on my needles

I have had two projects on my needles, just waiting, for a few months. I started them one right after another back in the colder months when I was still hostessing at night and had a little extra down time. The smallest of the two is the peurperium cardigan. When it began, I had chosen a gender neutral hue because I didn’t know the sex of our baby yet, but as it turns out, she will be looking mighty sweet in this bright blue green cardigan.

And for the older sister…the tiny tea leaves sweater is in progress.

I wanted to be working on something special for both my girls…being knit side by side while I waited to meet this second little one. I didn’t work on them for months…thinking there was some huge hurdle to jump over with each pattern, I watched them sit and moved them around. I dreaded trying to find my place on my patterns. BUT when Riley started knitting last week…I felt the urge too. It was so special to get the chance to tell her that she inspired me to pick up my knitting and find my way again. So, they are back in my bag, on my couch, and in the car, following me everywhere I go so I can squeeze in a row here and there. So nice to be making progress again.

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Yesterday I turned 27. I had a very small dinner of thai food with a handful of friends that ended with a game of Settlers of Catan. A birthday more suited to me than many of the big celebrations that usually happen at birthdays in our larger group of friends. While the day had a few snags, the end result was good and warm and satisfying.

I snapped a few photos to capture this 36 week belly.

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I received some of the most simple, lovely, and useful gifts.

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Thank you, sweet friends for the gentle reminders that you pay attention and know me better than I sometimes realize.

baby registry of sorts

Hello Friends and Family!
Below is a list of items I am hoping to obtain for our new little one. Thank you for taking the time to look at this list…I greatly appreciate any gifts you are willing to give/send to help us on this journey with baby girl #2.
1. lightly used baby clothing. I am a huge fan of used clothes/hand me downs. I am in need of long sleeved onsies in sizes ranging from 0-9 months. I could also use some warm pants, jackets, sweaters, and night gowns in those sizes. Any items for warmer weather would be great, too in sizes 9-18 months.
2. Handmade clothing. I would love some hand knit or sewn pieces. Soft wool sweaters would be especially lovely in tiny sizes. Hats would be helpful too! Also there are a few really cute things on etsy (and probably more that I have not seen…) but here are a few I have listed as favorites…dotty chicken tshirt size 3-6m, these adorable booties, floral bear cub bonnet
3. Used or handmade bibs and burp cloths. I found some great burp cloths on etsy.com that are listed in my favorites, but most of them are made by the seller antsyantelope.etsy.com
4. Nursing pads. I would like to try these cloth/reusable nursing pads from purepads.etsy.com, but I would also like a box or two of disposable ones incase these do not work for me! (also see #20 below)
5. Cloth diaper pail liner from Lilstuff.etsy.com. Any of the plain ones are great.
6. Waterproof wet bag for cloth diapers in Echino Savanah Medium also from Lilstuff.etsy.com
7. Any organic, paraben-free baby lotion or baby wash would be great.  Brands I have used and like are Avalon Organics and Earth’s Best, but I am willing to try others and homemade options as well. I love lavender and chamomile scents. I would love some Dr. Bronners Baby Mild soap.
8. I am hoping to cloth diaper. As of yet, I do not have any diapers in my possession, but I think I should be getting some from Beth Mickle by September that I will be able to use. If you would like to help me buy a few cloth diapers, I would be happy to let you know the brand/type I like and would hope to use.
9. Unscented Wipes
10. A cute changing pad or two. Handmade would be great!
11. wash cloths
12. I am hoping to purchase a few nursing bras from an online website I found. (34D please. one in tan. one in black would be lovely)
13. A couple of handmade quilts or knit/crocheted blankets.
14. If anyone is feeling crazy and wants to buy me a sheepskin. I would be so delighted. I do not in any way expect this to happen, but incase you’re feeling crazy, I thought I would throw that one in there!
15. A couple of new or used receiving blankets.
16. Natural diaper detergent
17. superwash wool yarn in yellows, purples, blues, browns, greens, or reds for myself to knit some goodies for the babe!
18. any adorable baby board books ( I do have a list of books on my amazon wish list. I would love anything from that list! I think you have to search Anita Fontaine).
19. hyland’s teething tablets (I believe I found them at Target…they are homeopathic teething tablets made with chamomile….so great!)
20. Soothies (these are a wonderful gel nursing pad that you can cool in the fridge to soothe sore nipples when nursing!)

21. I also do not currently have a baby swing or floor playing mat of any kind…if you have one to hand down or know someone who does, that would be great!

22. I would love to get this little doll as a “yay you’re a big sister!!” gift for riley…

23. lastly. I have had my eye on a few of these wooden toys online: wooden platypus, wooden hedgehog and wooden teething rings!

OH AND A BIG SIDE NOTE: We would really like to be able to travel to see our families sometime after the baby is born..maybe for Christmas/maybe not, but it would be most helpful for any of our lovely family/friends who are in the Illinois/Indiana region to help us get there by donating some money for our trip instead of purchasing things for baby. I know that doesn’t sound as fun as picking things out, but if you are willling…it would be really helpful and great so that everyone can SEE HER! (and the rest of us!!)
If you prefer to just donate money or purchase a gift card, I would happily receive either of those options as well. Gift cards from Amazon.com, Target, or a local baby store such as Baby Bees or Best Start Parenting would be lovely. Thank you again for taking the time to read my list and for loving me and my little family!

a growing belly

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Imagea growing belly and a growing pile of projects has me getting that hot summer nappy feeling this week. and all along I thought I was going to get EVERYTHING done this week while the shorty was at camp. perhaps her second week of camp? we’ll see…