For my New Year’s post, I indicated that Josh and I are embarking on a new adventure this year. To accompany our new adventure, I’ve knit up some cute items for our little kumquat. Actually, I am officially 12.5 weeks along and the little kumquat has grown to the size of a lime. I had an appointment this morning, and we were able to see a very active acrobat for a baby, along with a heartbeat, and I’m now ready to officially announce!
I started my knitting for baby in November with some booties. The pattern is Closeknit’s Striped Baby Bootie pattern. A few years ago, I made several booties from this pattern for a friend’s baby, and she said that my booties were the only ones to stay on baby’s feet. I made several pairs in a variety of sizes, using scrap sock yarn.
And here are some wee mittens for baby. The pattern is Fingering Weight Baby Mittens and I think it’s a nice, simple design.
Oh yes, and baby needs a few knit hats! Pattern is the Norwegian Sweet Baby Hat, modified to be in garter stitch because babies deserve garter stitch. Even though one of these hats contains pink and some of the booties contain blue, right now we’re not planning on finding out the sex of baby and, regardless, I think that a boy baby can wear a pink hat and a girl baby can wear blue booties.
These were all great patterns for me to work on the past three months (I actually cast on for the booties the day that I got my positive test result!) because I have had so little energy and mental focus. They were so easy to just pick up and knit a bit, without having to do any thinking or paying attention to what I was doing. And each one knat up so quickly that it felt satisfying to get so many cute little FOs.
I have to say, the first trimester was pretty rough. Anxiety, exhaustion, bloating, exhaustion, constipation, exhaustion, nausea, as well as complete and utter exhaustion. It wasn’t until 7 weeks when I finally realized that my body just needed to sleep for 10-12 hours every night and have 40 naps every day, so I just let my body rest as much as it felt like and refused to feel bad about what a blob I felt like. Though, I should get a prize, because despite the sheer exhaustion, I was able to exercise almost every single day of my first trimester. Of course, most days all I could manage was a hike and some yoga, but I did a bit of running when my tummy felt up to it and I rode my stationary bike a few times each week.
And, OMG, I’ve been so bloated! At 9 weeks, some person I didn’t know actually came over and touched my bloated belly and commented on my “baby bump,” which at that time was just gas. Really really bad gas. Awkward!
But then I hit 10 weeks, and instantly felt better. I no longer needed a ridiculous amount of sleep and rest everyday – – I felt energetic and could function for an entire day without needing 500 naps. The nausea completely went away and the bloating became more reasonable.
Baby is due in the middle of August and I am concerned about being 7-9 months pregnant during the heat of summer, when we can get temps around 110 F (and we don’t have air conditioning at our house). However, I am very excited to have a summer baby!
Anyway, you should expect to see a lot of knitting and sewing baby related projects coming through over the next many months. And if you’re at all interested in pregnancy details, I may or may not post about that from time to time over on my personal adventure blog.