This is very exciting and stressful (given our previous history) for my husband and I, but with a positive attitude and a lot of prayer and support from friends and family, we are making it through. The new little man is due May 14, so I am knitting, sewing and organizing while I can to make sure that I have as many projects complete before his arrival as possible. We have talked to William about his new brother, and I think he knows something is up as he keeps poking my belly, but it will be so interesting to see how he reacts to a new family member in his daily life and routine. At this point he has my full attention, but he will have to learn to share this shortly! I welcome any tips on how to manage this transition smoothly.
William does like babies, and it was adorable to watch him play with a baby doll my mom passed to him when we were home for my Grandfather’s 80th birthday party earlier this month. He hugged the doll and fed it a bottle and put the soother in her mouth, and I was almost in tears. He has the sweetest, most caring personality and I can’t wait to see what a great big brother he will be.
I taught myself to crochet while I was on light bed rest for the last two weeks I was pregnant with William, and while I have always been a maker, my creative pursuits really took off from there. I made a few pairs of baby booties, but they didn’t turn out great and he only wore them a handful of times. I have since learned to knit and much prefer the fabric produced, so I haven’t crocheted much since, except the NICU hats I used to drop off at the hospital regularly during the first year of William’s life when it felt like we were always going for appointments. I really want this baby to have some nice handmade things, and now that my skills are established it’s a reality.
I have had the Preparer son Arrivee sweater pattern in my Ravelry library for some time, waiting for the chance to knit it for a new baby of my own. I love the bobbles and garter stitch, and think the colour of this Jamieson’s yarn is perfect. I think pixie hats are so cute, and Alladin matches the sweater with it’s garter stitch edge. You can view my Ravelry project pages here.
I have a quilt planned for this little one, and am choosing patterns for a few more knitted items, likely in the 6+ month age range, as he will be a summer baby and probably not need wool sweaters right away. I am excited to share these projects with you, along with the three other WIP quilts I currently have on the go. Follow the blog on Bloglovin so you don’t miss them!