The Baby’s Sick

First cold.  Not a milestone I wanted Harmon to tackle at only two months of age.  We’ve been to the pediatrician twice–virus hasn’t traveled to the lungs at this point & praying it doesn’t.  RSV is no joke at Harmon’s age.  Last night was the worst night I have ever had with a newborn without a doubt.  But I’ve also never had a newborn in the germy winter months before so I’m experiencing this all for the first time as a fourth-time mom.  And it’s scary!  I think I’m ready for spring…  
 Poor little guy, he feels awful but he’s trying to smile for mama.  
 We’re not doing much of this.  Being upright seems to be helping Harmon nap a bit longer than he would be able to otherwise.  I’ve probably been holding him for 23 of the last 24 hours.  He’s been gagging on his mucus & throwing me into a panic.  Our pediatrician reassured me he cannot choke on mucus, but I still freak out when he starts gagging and doesn’t breathe. If you’ve got some to spare, we sure would appreciate prayers for our Harmon Hunter.  Hopefully he’ll be back to being a Happy Harmon soon!

Yarn Along {a baby cap that fits, finally! plus a giveaway}

I finished Harmon’s Aviatrix No.6 at last and it fits!  So glad to finally move on to something else in the knitting department…I do love this pattern, but six is definitely enough for now.
I am a few pages shy of the end of Kingbird Highway (great review of the book).  I better hurry up, too, as I’ve run out of library renewals on it & I’ve already amassed over $10 in library fines lately.  Fail, I know.

I’m hosting a giveaway on the blog for Harmon’s Aviatrix No.5 until Friday.  Completely free!  Participate here!

Joining in with Ginny.

Happy Two Months!

IMG_1990[1]Happy 2 Months, Harmon Hunter!

He’s definitely changing–face is much more filled out & growing significantly taller!  Current weight: 10# +/- an ounce.  He is still wearing newborn cloth diapers, but some of his small Sloomb flats/prefolds are too tight across his tummy & I’ve started using mediums.  His tummy is really big, sometimes I worry it’s bloated, but I think it’s normal.  Hope so!  He still has not had any immunizations–first appointment is next week.  We continue to exclusively nurse & he continues to have trouble with the let-down and chokes, gags, etc, despite me trying every suggestion know to man to combat this issue.  I really think he just needs more time to mature & he’ll handle it better.  His gas has slowed down a bit, but not by much.  His happiness seems to go in spurts–he’ll have a string of happy days with long, peaceful naps/content wakeful periods & then he’ll have a string of hellish days where I think he must have colic he’s so unhappy, crying constantly, sleeping for 10 minutes at a time  He likes to be upright & is getting more & more tolerant of the baby carrier.  I’ve even ventured outside twice now with him in the Tula & I think he enjoyed it.  He fell asleep, so that’s enjoyment, right? ;)

IMG_2001[1]I think this is his Rocky Balboa pose.

IMG_2002[1]He still clenches his fists quite a bit.  Coralee thinks it’s the cutest thing ever when he looks like this.

IMG_1965[1]He took the longest nap ever the first time he went outside riding in the Tula.  Three hours!  We walked to the end of the driveway to fetch Merritt from the bus.  It was cold & insanely windy, but his fleecey suit kept him cozy.


IMG_1962[1]June LOVES to read to him & Harmon is very, very interested in June.  He is content in her presence for quite a chunk of time.  She’s a great babysitter!



IMG_1950[1]This photo makes me swoon!  His face is so sweet & June loves him to pieces.  She continues to tell us God sent Harmon for her like God sent Merritt for Coralee. <3 <3 <3

IMG_1952[1]I am, like every new mother, in awe how quickly two months passed us by…

Weekend with Bernie

This blog is about four little Iowans, so I’m thinking it’s safe to say readers realize I live in Iowa.  As an Iowa transplant (Wisconsinite by birth!) I am all caught up as of late in the crazy that is the presidential nomination season.  Coralee, Brian, Harmon and I went to see Bernie Sanders speak on Saturday in Manchester, Iowa.  None of us has actually ever attended a single campaign event EVER.  I find that pathetic as I take voting very very seriously.  So, despite the fact we have a slightly colicky 8 week old, I was determined to see at least one candidate in the flesh speak this go-around.  I’m not endorsing anyone yet, but I’m leaning towards Bernie.  I think. I don’t know!  My mind changes by the minute.  Hopefully I’ll figure it out before I caucus tomorrow night (with Harmon in tow, could be very interesting).  Here’s an explanation of the Iowa caucus in case you’ve ever wondered what in the blazes it is we do here every two years (yes, two).  Happy Caucus Eve!
This afternoon Brian and I went for a hike around our property with June and Harmon.  June led the way & she is a really good navigator!  Took us to all her “haunts” such as the place where “the owl killed the bird” (we think it was one of our neighbor’s farm ducks, yikes!).  The weather was quite warm, but breezy.  There is supposedly a giant snowstorm on the way scheduled to hit Monday evening late…I’ll believe it when I see it! 
 Not sure what the face I’m making is all about!  Harmon did really well bundled up in his Tula.

 I visited our filthy chicken run (by way of wading through the muddy moat) to check out Coralee’s show chicken for Fair this year. This is Frost all grown up and all filthy!  She is going to be a lesson in patience for Coralee keeping those feathers of hers constantly cleaned and groomed come the Benton County Fair in July…but Coralee’s definitely a thoughtful, purposeful, deliberate person like her Daddy, so I have no doubt she’ll do great!

Not much left in the slop bucket for you, Frost!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

UPDATE: I did indeed caucus for Bernie, but, unfortunately, in my precinct of roughly 70ish folks, Bernie only carried enough votes for 1 state convention delegate to Hillary’s 3.  The lone person that wanted to caucus for O’Malley went with Hillary almost instantly.  My county overall went Hillary.  The statistical tie between the two candidates overall in Iowa, however, is quite exciting!  I definitely think my vote mattered & the race is on!  In terms of the blizzard bearing down on Iowa, Storm Kayla is proving a flop where I live.  We might get an inch or two of snow and then rain after that…bother.

Caucusing in a school library.



Giveaway! Aviatrix Cap No.5


In honor of Harmon smiling for the first time today (yippee!), I would like to give away his Aviatrix No.5 knit in sumptuous Blue Sky Alpaca Yarns ‘100% Baby Alpaca’ in a green-yellow colorway with a baby blue vintage button (& two button holes for adjusting).  Harmon will not wear alpaca, but I would love for someone’s baby to wear this cap & I don’t know anyone currently pregnant or with a new baby right now.  The color is a bit different, but the yarn is soft & the cap construction is one of my favorites.  Harmon has a fairly large head for an almost-two-month-old & this fits with room to grow.  I’m going to peg this at a 3-6 months+ sized cap–it all really depends on your baby’s noggin.

If you have a little baby in your life (or about to have one!) whom you think would love this cap, please comment below!  Comments will close & a winner will be randomly selected on Friday, February 5, 2016 at midnight (I’m positive I’ll be up, ha!).  The winner will be notified via email & announced within this post–so please don’t comment ‘Anonymous’ if you’d like to win.  I will mail the cap (shells & jar not included) for free anywhere in the world!  If only one person comments before next Friday, hey, you win automatically!

Happy Friday! <3 <3 <3

Comments are Closed & the winner is #3–Katharine Blair!  Please email me, Katharine, at ellamaeknits AT gmail DOT com & I will get this Aviatrix on its way to you!  Thank you to everyone who commented!

First Smile!

Following a multiple-diaper-changes morning consisting of grunting, snorting, oinking, squeaking, gurgling, etc (you get the picture), we were rewarded with Harmon’s first real smile!  We’ve been catching him sort of smiling for a few days, but I’m calling it–this is it!  Hooray!  (Eight weeks old this past Tuesday.)

A Very Happy Harmon Hunter!

Yarn Along {not much doing}


Not much knitting happened this past week, nor reading.  I am *almost* finished reading Kingbird Highway.  My enjoyment of this book increases with each passing chapter.  Kaufman’s trip to Alaska has been my favorite section thus far.  I am up to the middle chapters of Silent Spring & continue to work on the study guide for it as I go along (as part of Coralee’s homeschool curriculum).  No.6 Aviatrix ravelry notes here.


It snowed Monday evening three whole inches!  I know, that’s nothing compared to the 40+ received on the East Coast this past weekend, but we’ve had very little snow this winter in Iowa.  Three inches may be paltry, but it didn’t seem to stop the roads from going to pot around here…I barely got Merritt to the bus Tuesday morning as our rural road was still not plowed & my little Ford Focus is so low to the ground.


Early morning–pardon my everything!

Here’s the reason not much doing around here…Harmon has been getting, I’m afraid to admit, colicky.  Merritt had TRUE COLIC for almost a year as a baby, so I don’t want to say Harmon has colic if he’s just having a string of bad days.  I’m not sure what is going on at this point.  He’s definitely possibly heading that way…every evening, like clockwork, for the last week he shrieks, screams, bawls, you name it, he’s not happy & wants us to know it for over three hours.  He won’t nurse during these fits at all which isn’t helping.  He’s been sleeping on me for most of the night, too.  He will not sleep any other way…


Waking up is like exiting a tornado.  I know we slept, but I feel worn out & obviously he does, too.  He rubs his face on me all night & that leads to some rash flare-up by morning.


He seems to need constant attention all day in order to be happy.  He does have some happy moments, but still no smiles.


Not much napping &, therefore, not much knitting.


Trying to enjoy the present with an eye to the future & fingers crossed we don’t enter true colic territory…I’ve been there, I would prefer no repeat visits!

Joining in with Ginny.