2010
Damn it. Now I want pie.
Anyways, I called my mom and told her that there was a manditory meeting at my house during Thanksgiving week. That’s right. Turkey would be included. Gravy if the meeting went well. We laughed. She said she’d talk to dad and she hung up.
Then 30 minutes later she called back and said that dad told her he has never missed a mandatory meeting in his life and he’d be there. WHAT??? That’s right. They’d already purchased the tickets by the time they had called me back!!!
HURRAY! I get to see my parents on Thanksgiving! I am very thankful and it’s only September!
Friday, September 24, 2010
People ask me often "how do you do it". Normally, I reply with "do what" because it catches me off guard. I guess I am busy with school, work, kids, etsy site, and then the general living cleaning, cooking, and playing stuff. My life is booked. Yet, for some reason I find it necessary to fill it even fuller. Like bowling league first Wednesday of every month...it's fun but it's something else to keep track of. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.
I am so excited it is Friday. Besides catching up school this weekend I plan on making more hats like crazy. It's that time of year and I have to get them done...I have two baby blanket/hat sets to make for some friends of mine who are both due in January. That seems like a far enough time away but it's pretty close actually. Especially with me making blankets. Those take me forever.
Alright, enough blogging. Dog is outside and needs to be brought in, Nathan wants a new movie, Jacob is sleeping but only for now...it's almost bottle time, Mike is sick on the couch, and I still have to get those hats done ;) Life is crazy...but worth it.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
OH SO CUTE!!
Of course, this hat will be available on my Etsy store later this week. I just had to blog about them right away. ;) Sneak peek for you!
Monday, September 20, 2010
I recently purchased these mittens from www.ohsewfine.etsy.com. I have been looking at her site for a long time and finally made the choice to purchase these adorable mittens. I am SO happy that I did. They fit perfectly, are yummy fleece inside, and so warm! Perfect for the winter weather ahead.
She has lots of other choices. I am considering a few others for some Christmas presents. They would be perfect gifts for christmas. Nice price point and actually useful!
Check her out! You will not be sorry.
Today was a great day. Day one of my new position. I had a good day learning the ropes on a few projects and finding a vendor to help with an amazing product launch. I am excited about that. I really want to do well so this would be a good start.
I'm seriously behind in school work. After my internet being down yesterday I lost a whole day...considering I was already behind 3, no good. YIKES! I think I'll be able to catch up tonight and tomorrow but it's gong to take me concentrating. Not blogging. Yep. Bad Jessica.
So, on that note I'm off. More to come. Here's to another 100 posts!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Nathan needed a night time story read. I found out while I was with Jacob, Nathan was coloring me a picture. It’s beautiful with lots of colors and he did very well staying in the lines. I can’t believe how much his coloring has improved in just the short time between preschool and kindergarten. He also came home with paperwork with words written on them. WORDS! Cat, ball, and dog but these are the start! It’s amazing to know my kid is reading and writing. He’s doing a wonderful job.
Now, it’s time to wind down…blog a little. Then get ready for bed and relax. Tomorrow is my last day in my old job and I am so excited to start next week in a new role. Taking the night off to remember what is important and take the edge off a little was a great idea.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This is my chunky, adorable, easy going, life loving, smiling, precious, little BIG DUDE! He's 3 months old and in 9-12 month clothing. YEP. 9-12 MONTHS!!! We have some serious shopping to do this paycheck. We've gone through ALL the clothes given to us for his birth. Thanks for trying everyone but he went through EVERYTHING in just 3 months. Oh well.
He isn't just a chunk. He's TALL. Over 25 inches long already. I know 8 month olds smaller than he is.
I love him :)
This is a picture of my two sons. I love that they like each other. At least as long as Jacob is still immobile :)
They were dedicated last Sunday at church. We waited forever to do this with Nathan but it was well worth dedicating them together. It was a great experience and we know they will grow up in the church just like we did and live a life walking in faith. I don't consider myself a very "religious" person but I do have a side of me that is very spiritual and God loving. I hope that my boys grow up the same.
Enough of that...this pic is of Nathan reading his kid Bible that he got from Grandma to Jacob :) He was telling him the story of Adam and Eve. It was pretty cute. I thought I was going to spit out my coffee a few times from laughing. Apparently taking him to a Christian preschool was a good investment because he learned a great deal about sin and snakes...and how they will trick you to eat apples ;)
Hopefully he keeps his love for reading going and continue to love reading to his brother. After taking this picture momma got a much needed 30 minutes alone to do some dishes. Woopdido!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Work is going well...at least 1/2 the day where I can spend time in my new role. I am anxious to start working full time in Marketing. I have a lot of projects I want to get started on and it is hard to switch mindsets so quickly during the day from manufacturing to marketing. By 3pm arrives I'm finally in the swing of things and I leave at 4pm. It's a bummer.
Mike has been sick. I've been feeling crappy. Nathan is adjusting to Kindergarten. He's doing awesome there but coming home overwhelmed and exhausted. His attitude is a bear but he's still a good kid. Jacob is little and cute but needy and sometimes even though it's adorable...I have things to do. Momma is feeling overwhelmed herself I guess.
Perhaps this is why I woke up with 2 panic attacks last night?
Oh well. Time to try for a good night's sleep and get back at it tomorrow. Here's to hopefully getting ahead one day.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I think what ticks me off about it the most is that I knew I didn't have it in me this semester and asked for it off. My advisor advised against it since I've already taken 3 terms off this year. You know, to have a baby and stuff. I don't believe that should count against me, but anyways...
I'm also working hard on hats. :) I have had a few orders this week since we are nearing the fall weather. I also need to make hats for my own peewees. Pics shortly.
Baby crying...be back soon
Monday, September 6, 2010
My Nathan is going to kindergarten tomorrow. I thought I'd be fine with it. Honestly, it's freaking me out a little how nervous I am about the whole thing. Since he was 6 weeks old he has been in daycare. Last year he started preschool and I was fine with it but this is real school, at a real brick building, with kids who are all the way to the 4th grade.
Sigh. The first day the parents are required to show up and stay for a few hours with the kid during orientation. I decided to take the day off tomorrow so I can spend the day with him when it's all over too. I am happy to spend this time with my son who is growing so fast. Today it's kindergarten and tomorrow he'll be asking for my keys to drive the car. I mean, when I'm going through this with Jacob, Nathan will be starting middle school. That is a scary thought because of how fast all of this has gone.
There is nothing that means more to me then my boys. Being a mother has changed me completely and knowing he's growing older and going to learn and be his own person makes me so very proud.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
When I was 14 (I don't remember much of 7) I moved from where I grew up to a new town where I didn't know anyone and the culture was so different. While it was just 2 hours away from where I grew up, it might has well have been 24 hours or around the globe. It was a huge change to go from such a diverse neighborhood to a much less diverse one.
Huge things happened for me at 21. I think they do for most people. At 21 I got married and moved to the midwest from the West coast. It was insane. Another culture shock for me but even more so learning to be a wife and being so far away from everything I knew. At 21 I learned that a marriage is a team of 2 navagating in the world unknown. It was a huge change.
Now we're at 28...
This year has been insane. Not only because we've had our 2nd child this year but also because I'm completely switching gears career wise. I've been working in Lean Management and continuous improvements both organizationally and just in manufacturing for nearly three years now. Three years is enough time to feel like you finally know what you're doing and honestly, I really thought I'd be doing this forever. But as well all know nothing is final. Management changes and so forth have caused me to take a deep look at myself and I realized that WOW I am not really happy with what I'm doing. Manufacturing is interesting but I feel secluded. I like working with the entire organization which is what I will be doing in my new position.
I've gotten a new job doing product development management with my current organization. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??? I'll be in charge of developing and managing change within our current homecare line! I am so stoked! I am beyond nervous about this change but there are a lot of people who have already told me they think this is a good fit for me. I am so excited about the opportunity and also the challanges ahead.
So, with the new career change, new baby, and new love for mustard this has been one heck of a year for change. I guess every seven years does come with change for me. Both for my personal life and my taste buds :)
Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Grandma and Grandpa joined us for a fun boat ride today! The Mississippi is muddy and gross and the boat did not like having to pull us along but it was nice to be in the sun and having fun with the family.
Lots going on but this is my weekend to have fun. Will update another time!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Oh I am horrible at blogging but even worse lately about making hats and being creative. In fact, I've been making the same 5 hats for the last year and a half! While this one isn't exactly a new pattern, it is much more creative than it had been. I used an awesome yarn, which I love and have used for many projects, called Lambie Pie from Bumble Bee Yarn. It is so soft and the colors are awesome. I made this pixi newborn hat for a photographer friend of mine on a trade. I would love to make more as a limited edition. If you are interested...comment here or message me at www.jessmiloo.etsy.com. If you you place your order for this newborn pixi ($20)using the special codeword BLOGGER I'll be happy to cover the shipping! That's right FREE SHIPPING! Remember...limited offer. Once the yarn is gone there will be no more!
Here's to hoping my creative juices continue to flow! Hopefully I'll have more items listed shortly!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Yeah, for like an hour.
Then I called and asked if I should come in even though I was already scheduled. They said they weren't too busy so come in. We left Nathan with my parents and jumped into the car.
After checking my cervix they had found I was progressing so they decided to check me in but forgo the induction meds at the time being. The pains were still coming but they were less and less frequent. I have no idea why they didn't start the meds then since I was already there but I'll come back to this.
The next morning - no contractions. They start the pitocin since they said my cervix was nearly gone. Woot! I'm thinking this is going to be a quick delivery since it is my second baby after all right?
Oh I was so wrong.
Now, step back 5 years and a month when I was having Nathan. At 36 weeks I hadn't dilated and my cervix was completely closed when they had to induce me. After a night of cervidil to soften my cervix and 8 hours of pitocin my little dude was born. Without meds.
Back to June 10 2010...by noon I was really feeling the pain and was at 4cm. I could have started the meds but I was sure that it wouldn't be long now, right? I really wanted to forgo the meds. I have a bad back and I knew it was going to be very hard to do an epidural.
2pm and they break my water and hook up internal monitors to listen to Jacob and monitor contractions.
4pm and they check me again. The nurse tells me I'm fully dilated and we'll be pushing soon. I am thinking THANK GOD because the pain has gotten horrible. Mike and I get excited about having this baby. Another nurse shows up and checks me for a second opinion. She says she is sorry to report that I'm only at a 6 and there is a lot of cervix yet to thin out.
WHAT??? I MEAN WHAT???? According to the doctor and 12 hours of nurses I haven't had any cervix for the last 12 hours but now there is a lot left? This is where I started getting pissed about not being allowed to have cervidil the night before.
GIVE ME DRUGS.
The first drugs were IV. I don't remember the name but I believe I now know what Acid is like. The pretty flowers were moving on the wall and I was off in lala land. It lasted 30 minutes but it was the best 30 minutes of the entire delivery...besides having the baby of course. Then it was gone and the pain was back with a vengence. They gave me some more but it was like I was immune to the pain relief. So, I asked for an epidural.
I wont go into detail with this ordeal besides the fact that it took 2 anethesiologists and over 3 hours to get it into place and it only numbed half my body...the left half and my hips down to be exact. While I was happy my lady bits and bum were numb and would be even happier later I was still so very upset that I could feel every pain of the contractions.
Finally at 11pm...yes 11pm...my doctor checks me and says we're at 9cm and the cervix is nearly gone. They started prepping the room and at 11:15pm we started to push. I was scared as hell about this because I didn't push at all with Nathan. He just flew out. I asked if they were going to call the doctor but they said not until he was about ready to come which could take hours. At 11:30 I was ready for the doctor but the had to CALL HER IN. Time to stop pushing...which is not exactly easy once you get started. It took her about ten minutes and we were able to start pushing again. Just a little after midnight, June 11th, my second son was born.
Jacob Michael Looman was 8 lbs and 8 oz. and 21 inches long. Compared to my 5 lb first born he was GIGANTIC. They cleaned him and I up and we were ready for our first visitors. My parents had stayed the entire time at the hospital and were so excited to be there to hold their newborn grandson. I don't think I've ever seen my dad like that...so happy. Around 2am they left and we all crashed. It wasn't until 6am that they brought Jacob in for a feeding. It would be the last time I'd get more than 3 hours of sleep since.
We stayed at the hospital till Sunday morning. I was VERY exhausted and didn't realize how the pregnancy, labor, and delivery had destroyed my body. I ended up with an infection that has still yet to clear all the way. My body still feels like it went through hell a month ago but I know from experience it will get better. Though it was a lot worse than my first delivery, it was well worth it. He's beautiful and a wonderful baby. He completed our family of 4 and we couldn't be happier.
*My computer is acting up or there would have been pictures along with this story. Hopefully once I figure out the issue I will be able to edit this post with them.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Family Pictures...Nathan was not a fan of posing for these. He was very anxious to be doing anything else. However, we did get some good shots and he still acted like the ham he is!
Mike and his new buddy Jacob...this one makes me all teary. Nothing more sexy (in my opinion)than my husband being sweet on his kids.
My Two Boys...I'm going to be in BIG trouble once they start conspiring. So far, Nathan is a great big brother and I know they're going to be good buds.
Thanks for looking! I promise to be more attentive! I just have to get a schedule down...with a newborn. LOL.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Please stop. Now.
At 33 weeks and I'm in preterm labor. I'm taking meds to stop the contractions but now we're also seeing symptoms I'll go pre ecclamptic again. They haven't diagnosed it yet but this exactly what happened before Nate was born. I'm just waiting for the doctor to catch up. If I were going to get preggo again I would not be using my family practitioner. I just don't think she really has the time. I should have gone to an OB. I thought about it but since I didn't last time, I didn't this time. I should have. So, word of advice ladies.
I have not gotten much crocheting done. I have some school work to do tonight and tomorrow and then hopefully Sunday I will catch up. Then, hopefully I can post some pictures. Just been a rough few months to get anything done. School is just kicking my butt. Which it should. After all, it is a Masters program.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Mike had a boat show all day today so Nathan and I had some time to just hang out. I'm really trying to make each day alone with him filled with fun quality time before the baby gets here.
We woke up this morning and got some cereal. Then once we woke up enough to get dressed we went to the local bakery which specializes in doughnuts; amazing doughnuts! So Nate and I got there and he picked out his very own sprinkled longjohn. Yum!
We went to Walmart and got a birthday present for a friend. Bubbles for Nathan too, of course. I don't think I got anything for me. Which blows. Oh well.
Then off to the car wash. This is where we finished our doughnuts. Nathan ate 1/2 of mine too!
Home time! Mommy got started on the laundry and Nathan decided to dance in the living room and be entertaining.
Time for lunch! We had bought things to make PIZZA BAGELS! Take a bagel, add pizza sauce, some cheese, and pepperoni and ya got yourself a pizza! Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and enjoy! Simple, easy, yummy! Oh, and your kid will eat all of it because they made it. He had a ton of fun which you can see by the pictures.
After food we watched cartoons until nap time. That didn't go very well but eventually he did fall asleep.
Mike was home once we woke up from nap and we met him at the boat. The boat is in the water and ready for fun! We went and picked up sandwiches for dinner and then made our way to the boat. We had a ton of fun hanging out just the three of us and then eventually Amber met us at the dock and we were out again! It was the perfect ending to a really fun day!
Now, Mike is out sleeping on the boat...because he loves it. Not because I kicked him out. Although, I must admit it is nice to have the bed to myself and pregnant 8 month belly! LOL. We're cuddling while watching Dog 101 and getting ready for sleep time. I have some school work to catch up on tonight :( I guess you can't play all the time and get away with it! Oh well. Hoepfully tomorrow is more productive but I have to say with these days being so few left with just time alone with my Nathan it was well worth it :)
Sunday, April 4, 2010
As he looked in his basket he asked me "mommy, how did the Easter Bunny know that I wanted Play Dough?" I told him that the Easter Bunny was very smart, just like Santa. He smiled and started to play.
We had a great time playing and then it was church time. After that was time to go to Grandma and Grandpa's for lunch. Yum! Ham, potatoes, asparagus, and apple pie. Yum!
Neighbor kids were out playing so we let Nathan go too. He had a fun time with a little girl who was 5. He has decided she is his new best friend, though he can't seem to remember her name :)
Alright, and one last one of my hot hubby showing me some love!
I hope everyone had a fantastic day!
Let me know what you think!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Basically, right after I found my mojo, I lost my mojo.
It could be the fact that I also hit month 7 in my pregnancy and have barely enough energy in the day to get up and go to work let alone come home, clean, do school work, and eat. Sadly, my crocheting gets the short end of the stick! Hopefully next week during Spring Break I'll have a chance to get my juices flowing again and post pics!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I had officially forgotten about my blog until a friend of mine asked me to look at pictures on her blog. Wow! Oh yeah! I used to blog too! Here are some updates:
1. My Etsy store is still up and moving along. Things have slowed but they do that during the start of spring. I plan on having more photo prop hats up soon but I've been really busy...read on.
2. I'm in my 4th Masters' class at this time. I can't believe how intense these classes are. I feel overwheled most days but I love what I'm learning. I'm just hoping all this work will end up in extra money when I'm done.
3. We are now 24 weeks pregnant! We start our 3rd trimester in just another week. I am having so much fun this pregnancy. It is nothing like my first pregnancy with my son Nathan. We are having another Boy! I'm excited. I would have liked to have had a girl this time BUT I know having two boys will be a ton of fun. I don't have any belly pictures yet but I plan on getting on that.
4. Work - we will leave this out of this blog. I'm having too good of a day to think about it. :)
That's about it...well it seems that way. We've been so busy it's all sort of a whirl wind. Hopefully I remember to post again before we have the baby :)