November 24, 2010

All the Baby News (and some new pictures!)

So. Right. This whole pregnancy thing…

1.) How far along are you?
Almost halfway. Soooo close to halfway. Sunday is the halfway point, actually. Or to put it in happier terms the baby is the size of a cantaloupe:

I should probably put up a belly pic to correspond with that… but I haven’t taken any yet. Blah. I’m probably looking about like how I did at around 22/23 weeks last time.

2.) When is the baby due?
I’m due on April 17. Which is my birthday. Although I’m convinced that this kid will be born on April 9. That way we have a birthday on the 9th and 17th of March and one on the 9th and 17th of April. It will be nice symmetry.*

3.) How have you been feeling?
Truthfully? I’m feeling apathetic. I don’t really give a shit about this pregnancy. I’m just Over. It. Yeah it sucks but then it’s over so do we really need to dwell on it? I often forget how many weeks I am and usually have no clue how big the baby is in terms of fruit or whatever. I’m just not interested. It’s fun feeling the baby move but other than that I could really live without this whole thing.


I am beyond excited about this kid. I didn’t even come close to this level of excited last time. Like I can’t sleep at night I’m so excited. I CAN’T WAIT to meet this baby. I can’t wait to see their little personality develop and be there for the first smiles and giggles. I can’t wait to hear their toddler logic and learn what their likes and dislikes are. And to see the two (three if you count the puppy) of them interact? It’s going to be the BEST EVER.

3.) How have you been feeling?
Oh wait you mean how am I physically feeling? Yeah… Pregnant. Miserable. Woe. I was crazy nauseous and was so exhausted I could barely stand up by the end of the day. And then the migraines struck. So we’re living in constant fear of the next Big One. There’s just nothing worse especially with a toddler running around not really getting why Mommy can’t move. I’m hoping we will be out of that phase soon, though. .

I am starting to come out of it. I’m not nauseous or gagging too much any more. I can make it through the day – the whole day until bedtime – without being so tired I can’t think straight. And even with Matt’s work schedule ramping back up I know I can handle doing all of it alone. Big difference from a month ago when the phrase “I’m working past bedtime again” literally made me cry from exhaustion.

But the big difference is that this time I know how temporary it is. I know that I will get my life back eventually and that I will not feel like warmed over ass every day for the rest of my life. And every time I see my kid I’m reminded of how very worth it this is.

4.) Is it a boy or a girl? Will you find out?
Well.. what do you think?

We had the second ultrasound last week so we know. But haven’t revealed it to the world – yet.
New 3D ultrasound technology = smooshy baby pictures.

This time we’re not playing our hand as close to the vest as we already have all of the gear in gender neutral colors**.  Our main reason for not wanting to tell everyone this time is simple: I really, really, REALLY do not want to hear anyone’s opinions on names. I know that the second we announce gender that will be the next question. And I just DO NOT want to hear it. And people are much more apt to try to weigh in before the ink is dry on the birth certificate. Also at least part of this whole thing needs to be a surprise.

So yeah - even if we do reveal the gender we won’t be revealing the name.

Either way I already think this kid looks like Matt:
Now I'll have 3 of them.

What do you guys think? Boy or Girl?

5.) Do you want any more?
Seriously what is with this question? Last time everyone was all “Congratulations! How are you feeling” this time it’s all “Congratulations! Are you going to have more?” Odd.*** But the answer is simple: I have no idea. I don’t think you can decide how many kids you’re going to have until you’re on the number before that. So we’ll decide on 3 after we see what life with 2 is like.

6.)  What does your toddler think of all of this? Is she excited?
Yeah. She doesn’t get it at all. She’s waaaay to distracted by my belly button. She kindof has a thing for belly buttons. So any time I say “there’s a baby in mommy’s belly” she points at my belly and says “BUTTON” I think she’ll be a good big sister, though. The only thing I’m actually worried about transition wise is when she realizes that she has to share her GA (my mom). I don’t think she’s going to handle that very well.

So yeah.. you’re up to date. Honestly I probably won’t talk about the pregnancy all that much more (see also: Over. It.) but that doesn’t mean I’m not crazy excited.


* I’m still pregnant on April 10th I will NOT be a pleasant person to be around. Fair warning.

**I still think that gender specific carseats/strollers/highchairs/swings/any large piece of plastic that costs more than about $10 are the dumbest thing in the world. SUCH a marketing ploy. And clearly the toy manufacturer’s way of ensuring that you buy multiples of each item because there’s no way any dad wants to put a boy in a pink stroller. Dumb.

***I think I’d understand this question more if we were on kid 6 or 7. But with 2? I mean c’mon. It’s not like we’re giving the Duggars a run for their money. Although I guess people want to know if we're planning on it?  I don't know.  It's all very strange.

November 23, 2010

The Unfinished Hat

So you know when something random completely inspires you? I bought my daughter a shiny new coat at Old Navy a couple of weeks ago when they were 50% off. Clearly she needed a darling new hat to go with it:
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Yeah. Super cute.

I knew it had to be an ear flap hat that I could tie on her since she has been discarding her current hats in a heap the second I’m out of reach. Stash diving turned up some lovely pink Mmmmmalabrigo leftover from the Mod Cables Set. Perfect softness for against-the-face earflaps. Then I found some Patons in that same bright turquoise as the coat (I believe it’s leftover from my Norwegian Mittens). So my colorscheme was set:
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I started with this pattern – the Cheery Flap Hat – but skulls and hearts aren’t really my thing. Plus the bright pink against turquoise just screamed flowers to me. So I drafted out my own chart:

Of course I did.
I didn’t end up using the colors exactly as laid out on the chart but the patterning is the same.  I also just kindof winged it when I got to the decreases.  I started following a chart but gave up after a few rows and just did my own thing.

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Mommy does not like following directions.
The end result is complete happiness. It didn’t take long, it’s super cute, and she gets compliments on it wherever we go.
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I like this hat!  It's as cute as I am.

She even seems to enjoy wearing it!  However I still need to block it, and I think it needs a pom pom on top.  So I'm calling it the Unfinished Hat.

In other news for those of you who are wondering whatever happened to Destination Yarn :

Unfortunately I had to take a pretty extended break as the mask that I wear to dye made me gag. Pregnancy = super glamorous. But I seem to be past that now and I’m back at the dye pots in earnest. I plan on updating the etsy site a whole bunch over this holiday weekend in preparation for Cyber Monday. If you want to be notified when I update you can check out Destination Yarn on Twitter, Facebook, or Ravelry.

November 17, 2010

Well Hello There.

Hello Intertubes! Have you missed me? I’ve most definitely missed you. But I’ve been kindof out of it working on this:
Baby at ten weeks.  Already adorable.
Baby at 10 weeks.  Already Adorable.

Yup. Baby # 2 is on the way! We’re thrilled but I’ve been so sick that I pretty much dropped off the face of the planet for a while there. Hopefully now that I’m only feeling like complete ass about 60% of the time (it’s a pregnancy miracle! Wait.) I will reclaim what used to be my life. I’ve already started knitting again:
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This sweater is too big for me, mommy.

Oh yeah. My baby turned into a full on toddler while I was out of it. Crazy, that.

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However it seems my knitting capacity is simple stockinette in the round on large needles:
Another new sweater!
Another new sweater!Another new sweater!
Hey at least I’m doing something. Even if I am currently working on my third Drive Thru in a row.

So how’ve you guys been?
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