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They Say It’s His Birthday…

Duh duh duh duh duh duh. LOL

Actually, yesterday was F6’s second birthday. Unfortunately, the whole family is down with this nasty, nasty influenza virus that is going around. We decided to celebrate anyway, as Saturday, our usual day for birthday celebrations, is Mr. Nutt’s birthday and I wanted F6 to have a day unto himself. So, Wednesday evening, he opened his presents and we shared cake and ice cream after dinner. Here’s some pictures of the big event.


F6, giving me a smile, in spite of fever and runny nose. He was such a good sport.


F6, with his “meow” that Grandma gave to him. He adores it already. And a book that we gave to him.


F6 and Mr. Nutt, blowing out his two little candles. He really didn’t know what to do with them, until Daddy showed him.

I have so many blessings with F6. He is a lovable, smart little boy. He knows his mind but because of his love for us, he is willing to change it when the time calls for it. He loves to be read to, dogs (arf arfs), cats (meows), horses (dunduduluns), and cars (vroom vrooms). He also loves to help Grandma wash the dishes. He is a sweet child and I praise God for blessing my life with him. May I prove to be the mother that God wants me to be and raise this child up to do His will and love God with all his heart, mind, soul, and spirit.

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F7 was born on February 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm. She weighed a healthy 9lbs, 1oz and was 21 inches long. Perhaps you would like to see some pictures?


Here is F7, telling us all how she really feels about joining us in this great big world.


F7 and myself, shortly after the big event. Yes, I do look rather self-satisfied, don’t I?


F7, one day old. Isn’t she just beautiful????

She is an awesome baby. She sleeps about 3 hours at a time, and actually slept during the night hours last night. When she is awake, she looks at you with those sweet, sweet eyes like she is hanging on to your every word. All the other Fruit just adore her, especially F6. He thinks that she came to earth just for him to oogle over. She has already blended into the family like she was always here, which I think is just wonderful.

If anyone would like to read it, the following is her birth story. I’ll try not to get graphic.

I woke up Thursday morning with a contraction, which was my first clue that I was in real, official labor. The contractions I’ve been having for the last couple of weeks were painful, but not enough to wake me from a sound sleep. I used the bathroom and discovered that I’d dropped my plug. I had an appointment for 9:20 that morning with my midwife anyway, so I called Mr. Nutt and told him to come down here instead of going to work; we’re gonna have a baby today. The midwife checked me and I was already at 6, but still only about 25% effaced. She sent me in to the hospital (we stopped at McD’s first so Mr. Nutt could get some breakfast) and I was on the monitor for 20 minutes or so. I jumped in the shower and stood there until I got bored, then I sat on a birthing ball (which is just a big exercise ball) for about another hour. By this time I was at 8 and 80% effaced. My midwife asked me when I thought I’d deliver and after thinking for a few moments, I said, “About 2 o’clock.” She had me lay on my side, because my cervix had begun to face posterior and that was slowing things down. On my side, the contractions hurt worse, but moved things along quickly. She checked again, I was about 9.5. I used the bathroom, laid on my side for another couple of contractions, and began to feel the urge to push. I turned on my back and began the delivery. My cervix was gone, but my water still hadn’t broken! This was the first baby that I didn’t break the water at some point before delivery. My first push broke the bag, but it was a very small rupture that resealed immediately. A couple more pushes ruptured the bag fully, and then two more pushes brought F7’s head. One more delivered the rest of her. As she was cleaning me up, one of my nurses, who was in training on the ob floor and had only seen one other birth without pain meds, said, “You are my hero. Wow.” I laughed. Time of birth was 2:07. I guess I called that one pretty close. Unfortunately, Mr. Nutt was sick the whole time with this wretched influenza, so he just sort of hung back and felt sorry for me. That’s okay, I knew he was there if I needed him. He still has yet to hold F7, as he doesn’t want to make her sick. She cuddled right into me after the delivery and settled down as soon as she heard my voice. She is really a sweet, precious little princess. My first name for her was Lover.

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Haircuts

Three of the boys got their haircut today. F1 would prefer that I don’t show his picture, so I will respect that, since he isn’t completely happy with his hair yet. He has very thick, voluminous hair and it tends to get poofy when it gets a little long. But he doesn’t like it when it is short, so he’s trying to figure out how to make his long, curly hair look how he wants it to. F2 and F6, however looked absolutely wonderful after their haircuts.


I told the hairstylist that I wanted just a nice young man’s haircut for F2, and ended up with this great doo. I’m really happy with it. I think he looks so handsome.


Mr. Nutt didn’t want me to cut F6’s hair in the back yet. He said that it is the only time in his life that he’ll be able to have long hair respectably, and he wanted to enjoy it for awhile. So I just had his bangs and sides trimmed a bit. He did a great job sitting still in the chair and looking seriously at the hairstylist. He started to freak out a bit when she used the blow dryer to sweep the hair off his head and face, but settled right down at the prospect of a sucker.

F5 didn’t want the stylist to cut his hair. I’ll do it in a couple of days, when Mr. Nutt brings my hair scissors from the other house.

In other news…no F7 yet. I’m now 10 days over. Tomorrow I have a midwife appointment and she’ll schedule an induction, I’m guessing for either Friday or Monday. I’m praying to go in without the induction…I really don’t want to do that again.

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Still no baby. Just thought I’d let you know. F7 is taking her sweet time. I’m sure she’s worth it.

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Crocheting

On Saturday evening, Mom taught me how to crochet. I found this pattern for a hat that could either be knit or crochet, but the knit version used double pointed needles and looked really confusing, so I opted to learn to crochet instead. Mom made a hat and I made a hat, using the same pattern. Well, sort of.

Which one do you think that I did? Do they even look like the same pattern?

I did the pink one. I was supposed to double crochet every other row throughout the body of the hat, but managed to half double crochet instead, not having any clue what I was doing. I finally figured it out toward the end, so I added two more rows to the bottom of double crochet, since the hat was smaller than it should have been and to add the lacy look to the bottom.

They are both for F7, to wear about the house so her sweet little head doesn’t get cold. I’m hoping that they both fit her well, even though I made up a new pattern. Both hats are very pretty, I think. The variegated yarn is much lacier and delicate than the pink one, but both are very feminine.

I’m pretty proud of myself that I finished it so fast, less than twenty-four hours. Crocheting is definitely faster than knitting. I don’t think I’ll stop knitting, though. I really enjoy both.

The link for the hat I knit up is here. Both hat patterns were from Coats and Clark. I used Red Heart Baby Soft for the purple and white knit hat and Bernat Softee Baby for both the variegated that Mom made and the pink that I made. The Bernat is very soft and silky and was perfect for the crochet.

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I Knit a Hat for F7

Okay, I’m ready to go now. Tomorrow I will be officially forty weeks pregnant. The bag is packed. The bassinet is ready. The baby’s clothes are washed. I even knit her a hat to wear home, and I’m going to crochet her another one. Here’s a picture of the hat I finished today.

So, anytime now, I’d be happy to go in and deliver this baby girl into the world! If only she were ready…

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