Houston, we have a toddler!

For posterity’s sake:

Cruising by the couch, she turned toward the ottoman and took off! Hands in the air! One step! Two steps!

Then she did it again. Three steps this time. Man, she was so so proud.

My baby girl. My BIG girl!

Eye Candy Baby! v.4

I thought it was time for another installment of MELI: Cutest Baby In The World.

In this video, Meli’s back at the window where she likes to pretend she’s a cat (or a pug) and yell at all the trains, planes and automobiles that pass by.

Window Talking from January One on Vimeo.

Oh and just so you don’t think I’m crazy, clicking her tongue is her new trick. She does it all the time – except, of course, when I’m filming her.

And this video is future ammunition for when she’s about five, and refuses to eat everything. I’m going to pull it out and say, “See! You did so EAT BROCCOLI and you might have even LIKED it!”

B Is For Broccoli from January One on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend!
L, C & M

Random Ramblings

— Before I get started, I want to point you all in the direction of Jacqueline’s blog. Jacqueline lives in Victoria, which you no doubt have heard has been ravaged by deadly brush fires. Jacqueline has many lovely, lovely prizes to give away as incentive for giving to the Australian Red Cross, but honestly, we should all just give. Ten Dollars Australia gets you into the dance as far as prizes are concerned – and there are many prizes to win. I know that times are tough for many of us, but even if we can spare a couple of dollars I’m sure it can help those left homeless and grieving by this disaster. Thank you.

— Reading Margene this morning, I came across this fun link: The Knitting Blog Class of 2005. I started this blog in 2004, so I made the cut. It’s an interesting look at how knitting blogs have grown and contracted over the years. Congratulations, I guess, to all of us on the list! I can’t believe how long we’ve kept this thing going.

— Yesterday’s walk was AWESOME! We were outside for almost two hours and Meli went on the swings again. She’s always so quiet at first – especially when she’s doing something new. It’s not that she doesn’t like it, it’s just that she has to feel it out and make up her mind. There were lots of kids at the playground and that’s one thing she doesn’t need time with – she LOVES kids! She will initiate with kids too – she waves to them first. It’s the cutest thing ever.

— Also the cutest thing ever was this morning when I was waking her up (I’m trying to get her up earlier in the hopes that she’ll go to bed earlier). I was whispering her name and kissing her and she wasn’t having any of it – tossing over solidly asleep. So I kept saying her name and started rubbing her belly and suddenly she got the biggest smile on her face – but her eyes were still closed! She was either playing possum or she was smiling in her sleep – either way it was the cutest thing ever.

— One more really cute thing. And this might be a bit TMI (Ann look away.) Meli loves to lift my shirt these days looking for some boob. When she finds it she laughs and gets all excited and dive bombs onto me. It’s super cute – especially when I’m laying down on the sofa and she’s standing next to me. For some reason I think it’s ridiculously adorable when she nurses standing up. And no, she can’t ask for it by name yet.

— Okay. I lied. Last cute thing. When I tell her I love her – especially when we’re quiet and nursing – she’ll stop and say something back to me. It’s not really a word or anything, but she’s totally mimicking my tone of voice and all.

— The last word – to all of you who read and especially those of you who left comments on Tuesday’s post: Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how much it helped to know that you feel similar things and that it doesn’t mean that you love your kids any less or enjoy your time at home with them any less. It encouraged me to keep blogging our life. From the start of this blog I’ve let it all hang out – warts and all – and I try not to shy away from the issues that are important to me. That I’ve been able to put into words what many of you are feeling comforts me and lets me know that we’re all okay. Naysayers be damned!

I’m going to finish with some pictures of my daughter. Because it’s my blog and I can.

Look Ma! No Hands!

She loves to stand by the window and watch the trains go by. There’s also a big flag out there she loves to watch. Oh and of course her own reflection.

I love that she looks like a dirty little boy in these pictures in her white t-shirt and jeans. Usually she’s dressed in a some crazy shade of pink.

Please, please! Don’t forget to head over to Jacqueline’s and find out about giving to the Australian Red Cross and winning prizes. PLEASE!

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Dance Dance Revolution!

I swear to you, come hell or high water, tomorrow’s post will be about knitting. For today, though, I have some super cute video of my girl.

For the longest time now, whenever she hears music, Meli shakes her head back and forth. She’s kind of got a Stevie Wonder thing going on to be honest. But today, when we were watching the sing-a-long episode of Sesame Street, she started dancing with her whole body! Check out how she works that tush!

Dance! Dance! Dance! from January One on Vimeo.

Meli has also found her tongue – and man – she’s not afraid to use it!

KISS! Gene Simmons Wanna Be from January One on Vimeo.

Yes sirree folks, we’ve got another member of the KISS Army!

Thanks for indulging me – KNITTING TOMORROW!


I was really excited about the post I had planned for today, but then I was putting stuff away in the bedroom and turned my back on the baby for a second. Of course, that was the moment she decided to crawl right off the bed. Alas I wasn’t able to really catch her. (In the horror movie I have playing in my mind over and over again, I caught a little bit of arm.)

She is fine. Absolutely fine. Just as cranky as she was before she fell.

I, though, feel like the most horrible mother in the universe. You can rest assured that I cried almost as hard as she did – and about ten minutes longer.

My happy fun post will wait for tomorrow.

Let’s Try This Again!

I’ve only heard from one winner, so here’s another way to go. Please look for your name and your blog or the first part of your email address (the one you left in your comment.) If you see yourself, please check your spam filter or leave a comment and let me know who you are! THANK YOU!

Kate (tntkate)
Rebekkah (bowerbirdknits)
Melissa (melliska)
Roby (crobyb)

For those of you that didn’t win, January One, G-Rocks and Never On Sunday are all available for sale now on the Blue Moon website. Also, I recently bought some new camera equipment, so here are some new shots of my girl. Notice the two bottom teeth, nice and sharp.

Thanks for reading. I hope to be back with a knitting post soon. Like maybe even tomorrow.

Erotik Market Alisveris

Erotik Market Alisveris


It was bound to happen sooner or later: we have our first ear infection. My poor baby girl. The three of us are miserable.

Happy Hanukkah!!

If You’re Happy and You Know It


Hope everyone has a fantastic Thursday – or Thanksgiving – whichever the case may be! Thank you all for reading!!!

(A few more pictures of Meli after the jump. It’s been awhile.)

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Movin’ and Groovin’

Things are still pretty much status quo over here. The baby’s still nursing a lot and I’m still working a lot. My mom’s here for a couple days to help out with baby wrangling so I can work and G and I even had dinner out tonight. Together. Alone. Sans bebe. Nice.

Thank you all so much for your comments and suggestions. It’s helpful to know others have gone before and survived. Meli is teething. I guess. She doesn’t have any teeth and I’m convinced we’re going to go to her nine month checkup with no teeth. But they definitely hurt her at times. She’s also on the verge of extreme movement. For now she bounces up and down while sitting and moves around like that and she’s started pulling up on everything, well, mostly me, but still she’s pulling up. Maybe both her teeth and the moving have to do with her wanting to nurse and giving up the paci. Who knows. She’s not leaving our bed anytime soon because we all really love having her there and ultimately it’s what’s working for us.

Today I received a package of yarn. Purple tweedy yarn. Beautiful soft yarn that’s wool with a touch of silk. It might just be the most gorgeous yarn I’ve ever seen. I promise to take a picture of it soon. I’ll be swatching ASAP. The thing I miss most about life pre baby is knitting. Definitely the knitting. Oh to hold those two sticks again and the gorgeous gorgeous yarn.

I’m going to dream about this yarn. In between the nursing.