I think I may be bending the rules a bit by linking this post to the Yarn Along as I did not make this baby blanket but I just had to share it with everyone. My mother knits a blanket for every grandchild and I think this may be my favorite. It’s the Cellular Baby Blanket by Erika Knight and it’s just so delightfully light and airy; perfect for a late spring baby. Folded in half, it’s thick enough to cover Caleb and keep him warm in his bassinet at night but during the day I just lay it over him in a single layer and I don’t have to worry about him overheating. I’m not sure what yarn she used. I will find out and post it here.
I am still working on my shawl. I’m averaging one row a day. That means I should be done by the time Caleb is ready for his three month appointment. Ha.
The kids are adjusting to the new baby fairly well. Sam is only semi interested in the baby and seems to take his presence in stride. Eddie on the other hand seems to jump between two emotions when it comes to Caleb: the desire to nurture and the desire to destroy her competition. This has resulted in what seems like hourly tantrums. I expected the adjustment would be harder on Eddie but her behavior plus my exhaustion is making it very difficult for me not to constantly loose my temper with her. During her meltdowns I find myself snapping at her which only makes her cries louder and my frustrations greater. It’s going to take some work on both our parts but hopefully this passes sooner rather than later.
After five I can tell you until the oldest (a girl, bless her) is eight or nine you’re unlikely to escape that necessary shift in roles that comes with a new baby. Now at 13, 10 and 8 the older three are old hats but the 4yr old has had a little more trouble.
Tell your mother I’m putting aside that blanket pattern. In these years of babies a solid go to pattern is always good to have.
Does it really take that long?! Perhaps my husband is right with his theory: have them all back to back and get the painful portion over with. Do you agree? Your first three are close in age…would you say that was easier than spacing them out?
I have to say, the baby blanket is truly a favorite. It’s a lovely summer knit and works for both genders. If you cast on, please let me know! I’d love to see it!
The truth is I’ve had all the babies possible to me as of yet (though I think I might be done now) so the spacing was out of my hands. Closer together is my preference though but not too close. Two and a half years was pretty good, four years a little harder to get back into the infant stuff.
The hardest part is having little people for so long. By the time this one is past the baby stage I will have been tiny personing for 15 years. Time to move on I think.