Bunny Tail Blanket

I knew I had fallen behind on writing about the bunny tail blanket that I knitted for Elliott, but I didn’t realize how far behind I had gotten. It’s been almost a year since I came home with the yarn, searched Google for a tutorial and got to work. At first I was waiting to wash it before I wrote a review on the tutorial, because I was legitimately concerned it would come unraveled in the wash or that the yarn would melt in the dryer. And then…having a spirited/high needs newborn took over and it totally spaced my mind. I eventually did figure out the circular knitting needles, and actually enjoyed making this pom pom blanket, thanks to this Ravelry tutorial.

So here we are, eleven months later… This is a well-loved blanket. It was so cuddly, soft and warm after its first wash and is still just as soft at least a dozen washes later. It has held up against being pulled on, drooled and spit up on. It was used as a lining for his pack n play for a few months, and held up to being washed every few days. I know some will find the pictures I post controversial, because you “aren’t supposed to put blankets in the bed with baby.” Believe me, I know! I was one of those moms who said that there would be NOTHING in the bed, but then you have a baby that needs to feel secure or he wakes up every 30 minutes and you adapt. He’s done well so far, and now that he’s in his crib, the only blanket he has is at waist level and is kicked off before it’s pulled up to his face, but I digress…

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Can we all just say “awwwww..” He was so small here and this blanket was perfect for keeping him warm. (He’s giving Grandma a look here. Haha)
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Being put down in the same blanket he was cuddled in was the only way to get him to sleep on his own the first two months if he wasn’t swaddled at the time.
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Most common use for the blanket. Made the pack and play so soft and he did sleep better when it was acting as a “sheet.”

If I had any reason, (like when my sisters have babies of their own) I would make another one of these blankets any day! It took a few hours to make, but the end result is definitely worth it. Mine is a bit larger than the tutorial size, because I used about six balls of yarn, instead of the four it requires. I was also a bit thrown off when first working with the yarn, because you can only knit in the spaces between the poms. Youtube has many video tutorials showing how to work with the pom pom yarn and once you’ve got that technique down, it’s easy work! The end result is a thick, warm blanket perfect for any little snuggle bug. :)

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Before.

I have a lot of baby things on my mind.. shouldn’t come as a big shock to anyone considering that I’m 27.5 weeks pregnant.. This may be a very random post. I’m sure I could make everything flow coherently, but that would be a very, very long post.

First and foremost, I passed my gestational diabetes test with a 109! Anything lower than 135 is passing, so I was quite pleased to hear my score! When the nurse called me, she definitely sounded as if the results were going to go the other way.. I do have to say, the drink itself was not awful. I had the orange flavor. However, the nausea, racing heart and faintness I felt for almost an hour and half after drinking the “glucola” was awful. I still don’t understand why we can’t eat a big piece of chocolate cake. Now that’s something worth 300 calories of sugar! Baby boy didn’t care for the drink at all though. Slept through the entire appointment except when the doppler probe poked him and he punched or kicked back.

He actually seems to be a fairly calm baby.. at least for now. I first felt him move at sixteen weeks, on the dot. It’s hard to believe that was before I knew that he was a he.. (and was fairly sure he was a she) Was barely a flicker of motion after eating some chocolate, but he was there! Most days now, he moves around just enough for me not to worry. I usually just feel that he’s moved into a new sleeping position because the pressure points change – his favorite of which involves him laying sideways, usually with his head on the left.  He’s too stubborn to be head down.. just chilling out on his back most days or curled up into a ball in a diagonal position, butt down..

He’s had a pretty busy day today. There have been about three times when I’ve had to stop knitting or typing or washing dishes and look down because he’s just going crazy. Some women say it’s always like that for them; that they have very active babies already.. I don’t know how they get anything done! It amazes me how someone so small can literally bounce my whole torso around! I just sit or stand there and wonder what he’s doing, which way he’s sitting and where he’s trying to go. It makes me smile when I think about what it’s like for him to just be stuck with me all day. It’s all just so amazing, so awe-inspiring.

In other baby news, the glider for the nursery came in today!! I’m still deciding how I feel about it though, because the fabric is much more cream based than white.. and in a white, grey and yellow nursery I need to do some work to make it fit. Pictures will be up soon! I just need to finish the crib skirt.. (still..haha)

I guess this post is more for me. Because some day I won’t be pregnant anymore, and I know I’ll wonder what was going through my mind Before I was someone’s mommy.

Yarn Fail

It turns out the pattern I found for the diagonal pom pom blanket was written for circular knitting needles. I really should have paid more attention to that.

Try as I did, for almost two hours last night, I could not make it work using a crochet hook. I first went wrong trying to work at night, with just the solitary lamp in the corner lighting the room. Then there was the problem of having the entirely wrong kind of needle and pattern. I’m not giving up though! Just have to go out and buy a pair of knitting needles and figure it out. I am determined to make it work! At least I have a 50% off one item coupon to use at Joanns.

And that’s basically what my day will consist of today. That and some house work. Sounds exciting, huh? haha… If my sciatic nerve wasn’t making it difficult to walk I would go to the gym but have been advised to avoid exercise until it is no longer inflammed. Another random “joy” of pregnancy! It was fine one day, and then the next felt like I was being stabbed in the lower back with an ice pick. There are worse things though.

The glider for the nursery should (FINALLY) be delivered between one and five tomorrow afternoon. Can’t wait to post pictures! It better be as comfy as it looks.