It’s 2010! I can’t even believe it. 2009 was a great year for me in so many ways – and we are so looking forward to 2010, for obvious reasons:
o hai, I am super pregnant. 33 weeks, 5 days.
As I’m posting this, I’m 34 weeks and 1 day – which means that my due date is less than 6 weeks away. !!! It feels like this time has flown by, although as we get closer, it moves a little slower. ha. I’m also moving a little more slowly – my energy level is down a bit and it’s just a little harder for me to get around and get comfortable. But overall, I’m doing great! I still feel good, and the littlest schmoo is jumping around like a crazy boy. We can’t wait to meet him!
The start of the new year always makes me (and other knitters) want to look back at our knits for the past year. So here are mine:
2009 finished knits. and one crochet project.
Lots of hats in there, baby and adult sized, and a couple of sweaters and shawls, and of course tons of baby knits! I have a few more projects in mind for the littlest schmoo – I hopefully still have some time to knit, and I certainly plan to take advantage of it. I have yarn for this adorable vest
and also this little sweater from Phildar Tricotez Calin Fall-Winter 2009. (so many cute things in that magazine – I had to order the French version from Phildar, but my French is good enough to translate. I think.) I’ll probably make a few more hats, too, just because they are fun and fast and useful and also adorable.
I realize that I might not finish everything I want to knit before the baby arrives, and that’s okay. I also realize that my knitting time might be limited after he is born, and that’s okay too! I like to line things up just in case. hahahahaha.
So, things here are good. We’ve got all the necessary items to bring the littlest schmoo home, so now we’re focusing on the part where he’s born! We’ve taken a tour of our hospital, and we’re working with a great doula and an awesome midwifery practice, and I’m getting more and more excited about things every day. I’m also practicing lots of meditation and positive thinking – I’m a super anxious person by nature, and so it’s helped me a lot in this pregnancy to breathe, and focus on the good, positive things that can happen (instead of dwelling on what-ifs, which is my normal way of doing things.) It’s really helped to calm down my anxieties (or most of them, anyways.)
On a super sad note – those of you who follow me on Flickr or Twitter or Facebook already know that my father passed away unexpectedly on December 15th. My dad had a stroke 8 years ago and wasn’t in perfect health, but he’d been doing really, really well, so it was a pretty big shock to our whole family. There isn’t ever a good time for someone to pass away – it always feels so completely unfair – but it was especially hard for us since the baby is due so soon, and my dad was so looking forward to meeting him. But I’m so grateful that he got to see me super pregnant and share this pregnancy with me and Jacob for the time that he did.
Me, Dad and Cat in 2006.
We set up a memorial page for my dad at the American Stroke Association website. Our family has been spending lots of time together and dealing with things as best we can; but really, it just sucks, and we miss him lots. Thank you so much for all the kind emails and cards and messages – the support has helped so much, and just shows me, once again, what an incredible online community we have. Y’all are awesome.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year’s. We have so much to look forward to in this coming year, and I hope the new year brings hope and happiness and joy to all of you, too!