So, today is officially my last day being pregnant! Mr C and I are going to have a last night out for a while tonight to celebrate and we're going to our favourite restaurant in the village. I must admit that after all my moaning about heartburn and the other "joys" of being pregnant that I'm a little sad about this being my last day.
However, there is no getting away from it - my bag is finally packed and ready and I have a bundle of nappies and other bits and bobs ready for the baby. I must admit it does feel very strange knowing exactly when the baby is going to arrive rather than leaving it to Mother Nature like last time. Obviously I'm anxious about the op - who wouldn't be - but knowing that I can get a good night's sleep tonight and not be completely exhausted having spent the best part of 48 hours in labour sounds like it should be a good head start.
For those anti-c-sectionists out there, I totally understand but after what happened last time and the mess the hospital left me in I really don't have much choice this time. In theory and by comparison my recovery after a c-section will be much quicker and at least I'll be able to sit down without wincing! Something I wasn't able to do for a long, long time after lots of surgeries to unsuccessfully repair the tear they misdiagnosed (or rather simply missed).
So to keep my mind and fingers busy and arguably answering my nesting urges I've been knitting little baby hats and matching cardigans. I added a cute little leaf on the stem section and think they look rather sweet. Obviously not knowing whether we'll be having a boy or a girl tomorrow has meant unisex colours but I think the apple theme works quite well considering and they should accessorize quite well with lots of white vests and baby-gros. I'm also planning a matching apple applique for the cardigans which should tie them altogether.
Once the dust settles I'll write up my scribbles by way of a pattern. One thing I noticed when searching for newborn patterns is how few true newborn patterns there are. A lot of the hats are just huge and the cardigans are really aimed for 3 month olds (unless you have a big 10 or 11lb baby) and I wanted something that the baby can wear now!
There's something very satisfying about knitting clothes in miniature. For one the time and cost investment is relatively small and it's lovely to be knitting with Rowan and Debbie Bliss cashmerino wools after using acryllic for fulfilling my latest creative blanket urges.
Speaking about miniature clothes, Ollie's Dino Mitts did make it onto Father Christmas' sleigh and he was delighted to open them on Christmas morning. He here is sporting them very proudly immediately prior to his maiden voyage on his new bike!
So, that's all from me until the dust settles and I am able to recognise myself in the mirror again! I'll be adding another post about pattern availability later today as I will need to temporarily close my Folksy and Etsy shops but you will be able to download directly from Ravelry and www.oliverboliver.com whilst I'm in hospital.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2011!!