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Our first family portrait

October 10, 2016

Fall 2016 family portraits

October 8, 2016 – our backyard
Photo taken by my mom

Introducing Cleo Ilenia

October 2, 2016

1 week old

I had a baby, y’all!  Cleo was born via c-section on the evening of September 12th.  She’s healthy and perfect, with my nose and her daddy’s dark hair.  We’re completely in love with her!

I’m not gonna lie, the first couple of weeks were hard.  I was disappointed that I’d had to have a c-section.  Breastfeeding wasn’t going well, and Cleo was losing too much weight.  We didn’t have the help at home that we were expecting to have.  I caught a nasty cold (and couldn’t take anything for it!).  But we’re figuring it out.  I’m recovering really well from surgery.  I started pumping, which relieved a lot of stress for me and also made Cleo more relaxed about feeding (she’s now gained a whole pound since we left the hospital!).  I’ve gained mommy-confidence a lot faster than I probably would have if I’d had more help.  And not only is my cold mostly gone, but Cleo got all the benefits of my antibodies without ever getting sick herself.

I’m so grateful for this strong, healthy, beautiful baby girl.  Some days (and nights) are difficult, but I’m not in any hurry for her to grow up.  She’s already grown and changed so much over the last 3 weeks.  Before I know it, we’ll be celebrating her first birthday!

Killing time

September 1, 2016

Y’all, the last month of pregnancy is BORING.  We made the rookie mistake of getting all of our projects done in the first and second trimesters, thinking I’d be too tired to do anything important in the third trimester.  Well, I am tired, but you’d be amazed at how well I can power through that when I’ve got a task to complete!  So I’ve been trying to kill time by knitting through my stash (while binge-watching Parenthood on Netflix).

About a million years ago, I bought approximately 4,972 balls of Rowan Cashsoft DK in the color Mist (a light matte gray).  My intention was to knit a Coraline sweater for myself, but I got bored with it pretty quickly and decided to use the yarn for other things.  So here we are, 9 years later, and I’m still knitting down that stash!  A quick look at my Ravelry projects page shows that I’ve made no less than six things with this yarn, and I still have 341 yards left!  Most recently, I used some of it to knit this sweet little sweater dress for Cleo:

Little Liza Jane
Little Liza Jane
Pattern: Little Liza Jane, by Alison Green
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK in 505 Mist
Size: 6 months

My next project was this little pullover.  I actually knitted all the pieces back in the spring of 2008, but never got around to finishing it.  On Tuesday, I pulled the pieces out of storage, wove in the ends, blocked it, and seamed it.  I also changed out the buttons on the shoulder.  Originally I had used domed pearl buttons, but they looked a little too fancy next to the casual stripes of the sweater.  I found some flat pink plastic ones in my button jar that looked a lot better.  I’m so glad I found the time (and motivation) to finish this pullover.  I can’t wait to dress my little bear cub in it this fall!

Jo Jo Striped Crew Sweater
Pattern: Jo Jo Basic Crew Sweater, from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms by Louisa Harding
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK in 517 Donkey and 807 Pixie
Size: 0-3 months

Last but not least, something for myself!  I had about 130 yards left of Quince & Co. Osprey leftover from Cleo’s baby blanket, which was just what I needed to knit Ripley, a hat that’s been in my queue for a while.  I didn’t make it quite as slouchy as the pattern called for (only knitting 8 rounds between the last pleat and the beginning of the decrease rounds), but I love how it turned out.  Bonus: it took less than 24 hours to knit this hat, thanks to size 10 needles and pregnancy insomnia!

Pattern: Ripley, from Whimsical Little Knits 2 by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Quince & Co. Osprey in Audouin
Size: Large, slouchy version with lace band

There’s yarn for three more projects wending its way to me from Maine, and in the meantime I’m going to add a little embroidery to a onesie I bought to go under the gray sweater dress.  That outfit will be one of Cleo’s Christmas presents this year!🙂

32 weeks

July 24, 2016

32 weeks, 1 day

We’re in the home stretch now!  I can’t wait to meet my baby girl in about 8 weeks.  I’ve been blessed to have a pretty easy pregnancy (knock on wood!), but the heat is really wearing me out.  I’ve resigned myself to never getting a good night’s sleep again — well, at least not for a few years!  My plan for these last couple months is to just take it easy.  Rest up for the big day.  Take advantage of the limited time Flavio and I have left for just the two of us.  Life’s about to change in a big way!!

Ruffles baby cardigan

July 17, 2016

Ruffles Baby Cardigan

Ruffles Baby Cardigan

Pattern: Ruffles Baby Cardigan, by Ann Budd
Yarn: Quince & Co. Tern in Wampum
Project details on Ravelry.

I started working on this little sweater for Cleo last Monday, and I worked on it virtually nonstop until finishing it just before dinner tonight.  I’m gonna be honest; this was a frustrating knit.  The ruffles were hard on my fingers, and I had some tense moments toward the end when I thought I was going to run out of yarn.  I made a couple of minor modifications — I started the buttonholes 1/4″ before I was supposed to, and I eliminated the ruffle across the back of the sweater (I just didn’t think that would be very comfortable for Cleo to lay on).  I also had to go down a needle size to get gauge.  But overall, I’m pleased with how this sweater turned out.  The yarn is delicious, and I hope to knit a sweater for myself with this stuff sometime soon.  I can’t wait to dress Cleo up in this little outfit (the dress is from Old Navy), with gray tights and her lilac bonnet.  I think it’ll be the perfect ensemble for some special portraits this fall!

Baby bonnets

July 4, 2016

I’ve been in a little bit of a funk since the third trimester started.  There aren’t any more little milestones to look forward to, and we’ve finished all of our major projects.  I’m bored!  So on Friday, I went to the yarn store to pick out materials to knit a winter bonnet for Cleo.  I found the perfect blue to match the flowers on her jacket, but I also fell in love with this muted lilac, so I ended up buying both.

Pattern: Lilacs for Lila, by knittedblissJC
Yarn: Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in 346 Dusty Pink
{Ravelry page}

Pattern: Silverfox Bonnet, by Lisa Chemery
Yarn: Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK in 457 Beau Blue
{Ravelry page}

And bonus! I finally took some better pictures of the baby blanket I knitted back in February, when I first found out I was expecting. (Previously blogged about here.)
Baby's blanket
{Ravelry page}

Welcome to babyland

June 28, 2016






The nursery is done! Well, mostly done. I’m still trying to find a not-too-expensive lamp (preferably white) to place in the corner behind the glider, to illuminate our bedtime stories and nighttime diaper changes.  I’m so happy with how this room came together!  I didn’t have a real theme in mind, but I wanted it to feel cozy, serene, and a little bit dreamy.  I didn’t want it to be so babyish that we’d feel like we needed to redecorate when she was four.  I also wanted it to be fairly gender neutral, so we wouldn’t have to do much redecorating if the next baby is a boy.  I can’t wait to bring this baby home to her beautiful nursery!

Paint: “Wondrous Blue,” Sherwin-Williams // Crib: Hensvik, IKEA // Changing table: Gulliver, IKEA // Dresser: Hemnes 3-drawer chest, IKEA // Glider: Delta Children “Rowen,” Target // Curtains: Target // Cube organizer: Target // “Clouds” print by Brainstorm and “Big Red Balloon” print by Honey & Bloom, purchased at Wonder Fair // “Animal Alphabet Chart” print by Rifle Paper Co., purchased at Ruff House Art // Wooden frames: // Cloud decals: Amazon // “You Are My Sunshine” decal: Amazon