Wednesday, February 27, 2013

He's Here!

So happy to be able to post the hat in action! After a quick and relatively painless labor and delivery (wow, aren't epidurals the best invention ever?) baby Nico joined our family. I love him to pieces, right down to his baby Alfred Hitchcock profile. He has easily blended into our family and I find myself wondering how we were ever without him.

Ben is a fabulous big brother, singing to Nico when he cries and and rubbing his tiny arm and saying "It's ok, I won't let anyone hurt you.". He's not so happy about having to share my attention, but we're working through it.

I'm feeling good, happy to be almost recovered and ready to "get back to normal", whatever that means. I hope it means some sock knitting!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

It's (Going to Be) a Boy!

It's been a long time since I have posted...9 months in fact! After struggling with fertility issues for a year, we were overjoyed to find out we were going to have another baby. I like to think about that day when first the home test and then the blood tests came back positive. It's been a long road since then.

My first pregnancy was a relative breeze. This one has been a challenge. I won't go into all the gory details, but the first trimester was by far the easiest. Yes, three-ish months of constant nausea and exhaustion would be preferred to the past 6 months of pre-term labor scares, bed rest and chronic pain.

I'm in the home stretch now, four weeks from my EDD and out of the early preemie danger zone. Now the big joke going around my friends and family is that I will end up going past due and need an induction.

 Despite everything, I have managed to knit a hat for Little Bug (big brother came up with that one) to wear home from the hospital and with the left over yarn I crocheted a matching cowl for myself.
They are both made from Alpaca Lace by Cascade. I held it double for the hat and quadrupled for the cowl.

The hat pattern is from the Purl Bee - Heirloom Hats for Newborns. I can't say I recommend it. It's really fiddly and no matter what I did, I ended up with some laddering. Overall it's cute and I am probably the only person who will notice or care about the flaws.

The cowl is just double crochet. I made a long chain, twisted it when I joined it into a circle, and then double crocheted around until I ran out of yarn. I love this yarn, it's super soft and the colors are beautiful.
And here is a gratuitous belly shot! 36 weeks down!