Monday, October 04, 2010

Knittin' Booties

So, my mom may have given me away in the comments to the last post. But the reason for my absence....

I'm knitting booties. Figuratively speaking.

Knittin' Booties
The embellishment is temporary until we determine baby's gender. Rykert and I have differing opinions on the meaning of "gender neutral". That's a story for another day.

Yes, we're expecting our first baby. Due on tax day. We're ridiculously happy and excited. With a wee bit of anxiety mixed in for good measure.

12 weeks - edited 02

In the past couple of years, almost every single woman that I work with, literally, has had a baby (or two). This means that I have listened to the daily thoughts, complaints, and updates of a lot of pregnant women. I recall each of them commenting, early on, about the exhaustion. And my never-been-pregnant-self always dismissed their complaints outright (in the same way that I roll my eyes at people with loud children in restaurants - I'm guessing that will probably change). Well, I now truly understand what they were talking about and sincerely apologize for my previous dismissals. The first few months have wiped me out in a way that I honestly never anticipated. I used to plug through the workday, run home and then immediately start on my ever growing list of projects (cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing, blogging, etc). However, I have, up to this point, been barely making it through the day, and then driving home to sink into the couch where I would fall asleep by 9 without having done a thing.

The good news is that I feel that I may have finally turned the corner. I can stay alert the WHOLE day at work, and have been tackling long neglected projects at home (like the general mess of it all). (Of course I wrote the bulk of this post a week ago thinking I had turned the corner, and then it came roaring back.) The list of crafty baby projects that I would like to complete before April is not only long, but likely completely unrealistic - particularly since the list grows every day.

I know I want to blog about at least some aspects of the coming months as a sort of journal, and also to keep our families apprised of any news, but I'm not sure that I want to do it here. So I'm trying to decide my next blog steps. Do I just focus on craft projects (baby related and otherwise) here and set up a new (semi-private) blog for other details (if there are any non-familial readers here who are interested, you would of course be invited)? Of course, I can barely maintain one blog, so not sure I can do two. At any rate, rest assured that I won't be sharing every detail of the next 6 months here or anywhere. Mostly because I don't think it would make very compelling blog reading. Which coincidentally is also why I haven't been blogging much. The following doesn't make the most compelling blog post:

"Really tired today. Went to work. Stomach ready to turn on me at any moment. Survived. Hungry, but can't eat. Going to bed."

So that's the news. Let the gender neutral (for now) baby knitting commence.

11 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

What wonderful news! Congratulations! (I swear I was in bed by 7 pm the day after I conceived. And every day for three months. Then my energy came back, so there is an end to it.)

~RaenWa~ said...

Congratulations I am so happy for you & your husband. I think you should do whatever is easiest for you if putting it all together on this blog works for you so be it.

Your writing about the life of a knitter & well your beautiful baby is apart of your life & as I am sure he or she will be a big part of your knitting now.

Wool Winder said...

I'm so happy for you and Rykert. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

At last! Best news ever! Everyone is so excited and I think you should share every detail on your blog. It's a wonderful place where lots of friends visit daily and will love sharing your journey. Sorry if I blew your news. Just so excited. My little girlfriends need a new cousin.


Abby said...

Ella speaks nearly daily on her excitement on getting a new cousin - she can't wait to have a baby (GIRL) cousin to hold. (James feels differently about the gender.) She wants to come to Iowa as soon as the baby is born! So if you don't mind, work on having that baby during our Spring Break, okay? Thanks.

amy said...

So, what? no Halloween costume this year?

CONGRATS!! You'll be happy some day if you have a blog to go back and read about your pregnancy and pre-baby days.

Pick something out (boy/girl/gender neutral) and I'll knit it up for you.

Sarah said...

Congrats!! How exciting.

AndreaLea said...

So excited for you and Rykert! I'm impressed you can make it until 9pm. Like Debbie, I was usually out by 7pm. =)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations for you and Rykert!

Yes... creating a life takes a lot of energy. Hope you're able to get a lot of rest.

Liz said...

What wonderful news! I'm so darned happy for you two. :):):):)

As far as journal ling about your pregnancy experience, GO FOR IT. Whatever method you choose, as simple or silly as it seems, tiny or mundane detail -- write it down and hold on to it. You WILL cherish it and so will your baby!

Really, now is the time to get selfish about this type of stuff. This is an incredibly special time that just flies by in the grand scheme of things.


RadioactiveUnicorn said...

I have to tell you, this is still making me laugh and laugh: "'Really tired today. Went to work. Stomach ready to turn on me at any moment. Survived. Hungry, but can't eat. Going to bed.'"

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