A nurse who knits…

July 27, 2009

Still waiting…

Filed under: baby — yarnnut @ 6:03 pm

The little one is officially “term” now meaning that I’ve basically completed 37 weeks of pregnancy and the baby can come at any time now.  Yeah!!! The little one has decended into my pelvis so I feel that heaviness when I stand up.  Getting into a sitting or standing position from lying in bed is a bit of a struggle now since I feel so big but I’m still enjoying my pregnancy.  I do have “false” contractions pretty much constantly now but they aren’t uncomfortable.  I’m not really anxious for the baby to come yet.  Still enjoying feeling the baby move around.  Although he/she does throw some pretty powerful kick to the ribs every now and then.

Pregnancy has been very kind to me.  The only pregnancy symptom that I’ve experienced was heartburn.  And one or two Tums took care of that.  Now that I’m having some false labor, I do feel some back cramping but a walk or a back rub takes care of that.  Here are some of the reasons why I love being pregnant.

  • Feeling your baby kick/move is amazing.
  • I marvel at the changes in my body.
  • I’ve been taking much better care of myself in terms of eating good food.  It is harder to eat as much and honestly I think I eat less than I did pre-baby.  This baby sits on my stomach making me fuller much faster.  So the food I do eat has to have lots of nutrition packed in.  In fact, I’m surprised that I managed to gain my 20 pounds.  But I guess your body just knows what to do to make your baby healthy.
  • People are nice to you.  People in grocery stores help you with your groceries.  Strangers ask you about your baby.  Since I don’t know the sex of the baby, I get tons of predictions.  I know some women feel annoyed when others ask about there pregnancy or people want to touch their stomachs but I find it fun.  Maybe it is because people didn’t think I was pregnant until I was about 7 months along.  But now, I get people saying that I look beautiful pregnant.  When I wasn’t pregnant, the only one who told me that was my hubby.  For me, pregnancy is a big self confidence booster.
  • Taking walk on these warm summer nights with my hubby.  It’s our alone time where we have fun talking about anything.  His favorite topic is house buying.  Mine is baby clothes.   The baby likes it too.  I feel tons of kicks/tickles when we walk.
  • I get to knit/crochet baby things!

Things I don’t like about being pregnant:

  • Fatigue: enough said.  Now that the baby is very active especially at night, I’ve adopted a vampire sleeping schedule.  But I’m just grateful that the baby is kicking and moving.  A little sleep deprevation is worth knowing that my baby is ok.
  • heartburn
  • Lack of clothing choices.  I have 2 pairs of pants that I like to wear and a pair of shorts.  I have more options with tops but I just don’t feel like I should buy anymore especially since my pregnancy is almost done.
  • Waiting: Although I’m not chomping at the bit for the baby to come, I do want to know what the baby will be like.

I am still knitting and crocheting constantly.  My Hanami stole is literally at the finishing gate.  I have a few more stockinette rows before I can bind off.  I think I’m going to meet my original goal of having this project done before the baby makes it’s appearance.  I am making a crocheted blanket that is in the shape of a star.  It’s green and white and also almost done.  I started on a pair of socks using my souvenier yarn from SLO at Stitch N Pitch last Sunday but didn’t like the yarn/pattern combo.  The yarn was just too busy colorwise for the Froot Loop pattern which is available on Knitty.  You couldn’t see the Froot Loops.  So I’m knitting a very simple pattern called “Sweet socks” by Jenn Nevitt.  It’s mostly stockinette stitch with two cables running down the sides of the sock.  Very simple but I think it suits the yarn much better.

Well, time to go grocery shopping.  I need to have something for lunch before I go into my weekly doctor’s appointment.  I’m making some roasted veggies on the grill for dinner tonight.  Potatoes, corn, asparagus, mushrooms.  Yum… gotta use those in season veggies that are available right now.


July 16, 2009

More baby things

Filed under: crocheting,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 8:56 pm

I’ve finished a few more baby knits since my last post. I did get Waldo to pose in my crocheted baby blanket. I forgot I had already knit the Tiramisu blanket in a yellowish tone. Chalk that up to pregnancy brain. Oh well. This one is different since it has a hood.
Pattern: I got this off the Pound of Love ball band. It is also available online in both knit and crochet versions. The knit version requires that you double the yarn while the crochet is a single strand throughout. I’m not a fan of doubling yarn so I opted for the crochet version.
Hook: size J
Thoughts: My gauge was way off. Since this was a baby blanket I didn’t care. I did think it was super funny though that the specified dimensions in the pattern were that the blanket would measure 28″ square. My width ended up being 37″ so I just went with that dimension. I still managed to have a little bit of yarn left over.
Yarn: Pound of Love by Lion Brand. I didn’t love this yarn. Being acrylic, it felt very artificial in my hands. But that’s to be expected. Overall, good yarn to make a baby gift especially a blanket as it cost me $7 for the ball. I think though, I’d make this in my standby acrylic, Berroco Comfort and this would turn out wonderful. Even Cottonease would be a wonderful yarn for this project.

I also finished an absolutely adorable baby hat.  Waldo wanted nothing to do with this one so I used a much more cooperative grapefruit as a model.
Pattern: Cherry-o hat from Itty Bitty Hats. This book is filled with adorable hats for both boys and girls. Although, I have to say the girls definitely have the upper hand when it comes to cute knit/crochet patterns.
Yarn: I actually used the suggested yarn for this project. It called for Rowan Cotton DK. I even used the same colors that were in the book. This yarn is very nice. Smooth definition in your stitches and the colors are wonderful.
Needle: Size 5 addi.
Thoughts: I still don’t like color work. Even simple stuff like stripes. The stripes had a little jog at the beginning and end of rows. I did some research after I finished the hat and found out how to avoid the jog. I was too lazy to frog it though. I’ll try the technique with my next hat. I think I’m jumping the gun with the cherry-o hat. I tried to convince my hubby that the hat is unisex but he did not buy it. I’ll wait to make my next hat until after the baby is born so I can coordinate colors better. Although I do think that blue and pink are not exclusively boy/girl colors. Actually, I think there may be a double standard with that. Most people that I’ve talked to say that it’s ok for a girl to wear blue but a boy under no circumstances can wear pink. Whatever…

My last project is the Baby Moc A Soc. Absolutely adorable pattern. Again, gauge issues. The bootie actually came out to be more toddler sized even though I used a DK weight yarn called for in the pattern. Oh well, I figured it’d fit the baby eventually.
I am actually blanking on the yarn I used and unfortunately I threw the ball band away. It was a yarn I purchased at Yarning for You in San Marcos. I did remember enjoying the process of knitting the yarn though.

The baby and I are doing well. I’m starting to feel more braxton hicks contractions and at times they are slightly uncomfortable. The baby is constantly kicking me and has settled head down into my pelvis so that’s good news. Next week, I’ll be term and the baby can come out at anytime. My baby shower is on Saturday and I have a bit of food shopping to do. We’re doing a tea theme which probably isn’t the smartest idea during a San Diego heat wave. It’s supposed to be in the 90’s that day. We are going to have teas available. I’ll just have ice waiting for people to decide to ice it. My menu is:

  • Green tea
  • Swedish Berries tea
  • A white tea
  • and an english breakfast tea
  • Raisin scones
  • English Trifle
  • Deviled egg sandwiches
  • smoked salmon sandwiches
  • and cucumber sandwiches (for me)
  • Fruit plate
  • tea cookies
  • Baby shower cake (white chocolate raspberry from Edelwise bakery)

Until next time,