Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Turns out I'm not slowly going crazy! I found the lost ziploc containing the tiny remnant of yarn needed to finish lemon's socks and got right on it during a hospital appointment on Monday.

The second sock is just one row shorter than the first (that's how close it got!) and of course they both have different heels: one is Wendy Johnson's twice wrapped short-row heel while the other was shall we say improvised ;0)

Check out this post for the deets on how I aapted Hello Yarn's cable twist sock pattern for a newborn.

Other than that, it's been a bit of a crazy week since my last post. I got a surprising (though very welcome ;0) burst of energy last Friday and used it to clean house - a task I've been neglecting since the first pangs of morning sickness and fatigue reared their ugly heads oh about 6 or 7 months ago!

Since I haven't had this kind of energy in such a long time, I cleaned with a fervour this house has never known! I'm talking wiping down the cupboard doors clean. I'm talking organising under the kitchen sink clean. Heck I'm talking every piece of cloth in our house is laundered and put away clean! I even unzipped and laundered all the slip covers on our sofa!

Can you say nesting? I remember getting a similar burst of energy the day Julian was born, so before I crashed, I also took advantage of the opportunity to pack our bags for lemon's birthday: one for mommy and daddy, one for lemon and one for jujube's trip to grandma's when the time comes. So now, I'm really ready to have this baby ;0) Really ready!

It's a good thing I got everything ready when I did too because by the time dada came home from work on Friday, I had hit the wall. I started having semi-regular contractions and my blood pressure just shot up like a rocket. We started to think we were having a baby, but I took a bath, took my meds and went to lie down and what do you know, the contractions went away and my blood pressure stabilised. Dada and I didn't know whether to be releived or disappointed. But since I'm still a month away from my due date, it's probably a good thing things settled down.

Then during a routine appointment at the hospital for a non-stress test on Monday, my blood pressure remained high which triggered a series of tests that had hubby an I bored (and maybe a little worried) silly for 5 hours! And I didn't have 5 hours of knitting with me...again!

The doctor wouldn't let me leave the hospital because my blood pressure was too high. She mentioned the possibility of hospitalisation and I became really emotional and started sobbing at the thought of being away from Julian for even just a day. All I kept thinking was "I can't stay because I need to start knitting a baby shedir and Julian comes home from Grandma's at 6!" I think it was my first seriously irrational pregnancy moment.

I think the doctor could tell being at the hospital was distressing for me and agreed to let me go home on the condition that I return to the hospital right away if my blood pressure goes up again. Deal!

So I guess it's a good thing the house is clean and my bags are packed, because now I really have to take it easy. For the sake of getting to read bedtime stories with Julian and watching Sesame Street together while munching on our cherrios in the mornings...


  1. Anonymous3:30 p.m.

    oh wow! you ARE nesting! the wee socks are simply divine and i love the photo of the bags by the door - precious!

    now, YOU take it EASY!!!! once lemon arrives, it's going to blur for a while, so relax and enjoy your fabulously clean and tidy home and family!!!

  2. Yes, relax and take it easy. Life is not going to go nuts when #2 arrives but it will change.

    Your irrational pregnancy moment was mild. I'll make you feel better - here's one of mine. I was found sobbing uncontrollably in my kitchen when I was pregnant with Claire. When DH finally got me talking I told him that it was because I burnt a pot of cream of wheat. I kept saying "If I can't make cream of wheat - how am I going to look after a BABY!!!!". It was pathetic.

  3. When I started reading about all that cleaning the first thing to pop into my head is that you were going into labor. But you must rest & relax now. That should be easy with the bags all packed and waiting for Lemon's birthday arrival. That picture is cute. Hang in there!

  4. Those socks are too cute! Take it easy :)

  5. Anonymous5:42 p.m.

    I wish I had motivation like that once a month. Home would be spotless almost all the time! My excuse is that I have things to knit.

    Hang in there. Won't be long. Gotta stay well so lemon comes out okay. Good luck! Glad you are ready!

  6. Gee you do sound as though you have been busy. No wonder your blood pressure went up doing all that cleaning. Just remember to enjoy the weeks of rest you have left, with 2 babies you will be mighty busy.

  7. Get lots of good rest now! I mopped my floors before I headed to the hospital to have my daughter. I just knew it was going to be my last chance in a while! Take it easy!

  8. Oh oh-get yourself an at home blodd pressure monitor (hey -that's what Canadian Tire is for) and then just relax. Take your BP when you need to, so that you are not risking yours or your baby's health-and then have a little sit down. All the best!

  9. Oh, dear...all my friends that had the bursts of energy, had them the day before labor! I'm glad it wasn't it, though. Lemon needs to stay in there a little longer.

    Take it easy and take care of yourself. I'd have sobbed, too, at the thought of being away from my kid and my yarn.

    Those are the cutest socks ever, btw.

  10. Anonymous11:56 p.m.

    Please relax and take it easy!
    I'm happy to hear that you found the yarn and finished the little sox! They are adorable!

  11. Those socks are absolutely adorable!

    And I feel that I need to warn you about the Bundle Me blanket you have in your carseat - we have one also and I attended a talk on carseat safety this morning and the inspector said that having the thick blanket underneath the baby adds just enough "give" for the straps to be too loose so that the baby could easily slip out of the seat in a crash. She said that the covers that just go over the seat but not under any of the straps are a safe option. I'm keeping the Bundle Me to use in the stroller, though!

    Good luck and I can't wait to "meet" your new little one!

  12. The very best wishes for your pregnancy! I dragged myself through my entire pregnancy - so admire your energy! Now the proud mum of a 4mth old. So all very worth while. Love the hat and socks! Colours are excellent.

  13. Well, that covered just about every human emotion!!! Glad you got your work done so you can relax and enjoy your time with Julian. The nice (?) thing about housework is that it's always there waiting for won't miss anything!

    You're all in my prayers!


  14. Those little green socks are just so so...sigh. Take care!

  15. Anonymous11:11 a.m.

    Ha! Yep, nesting is really amazing, I think. There comes a point, and you're obviously in it, where you HAVE to do this and HAVE to do that. Take care of yourself and doesn't sound like it will be long now! Those itty bitty green socks are precious, by the way.

    My wee one is three weeks old today - time flies too fast!

  16. You know, they say that the burst of energy is a strong sign of the baby coming really's hoping it holds of a bit longer. Your second baby which means it can come 2wks early (well, statistically they do) so like everyone else is telling you-rest and relax. Those socks-my God they are too cute!!! So now you, Julian and the baby have a pair, what about Dad? Does he get a pair too???!!!

  17. I LOVE those socks!!!!!!!!! But I was thinking a lemon needs some yellow ones too! ;-)

    You are in my prayers for a safe delivery!

  18. Oh, it would be cool if the little babe held on until st Patricks day! Those green socks would be so cute for that day!!!!!

  19. Anonymous4:49 p.m.

    the socks are so cute. now, the house is clean and all is well, so RELAX, lie down and KNIT AWAY!!! i can't wait to see the baby shedir.

  20. Hi, anny,

    I love your blog and I especially love your photos.

    My children are now 18 and 20 but I remember clearly how much I worried about how the baby's arrival would change my relationship with my son. As it turned out those early years were wonderful. The three of us had a wonderful time together; and watching my daughter and son learn to interact with each other was priceless. There are good times ahead of you!

  21. Anonymous8:21 p.m.

    Yep nesting! Take it easy mama!