No, not my baby — me, towards knitting again. I haven’t picked up my needles yet, but I have returned to something I was working on before the baby was born:
Can you tell what it is? (Lettuce Knitters may have seen me making it, so you’re disqualified!). One thing it is, unfortunately, is knit flat — meaning this:
So I’m easing myself back in by weaving in the ends… which, given the time I have, should take a while. Then I have to seam it… but I should have an FO fairly soon, and then I can move on to finish the other baby knit I was working on before the birth.
But in the meantime, you can enjoy the debut of the Chicken Viking Hat:
(I promise, he’s not angry about the hat — just about the carseat!)
I’ve still not picked up my needles again, so instead you get another picture of baby knits on the baby:
These are the larger of the two pair of tiny socks I knitted — the others are already too small, as are one pair of booties. The first thing the obstetrician said about him when she first saw the baby was “what enormous feet he has!”, and it’s definitely true!
Thank you, everyone, for your congratulations and best wishes. We’re doing well here — tired, but coping, and with lots of wonderful moments to reward us for surviving. I really wish I could thank you all individually for your comments, but at the moment I’m barely managing to shower, much less answer email!
I’m also not knitting, perhaps unsurprisingly. I do hope to get some time soon to finish what I was working on before baby came — since it’s quite small, and if he fits it now, he’ll be grown out of it soon enough. If I do, I’ll be sure to post a picture.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of him all dressed up in his fancy Koigu cardigan and pumpkin hat:
5 days old, and already the centre of attention!
Thank you, everyone, for the congratulations. Who knows when I’ll be able to reply to comments individually — but I’ve read every one, and appreciated them all very much.
The first thing I should say is that we won’t be putting as much information about baby here as we might — we may be a little too over-protective, but we’ve decided we don’t want to share every single detail about him with the wide world. Instead, we’ve set up a separate baby blog, which Mark will contribute to as well, which is password-protected. BUT — that doesn’t mean that I don’t want you all to be able to access it! I do — I very much want to share with you, my virtual community. So, if you are interested in having access to our baby blog, all you need to do is email me at aven at cast dot off dot net, and let me know, and I’ll send you the username and password. I admit it might take me a while to get back to everyone, but it will also take us a while to update the blog regularly, so it should even out. And I’m sorry for making it a little more difficult to get to the posts… but I hope you’ll understand that we have to make our own decisions on subjects as personal as a new baby!
However, that’s not to say I’m going to preserve complete secrecy here — I won’t be using baby’s name, and we won’t put up too many pictures here, especially as he gets older. But I will certainly give you the basic details about him now, here!
Baby came into the world at 9:32 am Monday, October 30, after 12 and a half hours of labour. He was 8 lbs, healthy and vigorous, with copious brown hair and amazing alert eyes. He’s home now, and currently squalling in the next room with his grandmaman, who has kindly taken him while I’m posting. He’s been pretty good, really, but we’re not getting much sleep, unsurprisingly! Still, he’s such a love, it’s definitely worth it.
A couple of pictures; here we are on Monday evening, with baby about 10 hours old:
And here he is, getting dressed to go home from the hospital on Tuesday around noon:
I think he’s hungry again, so I’ll have to go… again, thank you, everyone, for being part of this wonderful time for us. I’ll try to be back again soon!