15 Weeks, 3 Days

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That’s how far along I am in my pregnancy.  I was keeping a journal on 750words.com, but lost the strength, energy, and interest in trying to write 750 words every day.  I completed one month of writing every day and it was exhausting! At least I was able to do that, so I am satisfied.

I’m back on WordPress now.  I like that I can attach pictures easily on here.  I’m hoping to print out my blog entries for my pregnancy book once our twins arrive.  It’ll be nice to have a memento to recount all the new things I’m experiencing with this first pregnancy!

I know, this is completely different from everything I’ve posted in the past and I’m feeling weary about sharing my personal experience publicly. However, I have found other pregnancy blogs extremely helpful so I am hoping my entries will help someone else out there, too!

So what is new?  Morning sickness finally subsided but headaches replaced them.  Monday, May 9th was when the headaches started.  It was so bad, I let out little sobs throughout the day.  I gave in and took an extra strength Tylenol.  One and a half pill instead of the recommended two pills.  One pill is all I ever needed, but given the severity of the headache, I decided to up my normal dosage.  I waited for the headache to melt away, but gave up when nothing changed three hours later.

The next day, the headache was still there, but not quite as bad.  I noticed that walking around helped my headache.  Every time I sat or laid down, the headache would come back full force.  I tried my best to keep busy and to avoid sitting down by doing chores and going for walks, but eventually, I had to sit down.  I can’t stand all day! I was tired and exhausted. I’m carrying two babies!

I left the house Wednesday and Thursday to go “shopping”.  I didn’t buy anything, but it kept me busy with few opportunities to sit down.  I felt good on those days and the headache went away.  It would peer from it’s hiding place a few times, but nothing that I couldn’t handle.

I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night on Thursday and Friday because my head was pounding.  I would get up to use the restroom which would help ease the headache.  I’d get back to bed and would have trouble falling asleep because the headache would come back, but eventually passed out from exhaustion.

I was given no relief from the headaches over the weekend, so I called the doctor on Monday.  She told me that my headaches were possibly tension headaches and prescribed me muscle relaxers. They are a Class B medication and will not harm the babies.  I later found out the Class B means that there has been no proof adverse effects on the fetus but not enough studies have been done to confirm this. This made me weary about taking them.

My headaches got bad on Wednesday, so I gave in and took one muscle relaxer.  Best case scenario:  it’ll work and my headaches would disappear forever.

Unfortunately, it did nothing for the headache.  It made me very drowsy so at least I was able to sleep through most of the headache.

It’s been a little over two weeks and I still have the headaches.  However, they’re not as bad and I’m able to deal with them.  I increased my water intake from 60 ounces a day to 75 ounces.  That seemed to help quite a bit with the headaches.

Kristen reminded me on Saturday that I need to up my water intake because I’ve gained weight.  I don’t know why that never occurred to me before!  She suggested I do 125 ounces of water a day, but that sounds like a ridiculous amount.  “You need to drink your body weight in ounces plus 25%,” she told me.  I decided to do half my body weight plus 25%. I’m going to talk to Dr. F at our next check-up and see how much water and protein she recommends.

If she tells me I should be drinking 11-12 glasses of water a day, I might lose my mind.  I’m 100 pounds and the average american female is roughly 140 pounds.  It makes no sense to me that I need to drink the same amount of water as a 150 pound pregnant person.

I hope she doesn’t disappoint me and give me a number based on my size.  I can work with this. Well, unless she can give me good reasons as to why we all have to drink the same amount of water. I’m open to it if she can makes sense of it to me.

I’ll do my best to catch us up in the next few posts, but for now, namaste!

Perler: Goku and Goten

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Goku and Goten
Approximately 20″ x 28″
Pattern Width: 145 beads
Pattern Height: 109 beads
Total Colors: 22
Total Bead Count: 15,805 beads

Most of you already know about this but I figured I’d go ahead and update the blog for “record keeping” purposes. I had attempted a large Perler installation and it FAILEd pretty miserably. Laying down the beads on the pegboard was the easy and fun part. Ironing was a MESS! Word of advice, when you iron a large piece, remember to use medium heat and START IN THE MIDDLE. I started on the outer edges and… well, scroll down, and you will see. Here’s photos of my progression:

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2014-06-23 20.21.20Above: I had dropped my tool and it made a bunch of beads jump off the board. This was a minor set back, just remember to be careful when you’re working over a large piece!

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Above: Watching Dragon Ball Z while working on Goku and Goten kekeke

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Above: Quarter in the top right and a 16 oz coke bottle on the bottom left for size comparison.

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Above: This is what happens when you start ironing from one corner and working your way to the next corner. SUPER FAIL. The cooling times were so hard to keep up with. I might have needed to work on a much lower heat setting as well. I think I had it medium/high because I was getting impatient -_- The larger pieces will take some time, so be patient!! I regret not being more patient with it😦

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I spent several hours trying to fix it but it was not salvageable😦 This was my first attempt on this large of an installation. Lesson learned!

Gir and Pig

3552 Perler beads, 12.38" x 18.08" on an 18"x24" acrylic painted canvas.

3552 Perler beads, 12.38″ x 18.08″ on an 18″x24″ acrylic painted canvas.

Gir and Pig
Approximately 12.38″ x 18.08″
Pattern Width: 70 beads
Pattern Height: 91 beads
Total Colors: 9
Total Bead Count: 3552 beads

This is my largest installation made to-date! I am extremely proud of this piece because it turned out better than I had expected! I pulled the pattern from Deviantart and made a few adjustments to it (http://www.deviantart.com/art/Gir-s-Dream-Come-True-264070279). I was extremely nervous going into this project because I did not feel I was ready. However, I really wanted to make this for my good friend for his birthday. It arrived a week late because of packaging and shipping issues, but it arrived safe and sound! Yay!

Some people have been wondering how I make these Perler designs. First step: I use interlocking pegboards and place a bead on each peg to make my design. Like so:

Gir and Pig

After my design is completed, I tape it with painter’s tape to keep the beads together. Like so:

Gir and Pig

After this, I pull the beads off the pegboard and poke holes into the painters tape for each bead. I forgot to take a picture, but I have an example of this from my Recon Corp project. The painter’s tape I used is extreme low adhesion so a BUNCH of beads popped off when I pulled this off the peg board. It was a nightmare! I kept my cool and was able to get all the beads back into the right place (or somewhere close to the right place, haha).

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Using this poking tool from my 9 in 1 Interchangeable Screwdriver Set!

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I then put parchment paper on top of the design and iron it. I have it set on medium-high heat and move the iron left & right and up & down. I will normally leave the iron in a spot for a few seconds before moving to another spot. This gives the plastic beads some time to heat up and melt. It’s important to try and keep the entire piece warm until you’re completely done. You don’t want any parts of the piece cooling before you’re done because your Perler piece will start curling.

Ironing Perler

When you’re done melting your beads, stack heavy books on it to keep it flat while it’s cooling. DO NOT put the books on it immediately after you’re done ironing, let it cool a little before doing this or you’ll squish your beads! I let it sit under this over night.

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I used acrylic paint on an 18″x24″ inch canvas to paint the background for Gir and Pig.

Gir and Pig Painting

Gir and Pig

I added a frame to this because it looked so much nicer with it!

Gir and Pig

Gir and Pig

And that’s all folks! Let me know if you have any questions!

Moogle Perler

My friend saw my Perler projects and wanted me to make him something. I told him to pick a couple of designs he’d like to have and I’d surprise him. His choices:

  1. Freya from FFIX
  2. Vivi from FFIX
  3. A Moogle
  4. A Tonberry
  5. Tera from FFVI

All were EXCELLENT choices! I wanted to do one of each but I could not find a good design or a design I liked for Freya, Vivi, or the Tonberry. The designs that interested me were much larger projects than I was comfortable with at this time. I found some nice designs for Tera and moogles, but when it came time to start the project, I was only interested in making the moogle design. Sorry Tera, I was just not in the mood for you!!

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Moogle
Approximately 5.40″ x 6.25″
Pattern Width: 27 beads
Pattern Height: 32 beads
Total Colors: 14
Total Bead Count: 566 beads

Credit: Created pattern using sprite created by [Pinedavx]
http://www.rpgmakervx.net/lofiversion/index.php/t9294.html

It came out pretty good! As stated in the previous post, I ran out of the painters tape I was using to tape the beads together before ironing. Since the tape I was using before gave me issues with leaving adhesive behind on my designs, I opted for different tape. I ended up with 3M 2080 edge lock tape for Advanced Delicate Surfaces. I wanted to make sure no adhesive would get stuck to my Perler design!

First Mistake. Getting tape with low adhesion level. The tape had such low adhesion level that beads would pop off while I was trying to remove it from the pegboard. A good amount of beads had fallen off. Luckily, this is a fairly small design so it was not too bad, but I can not imagine what kind of nightmare this would be on a larger piece!!

Other than that, there really was not any other mistakes worth noting. Nothing is ever perfect, but I consider this one very close to it! Yay!

If there is a design you would like to see, let me know and I might try and make it:)

 

Link and Cloud Remake

I remade Link and Cloud to give to my good friend, Ry-kun. I changed some of the bead colors because I noticed they did not really make sense. I changed the colors of Cloud’s sword and his shoulder armor. I changed it to a light gray color; it was a light/aqua blue color before. I noticed the skin color on Cloud was a little off, so I changed the skin tone on Link. Instead of cream colored beads, I used sand color beads instead. It has a more natural color with the sand colored beads so I am happy I decided to change it. I also decided to make Link’s boots look like Cloud’s. Before, Link’s boots had two different shades. The one tone looks much nicer in my opinion.

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I was hoping the pieces would come out perfect, but a few mistakes were made. Most of the mistakes are the same ones I made previously. The only one worth noting is a mistake made during the ironing phase. When ironing, it would be ideal to move the iron left to right and up to down (or vice versa). This will help keep lines straight. Since I was moving the iron in a circular motion, Cloud and Link’s swords came out a little crooked! It’s a little more noticeable further away, but here is an up close photo:

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I wish I had noticed the skin tone earlier because I would have made Cloud’s skin tone sand instead of cream, too. Either than that, I felt pretty good with how these turned out. Ry-kun actually received these over the weekend and he noticed that the lines were better than the first set, so YAY! VICTORY!