I can’t believe little Levi is due in 26 days! Lots has been going on, and the nesting is out of control in our household, so here’s an update in the form of a bulleted list.
I finished a couple of projects for Baby Levi! This is his blankie. I crocheted one for Luke, when I was pregnant with him, which didn’t get used very often, because summer in Texas negates any need for a blankie. But Levi, being a fall baby, hopefully will get to use this one a lot. I had a great time making this! I love the colors, and I loved getting to play with each hexagon. I picked the colors as I went, just choosing whatever I wanted, and that was fun! I used this pattern for the hexagons, and I loved joining them together as I went. Well, I really loved not having to sew them together at the end.
The next two projects are a matching hat and sweater that are a little bigger than the tiny green sweater. I’m super pleased with these, too.
Both the hat and sweater are free patterns (don’t ya love the interwebs?). I love the grey and red together, too! Both of these were simple to knit, and I didn’t have any of my usual knitting drama. It’s nice, too, because baby clothes knit pretty quickly because they’re so small. I can’t wait to see my new little man in this outfit in the winter.
I love getting to take the time to hand-craft for my sons. It gives me concentrated time to pray for them, to thank God for them, and to rejoice in His good gifts to me. I also hope it helps them know that Mama loves them and that I’m glad to spend myself for their good.
I haven’t written much about this pregnancy on the blog, mostly because there’s a two year-old running around, looking cute and doing funny things that I want to share with y’all. But we went in yesterday for the 32 week check-up and sonogram, so I thought I’d tell y’all what’s happening with little Levi. This is what I look like:
I definitely feel pregnant, and by the end of the day I’m pretty worn out. Levi is doing great! He’s got 8 weeks of growing left to do and he already weighs almost FIVE pounds! On the sonogram, we got to see his sweet face, and his little arms, and are very confident that he is indeed a boy. He’s very active, and I get to feel him moving around a whole lot! He seems to respond especially to his daddy’s voice, which is so sweet to me. We’re so thankful to our Father for the gift of a healthy, growing baby boy.
Here’s my first finished sweater for New Baby. I like it so much! The free pattern is here. I used a smaller yarn than the pattern asks for, so I’m hoping it will be just the right size for a newborn!
I’m so excited to have a fall baby, because I can make all sorts of fun, warm, cuddly things for him. Luke was born in June, so sweaters and blankies and booties were not even an option.
This sweater was supposed to have booties with it, but they were a complete flop. Sad days. Hopefully, I’ll have time and yarn to try again with a different pattern.
Work on the big boy bed is going really well! I’m continually impressed with my husband and his building abilities; and thankful that he wants to use his talents this way.
So far, he’s built the headboard and footboard. They look great!
And he’s completed the box that’s going to hold up the mattress. Inside the box will be drawers (yay! for more storage).
See, space for drawers! Luke is very excited about his big boy bed, and wants to be sleeping in it now.
Luke has gotten to help glue…
Yesterday, these pieces got stained, so they’re looking even prettier than before.
Bret is building a big boy bed for Luke, so that Levi can have the crib when he gets here. I am just amazed at my husband. He came up with the design and plans all on his own.
I’m so impressed, because if I tried to do plan something like that, I’d be sure to forget some important detail, or mis-measure, and put pieces together in the wrong order. But he’s doing a fabulous job!
There is a lot of hard labor, careful measuring, and precise cutting going into this project, but it’s so fun to me that Bret is excited to work on it, and that Luke will get to sleep in a bed that Daddy made for him. Luke is very excited about the big boy bed, and has been “helping” Daddy and pretending to build a bed with some of the extra pieces.
This is very hard work, and sometimes requires naps.
Amazing as it is, I actually made something for the new baby. And it worked! I used this hat pattern to make this adorable, cable-y hat for my precious coming baby.
I love the way it turned out. The actual knitting of this hat was only about 1 day, but I had to start and rip it out once, so it took me a lot longer than that. I had to be very precise in counting rows, and I didn’t do that well the first try. Besides that, it sat in the closet for at least a week while I worked on this:
I am ridiculously excited about this work-in-progress! I’m using this pattern, a bunch of colors, and just creating and joining each hexagon as I go. There’s no set plan, but I think that’s part of what’s so fun. It feels kind of like playing with yarn, plus the added bonus that I get something pretty and useful at the end. I’m so excited to snuggle my little fall baby in this cozy blankie. I’ve been watching the World Cup, and this has been my soccer project. It’s fun, fairly mindless crocheting, and I’m just having the best time watching it come together. The picture is one week’s work.
It’s been so sweet to sit and craft and pray for my new little baby. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to Luke about his new baby brother coming. I think Luke wants the things I’m making, so I’ve gotten out the baby blankie I made for him and he has it in his crib now.