something green for baby

I’ll always remember this pregnancy as the one when I ate snow as a method of survival in the first few months, as the one in which our house flooded and we learned to cozy up in one room for the duration of the longest winter of my life, the one where we picked out our new home, our forever home, and moved in during a late, deep snow storm, snow drifts over our heads, and finally as the one where the color green showed up in such hues it made (and still does make) me tear up at the sight of it.  I have spoken of, posted about, gathered up, and breathed in so much green this spring and summer it feels this baby must crave it the same way I do.  It is uncontrollable.

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It’s fitting that the bracelet I am wearing, from the blessingway a few weekends ago, is a just turned green looking yarn.  It is sensible that we don’t know if this little babe is a boy or a girl; As green seems to be a neutral color of choice.  And it only made sense that I would knit this little one a sweet something soft to be wrapped in, in a mossy green merino.  This blanket is the Northport baby blanket from the most recent issue of Taproot magazine, knitted in Cascade’s Elysian Paradise Fiber.   It knits up very quickly.  I recommend placing stitch markers for each wave, for after two frogging lessons in the first few repeats of the pattern, I got smart, placed on the markers, and never had to frog again.

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Though I feel like there is still so much to do before the big day arrives, things are coming together.  I am waiting for that great push of energy at the end that will help me set up this nest properly.  But for now, I am placing this sweet blanket in the bassinet thinking about the day I will get to wrap a sweet little body in it.

rain, a welcome sound

A few days swimming in the fresh water…

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and a rainy day is welcome.

I declare today a prepare for baby sort of day.  Washing clothes, home birth supply pick up, car seat ordering (oh to fit three car seats in the outback is truly a game of tetris), and knitting.  Of course the knitting!  I don’t intend on making too many items for this summer babe, but of course can’t help but want to have the staples regardless of the rising temperatures.


So much to do.  But really, the third time around my list has dwindled.  Both the want for all the gear and the need to go get it.  I own the slings and wraps, my diaper stash is full, and clothes… well a summer babe hardly needs them, but even those are here and only in need of a quick wash.  I still have that ticking feeling in the back of my head that something has to be done!  But what?  I really don’t know.

Oh Rain, you’re a welcome sound.