March 28, 2014

happy 1st birthday micah

my oh my where has the year gone?

my sweet 8lb 8oz baby boy is now a year old.

i thought for sure i would be a basket case today. crying every five minutes because my baby is growing up but instead i found myself with a grin from ear to ear and proud as could be. i am so in awe of the amazing little boy micah is becoming. 
micah loves:
when daddy gets home
toy cars
big trucks driving by
toilet plunger
the washing machine
peanut butter

micah doesn't like:
big crowds
being alone
diaper changes
putting clothes on

micah is very good at crawling, walking along furniture, standing, climbing up and down stairs, making people laugh, peek-a-boo and figuring out how things work.

this baby still has a toothless grin that makes me weak in the knees!

micah likes to babble and sometimes gets out what he is trying to say.
some words he can say:
- dada
- mama
- nini (night night)
- baa baa - thats what most animals say
he also signs:
- more
- please
- milk

micah has many names! - mikey, baby micah, baby mikey, little man, baby bird, baby bear, peanut and many more!

our world was turned upside down when you were born. this past year has been the most amazing, rewarding, sleepless, tear filled of our lives and we wouldn't change a second of it!

i pray that the Lord will bless us with many more amazing years with you micah!

pictures by leanne doell photography

March 20, 2014


I have absolutely loved the nursing journey Micah and I have had. I love how close it has made us. I love that those big cubby cheeks, squishy belly, and yummy thighs grew because of me. I love that we have quiet time together. I love being able to hold my baby. I love the cuddles. I love that my body gave life and sustained life. 

I have always wanted to nurse my babies but I never realized how hard it would be to stop. Micah turns one next week (someone hold me) and I want to start weaning him. I don't want to stop altogether but just cut back a bit. I have tried a few times and I just can't do it! 

The emotional bond is so strong and I just don't want that to be broken. How do I go about this? It stresses me out thinking about it. I get all teary eyed (ball my eyes out) when I think about it. 

This is more of a vent/ getting my thoughts out. But if you have any advice I'd love to hear. I know this can be a controversial topic so please only leave kind words.  

March 11, 2014

How does your garden grow?

I can't wait for summer to get here! I have been dreaming of fresh veggies from the garden. I can't wait to smelling flowers again. Do you like planning out a garden or do you just go for it? As you can see I am a planner. I have only been able to do container gardening until now. So I am kinda, really, super duper excited! 

What are some of your favourite veggies? I am growing some for fresh eating and for salsa. I also love having flowers! I love bringing bouquets of flowers inside too. What flowers do you love having around? 

Do you have any gardening tips or tricks? 
Do you garden for fresh eating or for freezing and preserving? 

March 3, 2014

Free Crochet Shamrock Pattern

Today's pattern is for this cute shamrock!

you will need
- scissors
- yarn needle
- green worsted weight yarn
- 5.5 mm hook 

Chain 4

Slip stitch to join

*Chain 4

Put 3 treble stitchs in the ring 

Put 1 single stitch into centre*

Repeat from *to* two more times. 

It should look like the above picture at this point. 

Chain 6

In the second stitch from the hook put a half double stitch. In the next stitch put another half double stitch. 

Put a single crochet in the next three stitchs. 

Slip stitch in the centre to join and in each stitch on the petals. Fasten off once you are done slip stitching around the edge. Weave in the end and enjoy your sweet shamrock! 

If you would like to order a shamrock garland email me. $2.50 a foot.

 Please share your shamrocks on Instagram and tag #hookedbyamberpattern so I can see. 

Happy Hooking! 

** this pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell anything you make with this pattern**