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Belatedly a baby

Unsurprisingly given previous children baby was overdue. She arrived 5 days past her due date on the weekend conveniently enough. Today she is one month old and I’m finally getting around to writing up a blog post about her.

Baby three, a few hours old.

Hobbity boo resulted in a PPH (so no home birth allowed) and with Wee Man we barely made it to the hospital so we were on notice to head in at first signs of labour. My waters broke and labour started strongly immediately at 0435 on the Saturday morning. Shortly afterward we contacted our neighbour to come watch the big kids and we headed in to the hospital at 5am. Slight hiccup when we had to defrost the windscreen unexpectedly. Given the time of day there were no delays getting to the hospital and we headed straight up to the labour ward at around 0525. Happily they believed us when we said baby was going to be here soon even though I’d been in labour for less than an hour. Sometime between home and hospital we ended up with meconium in my waters so they wanted to get baby on the monitors which meant labouring on the bed which is not fun, I’d have rather stayed standing. Luckily things progressed rapidly and baby was born at 0550 just after sunrise. So just under an hour and a half total.

Baby’s apgar scores were fine and she weighed 8lbs at birth (3.63kg). She did get a bit cold later in the morning and spent a short period under the heater but once she warmed up she held her temperature fine. She passed her checks but had one clicky hip which will be getting checked out with an ultrasound soon. We were released to go home at around half past two. The big kids think she’s awesome.

All the kidlets

Unfortunately her day 4 weigh in indicated she’d lost more than 11% of her body weight and we got readmitted to hospital for just over 24hrs to work out what was going on. Diagnosis was a mild tongue tie which was making it hard for her to transfer milk. We started supplementing her with expressed breast milk and making sure to feed her every three hours or less. She put on weight while we were at the hospital so we were sent home again to continue topping her up at every feed. Her weight gain was still slow that week but otherwise she was doing fine. We continued topping her up for ten days or so when she made it perfectly clear that she was full after nursing and did not want to take a bottle too. Happily she continued to gain weight after that and her 3.5week weigh in showed her well over her birthweight and putting on weight at a much faster rate. She’ll get weighed again in another week but she’s fairly obviously growing at this point and we are feeling much more relaxed about how things are going. Unsurprisingly crafting is low on the agenda unless it can be accomplished in 5 minute breaks. This time I know that won’t last forever so hope to have projects soon.

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Basketweave Baby Blanket

Baby blanket number two is finished, technically in March as planned but only if you don’t count sewing in ends.

I used Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK in the Sand colourway. This is rather an odd shade, sometimes it looks pinkish and sometimes orange. I’d bought 10 balls and used 9.74 (I didn’t have enough left to get another repeat). There is no pattern but it’s fairly simple and documented on my Ravelry page here. It’s less square than I’d wanted but it’s a good size for in the cot.

Basketweave baby blanket in Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK (Sand) - little grey hedgehog

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I’ve been making but …

I’ve been making but not taking photos or blogging about things. Since posting about the Puerperium a month ago I have finished my Fiona Coat, knitted a baby blanket, re-knitted the sleeves of my Mama Vertebrae to narrow and lengthen them, sewn a dress (same as this one but in navy with blue stars), sewn a Sewaholic Granville shirt in a floral patterned poplin, sewn a pair of jeans (like these but with a higher back rise on the yoke), sewn three nursing tops, sewn a project bag and two gathered clutches to use as presents later in the year (Noodle head pattern, see photos below).

Some of these sewing projects are leftovers from my pile of cutting out I did last summer – I’ve finally reached the end of those. Next up is sewing a messenger bag. Knitting wise I have a second baby blanket on the needles, I’m just coming to the end of the third of ten balls. That’s the last of the knitting I’m trying to get done for baby so when it’s finished I’ll be casting on something just out of my stash just for fun. I didn’t manage to make it to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year – I’m not currently up for that much walking or standing around but I still have some lovely stuff from last year that hasn’t been knit due to baby knitting and taking a big break from much crafting last year (also due to baby).

Gathered clutch by Noodle-head - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Puerperium Cardigan

While baby number 3 is going to have plenty of handknit handmedowns I want it to have a few of it’s own too. This is sweater number two and there are now plenty of hats. Next up it needs baby blankets of it’s own (the big kids are still using theirs).

I’ve knit Puerperium twice before but this is the first time I’ve knitted sleeves. It’s also the first time I’ve modified the pattern to work in the around after the yoke. I found I never wanted to be dealing with undoing and redoing all the buttons so have decided to just skip them. I joined in the round by overlapping and knitting together the four stitches that form each buttonband. I used just under 100g of dk yarn (Cascade 220 superwash) in a brownish colourway (1917). I had the little heart buttons in my button jar and they are just the right size.

Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk in Cascade 220 Superwash - little grey hedgehog

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All the cake

The first week of February is cake week in our house. Both the kids birthdays are this week and they each have their own opinions on cake. It makes for quite a lot of cake. Half of the Wee Man’s ended up in the freezer as we hadn’t got through it before I made Hobbity-boo’s cake for her party on Saturday. Luckily half of that one went home with party guests so we are not completely overwhelmed with cake.

Both cakes have a chocolate base – I’ve used this recipe several times before and although it takes much longer to bake than the recipe says it comes out lovely and moist. The recipe is from Edmonds Cookbook (mine is the edition printed in 1999). They are coated with chocolate buttercream before fondant.

Wee Man asked for an orange tractor cake. He is obsessed with trucks and things at the moment. I used this tutorial as inspiration and started with a square cake. There are parts where the fondant is a bit thin (I was worried about running out of black) but the kids agreed that it looked like a tractor. The back wheels are donuts and the front small circles of cake.

Orange tractor cake for a little boy turning 3 - little grey hedgehog

For the third year in a row Hobbity-boo has asked for a ladybird cake (though she tells me that next year she wants a rainbow). This year it is purple and black and we used a number of different cutters to make leaves and flowers for around the base (added advantage of hiding any wobbly bits). The antenna are fondant wrapped around cut down straws. I’m happier with the fondant on this, I had plenty so wasn’t trying to spread it so thin.

Ladybird for a 5 year old - little grey hedgehog

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Aviatrixes

Baby hats! I’ve been indulging in make some quick on and off the needle baby hats in between working on my tunic length fingering weight cardigan. I’ve finished 3 Aviatrix hats recently plus I made another Quynn (the same as the last but the smallest size). All three are Drops Karisma which is a DK weight yarn. The brown and blue are both the smallest size (one of these is going to be a gift for sure) and the purple is the second size. I’ve made this hat before, both the older two wore them a lot.

The hat is made in sections of short rows with earflaps added at the end with a strap. They stay on really well and the fabric is super stretchy so they fit for a long time.

Aviatrix hat by Justine Turner in Drops Karisma - little grey hedgehog

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A quilt and a nursery space

I finished the quilt I mentioned in my last post. It didn’t take much time to machine quilt and I was enthusiastic about finishing it so didn’t dawdle to much over hand-stitching the binding down. This quilt is nominally for baby but it’s intended purpose is to keep me warm when I’m up with the baby at night. I used a twin size wadding and pieced the top to match. I had to piece a strip of back with the leftover patterned fabrics as there was a bit less width than I’d hoped. I quilted around each of the rectangles on the front, it’s 4 by 11 rectangles with same size sashing between. I used 12 fat quarters and I think 3m of 96″ cream for the sashing, backing and binding. There are 3 different hot air balloon colourways and similarly 3 different ‘farm’ colourways. Farm is in quotes becasue there are actually giraffes amongst the hens, cows, and butterflies. Apologies for the not great photos.

Quilt for a nursery - little grey hedgehog

Baby won’t have it’s own room to start with and so we’ve been converting our dressing room (which is off the master bedroom) into a nursery space. I think what makes it a dressing room rather than a walk in wardrobe is that it has it’s own window. Originally it had a built in wardrobe down one side plus storage under the eaves. The window had no coverings nor a windowsill. Removing the fitted wardrobe was simply a matter of a dozen screws and then it came to tidying up the walls and sorting out the carpet and window.

The holes were plastered and I gave the whole space a couple of coats of off-white paint (colourway was contemporary), this included doing the ceiling. Once that was done I cut and fitted a windowsill and roman blind (blackout for obvious reasons). Ideally we would have ripped out the carpet, installed skirtings and installed new carpet but it didn’t seem worth it when the patch was going to be hidden by furniture. One day we’ll probably make this into a study space and do the floors then. For now we added underlay and used some carpet tiles to level out the floor under the cot. There’s just enough room for an armless armchair (also known as an occasional, bedroom or dressing table chair) as I don’t like nursing in bed. From the doorway it’s about two steps to my side of our bed. Behind the door and under the eaves there’s room for a small set of drawers and the changing table (not that we’ve ever changed a baby on the table we normally use the mat on the floor). This space still needs a bit or sorting out and I’m still deciding if I want to put anything on the walls but it’s ready enough given that baby’s not expected for three months.

Nursery space before and after - little grey hedgehog

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